SACKVILLE (Lord George Sackville Germain, 1716-1785, from 1782 1st Viscount, Secretary of State)

Autograph Letter in the third person to Dr Hunter, Windmill Street, London, saying that "Lady George continues perfectly well and proposes keeping her appointment with him in Novemr. next ... Lord George has ordered a Buck to be sent from Drayton ... it will arrive on Saturday morning", good armorial seal, 1 side 4to., Pall Mall, 6th August

Lord George served with distinction in the army, besides being an M.P. for over 40 years, but was court-martialled and disgraced for failing to lead the cavalry in pursuit of the French at Minden in 1759. George III restored him to the Privy Council and he subsequently served as Commissioner of Trade and Plantations, and Secretary of State for the Colonies.
On Sunday 25th November 1781, Lord George brought the news to Lord North at No. 10, sent to the Admiralty by semaphore from Falmouth, of the final British surrender at Yorktown Heights to General Washington. Germain reported that North 'opened his arms, exclaiming wildly, as he passed up and down the apartment during a few minutes. "Oh God! It is all over." ' (Christopher Jones, 'No. 10 Downing Street', 1985).

Item Date:  1770

Stock No:  13213      £65

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