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M-075: Pitt, William

DATE:  February 9, 1790

CREATOR: William Pitt (The Elder), British Secretary of State


SCOPE: Military appointment by George the Second of Great Britian for George Delaney as Lieutenant Fire Worker in Royal Irish Regiment of Artillery.

EXTENT: One document, February 9, 1760. D. S.


George R (Rex)                                                                               (February 9, 1760)

(Place for Royal Seal)


George the Second, by Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, and Defender of the Faith. To our Truly and Welbeloved. Delany, George Gent, Lieutenant-Fire Worker to that Company, whereof Thomas DesBrisay, Esq is Captain, in a Regiment of Artillery to be forthwith formed in our Kingdom of Ireland, & commanded by our Right Trusty & Welbeloved Cousin & Councilor James, Earl of Kildare, & to be called Our Royal Irish Regiment of Artillery. You are therefore carefully & diligently to discharge the Duty of Lieutenant-Fire Worker by exercising & well disciplining the inferior Officers, Bombardiers, Gunners & Matrosses belonging to the said Company, in the use of Mortars, & the art of Gunnery, and they are hereby required to obey you as their Lieutenant-Fire Worker, and you are to observe and follow such Orders & Directions from Time to Time as you shall receive from your Colonel in Chief or any other (of) your Superior Officers according the Rules of Discipline of War. in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you. Given at our Court of St. James the ninth Day of February 1760 in the thirty third year of our reign.

                                                                               By His Majesty’s Command

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                Joseph Keen Secry’s Office                       Gener__ to Office

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HISTORY: William Pitt (The Elder) (1708-1778), in his position in the British Cabinet as Secretary of State for the Southern Department, is signing a Commission for Lieutenant of Artillery for a George Delany. Pitt is actually signing the officer’s commission for the sovereign, King George II. Specifically, the commission is for Lieutenant-Fire Worker in the newly renamed The Royal Regiment of Irish Artillery.

For an extended history on the subjects of this letter, please click here to view a PDF document.

Keywords from this document include William Pitt, artillery, Lieutenant-Fire-Worker, George Delany, Officer’s Commission, George II, Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, Thomas DesBrisay, James Fitzgerald, 20th Earl of Kildare


Special thanks to Roman Beuc, St. Louis Mercantile Library Docent, for transcribing the letter as well as researching and compiling an extended history on the topic.

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For an extended history on the subjects of this letter, please click here to view a PDF document.

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