KING GEORGE IV (GREAT BRITAIN) - DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/22/1827 CO-SIGNED BY: PRIME MINISTER GEORGE CANNING (GREAT BRITAIN) - HFSID 57295
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KING GEORGE IV of the UNITED KINGDOM
Appointment of Algernon Percy as Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation
Royal warrant signed: "George R[ex]" as King of the United Kingdom, "George Canning" as Foreign Secretary, 5 pages, 8x12. Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. 1827 January 22. The King signs a warrant for the appointment of two diplomats to the Swiss Confederation: Algernon Percy, Esq., and Charles Henry Hall. Percy is named Minister Plenipotentiary, while Hall is designated Secretary to the Legation. GEORGE IV (1762-1830) became Prince Regent in 1811, when his father King George III became permanently deranged. He succeeded his father as King in 1820. He made a very successful visit to Scotland in 1822, the first British monarch to travel there since 1650. His extravagance and other misjudgments, however, were to make him a generally unpopular king in later years. The Royal Pavilion at Brighton was a favorite palace of George IV, both as regent and as King, affording him greater privacy than Buckingham Palace. GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) served as British Foreign Secretary from 1807-1810 and 1822-1827 and as Prime Minister from April 10, 1827 - three months after he signed here as Foreign Secretary - until his death four months later. George IV strongly disliked Canning, who had supported Queen Caroline when the King forbade her to attend his coronation (1820) and tried (unsuccessfully) to divorce her. Canning was a close friend of the Queen, and even suspected of having an affair with her. Algernon Percy (1792-1865), also Lord Prudhoe and later the Duke of Northumberland, was a British naval officer and explorer. Prudhoe Bay is named for him. As shown here, he also received diplomatic postings, including a previous appointment to France. No information is available on Charles Henry Hall, except that he was not the prominent English academic and Anglican dean of that name, who died February 16, 1827. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned and creased. Ribbon at left edge. Paper seal at top left corner. Corners worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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