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New Hampshire lauds George II on grandson's birth  

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Manuscript address, a retained copy, sent by the government of New Hampshire to King George II, congratulating him on the birth of his grandson, the future George III


[Portsmouth, NH]



27 lines, in ink, on recto of plain sheet, with docketing and verification on verso. Address to King George II of Great Britain from the colonists in New Hampshire, congratulating him on the birth of his grandson to the Prince and Princess of Wales. The Prince of Wales was to predecease George II, so his grandson became king upon his death. The address reads in part: "...it is not our remoteness from the British throne, that can abate an iota of our allegiance nor the vast ocean that separates us from our sovereign, that can quench or cool our affection to him... It is our happiness that we can boast, of as true a (New England) Loyalty, as that of the most faithful Britons, and that we have as warm hearts and as willing hands, ready for your majesty's service, as the loyalist [sic] of your British Subjects..." Fine sentiments, which were to sour during the reign of the newborn heir, as taxes piled up, and the bonds of loyalty strained to the breaking point. Provenance: A private California collection.

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Paper darkening, wear and a few splits along folds; very good.

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