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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/6/90
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/6/90
      GB 135 Wesley Letters Black Folio, page 102.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d [1829]

Scope and Content

From Charles Wesley junior to Miss Tooth. Charles's old music teacher [Joseph] Kelway was a great favourite of King George III and taught music to Queen Charlotte Sophia, as did the German musician [Johann Christian] Bach.

His Majesty once remarked to the Queen that Bach was unable to perform Handel's lessons, to which she replied that it was not his style. The next time that Kelway appeared, the King also ordered Bach to be in attendance, and confronted the German with his inability to play Handel. Bach replied that his fingers were not long enough, whereupon the King ordered them to be measured and compared with Kelway's. It was found that Kelway had shorter fingers than Bach. Kelway was angry, although he was of course unable to show it, and the Queen too was hurt that her music masters should have been placed in such a position.

Many anecdotes re the Royal family are to be found in the biography(?) of Mrs Delany.