CollectionCorrespondence of William IV
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleLetter from Prince William to George III
Date20 May 1787
WriterWilliam, Prince (1765-1837)
AddresseeGeorge III, King
DescriptionDiscussing a private affair that the King should not share with anyone aside from Lord Howe.
The Prince tells of the last time he was at home asking the King to go abroad for three years to perfect his profession as a seaman and how the King granted his wish, also making him commander of the Pegasus with the ability to choose his own officers: Lieutenant Schomberg, Lord Hood, and Lieutenant Hargood. Lieutenant Schomberg, however, behaved inappropriately by disobeying the Captain [Prince William]'s orders, for which reason he was arrested. The Prince gives here more details about the development of this case. He praises Lieutenant Hargood, who replaced Schomberg, as very disciplined and a better officer.
As a consequence of Schomberg's behaviour, the Prince established an order book for the use of the officers and a specific, uniform method to give out orders on board.
Prince William asks the King the favour to remain abroad.
Place Of Writingaboard HMS Pegasus on the way to Nevis
Extent1 document (11 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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