KING GEORGE III (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 11/05/1802 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS (2ND EARL OF CHICHESTER) PELHAM - HFSID 78496
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KING GEORGE III and THOMAS PELHAM
1802 military appointment on vellum, countersigned by the Home Secretary
Military Appointment signed: "George R." countersigned: "Pelham". 1p, 12x16. On vellum. White embossed wafer seal and blue paper seal affixed beneath signature. Court of Saint James's (London), 1802 November 2.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) Stanley Murray 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 Troop in Our Twentieth (a Jamaica) Regiment of Light Dragoons Commanded by Our Right Trusty & Welbeloved (sic) and to take rank as Captain in Our Army You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the Duty of Captain Lieutenant by Exercising and Well disciplining, as well the inferior Officers, as Soldiers of that Troop. And We hereby command Them to obey You as their Captain Lieutenant; And you are to observe and follow such Orders and or any other your superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you. 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 Our Court at Saint James's the Fifth Day of November 1802 In the Forty-third Year of Our Reign. 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. THOMAS PELHAM, 2nd Earl of Chichester (1756-1826) served as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1783, later representing Carrick in the Irish House of Commons from 1783 to 1790, and Clogher from 1795-1798. He was named Great Britain's Home Secretary in 1801 and held the position for two years before being appointed the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster before succeeding into his father's earldom in 1805. Lastly he held the office of Postmaster General from 1807-1826. Horizontal folds not affecting signature or writing. Three vertical folds affecting handwriting but not the signature. Seal intact. Some foxing. Overall, fine condition.
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