Metropolitan Political Agent
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The support of Whigs concerned to limit the power of the crown such as Stanhope, was actively sought by activists in the dissenting community. Such support offered a source of political influence in their attempt to overthrow the laws and statutes which oppressed them. Charles Stanhope was associated with many of the political and religious groups to which Richard Price and other Hackney College dissenters belonged. Jeremiah Joyce's appointment with Stanhope therefore can primarily be seen as a deliberate act that established a mutually profitable connection between the politically active dissenting community and Stanhope the liberal peer. Stanhope was also attractive to French politicians because he was brother-in-law of Prime Minister Pitt and married to the sister of Lord Grenville, and therefore had the ear of powerful politicians. Between 1790 and 1792, Joyce joined three metropolitan based societies, all of which pursued or reflected interests that were concerned with parliamentary reform.