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Creditionals of British Ambassador Francis Seymour signed by King George III Dated 26 June 1806
No. XII. – George III, by the grace of God king of Britains, defender of the faith, duke of Brunswick and Lunebourg, chief repository of the Roman Holy Empire and prince-elector, etc., with all and each one which these present letters will see, greetings:
Since the fire of the war has burned for too long a time in various parts of the sphere, we have strongly held the desire for public peace to be brought back and restored by the solemn compromise of so much discussions and litigations; with these causes we decided to provide a person for consideration, responsible for our share of suitable full powers to be as a philosopher’s stone for to make a peace treaty. That it is thus noteworthy that we named, made and constituted for our true commissioner and plenipotentiary, in whom any faith will have to be added, our friend Francis Seymour, esquire, (known under the name of Count of Yarmouth), in fidelity, skill, knowledge, perception and handling of the businesses of which we often entrusted; he giving and conceding any unspecified capacity and faculty, authority, even power of attorney and special (without nevertheless that power of attorney can derogate from the special mandate, and vice versa) in order to negotiate, treat for us and on our behalf with the minister or the ministers, commissioners or plenipotentiary of France, also provided with full powers for this purpose, with the ministers commissioners or plenipotentiary of the other princes or States, so much of those with which we are in war, which those which are our allies, equipped also with capacities sufficient, either separately and with each one in particular, or joined together and jointly, in order to stop and restore with them, most promptly possible, a solid and lasting peace, a sincere reciprocal friendship and harmony; to sign for us and on our behalf, all that will have been agreed and decree in this treaty, or treaties one others instruments, of some nature and in some number which it will have been necessary to write them, like treating mutually, regulating and to receive all the other things which can contribute to the successful conclusion of the wide negotiation which (by whom) it in the formed, and by the force and the effect which we could make it and to carry out it us same if we were present in person. Engaging us and promising on will our royal word, to have and hold things which would have been regulated and concluded, by our word that to make may be, and never not to suffer that they are violated in all or in part, nor even as it there either contravened; and in order to give more force to these letters, signed our royal hand, and that faith to pose our large seal of Great Britain. Given in our palace of Saint-James; the twenty-sixth day of June, the year of the Lord one thousand eight hundred and six, and of our reign forty sixth.
Signed GEORGES, king.
Editor’s Note: The following biography was provided by Ron McGuigan.
Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, the 3rd Marquess of Hertford (11 March 1777
1 March 1842), was an intimate friend of HRH The Prince Regent and is the original of the ‘Marquis of Steyne’ in Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and of ‘Lord Monmouth’ in Benjamin Disraeli’s Coningsby. During his father’s lifetime hebore the courtesy title of Earl of Yarmouth. His family was a branch of the Duke of Somerset’s.
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