- 1820-1834 (Creation)
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Second son of Harbord Harbord, first Baron Suffield, and his wife, Mary, daughter and coheir of Sir Ralph Assheton, bt, of Middleton, Lancashire. Edward Harbord was born on 10 November 1781. He married Georgiana, daughter and co-heiress of George, second Lord Vernon, on 19 September 1809. She died on 30 September 1824. On 12 September 1826, Edward Harbord married Emily Harriott, youngest daughter of Evelyn Shipley, of Ettington Park, Warwickshire, and Longh Fea Castle, county Monaghan.
Edward Harbord was MP for Great Yarmouth (1806-12) and Shaftesbury (1820-1). He campaigned for better conditions in prisons, the abolition of slavery and the relaxation of game laws. Established Norfolk County Cricket Club.
He died on 6 July 1835, as a result of a fall on a horse.
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Dated speeches (chronological order)
1. 'Notes respecting new County Jail' - given to Prison Committee - re state of prisons 2 Sept 1820. [Bacon p.126].
2. 'Notes … speech on presenting petition … Manchester sufferers' - re 'Peterloo', criticism of authorities' actions, abuse of law.1821.
3. [Presentation of Norfolk County Petition] - re distress in England, pro-reform sentiments, taxes on commodities, 'the very first time of sitting and of rising in the House of Lords'. 15 Feb 1822. (no heading, paragraphed notes). [Bacon pp.161-4].
4. 'Notes for my first speech in the House of Lords on presenting the Norfolk petition the day on which I took my seat in that House'. 15 Feb 1822. (fuller notes than no.3)
Spring Guns Bill (nos.5-9)
5. [Notes for second reading of Spring Guns Bill]. 1825 [Bacon pp. 211-18].
6. Newspaper extracts re Suffield's speech on Spring Guns Bill. (with written corrections).
7. [Notes re question of gardens and woods] with newspaper extract. 1827 [Bacon pp. 253-6].
8. [Notes re presentation of case]. (with underlining of text) [Bacon pp. 211-8].
9. [Notes] - brief list of points. (no heading).
Game Laws (nos 10-11)
10. 'Notes for speech on Bill for alteration of Game Laws'. 2 May 1828
11. 'Speech on Game Laws'. (fuller notes than no.10)
12. 'Bible meeting - Norwich - British and foreign Bible society'. 9 Sept 1829 (paragraphed brief notes).
13. 'Notes for speech on Poor Law. 1830. (brief notes).
14. Notes for speech at 2nd session - Epiphany - 1831 - Condition of labouring classes'. 1831. (paragraphed brief notes).
15. 'Notes for speech - County Meeting'. 19 Nov 1831. re reform bill and his personal commitment to reform. (includes summary) [Bacon pp. 365-70].
Slavery (nos. 16-17)
16. 'Notes of proposal for proceedings in Committee [on slavery] by Lord Harewood'. May 1832. re abolition campaign developments. (rough notes).
17. 'Speech on East Indian slavery'. 9 Aug 1833. re Ceylon and Sumatra.
18. 'Notes for speech on Eynesford Hundred Petition'. 12 May 1834. re agricultural distress.
19. [Speech notes on agricultural distress, parliamentary reform, Peterloo inquiry, Sir Robert Wilson]. [182?] (summary and fuller notes).
20. [Speech notes on police duties] re recommendations for more effective policing, better pay.
21. [Speech notes on Poor Law Amendment Bill]  (paragraphed).
22. 'Poor Bill'  (rough notes).
23. [Speech on Criminal Code] re inefficiency of capital punishment, problems with jurors [183?] (notes).
24. [Speech notes for presenting of petition on jurymens' oath?] re problem of perjury due to severity of penal code, need for reform (incomplete or missing notes).
25. 'Speech on moving a proviso against the flogging of females' (full text).
26. [Speech notes relating to an unspecified institution].
27. [Speech notes on slavery] (paragraphed notes).
28. 'Motion of mine in the Lords: a humble address' re appointments to former slave colonies.