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Transcription of 1727 letter on accession of George II of Great Britain signed by inhabitants of Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda) British Virgin Islands.
Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to call to his Mercy our late Sovereign Lord King George of blessed memory by whose Decease the Imperial Crown of Great Britain France and Ireland, as also the Supreme Dominion and Sovereign Right of the Islands of Nevis, St. Christopher, Montserrat, Antegoa, Barbouda, Anguilla, and the rest of his late Majestys Carribee Islands, lying to Leeward from Guadaloupe to the Island of St. John De Porto Rico and all other His late Majestys Dominions in America, are Solely and rightfully come to the High and Mighty Prince, George Prince of Wales: We therefore the Deputy Governor in with numbers of the principal planters and inhabitants of this island , do now hereby with one full Voice and Consent of Tongue and heart publish and proclaim , that the High and Mighty Prince George Prince of Wales, is now by the Death of late Sovereign of Happy memory, become our only lawfull and Rightfull Liege Lord George the Second by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the faith, Supreme Lord of the said islands of Nevis, St. Christophers, Montserrat, Antegoa, Barbouda, Anguilla, and the Rest of His Late Majestys Carribee Islands, lying to Leeward from Guadaloupe to the Island of St. John De Porto Rico, and all other His late Majestys Territorys and Dominions in America: to whom we do acknowledge all faith and Constant Obediance, with all hearty and humble affection, beseeching God, by whom Kings and Queens do Reign, to bless the Royall King George the Second with long and happy years to Reign Over. Given at Fran. Criqui’s Esq. ? in this our Island of Spanish-Town the Fifth ------ day of October in the year of our Lord God One Thousand ----- seven hundred & twenty seven.
It appears Francis Crequi was the Lt. Governor – a post a Peter Markoe held in 1720 and a Philip Markoe held ca. 1734
George II (George Augustus; German: Georg II. August; 10 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Archtreasurer and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death.
He was the last British monarch to have been born outside Great Britain, and was famous for his numerous conflicts with his father and, subsequently, with his son. As king, he exercised little control over policy in his early reign, the government instead being controlled by Great Britain's parliament. Before that, most kings possessed great power over their parliaments. King George II was the last British monarch to lead an army in battle (at Dettingen, in 1743).