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Document Signed ‘CP’ as Princess of Wales, renouncing in favour of her brother William Duke of Brunswick her share “of Her Royal Highness the late Duchess of Brunswicks Marriage Portion”

by CAROLINE, Queen

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‘Black Heath’ in Caroline’s hand, and Montague House, 28 March 1813. 1 page 9 x 7½ inches, mourning border, intgral blank leaf. Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821), Queen of George IV. The Duchess of Brunswick, who was living in England, died on 23 March 1813. “This is to signify that I Caroline Princess of Wales do hereby formally renounce in favor of my Brother His Serene Highness William Duke of Brunswick all and whatever Right or Claim I may have to such Share of a certain Sum of Forty Thousand Pounds constituting a Part of Her Royal Highness the late Duchess of Brunswicks Marriage Portion, or of any Other Monies whatsoever vested in Foreign Funds or Elsewhere appertaining to Her said Royal Highness. To the which as One of the Younger Children of Her late Royal Highness I may be entitled, Now or Hereafter. CP”
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Document Signed ‘Louis d’Orleans’, evidently the appointment of an official valuer in Chartres

by ORLEANS. Louis, Duke of Orléans

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21 August 1733. In French. Vellum, about 13 x 20 inches, folds, dust soiled. Louis, Duke of Orléans (1703 –1752) was a member of the royal family of France, the House of Bourbon, and as such was a prince du sang. At his father's death, he became the First Prince of the Blood (Premier Prince du Sang). Known as Louis le Pieux and also as Louis le Génovéfain, Louis was a pious, charitable and cultured prince, who took very little part in the politics of the time.
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Government House, Brisbane, 1 December 1880. Vellum 12 x 17 inches, folded, in very good clean condition, Queensland seal affixed. Frederick Waymouth Gibbs (1821-1898), Barrister and tutor to Edward VII. William Hemmant (1837-1916, see Australian Dictionary of Biography) had alleged agency scandals in the purchase of railway lines and in contracts for the conveyance of immigrants.Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy GCMG CB (1809–1883), colonial administrator who served as governor of a number of British colonies, namely Sierra Leone, Western Australia, Vancouver Island, Hong Kong and Queensland. Sir Arthur Hunter Palmer (1819–1898), politician and pastoralist in Australia, Premier of Queensland (1870-74).
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Document Signed ‘S.S.Blowers, Chief Justice’, certifying the enrolment of John Duncan Archibald as an Attorney of His Majesty’s Supreme Court of Judicature for Nova Scotia

by BLOWERS, Sampson Salter

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Halifax, 18 April 1826. Vellum, 12 x 6½ inches, wafer seal affixed, vertical folds, in good condition. Sampson Salter Blowers (1742 –1842), noted North American lawyer and jurist. He was educated in Boston and at Harvard College, then went on to study law. Blowers is probably most noted as one of the defence attorneys representing the soldiers accused after the Boston Massacre, along with such notables as John Adams and Josiah Quincy Jr. In 1783, he went to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The following year, he was appointed attorney general for New Brunswick but refused the post, not wanting to relocate his family. Later that year, he was named attorney general for Nova Scotia. In 1785, he was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Halifax County and was chosen to be speaker for the assembly. In 1788, he was named to Nova Scotia's Council. In his later years, he served as Chief Justice of Nova Scotia for 36 years, from 1797 to 1832. Blowers was also judge in the vice admiralty court… Read more
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14 May 1675. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, wormholes. John Williams (1636-1709), Bishop of Chichester, was instituted to the rectory of St. Mildred’s Poultry in 1673. He was Boyle lecturer in 1696. A collective edition of his sermons appeared in 1708. Williams was well known as a controversialist, writing pamphlets against Roman Catholics and against dissenters.
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Duplicate Estimate Pay Note of a Detachment of the 4th W.I. Regt. stationed in the Colony of Berbice for 30 Days Commencing the 25th April and ending the 24th May 1806. Signed by John Reed, Captain, 4th W.I. Regt

by BERBICE, British Guiana

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Berbice [British Guiana] 1806. 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, tipped on to part of an old album leaf. This military document dates from an interesting period in the history of Guyana. In 1781 British forces occupied Berbice and neighbouring Demerara and Essequibo as part of the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, but in January 1782, the colonies were recaptured by the French, who were allied with the Dutch, and who subsequently restored the colonies to Dutch rule with the Treaty of Paris of 1783. In 1796 the colony was captured by Great Britain, remaining in possession of the colony until 1802, when Berbice was restored to the Batavian Republic under the terms of the Treaty of Amiens. In September 1803 the British occupied the territory again, this time for good. In the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814, the colony was formally ceded to the United Kingdom, and with the ratification of this treaty by the Netherlands on 20 November 1815, all Dutch legal claims to the colony were rescinded. As part of the reforms of… Read more
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