IONIAN ISLANDS and ROYALTY
Lot 160
IONIAN ISLANDS and ROYALTY
Sold for £1,920 (US$ 3,077) inc. premium

Lot Details
IONIAN ISLANDS and ROYALTY
Papers of Sir Sidney Smith Saunders, CMG, first British Consul-General to the Ionian Islands on their cession to Greece, and other papers evidently formerly in his possession, comprising: a ship's passport signed by George III after the Treaty of Amiens (details left blank), 1801; letters of credence signed by George III on behalf of the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, 1807 [for his mission to Austria]; the commission signed by William IV appointing Saunders Consul in Albania, 1835 (countersigned by Wellington); diploma of the Order of St Saviour, signed by King Otto (first modern King of Greece), 1839; two commissions signed by Victoria, appointing Saunders Consul in Alexandria, 1859, and Consul-General in the Ionian Islands, 1864; plus her signed warrant appointing him Companion of the Michael & George, 1860, with the same as passed under the Great Seal (detached), contained with other papers and artefacts (seal matrixes etc) in a black morocco fitted case with the label of John Diller of Marlborough Street, London

Footnotes

  • John Stuart Mill met Sidney Smith Saunders (1809-1884) on board ship in 1855, and described him in a letter to his wife as "the consul at Prevesa, a remarkable man, like two or three we have had in India, who by sheer moral influence has made himself almost king of this part of Albania, so that pashas beg for & value beyond most things, letters of recommendation to him" (4 June 1855). Included in the lot is a letter to George III, signed "Charlotte", from the royal palace of Portici [Naples] on 10 October 1805, offering condolences on the death of his brother William Henry Duke of Gloucester, with silk ties and seals intact; the writer evidently being Emma Hamilton's friend Maria Carolina, Queen and de factor ruler of Naples, known in family circles as 'Charlotte'. All Saunders's diplomatic postings are covered by the commissions in this archive.
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