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Harris, James


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Notes: The diplomatist James Harris, first earl of Malmesbury (1746–1820), was responsible for British foreign policy from late 1786 and involved in negotiations relating to the Dutch Patriot Revolt of 1787. In February 1788 he became an ambassador, but his support of Fox during the 1789 Regency crisis briefly put him out of favour with Pitt. During the 1790s he was entrusted with several weighty diplomatic missions, however, including that to Paris from October 1796 and Lille between early July and mid-September 1797. ODNB.

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