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 her criticism of his conduct, and promising to follow her guidance.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The Prince states that when he reflects on his behaviour at night, 'I see myself in such a despicable light...'. He describes going into Hamilton's room after she had left Windsor, and finding a bouquet that he had given her. The Prince refers to Hamilton being 'dreadfully afraid for me if I should attach myself to every woman I like with the same impetuosity I have to you', and praises her attributes including 'the delicacy of your wit, & the sharpness of your irony'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The Prince signs himself as 'Palemon', and in postscript writes that 'I have not sent you my character let us write one of each other and then compare...'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Includes a fragment (pp.5-6), previously attached to the bottom of the letter, asking Hamilton to send him books.</p>

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