DescriptionQueen Victoria of England, Autograph Letter Signed, as princess, one page written on front and docketed on verso, 5" x 8", on embossed notepaper, addressed to Lady Jane Peel, Friday Morning [docketed as being received January 23, 1833]. Residue of mounting on the verso. Three original folds, with some browning to the right edge and brittleness.
Princess Victoria writes to Lady Jane Peel thanking her for "...all your kind attention about our purchases yesterday at the Bazaar, which was one of the prettiest we have seen".
Lady Jane was the daughter-in-law of Sir Robert Peel who would become Victoria's second prime minister. In 1839, the young Queen commissioned Sir Robert Peel, a Tory, to form a new ministry, but was faced with a debacle known as the Bedchamber Crisis. At the time, it was customary for appointments to the Royal Household to be based on the patronage system (that is, for the Prime Minister to appoint members of the Royal Household on the basis of their party loyalties). Many of the Queen's Ladies of the Bedchamber were wives of Whigs, but Sir Robert Peel expected to replace them with wives of Tories. Victoria strongly objected to the removal of these ladies, whom she regarded as close friends rather than as members of a ceremonial institution. Sir Robert Peel felt that he could not govern under the restrictions imposed by the Queen, and consequently resigned his commission allowing Lord Melbourne to return to as prime minister.
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