[George Canning, future Prime Minister, and Thomas Steele, as Joint Paymasters General of the Forces.] Their Autograph Signatures, with four others, to 'Paymaster General's Deputation to The Honble. Augustus Phipps', regarding the Gibraltar garrison.

George Canning (1770-1827), Tory Prime Minister in 1827; Thomas Steele (1753-1823), Pittite politician; George Craufurd; Thomas Gibbes; Augustus Phipps; Harry Harmood; William Wood; Gibraltar garrison
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'this Fifth day of July in the Year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred [1800], and the Fortieth Year of His Majesty's Reign'.
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2pp, foolscap 8vo. On bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of stub adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is endorsed 'Paymaster General's Deputation to The Honble. Augustus Phipps | Dated 5th July 1800'. Twenty-three-line document, in a secretarial hand, in which Steele and Canning, as 'Paymasters General of His Majestys Forces, as well within Great Britain as without, (except the Kingdom of Ireland) […] Do Authorize and Empower The Honorable Augustus Phipps […] to pay the Subsistence of His Majesty's Forces and also the Contingencies and Pay of the Staff Officers, Now and for the Time being Serving in the Garrison and Gibraltar'. The signatures of 'Thos. Steele' and 'Geo. Canning' are one above the other at bottom right of first page, with seal under paper to the right of each signature. At bottom left of first page: 'Sealed and Delivered (being first duly Stamp'd) in the Presence of | Pr. George Craufurd | Wm. Wood'. (George Craufurd (d.1804) was Accountant General of the Army Pay Office, in which Wood was Cashier.} Written downwards along the left-hand margin of the first page: 'Entered in the Office for Auditing the Public Accounts the 25 February 1801 | Thos Gibbes'. (Gibbes was a clerk to Lord Sondes at the Office of Auditor of the Imprests.) On the reverse of the first leaf: 'Entered in the Office of The Paymaster General of His Majesty's Forces the 30th. April 1801 – | Harry Harmood.' (Harry served in the Navy Pay Office as Paymaster to Isaac Barré, Treasurer of Navy.) Augustus Phipps (1762-1826) was Commissioner of Excise, Stamps, Taxes, and Inland Revenue. He was a friend of Sir George Beaumont, and through him an acquaintance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 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'.