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    Queen Anne Appoints a New Councillor to the Colony of New Hampshire

    [Colonial America]. Queen Anne of England Council Appointment Signed "Anne R." One handwritten page, 7.75" x 11", "Court of St. James [London]," February 14, 1711-2 [the document is dual dated to reflect the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars]. Following the death of Winthrop Hilton, John Wentworth, due to his "Loyalty, Integrity and Ability," is here appointed "to be One of Our Council of that Our - Province of New Hampshire, in the room and place of Winthrop Hilton Esqr. deceased." Countersigned by William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth, "Dartmouthe." Smoothed folds show separation at the edges. Small spots of foxing. Small tears at the intersection of the folds.

    With a secondary letter, measuring 6.25" x 5.75" and dated February 14, 1712, to the governor of New Hampshire informing him of the appointment, in full as written: "To our Trusty and Welbeloved Joseph Dudley Esqr Our Captain General and Governor in Chief of Our Province of New Hampshire in New England in America, and in his absence to the Commander in Chief or to the President of Our Council of Our said Province for the time being." Folds with some separation at the edges. Light staining along the vertical fold near the upper edge.

    Queen Anne (1665-1714) was the daughter of King James II, the last Roman Catholic monarch of the kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland until his ouster during the Glorious Revolution, 1688. Following the death of James' successor, William III and II, on March 8, 1702, Anne became Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Following the 1707 Act of Union, Anne reigned as queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death. Because she died without surviving issue, Anne was the last monarch of the House of Stuart. She was succeeded by her German second cousin, George I, of the House of Hanover.

    Colonel Winthrop Hilton (1671-1710) was an officer in the colony's provincial forces until his early death at the hands of Indians in July 1710. Hilton and his company of some seventeen men were in the process of barking trees when they were attacked. According to sources, Hilton was scalped before he was struck in the head with a hatchet and a lance was driven into his heart. Several months before he had been appointed to the provincial council, but his untimely death came before he could take up the position.

    John Wentworth (1671-1730) took up his new position in New Hampshire and, by 1717, was appointed lieutenant governor of the province, a position he held until his death in 1730.


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