[Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and author] Autograph Signature and seal on part of document relating to William Burke of Madras, with those of his son Richard Burke; Lord Ravensworth (with seal); Richard Champion and two others.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and author; his son Richard Burke (1758-1794); Henry Liddell, Lord Ravensworth (1708-1784); Richard Champion (1743-1791)
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[Circa August 1782.]
SKU: 21531

On 11.5 x 20 cm piece of paper, cut from a document. The signatures of Ravensworth and Burke are written in firm clear hands one above the other to the right of the page, with their respective seals in red wax to the right of them. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on 11.5 x 20 cm piece of cream paper removed from an album. Slight loss at head of Burke's seal caused when paper was folded. The signature and seal of 'Ravensworth' is at top right, and at top left: 'Signed Sealed & Delivered by the said Right Honble. Lord Ravensworth (being first duly Stamped) | in the presence of | Rich Champion | Wm. Hall'. (The inking of Champion's signature is uneven.) The signature and seal of 'Edm Burke' are at bottom right, and at bottom left the same form of words as for the other witnessing, with the signatures of 'Richd Burke' and 'Richd Champion'. (Champion thus witnesses for both men, the second signature, with superscript 'd', being evenly inked.) Showing through the mount on the reverse of the document are twelve lines of text, including the date August 1782, and referring to Burke's successor (on 1 August 1782) as Paymaster General of the Forces Isaac Barré (1726-1802), and William Burke of Madras in the East Indies and the East India Company. Ravensworth was a distant cousin of Lady Rockingham. Richard Champion, Bristol porcelain manufacturer, was a friend and supporter of Burke, who arranged his appointment as his deputy Paymaster General. Financial irregularities on Champion's part ended the friendship, and Champion emigrated to the United States in 1784. From the distinguished autograph collection of the psychiatrist Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), whose collection of 7000 works relating to psychiatry is now in Cambridge University Library. Hunter and his mother Ida Macalpine had a particular interest in the illness of King George III, and their book 'George III and the Mad Business' (1969) suggested the diagnosis of porphyria popularised by Alan Bennett in his play 'The Madness of George III'.