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William Pitt the Younger, 2nd Earl of Guilford
Prime Minister of England
William Pitt signed
address panel [cover front]
and in his hand addressed to Mr. Lindsay, Esquire
at the Dean Street Hotel in Soho, London
Signed W Pitt as a Free Frank at lower left.
The Dean Street Hotel is a today a four-storey Georgian
once home to the Gargoyle Club, it is rich in both its historic past and
its Georgian architecture.
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William Pitt the Younger (1759–1806) was a British politician of the
late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became England's youngest Prime
Minister in 1783 at the age of 24.
The younger Pitt's prime ministerial tenure, which came during the reign
of George III, was dominated by major events in Europe, including the
French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Pitt, although often referred
to as a Tory, or "new Tory", called himself an "independent Whig" and
was generally opposed to the development of a strict partisan political
system. He pursued parliamentary reform and fiscal prudence, introducing
the 1£ banknote.
The autograph signature is a Free Frank,
meaning that members of Parliament were authorized to sign their mail as
opposed to paying for the regular postage. In this item, this is the
address panel from a sheet folded letter. Please note the address panel
or front stands alone. There is no writing on the reverse side and no
letter attached. It has been attached to a glossy red stock card with
white archival adhesive (soft) and could be remounted if so desired. The
signed address panel measures approximately 4⅝" x 3" (118mm x 74mm). It
is on batonne laid paper.
Soho was grazing farmland until 1536, when it was
taken by King Henry VIII to be turned into a royal park for the Palace
of Whitehall. The name Soho first appears in the 17th century. It is
believed that it was an old hunting call, as in "Soho! There goes the
fox!" On the other hand, it may also be a short form for South Holborn.
Holborn itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon word holbourne which means
"deep brook", referring to a stream that used to flow near where High
Holborn and its continuation, Oxford Street are today.
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