To Lady Olivia Sparrow, [4 January 1818]

To: [In another hand] The Lady Olivia Sparrow
Address: Nice/ S. of France [In the same hand under the address] I. H. Addington
Postmark: FREE6JA61818 [and partial] JA51818 [and] F/903/18
Seal: Black wax
Watermarks: Undetermined

[In the same hand as the address] Langford January fourth 1818. [In a different hand] Jany. 1818 . / Mrs. H– More –

MS: British Library, Egerton 1965 f. 70
Published: Undetermined

My dear, very dear Lady Olivia!

Tho I have written so much to your excellent companion, in answer to his kind letter, yet I cannot dispatch it without a few lines to yourself. Accept my heartfelt sympathy and cordial prayers; poor as they are they are at all times offered up for you and yours and especially at this hallowed and gracious Season; may all the blessings it was meant to convey be yours, and those of your dear party, even the blessings of redemption and the consolations of God’s Holy Spirit. Oh that I had wings like a dove, that I might fly to take a peep at you in your Conventual retreat, sleep in one of your Cells, and take a walk with you in the delicious Garden at which Mr. Obins’s description makes my Mouth water. Patty, who I thank God is not worse , joins me in the warmest wishes for your health, peace and comfort. May the Almighty be your guard your /guide,/ the strength of your heart and your portion for ever! How one feels the impotence of human friendship! to desire so much and to be able to do so little, to do nothing!

kind love to the young one. Dearest Lady O!
ever yours H More

You will smile to hear that among a Multitude of Royal funeral Sermons[2] I have just received one from my friend Dr. Maltby!! [3] I have not yet read it


The letter is dated based on the postmark:More’s letters typically received stamps and postmarks two days after the letter was written.


The heir presumptive, Princess Charlotte, had died after childbirth on 6 November. She was buried on 19 November at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. In the aftermath of her death, large swathes of the nation entered into mourning at the loss of a woman who, it had been hoped, would restore faith in the monarchy. The idea of ‘disappointed hopes’ provided the theme of the many of the dozens of sermons delivered on Princess Charlotte’s death.


Edward Maltby’s A Sermon, Preached in the Parish Church of Bucken, on Wednesday, November the Nineteenth, being the day Appointed for the Funeral of her Late Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte Augusta (London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1817). (Read at Google Books)