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A.L.S. on the death of her Mother: "It is so soothing to my poor bleeding heart."
- Am empassioned four-page autograph letter signed by Queen Victoria ("V.R."), Windsor Castle, March 22nd,1861, to her late mother’s lady-in-waiting, Lady Fanny Howard, exposing her grief at the death of her mother, and thanking her correspondent for her devotion. She writes, in full: "Dear Lady Fanny, Tho’ I have told you again & again during these dreadful days how truly & deeply grateful I am for your devotion to my dearest beloved Maman, I must repeat it again in writing. It is so soothing to my poor bleeding heart to see such love for her, such true devotion & such true sorrow. The night (just a week ago!) we passed together, & the solemn scene when that blessed spirit left us for a World where passion & sorrow are no more must ever be a tie between us. I shall only be acting as I know she would wish in continuing to you what you received in her service, & hope that I may yet often see you. Pray retain for the Children, & from the Children of her you served so faithfully, some of the affection you bore to her!" Written just six days after Victoria’s mother died, with the monarch at her side. Victoria was deeply affected at her mother’s death, which began a disastrous at the end of which her husband Albert died - this letter is written on the mourning paper that was to become the Queen’s norm after the death of her husband. The Queen was true to her word that there would forever be a bond between her and Fanny. On every anniversary of the Duchess’s birthday, the two women dined together until Fanny died in 1894. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Adam Andrusier Autographs Ltd. ABA PADA]
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