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KING EDWARD VII (GREAT BRITAIN) - SIGNATURE(S) 10/14/1860 CO-SIGNED BY: SIR HENRY W. ACLAND, BARON LYONS , THIRD EARL OF ST GERMANS, SIR GARDNER D. ENGLEHEART - HFSID 23573

 

SIGNED DURING HIS 1860 VISIT TO THE USA AND CANADA, THE FIRST VISIT OF A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY TO NORTH AMERICA
 
KING EDWARD VII
. Signatures: "Albert Edward" as Prince of Wales. Also signed: "Lyons", "Newcastle", "St. Germans", "Henry W. Acland", "Gardner Engleheart" and three unidentified signers. Dated at bottom (unknown hand): "October 14th 1860". Docketed on conjoined page verso, in part: "Written at New/York, and forwarded/for Miss Pleasanton Oct 14 - 1860". Edward, the Prince of Wales, was only 19 when he came to the United States and Canada in the fall of 1860, the first member of the British royal family ever to visit North America. Huge celebrations welcomed him wherever he went and crowds followed him in the streets. In New York, the Prince received several parades, a nighttime procession illuminated by "torches, lamps, lanterns, transparencies and other luminosities" according to a newspaper report, and an exclusive ball at the Academy of Music. In Washington, he was President Buchanan's guest in the White House. The visit prompted a period of warm diplomatic relations between Britain and the United States, which quickly ended with the onset of the Civil War. Mathew Brady photographed the Prince on October 13, 1860, the day before these autographs were signed. The itinerary of the visit was arranged by Baron (later Earl) LYONS (1817-1887), who was British Minister to the United States (1858-1865). A skilled diplomat who worked successfully against British recognition of the Confederacy and helped defuse a potential Anglo-American war during the Trent affair (1862), Lyons arranged for the Prince of Wales' tour to include meetings with Republican leaders Charles Sumner and Salmon Chase. Lyons later served for 20 years as Britain's Ambassador to France (1867-1887). The 5th Duke of NEWCASTLE (1811-1864) had been Britain's Secretary of War (1852-1855) during the Crimean War against Russia, drawing a vote of censure by Parliament, which blamed him for Britain's ill-preparedness. He was Secretary for the Colonies (1859-1864) at the time of this visit. Artist SIR GARDNER D. ENGLEHEART was private secretary to the Duke of Newcastle. Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of ST GERMANS (1798-1877) was Lord Steward of the Household from 1857-1858 and 1859-1866. SIR HENRY W. ACLAND (1815-1900), artist and a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians in London since 1850, was made honorary physician to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales after accompanying him on this trip. The other signers of this page, participants in a British royal visit at a critical moment in U.S. history, merit further research. Lightly creased, with horizontal folds. 6½x3 block is lightly toned, touching 4 signatures (not those of Lyons, Newcastle or the Prince). Mounting adhesive remnants along ½-inch on top edge of docket page. Otherwise, fine condition.


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KING EDWARD VII (GREAT BRITAIN)   BARON LYONS   THIRD EARL OF ST GERMANS   SIR GARDNER D. ENGLEHEART   SIR HENRY W. ACLAND  


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KING EDWARD VII (GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: November 9, 1841
Died: May 6, 1910



BARON LYONS

Died: Circa 1887



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