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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

written by "Esher, Reginald Baliol Brett, Viscount, 1852-1930"
...Melbourne begs to be remembered to His Royal Highness. Footnote 30: See vol. i. p. 429. The Queen of the Belgians to Queen Victoria. Laeken, 12th October 1844. My dearly beloved Victoria,—... I thank you very much for attending to all my recommendations about my father: I only fear that they will lead you to believe that we consider him as a great child and treat him like one: but he is so precious and dear to us all that I am sure you will understand and excuse our being over anxious.... Yours most devotedly, Louise. Queen Victoria to the King of the Belgians. A SUCCESSFUL VISIT Osborne House, 17th October 1844. My Dearest Uncle,—I had intended to have written to you on Monday, but you will since have heard of the great confusion of that day which prevented me from doing so. The dear King's visit went off to perfection, and I much and deeply regret its being passed. He was delighted, and was most enthusiastically and affectionately received wherever he showed himself. Our proceedings I wrote to good, dear Louise (whom you should not leave so long alone), who will no doubt have given you the details. What an extraordinary man the King is! What a wonderful memory, and how lively, how sagacious! He spoke very openly to us all, and is determined that our affairs should go on well. He wishes Tahiti au fond de la mer. He spoke also very openly about poor Hadjy's brochure which seems to have distressed him more than anything. The King praised my dearest Albert most highly, and fully appreciates his great qualities and talents—and what gratifies me so much, treats him completely as his equal, calling him "Mon Frère," and saying to me that my husband was the [page 26] same as me, which it is—and "Le Prince Albert, c'est pour moi le Roi." The King is very sad to go, but he is determined, he says, to see me every year. Another very great thing is, that the officers of the ...

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