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ERNEST AUGUSTUS - Autograph Letter Signed

  • £95.00

ERNEST AUGUSTUS, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851)

Autograph Letter Signed ("E") to an unnamed correspondent, identified in German on the verso of the integral blank leaf in a nineteenth century hand as the Marchioness of Conyngham, the last favourite of George IV.

1 page 8vo with integral blank leaf, n.p., "Wednesday", n.d.

"I now send you what I promised you, & am sure you will value it, knowing whose it was. I hope that the country air may have fortified your nerves which appeared to us to be so much shattered by all you have of late gone through."

From the content it is possible that Ernest is sending Lady Conyngham some memento of his late brother George IV. Unpopular in England because of his violent temper and extremely reactionary views, Ernest was suspected on very little evidence of a series of lurid crimes, including the murder of his valet, incest with his sister, and plotting to assassinate his niece Victoria. He became King of Hanover in 1837 when Victoria succeeded to the British throne, as a version of the Salic law excludeed women from reigning there.


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