The Visit of Miss Hannah More

From now on, Charlotte’s accomplimshments were exploited. We hear of her singing “Hearts of Oak” to her delighted grandpapa, and “God save the King” again, “with much spirit and precision” to Miss Hannah More, when this famous and learned lady visited the royal nursery. Charlotte, now four, was on her best behaviour, and, taking Miss Moore by the hand, showed her round Carlton House, pulling up the dust sheets to display her father’s finest pieces of French and English furniture. She then recited “How doth the little busy bee”, and rounded off the performance by dancing a pas seul. “The prettiest, most sensible and genteel a little creature you would wish to see,” commented Miss More, and went home to write a book, “Hints Towards Forming the Character of a Young Princess”. Five years later, it was published, and she asked permission to present a copy to the Queen: thus Charlotte from the age of ten was educated on the high – flown principles laid down by Miss More. At sixteen she was still studying it. “This I believe is what makes me finde the hours so long,” she complained. “I am not quite good enough for that yet.”
[an extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Home]
NPG 412; Hannah More by Henry William Pickersgill
Picture: Hannah More by Henry William Pickersgill, 1821, National Portrait Gallery, London

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