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WILLIAM-IV-40698-1.jpg THE KING DISCUSSES HIS SON'S NAVAL CAREERS
WILLIAM IV (1765-1837, King of Great Britain)

Fine Autograph Letter Signed as King 'William R' to an unnamed correspondent saying that as The Mediterranean Fleet are leaving he is sending "a letter for my son Augustus ... and hope Adolphus is on his passage on board the Glasgow ... in the event of Captain Markham being detained I wish you to send him home in the first Navy vessel that is returning; Adolphus has served his time I am anxious for his passing at the Naval College that he be made a Lieutenant without loss of time: as for Augustus under your flag ... he cannot be better for those three years: only give him as much sea work as possible .. the whole world is in such a critical state that no human foresight can conjecture what is or may happen; looking back to when we were Midshipmen what extraordinary changes have taken place. I do not like the present aspect ... I make no doubt your conduct will be that of a prudent and able officer: the Cabinets of the different great powers have immense responsibility thrown on them. I will not further take up your time which must be fully occupied. I hope Lady Thane is quite well and not very unhappy that hitherto her residence abroad has not been the most agreeable and I am sadly afraid not likely to become more amusing for the present ...", 3 sides 4to., with a note on the final sheet that "The Duke of Clarence answered in March 1821", St James, 4th February

Item Date:  1821
Stock No:  40698      £275

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