Mad King George III Signed Chelsea Hospital Warrant £30,000 1808 Lord Somerset For Sale
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Mad King George III Signed Chelsea Hospital Warrant £30,000 1808 Lord Somerset:
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Very fine Warrant signed by King George III (1738-1820), dated 29th June 1808 regarding the huge sum of £30,000 for the upkeep of the Chelsea Hospital by taking one shilling out of every pound of the out-Penions, clearly signed by King George in black ink at the header, but obviously during a severe bout of mental illness judging by the signature. The Warrant is addressed to General Lord Charles Henry Somerset (1767-1831), born in Badminton, England, he was Treasurer to the Chelsea Hospital but was also a British soldier, politician and colonial administrator. He was governor of the Cape Colony, South Africa, from 1814 to 1826.
The Warrant is on watermarked paper 'Golding & Snelgrove 1807'"George R
Whereas the Commissioner of Our Treasury have represented unto Us that it hath been made appear unto them by a Report of the Comptrollers of the accounts of Our army ated th 11 May 1808 that the sum of £30,000 being part of the present amount remaining in your hands of the deduction of one shilling in the Pound taken from the our-Pensions on the Establshment of Chelsea Hospital may conveniently be applied towards the service of the present year, in aid of the Parliamentary Grant for the said Establishment And have recommended unto Us to direct the appropriation of the said sum of £30,000 towards the said service, to which We being graciously pleased to consent, Our Will and Pleasure is and we do hereby direct the said sum of thirty thousand pounds, being part of the present amount of one shilling int he Pound taken from the out-Pensions on the Establishment of Chelsea Hospital towards the service of the present year, in aid of the Parliamentary Grant for the said Establishment And this shall be as well to you for causing the said sum so to be applied, as to the Commissioners for auditing the Public Accounts and all others concerned in paying your account for allowing the same these upon a sufficient Warrant. Given at Our Court at Saint James's this 29th Day of June 1808 in the forty eighth year of Our ReignBy His Majesty's Command
To Our Right Trusty and Wellbeloved Charles Long, and Charles Henry Somerset, commonly called Lord Charles Henry Somerset, Treasurer of Our Royal Hospital at in the audit Office Somerset Place
15th May 1810 Tho GibbesTreasurer of Chelsea Hospital to apply £30,000 arising from the Deduction of 1/- in the Pound from the out-Pensions towards the Service of the present year"
George was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. He was concurrently Duke and prince-elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg ("Hanover") in the Holy Roman Empire until his promotion to King of Hanover on 12 October 1814. He was the third British monarch of the House of Hanover, but unlike his two predecessors he was born in Britain, spoke English as his first language, and never visited Hanover.His life and reign, which were longer than any other British monarch before him, were marked by a series of military conflicts involving his kingdoms, much of the rest of Europe, and places farther afield in Africa, the Americas and Asia. Early in his reign, Great Britain defeated France in the Seven Years' War, becoming the dominant European power in North America and India. However, many of Britain's American colonies were soon lost in the American Revolutionary War. Further wars against revolutionary and Napoleonic France from 1793 concluded in the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.In the later part of his life, George III suffered from recurrent, and eventually permanent, mental illness. Although it has since been suggested that he suffered from the blood disease porphyria, the cause of his illness remains unknown. This document was signed in 1808 in a very erratic manner. After a final relapse in 1810, a regency was established, and George III's eldest son, George, Prince of Wales, ruled as Prince Regent. On George III's death, the Prince Regent succeeded his father as George IV.The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a retirement home and nursing home for some 300 retired British soldiers, located on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is a true hospital in the original sense of the word – that is, a place where hospitality was provided. The residents in the Royal Hospital are referred to as "in-pensioners" or more colloquially, as Chelsea pensioners.Size: 35.5 x 23.5 cm approx
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