CollectionCorrespondence of Charles Culling Smith
Record TypeCorrespondence
TitleCorrespondence of Charles Culling Smith
DescriptionThis collection comprises royal correspondence with Charles Culling Smith, Lady Anne Culling Smith, and Lord Wellesley and includes letters from: Princess Charlotte of Wales; George III; Frederica, Duchess of York and Albany; George, Prince Regent; Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh; and Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.
Extent130 documents
Admin HistoryCharles Culling Smith (c.1775-1853), the son of Charles Smith, Governor of Madras [Channai] and brother-in-law of Lord Wellesley, was a politician and courtier present at various state occasions. He acted as Foreign Secretary and Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in Spencer Perceval's administration. He subsequently became Esquire to the Earl of Wellington and Equerry to Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, until the latter's death in 1827. That same year he became Commissioner of Board of Customs.
Culling Smith married Lady Anne Fitzroy (1768-1844), widow of Henry Fitzroy and daughter of Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, in August 1799. Their union produced two children: Emily Frances (1800-1889) and Frederick William Culling (d.1828), godson of Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Lady Anne had two daughters from her previous marriage: Anne Caroline Fitzroy (d.1835) and Georgina Frederica Fitzroy (1792-1821). The family resided at Hampton Court.
Custodial HistoryGifted to the Royal Archives, 1958
ArrangementThis collection is comprised of one series; the original order is unknown. The majority of documents within this collection have been catalogued to maintain the physical order of the records, which is principally chronological.
Skeletally catalogued to File level, Winter 2020.
Related MaterialFor further records related to Charles Culling Smith, see also George IV Calendar 1811-1812
PublicationsSelected correspondence has been published in A. Aspinall "The Later Correspondence of George III" (London, 1962-1970) and "The Correspondence of George, Prince of Wales" (London, 1963-1971)
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