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Palmerston was still the Secretary for War and yet to realize his ultimate Political Destiny as one of the Great Statesmen of the Victorian Era - While Three Months Later George as Prince Regent would be King in his own Right.

George Prince Regent

George Prince Regent
Lord Palmerston


Lord Henry John Temple
3rd Viscount of Palmerston

George IV signing as the Prince Regent and Lord Palmerston as the Secretary of War sign this Pay Warrant to General Lord Charles Fitzroy, Colonel of the 1st Battalion of the 48th Regiment of Foot for 18,300 and 2 Shillings for the Upkeep of his Battalion from December 25th 1809 to December 24th 1810. Dated October 23rd 1819. General Lord Charles Fitzroy was the Son of a Prime Minister (3rd Duke of Grafton), Father of the Governor of New South Wales and fought with Wellington at Waterloo as a Captain with the 1st Foot.  A nice Convergence of Notables.

Lord Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, K.G., G.C.B., PC (1784 1865)

Palmerston was educated at Harrow, Edinburgh, and St John's College, Cambridge. He succeeded to his father's title on April 17, 1802 as the Third Viscount of Palmerston. Before he was 24 he stood in two contested elections for the University of Cambridge, losing both, but then entered Parliament as MP for a pocket borough, Newport, Isle of Wight, in June 1807. He began his political career as a Tory and a Junior Lord of the Admiralty from 1807. A few months later he delivered his maiden speech in the House of Commons in defence of the expedition to Copenhagen. This speech was so successful that when Perceval formed his government in 1809 he asked this young man of 25 to become Chancellor of the Exchequer. However Palmerston preferred the less-important office of Secretary at War.  He later went on to become one of the great statesmen of the Victorian Era, leading the nation twice as Prime Minister. Here is an early Palmerston signature in his days as Secretary of War also signed by George IV as Prince Regent, whose father, George III, was to die in January of 1820; George IV was soon to take the throne.

Document Specifications:
 Good Document on batonne laid paper with Royal Watermark, measuring 9" wide x 14" tall (240mm x 370mm) and Signed by George IV as Prince Regent and Lord Palmerston as Secretary of War. The document is soiled and has had file fold separations and a few small crease holes expertly repaired but the signatures are bold, strong and clear of repaired areas. Docketing notation on the reverse. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a Royal Document signed by two men about to encounter their destinies.

 Offered by Berryhill & Sturgeon, Ltd.

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