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[Mr. Charlton]
Theatre Royal, Cheltenham. Their Majesties, the Princess Royal, the Princess Augusta and the Princess Elizabeth, Having thrice honoured Mr. Watson...with their Presence...signified their Royal Intention of returning to Windsor and London...the following DUTIFUL and LOYAL FAREWELL, WAS SPOKEN BY MR. CHARLTON...On FRIDAY the 15TH AUGUST, 1788..
[Cheltenham? 1788]. Folio, printed satin silk broadside. 22 x 7½ inches. Small wood device of Royal coat of arms at head. Former fold lines; small rents; some soil and stains. Eighteenth century satin silk broadside, possibly unrecorded, recording a Royal visit to Cheltenham in 1788. Goding's Norman's History of Cheltenham (pp342-343) describes the pageantry and fanfare of the King and Queen of England who came to Cheltenham theatre on this day, for the last time of the season, before returning to Court. This visit put Cheltenham on the map and secured its reputation as a resort destination. The Royal Couple came to Cheltenham to "take the waters" as the discovery of its mineral springs had transformed it into a Spa. Thus, the twenty-four line homage makes immediate mention of this: "When the MAJESTIC Spirit of the LAW, / Feels a Relief - from Cheltenham's humble Spa." Other watery life-preserving themes follow in kind. From this Royal visit, Cheltenham's popularity and fame was secured. [Ref. The Playhouse Cheltenham online.] Goding notes that the evening playbills were printed on satin and that Mr. Charlton's address (as printed in full upon this broadside) was "much applauded" by the audience. Charlton's address is interesting for its themes of King George as staunch defender of England's Constitution and of liberty; of its profuse thanks for the Royal Court to visit the "rustic scene" of Cheltenham; and its clarion call of praise and thanks for the support of the theatre from its royal patrons. Charles Stuart wrote the homage. As noted on the broadside, Stuart aut … [Click Below for Full Description]
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