MALMESBURY, James Harris, 1st Earl. 10185



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Malmesbury’, to William le Blanc, the lawyer acting for Princess Caroline, regretting that the state of his health and his residence in the country make it impossible for him to act as an Executor of the will [of Princess Caroline’s mother Duchess of Brunswick who had died on March 23rd]. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches, in good condition, integral blank leaf, light dust soiling. Park Place, 7 April 1813. James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury (1746-1820), diplomat, negotiated the match between the Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline of Brunswick, and acted as the Prince’s proxy at the ceremony in Germany. The Prince never forgave him for his share in bringing about the marriage. “…impossible for me to act as Executor on an occasion where every sentiment of Respect, and attachment impell me to it, and when nothing but imperious reasons as I have to alledge should induce me to shrink from it: I trust therefore, that some one of my six colleagues will be good enough not to decline the trouble of proving the will of Her Royal Highness as well as assembling the Executors for the purposes you state as pressing.”