Failing to heed the wisdom of his father, Philip Francis used his “genius and abilities” to undermine and
discredit Warren Hastings while serving on the Governing Council in India. It may have started as simple rivalry and differing opinions, but it
degenerated into mutual contempt, ultimately leading to a pistol duel. The outcome of the duel was not as decisive as it first appeared. Rather
than ending their war of wills, it only moved the battlefield from Calcutta to London.
As Parkes and Merivale state in their Memoirs of Sir Philip Francis, “[Francis] returned to England an unpopular and discountenanced man.
... It was reported, and the rumour shows at all events the general character of his reception at home, that when he first appeared at Court only
two persons would speak to him, the King and Lord North.” In spite of his cool reception, Francis befriended important members of Parliament who
shared his venomous views, and for seven painful years Warren Hastings was to stand trial for his alleged crimes in India.
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