[George II.] Autograph Signature ('George R.') in the last year of his life, with those of Lord North, the Duke of Newcastle, James Oswald, Lord Barrington and four others, on warrant placing Lieut George Gardner on half pay.

George II (1683-1760); Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford (1732-92); William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington (1717-93); James Oswald (1715-1769); Thomas Farraine; Bridges Thomas Foote
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'Given at Our Court in Kensington this 17th: day of May 1760 in the Thirty Third Year of Our Reign'.
SKU: 21761

Signed by George II, and by three of the five Lords Commissioners of the Treasury: Lord North (the future Prime Minister during the American War of Independence), the Duke of Newcastle and James Oswald. Also signed by Lord Barrington, Thomas Farraine, Bridges Thomas Foote and two others. 3pp, foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. Folded three times. The king's signature ('George R.'), given within months of his death, is firmly written in the customary place at the top left of the document. Fifty-two lines of text, written in a secretarial hand, and signed at end 'Barrington'. Addressed 'To Our Right Trusty & Wellbeloved Councillor Henry Fox Paymaster General of Our Guards, Garrisoins and Land Forces in Great Britain and Forces Abroad.' On the recto of the second leaf: 'We have been made acquainted with the aforegoing Warrant Whitehall Treasury Chambers the 25th day of August 1760 | Holles Newcastle | North | James Oswald' and 'Entred in the Office of William Aislabie Esqr. Auditor the 14th. January 1761. | Tho: Farraine Depty: Audr.' (i.e. Thomas Farraine, Deputy Auditor of the Imprest) and 'Entred in the Office of the Right Honble. Lewis Lord Sondes Auditor the 19th. January 1761 | In the Absence of John Lloyd Esqr. Dep: Audr./ | B T Hooke', i.e. the florid signature of Bridges Thomas Hooke, clerk of the Imprest Office, described in his obituary, Gent. Mag., July 1796, as 'well known to public companies in London, for many years past, as an excellent convivial songster'. Endorsed on reverse of second leaf: 'Warrant for Placing on Half Pay 1st. Lieut. George Gardner. | To commence 6th. November 1759. | dated. 17th' May 1760. | Entred at both Auditors. | R: R: | Entd:' and 'Entd: in the Office of the Paymr: General this 30th of January 1761 | J: H: E: S:', with the following: 'Mr. Tomlinson 2s: 2p: - pd. Entd.' 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'.