[George III and William Pitt the Younger.] Autograph Signatures of the king ('George R.') and of three Lords Commissioners of the Treasury – Pitt, the Marquess of Graham, and Sir John Aubrey – to document addressed to the two Auditors of the Imprest

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George III; William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806); James Graham, Marquess of Graham (1755-1836, afterwards 3rd Duke of Montrose); Sir John Aubrey (1739-1826)
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'Given at Our Court at St. James's the Twenty Seventh day of August 1784 in the Twenty Fourth Year of Our Reign'.
£650.00
SKU: 21496

2pp, folio. On one leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. Folded twice. Fifty-seven lines of text, written in a clerk's hand, and addressed 'To Our Right Trusty & Welbeloved Lewis Lord Sondes [Lewis Watson, 1st Baron Sondes (1728-1795)] & Our Right Trusty and Welbeloved Cousin Counsellor John Viscount Mountstuart [John Stuart (1744-1814), later Marquess of Bute] Auditors of Our Imprests.' The subject of the document is given at the foot of the last page: 'Allowance on the Accts. Of Paymaster General of sundry Payments made without the Deduction of Poundage & Hospital'. The king's signature is a good one, firm and bold, in the customary position at top left: 'George R.' At the end of the document are the signatures of three Lords Commissioners of the Treasury: 'W Pitt | Graham | John Aubrey' [i.e. William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806); James Graham, Marquess of Graham (1755-1836, afterwards 3rd Duke of Montrose); Sir John Aubrey (1739-1826)]. 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'.