PRIME MINISTER ROBERT BANKS (2ND EARL OF LIVERPOOL) JENKINSON - FREE FRANK SIGNED 07/01/1824 - HFSID 23809
Sale Price $324.00
PRIME MINISTER ROBERT BANKS JENKINSON, 2nd EARL OF LIVERPOOL
A Free Frank envelope from the British Prime Minister, signed simply with "Liverpool"
Free frank signed: "Liverpool" as Prime Minister, 5x5 Envelope bearing his handwritten frank and addressed in his hand to: "London first July 1824/Thomas Jean Esq./Christchurch/Hants". Black wax seal near lower edge. Robert Banks Jenkinson (1770-1828) was Britain's Prime Minister longer than anyone since the unification with Ireland, serving in that office from 1812 to 1827. A Tory who had been elected to the House of Commons in 1790, but had to wait until the following year to attain the minimum age to attend sessions, he served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, and Secretary of State for War and Colonies before becoming P. M. When his father, Charles Jenkinson, a close advisor of King George III, became the First Earl of Liverpool in 1796, Jenkinson earned the honorific title of Lord Hawkesbury. Upon his father's death in 1803, Jenkinson inherited the earldom, moving from Commons to the House of Lords. As Prime Minister, Jenkinson oversaw the War of 1812 with the US, the victorious conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna. A conservative, Jenkinson, now Earl of Liverpool, adopted repressive measures to curb the unrest accompanying the economic slump following the end of the wars, and the demands for broader male suffrage. Heavily toned and soiled. Multiple mailing folds. Wax seal near bottom edge. Edges frayed and worn. Corners worn. Ink stamp at top right corner (effecting signature). Otherwise, fine condition.
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