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George Canning

Autographed Letter


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George Canning (11 April 1770 - 8 August 1827), British statesman and politician, authentic, autographed annotated letter (ALS). This two page letter, measures approximately 4" x 6" in size and is dated November 26, 1823. 

In this rather testy letter, Canning acknowledges receiving letters from his correspondent: "...or rather your Packet & Letter. I wish I could say that I had duly read them. I assure you I have tried: & I have called in help - but there are some passages which baffle my curiosity & diligence...". It was during this year as Foreign Secretary that Canning acknowledged the independence of Spanish colonies in America.  

Canning was a well known British statesman and politician holding several public offices. Most notably, he served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Treasurer of the Navy. 

Canning often quarreled with then Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, Lord Castlereagh. So much so that the two challenged each other to a duel, in which only Canning was wounded from a gunshot to the thigh. 

In 1822, Castlereagh committed suicide and Canning succeeded him as both Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. In April of 1827, he was chosen by George IV to become Prime Minister when then Prime Minister Liverpool suffered a stroke. He held this post until August of the same year. 

This letter is crisply signed by Canning at the conclusion. It is in good to very good condition, with overall light toning not affecting the signature. The letter contains some scattered creases and expected intersecting folds.

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TAGS: French Revolution, British Politician, British Prime Minister

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