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Letter of nomination signed by King George II. Courtyard of St. James, 1733
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An important historical document - an appointment letter signed by King George II authorizing Harry Lane to the consul to "our province New York in America." St James' Courtyard, 22.5.1733.
'Trusly and welbeloved we greet you well. we being well satisfied of the loyalty, integrity and ability of our trusly and welbeloved .. herry lane to be one of our council of our province of new york in the room of robert walters... the twenty second of may 1733 in the fith year of our reigns…'
George II [1683-1760] King of Great Britain and Ireland between 1727 and 1760, the second king of the House of Hanover. He also served as the elected prince of Hanover and Duke of the Duchy of Braunschweig-Lienburg in Germany.
In 1705 he received British citizenship, and in 1706 he was awarded the title "Knight of the Order of the Garter" by Queen Anne. This is the highest ranking English Order and its patron is the King himself. He was later crowned with many other British titles. When his father received the throne as King George I was crowned Duke of Cornwall, and Duke of Rothesay. In 1714 his father crowned him Prince of Wales, a title reserved for the heir to the British royal family. When he was crowned Prince of Wales, George was only thirty years old.
George II received the throne with the death of his father in 1727. He is remembered in British history as the last British ruler who led his men to battle, in the Battle of Döttingen. The battle was fought against the French as part of a complicated European conflict called the "Austrian War of Succession." Although George's horse began to flee from the battlefield, he dismounted, and with a drawn sword led his men to victory in the battle, against excess French forces. His youngest son, Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, who also had military skills, was accompanied by his son.
The most important event in the history books about the reign of George II was the Jacobite revolt in 1745, which almost led to his removal from the throne in favor of Crown Prince Charles Edward Stewart Crown Prince also known as the "beautiful Prince Charlie." This Jacobite revolt, supported by Scots from the mountainous region, culminated in the Battle of Claudine where the Hanover forces under the leadership of the son of George William Augustus (the Duke of Cumberland) destroyed the rebel forces and put an end to Stewart's demands for the English throne. This was the last battle in which British forces fought on the British island.
King George II headed the American colonies through royal governors and their consuls. In 1732, he appointed William Cosby (1690-1736), the Royal Governor of New York, who recommended Lane's candidate to the position of Consul. Upon the arrival of the royal letter of appointment on 29.9.1733, Laine was appointed to the position.
The Commissioner for the position Harry Lane (died 1744) the son of the mayor of London, moved to New York in 1710, and served as Consul in 1733-1744.
See also (Royal documents signed in similar contexts):
Sotheby's Judaica catalog, June 4, 1996, New York, Item no. 92.
Sotheby's Judaica catalog, November 30, 2005, New York, item 174.
Sotheby's Judaica catalog, December 17, 2008 New York, item no.2.
 pages, 30 x 38 cm Three postage stamps with the British royal emblem in the body of the paper. remnants of wax seal, folding marks, few stains, fine condition.