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Orig.letters From Captain Queen Victoria's Yacht Interesting Royal Content.n/r For Sale
Hand written letters from Seymour John Fortescue,Captain of the Royal Yacht Osborne and Equerry to The Prince of Wales.Twelve sides,looks like two complete letters and one partial letter.All have the embossed seal of the Royal Yacht.Sent to Lady Edith Wolverton and the content is very interesting - of considerable historical importance I believe.Seymour Fortescue was born 10th.February 1856,the second son of the 3rd.Earl Fortescue.He entered the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1869 aged just thirteen,swiftly rising through the ranks and distinguishing himself in the Egyptian and Sudan campaigns.Appointed Equerry in Waiting to HRH The Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) in 1893,he captained Queen Victoria's Royal Yacht Osborne and was Commander of HMS Monarch.Mentioned in despatches and awarded the CMG for his services during the Boer War. The recipient of the letters,nee Lady Edith Amelia Ward,was daughter of William Ward,1st Earl of Dudley,who married Lord Wolverton in 1895.A stunning social butterfly in the Victorian aristocratic milieu,rumours abounded of her connections with "Bertie" (the future Edward VII.) Letters dated in August 1898 and written from the Yacht at anchor in Cowes.They give an unusual insight into the Royal Family.I'll try to give a flavour of some of the content....."We had a full day getting the Queen aboard.It all went very well and she is so pleased that I hear she intends repeating the operation once a week-which personally I think is a shade too much of a good thing"..............."I don't think that the Old Queen was shamming when all the family was sent for.She is very weak and can't take much nourishment but I expect she don't mean to make a die of it just yet." Lady Wolverton is apparently concerned that Victoria's death might upset her social plans. Fortescue assures her..."Your party is fairly safe as far as that sort of thing is concerned." He tells her also of the Prince of Wales' ill health......"I asked the Surgeon his opinion confidentially as I thought you'd like to know.I don't think there is the smallest chance of His Royal Highness being able to shoot as early as the middle of October.I doubt myself if he will let a gun off this year.Were I you I would arrange some other form of recreation and not fuss about the shooting........""Princess Victoria and various others have gone for a dart around the island in a torpedo destroyer......Martin is engaged with various members of the Royal Family in settling the internal decoration of the new Royal Yacht..........I will faithfully send Holbeach (a book) back to you.At present Princess Victoria is reading it.I felt you would not mind me lending it to her."Original letters which I'm sure would handsomely repay further research.Offered at and just 99p opening offer. Please take a look at other letters by same author also currently listed.
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Orig.letters From Captain Queen Victoria's Yacht Interesting Royal Content.n/r: $94