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Princess of Wales


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Princess of Wales : Letters to the Queen of England

Mary Berry, Journal, 29 May 1814: 'The Princess [of Wales] sent for me at three o'clock. She made Lady Charlotte read to me the letters that had passed between the Queen and her on the subject of the drawing-rooms [i.e. two gatherings, to take place in June 1814, from which the Prince of Wales wished his wife to be excluded]. They were good, but too long, and sometime marked by Whitbread's lack of taste, who dictated them.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady Charlotte      Manuscript: Letter


Princess of Wales : Letter to the Speaker [?Parliamentary]

Mary Berry, Journal, 5 July 1814: 'The Princess [of Wales] sent for me to read a letter that she had sent to the Speaker [re proposed increase to her allowance].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Manuscript: Letter


Princess Caroline Princess of Wales :  [verbal sketches of well known people]

'One day, the Princess showed me a large book, in which she had written characters of a great many of the leading persons in England. She read me some of them. They were drawn with spirit, but I could not form any opinion of their justice; first, because a mere outline, however boldly sketched, cannot convey a faithful portraiture of character; and, secondly, because many of the persons mentioned therein wre unknown to me. Upon the whole, these characters impressed me with a high opinion of her discernment and power of expression. Not that it was good English, but that it was strong sense. But how dangerous! If that book exists, it would form a curious episode in the memoirs of those times.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Princess Caroline Princess of Wales      Manuscript: MS book


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