Lord George Germaine Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 9.25", Pall Mall, Oct. 15, 1773, to Lady Macartney, assuring her that he "shall take the first opportunity of laying the Contents of [her Lord's letter] before his Majesty". He writes: "Nobody can be more sensible than I am of Lord Macartneys merit. . . . Your Ladyships anxiety must be great . . . you hear more of Lord Macartneys situation, whatever intelligence I receive shall be immediately sent to you." The document is very lightly and evenly toned, with dark ink that has feathered in a few places. Near fine condition, save a few tiny tears along left margin.

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    Lord George Macartney had been the Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1769 until 1772, the year preceding the writing of this letter. Little over two years later, Lord Macartney was named governor of Grenada, the Grenadines, and Tobago, and soon thereafter elevated to the Peerage of Ireland, assuming the title Lord Macartney, Baron of Lissanoure.

    It is possible that this letter was a factor in the ascendancy of Baron Macartney, as Lord George Germaine, 1st Viscount Sackville (1737-1806,) became secretary of state for the American Department in 1775 and was in charge of managing the American colonies. Prime Minister Lord North and Germaine were both burdened with much of the blame for Britain's loss of the American colonies following the American Revolution.

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