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HistoryForSaletm Autographs & ManuscriptsMake an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response!Take a Look at This Week's Specials!KING WILLIAM IV - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/01/1818 - HFSID 276893KING WILLIAM IV
As Duke of Clarence, he makes arrangements to move his luggage and horses, and the
trunk and piano of the Duchess, to Hanover
Autograph Letter Signed: "William" 2p (front and verso), 7¼x9. (Court of) St James, August
1, 1818. No addressee. In full: "The Bearer is a German Servant belonging to the Prince Regent
who has kindly lent him to me to carry my baggage and trunk of the Duchess carefully to
Hanover; he will also bring everything on the road for my former [1 word illegible] with my
horses to Hanover. I am requesting your particular attention to the safe conveyance of a very
superior Pianoforte belonging to the Duchess. I should think there ought not be any difficulty
about this servant paying for my person as he does not understand the money or the language of
the recently [2 words illegible] as the English Agent and the Hanoverian Agent use my personal
written transfer than this German servant of the Regent's authorized to pay the expenses of my
person and horses. I remain, Sir, Yours sincerely". Prince William Henry (1765-1837), the
third son of King George III, reigned as King William IV from 1830 until his death. Since
his older brothers, including King George IV, predeceased him without legitimate offspring,
he inherited the throne, becoming the last Hanoverian monarch of England. William, who
himself had 10 illegitimate children, also died without an official heir, resulting in the
accession of his niece, Queen Victoria. As a young officer in the Royal Navy, the future king
served in New York during the American Revolution, where George Washington
authorized a plot to kidnap him, if this could be done "without offering insult or
indignity." Serving in the West Indies, he formed a lifelong friendship with Lord Horatio
Nelson. In 1789, King George III made William the Duke of Clarence reluctantly, fearing
that his reform-minded son would be a vote against him in the House of Lords. William
forced his royal father's hand by threatening to run for the House of Commons, a threat
which appalled the King. As a member of the House of Lords, William - now the Duke of
Clarence - generally supported reform measures, with one notable exception: he supported
slavery and the slave trade. Despite his naval background, and despite being made a titular
Lord High Admiral, William unsuccessfully sought active duty during the Napoleonic Wars;
his early opposition to war with France probably prevented this, although he later supported
the conflict. William IV proved a popular monarch, noted for shunning pomp and
ceremony. His reign saw the passage, with his support, of the Reform Act of 1832,
expanding the British electorate, and also - despite his earlier opposition - the ending of
the slave trade. Lightly soiled. Faint mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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