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GEO/ADD/3/83/54

Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

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Whilst I was at Mr —— a Gentleman came in &
related the following anecdote -- wch. perhaps had he known
I was in the family he would not have done -- “The Prince
of Wales
is a great Coxcomb in his dreʃs -- but he is par
ticularly
attentive to the appearance of his feet, & wears
such tight shoes & large Buckles that ye. King has
taken every method to make him leave them off but
without effect -- I heard, said he, the other day, that his
Majesty
orderd Lt. Coll. Lake to speak to his R: H:
after having repeatedly spoke & havg. ordered Lt. Col: Lake
to try to persuade him out of this folly & finding that
he was obstinate upon ye. subject -- took the following
method: He took ye. Prince a remarkable long walk
through Bogs, up Hills, over stones &c. -- The Princes shoes
burst at ye. Sides & what with ye. weight of ye. Buckles &
                                                         the



tightneʃs of ye. Shoes & ye. length of ye. walk his feet
were covered wth. Blisters, & he was quite lame -- the
King
flattered himself he had gained his point, but
ye. Prince's obstinacy was proof against his
sufferings, & he appeared at Dinner, & ever since in
tight Shoes & large Buckles” This was a pretty sort of
conversation for me to hear -- I make no comments
Do you like being marked out for a Coxcomb?
The Letter[1] of Miʃs Saunders & to Miʃs Hodgsons[2] has been
improved upon & your name & hers has flourished in
the away in ye. public papers &c &c &c
The Queen very kind to day -- Dʃs of Argyle for ye 1st
time since her return gave me an affte. Kiʃs in the
Music Room &c -- &c --

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Notes


 1. This letter was mentioned a month previously in GEO/ADD/3/82/57.
 2. Hamilton has emended 'Letter of Miſs Saunders & Miſs Hodgsons' to 'Letter of Miſs Saunders to Miſs Hodgson' but failed to delete the conjunction '&'. A similar mark directly underneath the ampersand may in fact be a mark of insertion.

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Whilst I was at Mr —— a Gentleman came in &
related the following anecdote -- which perhaps had he known
I was in the family he would not have done -- “The Prince
of Wales is a great Coxcomb in his dress -- but he is particularly
attentive to the appearance of his feet, & wears
such tight shoes & large Buckles that the King has
taken every method to make him leave them off but
without effect -- I heard, said he, the other day, that his
Majesty
after having repeatedly spoken & having ordered Lieutenant Colonel Lake
to try to persuade him out of this folly & finding that
he was obstinate upon the subject -- took the following
method: He took the Prince a remarkable long walk
through Bogs, up Hills, over stones &c. -- The Princes shoes
burst at the Sides & what with the weight of the Buckles &
                                                         the



tightness of the Shoes & the length of the walk his feet
were covered with Blisters, & he was quite lame -- the
King flattered himself he had gained his point, but
the Prince's obstinacy was proof against his
sufferings, & he appeared at Dinner, & ever since in
tight Shoes & large Buckles” This was a pretty sort of
conversation for me to hear -- I make no comments
Do you like being marked out for a Coxcomb?
The Letter of Miss Saunders & to Miss Hodgson has been
improved upon & your name & hers has flourished in
away in the public papers &c &c &c
The Queen very kind to day -- Duchess of Argyle for the 1st
time since her return gave me an affectionate Kiss in the
Music Room &c -- &c --

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 1. This letter was mentioned a month previously in GEO/ADD/3/82/57.
 2. Hamilton has emended 'Letter of Miſs Saunders & Miſs Hodgsons' to 'Letter of Miſs Saunders to Miſs Hodgson' but failed to delete the conjunction '&'. A similar mark directly underneath the ampersand may in fact be a mark of insertion.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: Windsor Castle, The Royal Archives

Archive: GEO/ADD/3 Additional papers of George IV, as Prince, Regent, and King

Item title: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

Shelfmark: GEO/ADD/3/83/54

Correspondence Details

Author: Mary Hamilton

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: George, Prince of Wales

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 8 December 1779
notBefore 8 December 1779 (precision: medium)
notAfter 8 December 1779 (precision: medium)

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales, on an anecdote about the Prince's obstinacy in wearing tight shoes with buckles; and the King's efforts to prevent him.
    Hamilton refers to the letter of Miss [?Sanders] and Miss Hodgson; and states that the Duchess of Argyle 'for the first time since her return gave me an aff[ecctiona]te kiss in the music room'.
    [Copy].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 283 words

Transliteration Information

Editorial declaration: First edited in the project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers' (Hannah Barker, Sophie Coulombeau, David Denison, Tino Oudesluijs, Cassandra Ulph, Christine Wallis & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2019-2022).

All quotation marks are retained in the text and are represented by appropriate Unicode characters. Words split across two lines may have a hyphen on the first, the second or both fragments (reco-|ver, imperfect|-ly, satisfacti-|-on); or a double hyphen (pur=|port, dan|=ger, qua=|=litys); or none (respect|ing). Any point in abbreviations with superscripted letter(s) is placed last, regardless of relative left-right orientation in the original. Thus, Mrs. or Mrs may occur, but M.rs or Mr.s do not.

Acknowledgements: Transcription and XML version created as part of project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers', funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council under grant AH/S007121/1.

Transliterator: Tino Oudesluijs, editorial team (completed February 2020)

Copyright: Transcriptions, notes and TEI/XML © the editors

Revision date: 28 October 2020

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