[Trial Ticket]. Ticket for the Trial of Warren Hastings. No Place: No Publisher. First Edition. 16mo. Framed and Glazed. Ticket. Good. Single sided ticket for the trial of Hastings, n.d. but probably 1788, mounted, framed and glazed.
Lightly creased, with possible repair to tear to bottom half (not examined out of frame), small piece missing from the top left hand corner, apparently removed as a method of cancellation once the trial had been attended, though this seems unlikely to this cataloguer.
Remnants of an old auction description pasted to reverse. The ticket is for the twenty-third day of the trial and so it is likely to have been in the first year of the trial.
The trial of Hastings, which took place sporadically between 1788 and 1795, was an attempt to impeach the first Governor-General of India for misconduct, mismanagement and corruption. The proceedings began with a lengthy address by Burke, and Hastings himself noted “for the first half hour, I looked up to the orator in a reverie of wonder, and during that time I felt myself the most culpable man on earth” (Wikipedia).
Hastings was eventually acquitted in 1795