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[Earl Cornwallis to the King. From a Draft in Lord Cornwallis's writing.]
As I have the presumption to believe that your Majesty has confidence in my professions of aversion to faction, and of unalterable attachment to your person, and zeal for your service, I venture, without apprehending any unfavourable construction, to request that your Majesty will dispose of the office of Constable of the Tower, either now or on any future occasion, if it can contribute to the convenience of your arrangements.
My unwearied endeavours to serve your Majesty and my country, may perhaps induce your Majesty, with your usual kindness to me, to consider favourably my pretensions in the line of my profession, when a proper opportunity offers, which I should prefer, as depending more immediately on your Majesty, to holding an office which is generally looked upon as a civil employment
I am, with the utmost respect, &c.,
- Charles Cornwallis
- Correspondence of Charles, first Marquis Cornwallis, Vol I, Charles Ross, Esq., London, 1859