KING GEORGE IV (GREAT BRITAIN) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/12/1818 CO-SIGNED BY: HENRY (VISCOUNT SIDMOUTH) ADDINGTON - HFSID 56600
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KING GEORGE IV of the UNITED KINGDOM
The then-Prince Regent signs Royal Warrant accepting to ascension of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburgh-Schwerin
Document signed: "George PR" as Prince Regent of the United Kingdom in brown ink. Also, "Sidmouth" as Home Secretary. 6 pages front and verso, 8x12½. Carlton House, London, England. November 12, 1818. Paper Royal seal affixed with black wax in left margin. Bound together with black string. In part: "Our Will and Pleasure is, that you forthwith cause the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to be affixed to an Instrument bearing date with theses Presents (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) containing Our Ratification in the Name and on Behalf of His Majesty, of an Act of Acceptance of the Accession of His Royal Highness The Grand Duke of Mecklenburgh-Schwerin, to a General Convention concluded at Paris on the twenty-fifth day of April 1818, between His Majesty and His Good Brother The Most Christian King, signed at that Capital on the Seventeenth day of September last, by His Majesty's Plenipotentiary, duly authorized for that purpose. And for so doing, this shall be your Warrant". KING GEORGE IV (1762-1830, reigned from 1820) served as Regent of Great Britain from 1811, when his father, George III, was declared insane. As Prince of Wales he had very poor relationships both with his father, and with his wife, Princess Caroline of Brunswick, whom he forbade to attend his coronation and tried to divorce. As Regent, however, his choice of cabinet helped conclude the Napoleonic Wars (1815). War's end brought both peace and depression when government demand for supplies ceased. Prices fell and thousands became unemployed, instigating the first labor unions. He took steps to curb the depression with such acts as the Corn Law (1815). During his reign as King of Great Britain & Ireland (1820-1830), George IV's appreciation of the arts led to the development of Regent Street and Regent's Park and the restoration of Windsor Castle. He also initiated penal code reform and abolition of the death penalty (1822). George became increasingly unpopular, due in part to his lavish expenditures. His visit to Scotland in 1822 was the first by a British monarch since 1650. Henry Addington (1757-1844), ennobled as Viscount SIDMOUTH in 1805, served as Britain's Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1801-1804), both negotiating with and making war on Napoleon while working to re-forge an anti-French coalition of European powers. As Home Secretary (1812-1822), he was responsible for many repressive measures to curb popular unrest, including suspension of habeas corpus. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned. Light surface creases. Edges slightly worn and soiled. Small tears along edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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