WEBSTER, Sir Godfrey, 4th Bt. (1748-1800), of Battle Abbey, Suss.
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Family and Education
b. 1748, 1st s. of Sir Godfrey Webster, 3rd Bt., by Elizabeth, da. of Gilbert Cooper of Lockington, Derbys.; nephew of Sir Whistler Webster, 2nd Bt. m. 27 June 1786, Elizabeth (div. 4 July 1797), da. and h. of Richard Vassall of Jamaica, 2 surv. s. 1da. suc. fa. 6 May 1780; assumed add. name of Vassall 1795-7.
Webster was a prominent figure in the reform movement in Sussex. On 18 Jan. 1783, at a meeting at Lewes, he introduced a petition for parliamentary reform, with what Wyvill called ‘a very pertinent and judicious exordium’. But on 24 May 1785, at a meeting at the Thatched House Tavern, he opposed Pitt’s parliamentary reform proposals as inadequate.1 By then he had become connected with Charles James Fox and the Whig Opposition. At the general election of 1784 he canvassed Bedford on Lord Upper Ossory’s interest, and unsuccessfully c