GEORGE IV (1762-1830). King of Great Britain and Ireland and king of Hanover.
Autograph Letter Signed ('GR') as king to an unnamed correspondent, 2 pages 4to with integral blank leaf, Windsor Castle, 'Friy. N[ight], March 26th. 1824'. Headed 'Private', giving his correspondent carte blanche to offer Lord Gifford the mastership of the rolls.
Robert, 1st Baron Gifford (1779-1826) made rapid progress towards the end of his career. He had been raised the peerage on 31 January 1824 and on 19 February became acting speaker of the House of Lords, he then became master of the rolls on 5 April, not long after the suggestion was made in this letter.
'... Such is my affection for you & my perfect reliance in you, that I do not only readily acquiesce in the offer being made to Lord Gifford, of the mastership of the Rolls, but I give you, carte blanche, (but to you, & you alone) with respect, to whatever other arrange[ments] may be required, in consequence of the removal of Lord Gifford from the Court of Pleas ... God Bless you.'Provenance: from a collection formed by A.M. Broadley in 1903.
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