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CLARKE, Mary Anne (1776?-1852). Royal mistress.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent, 1 page 8vo with integral blank (traces of mounting), 38 York Street Gloucester Place, no date [watermark 1811]. Thanking her correspondent for a letter and agreeing to see him (?her) 'the first day you are passing'.
 Mrs Clarke, as she was known, had been the mistress of Frederick, duke of York, and had used her influence with him to obtain preferment and promotion for those in her large circle for a consideration. After her estrangement from the duke and his resignation as commander-in-chief she became involved in a number of libel actions and was for a time imprisoned.
Provenance: from a collection formed by A.M. Broadley in 1903.
[No: 24784]

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