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GEORGE III and FOX Charles James - Letter Signed 1783

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GEORGE  III (1738-1820) & FOX Charles James (1749-1806)

Letter Signed and subscribed ("Bonus Frater Consanguineus et Amicus Georgius R" and "C.J. Fox") to Ferdinand IV of Naples, announcing the birth of a new prince [Princess Amelia] the day before.

1½ pages folio in Latin with integral address leaf and paper seal, St. James's, 8 August 1783.

The short-lived Fox-North coalition caused George III tremendous anguish, to the extent that he considered abdication. Charles James Fox, the greatest of the Whig politicians, but also a gambler and a bon viveur, was very likely theman mosst hated and despised by the King. There is a certain piquancy in the sight of their two signatures so closely juxtaposed.

Princess Amelia, whose birth is announced, was the youngest and favourite of George III's daughters. Despite his obvious affection, her brief life - she died in her mid-twenties - was as unhappy as that of her sisters, largely because of her mother's unreasonable possessiveness.

The recipient of the letter, Ferdinand IV of Naples, had married Maria Carolina, sister of Marie Antoinette. Fifteen years later, he was to be rescued from advancing French forces by Horatio Nelson.

There is a small tear at the blank portion of the address leaf, but the letter is otherwise in very good condition.


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