The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from George, Prince of Wales, to Mary Hamilton

George, Prince of Wales (later George IV)

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from George, Prince of Wales, to Mary Hamilton, on dissolving their 'fatal promise' [regarding their friendship], his respect for her honour; and plans for a token using her hair.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The Prince states that if Hamilton did use this 'act of oblivion', he is 'thoroughly resolved not to survive your loss'. He refers to Hamilton loving a friend 'who died in the bloom of her youth, with enthusiastic fondness'. He states that 'I look upon reputation as the brightest jewel any woman possesses and when they lose that, they lose everything that denotes them to be women'. In postscript he discusses his plans for setting her hair in a token with the motto 'toujours aimée', and giving her a bracelet with a reciprocal motto.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Written Saturday.</p>

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