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The King and his Home Secretary, future Prime Minister the Viscount Melbourne, sign the military appointment of John Grant to the rank of Lieutenant for the 78th Highland Regiment of the Foot

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The King and his Home Secretary, future Prime Minister the Viscount Melbourne, sign the military appointment of John Grant to the rank of Lieutenant for the 78th Highland Regiment of the Foot
Military Appointment Signed: "William R[ex]" in faded black ink as King of the United Kingdom. Also, "Melbourne" as Home Secretary. 1 page, 13½x9¼, docketed on verso. Affixed with a paper seal in left margin with dark blue paper. St. James Court, London, England. January 17, 1834. Appointment of John K. Grant to a lieutenant in the 78th Highland Regiment of the Foot. KING WILLIAM IV(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. PRIME MINISTER WILLIAM LAMB, 2ND VISCOUNT MELBOURNE (1799-1848), was Home Secretary in the Whig government of Earl Grey, a reform-minded administration pursuing electoral reform. He later served as Commissioner of the Treasury and then as Prime Minister (1834, 1835-1841). Normal mailing folds. Toned. Creased throughout. Slightly soiled. Lightly worn. Small ink stains throughout. Missing seal in left margin. Staining in several places. Otherwise, fine condition.

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