The TV programme George III: The Genius of the Mad King, which reveals some of the most exciting documents so far digitised, can be seen until 28 February on BBC iplayer (UK residents only), and the documents featured in it are listed below.
It reveals a King intensely concerned with the affairs of government and abroad. The Librarian and Assistant Keeper of The Royal Archives said: “Seeing original documents is utterly compelling. You can feel the passion, personality, worries and triumphs of individuals who have shaped major events.
Documents featured in BBC documentary "George III: The Genius of the Mad King"
1 - Instructions from Frederick, Prince of Wales, to his son George, written at Leicester House
2 - "Some short notes concerning the Education of a Prince"
3 - "The Plan of Education for a Prince taken from Mr. Thomas Eloge of the late Dauphin"
4 - Draft essays on despotism
5 - "Of Laws relative to Government in general"
6 - George III's memoirs of accession, 25 October 1760
8 - Short essay describing the transit of Venus across the Sun, written by George III
9 - Draft letter from George III to the Earl of Holderness, written at the Queen's House
10 - Growth of the Royal children
11 - Letter from Queen Charlotte to Lady Charlotte Finch
12 - Letter from George III to Lord North, written at Windsor
13 - Letter from Lord North written at Bushy Park
14 - Letter from Queen Charlotte to Lady Charlotte Finch
15 - Letters (copies) concerning the proposal of a separate establishment for George, Prince of Wales
16 - Composition of the army and navy to be deployed in North America
17 - Draft of letter written by Sir Philip Stephens to Capt. James Cook; draft of the Lord Commissioners' Secret Instructions for Capt. Cook
18 - Armée Navale (French Navy)
19 - Letter from George III to Lord North, written at the Queen's House
20 - Poll book detailing the state of representation in the constituencies of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
21 - Letter from the spy Aristarchus to George III
22 - Letter from the spy Aristarchus to George III
23 - Letter from Prince William to George III, written from the Commandant's House in New York.
24 - Draft letter from George III to Lord North written at the Queen's House
25 - Letter from George III to Lord North, asking him to come and meet him immediately.
26 - Letter from George III to William Pitt, written at the Queen's House
27 - Draft of letter from George III to the Duke of Portland and Lord North
28 - List of proposed Cabinet ministers
29 - Draft message from George III to the House of Commons
30 - Draft of a message of abdication from George III to the Parliament
31 - Essay on America and future colonial policy
32 - Letter from William Pitt to George III
33 - Letter from George III to the Duke of York
34 - Extract from the Journal of Robert Fulke Greville. Volume 2, October 1788 - 4 March 1789
36 - Autograph of George III
37 - Autograph of George III
38 - Questionnaire issued to George III's Physicians
39 - Letter from Queen Charlotte to the Prince Regent
40 - Letter from Princess Amelia to Charles FitzRoy
41 - Letter from Princess Amelia to George, Prince of Wales
42 - Letter from Sir Henry Halford to George, Prince of Wales informing him of the death of Princess Amelia
43 - Letter from Charles FitzRoy informing George, Prince of Wales, that he has received his sealed letter from Dr. Pope.
44 - Letter from Charles FitzRoy to George, Prince of Wales, and Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, written at Windsor
45 - Letter from Queen Charlotte to the Prince Regent
46 - Menu book for the day of the coronation of George IV, 19 July 1820 in Westminster Palace; at Dublin Castle and at the Phoenix Lodge [Vice Regal Lodge in Phoenix Park].
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