[GEORGE IV] (1762-1830). King of Great Britain and Ireland and king of Hanover.
Document Signed on behalf of George IV by six of the lords justices, 1 page folio (oblong) on vellum sith papered seal, given at Whitehall, 13 October 1821. Appointing Eaton Monins adjutant in the 62nd or Oxfordshire regiment of foot commanded by Sir Hildebrand Oakes.
The signatories (in the upper right hand corner) are: Frederick Augustus, duke of York and Albany (1763-1827), the 'grand old duke of york', second son of George III ('Frederick'); Charles Manners-Sutton (1762-1828), Archbishop of Canterbury ('Cantuar'); John Scott, first earl of Elton (1751-1838); Robert Saunders Dundas, second Viscount Melville (1771-1851); Nicholas Vansittart, later first Baron Bexley (1766-1851), and one other. The countersignature in the lower right hand corner is that of Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854), archivist and permanent under-secretary of state for the Home department.
Sir Hildebrand Oakes (1754-1822) had served in America under Cornwallis, was present at the attack on Charleston in June 1776 and did not return to England until May 1784. He was civil and military commissioner of Malta from 1810 until 1813. The plague on the island which killed 5000 occurred during his period in government there. Oxford DNB records that he succeeded 'Sir Thomas Moore' [sic - for Sir John Moore] as colonel of the 52nd light infantry on 25 January 1809. Sir John Moore had been killed at Corunna on 16 January.
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