Sir Henry Dudley, 1st Baronet

postscript=}} Painting by [[Thomas Gainsborough The Reverend Sir Henry Bate Dudley, 1st Baronet (25 August 1745 – 1 February 1824) was a British minister, magistrate and playwright. He was born in Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, but in 1763 his father moved the family to Essex to take up a Rectory at North Fambridge near Chelmsford. On his father's death, Bate Dudley took over the ministry.

Bate Dudley was a great supporter of, and chronicled the life of the artist Thomas Gainsborough . Much of this work was published in the ''Morning Herald'' which Bate Dudley owned and ran, and the ''Morning Post'' with which he was also associated but had left to set up the ''Herald'' after a disagreement in 1780. Much of this was republished in 1915 in ''Life of Gainsborough'' by William Whitley.

After meeting James Townley and being influenced by his farce ''High Life Below Stairs'' Bate Dudley started writing scripts for comic operas. Following his ''The Rival Candidates'', his libretto for ''The Flitch of Bacon'' (1778) was the first of his collaboration with the composer William Shield, whom he assisted in bringing to prominence. The Shield and Dudley operas also included ''The Woodman'' (1791) and '' Travellers in Switzerland'' (1794), and were produced at Covent Garden.

For a time, between 1804 and 1812, Bate Dudley moved from Essex to Ireland due to financial difficulties and took up a Rectory in Kilscoran and Kilglass. He returned to England in 1812 to take up a rectory in Willingham, Cambridgeshire. In October of the same year he was created a baronet, of Sloane Street, Chelsea, in the County of Middlesex, and of Kilscoran House in the County of Wexford.

Bate Dudley played a part in the suppression of the Ely and Littleport riots of May 1816. These were part of a more widespread discontent which affected Norfolk, Suffolk, Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. It had its roots in discontent over the enclosure of the fenlands, but the high price of bread, poor pay of agricultural workers, and unemployment of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic wars were also factors. Bate Dudley, who was a magistrate at Ely at the time, organised opposition to the rioters at Littleport, near Ely, where the insurgents were defeated, but only after troops opened fire on them. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1773
sold by J. Williams, No. 39, Fleet-Street, and all the Booksellers in Town and Country

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1779
Printed for T. Becket, Corner of the Adelphi, Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1773
sold by J. Williams, No. 39, Fleet-Street, and all the Booksellers in Town and Country

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1776
Printed by Cox and Bigg, in the Savoy; and sold by J. Corral, Catherine-Street, Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1796
Printed by H. Brown, for J. Ridgway, York-Street, St. James's-Square

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1774
sold by T. Davies, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden, and all the Booksellers in Town and Country

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1782
printed for G. Kearsley, Fleet-Street; and E. Macklew, in the Haymarket

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1783
Printed for T. and J. Egerton, Charing-cross; T. Davies, Russell-street, Covent-garden; Kearsley, Fleet-street; E. Macklew, Haymarket; and R. Baldwin, Paternoster-row

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1791
Printed by W. Woodfall, for T. Cadell, in the Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1794
Printed for J. Debrett, opposite Burlington-house, Piccadilly

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1791
printed by T. Rickaby, for T. Cadell, in the Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1775
printed: sold by T. Becket, corner of the Adelphi-Buildings, and W. Griffin, No. 6 Catherine-Street, in the Strand. P.1s

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1779
printed for T. Evans in the Stradn

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1775
printed: sold by T. Becket, corner of the Adelphi-Buildings, in the Strand; and by W. Griffin, No. 6, Catharine-Street

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1783
printed for T. and J. Egerton, Charing-Cross; T. Davies, Russell-Street, Covent-Garden; Kearsley, Fleet-Street; E. Macklew, Haymarket; and R. Baldwin, Paternoster-Row

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1791
printed by T. Rickaby, for T. Cadell, in the Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1791
printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1791
printed by T. Rickaby, for T. Cadell, in the Strand

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1773
sold by J. Williams, No. 39, Fleet-Street, and all the Booksellers in Town and Country

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by Dudley, Henry Bate
Published 1798
printed by H. Brown, for J. Ridgway, York-Street, ST. James's-Square