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DUKE (HENRY PELHAM-CLINTON) OF NEWCASTLE IV - FREE FRANK SIGNED 07/07/1830 - HFSID 81172

Pelham-Clinton handsigned and dated this fragment of a free franked letter in 1830, one year before the Reform Bill Riots and the destruction of his Nottingham Castle by rioters. Free frank signed "Newcastle".

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HENRY PELHAM-CLINTON, 4th DUKE OF NEWCASTLE-UNDER-TYNE
Pelham-Clinton handsigned and dated this fragment of a free franked letter in 1830, one year before the Reform Bill Riots and the destruction of his Nottingham Castle by rioters.
Free frank signed "Newcastle". 4½x2½ free frank mounted on 7¾x9¼ piece of white paper. Franked July 7, 1830 in red ink. Addressed to "The Right Honble/Lady Southampton/Palmer Castle". Mounting paper has the coat of Pelham, Duke of Newcastle and a short history on the Pelham family at Newcastle-under-Tyne and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Pelham-Clinton (1785-1851) was a British nobleman and politician. He succeeded as duke at the age of 10, when his father, Thomas Pelham-Clinton, died. He held the positions of Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Steward of Sherwood Forest and Folewood Park but, unlike other members of his family, didn't hold national office. He was, however, very active in local and national politics. He became a leader of the Tory "Ultras", which supported the traditional establishment of Church, Country and State, in 1846. Pelham-Clinton also opposed Catholic Emancipation, which removed restrictions on Roman Catholics throughout the United Kingdom and especially in Ireland, and electoral reform in Great Britain's House of Commons. He complained that electoral reform lost him the patronage of six boroughs, including Nottinghamshire, and cost him the then-astronomical sum of £200,000 or so. But Pelham-Clinton's positions were unpopular: his property was attacked during Great Britain's Reform Bill Riots in 1831, Nottingham Castle was put to the torch and his other residences had to be fortified against attack. Free frank is lightly toned, stained and soiled and has irregular edges. Mounting paper is lightly creased and has three binder holes with reinforcers affixed on right side. History and coat are lightly toned, and history is lightly bowed. Otherwise in fine condition.

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