Date Published: 1847
Binding: No binding
Was folded now flat. 13-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches. Printed document with hand written specific appointment information for William Grey, Gentleman, Ensign. Dated Montreal, fourth day of August 1847. Hand writing on back "Mr. Grey, Ensign, 1847. Faded seal on top left
Some fold tears at top and bottom not affecting type or hand writing.
Good condition overall.
Signed by Lord Elgin on bottom right.
James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine (20 July 1811 – 20 November 1863) was a British colonial administrator and diplomat, best known as Governor General of the Province of Canada and Viceroy of India. He was the son of the 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine. His second wife was Lady Mary Lambton, daughter of the 1st Earl of Durham, the author of the groundbreaking Report on the Affairs of British North America (1839), and niece of the Colonial Secretary the 3rd Earl Grey.
Under Lord Elgin, the first real attempts began at establishing responsible government in Canada. In 1848, the moderate reformers of both Canada East and Canada West, Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin, won their elections, and Lord Elgin asked them to form a government together. Lord Elgin became the first Governor General to remove himself from the affairs of the legislature, leading to the essentially symbolic role that the Governor-General now has.
Good. Item #7683