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ALICE

HESSE

OF

DUCHESS

GRAND

PRINCESS

AND

BRITAIN

GREAT

BIOGRAPHICAL

NEW

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AND

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1884

LETTERS

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of

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getXicated

TO

HIGHNESS

ROYAL

HIS

HEREDITARY

THE

GRAND

AND

THEIR

TO

HIGHNESSES

DUCAL

GRAND

DUKE

PRINCESSES

THE

ELIZABETH,

VICTORIA,

OF

HESSE

IRENE,

AND

BY

RHINE

ALIX

CONTENTS.

By

Preface.

Her

Highness

Royal

tian
Chris-

Princess

vii
........

Childhood

In

Her

Girlhood,

and

New

PIome,

1843-62

11

....

1862-65,

1862
.

'49

1863
1864

71
88

1865
At

Home

and

at

Work,

1866-72.

1866

123

.........

1867

168
.........

1868
.

199

P'

1869

216
.

1870
1871

31

235
266
.........

1872

284

.........

Trials, 1873-1877.
1873

300
"

1874

1875
1876
1877

-.

.321

"

"

339

348

.,...."..

356

..,.....,

CONTENTS.

VI

The

End,

368

1878

383

Remarks

Concluding

Appendix.

Watcher

by

the

Dead

391
.....

Sketch

Sir

Lines

in

Theodore

in

Memoriam

December

Memoriam,

K.C.B.

Martin,

14,

1878.

By

398

406

'

PREFACE.

THE
has

of

volume

this

does

The

short

written,

such

the

illustrate
these

short
one

like

it

picture

appreciated

her

life

was

her

the

many

as

letters

be

as

known

beautiful

of

were

was

Sister's

my

of

narrative

to

necessary

all

of
be

become

eral
genof

persons

advisable,

life should

man,
Ger-

ing
present-

as

has
of

given

the

themselves.

custom

thought

personally

was

picture

merely

the

not

it

as

interwoven,

glance,

biographies

might
of

sketch

from

but

the

when

publishing

who

of

explain
days,

translated
are

of

er
togeth-

Mother,
life.

complete

incidents

distinction,
true

at

seen

containing
my

time

publication

married

letters

opinions,

and

of

be

and

of

In

will

thing

character

the

and

the

at

the

Sister

country,

shown

to

her

here

which

as

any

of

Memoir

with

letters

her

record

this

unwelcome,

be

from

in

that

hope

dear

my

sympathy

to

not

brief

of

me

may

extracts

with

or

lead

which

regarded

feeHng

death,

her

with

been

ever

universal

the

affection

great

my

in

to

features

order

Sister,

prepared

note

by

that
that
some

her,

and

who

of

her

char-

viii

PRINCESS

fell upon

choice

The

acter.

Dr.

Sell.

It would

have

ALICE.

been

clergyman
and

premature

of

out

stadt,
Darm-

at

place to

acter
thing like a complete pictureof a charSister's opinions on
so
many-sided, or of my
she took the deepest
the affairs of Europe, in which
able
interest, and on which she formed opinions remark-

attempt

any

sagacityof view. The domestic


side of her nature
might alone for the present be
freelydealt with ; and to help Dr. Sell in delineating
selected for his guidancethe extracts
this, my Mother
for breadth

from

and

Sister's letters

my

to

which

her

in the

appear

thought at first of
found
to
public,but they were
making these extracts
be so
true
to
be so beautiful,and
an
expressionof
what
Sister reallywas,
that, in compliance with
my
her husband, they
Duke
the request of the Grand
that
allowed to be translated and published,
so
were
There

present volume.

her

subjectsmight
they had to love her

whom

how

them

they

them

will feel thankful

granting them
beautiful and

They
heart

see

she

was

ever

here

are

that

insightinto

my

given
all who

for thus

Mother

my

reason

dear

Sister's

unselfish life.

will

devoted

closer

to

great
lost.

had

originalform
I am
and
sure
English public,

the

read

in

see

letters in their

The
to

no

was

in them
to

turned

as

the

for

Liberty and

country

the land
to

which

satisfaction,how

also, with

it with
had

of her

birth,
"

and

reverence

done

the advancement

and

was

of mankind

how

her

affection

doing
more

ix

PREFACE.

than

other

her

feehng

this

request, which

she

made

of

death,

her

world.

in the

country
in

was
a

any

respect
to

that

How

deep
testified by

was

husband

her

in anticipation

Enghsh flag might


her coffin ; accompanying the wish
be laid upon
with
modest
a
expressionof a hope, that no one in
the land of her adoption could take umbrage at her
desire

to

be borne

colors above
In

these letters
which

have

rest

I feel confident

deepen

must

always been

country,

where

she

her

childhood

and

youth

wise

those

love, that
and
qualities

strove

to

I had

old

the

the

that the
love

felt for my

this

with

Enorlish

her.

case

any

her

to

an

tastes

had

which

admiration

beloved

thanked

ever

been

fostered

had

and

perusal of

and

she

Sister in
God

tended

that
with

developed

most

valued

all

and

cultivate in her later years.

written

of

these

words, when

another

beloved

often recurs
name
family,whose
in my
Sister's letters, was
from
suddenly taken
from
and
dear
our
us,
Writing of my
country.
Brother
Mother
to my
(February i, 1868) she said :
May God spare that young brightand giftedlife to
member

our

"

be

That

comfort

life,which

to

you

then

for many

year

to

come

"

hung tremblingin the balance,


was
a
spared, not indeed for many
mercifully
year,
but long enough to make
Brother more
beloved
my
by his familyand friends,and to enable him to give
token
of the good giftswith
to his country
some

PRINCESS

which

he

to

us

first

see

to

endowed.

was

my

ALICE.

dear

follow

Sister

into

her

in

the

As

he

Hfe,

so

Silent

the

was

he

has

Land.

HELENA.

Cumberland

Lodge

iSi'/i April,

1884.

"(5^"r

last
been

of
the

CHILDHOOD

AiND

GIRLHOOD.

1843-1862.

"

life."

{i^th

"

back

look

ever

to

ALICE,

England,
of

25th

Palace

law

2d

Maud,

of

its

of

"

which

born
The

on

her
is

old

an

was

the

christening.

of

Royal

the

because

of

Duchess

The

of

was

borne

Gloucester's

of

of
the

her

name

account

on

the

press
Em-

The

name

princess

was

birthday.
officiated

Canterbury

sponsors

names

one

by

little

the

at

sister-in-

princesses.
the

Prince

Matilda

chose

Matilda,

name

chosen

and

III., and

as

English

child

the

Sophia

parents

same

on

place

received

in

Palace

Albert,

took

Gloucester,

British

Archbishop

which

George

other

and
"

Mary

King
of

and

Maud,

time

called

third

and

Princess

Duchess

being

happiest

ever

the

was

she

June,

of

is

Victoria

Mary.

godmothers,
of

She

Queen

of

niece
the

to

the

as

Buckingham

christening,

Maud

Gloucester,

she

at

1843.

of

her

the

on

Alice

of

April,

At

Consort.

girlhood

as

born

was

daughter

second

and

1S69.)

June,

PRINCESS
the

childhood

my

the

reigning

at

the

King

12

FlilNCESS

of

Hanover,

Prince

of

Matilda

Ernest

Augustus
and

Saxe-Coburg

of

Princess

the

Gotha

Hereditary
Princess
Sophia

Gloucester, sister-in-law

of Gloucester,

the

ALICE.

of

niece

of

the

to

Duchess

George III.; and

Hohenlohe-Lanofenbure,

Feodora,

half-sister

to

Queen.

The
her

christeninof was,

the

as

Oueen

herself

when
uncle, the King of the Belgians,

him

on

the 6th

of

could

have

Nothing

June,

"a

writingto

imposing ceremony.

very

off better, and

gone

told

little Alice

extremely well." *
Though twenty-two years only have passed since
the wholly unexpected death
of Prince
Albert
prived
dethe Queen of her devoted
husband, the Royal
children of a most
lovingand beloved father, and
behaved

the

whole

nation

life,in the

of

of its wisest

one

counsellors, his

admirable

biographicalmemorial
by Sir
Theodore
forms
Martin,
already part of history,
and by it we
enabled to form
are
a
just estimate of
the perfect character
and great intellectual abilities
of the

Prince, whom

revered

throuo-h

Prince
Duke

one

his

life as

Coburg, was
beauty. He

Queen

of

But

old, when

the
was

he

"

Life

of Prince

Alice,

hiofhestideal.
of the then

son

very

the

became

only

Consort," by Sir Theodore

not

alrous
chiv-

yet twenty-

Consort

three

character

with

reienino-

pictureof manly
young,

very

England, who was


by his strengthof

of intellect,
combined
*

her

Albert, the second

of

years

daughter, Princess

of the

months

and

rare

thorough

er.
oldgy
ener-

self-con-

Martin, vol. i.,p. i66.

AND

CHILDHOOD

trol and
his

devotion

unswerving

an

GIRLHOOD.

the

to

of

duties

gaining the love and


of a nation
which, though it keeps watch
with peculiarjealousy,
its rightsand privileges
also how
show
to
great generosity,when

he
position,

esteem
over

knows

it has

once

succeeded

learnt

to

and

trust

his wonderful

With

in

to

of

power

love.

mastering

and

new

himself familiar with the


subjectshe made
the social and agricultural
tions,
condihistoryand policy,
difficult

adopted country.
adviser
tact, and

greatest
the

Ministers

of affairs

head
the

nation

dential
positionof intimate confithe Sovereign he showed
the
to
gained the affection and respect of

who
;

succeeded

whilst the

genuine worth
large.

at

of all,two

Chief

nations

gratefuladmiration,
grew

Europe
and

the

that

to

the

midst

every

that

home

made

have

acknowledged
his influence

under

in the

for

serve

there

cares

in

purity

briofhtex-

Whilst

labors and

changes

its

the

with

brilliant Court

in the land.

suitable

known

appreciatedby

was

it mis^ht well

the

at

he became

more

of the most

Sovereign all the

Prince

another

one

familylife,so perfectin

domestic

charm

ample
with

in the

up

of his

In his

his

more

relations

commercial

industries and

the

sharing
of state,

and

rangements
arpractical
ily
and, by stead-

Royal Household,
which he had at once
adheringto principles
nized
recogthe best, he succeeded
in making life happy
as
and peacefulto all around
him.
Thus
it was
that
the Royal Family of England, whether
residingin

PRIiVCESS

14

ALICE.

the

splendid palacesat Windsor, in London, or at


the
in the
Isle of
Osborne,
lovely country seat
by the sterner
Wight, or at Balmoral, surrounded
of the Scotch
enabled
to
Highlands, was
scenery
the political
amidst
enjoy a life of perfecttranquillity
of the

tempests

happy
When

she

good
a

very

and

one,

"the

as

of the

childhood

The

was

and

vain

be.

family,"and

child.

part.

She

around

and

to

father

often

Dear

her

she

*'

was

with

had

pen

supervisionof
we

owe

so

Princess

Alice

is

up

the

to

as

her

take

all

with
i85i

was

Royal children,

follows

too

to

of that

accounts

many

as

of her

favorite

great

who
Lady Lyttleton,
the

proved

speak

to

not

was

later years

if he

happy family life,writes


Princess' fourth birthday:
"

adds,

first she

used

as

became

soon

whose

very

extremely

an

as

mother

Her

little Alice,"

her.

entrusted

little person."

Her

dear

"poor

was

old, her father mentioned

year

developed naturally. At
thought to be so highlygiftedas
to

times.

our

circumstances.

by

She

her

of

Alice

favored

of the

merry

decade

Princess

much

beauty

turbulent

most

on

little

the

low

pretty, in her

frock and

pearlnecklace, trippingabout and blushing


and smiling at her honors.
whole
The
deed,
family,inman
to advantage on
birthdays; no tradesappear
with
such
or
keep one
country squire can
and
07te
hearty simple affection
enjoyment.
present I think
live lamb, all
a

we
over

shall all wish

pink

alreadythe greatest pet,

ribbons
as

one

live farther

to

and
may

bells.
suppose.

off
He

is

CHILDHOOD

"

Princess

will

take

not

away

and
lustily,

will

most

coaxy,

and

said

kissinghis

after

like

you

One

me

have

to

with

and

after

'

children

and

direct.

then

life.

that

"

though

to

The

made

their

were

was

clusively
ex-

who

possessed the

entire

confidence, and

all times

communicate

persons

Consort's

accompanied

of them

care

for

appearance

dessert, or

at

kept

of the minutest

for their children

being done

children

The

as
Queen's ladies-in-waiting,

they could at
Royal parents

informed

themselves

oughly
thor-

detail of what
of

in the way

was

training

instruction.

After

Royal

the

first years

children

of childhood

placed under

were

and

under

and
Lady Superintendent,

German

in their walks

during their

games.

the

drawing

lessons
were

soon

in

were

the

French,

the children

To

do

in the education

this

was

driving. The

Prince

whom

the

dinner

entrusted

were

Milly!

often, Milly,dear

Court
to

their parents out

and

tones,

the best

actual

moment

with

is

of body and mind, to


training,
for the high positionthey would
eventually
in contact
fill,
they should in nowise come

the

Queen

in her sweetest

observed
principles

Royal

scarcelyknown
they only now
a

of manymistress, but runs

'

they received
fit them

him

to

cause

butt at her, though she

soon

nose

of the main

of the

his

to

is the

pet lamb

Alice's

He

tears.

GIRLHOOD.

