Description: This autograph letter signed was written at Windsor while Sir Herbert Taylor was Private Secretary to King George IV. On August 29, 1833, Taylor writes probably to Henry Peter Brougham: “My dear [Mr.?] Henry,” who has apparently refused a meeting with the King,
“I cannot send the [ordered?] without apologizing to you for not having acknowledged the receipt of your letter divining I would make your excuses to the King for your non appearance but I took it for granted you would conclude that I have obeyed your orders. His So.[Sovereign] was quite satisfied with your excuse tho he regrets your absence.”
The letter is signed, “Believe me [??]/My dear [Mr.?] Henry/Yours very faithfully/HTaylor”
Written on two pages of approx. 7” x 5” ivory laid paper with rounded corners. Item #A01068.
Sir Herbert Taylor (1775–1839) was the first Private Secretary to the Sovereign, serving several monarchs. Promoted to a lieutenant-colonel in 1801, he went on to serve as private secretary to King George III, his wife Queen Charlotte, George the IV, and William IV. He was also first and principal aide de camp to Queen Victoria. Before his death, he was Master of St Katherine's Hospital, Regent's Park, and Master Surveyor and Surveyor-General of the Ordnance from 1828.
Henry Peter Brougham (1778–1868) was a British statesman who became Lord High Chancellor and played a prominent role in passing the1832 Reform Act and 1833 Slavery Abolition Act during the reign of George IV. He became prominent for his ardent defense of Queen Caroline, the estranged wife of King George IV. He also helped defeat the King’s Pains and Penalties Bill.
Condition: A short tear at the lower left corner has been repaired with archival tissue/tape, remnants of mounting tissue at right margin of page two (does not touch signature), small inkblot within signature, otherwise good condition. In another hand an excerpted bio from Taylor’s obit is written at the bottom of page two.