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    George III Partially Printed Document Signed "George R." as the King of England. One page, 13.25" x 8.75" (sight size), September 3, 1801, St. James, London, on vellum. The document is a commission naming "Our Trusty and Beloved Thomas Fernyhough" Ensign in the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, under the command of His Royal Highness Frederick, Duke of York, the King's second, and favorite son. The document contains the original embossed paper seals. Attractively framed with a printed picture of King George III, 27" x 16" (overall). The holographic portion of the commission appears to be re-inked, but the King's signature is strong and untouched, thus near fine.

    Thomas Fernyhough was one of four brothers whose military exploits were chronicled in his 1828 book, the Military Memoirs of Four Brothers. The book follows the Fernyhough brothers through the Napoleonic Wars. Henry Fernyhough, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines, died in 1803 as a result of an accident. Brother John was also a second lieutenant in the Marines, seeing action in various actions from the West Indies to the Mediterranean. He lived through the Battle of Trafalgar only to die while trying to save captured Spanish crewmen from drowning. Robert Fernyhough began in the Royal Marines participating in the British capture of the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch, the disastrous South American campaign, the Walcheren Expedition, and service as a volunteer officer with the 95th Regiment in the Peninsular Wars. Thomas Fernyhough served in the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot until illness forced him on to half-pay. He became a noted historian and researcher and held the office of Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor. He died in 1844.

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