AND

governesses,

and

watched

past, the
of

English,
who, again,
accompanied

care

them

over

foreignlanguages,music
added, for which

the

and

young

PRINCESS

Princess

showed

decided

always

were

Her

"

and
itself,

books
copy-

she

wrote

Fresh, blooming,and

"

healthy,

of the illnesses of childhood, cheerful,

escapingmost

full of fun and

merry,

talent.*

neatness

pretty hand."

very

ALICE.

mischief," she delightedin all

bodily exercises, such

gymnastics,skating,etc.
Above
fond of ridingand
all,she was
passionately
of horses.
She preferredplayingwith her brothers,
bold and fearless as
and was
a
boy. With all this,
showed
however, she soon
proofsof real kindness of
heart and

of tender

well,"

meeting

""

corridor,and,

making

consideration

former
the
I

as

as

passed

nice to be tall ;

"

tall.'
her

"

Her

actions

kindness
when

of the

children

the

on,

"

so

Queen's

playing in

member
relates,
re-

the
^^

of Wales

Prince

great height,the

my

said to her brothers, but


is very

dresser

Royal

joke about

for others.

that I should
would

Papa

of heart

child.

like

showed

Whenever

Princess

hear

it : 'It
all to be

us

itself in all
she

in

the

4east

suspected that anybody's feelingshad been


hurt, she always tried to make thingssmooth
again."
"

At

Christmastime

she

most

was

anxious

to

give

pleasureto everybody,and bought presents for each


with her own
me
a
pocket-money. She once
gave
and on
another
littlepincushion,
occasion
basket,
a
with a colored border
and wrote
on
a littlecard
ways
(alFrida
for me)
dear
in German
For
[now
Madame
from Alice,'and
brought it to me
Miiller],
'

herself
*

The

Princess

on

Christmas

memoranda
of

Germany.

in

this

Eve.
paragraph

I
are

felt that

communicated

she
by

the

had
Crown

AND

CHILDHOOD

much

thought how
that day."
The

first

journeys

have

must

parents

vividlydescribed

They

those

were

Highlands ;
Highland scenery

of

enthusiastic

to

the

to

she

home

her

elder
her

accompany

Queen's Journal.
1849, and, in i85o,

Ireland, in

and

my

in the

beauty

remained

and

grandeur
life

through

an

devotee.

intellectual faculties and

Her
of her

was

to

the

to

she, with

allowed

brother,

1/

missed

which

on

sister and
are

GIRLHOOD.

character

did not,

in her

the
case,

deeper qualities
as,

indeed, generally

healthy children,
hapnei^^ithhigh--spinted,
but

almost

from

the

nrst

.she

jties of

which
win
all
-disposition
hearts and Ic-nd ;" charm
to dailylife.
Lit.le theatriLct.-^^j.ces performed by the Royal
in the famiiv
chilurer on festive anniversaries
partly
of gainiu'.;
in fore^^nIan
too, with a view
facility
"

guages

the

were

"

field in which

the

Princess

young

herself.
No
child ever
decidedlydistinguished
formed
perthe part of the High Priest Joad in Racine's
and with a more
Athalie," with more
dignity,
ing
pleasintonation
German
Red
a
more
delightful
; and
the
Princess
never
Ridinghood * than
appeared
"

"

the stage.

upon

Of
the

of these

one

and

Queen

Bunsen

biographyof
*

In

performances, given in honor

Prince's

gives the
Baron
little

oness
wedding-day in 1854, Barin her
followingdescription

Bunsen.

piece of

of

that

name

A
by

tableau
Madame

represent^

Jonas.

PRINCESS

the

ing

Four

Seasons

the

by

'

Seasons

distinct and

that of the
It

formed

her

of Prussia,

"

followingwords
She

years

that
the

Duchess

of

first impressions of the

her
the

Grand

now

and

was

Thomson's
in

spoke

tion,
modula-

penetratinglike
Alice

Princess
Princess

Louise

Baden, who

young

cords
re-

Princess

in

that

at

and

friendshipfor

warm

trived
con-

appeared

excellent

with
sweet

these

during

was

from

and
gracefully,

of voice

Queen."

First

"

taken

were

moved

tone

and

Spring,scatteringflowers,

pleasingmanner

studied

been

children.

which

she

and

the

as

recitingverses,
'

bad

Royal

Alice

Princess

ALICE.

time

most

gracefulin

ance
appear-

charming, merry, and amiable ; and though


always occupying a subordinate
place to her very
the
was
giftedand distinguishedsister,there never
least semblance
of a disagreement. Alice's cheerful
her
of observation
disposition and
great power
themselves
showed
early in the pleasantest
very
and she
had
remarkable
a
manner,
giftof making
herself attractive to
others.
Her
was
individuality
less decided
and
prominent than that of her sister,
and
she
had
of childhood
a
specialcharm
grace.
Our
the life in the schoolwalks and drives together,
room,
"

the
Baron
and

in

games
Stockmar's

ever

lastingof
The

my

room

"

in

corridors,

or

these

all the

and

dear

old

pleasure

of

being together with the two


remain
the happiest and
amongst

enjoyment
will

the

ters
sismost

recollections."

opening

of the
*Bunsen's

First
"

Great

Life," ii.,328.

Exhibition

in

CHILDHOOD

85

of

creation

Prince

of

correspondence

young

friends,in which

active

most

Alice

"

drawn

now

itself in her,

great
as

not
people who were
criticising
Many a littleconflict took place in

with
she

Alice

took

of

family ; but,

in

vein

of her

of humor

certain

sharpness
congenialto her.
schoolroom

the

of the

She

unchanged.
brothers

her
was

circle

sisters

fond

and

was

became

distinct,their happy relations

more

remained

another

knew

individualities

the

and

between

all the fascination


well

as

the

in

more

up

into the

more

gracefulways.

while

sion
occa-

Prussia

sprung

of

members
grown-up
spiteof this, she retained

but

part.

was

charming

the

was

"

Princess

the

showed

of

had

active

the

(the present
Germany) and his familyto the English
visit was
repeated in 1853. Meanwhile

This

Court.

GIRLHOOD.

own

visit of the

Emperor

an

Albert's

Prince

"

AND

to

one

orite
great fav-

though they

sisters,

of mischief.

naturallyengaging manner
quiteexceptional
of showing affectionate
joyousness and power
emotion
imparted an especialcharm, which revealed
itself in the fine lines of her face, in her graceful
nobleness and digand a certain inborn
movements,
nity.
To

"

attachment

Her
'

and

In
"

'

scarlet
Princess

time

The

Princess
fever

afterward

the

She
a

at

Alice

'

Uncle

sia
Prus-

her firstserious

from

her

younger

illness

sister,

recovered

but for some


easily,
observable.
delicacywas

certain

that time

sweet
peculiarly

parents,

trulytouching."

had

caught

"

Louise.

accounts

my

Prussia,'was

Aunt

855

to

are

unanimous

development of

in describing
her

disposi-

20

ALICE.

PA' I ACCESS

tion, and

the

in the

manifestation

works

of

of

charityand

acting independentlyfor

of

aroused

been
The

in many

kitchen,

museum,

made

was

the
in

ways

the
and

work,

to

mercy.

The

good

of others

the

of

feehng
had

children.

Royal

with

manner,

little gardens,

and

store-room,

means

est
inter-

womanly

true

in like

Cottage at Osborne,

Swiss

its

learning how

hold
house-

do

to

of

direct the management

small

establishment.
The

parents
of the

prepared
to

choose

were

dishes
and

its

invited
which

there,
own

there

the

take
par-

themselves

child

occupation, and

to

guests,

Princesses

each

too,

as

allowed

was

enjoy perfect

to

liberty.
Highlands,free from the restraint
life,brought the Royal children into closer

life in the

The

of Court

with

contact

the

humbler

called

classes, and

into

play their sympathies for the poor.


tages
cotThey were
permitted to visit the humblest
There
it
even
encouraged to do so.
nay,
of pity for and an ardent
doubt, that a feeling
no
was,
desire
to
help the poor, the sick, and the needy,
"

first aroused

were

these

in the

Princess.

earlyimpressions led

inofsome

of the

noblest

We

in later lifeto

and

most

know

how

her

found-

beneficent

insti-

tutions.

blessingsof a happy familylife, which generally


those
allowed
to
only are
enjoy who live in
were
fully
happy obscurity from the great world,
appreciatedby the Princess, as we may see from her
The

"

"

CHILDHOOD

AND

GIRLHOOD.

later letters,abounding in
and

brothers

references

and

she

her

gratitudeto

sisters, and

which

21

the

from

makes

to

parents

frequent
period of her

this

life.
visits of

The

the

their

grandchildrento

beloved

of Kent, old in years but


grandmother, the Duchess
in spirit,
at her residences
at Frogmore
(near
young
Windsor), and Abergeldie (near Balmoral),had a
peculiarcharm for them.
first excursion

The

land

native

the

Princess

made

of her

out

Cherbourg,"^when, with her


brothers
and sisters,she accompanied her parents.
The
about
lovely scenery
Cherbourg has become
familiar to us through the descriptions
given by the
Queen.
A great change in the life of the Princess
took
of the Princess
placethrough the engagement
Royal
to

Prince

to

was

William

Frederick
had

the Princess

in

and

studies

great

of

Prussia.
shared

measure

Hitherto
her

ter's
sis-

artistic

had had
and
occupations,
the same
companions, taking quietlyand naturally
the second
place. Now her sister's departure for a
home
new
wrought an entire change in her life,
as
throwing upon her, as it did, new
responsibilities
the eldest daughter at home, and placingher in
now
a
new
positionin relation to her parents, and particularly
to

to

imbue

her

In

1857.

father, whose

with

without

purpose
*

her

See

that

sincerityand

which,
the

"

Life

constant

to

use

of the Prince

his

care

it

was

of

earnestness

friend

Baron

Consort," vol. iv.

ALICE.

PI?INCESS

22

impossibleto fill one's


positionin life happily,worthily,and with dignity."
Stockmar's

words,

closer

The

"

it

was

with

intercourse

her

father

laid the

love of plastic
intelligent
she had
and
of music, for which
art
already as a
Her
child shown
decided talent.
a
appreciationof
fostered
best in the arts
all that was
was
by the
she
surrounded
treasures
was
by which
many
also by prosecutingher
Windsor
at
Castle, and
studies and practicein music
along with the Prince
foundation

of that

deep

and

Consort.
The
years,

many

the

old

and

disturbance

Revolutions
war,

great
of

of those
stirringevents
of
Europe through the

1848 and

1849, and

the

took

the
Princess
was
place when
enough to feel their gravity; and

awaken

and

in later years

Another

foster the keen

interest which

Crimean

already
served

to

she took

in all political
occurrences.

approaching,
great European conflict was
took
the time of her Confirmation, which

justabout
place on the 21st of April,1859. Besides having
been preparedfor it by the Dean
of Windsor
(the
sort
the Prince ConHon.
and Very Rev. G. Wellesley),
himself had given the Princess
Instructions,as
he had previously
done to the Princess Royal, from
manual
of Religion and of the History of the
"A
Christian
Church," by Carl Gottlieb Bretschneider
in Gotha).
Superintendent
(formerly, General
her in
The
Prince's objectin this was
to
encourage
in independent reflections on
serious thought,and
religious
questions.
"

"

AND

CHILDHOOD

The

of

ceremony

GIRLHOOD.

Confirmation, which

the

performed by the Archbishop


concluded, when
barely been
invasion

of the

threatened

which

finallyended

disastrous

The

in

the

Canterbury, had

the

arrived

news

Sardinia

by Austria,

Austro-Italian

the

makes

letter

of

of

was

war,

so

on

this

Austria, of iSSg.

to

Queen

event,

in

23

her

to

followingremarks
uncle, the King of

the

gians
Bel-

-X-

gjj^.^i^jg ^^jj j^Q^

jj^ ^^

least disturb

child's

dear

in a most
equanimity. She was
devotional
of mind
state
quiet, gentle, self-possessed,
and
deeply impressed by the importance
and
She
answered
ably
admirsolemnityof the event.
her
and
at
went
examination,
through the
*
in a very
perfectmanner."
ceremony
our

"

Not

long before this the Queen had given her own


opinionof her daughter in the followingwords :
She

"

and

is very
good, gentle,sensible, and amiable,
real comfort to me.
I shall not let her marry

long as

as

In

Ascot

amongst

races,

Hesse,

the

nephews
to

the

left

"Life

others

of

Prince

of the

Windsor
the

of

the

friend
Prince

Baron

Consort

Castle for the

King

Charles

reigningGrand
England, the Prince

his valued
*

at

Prince

Princes, Louis

two

sons

and

Queen

guests

numerous

and

had

the

i860

June

received

reasonablydelay her doing so." f

can

and

the

gians
Belof

Henry
Hesse

and

Duke.

After

they

Consort

mentioned

Stockmar,

Consort," vol. iv., p. 429.

of

of

that there
\ Ibid., p.

427.

was

PRINCESS

24

that

doubt

no

formed

had

ALICE.

Prince

Louis

mutual

and

Princess

Alice

that

quite

liking,and

he

from
the
expected it would lead to further advances
Prince's family.
young
the
impression which
Judging by the favorable
the manly and attractive Prince of twenty-three had
made, the probable result was
eagerlylooked for.

loniJfa letter from

Before

Ham

Berlin

from

of

Charles

announced

that

Prince

Louis'

with

communication

(cousinof

Hesse

who
Prussia),

the

informed

had
her

for

admiration

Princess

her

sister.

It

Wil-

Frederick
she

had

in

been

mother, Princess
Prince
of her

of

Regent

son's great

arransfed that,

was

journey of the Queen and Prince Consort


the young
Prince should
Germany that autumn,
leave of absecond
visit to England ; and
sence
a

after the
to

pay

for him

of Prussia.'^" This

Regent

Castle

Windsor

at

the

November

Diary

obtained

be

to

was

in

from

done, and

was

November.

