COVENTRY, Thomas Henry, Visct. Deerhurst (1721-44), of Croome Court, Worcs.
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In 1741, after an attempted compromise with the Tories, Lord Deerhurst, then a minor, and George Lyttelton unsuccessfully contested Worcestershire on their respective fathers’ joint interests. After their defeat, according to Horace Walpole (to Mann, 23 Nov. 1741), Lord Coventry ‘went to Carlton House; the Prince asked him about the election; "Sir", said he, "the Tories have betrayed me, as they will you, the first time you have occasion for them"'. However, Lord Coventry was able to provide his son with a seat at Bridport in place of William Bowles, who had opted to serve for Bewdley. In Parliament Deerhurst voted against the Hanoverians in 1742 and 1744. On his death v.p., 20 May 1744, the London Evening Post praised 'his sincerity and impartiality in that he adhered to neither party, though he knew that was the way to displease both'.