3 December 2003
VICTORIA, Queen of England (1837-1901). Autograph letter signed ('V.R.I.') to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Balmoral Castle, 9 October 1883, on mourning paper, 3½ pages, 8vo, autograph envelope; and a transcript of the letter in the hand of Emily Tennyson.
Showing anger at 'those horrible publications whose object is to promulgate scandal and calumny which they invent themselves !' [the scurrilous reports concerning the Queen's relationship with John Brown]. Victoria refers to the general admiration of Tennyson's lines which 'will be engraved on the Pedestal of simple unpublished Balmoral granite on which stands the Statue of the brave, kind, good, honest Man whom they so truly describe'.
The Queen also expresses pleasure [on Tennyson's acceptance of a peerage], 'a mark of my recognition of the great services he has rendered to literature'.
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