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Handwritten warrant on vellum appointing Joseph Smith as one of the King's Waiters in the Port of Bristol.
1777 Ten lines, with blue embossed tax stamp in top left hand corner. Dated 12th August 1777, signed by Lord North, as Prime Minister, and two other Lords of the Treasury, George Onslow and Viscount Beauchamp, each with their wax 'bust' seal intact. On the verso are four signed memorandums noting the progress of the appointment through the offices of William Aislabie, of Lord Sonders, Auditor, Edward Stanley, Secretary of the Commissioners of Customs, and the Office of William Mellick, Receiver General of Customs. In very good condition, folded as intended. 17 x 43cm.A King's Waiter was a customs officer who 'waited' for ships to arrive before boarding them for inspection prior to docking. This document is dated during the American War of Independence. Lord North was Prime Minister from 1770-1782. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
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