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George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820) [Appointment of William Lacey in a corps of foot stationed in Africa]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.530 Author/Creator: George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820) Place Written: London, England Type: Document signed Date: 15 October 1778 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 30.8 x 41 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed by George Germaine, First Viscount Sackville as Secretary of State for the Americas. Countersigned by John F. Hesse, Commissary General of Musters, and M. Lewis Secretary at War. Confirms the appointment of William Lacey as captain in a corps under John Clarke, Lieutenant Colonel Commandant. Contains one round seal with accompanying wax seals and one blue rectangular seal. Signed by King George III in top left corner.

People: George III, King of the United Kingdom, 1738-1820
Sackville, George Germain, Viscount, 1716-1785
Hesse, John F., fl. 1758-1778
Lacey, William, fl. 1778

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: AfricaMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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