QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/14/1852 CO-SIGNED BY: HENRY GEORGE EARL GREY III - HFSID 178684
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Her appointment of a 2nd lieutenant of the Fifth Regiment of Foot, also signed by the Secretary of War, the Earl Grey
Military Appointment signed: "Victoria Reg" as Queen of the United Kingdom. Also signed "G Grey" as Colonial Secretary. 1 page, 12¾x9½. St. James Court, London, England. 1852 January 14. Appointment of George Henry James Rowling as Second Lieutenant of the Fifth Regiment of Foot, effective from December 5, 1851. 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. HENRY GEORGE GREY, the THIRD EARL GREY (1802-1894) was the son of the second Earl, Charles Grey, a Prime Minister and the man for whom the tea is named. The younger Grey entered Parliament as Viscount Howick in 1826, and became Under Secretary for War and Colonies in his father's government (1830-1834). He resigned in protest when slave emancipation was made gradual, not immediate. He was Secretary of War (1835-1839) and Colonial Secretary (1846-1852). In the latter office, he declared it his policy that the colonies were to be governed with their own interests paramount, not those of England, and he extended a greater degree of self-government. Grey held no public office after 1852 - this Ministry fell one month after the date of this appointment, but he wrote extensively, including books on parliamentary reform, the Irish question, and the US tariff. Creased and toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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