QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MANUSCRIPT ENDORSMENT SIGNED 09/03/1859 CO-SIGNED BY: DUKE EDWARD ADOLPHUS (SOMERSET XII) SEYMOUR - HFSID 82296
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She approves Somerset's petition as First Lord of the Admiralty that a death sentence imposed on a Marine private be commuted to 2 years hard labor and dishonorable discharge, in light of the weak evidence against him.
Manuscript Endorsement signed: "App'd/Victoria Reg", 1 page, 4½x13. Admiralty, 1859 September 3. Also signed "Somerset". In full: "The Duke of Somerset with humble duty submits to Your Majesty the sentence of a Court Martial held on the first of August 1859 on board Your Majesty's ship 'Hibernia' at Malta, a William Jackson, Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, belonging to that ship, for a breach of the second and twenty-ninth Articles of War. For this crime he was adjudged to suffer death. In consideration that the proof of the capital offence is so unsatisfactory the Duke of Somerset most humbly submits to Your Majesty that his punishment of death may be remitted and that the said William Jackson be imprisoned for two years with hard labor and discharged with disgrace from Your Majesty's Service." Folded on verso with 3 red wax seals. QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901) ascended to the throne on June 20, 1837 (her coronation ceremony was held the following year). She ruled the United Kingdom longer than any other monarch before or since, although Queen Elizabeth II, crowned in 1953, may best that record. Victoria's 63-year reign (1837 until her death in 1901) endeared her to her subjects, and she gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. Her husband, Prince Albert, whom she married in 1840, was an able political figure himself, the Queen's close advisor until his death in 1861. The royal pair had nine children - four sons and five daughters. Victoria's reign was celebrated with two jubilees, honoring her 50 and 60 years on the throne. Britain was the world's greatest power during her reign, and she became Empress of India in 1877. By the time of her death, most of Europe's thrones were occupied by blood relatives of Victoria. EDWARD SEYMOUR (1804-1885), a Whig politician who inherited the title of 12th DUKE OF SOMERSET in 1855, was First Lord of the Admiralty under Prime Ministers Russell and Palmerston (1859-1866). From the early 19th century until 1923, the Seymour's also used the name St Maur, supposedly the original name of the family. Heavily soiled. Heavily toned. Light surface creases. Corners worn and creased. Wax stamps on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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