QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 06/30/1850 CO-SIGNED BY: HENRY GEORGE EARL GREY III - HFSID 167480
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Appointment of a Lieutenant in the 14th Regiment of Foot, also signed by the Earl Grey as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
Military Appointment signed: "Victoria Reg" as Queen of the United Kingdom in brown ink. Also signed "G Grey" as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. 1 page, 14x9½. St. James Court, London, England. 1850 June 30. Appointment of Julius Chatham Hood as Lieutenant in the 14th Regiment of Foot. QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901), the last member of the House of Hanover to reign (from 1837) as a British monarch, ruled the United Kingdom longer than any other monarch before or since. Her 63-year reign endeared her to her subjects, and she gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. Until the very end of her reign, when the rising powers of Germany and the United States began to challenge its primacy, Victoria's British Empire was incontestably the world's greatest economic and military power. Her Husband, Prince Albert, an able political figure himself, was 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. 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 Secretary of State for War and the Colonies (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, but he wrote extensively, including books on parliamentary reform, the Irish question, and the US tariff. The Fourteenth Regiment of Foot, also called the West Yorkshire Regiment, was formed under King Charles in 1685, seeing action in many British wars, including the American Revolution. In 1855, would face combat again in the Crimean War. Multiple folds. Heavily stained on top and bottom margins. Heavily toned. Corners worn and creased. Light surface creases. Pencil notes (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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