VICTORIA (Queen of England, 1837-1901). Two autograph letters signed ('Deine treue Cousine VRg') to Count Arthur Mensdorff Pouilly, Osborne, 11 August 1847 and Windsor Castle, 17 February 1876, in German, in the first sending good wishes on his birthday, referring to his brother Alexander's departure, giving other family news and sending greetings from Prince Albert, on paper headed with the Royal Arms and pictorial vignette of Osborne, 4 pages, 8vo, in the second recalling affectionately their last meeting twenty-eight years ago, commenting on his letter, and referring to a family bereavement, on mourning paper with monogram, 4 pages 8vo, and a brief autograph note listing members of the Mensdorff Pouilly family (1900) ½ page, 8vo; and QUEEN VICTORIA'S GLOVE, in white kid, enclosed in a wrapper with an autograph note signed by Count Arthur Mensdorff Pouilly explaining that the Queen dropped it while walking with him in the gardens at Buckingham Palace, and on his returning it to her she gave it to him (1848).
LEOPOLD I (King of the Belgians, 1831-1865). Two autograph letters signed to an unidentified friend, n.p., 28 September 1842, and to Alphonse Mensdorff Pouilly, Laaken, 28 December 1857, in German, in the first referring to a friend's indiscretion, to Queen Victoria, to his daughter Charlotte who is now a beauty, and his health, in the second sending sympathy on the death of a relative, writing of Victoria ('so good and nice and helpful') and with other news, 8 pages, 8vo and 4to; and two autograph letters signed by Victoria, Duchess of Kent (1786-1861, mother of Queen Victoria) to Arthur Mensdorff Pouilly (her nephew), Frogmore (1842) and Abergeldy (1852) with birthday greetings, family news and referring to her Saxe-Coburg relations, on paper with pictorial vignette headings, 3½ pages, 8vo.
Queen Victoria was deeply attached to her first cousins, the four sons of her maternal aunt Princess Sophia of Saxe Coburg by her marriage to Count Emmanuel Mensdorff Pouilly, a French emigré who enlisted in the Austrian service. She once confided to her uncle King Leopold that they were 'out and out the nicest cousins we have', and habitually spoke and corresponded with them in German. The greatest intimacy and friendship existed between them and Prince Albert (also their first cousin), and it was to Arthur that Albert first confided his hope of becoming engaged to Victoria in 1839. (8)