CollectionAdditional papers relating to William IV and Queen Adelaide
TitleLetter from William, Duke of Clarence to Lady Mayo
WriterClarence and St Andrews, William, Duke of
AddresseeMayo, Arabella, Countess of
DescriptionCommunicating that he will not be back to town till before going to Portsmouth: among the many reasons adduced is that Miss Long might consider his remaining there as a proof of his 'being most serious' [Catherine Long; when she inherited the family estate she became the richest commoner in Britain; William proposed to her but she refused]. He tells of the great affection with which he had been received by Lady Sarah [Sarah Champion de Crespigny (Windsor), Catherine's aunt]. He is quite shocked to have been refused and he tells about his love for Miss Long; he believes that, if Miss Long was Lady Sarah's daughter, she would have accepted William's proposal.
n a post scriptum note he says, again, that he loves Miss Long, but also that he treasures his female friend, Lady Mayo.
Place Of WritingKing's Row
Extent1 document (4 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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