RepositoryRoyal Archives
CollectionCorrespondence of William IV
ReferenceGEO/MAIN/44732-44735
TitleLetter from Prince William to George III, written aboard HMS Pegasus in the English Harbour
Date7 January 1787
WriterWilliam, Prince (1765-1837)
AddresseeGeorge III, King
DescriptionPrince William communicates the arrival at Roseau in Dominique [Dominica] where he was warmly received by the inhabitants - a sign of their affection to the King.
Describing the advantages of the island for Great Britain, the Prince mentions the primary sources,wood and water, and the successful trade of slaves sold to the French.
The Prince was invited, first by the Vicomte de Damas [A. Antoine-François-Henri], and then by the Baron de Clugny, Governor of Guadeloupe, to visit the French Island but he had to decline as the King does not approve of him visiting foreign ports. He had a conversation with the Vicomte de Grasse, commander of the Railleuse French frigate. After visiting Rupert's Head and Bay, the Prince sailed for English Harbour.
He concludes his letter reassuring the King of his good conduct and steadiness in his new role in the navy.
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Physical DescriptionLoose paper, mounted
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NotesPublished in "The Later Correspondence of George III, 1783-1793", I, edited by A. Aspinall; no 341, pp. 266-267. It follows a transcript of the letter bearing the reference GEO/MAIN/44732-5 I.
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