NORRIS, John (1702-67).
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Usher of the customs house in the port of London 1732-d.
At George II’s accession Norris was returned for Rye on his father’s interest. Voting regularly with the Opposition, he spoke against the Government on the Address, 21 Jan. 1729, the Hessians, 4 Feb. 1730, and Dunkirk, 27 Feb. 1730. On 21 Apr. 1730 he initiated a four hours’ debate by moving for an address to lay before the House any secret articles to the treaty of Seville, which took the ministry by surprise. His last reported speech was made against the Government on the payment of a debt to Denmark, 31 Mar. 1732.2 Six months later he vacated his seat on succeeding, under a reversionary grant,3 presumably obtained for him by his father, to a customs post which disqualified its holder from sitting in Parliament. He died 12 Nov. 1767.