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KING WILLIAM IV - MANUSCRIPT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: PRIME MINISTER JOHN RUSSELL (GREAT BRITAIN) - HFSID 26795

The King and his Home Secretary sign the appointment of Sir Edward Paget to be Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a position he would hold from 1837 to 1849. This document was signed less than six months before King William's death.

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KING WILLIAM IV [GREAT BRITAIN] AND PRIME MINISTER JOHN RUSSELL [GREAT BRITAIN]
The King and his Home Secretary sign the appointment of Sir Edward Paget to be Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a position he would hold from 1837 to 1849. This document was signed less than six months before King William's death.
Manuscript Signed: "William R[ex]" in faded black ink as King of the United Kingdom. Also, "J. Russell" as Home Secretary. 1 page, 16x12, docketed on verso. Affixed with two paper seals in left margin, top one with red wax, the bottom with dark blue paper. St. James Court, London, England. January 10, 1837. Appointment of Sir Edward Paget to the office of Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. KING WILLIAM IV (1765-1837) was the third son of King George III. He was created Duke of Clarence in 1789 and sat in the House of Lords, where he opposed the emancipation of slaves. William became heir to the throne and Lord High Admiral in 1827 when his older brother Prince Frederick, Duke of York, died. When his eldest brother King George IV died in 1830, he succeeded him as King William IV. William was the last British sovereign to attempt to force a ministry (Sir Robert Peel, 1834) upon an unwilling majority in Parliament. William and his Queen Adelaide had no surviving children. When he died in 1837, he was succeeded by Victoria, the daughter of his younger brother Edward Duke of Kent, who had died in 1820. From 1714, when the Elector of Hanover was invited to assume the English throne as George I, he and his successors remained concurrently rulers of Hanover. During the lifetime of William IV, Hanover was aKingdom. It remained so until 1866, when it was annexed by Prussia and subsequently became part of the newly unified German Empire. After he became King, William never again visited Hanover, but he granted the Kingdom a constitution. John Russell, 1st Earl RUSSELL (1792-1878) was a English Whig and Liberal politician who served many positions over four decades, including Home Secretary (1835-1839), Lord President of the Council (1854-1855), Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1859-1865), and most notably twice as Prime Minister (1846-1852, 1865-1866). Sir Edward Paget (1775-1849) served in the British Army during the Peninsular War's Battle of Corunna (1809). He was serving as second in command under the Duke of Wellington when he was captured by the French cavalry in 1812; he later was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in India, where he conducted the Burmese campaigns of 1824 and 1825. Normal mailing folds. Creased throughout. Slightly soiled. Lightly worn. Small ink stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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