Treasury Order for payments to Francis Earl of Hertford, “One of the Gentlemen of his Majesty’s Bedchamber”, signed by Thomas Townshend, J.Cavendish and William Dowdeswell, Lords of the Treasury. 1 page 13½ x 9 inches, cancelled as was customary with these Exchequer documents, integral blank leaf, a few minor marginal tears only, horizontal folds, margins browned. 10 December 1765. Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733-1800) was brought him back into office by Rockingham as a Lord of the Treasury on 12 July 1765. He became secretary of state for the home office in July 1782, after a few months as secretary at war under Rockingham. In those days the home department included responsibility for the colonies. He is famous for his support of the plans for a convict settlement in New South Wales. On 26 January 1788 Arthur Philip named Sydney in New South Wales in his honour.