GEORGE HARRISON'S DOMESTIC TELEGRAPH: SIGNED BY THE KING

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£1250.00
A petition for the granting of a patent by George Harrison,

MANUSCRIPT: GEORGE III,, A petition for the granting of a patent by George Harrison, Signed* by the King at head, and by Lord Liverpool at foot, dated 19th September 1809.

folio, 4pp. with docket on fourth page ("George Harrison Gent. Not stamped. Mr. Solicitor declines at present signing the Bill for this patent. S.G. Wyatt", folded and unbound as issued. In very good state of preservation.

A fascinating document which seems, however, not after all to have ended in a grant for a patent. George Harrison claims that "he is in possession of an invention communicated to him by an ingenious individual of a new method or methods of conveying information from one apartment of a house to another by means of an apparatus which he calls a "Domestic Telegraph" which invention he conceives will be of great public utility. That the same is entirely new and has never been practised or used in this country by any other person or persons to the best of his knowledge & belief". George Harrison not only does not disclose the name of the inventor, he also petitions for the patent to be in his own name. (No such patent in Harrison's name is included in Woodcroft's definitive Alphabetical Index.) It is possibly that Harrison was trying to be a bit too clever, as the award of a patent was conditional on Harrison producing "a particular description of the nature of the said invention and in what manner the same is to be performed". * George III's signature here seems in some way to illustrate both his mental illness and his approaching blindness. Little more than a year after signing this document he became dangerously ill and finally accepted the need for the 1811 Regency Act. In 1809 Lord Liverpool was Home Secretary in the Duke of Portland's government.