Prince Albert Prince Consort Signed Letter New Year's Eve 1851 - Politics, Gout
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Prince Albert Prince Consort Signed Letter New Year's Eve 1851 - Politics, Gout :
Rare and important signed letter dated Windsor Castle, New Year's Eve, 31st December 1851 from Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-1861), to Count Alphonse de Mensdorff-Pouilly (1810–1894). Written in German on mourning stationery and accompanied by its original envelope, which is also hand written by the Prince Consort and posted to the Count in Belgium, with the royal coat of arms black seal on the back flap. The letter is concerning remedies for gout, the Great Exhibition, and the politics of the year: "May God now give His blessing that the monster may stay on the ground. He has harmed dreadfully, not his enemies, but the honour of England...""Dear Alphonse,We were very happy to receive better news of your splendid father and share our happiness with you and are pleased that the gout has at last gone from the leg. This dreadful affiction is actually a national one here and shows itself always in that, as long as the extremities are not affected, it can still affect one's mood and strength dreadfully depress one. Here, always, and particularly on the case of elderly people, fortifying medication is given, a lot of wine, - and much of it - and I fear the stupid homeopath has weakened your uncle instead of fortifying him, and could have let him lose the fight against his ailments on the long run, because of his weakened state. Your must now persuade your uncle to eat better. This is particularly important at his age. I greatly regret that poor Arthur has to suffer so much. Allow me to express to you and to your brothers the best wishes for the New Year, may it, in every way be a happy one.We have ended the old one with a word of justice or rather divine justice has revealed itself since a certain 'bottle-holding; individual, that you to loved tenderly, has destroyed itself. A few days later an ineptitude on your part would have the boy back on his feet. May God now give His blessing that the monster may stay on the ground. He has harmed dreadfully, not his enemies, but the honour of England and the progress of legitimate freedom of Europe. By the next courier, I shall send an illustrated catalogue of the Exhibition that we liked very much and which gave a really good picture of it all. Now I salute you and remain your cousinAlbert"Alphonse was the son of Count Emmanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly and Princess Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the daughter of Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Hence the family were related closely to the Belgian and British royal families.He was the husband and consort of Queen Victoria. He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs. At the age of 20, he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria; they had nine children. Initially he felt constrained by his role of consort, which did not afford him any power or responsibilities, but gradually developed a reputation for supporting many public causes, such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide, and was entrusted with running the Queen's household, office and estates. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success.Victoria came to depend more and more on his support and guidance. He aided the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament—although he actively disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston's tenure as Foreign Secretary. In 1857, he was given the formal title of Prince Consort.Albert died at the relatively young age of 42, plunging the Queen into deep mourning. On her death in 1901, their eldest son succeeded as Edward VII, the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged.Envelope Size: 13 x 8.5 cm approx
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