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    Queen Adelaide of England, Autograph Letter Signed, four integral pages written on pages one through three, 3.5" x 4.25", on notepaper embossed with the royal crown, addressed to Lady Jane Peel, Pavilion [Brighton], Monday [n.d.]. Mounted on stiff cardstock. One original fold and even browning, else near fine.

    Adelaide writes to Lady Jane (daughter-in-law of Sir Robert Peel, William IV's prime minister), thanking her for "...the kindness to work for me & ... the kind feelings towards me".

    Born a princess of the German state of Saxe-Meiningen, Adelaide (1792-1849) married William, the Duke of Clarence, second son of King George III. William, was twenty years her senior and had already ten illegitimate children by the actress Mrs. Jordan, needed to a royal wife to produce a legitimate heir for the British throne. Adelaide was a good choice. She was amiable, home-loving, and willing to accept William's illegitimate children as part of the family. The arrangement settled, William wrote, "She is doomed, poor dear innocent young creature, to be my wife."

    Adelaide had several unsuccessful pregnancies and her two daughters died shortly after birth. She was greatly admired by the British people for her piety, modesty, charity, and her tragic childbirth history. Adelaide's niece, Queen Victoria, never forgot her aunt's kindness to her, christening of her firstborn child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise.

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