Autograph Letter Signed ‘Leicester’, to “your Royal Highness”, regretting he can not attend, explaining that his doctor has put him on a strict regime of abstinence “both in eating & drinking”. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches, in good condition. Richmond Hill, 2 September 1802. George Townshend, 2nd Marquess Townshend, (1753 –1811), known as The Lord Ferrers of Chartley from 1770 to 1784 and as the Earl of Leicester from 1784 to 1807, politician. He held office under William Pitt the Younger and Henry Addington as Master of the Mint from 1790 to 1794, as Joint Postmaster General from 1794 to 1799 and as Lord Steward of the Household from 1799 to 1802.