CollectionCorrespondence of William IV
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleLetter from the Duke of Clarence to Colonel John McMahon
Date23 March 1814
WriterClarence and St Andrews, William, Duke of
AddresseeMcMahon, John, Colonel
DescriptionThe Duke proceeds to describe the series of events occurred before he left La Hague - mostly to make sense of the anxiety and irritability of the Grand Duchess Catherine [Pavlovna of Russia].
As soon as the ship arrived the Duke saw the Admiralty's orders relative to which ship should have carried the Grand Duchess - with her son, suite and 37 people with 3 or 4 carriages. The Duke disagrees with the order of putting her on board of the Cheerful Cutter rather than the Frigate Jason], and suggests the opposite should be done - the Cutter is not suitable for the sister of the Emperor Alexander I. Two attempts made by the Duke to convince the Duchess to move ship, failed - as she was reluctant to change the Admiral's orders; he does not know whether the third and last attempt will be successful. This is for the Duke a matter of the utmost importance from which the honour of Britain depends; to demonstrate his point, he refers to the time when George I sent an Admiral and a whole British Fleet to fetch Peter the Great, and now they send a Cutter, instead.
The Duke is still hopeful that things can changed.
Place Of Writingon board of HMS Jason
Extent1 document (6 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted.
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PublicationsPublished in A. Aspinall "The Letters of King George IV, 1812-1830" (London, 1938) Vol. 1; no. 416
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