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Letterpress pamphlet of 8 pages without illustrations entitled: "The Very Affectionate and Last Letter of the Late Princess Charlotte of Wales to her Beloved Mother, The Present Queen of England."
Printed below the title are a wood engraved variation of the British Isles' royal coat of arms with lion and unicorn and the motto "Dieu et Mon Droit." and the quotation:
"And hast thou forever this fickle world left/ And yielded to death's all-destructive controul [sic]? Is the world of thy virtues forever bereft/ Those virtues so dear to each genrous soul?- Newman."
"Fourth Edition" and the publisher's line: "Printed and Published by J Turner, 170, Aldersgate Street, And T.Hughes, 35, Ludgate Street, Price Two pence."
The letter, written in a sentimental tone, is presented as the words of Princess Charlotte Augusta who had died on 6th November 1817.
The back page of the pamphlet for publications "Just Published by J. Turner." includes "The Trial of the Queen" thus suggesting a publication date after August 1820.
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- 1820 (See curatorial comments)
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- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 4" a compilation of political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822, number 4 of 10 volumes.
This is not a satirical publication and is without illustrations, therefore, it is not included in M. Dorothy George's "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum."
The pamphlet is not dated but the advertisement for Turner's new publications on the back page carries a notice for "The Trial of the Queen" which suggests a publication date after August 1820. It is likely that this "Fourth edition" of the letter was issued to coincide with the public interest in the Queen Caroline affair. The seperation of mother and daughter is cited as one of the wrongs suffered by Caroline in pamphlets supporting her cause, see: "The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder" (1865,1111,471-435.) BM Satires 13790-13801, in particular 13796 and 13797. See also "Kouli Khan or the Progress of Error" 1865,1111,521-30. BM Satires 13831-13840, notably BM Satires 13834.
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