CollectionAdditional papers relating to William IV and Queen Adelaide
TitleLetter from Henry Majendie to Prince William
Date4 February 1783
WriterMajendie, Henry
AddresseeWilliam, Prince (1765-1837)
DescriptionIn answer to William's desire to know how Majendie is and how things are at home [Majendie is returning to England after having been abroad with William] he tells here the particulars of his journey from America to England, which started on the 21 December when he sailed from New York aboard the HMS Warwick - this was a particularly difficult journey because of adverse weather which causes the loss of many people aboard with Majendie or on other ships returning as well. He tells of news of the war, and from the Navy about new appointments, etc. they found out when they arrived in Spithead. He is very pleased about the reception the King gave to him; all letters [from William to the various members of the family] were warmly welcomed aside from the one for Edward who was very hurt by it. The other presents that William sent to the family are also being delivered; everyone is well. If William would like to continue his service, there will not be any obstacle to that - the King has also approved of Captain [Patrick] Napier; but if William decides not to stay in the West Indies, Majendie thinks the King might want to send him to the Mediterranean. Reporting that General Jacob de Budé has not yet recovered from a bad fall which occurred two months before: if he lives until William's return, he says that he would like to be considered William's Companion and Attendant - and not as his Governor anymore. He explains the last changes in the Admiralty Board. Majendie concludes with saying that the King has assured him that he will be given a provision.
Place Of WritingWindsor Castle
Extent1 document (12 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
Custodial HistoryPurchased 1956
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