QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 08/28/1852 CO-SIGNED BY: SPENCER HORATIO WALPOLE - HFSID 167481
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Appointment of a Captain of a Company in the 55th Regiment of Foot, also signed by the Spencer Walpole as Home Secretary. The Regiment would soon receive battle honors in the Crimea. Military Appointments are usually signed by the Secretary of State for War, so a commission signed by the Home Secretary is quite distinctive.
Military Appointment signed: "Victoria Reg" as the Queen of the United Kingdom in brown ink. Also signed "S H Walpole" as Home Secretary. 1 page, 16x12. St. James, London, England. 1852 August 28. Appointment of Alfred C. Crane, Esq. as Captain in a Company of the 55th Regiment of Foot. Accompanied by an unsigned 2¾x4 photograph. 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. SPENCER HORATIO WALPOLE (1806-1898) was a Member of Parliament from 1846 to 1882, and served three times as Home Secretary under the Earl of Derby (February-December 1852, 1858-1859, 1866-1867). He received much criticism for suppressing demonstrations for expansion of the suffrage in 1866, but internal documents show he had favored allowing the protests, but was overruled within the Cabinet. Marrying his cousin, he was both nephew and son in law of Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated (in 1812). Military Appointments are usually signed by the Secretary of State for War, so a commission signed by the Home Secretary is quite distinctive. The 55th Regiment of Foot, formed in 1755, with a record of service in several wars, including the American Revolution, would receive three battle honors in the Crimean War (1853-1855). Multiple folds. Heavily toned. Corners worn. Worn on folds. Edges and corners frayed. Soiled on top margin. Light surface creases. Bottom left side of page thinned on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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