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The Letters of Queen Victoria : A Selection from her Majesty's correspondence between the years 1837 and 1861 Volume 2, 1844-1853   By: (1819-1901)

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[Illustration: H.M. QUEEN VICTORIA, 1843 From the picture by F. Winterhalter at Windsor Castle Frontispiece, Vol. II. ]

THE LETTERS OF QUEEN VICTORIA

A SELECTION FROM HER MAJESTY'S CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE YEARS 1837 AND 1861

PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF HIS MAJESTY THE KING

EDITED BY ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON, M.A. AND VISCOUNT ESHER, G.C.V.O., K.C.B.

IN THREE VOLUMES

VOL. II. 1844 1853

LONDON JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, W. 1908

Copyright in Great Britain and Dependencies, 1907, by H.M. THE KING.

In the United States by Messrs LONGMANS, GREEN & CO. All rights reserved .

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER XIII

1844 PAGES

Duc de Bordeaux Hanoverian Orders Domestic happiness Death of the Duke of Coburg Lord Melbourne on old age Recall of Lord Ellenborough Uncle and niece Lord Ellenborough's honours Prince de Joinville's brochure The Emperor Nicholas A great review At the Opera The Emperor's character The Emperor and Belgium Crisis in Parliament The King of Saxony Lord Ellenborough and India England, France, and Russia France and Tahiti King Louis Philippe expected Arrangements for the visit Queen Louise's solicitude Arrival of King Louis Philippe A successful visit The King's departure Opening of the Royal Exchange Gift to the Prince of Wales Education in India 1 29

CHAPTER XIV

1845

The Spanish marriages Position of the Prince Title of King Consort Purchase of Osborne Maynooth grant Religious bigotry Public executions Birthday letter Princess Charlotte Vacant Deanery Wine from Australia King of Holland Projected visit to Germany Question of Lords Justices Visit to the Château d'Eu Spanish marriages The Prince criticised Governor Generalship of Canada Corn Laws Cabinet dissensions Interview with Sir Robert Peel Lord John Russell suggested Attitude of Lord Melbourne The Queen's embarrassment Attitude of Sir Robert Peel Lord Stanley resigns The Commandership in Chief Duke of Wellington King Louis Philippe Anxiety for the future Insuperable difficulties Lord Grey and Lord Palmerston Lord John Russell fails Chivalry of Sir Robert Peel He resumes office Cordial support The Queen's estimate of Sir Robert Peel Lord Stanley The Prince's Memorandum Comprehensive scheme The unemployed Lord Palmerston's justification France and the Syrian War Letter to King Louis Philippe Ministry reinstated 30 70

CHAPTER XV

1846

Sir Robert Peel's speech Extension of Indian Empire Bravery of English troops Death of Sir Robert Sale Memorandum by the Prince Celebration of victory Letter from King Louis Philippe Irish Crimes Bill Attack on Sir Robert Peel His resignation Intrigues End of Oregon dispute Sir Robert Peel's tribute to Cobden New Government Cobden and the Whigs Parting with the Ministers Whig jealousies A weak Ministry Anxieties French Royal Family Spanish marriages Portugal Prerogative of dissolution Views of Lord Melbourne The Prince and Sir Robert Peel Proposed visit to Ireland Government of Canada Wellington statue Lord Palmerston and Spain Instructions to Mr Bulwer Don Enrique Sudden decision Double engagement The Queen's indignation Letter to the Queen of the French View of English Government Letter to King Leopold Baron Stockmar's opinion Letter to Queen Louise Lord Palmerston and the French Princess of Prussia England and the Three Powers Interruption of entente cordiale Spanish marriages Peninsular medal Duke of Wellington's view England and Portugal The Queen's decision on Peninsular medal Cracow 71 114

CHAPTER XVI

1847

England and Portugal Peaceable policy advised Spain and Portugal Sir Hamilton Seymour Septennial Act Church preferments Jenny Lind Wellington statue Prosperity in India General election Earldom of Strafford Mission to the Vatican Portugal Crisis in the City Lord Lieutenancy of Ireland Mr Cobden Foreign policy Queen of Spain Queen of Portugal Hampden controversy Lord Palmerston's despatches Civil war in Switzerland Letter from King of Prussia The Queen's reply The Bishops and Dr Hampden 115 140

CHAPTER XVII

1848

Death of Madame Adélaïde Grief of Queen Louise The Queen's sympathy England and the Porte Improvements at Claremont Revolution in France Flight of the Royal Family Letter from King of Prussia Anarchy in Paris Queen Louise's anxiety Revolution foreseen England's hospitality New French Government British Consul's plan Escape of the King and Queen Graphic narrative Plan successful Arrival in England Reception at Claremont Letter of gratitude Flight of Guizot Royal fugitives Orleanist blunders Letter to Lord Melbourne The Czar on the situation State of Germany Chartist demonstration Prince Albert and the unemployed Chartist fiasco Alarming state of Ireland Conduct of the Belgians Events in France Anxiety in Germany Italy Spain The French Royal Family Affairs in Lombardy Sir Henry Bulwer Lord Palmerston's justification Instructions to Sir H... Continue reading book >>


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