William IV - King of England
(1765-1837) reigned 1830 - 1837
A Future King
Rejoices to Help the Poor at Christmas
"I rejoice I have had it in my power to make 32 people happy for one
Bold, Dark and Beautiful Personal Letter with Strong Signature
(1765-1837). King of Great Britain. Handwritten, Signed Letter on personal
black edged stationary, one page 4to, Dateline: Hanover, Jan. 3, 1819 to Daniell
approving of the distribution of poultry as a Christmas gift to the
1 page Letter – Signed and Dated: January 3, 1819
Text as Follows:
Ir:22 [in reply to
yours of the 22nd]
[Received] Yours 2e:22 [your second letter of the 22nd
previous] and its invoices enclosures ... near one this morning. I
return them of course signed. I am glad the Poultry Yard is reduced and
approve of your distribution of the Geese, Ducks and Turkies [sic]: you
were quite right in selling the Hams ... I rejoice that I have had it in
my power to make 32 people happy for one day. The Duchess desires to be
kindly remembered and is I trust in God advancing most favorably in her
present situation. I wish you all health and happiness and ever remain.
William had married
the Duchess, Adelaide, just the previous year. A wonderful testament to
the generosity of the rather maligned William, who was at this time
living not only in the shadow of his father, George III, who was still
barely alive and reigning, but also of his older brother George, the
Prince Regent who would become King a year later.
Document in very fine condition of wove paper stationary,
watermarked "AF", measures folded as shown 8" wide x 9.75" tall (204mm x
260mm) consisting of a single black bordered sheet folded to make four
pages. Writing is on one page only with a small docketing notation
on another. Very slight tear less than an inch in right margin fold.
A warm personal letter giving insight to the mind of William IV - Last
of the Hanoverian Kings of England.
by Berryhill & Sturgeon, Ltd.