Queen

wrote

On

the

Prince

he

arrived

the

follows

as

30th
in

of

her

-X-

=!:

After

whilst

talking to the
talking
gentlemen, I perceived Alice and Louis
before
the fireplace
more
earnestlythan usual, and
both came
I passed to go to the other room,
when
and Alice in much
agitationsaid he had
up to me,
proposed to her, and he begged for my blessing. I
and
his hand
could
Certainly,'
only squeeze
say
u

dinner,

'

and
*

at

that
Prince

Potsdam.

we

Louis

would
of

Hesse

him

see

was

at

in

this time

our

later.

room

serving

in

the

Prussian

Got
Guards

CHILDHOOD

AND

GIRLHOOD.

the evenlni?' workino^


throLiofh

Alice

quiet.
he

"''"

^'

'"''

and

Louis

has

praisedher

our

He

him.

After

and
touching,

most

warm,

dear Alice,and
pressedand kissed

this

much

to

hand, and I embraced


litde,we
parted; a
sacred, moment."

most

me

room

my

talkinga
to

his

to

called Alice and me


noble heart.
We

then
a

could.

we

but
agitated,

for Louis

sent

him

as

^'

room

Albert

""

embraced
him.

first to

went

in.

our

well

as

'''"

to

came

25

"'

a
entirely
marriageof affection,the
happinessof the young people was very great.
Prince Louis stayed over
Christmas, which this
from the
brighterto the whole family,
year seemed

As

was

"

"

accession

what

of

her

father termed

son."
newly-bestowedfull-grown
the

as

Prince,left on

Prince

Our

"

beloved

dear

calls the

Consort

the 28th of December.

to

was

groom,"
Brideyoung

The

bilt full of hope,as he


tearful,

was

"

parting
return

in

the

spring.
During the

first happy weeks

after her ment.


engagePrincess Alice had spent the greater part of her
the Duchess
eveningswith her beloved grandmother,
of Kent, either

her, as
The

Duchess'

the

diningat

Windsor

Duchess'

the firstmonths
on

the

.-"t'

"

health did

condition

of the

of her

happinessand
*

playingon
not

the

piano to

allow

of her

worse

during

Castle.

6th of March

the presence

whose

readingor

new

had

become

year

and
(1861),

she died

the age of seventy-four,


in
beloved and lovingdaughter,
at

affection had

Life of the Prince

Consort," vol.

been
v.,

p. 253.

the

joy of

26

FHINCESS

her

life,and

and

the

she

and

in times

of

"

help
sorrow

Queen

Message

"

The

was

and

anxiety.

"

be

able

In

to

"

settlement
the

measles.

her

"

of

her

thino^swith

Louis

the

cess.
Prin-

eeneral

question

before

the
an

dissentient

careful father,

it."

arrived

after, however,

in

30,000/.,with

without

not," writes

family

the

with

laid

was

dowry

the

Parliament

received

voted

was

crreat

Prince

Soon

showed
to

shortlyafterward,

will

do

be

to

to

was

When,

She

May,

visit.

fitted

announcement

annuity of 6,000/.,
"

occasion, which

Alice

she

of Commons,

voice.

this sad

son-in-law,

contemplatedmarriage of

Princess'

House

On

communicated

the

satisfaction.
of the

Alice.

equallybeloved

deeply, Princess

most

comfort

The

also of her

Princess

felt

ALICE.

at

Osborne

fell

he

on

ill with

the

Prince

from
him,
Leopold caught them
and was
seriouslyill.
very
In the following
month
the whole
for
familywere
the last time together,including
the two
sons-in-law"^""
and the two
grandchildrenfrom Potsdam.
Prince Louis paid another
visit to England in September,
when
he took part in those delightful
ditions
expein the
last
to be the
Highlands,which were
the Prince Consort
made.f
In December,
in the midst
of preparationswhich
he was
making for Princess Alice's future household,
and for a journey of her brother, Prince Leopold, to
*

This

others

is not

quite correct.

Prince

Louis

had

left for

arrived.

See

"

Leaves

from

Journal," p.

204,

et

seq.

Germany

before

the

CHILDHOOD

Cannes, the Prince


often with

was

him, and

to

GIRLHOOD.

fever, and

intimate

the

Alice

during his illness,reading

her father
in

2/

fell ill. Princess

Consort

with

communication

Prince,

her

illness developed into

Soon, however, the

mother.

low

AND

over-work

by

out

worn

anxiety,had not strengthto resist it,and died


in the presence
the 14th of December,
on
peacefully
of the Queen, the Prince
of Wales, and
the Princesses
Alice and Helena.
speakable
During the days of unand

followed

which

sorrow

the Prince

Consort, it was

who

was

mother.
what

to

at

this time

Herself

filledwith

father's

head

wife and
hands

children

days

death

family!
!
"

the

of the

All communications

intensest

and

"

what

what

friend

she at

thingthat

every

dark

broken-hearted

her

to

support

all

above

unanimous

beloved
of

Alice

Princess

of

opinion of eye-witnesses
the Princess went
through and achieved
is trulyastonishing.

The

as

"

real

the death

upon

father ! what

and

adviser
into

took

once

was

necessary
of that
destruction

from

the

her

at

sorrow

to

her

his
own

in those

Ministers

first

happy

home.

and

hold
house-

the
to
passed through the Princess' hands
ored
down
Queen, then bowed
by grief. She endeaveither verbally
in every
or
by
possible,
way
all trouble. The decision
her mother
to save
writing,
leave Windsor
for Osborne
to
directlyafter the
Prince's

and
King of the Belgians,
and painfulfor the Queen
the Princess'
The

gay,

which

it

make,

to

was

was

so

difficult

obtained

by

influence."

brightgirlseemed

chansfed into the thoughtful


o

of the

death, accordinof to the uro^ent wish

woman.

all

at

once

to

have

28

FJ^INCESS

It

"

the

was

Princess

Alice

for
politics

She

intimate

very

sorrowing Queen

ALICE.

that time

at

that keen

which

the

forth

in

understandine

afterward

v/as

with

called

interest and

she

which

intercourse

guished.
distin-

so

also

gained at this time that practical


knowledge for organizing,and the desire for constant
in her public as
well as
in her
occupation, which
The
Princess
private life became
part of herself.
suddenly developed into a wise far-seeing
woman,
livingonly for others, and beloved and respectedby
the highestas well as by the lowest.
"

It

at

was

this time that the Times

cess
said of the Prin-

It

"

is

impossible to

speak

too

highly

of

the

strength of mind and self-sacrifice of the Princess


Alice during these dreadful days. Her Royal Highness
has certainly
her duty to
understood, that it was
be the help and support of her mother
in her great
and

sorrow,

that

it

in

was

great

due

measure

her

to

the

Queen has been able to bear with such


wonderful
resignationthe irreparableloss that so
befell her."
suddenly and terribly
The
in

"bridegroom" did
those days, but arrived without
A touching trait is told by the

of the

young

Princess

quoted.

As

the dear

dead

she

in

let

said

whose

she

was

not

same

placingwreaths
both

absent

delay.

memorandum

Prince, and

remain

near

relation

has

just been

and

flowers

knelt down

him,

near

heart-rendingvoice, Oh ! dear Molly"


dear Papa !
to God
to give us back
pray
will show
letters published in this volume
"

"

us

The

on

Memorandum

by

the Grand

Duchess

of Baden.

AND

CHILDHOOD

that the

feelingof

one,

that it

our

this

was

feel that life was

spent in

be

to

fulfilment of

in the

be

to

of her
with

work

earnest

made

time

and

of

her

tion
proba-

conscientious

duty.

felt it

She

which

lightthing,but

no

left her

never

be a false
impression cannot
loss which
brought out the deep

character, and

of her

earnestness

29

Irreparableloss

that

through life,and

GIRLHOOD.

sacred

duty

girlhood,and

which

her

father

foster the
out

carry

embued

had

the

lections
recol-

ples
princi-

her, whether

science, the encouragement

and

of art

cultivation

to

to

of

and general
agriculture
education, in the tasteful and practical
arrangement
of the
of her own
house, in betteringthe conditions
lower and working classes by improving their homes
and
and
inculcatingprinciplesof health, economy,
of

domestic
to

art

manufactures,

the

her, did

and
footsteps,

Princess
so

to

do

natural that

It is but

first great sorrow,

thought of her own


the background.
however,

In short, in everyway

management.

as

well

and

honor

The
as

to

during
of her

future

walk

to

try

in her

father's

his memory.

the first weeks

have

of her

duties, the

new

many

should

open

been

put into

for her marriage,


preparations

for her

household

were

ued,
contin-

intentions of the Prince


accordingto the known
The
Consort.
marriage was solemnized at Osborne
The
o'clock.
the I St of July at one
on
Archbishop
of
in the absence
of York
performed the ceremony
the Archbishop of Canterbury, who
was
prevented
by illness from being present.

ALICE.

PJ^INCESS

30

her

Besides

of Prussia, all her


and

the

sorrowing mother,
brothers

and

sisters

of the

and

brothers

Crown

Prince

sisters,the

parents

bridegroom,and

The
princely relations were
present.
ther,
Duke
of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, in the placeof her fawhilst the bridegroom
led the bride to the altar,
was
accompanied by his brother. Prince Henry. At
the Queen withdrew
the conclusion of the ceremony,
of

number

her

to

The

room.

afternoon, whilst

the
with

small suit

Colonel

to

and

they remained

Harcourt),where

Lady Catherine
three days.
and

Princess

Louis

of

England, accompanied by the fervent


of a devoted
and good wishes
people,who
forgotwhat their Princess had been to them
left

Hesse
prayers
never

of trouble.

in their hour

lowing
they felt found apt expression in the folwhich
sonnet,
appeared in Ptuich at the time :

What

Dear

to

And

set

And

Too
now

Yet

more

soft

of

full of

her

love

thy

own

gentle bosom

thy

wise
who

even

but

now

vow

heart's memories.

own

to

bridal

shall rise

suns

Her

strengthto

accents

music

grief was
passed where

of

eyes,
brow

heaviest,thou

thou, in affection

wert

strong,
the

In

Heard

no

earnest

that fair young

upon

where

for that

and

calm

sunshine, till He

Wert

And

those

by

early thought

Dearer

Is

all

us

And

He

in

newly-married pair went


Clare, near
Ryde (belonging

St.

to

Isle of Wisfht

the

9th of July,Prince

the

Oh

left the

oruests

so

thought

of

't is best

pride

thy choice,O English bride !


England hails the bridegroom and the guest
noble

friend
blessed

"

is

your

friend
troth

well
:

loved

your

by him

wedlock

who

died.

shall be blessed.

HER

IN

NEW

HOME.

1862-1865.

"

life

Our

is

very,

To

for.

be

happy

very

able

to

make

...

is my

husband

dear

aim,"

constant

"

nothing

have

one.

bright and
(14^/1 Feb. -\st

earth

on

comfortable

wish

to

home

for

my

1864.)

March,

1862.

MEANWHILE
family
Ducal

Princess'

the

before

of

Duchess

for

qualities, deeply

her,

knew

high

of

the

and

heard,
a

Princess,

young

who,

of

Prince
and

Brussels,
on

the

and

the

arrived
1

special
first

2th

train

official

of

Princess
at

Bingen,

for

to

ception
re-

arrival

the
had

to

been

have

Germany.
a

the

on

who

whole

The

known

was

made

all

brilliant

much

so

feeling

thoroughly sympathetic
The

anxiety

English,

though

the

Nevertheless,

give

whom

"

generous

by

pair.

with

died

husband,

low.
to

Grand

had

and

her

as

weeks

5), the

Bavaria)

married

forward

mourned

made

newly-

looked

country

well

been

the

to

III., and
as

had

preparations

(May

by

Grand

Some

amiable

her

the

on

also.

of

regretted

Louis

Duke

Grand

Hesse

(Princess

beloved

woman

of

marriage

Hesse

fallen

had

sorrow

short

Hessian

stay

tier,
fron-

July.
took

them

reception
31

on

took

to

Mayence,

place.

The

at

where
Rhine

ALICE.

PRINCESS

32

crossed

was

in

last station

all the

before

Darmstadt

family received
them

accompanied

to

Prince

the

at

Duke

the Grand

the

and

Princess

and

and

Darmstadt.

in the

half-pastfour

At

and

steamer,
gaily-decorated

afternoon

the

ried
mar-

young

couple made their state entry into the town,


with
decorated
triumphal arches,
through streets
the peals of bells and the
and flowers, amidst
flags,
enthusiastic

of the assembled

cheers

acknowledging

and
and

affection

she

would

which

with

the

many

they

crowds,

ing
receiv-

of respect

marks

greeted.
A mounted
guard of honor headed the procession.
the choral societies,
The
schools, the different guilds,
and thousands
the Turnvereine
(gymnasticsocieties),
of town
and
through
country folk lined the streets
which
the Prince and Princess
passed.
The
one
by the
impression produced on every
Princess'
and
sweet
maidenly beauty,
grace
young
and bright winning,yet trulydignified,
was
manner,
inspiredthe fairest hopes of what
great, and
very
prove

in her

home.

new

first impressions of that home

as

felt

have
but

were

of her

circumstances
different

very

from
an

more

those

new

which

to

determined

her

own

given in

are

life,did
to

life were
she

the

not

make

oppress

herself

at

on,

between
her
home

at

certainly

had

What

English Princess.
keenly,as time went

often-recurrins:differences

German

What

follow.

letters which
The

were

been
she

customed
ac-

may

in the small

Enorlish and
first. She

had

in her husband's

IN

country, and

she

in her

room

That

house

situated

Prince

with

them

from

short

visit

stay

at

had

Duke,

small

to

every

town,

the

near

those

of

Hesse.

who

came

England.
uncle

her

to

where

"

excursions

occupiedthe

on

Charles

besides

Coburg-, a lengthened

at

Prince

the

lent them

country house

and

stamp

of the

Princess

servants

Auerbach,

"

went

and

few

to

impress of her fine taste.


most
unpretendingcharacter,

quiet quarter

33

the

of the

was

HOME.

contrived

house

in

NEW

soon

palace of
They had
A

HER

and

Princess

the

by

Grand

Heidelbergand Carlsruhe,
months.
In September they
to

Summer

Rheinhardtsbrunn

in Thurinofia to

the

meet

then
settled that they should
Queen, and it was
spend the winter and spring in England with Her

Majesty. The house


livingin at Darmstadt
at

to

once

On

made

be

the

loth

the

Prince

was

for

and

Princess

small, that

so

were

plans had

palaceof their own.


they left Darmstadt,
Cologne to Antwerp.

new

of November

and
travelling
by Coblenz
Here
the Queen's yacht, Victoria
and
Albert
awaited
them, and brought them
to England,where
from allclasses.
they met with a most heartyreception
"

"

Royal

Beloved
send

must

Mama
a

you

good-bye,and
kindness

your

My
and

heart

say

what

few

lines

thank

to

us.

was

"

to

all the dear


to

Before

very

I felt.

