KING WILLIAM IV - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 12/01/1830 CO-SIGNED BY: PRIME MINISTER WILLIAM (VISCOUNT MELBOURNE II) LAMB (GREAT BRITAIN) - HFSID 54818
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KING WILLIAM IV of the UNITED KINGDOM and the VISCOUNT MELBOURNE
The King and his Home Secretary, future Prime Minister Viscount Melbourne, sign military appointment of Captain John Harper to the rank of Major
Military Appointment signed: "William R[ex]" as King of the United Kingdom, also signed by "Melbourne", the Home Secretary. 1 page, 15½x11½ vellum, docketed on verso. Court of St. James, 1830 December 1. Promotion of Captain John Harper, Royal Engineers, to the rank of Major. One red and one blue paper seal below signature. Docketed on verso. KING WILLIAM IV of the United Kingdom 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, the year of this appointment, 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. VISCOUNT MELBOURNE (WILLIAM LAMB), 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). Lightly creased and soiled. Vertical fold crosses "R" of King's signature. Overall, fine condition.
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