CollectionWilliam Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleLetter from William Henry [Duke of Gloucester] to George, Prince of Wales regarding [Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert]
Date19 March 1786
WriterWilliam Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1743-1805)
AddresseeGeorge, Prince of Wales (1762-1830)
DescriptionWilliam writes that the 'fair lady' [Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert] had been entertaining the Prince's nephew [Prince William Frederick of Gloucester] with 'curious ancedotes', and states that he was convinced 'she loves you far beyond herself', rejoicing that they are happy with each other. He mentions that Almeria [Carpenter, the Duke of Gloucester's mistress] is a true friend and that he knows 'how to esteem her head as well as her heart', recommending her to the Prince by adding that the person next to him is devoted to the amiable lady [Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert] the Prince was 'probably now embracing'. In regards to [Maria] Duchess [of Gloucester] he states that she violently repeated some of the rumours [surrounding Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert] and accused the Duke of learning these from 'the fountain head'. The Duke reproached her for this and ordered his children and wife not to mention what they do not understand.
William also mentions Capt[ain Hugh] Conway and L[ad]y [Anne] Horatia; burning his correspondence, as letters are dangerous, hoping the Prince does the same; and thanks the Prince for a portrait and his promise to send another 'good head' for the Duke to hang at Gloucester House.
Place Of WritingMilan
Extent1 document (4 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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