"

leaving

to

wish

but

you

again and

full when
at

ones

word,

you

Yacht,

home
your

I took
;

I had

July 9th.

the
once

yacht
more

again for

all

leave of you
the cournot
age

loving heart

stands
under-

ALICE.

PRINCESS

34

July 13th,

Darmstadt,

Yesterday,after
officers of

reached

we

received

state

fresh

received

At

Mayence also,the
we

as

reached

we

Grand

waited, in

all

"

kind

most

speak

to

Austrian

and

Princess

Alexander

sian
Hes-

station
to

band

them.

played

only ceased

station

The

the

every

pouring rain, which

Prince

children. Prince

had

beautiful

Darmstadt.

Duke,

At

us.

people,and

we

whilst

Bingen, all

before, the

Charles

their

with

his wife, received

and

us

cordial.

and

again received ; the whole


decked
town
out
so
; the Biirger [Burgesses
prettily
our
carriage; countless young
Escort] rode near
ladies in white, and all so kind, so
loyal; in all the
made
to
speeches kind and touching allusions were
and
to
our
deep grief. I believe the people
you,
We
drove
two
never
so
hearty a welcome.
gave
At

the station

through the

town

we

were

incessant

We

inor-of flowers.

orot

but

by

then

to

shower-

Prince

and

Princess

at

out

our

rooms,

family was
which

are

bled.
assem-

very

small,

prettily
arranged,with such perfecttaste, all
dear Louis ; they look quite English.
own
then
drove to Bessungen for dinner enfam-

so

my
We

ille.

went

and

the whole

Charles' house, where


We

cheering

to twelve
ral
Sangervereine [Cholistening
Unions] singing together yesterday evening
hundred
beautiful, but in
most
two
people ; it was
came
up-stairsdripping to
pouring rain. Some
mond
Duke
fine diaGrand
The
me
a
speak to us.
gave

We

were

"

his wife

bracelet he and
and

showed

To-morrow
and

all over

me
we

Counts]and

his

had

ordered

rooms.

receive the Standesherren


the

for me,

gentlemen of

[Princes

.both Houses.

HER

IN

My thoughts,rather
with

beloved

you,

all at home

it is

NEW

HOME.

35

thoughts,are
constantly
Mama,
love to
Please give my
impossibleto write to them all.
our

July
*

days

rode

we

out

where

wood,

ground

the

where

looked

we

It is

extremely hot
at
eight in
air

the

troops

are

The

last

two

the

morning in the
the
pleasant,near
drilled. On
Monday

the soldiers

and

on,

is very

here.

i6th.

were

so

much

tered.
flat-

half-pastone on Monday we received the gentlemen


of the Upper House, then the Lower
House,
the Fliigeladjutanten
then the
[aides-de-camp],

At

then

Stadtvorstand

officers,then

people I

these

then about
[Town Council],
seventy
All
deputationof the Englishhere.
had

and
speak to e7i grande toilette,
drove
the Schloss.
to a large dinner
at four we
at
Grand
Duke
and I always sit near
The
him.
led me,
Yesterday at three the whole familydrove to Seeheim, a lovelyplacein the mountains, to dinner with
the Grand
Duke.
In the two
we
passed,
villages
flowers

to

showered

were

upon

and

us,

the

Pfarrer

[clergyman]made a speech.
I am
reallydeeply touched by the kindness and
shown
is said
enthusiasm
by the people, which
the house
to be quiteunusual.
to
They wait near
and cheer constantly even
the soldiers.
see
us,
is always at eight,
then drove
for tea, which
We
Alexander, whose
to Jugenheim to Prince
birthday
"

it was,
The
and

and
whole

Prince

did

get home

not

family
Alexander

are

very

is most

till lo.

amiable
clever and

toward

me,

amusing.

for your kind mesis very grateful


sages.
talk and think of you often, and then my

Darling Louis
We
heart

grows

very

heavy. Away

from

home

can-

36

PRI^'CESS

ALICE.

believe that beloved

not

with

associated

is

Papa

there

not

all is

so

him.

July TQth,
Beloved

Mama

"

all the

letter, and

the whole

Ministerium

difficult

to

find

they
Yesterday

stand

and

with

sen,
as

us

only

one

you

of her

so

to

at

us

have

tioned
men-

often.
and

one,

then

It is really
[Administration].
something to say to these people,
there waitingto be spoken to.

deputation from Giespretty dressing-casethey brought


received

we

very

present.

On

the

nothing-of, and I think


people are coming

Some

for your last kind


home
dear
;
Baby

from

news

Beatrice]is
[Princess

so

thanks

Many

Thursday
and

his

incognitowith

went

we

wife

to

Prince

The

Frankfort.

exander
Alis

town

Schiitzen
and countless
beautifully,
are
walking about in their dress. We
[riflemen]
dined
then sat in the balcony.
at the Palais and
I have just taken leave of dear Lady Churchill and
General
themselves
Seymour."'^"
They have made
most
popular here, and the people have been very

decked

most

out

civil to them.
Louis

and

I have

begun reading Westward

Ho,"

"

together.
Grand

The
stein
was

other

for

the other

there

himself.

relations

save

We

spot

we

Afterward

drive

to

way

day, and walked

I do
at

not

meals

drive
two
we
carriages,
have
tea
usuallyout of

own

the other

me

all the

went

has forbidden
He
quite hot.
placesuntil his return, as he

about

me

Duke

tillhe

about

visitingthe

my

wishes

see

Kranich-

very

to

much

lead
of

and,

having our
together mostly alone.
;

doors

in

some

pretty

to.

Marquis

of Hertford, who

died

on

the

25th of January, 1884.

IN

morning

wreaths

put

in

you

go

to

HOME.

3/

in Windsor.
find

to

I went
out
of those pretty

some

could

but

George's*

get

from

Please

none.

It is the

me.

spot without

that hallowed

to

thought and
strengthenand
stilllive

you,

St.

in

you

tried

and

send

to

one

time

lines will find you

These
this

NE

HER

with you.
prayer I am
soothe you, beloved
Mama,
find some
ray of sunshine

solitary
path, caused

by

love

the

and

me

first
; but

May

God

and

may

on

your
his

virtue of

faintly,to follow his


trying,however
gloriousexample !
I do strive earnestlyand cheerfully
to do my
duty
in my
which is
life,and to do all that is right,
new
but doing what dear Papa would
have wished.
children,

July
Thousand

thanks

for

dear

your

long

2oth.

letter of

well do I understand
How
justreceived.
! I was
sad myself yesterday,and
so
your feelings
had such intense longing after a look, a word
from
beloved Papa ! I could bear it no longer.-Yet hovu
is it not for you!
much
You
know, though,
worse
dear Mama,
he is watchingover
you, waitingfor you.

the

8th

thoucrht

The

of the future is the

sustaininor,en-

one

in tears
They who sow
couraging point for all.
shall reap in joy ; and the great joy will be yours
that
hereafter,dear Mama, if you continue following
brightexample. *
We
en,
sevusuallyget up about quarter or half-past
and take some
coffee at eight. Then
either
we
"

"

"^'"'

go out tillten or
write and arrange
At
read
see,
*

one,

when

we

'"""

remain

at

what

I have

return

and

home,

from

to

George's Chapel, Windsor, where


the Mausoleum
at Frogmore.

to

do.

usually
people to

breakfast,we

together. I have still a great


and they usuallycome
at two.

St.

till twelve

the Prince

many

Consort

rested

until

moved
re-

"
"

38

FHINCESS

At

four

is dinner, and

usuallyback
walk

do

not

good

return

waste

our

It will be

occupy

ourselves

somewhere

for

at

bust of dear
hear

to

what

three

tell you when


love you
so

love

and

could

meet.

much

devotion

some
you
it ; but God's

be very

must

How

lovely.

from my
away
I shall have to

much

dear

own

I do

Mama,

know,
is

you

of my

though silent,my
If I
deep and true.
present happiness to

of yours, with
will be done !

to

Louis

and

you,

here, and

You
to

eight,
half-pastten.
at

see.

My

relinquishpart

restore

I do

we

or

think of Marochetti's."^^

to

weeks

are

moment.

you

am

we

till six

tea

or

assure

Papa

for you

sad

very

home

quarter

time, I

alreadyI
fortnight

dear

half-pastfive

at

deal to do at this

curious

am

out

and

Theed's

Mr.
I

drive

about

We
has

here, and

then

seven,

ALICE.

fullheart

God

would

sustain

! is the

precious mother
hourly prayer
and sympathizing child.

of her

my

loving

July 24th.
*

-X-

You

which

made

lovingand

I could

never

your
dear

love my
love and
a
which
such

he

have

been
it

become

recumbent

statue

The

are

you

dear

reaved
be-

unselfish

the

painfulcontrast
"

to

me

now?
of

own

my

feeling

If I say I
that is scarcelyenough
it is

loving ways.

it has

the

present existence.

which

esteem

what

Froe:more.

draw

must

past and
husband,

also shows

tender

will understand

into my
happiness,though
the first to tell you how
tense
in-

enter

can

of ;;2y happiness

you

you,
that point; but

on

it is, when
between

to

silent towards

me

Mother,
and

Speak

to

me

happiness. You

our

"

tell

the

Prince

increases

by

daily,hourly ;

such

What

life before

was

is such

There
Consort,

consideration,-

now

in

to

blessed

the Mausoleum

at

IN

NEW

HER

HOME.

39

being at his side, being his wife; there is such


world
of
have
two
we
a
a feehng of security
; and
when
which
are
our
own
we
nothing can
together,
touch or intrude upon.
My lot is indeed a blessed

peace

one

and

yet what

warm,

ardent

shows

me?
than

more

can

he will be

and

his

he
to

son

loves

me,

He

you.

heart

know,

you

reads

to

I think

Ho," which

of*' Westward

day out

every

good

ever

my

How

say.

that

deserve

to

darling Louis
good and noble

love, which
I admire

I done

have

me

very

beautiful and

interesting.
This morning I breakfasted alone, as he went
out
with his regiment. I always feel quiteimpatientuntil
and see
his dear
I hear his step coming up-stairs,
face when

he

returns.

Yesterday, and the previous night,I thought of


last journey togetherto
and of our
you constantly,
dear Balmoral.
Sad, painful
though it was, I liked
of
much
so
being with you, trying to bear some
load

your

all

as

so

many

if I

merciful
and

of

with

sorrow

were

reallyby

your

prayers

cannot

fervent
lovino- God

much

His

I share

I think
side ; and
be offered to a

sendingf alleviation

comfort.

Please remember
them

without

here

From

you.

at

home

in

I wish, and

changed though

to

me

dear

Scotland, and

Louis
every

Grant, Brown,
also, that

we

and

tell them
were

all of
how

there,

thingis.
July 25th.

'^

People say we may stillhave the Palais,


but I doubt
Duke
it. I am
going to tell the Grand
that we
return
to
(not only
England in autumn
for your sake, but principally
wish
I do not
because
to incommode
our
parents any longer,and because
in the winter
could not
receive people
even
we
here).

PEINCESS

40

The
here
most

only thing I shall regret in our not remaining


is, that the people feel it so much, and they are
kind ; but they will see
and understand
that it

illwill
*

such

dear

Cecile and

kind

arise

not

and

full of real

so

''''"

Michael

here

were

they begged me
express
warm
; and
feelings
they
him
Papa, though they saw

to

you.

I think

feels

jYjy heart

of such

sorrow

as

ready

little.
August

ist.

when

burst

to

I pray

yours.

has
loved

and

Darmstadt,
"""

you,

He

admired
but

day,
yester-

toward

sympathy

to

from

part.

our

on

so

that it does

otherwise, and

be

cannot

which

ALICE.

adored

my

If you only knew


long be spared to me.
how
and
how
he
dear, how
loving he is to me,
watches
dear darling!
over
me,
To-morrow
to
an
we
was
Coburg, which
go
old promise. Dear
Uncle sent only two
days ago to
the
he left Coburg on
5th, and would
not
v/e
say
You
will understand
yond
before }
that, happy become
I am
to
measure
as
go there, a lump always
throat
into my
when
I think of it going for
comes
the first time with Louis to dear Papa's house, where
showed
but recently he
us
thing himself. f
every
I think
I can
Dear
Mama,
scarcely bear it the
Louis

may

"

"

thouo:ht

seems

children

so

us

much

childlike

such

cruel.

