Autograph Signature’Auckland’, cut from an original document, mounted beneath a small portrait engraving of Lord Auckland. Inlaid to an old album page, overall size 12 x 7½ inches, in good condition. Both signature and engraving dated 1796. William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland (1745 – 1814), statesman and diplomat. The sub antarctic Auckland Islands group to the south of New Zealand, discovered in 1806, were named after him. In 1778 he carried an Act for the improvement of the treatment of prisoners, and accompanied the Earl of Carlisle as a commissioner to North America on an unsuccessful mission to bring and end to the American War of Independence. On his return in 1779 he published his widely-read Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle. In 1780 Auckland became Chief Secretary for Ireland, which he remained until 1782, and was admitted to the Irish Privy Council in 1780.