GEORGE IV AND BRAZIL. Commission signed, 1828
Lot 34
GEORGE IV and BRAZIL. Commission signed, 1828
Sold for £687 (US$ 1,112) inc. premium

Lot Details
GEORGE IV and BRAZIL
Commission, signed at the head ("George R") and bearing the Great Seal, appointing Ralph Abercrombie Secretary to the "Special and Extraordinary Mission to Our Good Brother The Emperor of Brazil", led by Viscount Strangford; bearing a good impression of the Great Seal in light brown wax attached by red and silver plaited threads and tassels, hinged tin skippet; docketed "Ralph Abercromby, Esquire/ Commission", on one sheet of vellum, some dust-stains in upper left-hand border, dust-staining on verso, c.85 x 580mm., Windsor Castle, 19 August 1828

Footnotes

  • Brazil had declared independence two years earlier. Robert Gordon was appointed first Ambassador, with Lord Strangford being sent on a special mission two years later, as per the present commission. One of his earliest postings had been to the Portuguese Court in Brazil, resulting in the Strangford Treaty, allowing for trade between Britain and Brazil. The 1828 mission was to be his last. According to the ODNB, this was Strangford's last posting, in which he displayed 'cunning and resource'. Our commission is for the mission's official Secretary, Ralph Abercromby. He was the famous general, Sir Ralph, and son of the first Baron Dunfermline, succeeding to his title in 1858. He was to be appointed KCB in 1851.
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