He

Coburg, spoke to
affection, enjoyed so

these

now

and

of

anecdote

every

and

hard

so

us

to

seem

of

us

as

it with

much

with

connected

silent spots

told

telling

each

spot

plead

for his

absence.
To
*

Duke

Grand

Michael

This

the

see

is uncle
was

and
of

old Baron
Grand
the

Duchess

[Stockmar]will
Michael

present Emperor

in the autumn

of i860.

of

Russia.

of Russia.

be
Tlie

great

Grand

Duke

HER

IN

HOME.

NEW

should

that Louis

happiness,and

Calenberg

his

make

Coburg,

bei

ance,
acquaint-

August 4th.

Coburg, and you can


fancy
of
what
with
me
feeHngs. Every thing reminds
beloved
Papa and of our last happy visit.
We
are
livinghere, and yesterdaywe spent all the
Once

in

more

dined

and

afternoon

dear

lovelyday, and

the view

the

We

walked

to

two

flowers

there

dear

It

beautiful.

so

walked

and

house

over

Rosenau.

the

at

We

went

Papa'slittlegarden,and

picked

I enclose.

which

for you,

all

Qrrounds.

in the

about

was

of something
Every spot brought up the remembrance
dear
Papa had told us of his childhood ;

it

Uncle
Ernest was
sad, I can't tell you.
also sad, but so kind and
affectionate,and they both
made

so

me

pleasedat
Every thing about

seemed

end, I had

the sad
time

it,that
At

ever

nine

dear

tell.

I lived the

church

o'clock

service

then

whole

whilst

again,and wonder,
lived through it.

over
we

to

having come.
Papa's illness,and

our

so

ful
dread-

speak

in the

was

of

of

pretty

read, and
Superintendent
chapel. Holzei
beautiful sermon,
the text
Meyer preached a most
told his disciples
Saviour
our
they must
being where
into the kingdom of
enter
become
a littlechild to
as
He spoke with his usual fervor, and it was
heaven.
him afterward, and he enquired
most
impressive. I saw

little

much

very
are

going

Louis

and

We
then

after you.
after breakfast
I

are

going

to

to
see

the

Festung, and

the

dear

Baron

[Stockmar].
Darmstadt,
Dear
of

hope

Beloved
that

you

Mama
in

:
"

some

Can
way,

August 6th,

give me no ray
bodilyor mentally,

you

FHIArCESS

42

It makes

feel better ?
those

hear

sad

comfort

We

saw

abroad

you
the dear

old Baron

and

was

full of

sides

to

as

at

for

every

The

very

kind,

In

England
black light,

himself.
to

see

asked

He

again.

you

9tb.

August
Next

Monday
for

there

is very
inhabit

we

are

littletime.

healthy.
of the

one

be

must

time.
was

thing!
thing in a

every

is anxious

and

some

he

complaintsabout

after you,

much

both

looks

he

give of

you

life without
for you
hint
! is my
constant
prayer.

sad on
meeting was
but so
desponding
and

to
bitterly,
yourself,
though

ache

heart

my

accounts

what

I well know

God

ALICE.

going to Auerbach, to live


and
It lies in the Bergstrasse,
Duke

Grand

The

allows

to

us

houses.
i6th.

August

long to read what Mr. Helps has written


vating,
about
it be but beautiful and elecan
Papa ! What
into the spirit
entered
of that
if he has rightly
being ? '^'
pure and noble
have
for
! the longing I sometimes
Oh, Mama
In thought he is
all bounds.
dear Papa surpasses
How

and

present

ever

and

such

as

Papa

at

Take

near

times

long

thought that you


physical strength to
brings you dailynearer
how

your

head

weary
on

we

Dear,

good

and

the

Home

feel, how
shoulder,

mortals,

but

feel strong in
and
all your
moral

continue
to

are

also.

Mama,

require

you

his dear

still

for him

dear

courage,

the

know

me

to

which

journey
and

you

have

to

Him

long
him

/
to

to

rest

soothe

will find this rest again,


You
aching heart.
your
and
blessed will it not be ! Bear patiently
and how
*
"

This

refers

Collected

about

to

be

to

Mr.,

Addresses

afterward

and

Speeches

Sir, Arthur
of the

published(Murray, 1862).

Prince

Helps'

Introduction

Consort," which

to

the

wasthen

NEW

HER

IN

HOME.

43

courageouslyyour heavy burden, and it will lighten


love and
him, and God's
imperceptiblyas you near
feeble words

will support you.


Oh, could my
! They
the least comfort
you

mercy

bring
true,
trusting,

lovingheart, if

and

from

naught

so

can

do

to

that, and

give

live

tillthe

on

Giessen

visit to

Our

brightday

August

AUERBACH,
*

He

seek.

to

of reunion.

whom

know

you

strength to

you

else.

do feel for you so deeply and would


help you, but there is but One who

We

much

wish

will

i6th.

August

AuERBACH,
*

from

come

2ISt,

off very

went

to
went
most
loyal. We
people were
about amongst
the Gymnasts, and Louis walked
see
is very
He
much.
them, which pleasedthem
very
popular there, and I am very glad we both went, for
it made
a
good impression.
Louis'
We
drove
to
property, Stauffenberg,a
beautiful (alas! ruined)castle,which
by degrees he
which
will be a charming
is having restored, and
house
for us, if it is finished,which
can
only be done
gradually.

well.

The

'^

AUERBACH,

August 23d.

Try and gather in the few brightthings


have
remaining and cherish them, for though
you
faint,yet they are
types of that infinite joy still to
*

come.

appreciateand
in His

dear

sure,

am

has

love

find the

to

leftyou,

of
daily become
earthlyhappiness
but

you

not

must
*

During

had

think
a

the

musical

that
and

more

in

good

is

worthy
in

is indeed
every

try

you

that which

more

which

that
you

the

Mama,

ray

you

will

forever,

of it has

gymnastic festival.

God

That

store.

gone

to

left

PRINCESS

44

have

You

you.

knew

which
privilege,

the

well how

so

ALICE.

value, in

to

dear

Papa
exalted position,
your
others, of carryingon

doing good and livingfor


into fulfilment,and
his plans,his wishes
as
you
go
on
doing your duty, this will,this must, I feel sure,
Forgive me, darling
bring you peace and comfort.
if I speak so openly ; but my
love for you is
Mama,
I long so fervently
be silent,when
such that I cannot
to
slightcomfort and hope in your
give you some

of

present life.
I have
a

and

known

watched

Do

sympathizing,though aching heart.


from

that absence

still that

can

you

with

deep sorrow

your

think

not

pain. My

love

like to shelter
for you is strong, is constant
; I would
all future
from
in my
to
arms,
protect yow
you
aching longing! My own
anxiety, to still your

Mama,

sweet

would

know

I alter what

could

you,

you

you

have

to

give

my

bear

life for

constantly. In my life I
feel that to be
strength,and the
stay and
my
my
My thoughtsof
feelingincreases as the days go on.
the future are
bright,and this always helpsto make
Trust

in

worries

the minor
the

before

God

warm

ever

and
rays

and

of the present dissolve


is our
of that light
which
guide.
sorrows

AuERBACH,
*

August

25tb,

is the

Ludwigstag,a day kept


throughoutthe country, and on which every Ludwig
receives presents, etc. ; but we
spend it quitequietly.
fast,
Louis' parents and the others are
comiing to breakand remain
during the day. Louis is out riding.
We
always get up early. He rides whilst I write,
then walk togetherand breakfast somewhere
and we
out

To-day

of doors.
We

is very

went

to

old, and

the littlechurch

they sang

so

here

well.

yesterday,which

IN

I drew

NEW

HER

45

it was

also,as

of doors

out

HOME.

fine ; but
the trees

very

and
it is all green,
difficult,
as
misfortune, as I draw them so badly. I

it is very
are

my

with

sometimes

Christa

to

heavy
to-day
"

this dear

day,

up

think

of it

now,

with

that

painfulsilence

no

one

sad,

so

where

save

bear

cannot

to

wishes

bring our

to

write

to

pen

my

now

throusfh its brio-ht recollections.


with

Birthday].

[PrinceConsort's
I take

play

well.

playsvery

do

heart

you

she

26th

August
With

such

to,

mirth

and

It is very hard
to
bear, and the
gaietyused to be.
of a new
firstanniversaryis like the commencement
epoch in our deep sorrow.
this
When
brought to me
your dear present was
morning, I could not take my eyes from it,though
with tears.
blinded
Oh, those beautiful,
they were
features ! There

those loved
and

word

for it,dear

thanks

picturealive

the

make

to

but his kind look

wants

Thousand

Mama.

tryingthis day will be for you ! My thoughts


the
are
constantlywith you, and I envy the privilege
in being near
others have
you and being able to do
the least thing for you.
in the stillblue sky ; how
shines
The
sun
brightly
brightand peacefulit must be where our dear Spirit
dwells, if it is already so beautiful here.
How

September 5th.
*

Two

Worms.

Whilst

the Grand

Duke

which
boat

he

his

to

went

hour

and

to

went

charming.

half

from

The

Princess'

lady,Baroness

Christa

Schenk.

which

the Dom,
in

little

It took

Auerbach

Worms.

to

went

regiment,

then

most

driving,an

and

I went
inspect,

to

came

Louis

ago

beautiful ; and
the Rhine, which was

is
on

days

us,

to

46

PRINCESS

ALICE.

AuERBACH,
*

Louis'

For

Darmstadt

are
birthday we
going to
getting cold and damp here, and

it is

is small.

the house

We

it is cold

house, and
Think

of

September 7th.

us

to

take

our

walk

over

the

on

12th.

meals

in another

there of

It

such

was

an

ning.
eve-

happy

day last year.*


have

Papa
and

such

is dreadful

; it

of

home.

our

home,

could

Dear

Grandmama

we

constantlyin
me

on,

with

[yearning]after

sometimes
But

he

when

is

happy in his bright


but catch a glimpse of him
there.
of Kent], too, is
[the Duchess
fore
thoughtslately. I can see her be-

dear, kind, and

As

merry.

usual

life ; for

it is their

How

time

goes

vividly

more

life which

again, and not their death,


gloom over their remembrance.

which

is

casts

nth.

September

AuERBACH,
*

of him

so

us

beloved

I think

thingsonlymingle themselves

one's

nearest

such

my

so

"

such

Heimweh

beautiful

Heidelberg is ! we went
the Castle, and with such
all over
gloriousweather.
There
is one
side stillstanding,built and decorated
mired
by a pupil of Michael Angelo, which dear Papa adso

talk
think

to

much.

beloved
His

How

do

Papa

of

absence

I miss

all I

see,

such

makes

not

dear
both

Our

Fritz and

visit to

Louise

delighted by

Duchess

Prince

Grand

Duke

so

Louis
and

kind

and
was

Grand

then

at

Louis
The

Grand

October

and

T3th.
I

Queen,

Duchess

Balmoral.

Duchess

istence.
ex-

my

charming, and

was

visit.

our

of Hamilton,
*

Baden

in

gap

Darmstadt,
*

beine able to
hear, feel,and

of Baden.

were

the

Helena

IN

there, besides

were

and

Countess

preciousas
with

NEW

HOME.

dear

Aunt

[Princess
Hohenlohe],

Bliicher.

The

47

latter, dear

two

and

ever.

left

We

HER

Grand

three

yesterday morning ; spent


Duchess
Sophie, who is the

clever, amiable

one

person

hours

most

agreeable,
imagine. It

can

real

her acquaintance.
pleasure to make
Feodore's
house, though small, is reallyvery
are
hung full of pictures. I
pretty, and her rooms
Winterhalter
also, in his lovely new
saw
house,
which
he has gone
and sold, saying it was
too
good
beautiful
him.
He
has
for
painted a most
pictureof
Duchess
the Grand
Helene
quitespeaking.
-sf
*
*
J ^p-^
will before
going to make
my
out
leaving. I do not like leaving(forEngland) withme

gave
Aunt

"

havinpf done

something.
to"

October

Darmstadt,
First of all,thousand

thanks

for your having allowed dear


tell you what
I cannot
us.
that dear

have

to

me

all hearts, and

am

littlebrother, who

child

is

Arthur'""

to

little bit.

when

mixture

Louis

pleasure it

proud

so

from

17th.
and

with

come

has

been

He

has

they admire
of you

me

and

to
won

my

adored

Papa.
October

Darmstadt,
*

"J5-

-^y-g intend

Saturday,the
lenz, from

23d.

probably leaving this on


8th, remaining until the loth at Cob-

whence

we

go

direct in eleven

hours

and

three-quartersto Antwerp, leaving Antwerp the


that evening
morning of the 12th, to reach Windsor
the next
or
morning.
We
always continue
reading together,and have
read
beautiful, most
Hypatia, a most
interesting,
*

Duke

of

Connaught,

then

twelve

years

old.

48

PRINCESS

and

learned

very

ALICE.

clever

and

which

book,

requires

great attention.
have

day,

every

eleven

would

Louis
from

I have

that

I also

play.

to

have

constantly
time

to

book

serious

Leeds

I shall accompany

Windsor.

newspapers
*
from

Becker

scarcely any

read

like to go
he wants
as

Osborne,

Dr.

see

the

I write, and

then

read

to

do

I must

so

see,
to

or

which

twelve

to

people to
draw

great bore

the

and

Manchester

you

tillthe

loth, remain

direct

go

later

come

the

Then

on

nth

the

14th
prefer to

Windsor,

which

We

this will suit you.


full of lamentations

hope
All

for

so

are

we

long,which

is

most

i5th

natural

our

then

is bad

we

shall be

we

coming
at

leave

Queen,

the

weather

or

25th,

shall not

we

with

If the

Antwerp.

to

shall wait.

