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GEO/ADD/3/82/6

Letter from George, Prince of Wales, to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text


                                                         6
                             June 6th

      I beseech of you my dearest Friend[1]
to indulge me with an instant's conversation
this Afternoon, as I have but a single
question to ask of you, if you are so good,
will you go into the Butterfly House, or
at least into that little Room which you
told me the Queen had given you for the
purpose of keeping yr. Butterflies, a
few minutes before Seven, or exactly as
ye Clock strikes Seven, and when
I come into the Gardens, I will
make some excuse for staying behind,
and I will come immediately to you.
I will give you my honor I will not



detainkeep you not a minute, nor shall any
body find you out, if you will exactly
follow my desires. Adieu
      dearest dearest dearest
                             Friend.
P.S.[2]
      Excuse my Scribble for I have
not been above a minute writing this.
Adieu a second time

Sunday --
6th. May
1779 --
June[3]

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Notes


 1. For the flourish on F see GEO/ADD/3/82/4.
 2. The 'P.S.' of this postscript appears to the left of the closing salutation.
 3. The date appears to the left of the last line of the postscript.

Normalised Text


                                                        
                            

      I beseech of you my dearest Friend
to indulge me with an instant's conversation
this Afternoon, as I have but a single
question to ask of you, if you are so good,
will you go into the Butterfly House, or
at least into that little Room which you
told me the Queen had given you for the
purpose of keeping your Butterflies, a
few minutes before Seven, or exactly as
the Clock strikes Seven, and when
I come into the Gardens, I will
make some excuse for staying behind,
and I will come immediately to you.
I will give you my honour I will not



detain you a minute, nor shall any
body find you out, if you will exactly
follow my desires. Adieu
      dearest dearest dearest
                             Friend.
P.S.
      Excuse my Scribble for I have
not been above a minute writing this.
Adieu a second time

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 1. For the flourish on F see GEO/ADD/3/82/4.
 2. The 'P.S.' of this postscript appears to the left of the closing salutation.
 3. The date appears to the left of the last line of the postscript.

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 George, Prince of Wales, to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: GEO/ADD/3/82/6

Correspondence Details

Author: George, Prince of Wales

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 6 June 1779
when 6 June 1779 (precision: high)

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from George, Prince of Wales, to Mary Hamilton on arranging a secret meeting in the Butterfly House.
    The Prince refers to 'that little room which you told me the Queen had given you for the purpose of keeping your Butterflies'.
    Written Sunday.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 146 words

Transliteration Information

Editorial declaration: First edited in the project 'Image to Text' (David Denison & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2013-2019), now incorporated 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: XML version: Transcription and Research Assistant funding in 2018/19 provided by the Student Experience Internship programme of the University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Emma Donington Kiey, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Emma Donington Kiey (submitted July 2019)

Cataloguer: , Archivist, The Royal Archives

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

Revision date: 18 May 2020

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