QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/06/1851 CO-SIGNED BY: SIR GEORGE GREY - HFSID 112444
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QUEEN VICTORIA and SIR GEORGE GREY
The Queen and her Home Secretary sign an 1851 manuscript letter to the Archbishop of York, reaffirming his right to solicit voluntary contributions for construction of churches.
Manuscript Document Signed: "Victoria Reg" as Queen and "G. Grey" as Home Secretary in brown ink. 8 pages, 8x12½, front and verso. St. James Court, London, England. 1851 November 6.To the Archbishop of York "For a Collection for the building of Churches and Chapels in England & Wales". Addressed: "To the most Reverend Father in God Our Right Trusty & Right Entirely beloved Councellor Thomas Archbishop of York Primate of England and Metropolitan". In part: "Their Majesties King George the Fourth and King William the Fourth were graciously Pleased to issue their Royal Letters directed respectively to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York Authorizing the Collection of voluntary Contributions within their provinces according to the Provisions of the said Act...That the Sum so collected amounting to £232,658.0.2 has been applied according to the Provisions of the said Act...That the above mentioned Sum includes £44,125 contributed towards the erection of churches in the new Ecclesiastical Districts...." Signed at the head of the first page by the 32-year-old Queen and at the conclusion by Grey. 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. SIR GEORGE GREY(1799-1882) served as Home Secretary from 1846-1852, 1855-1858 and 1861-1866. Folds, vertical fold touches the "t" in Victoria's signature. Lightly soiled, stained at three places at blank left margin, where pages have been bound by green ribbon. Shaded in bottom blank margin of first page and on integral leaf on verso. Overall, fine condition.
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