[Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, statesman who headed the Carlisle Peace Commission in the American War of Independence.] Autograph Signature ('Carlisle.') to warrant appointing Thomas Evans 'Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate'.

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Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle (1748-1825), statesman who headed 1778 Carlisle Peace Commission in American War of Independence; Viceroy of Ireland; guardian to Lord Byron
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'given under my hand This first Day of January One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Three in the Twenty third Year of His Majesty's Reign'.
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On one side of 30 x 30.5 cm piece of vellum. Tax stamp embossed on strip of blue paper attached to left margin. In fair condition, aged and worn as is customary with vellum. Folded twice. Endorsed 'Warrant | Thomas Evans | Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate'. Signed at bottom right: 'Carlisle.' Written in a secretarial hand, and addressed 'To My very loving Friend The Clerk of His Majesty's Household Attending'. The document reads: 'These are to Will and require You forthwith to swear and admit the Bearer hereof Thomas Evans His Majesty's Servant in Ordinary into the Place of Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate Vacant by the Promotion of David Rice & to Settle upon him the Salary & Allowances directed by His Majesty's Book of Establishment and for so doing this shall be Your Warrant given under my hand This first Day of January One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Three in the Twenty third Year of His Majesty's Reign'. The Gentleman's Magazine, May 1850, carries a reference to 'Thomas Evans, Porter of the Gate'. 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'.