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He was then placed on half-pay , and settled for the time in Norwich , where he had been previously employed on the impress service , and where he now married. In he is said to have given assistance in suppressing a riot there, and to have been promoted to the rank of commander in May , in consequence of the representations of the local magistrates.
In her he went out to the Falkland Islands , where, on his arrival in the following March, he found that the Spanish, having established themselves at Puerto Soledad , had sent to Port Egmont , peremptorily ordering the English to quit the settlement, precipitating the Falklands Crisis. As there was no English force to resist any aggression, the senior officer, Captain Hunt, decided to go to England with the news, leaving Farmer in command.
A few days later Swift sailed for a cruise round the islands; but in a gale was blown over to the coast of Patagonia , and in attempting to go into Port Desire struck on a rock, and was lost.
On 16 April they arrived safely at Port Egmont. On 4 June a Spanish frigate anchored in the harbour; she was presently followed by four others, and the commandant wrote to Farmer that, having with him fourteen hundred troops and a train of artillery, he was in a position to compel the English to quit, if they hesitated any longer. Farmer replied that he should defend himself to the best of his power; but when the Spaniards landed, Farmer, after firing his guns, capitulated on terms, an inventory of the stores being taken, and the English permitted to return to their own country in Favourite.
In he was stationed chiefly at Guernsey as a guard for the Channel Islands , and to gain intelligence. In fact, George took a conventional view of the constitution and the powers left to the Crown after the conflicts between Crown and Parliament in the 17th century.
Although he was careful not to exceed his powers, George's limited ability and lack of subtlety in dealing with the shifting alliances within the Tory and Whig political groupings in Parliament meant that he found it difficult to bring together ministries which could enjoy the support of the House of Commons. George III was the most attractive of the Hanoverian monarchs. They had 15 children, 13 of whom reached adulthood. However, his sons disappointed him and, after his brothers made unsuitable secret marriages, the Royal Marriages Act of was passed at George's insistence.
He was further dismayed when the government introduced the India Bill, which proposed to reform the government of India by transferring political power from the East India Company to Parliamentary commissioners. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. George III also took a keen interest in agriculture, particularly on the crown estates at Richmond and Windsor, being known as 'Farmer George'. Later that year, the Royal Proclamation of placed a limit upon the westward expansion of the American colonies. He did not travel extensively, and spent his entire life in southern England. Countess Sophia Margaret of Oettingen-Oettingen 5. Wilkes was eventually arrested for seditious libel but he fled to France to escape punishment; he was expelled from the House of Commons , and found guilty in absentia of blasphemy and libel.
Under this Act, the Sovereign must give consent to the marriage of any lineal descendant of George II, with certain exceptions. Being extremely conscientious, George read all government papers and sometimes annoyed his ministers by taking such a prominent interest in government and policy.
His political influence could be decisive.
In , he forced Pitt the Younger to resign when the two men disagreed about whether Roman Catholics should have full civil rights. George III, because of his coronation oath to maintain the rights and privileges of the Church of England, was against the proposed measure.
One of the most cultured of monarchs, George started a new royal collection of books 65, of his books were later given to the British Museum, as the nucleus of a national library and opened his library to scholars. In , George founded and paid the initial costs of the Royal Academy of Arts now famous for its exhibitions.
He was the first king to study science as part of his education he had his own astronomical observatory , and examples of his collection of scientific instruments can now be seen in the Science Museum.
George III also took a keen interest in agriculture, particularly on the crown estates at Richmond and Windsor, being known as 'Farmer George'.