[ William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, British Prime Minister. ] Manuscript 'Circular' signed by him ('Portland') as Home Secretary, to the Earl of Home, as 'The Lord Lieutenant of the County of Berwick', regarding wartime measures.

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland [ William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland ] (1738-1809), British Prime Minister [ Alexander Ramey-Home, 10th Earl of Home ]
Publication details: 
Whitehall. 22 February 1797.
SKU: 19853

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Good firm signature on aged document, with fraying to extremities and loss to blank area at foot of second leaf. Docketed: 'The Duke of Portland to the Earl of Home | 22 February 1797'. Begins: 'My Lord | As it would materially add to the difficulties which already oppose themselves to any attempts, which it is possible the Enemy may be induced to make upon our Coasts, if the live & dead Stock of Individuals, residing near the Sea Coast, was capable of being instantly removed & secured for the benefit of the Proprietors, I am commanded to recommend it to Your Lordship to exert your influence in causing to be made out & transmitted to Lord Adam Gordon, as speedily as possible, an account of the live and dead Stock, in such of the Parishes of the County of Berwick as are within ten or twelve miles of the Sea.' As a guide of 'the mode of making out the account required', he is sending (not present) 'the Form in which it has been executed by the voluntary Exertions of the Gentlemen of the County of Dorset'. He discusses 'the mode in which it is proposed to remove such live & dead Stock', measures for 'defraying any Expences which may arise', and ends: 'Altho' this circumstance is such as must obviate every possible objection to the measure, I am, nevertheless, confident that all those whom it may concern would, exclusively of every personal consideration or motive, join with the utmost alacrity in the execution of a measure, which has for its object the general safety of the Country'.