London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
RUSKIN, John (1819-1900). Three autograph letters signed ('J. Ruskin') to R.H. Collins, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, February 1874, 4 December n.y. and n.d., writing to accept invitiations to meet 'the Prince' [Prince Leopold, later Duke of Albany], expressing 'great delight' and loyal sentiments, though on one occasion a prior engagement with Professor Max Muller prevents him staying to lunch, warning in February 1874 that 'if the Prince does not throw his warder down, there will be a fight about St Paul [?], I'm afraid', 3½ pages, 8vo, envelope.
Prince Leopold studied a variety of subjects at Christ Church, Oxford, between 1872 and 1876; the recipient was evidently an equerry. (3)
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