KING GEORGE IV (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/03/1813 CO-SIGNED BY: EARL OF BATHURST III (HENRY BATHURST) - HFSID 53547
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KING GEORGE IV of the UNITED KINGDOM
As Prince Regent he appoints Henry Leslie an Ensign in the 56th West Essex Regiment of Foot
Military Appointment signed: "George PR" as Prince Regent of the United Kingdom. Also, "Bathurst" as Secretary of War and the Colonies. 1 page, 13½x9¼. Carlton House, London, England. 1813 January 3. Appointment Henry Leslie as Ensign in the 56th West Essex Regiment of Foot". Signed in top left corner. Paper seal affixed below signature. Countersigned "Thomas Bates" as General of Muster.King George IV (1762-1830, reigned from 1820) served as Regent of Great Britainfrom 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 Bathurst, 3rd Earl BATHURST (1762-1834) was a British Member of Parliament who held many positions in the government including Lord President of the Council (1828-1830), Foreign Secretary (1809), Secretary of War and the Colonies (1812-1827) and President of the Board of Trade (1807-1812). The 56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot, created in 1755, was expanded from during the Napoleonic Wars, a third battalion being created in 1813 (hence the need for new commissions). The unit embarked for Holland in December, and participated in the siege of Antwerp the following year. Multiple folds. Creased and toned. Edges and corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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