LICENSE OF ABSENCE FOR REV TONYN SIGNED BY GEORGE III.

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2 pp, on the first leaf of a bifolium of gilt-edged watermarked laid paper. Leaf dimensions 30 x 19 cm. Text clear and entire. On lightly aged and worn paper. The king’s signature is bold and clear, in the top left-hand corner of the first page. It is the version described by Rawlins (‘Four Hundred Years of British Autographs’, p.53) as ‘an uncommon form’. Beneath the signature is the royal seal, which is embossed on a folded square of paper over red wax.The document carries three blind-stamped 2s 6d tax stamps in the left-hand margin of the first page. Tonyn, being ‘resident in this Our Kingdom for the Recovery of his Health, and for the Settlement of his private Affairs, hath humbly represented, that his Health not being yet established, and having many Concerns yet to settle, it will be of great Prejudice and Inconvenience to him to return to his Duty at Algier within the Time limited by Our said Licence’. He is granted a further twelve months leave. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: ‘Mr: Tonyn, Chaplain at Algier, Leave of Absence.’