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.
Good Document on
batonne laid paper with Royal Watermark, measuring 9½" wide x 14½" 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.
by Berryhill & Sturgeon, Ltd.