Windsor,

to

from

sometimes.
October

As

self.
my-

London

to

go
him

to

to

to

at

Osborne.

departure,and
but they are
very

family dinner in our littleroom


is large enough for a
few
people.
to-day, which
The Grand
Duke
has quite lost his heart to Arthur,
also very
and
Bertie [Princeof Wales] pleased him
kind.

We

have

much.

talkingtogetherlast night,Louis said what I


feel so often, that he always felt as
if it must
come
should find dear
pa
Patime, and we
rightagain some
home
again. In another home we shall.
In

October

The
gave

30th.

I
when
quite overcome
him
the photographs, and
with Baby's [Princess
wishes
he is quite enchanted, and
Beatrice's]
Grand

Duke

The

Princess

was

Alice's

private secretary.

IN

tell you

to

me

thanks

and

glad

am

he

think

cannot

in all my

interest

warm

49

pleased he

how

are

you

will be

so

and

brothers

he

much

how

them
him.
that jou sent
for you,
feels very much

so

heart

warm
a

You

more

HOME.

NEW

gratefulhe is,and

how

you.

the

and

HER

was,

He

has

and

takes

sisters.

den
Fritz of Ba-

going to see dear


pleased. We shall

Louise

see

at

Coblenz.

plansfor
simplest is far
The

have

house

our

what

above

and

come,

we

the

even

mortals

poor

can

build.
November
"""

Geors^e Combe
to

see

and

and

me

Clark

as

so,

with

old

she is

her.

widow
Combe,
of Mrs. Siddons,

came

is

such

pleasure
tell Sir James

It gave
me
Will
you

of his.

old friend

an

of

She

time.

some

me

lady.

talk with

and

see

daughter

was

clever, amiable
to

Mrs.

Yesterday,

6th,

1863.
Each
life to

visit
Princess

understood

again
await
It

under

great

her

also

was

it

her

mother's

great

the

Prince

8th

at

be

fresh

easily
being

happinesswas

at

roof

there

and

fondest

comfort

care,

Consort

to

the

Princess

father's death

to

with

centre

Frogmore

-j

December,
were

to

hopes.

her.

of

in the

give

to

therefore

can

the first anniversaryof her

familyaround

On
the

Alice, and

how

seemed

old home

the realization of her

spend
her

her

to

1862, the

remains

of

cophagus,
placed in a temporary sarof the newly-erectedmausoleum

in the

presence

of the Prince

of

PRINCESS

50

Wales, Prince
Louis

Arthur,

Louis
in

long stay

visits

England
the

to

of the

day

bad

no

On

of his time

in

making

Prince

depots.

met

with

old year,

duringhis
of interesting

number

industrial

chief

and

Alice

Princess

and

centres,

carriageaccident

which

to

the

on

happilywas

followed

Prince

of Wales

consequences.

the

loth

married

was

Leopold, and

occupied much

arsenals
military

by

Prince

of Hesse.

Prince

last

ALICE.

of

March,

the

to

1863, the
Alexandra

Princess

of Denmark,

St.

Castle, in the presGeorge's Chapel, Windsor


ence
of the whole
the first
Royal family. It was
been
had
celebrated
in
Royal marriage which
that
chapel since the marriage of Henry L, in
at

1122.

Soon

after,on
Princess

1863,

day

next

twenty-one
be

and

Hesse

at

This

Darmstadt
The

best

of the

received

the

5th

birth

gave
event

by

of

was

the

April,
to

made

firingof

possible news
well-doingof

tinued
con-

mother

child.

The

littlePrincess

April, at

Windsor,

Bender.

Alberta

She

Elizabeth

and

Ducal

of

Castle.

guns.

to

Sunday,

Louis

Windsor

daughter at
known

Easter

Henry

familyat

Princess

Alice

of

was

by

christened
the

Hessian

received

the

Matilda.

The

Hesse

on

the

27th of

Court

names

of Victoria

Princes

represented

lain.
chapder
Alexan-

the

Grand

the

christening.
completed her recovery

during

IN

Stay

Osborne

at

in

the

accompany

After

HOME.

on

while there

and

May,

Queen

short

visit

to

stay in London,

of Hesse

and

Darmstadt.

They

Kranichstein,

to

her

NEW

the

able

was

to

pital
MilitaryHos-

Netley.

at

Louis

HER

and

Princess

their little daughter returned

spent

the

months

summer

shooting-lodgenear

the Grand
in

time

Prince

Duke.

becoming

The

better

Darmstadt,
Princess

to
at

longing
be-

employed

acquainted

with

her

and
adopted country, its inhabitants, their customs,
of thinking.
ways
The
Potentates
and
Princes
Congress of German
in conat Frankfort, in August, brought the Princess
tact
with many
crowned
heads.
She proved herself
her father's true
child in regard to politics.The
had
Prince
Consort
always longed for an united
Germany, with Prussia at its head, and a Liberal
Princess

constitution.

Alice's letters will show

how

her feelingswere
in the SchleswigtrulyGerman
Holstein question,which
that time, owing to the
at
death of King Frederick
VPI. of Denmark,
and
the
claims made
by his successor.
King Christian IX.,
to

the

succession

in the

European

interest, and

permanent

importance

The

accounts

Princess
throw

Louis

of the

manner

endeavored

Duchies

led
in

to

the

consequences

to

young
of her

home.

of

history of Europe.

in which

lightupon
significant
Princess
dischargedher

also, assumed

the

Prince and

fulfiltheir social duties


the

in which

way

duties

as

the

the mistress

PRINCESS

52

In

Her

afterward

the

had
her

happiness

Alfred,

on

of

at
ceiving
re-

Louise

sisters Helena,

brother

her

Victoria

Queen

met

and

Majesty

Beatrice, and

and
at

Princess

the

August
Coburg ; and

ALICE.

short visit

Kranichstein.

child

their

later

weeks

few

progress,

and

given by

the Grand

with

Balmoral, where

at

to

Darmstadt,

palacehad
It

in.
and

Duke,

Princess

Royal familywere

new

herself.

Princess

the

the

roofed

was

and

Queen

they returned

during their absence,

by

Prince

of the

members

November

In

the

joined

nearlyall the

the

after

The

where,

made

built

was

sembled.
as-

rapid
a

on

site

plans designed
of the

arrangement

carried out by herself in a manner


entirely
and artistic.
both practical
Louis'
Prince
In December,
only sister, Anna,

interior

was

enofaeed

was

married

be

to

Mecklenburg-Schwerin,an
satisfaction

at

first Christmas

which

event

the

time.

in

Germany

The

this year

painfulto

most
owe

Mama

so

much,

Mama,

on

"

your

of

both

and

God

May

Our

whom

sad

love

and

and

you
so

voice

not

get

of my mind
I thought I must
see
out

your

for
you

1863.
May

i^ih.

whom

was
we

beloved

you,

House,

dear

or

to

"

pilgrimage!

weary

an

her

dearly.

support

Marlborough

I could

spent

House,

from

us"

of

great

partingthis morning
we

comfort

"

Duke
gave

Princess

Marlborough

Dearest

Grand

the

to

face

and

instant,and
dear

Papa.

May
your

i6th.
sweet

everywhere
It seemed

HER

NEW

HOME.

the tears

in my

IN

strange

SO

worst

the

was

different.
will the

for I had

opera,

all

and

Papa,

or

you

I had

'It

very
drawing-room be

Lady Jocelyn, Duchess


Lord

and

Locock,

all find her

and

have

we

all you
I
than

more

On

Charles

them

baby,

How

much

Your

affection

have

seemed

saw

to

touched

quite

me

you.

[Princessof Wales]

Alix

This

morning

and

we

drove

May

19th.

long, but Alix


drawing-room was
not
tired, consideringthe length of
so
stood, excepting twenty minutes, in the
and
the people could
there was
a block

we

middle, when
not

The

were

time, for

were.

so

Park.

in Battersea

show

so

and

Sir

for her
It

studios.

the

to

done

from

name.

say.

Wednesday,

myself go

all

in her

can

yet

Manchester,

we

have

her

take

to

wrong

and

for

me

Paget,to

like what

and

for her
us

Alfred

thank

to

of

without

and

to

The

day.

been

same

trying
to-day.

was

all

eyes

never

the

was

53

come.

to-day'sletter

In
that

should

we

under
with

you.

shall

be

day

in

two

or

life five have


how

hope we
Germany

ready

Louis

year

come

again your
again. Out

you

see

you
next

to

shall,and

we

so

Before
able

with

married

our

roof,

your

be

soon

of

months

ten

mention

you

rate

at

any
shall be
to

does

the

when

all the clothes

Baby

has

you

gave

Princess

been

so

much

her.
Victoria

of

Hesse.

see

of the

spent
to

are

think
we

you

be
we
can

for

time.

Darmstadt,
*

we

not

able to

divide

been

wish

May

23d.

admired, and

PRINCESS

54

ALICE.

Darmstadt,
I sha'n't have

to

write

justreturned from
Mayence tillWednesday.

to

all the way


with us, and

We
and

how

see

have

us,

The

and

Grand

Duke

received

hour

an

with

deputations this morning,


fore
ought to have been here beto-day.
two

dined

here, and

brich.

The

Marianne

Duke
of

has

sister the
William

Landgrave
kind

and

civil.

The

Grand

everywhere about
several shops, etc.

when

has

not

Nassau,

Duchess

of
there.

hurried

back

is

kind,

himself

I shall have

return

pack again for Kranichstein,


there, which

We

Bie-

to

were

Duke

me

into

Now

her

Nassaus

Nicolas

Duchess,

Prussia,

for dinner.

taken

Dom,

and
^^

Altenburg, and
most
They were
in time

June 2d.

largedinner yesterday ; the


this morning we
have
been

was

came

me.

Mayence,
There

going

are

yesterday to g-o about


it comfortably.He
arrange

to

sat

things,which
only arrived

my

church

few words,

Kranichstein

to

kind, and

most

than

more

have

we

as

is

time

May.

to

most

into

the

unpack

and

"

and

the house
arrange
lived in for eighty years,

been

that for

writingI have barely a moment.


I have good accounts
of baby, whom
all the old
gentlemen run out of their houses to look at, when
she walks
in the garden,and try to tell Moffat
[her
derstands
unnurse]what they think of her, but she of course
nothing.
so

Darmstadt,
I write
to

Worms

to-day,as

you

to-morrow,

to

Uncle

we

are
*

to

going in

Princess

Frederick

day

and

Alexander.

Louis

It is
or

two

Charles, mother

am

June 3d.

is going for all


croino"

to

already warm
into the
of tire Duchess

day

Tup-enheim

here, and

country.
of

Connaught.

IN

NEW

HER

HOME.

55

Queen of Prussia passes through here to-day,


her what
her intentions
and I shall probably hear from
about England, I have received
a
are
splendid
for baby's
bracelet
from
the Empress
of Russia
picture. She is said to be far from well.
The

"

Darmstadt,
*

'^

Louis

was

tilleleven

four o'clock

from

away

6th.

June

day
yester-

at Worms
was
night.
with Uncle
Louis.
Tuesday is his birthday,and we
shall very
to
M9nday
Mayence, as
likely go on
Uncle
Louis
is always wishing for us.
I took a walk at Jugenheim yesterday with Uncle

morning

at

than two
children, of more
little
beautiful, and numberless

Alexander,

his wife and

hours, and

it

so

was

sino-inof. Uncle

birds

He

Alexander

all your
kindness, and
was
with you.
It always makes
talk

to
as

about

ought

you

and

you,
to

be,

was

above
me

so

hear

to

Qrratefulfor

so

all

charmed

so

happy to be able
appreciated
you

darlingMama.
June

8th,

Baby sits up quite strong, and looks


about
and laughs. She has got on
wonderfully,and
she is so good.
She was
hour with us yesterda)^
an
evening wide awake, and so good. She is as well
and as strong as any child could be.
To-day we go
to Mainz, and
to-morrow
night from thence to Kranichstein.
there

as

All
are

beds

our

be

must

moved

meanwhile,

in the house.

none

Kranichstein,
Louis

the

went

at

Grand
for the

Charles'
Duke

will be

day, which

morning to Darmstadt
his
regiment by Uncle
birthday is on the i8th.

12th.

six this

inspection of

Princess

June

at

Friedbero-, and

will be

rather

we

are

as
tiring,

for
Louiso
The
to

gro

it is

56

PRINCESS

good
wait

by rail and back


way
hour
at Frankfort.
an

Louis
the

ALICE.

is Qroincfto

He

23d.

left for

unable

England

days

two

so

before

to

on

last year,
the time.

do

to

have

we

in the Chamber

his seat

take

was

again,and

as

we

June 19th.
*

You

ask

seriously? Not
wasted, and I have enough

much

and

what

with

the many
books.
Dr.

good
We

deal

and

look

dinner

have

Charles, Uncle

read and

to

different

Becker

to

if I occupy
of the
moment

again

me

to

think

about

and

papers,

daily,and

comes

myself
day is
:

esting
interI have

after.
Prince

to-day
"

Adalbert,

Princess

and

William,

Anna,

and

the

suites.

June 23d.
*

taken

will be amused

You

hear

to

that I have

little black

He
(a Malay) into my service.
is a dear good boy, was
two
brought over
years
ago
he was
by a gentleman,to whom
given away by his
of gratitudefor some
service
own
parents as a mark
a

done.
has

This
had

never

and

very

him

We

him

here

two

taught any thing.

neither

can

read

nor

write.

years,

He

has
I

good

deal

is the first time


that

on

here

remain

account

we

for

the

present

have
of

our

household

Haushakung

and

but
ligion,
re-

going
He

by, and

seeingthingsnear

no

am

him

shall

about

so

had

taught,and, later,christened.
old.
thirteen years
intelligent,

have

to

has

man

is

we

go
then it

stable,

[housekeeping],

going to remain here for a little time.


