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GEORGE II - Document Signed 1741 - payments for the Royal Hospital

  • £750.00

GEORGE II (1683-1760)

Document Signed (“George R” twice), 2 pages of accounts written on either side of a large folio sheet, signed by the King at the head of each page.

2 pages folio, St James’s, 22 April 1741 and undated.                      

The recto is a warrant directing that the customary annual one day’s pay should be deducted “out of the Payments made to our Guards Garrisons and Land Forces in Great Britain . . . for the use of Our Royal Hospital near Chelsea [founded by Charles II]. . . towards the better maintenance of such Super annuated and Disabled Officers & Men as shall be provided for therein . . .” Countersigned at the foot by the Lords of the Treasury Lord Sundon, Thomas Clutterbuck, and Giles Earle.

The verso, an undated list of military allowances in the Horse Guards and Grenadier Guards for subsistence per day, gives the “Regulation of Subsistence to be paid to every Officer and Soldier on the Foregoing Establishement”, from £1.7s. “To a Captain & Col[onel] in lieu of his Servants”, to 5 shillings for a chaplain, 6 shillings for a surgeon and 4 shillings for a drummer.

The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners, founded by Charles II in 1682 and designed by Christopher Wren, was intended “for the sucour and relief of veterans broken by age and war.”

Splits at the edges of the centre horizontal fold have been professionally repaired.


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