KING WILLIAM IV - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 85831
Sale Price $450.00
KING WILLIAM IV
He pens his signature on this slip of paper "Clarence" while he was Duke of Clarence. He was given this title in 1789, over 40 years before he ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom
Signature: "Clarence.". With pencil notations on mounting paper. 2½x¾ signature affixed to 4x1¾ sheet of paper. Prince William Henry (1765-1837), the third son of King George III, reigned as King William IV from 1830 until his death. Since his older brothers, including King George IV, predeceased him without legitimate offspring, he inherited the throne, becoming the last Hanoverian monarch of England. William, who himself had 10 illegitimate children, also died without an official heir, resulting in the accession of his niece, Queen Victoria. As a young officer in the Royal Navy, the future king served in New York during the American Revolution, where George Washington authorized a plot to kidnap him, if this could be done "without offering insult or indignity." Serving in the West Indies, he formed a lifelong friendship with Lord Horatio Nelson. In 1789, King George III made William the Duke of Clarence reluctantly, fearing that his reform-minded son would be a vote against him in the House of Lords. William forced his royal father's hand by threatening to run for the House of Commons, a threat which appalled the King. As a member of the House of Lords, William - now the Duke of Clarence - generally supported reform measures, with one notable exception: he supported slavery and the slave trade. Despite his naval background, and despite being made a titular Lord High Admiral, William unsuccessfully sought active duty during the Napoleonic Wars; his early opposition to war with France probably prevented this, although he later supported the conflict. William IV proved a popular monarch, noted for shunning pomp and ceremony. His reign saw the passage, with his support, of the Reform Act of 1832, expanding the British electorate, and also - despite his earlier opposition - the ending of the slave trade. Lightly toned and soiled.Irregular edges. Signature is cut off at top and bottom, but legible. Mounting paper is missing all four corners and has adhesive residue on verso (no show-through) and in upper right corner of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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