PRINCE AUGUSTUS FREDERICK (GREAT BRITAIN) - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER 07/16/1819 - HFSID 142540
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PRINCE AUGUSTUS FREDERICK (GREAT BRITAIN)
Writing as the Duke of Sussex, King George III's youngest son complains of an overcharge on a bill sent to his (unrecognized) wife, referring to her as the Duchess of Sussex.
Third Person Autograph Letter, 3 pages, 1: 7¼x3¾. 2: 7¾x9. London, 1819 July 16. In full: "If Mr. Phipps could call at No. 13 Saville Row upon the Duke of Sussex at ten o'clock this evening he would be particularly obliged to him, as he is come from Windsor. After the receipt of Mr. Jeffrey's first letter the Duchess of Sussex looked for his shop all over Pall Mall (from whence it was dated) but could not find it. She wished to see him, that he might rectify the mistake of his letter - for the bill sent to her in Arklow Place amounted to eleven pounds but this letter charges her with nineteen. She will direct this Pall Mall, and begs Mr. Jeffreys will have the obligingness of calling upon her with the bill or wait till she gets into her own house, where all her bills are left, that all mistakes may be rectified." The sixth son of King George III, Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843), was the only surviving son of King George III who did not pursue a military career.While traveling in Italy, he met Lady Augusta Murray (1768-1830), daughter of the Earl of Dunmore, and married her secretly in Rom in 1793. The couple married again in London later that year, without revealing their full identities or informing King George. The next year, the Prerogative Court annulled the marriage, on grounds that it had not been approved by the King. Augustus continued to live with Lady Augusta, however, until 1801, and did not marry until 1831, after her death. Lady Augusta was given a maintenance allowance, but was never recognized as the Duchess of Sussex, although the Prince has used that title for her here. The couple's two children were considered illegitimate. Despite his flouting of law and convention - his second marriage also being without royal sanction - Prince Augustus was a favorite of Queen Victoria, and gave her away to Prince Albert at her wedding in 1840. Toned. Soiled. Multiple mailing folds. Creased. Adhesive residue. Pencil notes (unknown hand).
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