Kaiser Wilhelm was born in Berlin to Crown Prince Friedrich and his
wife, Victoria, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom (eldest daughter of
Queen Victoria). His mother was also the aunt of Russian Empress
Alexandra (wife of Tsar Nicholas II) and sister of British King Edward
VII. A traumatic breech birth left him with a withered left arm due to
Erb's Palsy, which he tried with some success to conceal. Wilhelm was
educated at Kassel at the Friedrichsgymnasium and the University of
Bonn. He was possessed of a quick intelligence, but unfortunately this
was often overshadowed by a cantankerous temper. Wilhelm also took a
certain interest in the science and technology of the age, but though he
liked to pose, in conversation, as a man of the world, he remained
convinced that he belonged to a distinct order of mankind, designated
for monarchy by the grace of God. Wilhelm was accused of megalomania as
early as 1894, by German pacifist Ludwig Quidde. Wilhelm idolized his
grandfather, Wilhelm I and was instrumental in later attempts to
foster a cult of the first German Emperor as "Wilhelm the Great".
Wilhelm I died in Berlin on March 9, 1888, and Prince Wilhelm's father
was subsequently proclaimed emperor as Friedrich III. But Kaiser
Friedrich was dying of throat cancer, and on 15th June of that same year
his 29 year-old son succeeded him as German Emperor and King of Prussia.
Perhaps Wilhelm's primary impact upon German political and cultural
development was his change of the country's position from the
Realpolitic of Bismarck to the Weltpolitic view that saw Germany as a
major player in the world community which could compete on a grand
global scale. This necessitated the dismissal of Bismarck who was more
concerned with regional power and consolidation and the appointment of
more agreeable Cabinet members who would carry out his concepts of
German Empire. He lusted after a military and especially a navy
comparable to Britain's. He pushed hard for the development of an
expansive colonial empire to provide resources and markets for a German
global economic footprint.
Here is a very Fine Cabinet Appointment with his bold and dark
Document – Signed and Dated: March 6, 1899
Text as Follows:
King of Prussia, etc.
by the Grace of God
herewith announce with solemnity that we deigned to appoint Dr. Ernst
von Weyrauch, current Undersecretary to the Ministry of Education and
Health Affairs to Privy Councillor. Carrying the title of Excellency.
This appointment was made trusting that his Excellency shall continue
keeping steadfast loyalty to the Sovereign, whereas in turn his
Excellency shall be commended to Our highest protection and shall enjoy
the privileges befitting the character of such high office. This
document was caused to be authenticated by affixing Our Royal Seal to
same. Signed at Ermlin Castle, the sixth day of March 1899.
[Seal of State]
Wilhelm II [signature]
Royal Embossed Seal
Also Signed by:
As Chancellor of Germany: Chlodwig Karl Victor Fürst zu
Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1819 – 1901) was a German statesman and
Chancellor of Germany 1894-1900.
As Foreign Minister: Prince Bernhard Heinrich Karl Martin von Bülow
(1849 – 1929) who later served as Chancellor of the German Empire from
1900 to 1909. Dr Robert Bosse (minister of ecclesiastical affairs),
Ernst Freiherr von Hammerstein-Loxten (Prussian minister of agriculture)
and other Cabinet members.
measures 8.5"wide x 13" tall ( 210mm x 330mm). It is is very fine
condition. Document is Signed by Wilhelm II as King of Prussia, a 1 page
folio and dated March 6, 1899. It is also signed by nine Cabinet
members including the current and future Chancellors of Germany.
There is a large albino impressed State Seal to the left of Wilhelm's
signature. The document has one horizontal and one vertical fold. There
is docketing information on the reverse side.
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