[Sylvester, Lord Glenbervie and Thomas Steele, Joint Paymasters General of the Forces.] Both men's Autograph Signatures, with seals, to document witnessed by P. George Craufurd and Harry Harmood, appointing their attorneys.

Sylvester, Lord Glenbervie [Sylvester Douglas, 1st Baron Glenbervie] and Thomas Steele, Joint Paymasters General of the Forces; Patrick George Craufurd and Harry Harmood of Army Pay Office
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'this 26th. day of March In the Forty first Year of His Majesty's Reign, and in the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and One.'
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See the entries for Sylvester Douglas, 1st Baron Glenbervie (1743-1823), and Thomas Steele (1753-1823) in the Oxford DNB. The two men served as Joint Paymasters General of the Forces, 1801-1803. 2pp, foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to the reverse of the leaf. Embossed tax stamp at top left of first page. The signatures of 'Thos. Steele' and 'Glenbervie' are at bottom right, with the men's seals in red wax beside them (Steele's in fair condition, and Glenbervie's lacking a segment from chipping). Witnessed at bottom left by P. George Craufurd [Patrick George Craufurd ] (1741-1804) and Harry Harmood of the Army Pay Office, Whitehall: 'Sealed and delivered being first duly Stamped In the presence of | P. George Craufurd. | Harry Harmood.' Written in a secretarial hand, and beginning: 'Know all Men by these presents that We the Right Honorable Thomas Steele and The Right Honorable Sylvester Lord Glenbervie Paymasters General of His Majesty's Forces, as well within Great Britain as without. (except the Kingdom of Ireland) […] have nominated and appointed, and by these presents do nominate, Constitute and Appoint Nathaniel Trederoft Esqre. and the Honorable John Lindsay our true, and lawful Attornies, to and for the Execution of the said Office […]'. 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'.