CollectionCorrespondence of William IV
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleLetter from Prince William to George, Prince of Wales
Date3 December 1787
WriterWilliam, Prince (1765-1837)
AddresseeGeorge, Prince of Wales (1762-1830)
DescriptionThe Prince's plan to go the West Indies has been altered as he received secret orders from the Admiralty to go to Cork and wait there for further instructions. He then received a private letter from Lord Howe informing him that that order came from the King himself, from which the Prince supposes this to be the sign of an imminent war.
Prince William expresses his concerns for the future: he does not know what to expect, but he would like to be assigned the command of either the Foudroyant or Gibraltar. He mentions having already expressed to the King his desire not to go to London, but, if the King insists, he will have to go either before or after the refitting of his ship. He wonders where he will live while in London, probably at St James's where the Duke of York resides.
Prince William is annoyed with the King for not supporting his action against Lord Howe, 'Black Dick'.
Place Of WritingCork Harbour
Extent1 document (3 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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