London, South Kensington
28 May 1999
PRINCESS LOUISE CAROLINE ALBERTA,
SIXTH CHILD OF QUEEN VICTORIA (1848-1939)
Twenty-five autograph letters, 3 incomplete, signed ("Louise" and "Louise Lorne" [after her marriage to John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll on 21 March 1871]) to Sir Theodore and Lady Martin, together approximately 85 pages, 8, on various headed pages, including Osborne House, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle, Kensignton Palace and various 'Louise' monograms, between 5 February 1868 and 29 March 1871 [many n.y.].
A delightful series of letters displaying Louise's tremendous fondness towards her family: "My darling brother is going on very nicely, of course he is still dreadfully weak, but he enjoys his foods, and sleeps pretty well" (5 February 1868); and thanking Sir Martin for his: "kind sympathy about my dear brother Alfred; words cannot describe the fearful shock it gave us and our gratitude to God is great for having so mercifully spared this dear life to us" (29 April 1868). The day before her marriage she seems nostalgic: "My head and heart are full of so much please excuse my writing more now. My leaving my darling boy Leopold is very bitter to me" (20 March 1871).
She refers too to the sieges of Paris: "Poor Paris! is all one can say, and poor mistaken misguided people, all the horrors are something fearful to think of" (2 November 1897)
Together with an albumen print possibly of Lady Martin and others. (25)
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