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Henrietta Hobart Howard, Countess of Suffolk papers
mssHM 6659-6698  
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Collection of letters to and from Henrietta Hobart Howard, Countess of Suffolk.
Henrietta Hobart, daughter of Sir Henry Hobart, 4th Bart., married in 1706 Charles Howard, afterward 9th Earl of Suffolk (1675-1733). She was the acknowledged mistress of the Prince of Wales (afterward George II), and a Lady of the Bedchamber to his wife, Princess (later Queen) Caroline. As such, the countess was much courted for favor and patronage, and was also well known in literary circles of the time. She retired from Court in 1734, and the following year, married, for a second husband, the Hon. George Berkeley (d. 1746). She died in 1767 at the age of 86. A selection of her letters, edited by John Wilson Croker, was published in 1824.
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