• Charles Jenkinson, Britain's Secretary At War, Advised King George III During American Revolution; Seeks Subsistence For Sutherland Fencibles


    CHARLES JENKINSON, 1st earl of Liverpool, (1727 – 1808) was a politician who held numerous offices in the British government under King George III. He was the object of widespread suspicion and deference because of his reputed clandestine influence at court.  Many believe he controlled the relationship between the king and Prime Minister Lord North during the American Revolution.  Jenkinson was elected to Parliament in 1763 and was appointed joint secretary of the Treasury. He was leader of the “king’s friends” in the House of Commons.  During the American Revolution, Jenkinson was Secretary At War and carried out Lord North’s policies.


    From the War Office, Jenkinson writes to Richard Rigby, Paymaster General, on September 7th, 1781.  One page, LS, 8 x 12 ½, “It having been thought necessary to station a Detachment of the Sutherland Fencibles at Shetland, and from the difficulty of sending Money there in the Winter, it being requisite that Subsistence should be immediately issued in advance. I have the honor to signify to you the King’s pleasure that you do issue to Messieurs Bisshopp and Brummell, a Sum equal to Six Months’ Subsistence of three Companies of the said Regiment, Commissioned Officers included, in order to enable them to answer such Bills as may be drawn upon them for Subsistence of that Detachment.


    “I have the honor to be




    “Your most obedient and


    “Most humble Servant


    “C. Jenkinson”


    The Sutherland Fencibles was a regiment represented by Elizabeth Gordon. In February 1779, the regiment was embodied at Fort George and was ultimately stationed in the Edinburgh neighborhood.


    RICHARD RIGBY (1722 – 1788) held a variety of positions in the United Kingdom. Rigby was elected to Parliament in 1745.  In 1768, he was transferred to the most lucrative of all government posts, Paymaster of the Forces, which he held for 16 years.  When he died in 1788, he was said to have left “nearly half a million of public money.”


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