KING GEORGE III (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 07/29/1796 CO-SIGNED BY: PRIME MINISTER WILLIAM "PORTLAND" CAVENDISH-BENTINCK (GREAT BRITAIN) - HFSID 48592
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KING GEORGE III of the UNITED KINGDOM and WILLIAM CAVENDISH-BENTINCK
The King and his Home Secretary both sign a military appointment for Richard Kelly Esq.
Military appointment signed: "George R[ex]" meaning "King George" and "Portland" in brown ink. 1 page, 12x16. Embossed wafer seal affixed beneath the King's signature, as well as a blue paper seal. July 29, 1796. St. James Court, London, England. In full: "George the Third, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith & c. To Our Trusty and Welbeloved (sic) Richard Kelly Esqr. Greeting: We reposing especial Trust and Confidence in Your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct, do, by these Presents, Constitute and Appoint you to be Captain Lieutenant to that Company in our Loyal Irish Regiment Colonel William Handcock whereof he himself is Captain and to take Rank as Captain in our army during the Establishment of the said Corps only You are therefore carefully and SEAL diligently to discharge the Duty of Captain Lieutenant by exercising and well-disciplining, as well the inferior Officers, as Soldiers of that Company. And We hereby command them to obey You as Captain Lieutenant, and you to observe and follow such Orders and Directions from Time to Time, as you shall receive from Us, your Colonel or any other your Superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War; in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in You. Given at Our Court at St. James's the Twenty-ninth Day of July 1796 In the Thirty-Sixth Year of By His Majesty's Command" KING GEORGE III of the United Kingdom (1738-1820) was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland until their union on January 1, 1802, after which was named the United Kingdom, and furthermore was Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (part of the Holy Roman Empire), until his promotion as King of Hanover on October 12, 1814. He was the third British monarch from the House of Hanover, but unlike his Hanoverian predecessors, he was born in Britain, English was his first language, and he never visited Hanover. George's long tenure as King spanned many military conflicts in Europe and abroad in North America and India: early in his reign Great Britain defeated France in the Seven Years' War which made Britain the dominant European power in North America and India, although many of their colonies were soon lost in the American Revolutionary War. Most notably, King George III led the country against revolutionary and Napoleonic France in 1793, concluding with Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. However, George III earned his nickname "Mad King George" when later in his life he suffered from recurrent and eventually permanent mental illness (now believed to have been cause by the blood disease porphyria), and in 1810, after a final relapse, a regency under his son Prince Regent George of Wales (future King George IV) was established. His reputation as a King has never been flattering, in the United States he is often viewed as a tyrant, and in Great Britain he is often used as a scapegoat for the failure of imperialism, but really King George was just a victim of circumstances and illness in an era when the monarchy was continuing to lose political power. WILLIAM CAVENDISH-BENTINCK (1738-1809), the 3rd Duke of Portland, served as the Prime Minister of Great Britain (1783, 1807-1809), Home Secretary (1794-1801) and Lord President of the Council (1801-1805). Creased. Soiled. Stained, not at signatures. Folds, not at signatures. Printed caption and printed seal of Portland affixed at lower right of second page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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