1859 Passport to France - Beaumont Hotham- Malmesbury

A rare original passport dated January 13 1859 permitting Captain Beaumont Hotham, travelling on the Continent to "pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him every assistance and protection of which he may stand in need" . The document is signed by the 3rd. Earl of Malmesbury who was Secretary of State at the time (see biography below). The document is countersigned by the French Consul-General. Beaumont Hotham was himself the British Consul General in Calais, France.

A unique collectors item - I have never seen anything similar in manuscript auctions or Ebay. Good condition. Paper size 16 x 10 inches. Finely engraved with 6 pence tax stamp.

James Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury The Right Honourable
The Earl of Malmesbury
GCB , PC
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs In office
27 February 1852 – 28 December 1852 Monarch Victoria Prime Minister The Earl of Derby Preceded by The Earl Granville Succeeded by Lord John Russell In office
26 February 1858 – 18 June 1859 Monarch Victoria Prime Minister The Earl of Derby Preceded by The Earl of Clarendon Succeeded by Lord John Russell Born 25 March 1807 Died 17 May 1889 Nationality British Political party Conservative) Spouse(s) (1) Lady Corisande Emma Bennet (d. 1876)
(2) Susan Hamilton (d. 1935) Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford
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