Howell, Thomas Bayly (DNB00)

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HOWELL, THOMAS BAYLY (1768–1815), editor of the 'State Trials,' born in 1768, was son of John Howell of Jamaica. On 23 Jan. 1782 he was admitted of Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the bar in 1790 (Register). He matriculated at Oxford from Christ Church on 27 March 1784, but did not graduate (Foster, Alumni Oxon. 1715-86, ii. 701). When William Cobbett projected a new edition of the 'State Trials,' he secured Howell as the editor. Howell carried the work from the first volume (1809) to the twenty-first (1815), the remaining twelve volumes being edited by his son, Thomas Jones Howell. The notes and illustrations accompanying each trial are excellent. He was F.R.S. (8 March 1804) and F.S.A. He died at Prinknash Park, near Gloucester, on 13 April 1815 (Gent. Mag. vol. lxxxv. pt. i. p.472).

Howell was author of 'Observations on Dr. Sturges's Pamphlet respecting Non-residence of the Clergy . . . in a Letter ... to Mr. Baron Maseres. The second edition,’ 8vo, London, 1803.

His son, Thomas Jones Howell (d. 1858), who edited the 'State Trials' (vols. xxii. 1815-xxxiii. 1826), was admitted of Lincoln's Inn on 9 Nov. 1814 (Register). He sold Prinknash after 1842. He died at Eaton Place West, London, on 4 June 1858 (Gent. Mag. 1858, ii. 93). He was twice married (in 1817 and 1851).

[Wallace's Reporters, p.58.]

G. G.

Dictionary of National Biography, Errata (1904), p.162
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