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Alexandrina Victoria, 1819-1901.  Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1837-1901.  Third person Autograph Letter Signed twice in the text, the Queen, two pages (recto and verso), 4½" x 7", with integral leaf attached, on The Queen's gilt-embossed stationery, Buckingham Palace, July 15, 1851.

This letter has an excellent association.  The Queen, mentioning Prince Albert, writes to the venerable Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo and later served as British prime minister.  She seeks the recommendation of the Duke, himself holder of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, to make an exception in order to confer the Order upon another officer.  In full: “In consequence of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington's last letter the Prince saw Lord Grey & obtained his concurrence that an exception to the rule as a special mark of The Queen's favour might be reached in General Bowles's case in conferring the Commander's Cross of the Order of the Bath on him.  Lord Grey is accordingly prepared to submit General Bowles's name to The Queen for that honour upon the Duke of Wellington's recommendation, whenever he shall have recd this in the official manner."

Queen Victoria has boldly penned this letter. There are some soiling and wrinkling, small separations at some of the folds, and notations on the back of the integral leaf in another hand.  A small corner has been cut from the integral leaf, affecting nothing.  The letter is in very good to fine condition overall. 




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