TOWNSHEND, Thomas, 1st Viscount Sydney, and others. 19107



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.