Lot 9: King George III Autograph Letter Signed
27th September 2017
ALS signed “G.R.,” one page, 7.25 x 9, March 6, 1783. Letter written from the "Queen's House," in part: "Lord Sidney must approve of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's proposal of adding a Prelate to the Order of St. Patrick…I perfectly approve of the E of Arran being appointed one of the original Knights of the Order on the E of Antrim being declined it. Ld. Sidney will make out a proper Warrant for the E. of Antrim as one of the Knights on the first Establishment." In fine condition. Arthur Gore, 2nd Earl of Arran, was invested as one of the original sixteen Knights of the Order of St. Patrick in 1783, after Randal MacDonnell, Earl of Antrim, declined to join the order because he was already a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath, and it was not permitted to hold both knighthoods.
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