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 Opposit