File 1 - Letters of William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester

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Letters of William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester


  • 1784-1844 (Creation)

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92 letters, in 4 folders.
4 battle plans; memorandum, 8ff.
4 paper wrappers with MS annotation.
1 linen bag with MS annotation.

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Bequeathed to Trinity by Princess Sophia Matilda, Mar 1844; sent by her executors to the College in Jan. 1845.

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With 'Memoranda of that Part of the Campaign 1794 comprized between the 22nd of May & the 25th July' and battle plans drawn by William Frederick of engagements between 17-30 Apr 1794.

Also a 'Memorandum concerning the Letters of W. F. Duke of Gloucester addressed to his father Wm Henry Duke of Gloucester during the Campaigns of 1794 & 1799', by his sister Princess Sophia Matilda, 28 Dec 1837. Sophia Matilda labelled and sealed the paper wrappers in which the files of letters were originally sent, and also the linen bag in which they were all contained.

The letters date from 1794, when Prince William was fighting in Flanders, 1799, during the campaign in Holland, and 1803-1804, when Prince William was on a tour in northern Europe, and are predominantly written by him to his father.

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      O.11a.2/28: letter from Lady Alicia Gordon, 21 Jan. [1845], on the transfer of these papers, along with a portrait of the Duke of Gloucester by Sir Joshua Reynolds, to Trinity.

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