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FREDERICK, Duke of York (1763-1827). Second son of George III and field-marshal.
Autograph Letter Signed to [George Beau] Brummell (1778-1840, dandy and socialite) 1½ pages 8vo, Cheveley, 16 October 1821. Assuring him that his application for a consulship had been passed on.
'I take the earliest opportunity in my power to acknowledge the receipt of your letter and to assure you, that I have not failed to write to Lord Londonderry on the subject of the Consulship at Calais and that it will not be my fault if you do not succeed according to your wishes.
 I was very glad to hear from our friend Worcester that you were quite well when he passed through Calais with the Duke of Wellington.'
Brummell, having lost his last £10,000, departed somewhat hastily from London on 16 May 1816 and lived for the rest of his life in France, initially in Calais of which he was dubbed the 'king', carrying on a similarly colourful social life to that which had been his ruin in England. It would appear that his application for the consulship at Calais was unsuccessful (he had reluctantly turned to work in the 1820s) but he was to become consul for the department of Calvados, based in Caen, in 1830.
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