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Passport permitting William Nassau Senior passage to France
1830 - Single sheet [430 x 272], engraved on the recto with the arms of Charles X (crossed through) at the head, completed in manuscript, with ink stamps, and endorsed on the verso in manuscript, with various signatures, red and black ink stamps and a paper seal. London: 3rd September 1830. The passport is in French but was issued in London and signed on behalf of the Chargé d'Affaires de France by Comte de Vaudreuil. The arms of Charles X has been crossed through, along with the heading "Au Nom Du Roi", which has been changed in manuscript to "Au nom de Sa Majesté Louis-Philippe, 1er Roi des Francais", and "Sa Majesté Tres Chretienne" which has been changed to "France". These alterations were as a result of the Paris Revolution of 27th-30th July 1830, and the replacement of the Bourbon Charles X by the Orléanist Louis-Philippe, who became the first King of the French. The various ink stamps on the verso indicate that Senior arrived in Paris on 18th September. His personal features are described in detail - he was "5 Pieds 8 Pouces (Anglais)", with "chatain" hair, "brunir" eyes and a "moyen" nose. William Nassau Senior (1790-1864) was called to the bar in 1819 and in 1825 was appointed as the first Drummond professor of political economy at Oxford. In his 1827 lecture he stated that his interest in political economy was largely motivated by humanitarian concern for the poor, and he called for a positive economic role for government, especially in Ireland. In 1834 he acted as "midwife" to the Poor Law Amendment Act, and he was "one of the most luminous and perceptive government advisers of his era" (Oxford DNB), serving on a series of royal commissions. From the early 1830s he spent the legal vacations travelling abroad, and he became lifelong friends with Alexis de Tocqueville and Comte Cavour. He revisited Paris in 1848 and began to write detailed reports of his interviews with prominent Europeans, including Thiers and Guizot.
      [Bookseller: George Bayntun ABA ILAB]
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