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Pictures of King George III and Queen Charlotte were returned to their home in the Salisbury tavern in 1977. During the Revolutionary War, American General Nathaniel Greene stopped by the tavern, owned by the Steele family, and wrote “O George, hide they face and mourn” on the back of his portrait. After Mrs. Steele's death, the portraits passed to David L. Swain, president of the University of North Carolina. The pictures were later auctioned to William J. Andrews in 1883, who kept the pictures in his family in California until 1977, when the Neel family, descendants of the Steeles, bought the portraits and returned them to the tavern wall.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 46 Issue 10, Mar 1979, p18-19, il
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