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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/6/89
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/6/89
      GB 135 Wesley Letters Black Folio, page 101.
  • Dates of Creation
      31 Jan 1829

Scope and Content

From Charles Wesley junior to Miss Tooth. Her Majesty [Queen Charlotte Sophia] and the Princesses in warm weather used to go on a gypsy party in the vicinity of Windsor. The poor children from the cottages would dress in their clean clothes and Princess Elizabeth would enquire of the governess which of them had been to church and said their lessons. Those who had been good were taken in carriages behind the Royal party.

Many years ago King George III was driving in a carriage with his eldest son, when they met a poor man who bowed as they passed. The King acknowledged the gesture by removing his hat, but the Prince remained still. His Majesty thereupon removed his son's hat and threw it into the mud. The page moved to recover the hat, but was ordered by the King to leave it for the Prince to retrieve. When the young man protested he was told by his father to get down from the carriage, for the Royal family were supported by their subjects, and were obliged to even the poorest who showed them respect.

When the Royal family were in Weymouth in Dorset, they went to visit a neighbouring mansion. The housekeeper thought that they were playing tricks on her when she was told that the King was coming.

At Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, His Majesty played a trick on several people, who failed to recognise him standing at the door of the Lodge, and requested to see the King.

Many years ago when Charles was visiting Bath in Somerset, with his dear mother and sister, he was told the following story by John Poulett (Earl Poulett, whose daughter was taught music by Wesley). Apparently when Poulett and the King were walking together along the Esplanade in Weymouth, they encountered a bakers lad. His Majesty asked who did the loaves of bread belong to, and when he was told the boy's master, he helped him to carry the bread along the road, much to the astonishment of the Princess Elizabeth, who was watching from a nearby window.

During a stay at Windsor the King was caught out during a shower of rain, and took shelter in a cottage. Affected by the poverty of the woman who lived there, he presented her with a gift of £5.

[For a continuation of this letter see 6/84 and 87- 90.]