RepositoryRoyal Archives
CollectionCorrespondence of William IV
TitleLetter from Prince William to George III, written aboard HMS Prince George at sea
Date21 August 1781
WriterWilliam, Prince (1765-1837)
AddresseeGeorge III, King
DescriptionPrince William is writing on his birthday and is reflecting on his past and future before his arrival in America. Admiral Digby and Mr Majendie are pleased with him and the Prince is now to keep his watches regularly like a midshipman on deck, day and night. He always feel a desire to return home, but knows that his absence allows him to see the world and be on active service and also has prevented him from following the terrible course in life which the Prince of Wales has taken. Prince William's studies means he has a good sense of religion, which will keep him away from many vices. The Prince states that, by his natural disposition, he is an obstinate and perverse boy, and if it were not for his education, he would not be what he is now.
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Extent1 document (2 pages)
Physical DescriptionLoose manuscript paper; mounted
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