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QUEEN VICTORIA and THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY Early in her reign, the Queen awards an ensign on inactive duty a pension of "One Shilling and tenpence a day". The recipient was a former French marshal, ennobled by the last Bourbon King, Charles X.

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Early in her reign, the Queen awards an ensign on inactive duty a pension of "One Shilling and tenpence a day". The recipient was a former French marshal, ennobled by the last Bourbon King, Charles X. Also signed by the Secretary of War who was more famous as a historian. Very rare!
Manuscript Document signed: "Victoria Reg" as Queen of the United Kingdom. Also signed "T B Macaulay" as War Secretary,1p, 8x12½. Buckingham Palace, London, England, 1840 May 19. Her Majesty instructs the Paymaster to pay Paul Gregoire Joseph Baron de Lambot, an officer on half pay (inactive status) as a Reduced Ensign, the sum of "one Shilling and tenpence a day". Despite the impressive size of his own family, with the death of King George III, the crown passed through his children in quick succession, first to his eldest son George IV (1820-1830), than to his third son William IV (1830-1837), and eventually to one of his more unlikely heirs, his granddaughter by his fourth son, Princess Victoria. QUEEN VICTORIA of the United Kingdom and the Empress of India (1819-1901) ascended the throne at the young age of 18, beginning the longest reign in British history and ruling over a time soon to be known as the Victorian Era. This time period was remembered for its industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military change within the United Kingdom with massive growth of the British Empire. More of a national icon rather than a direct political power, Victoria's name was synonymous with strict standards of personal morality. Her great affection for her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, remains a renowned love story in her history; they had nine children together, all married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "Grandmother of Europe". Her reign lasted sixty-three years and seven months, and with her death so ended the House of Hanover in the British monarchy, and her legacy of her detailed correspondence and journals have displayed her previously unknown political straight-talking which was emotional, obstinate, and honest. THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859) was a Whig Member of the British Parliament for most of the years between 1830 and 1859. As a member of colonial India's governing Supreme Council (1834-1838), he championed the emergence of an English-speaking Indian elite that shared English values and customs ("Macaulay's children"). He held various Cabinet posts, including Secretary of War (1839-1841) and Paymaster-General (1846-1848). Even better known as a poet, essayist and historian, he published a four-volume History of England, which sold widely and eventually published in 13 languages. Macaulay's account, written in excellent prose, treated English history as the gradual triumph of liberty and progress. His dramatic view of history, replete with heroes and villains, was enormously popular in his time. Although his elitism and the dismissive attitude he assumed toward the achievements of other cultures and peoples have negatively affected his legacy, Macaulay's literary output continues to command the respect of both critics and scholars alike. Paul Gregoire Joseph Lambot, Baron Lambot (1775-1869) was ennobled by the last Bourbon King of France, Charles X, shortly before the King was deposed in 1830. Under Charles X Lambot held the rank of Marshal. How the Baron, obviously an exile, acquired the lowly rank of ensign in the British army, on half pay no less, is unknown, but would make for an interesting tale. Normal mailing folds. Creased and toned. Small nicks at edges. Pencil note in an unknown hand at top margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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