QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/05/1880 - HFSID 171233
Sale Price $765.00
Personal letter of condolence on the death of a British diplomat, addressed to her Lady of the Bedchamber and signed "The Queen"
Autograph Letter signed: "The Queen", 2 pages, 4½x7 (integral leaf). Buckingham Palace, 1880 February 5. On black bordered mourning paper to "Dear Lady Southampton", in full: "Would you express to Lord Southampton our condolences on the death of our devoted friend Sir Hamilton Seymour, who was so excellent a servant [illegible phrase] Sincerely yours affectionately". QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901) ascended to the throne on June 20, 1837 (her coronation ceremony was held the following year). She ruled the United Kingdom longer than any other monarch before or since. Her 63-year reign (1837 until her death in 1901) endeared her to her subjects, and she gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. Her husband, Prince Albert, whom she married in 1840, was an able political figure himself, the Queen's close advisor until his death in 1861. The royal pair had nine children - four sons and five daughters. Victoria's reign was celebrated with two jubilees, honoring her 50 and 60 years on the throne. Britain was the world's greatest power during her reign, and she became Empress of India in 1877. By the time of her death, most of Europe's thrones were occupied by blood relatives of Victoria. Lady Southampton, born Ismania Nugent, was the wife of the Third Baron Southampton, who died in 1872. As the Dowager Lady Southampton, she served Victoria as Lady of the Bedchamber. The "Lord Southampton" of the letter was her son, the Fourth Baron.Sir Hamilton Seymour (1797-1880) was a British diplomat. He was more likely a friend of Lady Southampton and her late husband. The new Baron Southampton was born in 1867. Three horizontal folds. Lightly creased. Lightly worn. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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