VICTORIA, QUEEN. (1819-1901). Queen of Great Britain and Ireland; Empress of India. ALS. (“Victoria RI”). 4pp. 8vo. Balmoral Castle, September 8, 1890. Written on her monogrammed, black-bordered, Balmoral Castle mourning stationery. To Lady Rosslyn, BLANCHE ADELIZA FITZROY (1839-1933).
“Your touching telegram reached me yesterday & I would wish to express how very truly & deeply I feel for you & pray God to give you peace & strength to bear this heavy blow – & this irreparable loss! You must be terribly worn by these many months of anxious watching & of hope & fear! But this very watching, for now (I think)… must leave a terrible blank. It is I think so dreadful to feel how one can do no more, the dear one is beyond our reach; but then we feel also that he is where there is no suffering, no sorrow, no tears & surely is conscious still of our affections & devotions! I shall ever remember how kind & loyal he was & value the beautiful poems he wrote. It was very shortly after he wrote the beautiful one for my Jubilee that he began to feel ill – My daughter & Henry wish to offer their sincere expressions of condolence to you & asking you [to] convey the same to your children from me, pray believe me always…”