JOHN WILSON CROKER: PATRONAGE AND CLIENTAGE AT THE ADMIRALTY, 1809–1857

@article{Hamilton2000JOHNWC,
  title={JOHN WILSON CROKER: PATRONAGE AND CLIENTAGE AT THE ADMIRALTY, 1809–1857},
  author={Charles I. Hamilton},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={43},
  pages={49 - 77}
}
J. W. Croker's papers are a valuable and rare source concerning British government patronage of the first half of the nineteenth century. They show us a system that was burdensome for the participants, made more acceptable since it was an extension of gentlemanly civility. The papers also show that patronage, like government generally, was able somewhat to reform itself. True, in his particular sphere as patron – as first secretary to the Admiralty (1809–30) – Croker favoured his relatives, but… Expand
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