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George II

The future king reports on the state of the nation

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The future king reports on the state of the nation

King of Great Britain and Ireland (born 1683) from 1727 until his death in 1760. ALS in French, signed “George P.” as prince, one page both sides, 6.75 x 8.75, September 26 [circa late 1710s–early 1720s]. George writes to an unnamed gentleman on several domestic and foreign issues and expresses regret at the poor success of British efforts with the czar, commenting that “entreaties from Hanover will not be without success….” He mentions some “surprising” news in relation to [Robert] Walpole and continues: “It will be a very considerable loss to our family to lose the office of Stadtholder and to give admittance to a family who would not leave there easily.” George further notes that he is en route to Portsmouth, will return to Hampton Court tomorrow, and has found “this country in the best disposition….” The blank integral leaf has been expertly inlaid to a slightly larger sheet. Faint intersecting folds and light show-through of ink, otherwise fine, clean condition. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #333 - Ended May 14, 2008