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Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Lot: 2010

Great Britain
William Pitt the Younger
1784 (2 January) A.L.S. to Sir A. Edmonston Bt. and written from his home in Berkley Square. The letter requests the attendance of the recipient in the House of Commons on the 12th January, " ... It is my intention on that day to submit to the consideration of Parliament a plan for the Government of India; I am convinced that the bill upon that subject lately under discussion owed a great part of its support to the prevailing opinion that some regulation was necessary ....". Archival repair around edges and central fold. A valuable document relating to Pitt's first Opening of Parliament as Prime Minister. The letter in numbered in the upper corner "162".

King George III was furious with the plans of the newly appointed Fox-North administration and dismissed them by letter written on 18th December. William Pitt accepted the offer to form an administration. The previously proposed India bill effectively gave Fox a permanent right to nominate rulers of India. The King had organised the rejection of this bill by the House of Lords and this was the determining reason for his removal of Fox. This delicate subject was the reason for this carefully worded letter by the new Prime Minister

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