QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER 12/10/1884 - HFSID 53599
Sale Price $765.00
Writes to her new Ambassador in Berlin at a critical time in Anglo-German relations
Third Person Autograph Letter: "The Queen", 3p, 4½x7 black-bordered mourning paper. Windsor Castle, 1884 December 10. The Queen's handwriting is very difficult to read, hence the gaps in this transcription: "The Queen has not yet thanked Sir Edward Malet for his last kind & interesting letter of the 9th Nov ------ of Douglas - Which she does now. She has ----- for writing ----- that she has the pleasure of seeing Lady ----- last Friday who came here with her parents. The Queen finds that this has ----- a hand ----- of it with her peculiar Father. The Queen hopes that Sir E. Malet has seen the Crown Prince & Princess several times. She will be anxious to hear from him about his ---- the Emperor & Empress and our Grandchildren. He has a great deal to do with the Congo Conference ---- which will delay his ----- for his marriage to take place at the end of ----- months. How does he find the state of feeling with regard to this Country? ". QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901), the last member of the House of Hanover to reign (from 1837) as a British monarch, ruled the United Kingdom longer than any other monarch before or since. Her 63-year reign endeared her to her subjects, and she gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. Her Husband, Prince Albert, an able political figure himself, was 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. Sir Edward Malet (1837-1908), a career British diplomat, served in many important capitals, including Washington, Paris, Peking, Rome and Constantinople. When the Queen sent him this letter, he had recently been appointed Ambassador to Germany (1884-1895). The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, also known as the Congo Conference, resulted in agreements among the European powers concerning their colonial holdings in Africa. Crown Prince Friedrich, about whose family Queen Victoria inquires of her Ambassador, was a liberal and an Anglophile, married to a daughter of Queen Victoria (also named Victoria). Britain attached great hopes for relations between the two nations when he ascended the throne. These hopes were not to be realized, because Friedrich III reigned for only three months (March - June, 1888), following the death of Emperor Wilhelm I. His untimely death put Emperor Wilhelm II on the throne, a man who despised his mother, the English princess, and adopted a very different foreign policy. Twenty-six years later, Germany went to war with Britain and Russia, even though its rulers were his cousins, grandchildren of Queen Victoria. Alhough the Queen's handwriting is very difficult to read, her letter is in fine condition.
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