CollectionEdward, Duke of York and Albany
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleCopy of a letter from Edward, Duke of York to Tho[ma]s Potter, with reply [enclosure of GEO/MAIN/54283]
Date4 November 1766
WriterEdward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1739-1767)
Potter, Thomas
AddresseePotter, Thomas
Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1739-1767)
DescriptionThe Duke's letter addresses 'indelicate suggestions' that he assured Potter were unfounded.
The reply stated that Potter was a 'miserable being' but that 'alas Sir facts are stubborn things beyond even the control of a sovereign', and that 'indelicate' does not accurately reflect the actions, which should have a worse name. Potter writes he was trying to honour his wife's last request not to expose her or dishonour the Royal Family, and obtain provision for the 'little being...who wants only the name of Augustus to denote his origin'. He threatens that his knowledge of affairs is extensive, including the jealously, quarrels, intrigues, and all that occurred at his residence in Firth Street and the 'melancholoy catastrophie at Kew', and claimed to have proof but would not disclose this unless required to vindicate himself when it 'will be fatal & the ruin spread wider than you imagine'.
Place Of WritingQueen's Square
Extent1 document (4 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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