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KING WILLIAM IV - DOCUMENT FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 253294

He signed this vellum fragment document as "William the Fourth by the Grace of God" for an army lieutenant Document Fragment Signed: "William R". 11¼x2½ vellum with 1½x1¼ blue paper seal in lower left corner.

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KING WILLIAM IV
He signed this vellum fragment document as "William the Fourth by the Grace of God" for an army lieutenant
Document Fragment Signed: "William R". 11¼x2½ vellum with 1½x1¼ blue paper seal in lower left corner. With pencil notations in upper left corner and on verso, both in unknown hand. Captioned: "William the Fourth by the Grace of God of". Docketed on verso in unknown hand: "Walter Alex.r Ward Gent./Lieutenant/in the 3.dReg.t of Foot". 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, soiled, and rippled. Adhesive residue on left edge and at seal, which touches signature. Discolored at left edge. Random ink stains. Irregular edges. Seal is torn and has paper loss. Light dents at top edge. Folded four times. Folded over at rightmost fold. Otherwise, fine condition.

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