Place Published: Montreal [House in UK]
Publisher: AMHERST, Jeffery (1717-1797)
Date Published: 1789
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Letter written to "Lord Sydney" Thomas Townshend, 1733-1800 ASL contents: Montreal, 14th April, 1789 and reads: ... “My Lord I have the honour of your lordships’ letter acquainting me you had presented to the King the Address of the Lieutenant Governor and of the States of the Island of Gurnsey congratulating his Majesty on the happy reestablishment of his health which his majesty was pleased to receive in the most gracious manner. I am much obliged to your Lordship for the information which I will immediately communicate to the Lieutenant Governor and of the States of the Island. I am with great respect my Lord. Your Lordships most humble and obedient servant Amherst”
Very good condition.
Amherst held the office of Governor of Guernsey between 1770 and 1797.
This letter likely a reference to Geo III's problems with porphyria, from which he suffered. George III had a particularly severe form of porphyria. His first attack occurred in 1765, four years after his marriage to Queen Charlotte. Further signs of the disease showed up in 1788-1789. From 1811 to the time of his death in 1820 the royal patient became progressively insane and blind. He was nursed in isolation, and kept in straight jackets and behind bars in his private apartments at Windsor Castle
Amherst served as the nominal Crown Governor of Virginia from 1759-1768, though Francis Fauquier continued his role as acting governor from the previous term. During this period he also served as the first Governor General of British North America from 1760-1763. This office still exists as the Canadian monarch's representative in Canada. Amherst was raised to the peerage in 1776, as Baron Amherst of Holmesdale. During the American Revolutionary War he rejected a field command, since he had close relations with numerous personalities of the opposite side. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1778, and became Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. He was replaced as Commander-in-Chief in February, 1782 by Henry Seymour Conway. Amherst again became Commander-in-Chief in 1793. He retired from that post in 1795, and was promoted to the rank of Field Marshal the following year. Amherst died on 3 August 1797.
Very Good. Item #3106