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GEORGE III - Document Signed 1808

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GEORGE III (1738-1820)

Document Signed (“George R” – fine large ‘blind’ signature), addressed to “all Commanders of Our Ships of War, and Privateers”, informing them that William Strachan has been granted a Licence “for permitting Three Vessels belonging to any Country not at War with Us, to proceed from Cadiz or St. Lucia to the Port of Plymouth or Portsmouth with Three Cargoes of Wine and such Goods as are allowed” and that the ships should be allowed to proceed, “Notwithstanding the Ports of Cadiz or St. Lucia are or may be in a stage of Strict and Rigorous Blockade.”

1 page folio with integral blank leaf and Royal paper seal, printed and completed in manuscript, signed at the head by the King and countersigned at the foot by the Home Secretary Lord Hawkesbury, later Prime Minister as Earl of Liverpool. On the verso William Strachan has noted that “one Cargoe is to be shipped on board the American Ship Golden Age.” St. James’s, 19 March 1808.                      

A document exemplifying the porousness of the blockades then in force. After the Battle of Trafalgar, Napoleon became ever more obsessed with defeating Britain. By the Berlin Decree of November 1806, he had prohibited any country within France’s sphere of influence from trading with Britain, thus seeking to ruin her economically. Britain retaliated with the Orders in Council, which subjected France and all its allies to a counterblockade. Both sides claimed the right to search and seize neutral vessels. Smuggling and mild corruption helped to alleviate the worst effects of the blockade, and both the British and French governments were in practice prepared to issue licences to allow the import of goods considered important.

Some wear along horizontal folds.

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