It is very
pleasantbesides, and constant
moving is
far too
We
give dinners here,
expensive for us.
I know
few
which
also useful, as
so
are
people.
etc.,

we

are

NEW

HER

IN

HOME,

of the Standesherren

Some

5/

coming to-morrow,
of the Abgeordneten [Deputies]of
and later some
the Second
Chamber, which will give us an opportunity
of some
of the
of making the acquaintance
are

Liberals

in the country.
I cannot
get rid of my

rheumatism, which

is

so

unpleasant.
busy ; he reads to
Macaulay's last volume

is very

Louis

of Lord

out

History,which
takes

Louis
has

I had

drill with

in

at six

ride out

to

his

of the

English

Twice

yet read.

not

sometimes

me

week

cavalry regiment,and he
the morning, as it is some

off.

way

June 27th.
*

is

there

I hear

I bathe every morning and


nice littlebathing-house.

much,

cry

very

was

vaccinated

going to

at

Darmstadt,

reads

Lord

been

mof

She

busy

he

has

Doctor

read

useful

other

things which
Derby to express

made

all the

at

he

papers

and

besides

books,
must

read.

his thanks

Oxford.

look

He

for hav-

He

takes

deal of exercise, ridine, walking",rowino-, swim-

great

ming.
bed

and

passionate.

of it yesterday.Louis

died

man

not

by Dr. Weber, and I


ago
week
; the
small-poxis

other

and
to

next

she

about;
does

[Statepapers] to

Stande

through, and
wrote

done

and

is very

days

two

industrious

papers

she

but

be

am

is very
of the

of doors

baby shriekingout

swim

We

get up

at

six every

morning, and

go

to

after ten.

always a good deal to do at home, and


be expected
a good many
thingswhich would never
the necessityand
of him
in England. He
knows
Uncle
importance of working. I hope next month
his way back
Ernest '^ will come
for a day on
to
us
Louis

has

Duke

of

Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

58

ALICE.

PRINCESS

for a few days to


has asked
He
us
Homburg.
in Germany, and
then
the Calenberg whilst you are
in the winter we
hope to be for a few days at Gotha.
The
Miss
and
Liitzows,^'*
Seymour dine with us
to-day.
from

June 30th.

Lady
with

receive

familyand
have

We

in the

coming

seen

morning

or

other

some

good

dine

to

many

for dinner.

large soiree in the woods, with


last night. All the Standesherren

us,

Foreign Ministers

To-morrow

is

gave

for

supper

and

all the

dinner.

to

and

Homburg,

To-morrow

us.

people come
people ; we
Dalwigk
a

is at

Fife

is

dear

our

there.

were

wedding-day.

With

what

of
gratitude do I look back to that commencement
such happiness, and
such real and
true
love, which
Oh,
even
daily increases in my beloved husband.
! I admire
be deprived of it too soon
not
we
may
and

only

for his true-hearted, generous,


selfish,
unand
if you
! Oh, dear
Mama,
just nature
knew
how
excellent he is ! I wish I were
good

like

him,

respect him

for

he

is free

from

uncharitable
beloved

feelings.You
by all his people ;

I open

my

heart

to

children, who

your

Our

little

pink cheeks,
often

think

who

and

him.

warm

and

will listen

yours

dearly,long to

you

pretty

she

of such
to

what

say.

has

little
I

good-humored.

so

she smiles.

when

like you

so

adore

in the midst

even

as

love

have

or

is

he

how

see

servants

our

is grown
so
is so fat and

one

her

that

selfish,small,

should

you,

sympathizinga heart,
deep griefand sorrow

any

July 2d.
You
*

Count

can

Lutzow

at the Court

fancy how
was

at

this

of Darmstadt.

much
time

the

we

thought of

Austrian

Minister

and

this

day

tiary
Plenipoten-

IN

last year,

and

showed

you

and, when

HER

NEW

How

to
your side, and be of the least use
and with you, more
for I feel for you

kindness

both

trulywe
willinglywe

how

can,

we

59

all the love and

and

of you
then.

us

HOME.

love

shall
you,

to

come

you

than

you,

know,

words

can

describe.
off very well.
yesterday went
make
We
our
etc., all as
sitting,
arrangements,
you
dear
and
here, but I am
Papa had it,which is new
happy to say, approved of. We always dine at four.
cries
really never
Baby appeared afterward, and
but
is shown,
when
she
smiles, and seems
quite
She
amused.
is immensely admired,
particularly
and
for her healthy appearance
fine largeeyes.
I
is very
much
reallythink her like you now
; she
changed, and, when she sits up, looks so pretty and
Our

first largedinner

dear.
There
is a
To-day we have again a dinner.
dining-room and drawing-room here, so that we
see
a good many
people.

fine
can

July 4th.

Shortly we
presidentof
liberal
He

on

knew

going to

are

the

pay

First Chamber,

in

Grandpapa

the

Hohenlohe,

for dinner
What
Louis

at

has

vote

said

the

real

gentleman.

1820, also Uncle


Feodore, and Eliza.

Corbett

Weimar

is very

was

from

here

Frankfort

yesterday

sent

about

Germany

is

so

true

and

of his country near


at heart.
for or
vote
against what the

good

have

Chamber
was

of

He

the Schloss.

you

They always
Second

Duke

nice old

year

Aunt

Lady Fife, Annie, and Mr.


are
coming to us to-day.
Grand

Solms-Lich,the

visit.

whole, rich, and

the

Charles, Uncle

The

Prince

to

brings forward,
in

from

the

and

Liberals

the
for

other
an

day

altera-

60

PRINCESS

tion of

Chamber

is

if all are

even

necessary,

voice

one

in the

this duced
proHe
Liberals.

thinks, if it is

againsthim.
July 15th.

Kranichstein,

have

drive

to

Alexander's

is Uncle

To-day

dinner

for

morning we leave
Two
nights ago

birthday, and

Seeheim.

to

for Lich

we

To-morrow

five in the

at

horrid

whole

Louis', and

was

effect among
the
will say what
he

good

very

coward, and

no

Only

for it,which

was
a

law.

press

ALICE.

morning.

schcuicrliches

and

pallin
[ap-

took

about
I went
out
place here.
eightdown to the pond, which is close to the house,
Louis.
I met
to meet
an
odd-lookingpale man, who
neither bowed
lookedabout, walkingslowlyalong;
nor
I joined Louis
and when
he asked
if I had seen
me
noon.
him, as he had been
prowling about all the afterWe
stopped a little longer,when at the end
rowed
to
see
on
our
were
running. We
grooms
what
the matter,
and
was
on
coming near, a body
in the water,
the face already quiteblue
was
floating
event

lifeless.

and

with

the others
in

boat

our

horrid

to

means

to

to

see.

at

once.

trouble fished him

out

suicide, and

him

to

in the

boat

leaves

death
else.

to

But

half

or

can

have
and

one

laid him

and

He

committed

had

that

me

traces,
frightful

quarter of
in life,and

in its worst

avail.

no

he

was

very

fancy that it was


very
that disfiguredcorpse

it haunts

passed that man


him
by quite
floating

of

He

afterward

You

me,

life,but

stable.

heard

character.

bad

to

the

into
we

and

Louis

It was
bring him on shore.
very
We
brought him on shore, tried all

restore

carried

was

me

I recosfnized him

an
so

lifeless !

form, when

now,
so

for

"

unlike

hour

any

pleasant
un-

next

lent
vio-

thing

before, I had

shortlyafter to
It brings death
one

sees

bad

see

fore
beman

die

his

by

"

indifference

The

hand.

own

HOME.

NEW

HER

IN

which

with

people treated it,and dragged him along,


be
must
also revoltingto one's feelings
; but one
was
it
those
things; yet I own
manly, and not mind
rather sick, and
made
prevented my sleep that
me
night.
I am
glad we are going away for a few days ; the
change will be pleasant.
have
dear
such a pleasureto
to
It was
me
seen
Baillie the other
day, and she was
Lady Frances
looking well, though she is very thin.
dear
You
Papa's Farm-book
kindly gave me our
here ; the people are
Union
Farmers'
for the
so
touched and pleased. I send you the letter of thanks
the other

read.

to

and

leave

We

the next

to-morrow

day

way

home.

and

civil ;

The

latter is clever and


their

"

very

kind.

very

much

nephews
It is

lived
see

and

She

told

often.

much

how

and

and

nieces

The

Prussian

Tutor

of the

favorite
at

the time

Prince

very

of

the

nice

me

be

kind
rich.
ple
peo-

and

Princess,
here

then

also.

they
came

very
was,

liked

praisedand
to

he

the

they seem

service, and

handsome

how

later
even

are

He
Papa was there.
spend the evening there

continued
was

are

is
Biidingen,

nee

Florschiitz,*and

he

"

sister

after Rath

as

most

dear

to

on

on

amiable, and the young

in the

whilst

them

are

fine,rich country, and

was

Bonn

at

Princess

fine Schloss, and

beloved.

husband

Her

have

Homburg

to

go
and

Solms-Laubach,

Princess

to

they

we

Prince

The

LiCH, July 1 8th.


afternoon for Frankfort,

so

by all. She asked


Eos,f and if dear Papa
sleepy of an evening,

then.
Consort

during

greyhound of the Prince


of his marriage.

his

boyhood and earlyyouth.


Consort's, which he brought to England

62

ALICE.

PRINCESS

July

Kranichstein,

Our
is

visit

at

Lich

[in such

vornehm

so

well.

off very

went

Every thing

style]and

good

21st,

well

so

arranged.
July 23d.
rendezvous

going to give Heinrich * a


somewhere, perhaps at Kreuznach, which
far. On
August ist, we are going to the
We

are

country,
we

way

"

I do not
part which
stop at Giessen, where

know,

we

is not

and

"

have

been

very

of the

north

the

on

invited

On

Monday we
between
fiftyand sixty
give a tea and a dance
people. The advantage of this place is its nearness
to
Darmstadt, and that there is room
enough to re^
ceive people.
to

see

exhibition.
agricultural

an

"

The

Russian
Mr.

wives, and
dine

with

us

French

and

Corbett

and

with

ambassadors,
Lord

Robert

their

S. Kerr,

to-day.
July 27th.

I have

no

first largeparty

give. To-night
seventy people.
to

news
"

give

we

August
all

our

St.

day at Rumpenheim : so
! The
Landgrave, his two brothers,
of
Duchess
Frederic
and
George, the Dowager
her daughterDuchess
Caroline,
Mecklenburg-Strelitz,
Aunt
Cambridge, Mary, Augusta, and Adolphus ;
of Hesse
Fritz and Anna
and good Princess
Louise,
itself. Aunt
amiable,
kindness
Cambridge was
very
To-morrow
ing
mornand spoke most
tenderlyof you.
in
I join him
where
Louis
to Oberhessen,
goes
Alexander
at JugenUncle
two
days. I go to see
heim
Monday to Friedberg,where there is
; go on

Yesterday we
kindly received

Prince

were

Henry

of Hesse, brother

of Prince

Louis.

IJSr

for blind

asylum

an

[Patroness].I
The
and

day

next

shall be

Louis.

HER

I stop

in the

The

people,of
to

go

next

which

it,and

see
on

63

HOME.

NEW

-evening at
day I go on

Protectorin

am

the Castle.

sleep at

road

my

to

Marburg,

see

Alsfeld, where
to

Herr

I find

Riedesel

von

I breakfast, and
I dine
and
Altenburg, where
Riedesel
spend the night with another
family at
that evening. The next
Eisenbach.
Louis joinsme
day we go on though the country, as the people are
at

anxious

to

see

and

us,

the

Thursday and Friday


Saturday at home.
On

country

shall be

we

beautiful.

is very
at

Giessen,

Giessen, August
I

am

hot

very

reached

this

to

and

place,and
the animals

see

tired ;

have
and

"

to go

we

out

have

on

7th.

only just

almost

ately
immedi-

machines.

Our

but rather
journey has been most prosperous,
and
the heat quite fearful.
We
most
were
tiring,
kindly received
everywhere.
English, Hessian,
German
flagseverywhere, and Gesangvereine of an
evening.
Last night we
sleptat Schotten, and posted from
thence
to-day through a lovely,rich, wooded, and
the Voeelsbere.
district,

mountainous
We

have

had

everywhere, and
have remained
only long enough at a placeto see it,
that writinghas been
so
impossible. To-morrow
to
Kranichstein, and then I will
evening we return
write to you an account
of every
thing. Here, with
time, and with such heat and noise, it is impossible^
no
*

Giessen,
crowd
was

to

We
see

but

went,

one

room

Kranichstein,
when
I last wrote

the different machines

close round

us

and

at

smothering

interesting,
though, in spiteof all.

August 9th.
to

you

at

work, in

heat.

It

The

people

64

PRINCESS

cheered

and

ino- of
dear

the

were

book
and

use

the

been

civil.

