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    Sale 5309

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    2 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 351

    GEORGE IV (1762-1830), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King of Hanover. Autograph letter signed to [William Charles] Keppel (later 4th Earl of Albemarle), Brighton, 11 April 1820, on mourning paper, 2½ pages, 4to (slightly worn, 2nd leaf laid down). Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 11 July 1986, lot 285; the Spiro Family Collection.

    A warm and effusive expression of his affection and attachment to his close friend, written shortly after his accession. 'It is only when we feel ourselves (perhaps) in a momentary difficulty that we can appeal to our real Friends ... You know my dear friend, that whenever I have the means or am aware of the opportunity of giving or granting I am not only ready but too happy to seize upon it'.

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    GEORGE IV (1762-1830), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King of Hanover. Autograph letter signed to [William Charles] Keppel (later 4th Earl of Albemarle), Brighton, 11 April 1820, on mourning paper, 2½ pages, 4to (slightly worn, 2nd leaf laid down). Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 11 July 1986, lot 285; the Spiro Family Collection.

    A warm and effusive expression of his affection and attachment to his close friend, written shortly after his accession. 'It is only when we feel ourselves (perhaps) in a momentary difficulty that we can appeal to our real Friends ... You know my dear friend, that whenever I have the means or am aware of the opportunity of giving or granting I am not only ready but too happy to seize upon it'.


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