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GEORGE III (1738-1820). King of England.
Document Signed, 3 pages large folio (torn in the folds of the second leaf), St James's 30 April 1802. Ordering the payment of a pension to Isabella Frances Master, widow of Richard Master, late Governor of Tobago, and of a fund in trust to Sir Abraham Hume on her behalf.
'... We are graciously pleased to grant unto Isabella Frances Master, Widow of the said Richard Master an Annuity Or Yearly Pension of £200, to commence on the 26th day of October 1800 (being the day on which the said Richard Master died) and to continue during our Pleasure. And ... We are further graciously pleased to grant and allow unto Our Trust y and welbeloved Sir Abraham Hume Baronet, In trust for the Children of the said Isabella Frances Master an Annuity Or Yearly Pension of £100. ...'
Sir Abraham Hume (1749-1838) had abaondoned politics to concentrate on this other interests. The Dictionary of National Biography records that 'his estates at Wormley in Hertfordshire and Fernyside in Berwickshire enabled him to be a patron of the arts all his life. He amassed a famous collection of minerals and of precious stones, and was a large purchaser of pictures by the old masters. For distinction in natural history and mineralogy he was elected F.R.S. on 14 December 1775, and at his death was its senior fellow. He was one of the founders of the Geological Society, and served as vice-president from 1809 to 1813.'
The document is countersigned by three Commissioners of the Treasury, including Henry Addington (later Viscount Sidmouth), the Prime Minister.
[No: 20661]

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