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Bonnie Prince Charlie Letter in Derby Museum
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To the King October 22, 1745

Edinburgh 22d Octbre O.S., 1745

I have charged Sir Gems Stuard to Carry this as far as Paris and to forward it immediately by a Courier to yr Majesty, as also to write you a distinct account of ye situation of affairs, he is an understanding Capable man, and can be depended on, which has made me chuse him to send to yr F[rench].C[ourt]. with proper Compliments to the F[rench]. K[ing]. and to pester them for succours. I hope your Majesty will be satisfide with his providings. I have nothing particular to add, but what he can say, makes it needless for me to say anymore at present. I am thank God in perfect good health, but still in ye usual anxiety for want of Letters to which there is no help but patience. I Lay myself at yr Majestys Feet Moste humbly asking Blessings and remaining with the profoundests Respect.

P.S. As I writ to you
in my Haste I shal not
wait to get rid of Stricland
as soon as possible. Your
Majesty I hope will forgive the scrawl, not having time to write it over. Being so much hurrid with Business.

Your Moste
Dutifull Son
Charles P.

Sir Gems Stuard was Sir James Steuart [Stewart] of Goodtrees who was sent to France from Stonehaven to deliver a letter, accompanying this one, to King Louis XV as noted in the reverend John Bisset’s Diary. on December 5. The above letter was included in the Appendix of The Forty-Five by Lord Mahon on pages 155-6.


The spelling and grammar is typical of Charles’ writing as noted in:

The Forty-Five by Lord Mahon page 2.

Yet he owed nothing to his education: it had been entrusted to Sir Thomas Sheridan, an Irish Roman Catholic, who has not escaped the suspicion of being in the pay of the British Government, and at their instigation betraying his duty as a teacher. I am bound to say that I have found no corroboration of so foul a charge. Sheridan appears to me to have lived and died a man of honour; but History can only acquit him of base perfidy by accusing him of gross neglect. He had certainly left his pupil uninstructed in the most common elements of knowledge. Charles’s letters, which I have seen amongst the Stuart Papers, are written in a large, rude, rambling hand, like a school-boy’s. In spelling they are still more deficient. With him “humour,” for example, becomes umer; the weapon he knew so well how to wield is a sord; and, even his own father’s name appears under the alias of Gems. Nor are these errors confined to a single language: who—to give another instance from his French—would recognize a hunting-knife in cooto de chas?

Analysis of Charles' Handwriting
Charles Edward Stuart by Giles Hussey in pencil and red chalk
This is part of the ongoing 1745 Association research project in the members-only area.
  The cartouche on the frame reads, “The Gift of Her Gracious Majesty [Queen Victoria] to the Town of Derby 1873.” In 1804 Sir. J. C. Hippisley by the command of the Prince of Wales [later George IV], communicated in a letter from Mr. Fox dated 5 Oct., concluded a negotiation with the Abbé [John Waters] for the purchase of the [Stuart] papers in his possession. They are catalogued but only in 1902 and, by then, the letter was already in Derby.
Le du Teillay Versailles Palace Court of Honour Charles' signature
January 16 2016
From 1:30-4pm there will be a guided tour in the area of the Battle of Falkirk the day before its 270th anniversary. More details to come.
September 3-6, 2015
The success of the 1745 Association's Annual Gathering is attributed to John Macfarlane and Glen MacDonald. We visited; Barcaldine, Glen Creran, Glen Ure, Appin, Duror, Ballachulish, and Inverary. Complete details on the Gathering's page.