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    [Queen Victoria]. Collection of Documents and Items Relating to Queen Victoria's Children. Includes:

    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, Two Autograph Letters Signed. Four pages of a bifolium, 6" x 4", Tunbridge Wells, December 3, to Mr. Robert Hawthorne Collins, circa 1876, in full:

    "Since I wrote yesterday I heard from Beatrice how ill the Drs. Think of poor Leopold's leg. I am so much distressed. If you think he would like me to come & cheer him I'd be only too delighted to do so. It is very sad to think that the dear boy is so ill again. We go to town tomorrow & on Tuesday to Windsor for 3 or 4 days. Would you you write me a line to Kensington to tell me how dear Leopold is, as I am so anxious about him".

    Accompanied by another letter from the Princess to Mr. Collins. Three pages of a bifolium, 4.75" x 7.5", Windsor Castle, December 24, 1876, in full:

    "Dear Mr. Collins, Let me wish you a very Happy Xmas. I am glad to think that you are able to spend it with your wife & her family this year. I am sure you will do all in your power to make dear Leopold happy & I trust he will spend Xmas pleasantly. I miss him terribly - It is a great thing to know he is no longer suffering".

    Princess Louise was the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Collins was the tutor and friend of Prince Leopold. Sadly, Leopold was diagnosed at a young age with hemophilia, and was plagued with poor health for the majority of his life. He would die at the age of 30.

    Prince Leopold Autograph Letter Signed "Leopold". Two pages of a bifolium, 4.75" x 7.25", Windsor Castle, December 10, 1881, to Mr. Kernan:

    "Pray accept my very sincere thanks for your kind letter of congratulations on my approaching marriage. I wonder how you got over your difficulties about getting to the Longleat ball? Hoping to have the pleasure of soon seeing you in Wiltshire, Believe me!".

    Leopold was the eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He was later created Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence, and Baron Arklow. On April 27, 1882, Leopold married Princess Helene Friederike, daughter of the reigning Prince of Waldeck-Pyrmont (in Germany). Their marriage was to be a brief one, as Leopold was a hemophiliac and died two years later. Although hemophilia is a genetic condition, some doctors at the time believed that his illness was caused by Victoria's use of chloroform during labor.

    Princess Helena Autograph Letter Signed "Helena". One page, 5.25" x 7", written on mourning stationary, Schomberg House, Pall Mall, November 8, 1917. To L. Habsburg, in full:

    "Pray accept my warmest thanks for your kind sympathy. I am greatly touched by your kind thoughts of me - in this darkest hour of my life."

    Helena was the third daughter and fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. On October 28, 1917, her husband, Prince Christian passed away at the age of 86.

    Princess Beatrice Signed Prayer Booklet and Postcard. Rev. Henry Kelsey, Holy Trinity Rectory, Melrose: Prayers for War-Time. (Galashiels: A. Walker & Sons, Ltd., circa 1942), 17 pages, green wrappers, 4.25" x 5.25". Signed on front cover, "from Beatrice ? Christmas 1942". Accompanied by postcard with a black and white image of Beatrice, sitting on a stone wall (3.5" x 5.5").

    Beatrice was the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Beatrice was intended to be the Queen's companion and assistant. She was only allowed to marry Prince Henry Maurice of Battenberg on condition that they made their home with her. Beatrice was appointed Governor of Isle of Wight after her husband's death in 1896 from malaria, which he contracted while fighting in West Africa. She continued as the Queen's companion and unofficial secretary, living at Osborne Cottage on the Osborne Estate until 1912. After the death of her youngest son, who was killed at Ypres in 1914, Beatrice all but retired from the public. She died in her sleep in 1944, two years after signing this prayer book.

    Condition: Letters and documents range from good to fine. Letters have light toning and usual mail folds. Prayer book has light foxing, and postcard has some small areas of soiling.

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