Thomas Twining in Colchester - January, 1779

from Letter from Thomas Twining to Samuel Parr, Norwich, Colchester, Jan 1779, page 160:

I am not fond of the insult of a triumph; but many of [Charles] Hewitt’s friends would not be satisfied without our parading about the town. I would not desert him, but went thro’ all the blackguardism of electioneering. We marched with the military band before us; stopped before old [Charles] Gray’s door, & treated him with a dead march. They intended to have given him a holla; but indignation converted it, as it came out, into groans and hisses. He has given immortal offence to his best friends by his conduct in this matter.
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Thomas Twining, Letter from Thomas Twining to Samuel Parr, Norwich, Colchester, Jan 1779. In Thomas Twining, and Ralph S. Walker (ed.), A selection of Thomas Twining's letters 1734-1804 : the record of a tranquil life, volume 1 (Lewiston, New York, 1991), p. 160. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Colchester


Thomas Twining
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Dead march in Colchester

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Date/Time January, 1779
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors, in public


The event took place on the occasion of the election of Charles Hewitt to the Mastership of Colchester Grammar School Hewitt (1743-1840) was from Bristol and was a Fellow of Caius College, Cambridge. Charles Gray was M.P. for Colchester and Recorder of Ipswich

Originally submitted by David Rowland on Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:41:10 +0000