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boldly and hardy has made such a sensation that it
has been written all over the country, and they make
much more of it than if he had done some great act !

It rather disgusts one, but still it had done, and
does, good, for it has put an end to all impertinent
sneering for the future about Albert's riding. This
journey has done great good, and my beloved Angel
in particular has had the greatest success ; for instance,
at Birmingham the good his visit has done has been

1 The Prince hunted with the Belvoir hounds on the 5th.


immense, for Albert spoke to all these manufacturers
in their own language, which they did not expect,
and these poor people have only been accustomed to
hear demagogues and Chartists.

We cannot understand how you can think the
country about Chatsworth not pretty, for it is (with
the exception of the moors) beautiful, wooded hills,
and valleys and rapid streams. The countiy round
Belvoir I do not admire, but the view from the
castle is very fine and extensive, and Albert says
puts him so in mind of the Kalenberg. . . .

Pray, have you heard anything about Aumale's
plans ? Dear little Gaston seems much better.

The Due de Bordeaux has been informed of my
and the Government's extreme displeasure at their
conduct ; they say there shall be no more such
displays. He was to leave London yesterday, only
to return again for a day, and then to leave England

With Albert's love, ever, dearest Uncle, your most
devoted Niece, VICTORIA R.

The King of the Belgians to Queen Victoria.

LAKKKN, 15th December 1843.

MY DEAREST VICTORIA, I am most happy to
see that your journey passed so well, and trust you
are not sorry to be again in your very dear and com-
fortable home, and with your dear children. People
are very strange, and their great delight is to find
fault with their fellow creatures ; what harm could
it have done them if Albert had not hunted at all ?
and still I have no doubt that his having hunted well
and boldly has given more satisfaction than if he had
done Heaven knows what praiseworthy deed ; ainsi est
et sera le monde.

I am glad also that the Birmingham course suc-
ceeded so well ; the theme had been for some years,
particularly amongst manufacturers, that Royalty was
useless and ignorant, and that the greatest blessing


would be, to manufacture beyond measure, and to
have an American form of Government, with an elective
head of State.

Fortunately, there has always hitherto been in
England a very aristocratic feeling, freely accepted
by the people who like it, and show that they like
it. ... I was much amused, some time ago, by a very
rich and influential American from New York assur-
ing me that they stood in great need of a Government
which was able to grant protection to property, and
that the feeling of many was for Monarchy instead of
the misrule of mobs, as they had it, and that he wished
very much some branch of the Coburg family might
be disposable for such a place. Quen dites vous, is
not this flattering? . . .

There is nothing veiy remarkable going on, besides
I mean to write again on some subjects. Give my
best love to Albert, and Pussy who may remember
me perhaps, and I remain ever, my beloved Victoria,
your devoted Uncle, LEOPOLD R.

Queen Victoria to the King of the Belgians.

WINDSOR CASTLE, 19th December 1843.

MY DEAREST UNCLE, Your kind and dear letter
of the 15th, written in your true wit and humour,
reached me on Sunday and gave me great pleasure.
We have had also most wonderfully mild weather,
but / think very disagreeable and unseasonable ; it
always makes me so bilious. The young folks are
very flourishing and prosperous. Pussette knowing
all her letters, and even beginning to read a little.
When I mentioned your birthday to her, she said, " I
cried when I saw Uncle Leopold," which was the case
I am sorry to say the first time she saw you this
year. . . .

I don't believe that the white flag on the house at
Belgrave Square 1 is true. Lord Melbourne and the
Beauvales were here for three nights ; and it was a

1 The house occupied by the Due de Bordeaux.


pleasure to see Lord Melbourne so much himself again ;
the first evening he was a good deal excited and talked
and laughed as of old ; the two other evenings he was
in the quite silent mood, which he often used to be
in formerly, and really quite himself, and there was
hardly any strangeness at all. Lady Beauvale is really
a very very, charming person, and so attentive and
kind to both her husband and Lord Melbourne. Our
little chapel here (which is extremely pretty) is to be
consecrated this morning, and Lady Douro comes
into Waiting for the first time. To-morrow Mama
gives us a dinner. Poor Lord Lynedoch l is, I fear,
dying, and Lord Grey is so bad he cannot last long. 2
Ever your devoted Niece, VICTORIA R.

Queen Victoria to the Earl of Aberdeen.

WINDSOR CASTLE, 28/i December 1843.

The Queen has been much amused to see by Sir
Robert Gordon's despatch of the 15th, the extreme
fright of Prince Metternich at the proposed marriage
of Queen Isabel with Count Trapani, 3 but she regrets
that Sir Robert tried to make excuses for the conduct
we have pursued which the Queen thinks requires no

1 Thomas, Lord Lynedoch, had died the previous day, aged ninety-five. He
highly distinguished himself in the Peninsula and in Holland, and received
the thanks of Parliament, and a peerage in 1814.

2 He died in July 1845.

8 See ante, p. 609, note 2.

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