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    Francis Rawdon, 1st Marquess of Hastings, Lord Moira Autograph Letter Signed "Moira," 3.5 pages, 7" x 8.75", front and verso. Denington, September 20, 1811. To Lord Auckland. In part, "If I do not misconstrue your last letter it carries with it an implication as if I had some estrangement in regard to your friends. Be assured that nothing of the sort exists...If the allusion be not to me & only bears in others who have been in the habit of confidential attachment to the Prince, I am convinced that you equally are in the supposition. The persons to whom I referred never have been devoted to the Prince, & only avail themselves a temporary facility of intercourse to color matters as may best suit their private views. My statement to you was not with the most distant wish of annoying your friends: It was only to awaken your own sense of Candor in judging the Prince..." Francis Rawdon joined the British army in 1771 and served in the American Revolution, seeing action in the Battles of Bunker Hill, Brooklyn, White Plains, Monmouth, and Camden, at the attacks on Forts Washington and Clinton, and at the siege of Charleston. In 1789, his mother succeeded to the barony of Hastings, and he became Francis Rawdon-Hastings. In 1793, he succeeded his father as the Earl of Moira. Lord Moira was an intimate friend of the Prince of Wales and when King George III was incapacitated due to mental illness, on February 5, 1811, the Prince was created Prince-Regent. This letter to William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland, was written seven months later. In 1812, after the assassination of Prime Minister Percival, Lord Moira was asked by the Prince-Regent to form a Whig government but he was unsuccessful. This letter has folds, light stains, and small holes where the leaves join, otherwise very good.

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