GEORGE III (1738-1820). King of the United kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Document Signed twice ('George R' at the head), 2 pages large folio, St James's, 30 December 1763. A little soiled from former framing, minor splitting to the folds. Addressed to Henry Lord Holland, paymaster general of the guards, garrisons, and land forces etc.
A warrant for the deduction of twelve pence (one shilling) in every pound from the pay of the forces, partly for the fees of the officers of the court of exchequer, the remainder to be applied to the support of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea. The warrant to the reverse demands that one day's pay should also be deducted each year from the pay of the forces for the latter purpose, 'towards the better maintainance of such superannuated and disabled officers and soldiers, as shall be provided for therein'.
The document is countersigned on each side by Frederick North, second earl of Guilford (Lord North, 1732-1792), a lord of the treasury and later prime minister; Thomas Orby Hunter (c. 1714-1769) and James Harris, treasury commissioners.
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