KING GEORGE IV (GREAT BRITAIN) - ROYAL WARRANT SIGNED 07/26/1813 CO-SIGNED BY: MARQUIS ROBERT STEWART (VISCOUNT CASTLEREAGH) LONDONDERRY - HFSID 57297
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KING GEORGE IV of the UNITED KINGDOM
Geroge IV, acting as Regent for his father George III, signed this document with Foreign Secretary Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, to appoint a secretary for the British legation to the King of the Two Sicilies.
Royal Warrant signed: "George PR" as Prince Regent of the United Kingdom and "Castlereagh" as Foreign Secretary. 8 pages, 7¾x12¼, bound with purple ribbon. 2x2¼ paper seal affixed at left margin. Carlton House, London, England. July 26, 1813.In full: "In the Name and on the Behalf of His Majesty, 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 these Presents (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) containing our Commission containing a commission constituting and appointing our Trusty and Well-beloved Andrew Snap Douglas Esquire, to be Secretary to His Majesty's Legation to his Good Brother The King of the Two Sicilies. - 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. ROBERT STEWART (1769-1822, born in Dublin, Ireland), who had been given the courtesy title of VISCOUNT CASTLEREAGH when his father was created Earl of Londonderry in 1796, became Foreign Secretary in 1812, two years before signing this document. In that capacity, Castlereagh was instrumental in negotiating the quadruple alliance between the United Kingdom, Austria, Russia and Prussia at Chaumont in March 1814. At the Congress of Vienna, he developed a form of security for Europe that settled a number of disputes, but his system collapsed by 1822 due to differences of opinion between the quadruple alliance. Toned and creased. Ribbon at left edge. Paper seal at top left corner. Multiple mailing folds. Corners lightly worn. Minor ink smears. Otherwise, fine condition.
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