[Napoleonic Wars – Appointment of a Militia Lieutenant]. George Earl of Dorchester, Lord Lieutenant of and for the County of Dorset, and town and County of the Town of Poole .. I Do Hereby Nominate, Constitute and Appoint You the Said Robert Smart, to be the Ninth Lieutenant of the Seventh Hundred Etc. No Place: No Publisher, 1803. First Edition. Elephant Folio. Unbound. Document. Good. Single sided, part printed part manuscript document, approximately 330mm x 420mm in size.
Creased from old folds, lightly foxed to those folds, with several small nicks, a couple of repaired splits to folds, lightly browned, docket title to reverse.
Document appointing Robert Smart to be a Lieutenant in Wimborne for the “purpose of arraying, training, exercising, and commanding such Men as shall be willing to engage themselves, or are to be armed, trained, and exercised as aforesaid … rendering the Body of the People instrumental to the General Defence in Case of Invasion”, signed by the order of the Lord Lieutenant by the Clerk of the General Meetings to the foot.
After the breakdown of the Treaty of Amiens there was real concern that France would invade Britain, and a series of measures were introduced under the ‘Act to enable His Majesty more effectually to provide for the Defence and Security of the Realm during the present War’