[Viscount Sydney, British statesman after whom the cities in Australia and Canada are named.] Autograph Signature ('Sydney') to part of financial document.

Author: 
Viscount Sydney [Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney] (1733-1800), British statesman after whom the cities of Sydney in Nova Scotia (Canada) New South Wales (Australia) are named
Publication details: 
'Whitehall 18th. June 1787.'
£50.00
SKU: 21445

On irregular slip of paper, roughly 6.5 x 20 cm, cut from document. In fair condition, laid down on larger slip of white paper cut from a leaf of an album. Sydney's signature ('Sydney') is good and firm, at bottom right of the slip. The rest of the text, in another hand, reads: 'Whitehall 18th. January 1787. | I allow this Bill amounting to Three Hundred Pounds fourteen Shillings and Ten Pence.' In a nineteenth-century hand, beneath the text and to the left of the signature, is the following: 'First Viscount Sidney | born 1733 – died 1800 | Twice Secretary of State for the Home Department'. From the distinguished autograph collection of Richard Hunter, son of Ida Macalpine, whose collection of 7000 books relating to psychiatry is in Cambridge University Library. Macalpine and Hunter 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'.