<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from George, Prince of Wales, to Mary Hamilton, on accounting for his conduct, his affection for her, and reflections on the first epistle of the 'Essay on man' by Alexander Pope.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Regarding his conduct, the Prince states that 'as to the petites attentions I may have lately shewn one person, and which shocked another person so much [the] last evening we were together, I do assure you as my friend they are not founded upon any penchant I might in particular have, but upon an old joke which I explained to you at the time'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>He states that 'let me not say that my passion for the amiable object has degenerated, if instead of treating her with that violence of passion, which I must ever feel, I now treat her with that truly fraternal & tender affection'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Written Thursday Morning.</p>
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