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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 townhouse,
once home to the Gargoyle Club, it is rich in both its historic past and its Georgian architecture.

 

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"W Pitt"

William Pitt the Younger (17591806) 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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