CollectionGeorge III Private Papers
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleDraft of a letter from George III to the Duke of Gloucester
Date11 February 1772
WriterGeorge III, King
AddresseeWilliam Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1743-1805)
DescriptionGeorge III writes to tell the Duke of their mother Princess Augusta's death. He gives a detailed account of her last days, including her optimism, and her activities in her final hours. He reports that, on Princess Augusta's advice, he distracted her by telling her anecdotes about Queen Caroline Matilda. Before her death, the Princess Dowager suggested applying for a bill preventing clandestine marriages in the royal family, and asked if she may see the Duke of Cumberland after it is passed. George III describes the attendance of her family after her death, the sealing of keys with royal seals, and the search for a will. George III expresses his desire to act lawfully and follow Lord Mansfield's advice. The King writes that Princess Augusta [Duchess of Brunswick] felt obliged to leave to preserve her reputation in Brunswick, and George III does not want her to stay for the funeral, fearing it will affect her health
Place Of WritingQueen's House
Extent1 document (6 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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