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The young Prince on the America debate, 1775

GEORGE IV (1762-1830). King of England.
Autograph Letter Signed ('George P') to the Earl of Holderness, 2 pages 4to with autograph address and seal on reverse (seal-tear and glue stain), London, 10 February 1775. Commiserating with him on his ill health, and reporting an incident in the House of Lords in which Lord Shelburne accused Lord Mansfield of lying during a debate about the situation in America.
A fine early letter from the twelve-year-old prince, reflecting the nervous state of the nation prior to the War of Independence.
'... The 7th of this Month the House of Lords had a conference to propose an address of impowering his Majesty to take all measure he thought fit about America. Lord Mansfield as Papa told me was scarce ever heard to speak better when My Lord Shelburne caught something Lord Mansfield said & got up saying "false, false, false" upon which the whole house was in a hubbub calling out "to order, to order, to order," after that Lord Littleton got up spoke remarkably well & gave My Lord a fine trimming for such an infamous thing.'
The Earl of Holderness was appointed governor of the future king and his brother Prince Frederick in 1771.
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