Note Penned by British King on Eve of Napoleonic Wars Fetches Nearly $15,000 at Auction

Live Science | 1/11/2019 | Staff
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A letter penned by King George III of England on the eve of war has sold for more than $14,000 at auction.

The 1803 missive sold for 11,430 British pounds, or $14,670.97, the BBC reported. The anonymous seller really cleaned up, according to the news agency: He or she had bought the note for only 55 pounds ($70.60) in 1966. That's 974.05 pounds ($1,250.97), adjusted for inflation.

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Barely shy of a year later, King George wrote the note that just sold at auction. Four days after he penned the message, the two countries were at war again. The handwritten note details the monarch's frustrations with the "restless disposition of the Ruler of France," Napoleon, who was busy trying to conquer much of the European continent — and also threatening some of Britain's colonial interests overseas.

"The conduct of France has been equally unfair to the last and though conscious of the Evils that must be entailed on many Countries by the renewal of War, yet the conviction that by the restless disposition of the Ruler of France could not long have been kept off, it seems necessary to attend alone to the best modes of...
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