QUEEN CAROLINE OF BRUNSWICK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 23557
Sale Price $162.00
QUEEN CAROLINE OF BRUNSWICK. Autograph letter in French signed: "C". No place, no date. To "My very dear Prince". Translated in full: "I could not find words elegant enough to prove my ardent gratitutde to you for your kind attention. I would not have such a lovely remembrance even if it wasn't [illegible] to give me this proof, even if I had changed the unequivocal feelings I have for you. It is with pleasure that I will see the month of March arrive to offer you in person my most sincere mark of friendship with the [illegible]. I am forever your very affectionate friend. My kindness to the Princess your wife and the Count of [illegible], whom I haven't met in person." CAROLINE OF BRUNSWICK (1768-1821) was forced upon the Prince of Wales, by his father, King George III. Caroline's mother was the King's sister. The first cousins were married in 1795. Three months after the birth of Princess Charlotte Augusta in 1796, she was deserted by her husband. Not long afterward, their daughter was also taken away from her. In 1806, Princess Caroline was censured for improprieties and unguarded speech. After her husband became Prince Regent in 1811, Caroline toured Europe. When there were scandalous rumors concerning her and Italian Bartolomeo Bergami, her husband sent secret agents to investigate the matter. In 1820, after the death of King George III, her husband, now King George IV, offered his wife a monetary settlement if she would remain abroad. Caroline refused, and her popularity in England aborted a proposed royal divorce bill in the House of Lords. When she tried to enter Westminster Abbey in July 1821 for her husband's coronation, she was barred. Caroline was crushed, and her health rapidly deteriorated. She died less than a month later at the age of 53. Lightly creased. Vertical fold cuts through signature. 1" yellow stain in lower right also touches signature.
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