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Sale 2502 Lot 127
TO TENNYSON UPON DEATH OF HER SON: "MY SORROWS ARE MANY & GREAT!" VICTORIA; QUEEN OF THE UK. Autograph Letter Signed, "V[ictoria] R[egina] I[mperatrix]," to Alfred Tennyson, bewailing the death of her son [Leopold, from complications relating to hemophilia], and vowing to support Leopold's widow. 4 pages, 4to, folded sheet, personal stationery with mourning border; folds. With the original envelope. "Windsor Castle" [Windsor], 31 March 1884
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000
". . . My sorrows are many & great!
"Almost all I needed most to lean on--& who were helps & comforts--are taken from me! But tho' all happiness is at an end for me in this world, I am ready to fight on, praying that I may be supported in bearing my heavy cross . . . .
"All these terrible sorrows show us however, truly & really, that here is not our abiding Home!
". . . [I]t is very hard to see such a young life, so full of talent, so gifted, & so useful cut off so soon . . . .
"I . . . while I live shall devote myself to the good of my dear Country who has on all occasions of sorrow . . . shown such sympathy with me."
with--Manuscript transcription of Victoria's letter in the hand of Tennyson's wife, Emily. 2 pages, 4to, written on the first and third pages of a folded sheet. Np, circa 1884.