[George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle, Whig statesman, and planned French invasion of England.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Morpeth'), applying [to member of government] for financial aid, in case his Troop of Yeomanry are 'called for to act'.

George Howard (1773-1848), 6th Earl of Carlisle [styled Viscount Morpeth until 1825], Whig statesman, Lord Privy Seal [Henry Belasyse (1742-1802), 2nd Earl Fauconberg, Tory politician]
Publication details: 
27 April 1798. Clarges Street [London].
SKU: 23246

1p, 4to. Aged and worn, with thin strip of mount adhering to one edge, and slight damage to one corner. The unnamed recipient is a member of William Pitt the Younger's Tory Ministry, and the letter is written at a time when the administration was preparing for a French invasion, the first French Army of England having gathered on the Channel coast. (The planned invasion was deferred by Napoleon's campaigns in Egypt and against Austria, and by the 1802 Peace of Amiens, to be resumed in the period leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar.) The letter begins: 'Sir, | Understanding from Lord Fauconberg that Government is willing to afford assistance to those Troops of Yeomanry Cavalry that may require it for the purposes of Clothing & Appointments, I take the liberty of applying to you for the sum of one hundred & twenty pounds, being rather less than the proportion allowed by Government.' He would also like the recipient's 'order for obtaining a sufficient quantity of Powder & Ball Cartridges, in case the Troop that I have the honour to command is called for to act'. Faintly endorsed in pencil on reverse: 'Letter [?] & hope of the Circular on the subject of this alliance | Lord Morpeth's own Troop consisting of 4 S. 4. C. I T. & 46 P.'