STANLEY, Hon. Thomas (?1753-79).
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Cornet 16 Lt. Drag. 1775; capt. 17 Lt. Drag. 1776; maj. 79 Ft. 1777.
In 1776 Stanley was returned unopposed for Lancashire. He supported Administration till 1778 when he went with his brother into opposition. On 4 Dec. 1778 he seconded an Opposition motion disavowing General Clinton’s proclamation for laying waste America; and on 10 Dec., complained of discrimination against the Manchester and Liverpool regiments: the inhabitants of those towns ‘had once put a confidence in Administration which they did not deserve; but they, as well as others, had at length their eyes opened’.1 Of his four other reported speeches two were on Lancashire affairs: on 19 Jan. 1779 when a bill was proposed to give further relief to Irish trade, Stanley asked for notice ‘that his constituents might early be apprized of it’; and on 15 Feb. 1779 when the subject was again raised, he moved to postpone discussion for six months.