My other main character, from whose point of view the novel is written: John, Earl of Chatham elder brother of William Pitt the Younger. By George Romney, presumably painted around the same time as William's portrait, when he was
The London Gazette issue of March 1-4 1806, covering the funeral of William Pitt. Also available to read online here: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/15895/pages/277
From "A History of Hayes in the County of Kent" by Canon Thompson; Chapter Nine: The Era of the Pitts, p. This details the entry of the baptism of William Pitt on July 1759 at Hayes Parish Church (St Mary the Virgin, Hayes). Scan by Stephenie W.
Letter of May signed by Pitt (though probably written by a secretary?), requesting the support of an unnamed lord in his candidacy for the office of High Steward of the University of Cambridge. (In which he was successful.
Ye olde Jimmy Carr? Newly-published tax records of historical figures show Nelson paid just £3, Disraeli just £10 and King George III gave £47