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The King accepts George Canning's resignation

GEORGE IV (1762-1830). King of England.
Autograph Letter (third person) to George Canning, ½-page 4to, Carlton House, 13 December 1820. Accepting Canning's resignation as president of the Board of Control within the cabinet, with feigned regret.
Although the tone of the letter is highly diplomatic, Canning and the new king (George III had died in January) had been at daggers drawn. Canning had supported Queen Caroline and had particularly angered the king by expressing support for her in the Commons. In 1821-22, when Liverpool tried to persuade the king to alllow him back into the cabinet, George refused, and it was to avoid the embarrassment of having him on the fringes that he was then made governor-general of India.
'... The King, feels as He should do, the loss of a Servant, whose great talents render'd Him, so very useful, to the Government & the Country.' [sic, as to punctuation]
The letter bears an endorsement initialled by Canning's private secretary, John Backhouse (1784-1845):
'The autograph answer of His Majesty, George IV, to the Letter in which, for the second time, Mr Canning tendered his Resignation, on account of the impending Proceedings against the Queen.'
[No: 21929]


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