He was first noticed in English politics when he wrote a notice in 1762 defending the British East India Company merchants against their Dutch rivals. He was a Member of Parliament from 1768 onward. His career in the House of Commons is most famous for his Commons motion in 1780 that "the influence of the crown has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished". He was created Baron Ashburton in 1782.
`Vertical Coffin' by Stephen J. Cannell; `The Bookman's Promise' by John Dunning; `Murder by Design' by Jon P. Bloch.
Mar 24, 2004; Byline: John Orr The problem with "Vertical Coffin" (St. Martin's Press, $24.95), by Stephen J. Cannell, is sleep. Once I reached...