That

interest.

am

so

meet-

told

me

is of the

table, and

the

lay on

day, at the
Laubach

Count
aofriculturists,

Papa's

greatest

very

ALICE.

have

pleased to

first in

known
thing
someGermany to make
of Papa's knowledge in this science, one
of
in which
the many
dear Papa excelled.
The
people
it. In the
are
so
gratefulto you for having sent
other scientific genevening the presidentand some
tlemen
I was
to tea with us.
came
so
glad to see
how
the interest
Louis
at
pleasedthe people were
takes in these things. A processionwas
reallyvery
with the different agricultura
pretty ; largecarts, decorated

emblems,
"

At

"

different

St. Elizabeth, the

castle

she

where

week

lived,

things which Kingsley mentions


Tragedy."
the Emperor of Austria
and other

refused, so
meetinof, it will

The

Frankfort.

to

has

that

it is not

Kranichstein

The
to

Emperor
pay

us

tentates
po-

universal

been.

all the

came

in

of Prussia

it miofht have

what

be

not

as

now,

Kino-

August
*

the

other

came

tumes
cos-

to me.
something quitenew
church
in the beautiful
Marburg, I saw

Saint's

This

their

it was

of
grave
and many
his

in

peasants

visit,and

is very
Archduke

19th.

way

to

amiable,

William,
though not very talkative.
of Brunswick
also
were
King Max, and the Duke
here yesterday.
We
from
the procession to the Romer
saw
a small
room,
alreadyfilled by twelve Rumpenheimers ! It
was
a
sight.
interesting
very
August
*

This

evenine

all the

crowned

2ISt.

heads

IN

nearlyare
heimers

NEW

HER

coming to the
hkely also.
very

for dinner, and

and

opera,

Uncle

him

take

we

65

HOME.

the

Ernest

with

Rumpento

comes

us.

24th,

August
*

We

dined

the

months

us

noon
Homburg yesterday afterwith
the old hereditary Grand
Duchess
of
is eighty-six,
and
Schwerin, Louis' great-aunt, who
fresh and
The
Duke
of Altenas
livelyas ever.
with us,
burg and the Grand Duke of Schwerin were
and
both of them
wish to have their respectful
duty
sent

to

you.

[During
the

at

Princess

of

September

in Encrland

was

on

October

and
visit

the

to

Queen.]
Buckingham

Thousand
that

we

such

should

had

to

so

you

oh, far

say,

try and

great

God

heard

you

can

has

your

Father

would, and

you.
We

remain

here

that

rest.

We

Afifie

leave

in

and

so

aration
sep3^ou,

can

and
courageous,
the fulfilment of

bring
not

are

you

with

express!

be

to-night,as

to-morrow

and

you,

you

Louis
on,

peace,

forsaken, that

felt for you, as


prayer,
that
dear
Papa is not

sick-headache, toothache,

to

return

soothe

ever

will

duties, which
feel

in

lighter. I always feel

only say again,trust, hope, and


day will bring something
every
all your
and make

and

you,

much, for I feel for and


than

more,

to

to

"

burden

your

from
more,

28th.

for your
sad
dear lines ! How
be reduced
It was
to writingagain !

happinessto speak
make

to

October

thanks

hear all you

try

Palace,

far

had
and

loving
from

he

bad
must

afternoon.

[Prince Alfred]and

William

(of Hesse)

66

PRINCESS

very

well, and

Affie sends

love, and

were

ALICE.

quite happy togetuer.

seem

his respects.

William

November

Darmstadt,

Before

Christa

had.

we

will have

You

Each

groaned, and

it is all safe !

hope

been

wretched, and

so

sick all

great

her

over

"

sea

and
had

on.

looked

about

us,

Moffat

and
nice

and

bless you, child,


If we
had
not

! Lord

not

us.

Oh, goodness,gracious

"

so

waves

the maids

laughed. All
a

of

mountains

those

was

awful

an

with

ship Christa

the

on

passage
cabins near

was
May"''"

old

good

awful

an

of those

one

exclaimed

May

! what

me

I had

broke

that

wave

what

heard

and

paddle-box,and

the

these

six) I begin
(half-past

going- out

lines.

2d.

with

awful

so

I should

have

sick.

were

Baby

shawl, which

new

was

grief.
and

Louis

Uncle

Uncle

received

Gustav

at

us

the

tillWednesday.
don't return
My parents-in-law
ner,
Yesterday Uncle Louis gave us a largedinand to-day he dines enfamille in our house with
of Bavaria, Uncle
Adalbert
Prince
Gustav,f and

station.

ourselves.
I
the
did

quite done up by this journey. At four in


morning Vv^e changed carriagesat Cologne,and
not
twenty-nine
get here tillpast twelve o'clock
was

"

hours

under

way.

5th.

November
"5C-

Ji:

Yesterday evening Louis

lecture, which
was
Hallnachs, the brother

chemical

young

spoke to
Our

you
house

were

at

interesting,
by

very

of

and

the

Becker

one

about.
is getting
on

well,and

very

we

are

often

and

sisters.

there.
*

Mrs.

Hull,

f Prince

former

Gustav

nurse

Wasa,

of the

Princess

firstcousin

to

and

Prince

her

brothers

Charles

of Hesse.

IN

NEW

HER

6/

HOME.

and touched
is very grateful
He
hand.
and kisses your

Louis
message,

by

kind

your

is often

away

from
Jagden [shooting-parties]
morning tilleightat night,as it is some

tiresome

for those
five in the
off.

way

November

It is

The

not

yet

leaves

messenger

We

paid Becker

Their

fingers;

write

must
see

be

to

his mother

and

now.

of

house

very

pretty

visit

yesterday.

nice, picturesand presents


Papa in all directions,remembrances

dear

from

so

are

rooms

and

you

cold

English.

very

so

is said

Kraus, which

architect

and

nine,

at

such

going to Mayence to-day,to

are

our

I have

eight,and

14th.

happy, years !
Yesterday also I drove baby

of

past, such

She
her

sat

rriuch ; she

so

knees

Christa's

on

to

went

out

sleepat

in my
little carriage.
and looked
about

last.
November

17th.

^-

all the morning with


Yesterday I was
JulieBattenbergbuying Christmas presents. To-day
much
also I am
occupied. We get up at seven, with
candles, every
morning, as this is the best time
for doing all business, and breakfast at eight.
*

November
%

-X-

^i

T\\^

question,I fear,will lead

Holstein
*

rightsare so clear.
all Germany
will help him
to
sure
is a justone.
for the cause
rights,
to

Fritz'

war.

am

about
v/hat

sure,

dear

Mama,

it, which

is very
exists.
Any

once

would
of which

be

one

no
*

The

are

you

hard, for

And
maintain

worried
you

can

late Duke

foresee.
Frederic

of

to

Augustenburg.

am

his

death
undo

cannot

thing only to avoid


calamity for Germany,

sad

21st.

war

! It

the

end

68

PRINCESS

My
makes

baby

has

this

such

faces if

ALICE.

morning

touch

to

ventures

one

first tooth, and

her

cut

Kttle

her

mouth.
I

To-day

visit the

going-to

am

the

hospitalin

good or well looked


I want
after.
to be able to do something for it,and
plenty of
hope to succeed, for the people have
Burgomaster and
only not the will. The
money,
will meet
Gemeinderath
me
Councillors]
[theTown
which

town,

is said

be

to

not

there.

just called

I have

that is,linen

confinements,
them,

for

those

classes.

lent for the

be

to

and

which

dirt

and

the

life what

into

did

will be

discomfort

of

is very

and
fresh.
and
are

visit

My

air

the

There

was

few

were

they looked
making their

to

in

great
28th.

the

esting,
hospitalwas very intergood, the place clean and
people dangerouslyillthere,

well taken
way

to

use

November
*

"

in their

women

poor

hope

exist

not

care

these

into

Air

of.

places to

and

water

the benefit

of mankind.
I

man

poor
a

so

was

who

above

died

Our

our

house

other
has

day
died.

in consequence
of
visit to
Carlsruhe

for
He

the
was

was

fall.
very

there, and

pleasant. The
we
spoke so
quite into all

together. She enters


understands
and
feelings,
perfectly
your
trials and difficulties of your
positionin
your just and natural grief.
of

you

all the
addition

November

so

[of Prussia]was

Queen
much

fell in

the

respectable and industrious, not


twenty-four. This is alreadythe second who

soldier,and

has

distressed

much

few

words

of love

and

affection from

us

sad
to

30th.
both

on

IN

this

dear

day

of all

mencenient

and

enabled

you

anniversary of the
happiness,which dear

our

happy days

Those

two

years

can

can

write

but

Amorbach,

at

after !

days the year


days, all make

sad

me

few

and

It is cold and

assure

wiped

to-morrow

two

after

here

2d.

half-pastfour yesterday,
in an open
carriage

at

bitter cold drive

that time.

roads, all being frozen, since

hard

over

arrived

We

and

you

December

Amorbach,
*

shooting.

ago.
thank

at

leave for

out

years

those

mind.

we

Louis

the

season,

of my

out

with

I go
it was

to-day

awful

impression of

Darling Mama, again and again we


beloved Papa for all your love to us
*

Papa

those

the

you

lines,as

fine, as

and

Windsor

for the

"

be

never

com-

form.

to

us

69

HOME.

third

the

"

NEW

HER

ten

in

the

ful,
through was beautimorning. The country we came
though ail white, up and down hill all the way,
The
villages,through woods, etc.
through many
house is largeand comfortable, fullof souvenirs of dear

[Duchess of Kent], of

Grandmama
I
it is

am

so

bit

pleased to be
of home
again.

with

Ernest

though

visit

weather

the

amusing
Wagner, J who

very

to

December

and

and

me

to

was

Marie.

send

so

was

good-natured.

wishes

you

saw

his

Prince

and

Think,
Princess

Former

of

duty.

only yesterday evening

Leiningen.
tutor

to

Prince

Prince

old

poor

December
*

6th.

pleasant,
so
happy to be
Edward
f was

Amorbach
bad.

was

Ernest

with

more

once

Our

Marie,*

and

Darmstadt,
*

Charles.

Uncle

8th.
at

Leiningen's brother.

Leiningen'sfather.

PRINCESS

70

they played

concert

heard

all

the

at

of

and

me,

past !

the

Such

trivial things

more

vividly,and

real distress.

made

hurt

dear

heart

sink

brig-htrecol-

all the

recollections

keenly, than
know

you

home.

way

awaken

more

sure

am

the

of

scenes

what

mean.

December
*

close

must

ought not to make


you
enough already. Pray
his
to

for

that my
pray
grave
last long ; think of me
that

hands,

day
two

hand

my
years

rested

on

there

where

and
Papa'sdear
your
bond
between
both
us

I feel it as

Mama.

legacy from

22d.

December

pleasureI

great

our

good

the

market,

eot

things

servants.

and

arranging a tree for


I bought all the things myself at
have

had

them

hung

on

in

the

tree

the

for darlinof Louis.

all had

We

Palace, and

Baby

had

little

such

Grandmama's,

Many thanks
to-day in honor.

with

tree

all

for the

in

26th.

large room

one

noise

in

it looked

underneath

Alexander's

Uncle

made

there, and

trees

presents

our

extremely pretty.
were

I also

then

December
*

at

allowed

be

may

kneel

you

That

ago.

is so strong, beloved
him.

when

kneel

you

sad

are

you

when

me

happiness

"

on

when

sadder,

12th.

fall fast, and

tears

; my

not

band,

my

to

cried

sometimes

I had

the

room,

that that belonged

thought

lections

The

before

came

Bias," which

Ruy

"

Windsor.

since

Papa,

ALICE.

five

with

children

their

things.
play-

Grandpapa and
her pretty things.
turkey-pie ; we give a dinner
early at

her

HOME.

NEW

HER

IN

71

1864.
The

year

1864

was

severe

After

Schleswie-Holstein
the

Austrian

Princess'

life that

own

cloud

no

The

of

of

marriage

Duchies

of

the control

of

Frankfort, and

at

Prussian

joyfulevents,
disturb her happiness.

to

came

of

Anna

Princess

The

troops.

full of

was

year

sorrow

from

Diet

or

and

occupied by
and

wrested

were

many.
Ger-

for

one

struggle,the

Confederation

German

eventful

most

which

Hesse,

of great
placeon the 1 2th of May, was a cause
to the family.
rejoicing
of the year the Prince and
During the firstmonths
Princess
paid several short visits to Gotha, Carlsruhe,
and Munich, and
in the summer
spent three happy

took

in England.

months
On

their

guests

return

social duties
took

serious

and

duties
"

of the

in Women,"
interest

and

Heidenreich

"

afterward

taken

This

1st

of

second

of November,
that

month,

Alexandra

proud

of

and

Alice.

able

to

nurse

for

more

tectress
Pro-

"

Lyingactive

the

provemen
sanitaryim-

all

was

christened

The

Princess

heightened by

who

receivinsf the

many

the

became

in

was

daughter,

1864,

Louise

being

interest

her

the

sight of

beo^innino^of

by

ous
numer-

the

Institution

the

was

spiteof

lost

never

pursuits. She

which

birth of her

in

in which

distractions

part, she

active

an

But

Kranichstein.

at

they received

Germany

to

names

born
on

of

Princess
her

on

the

the
the
28th

Elizabeth
was

very

child herself, and

PRINCESS

72

from
all

this time

ALICE.

took

she

the

questions relatingto

moral

with

up

the keenest

interest

physical,mental,

She found
able
an
trainingof children.
and independent adviser in Dr. Weber, a
medical

eminent

resident

man,

at

and
porter
supvery

Darmstadt.
January 5th.

and

to-day

Kranichstein.

lady,and

for

half

home,

an

up.
she

as

taken

cold she

is awful.

I skated

terday,
yes-

the

pond at
going
only
(Very few people skate here
she very badly.) Baby only goes
out
hour
in the middle
of the
day, well
It would
do to keep her quite at
not
we

would

to

are

become

Of

again.

out

here

"

one

wrapped

cold

The

when

course

when

sensitive

so

it is

first

windy

too

or

stops in.
January 9th.

aofhast

was

the birth of their little son.

morninof announcing
dear

may

it

Papa's blessingrest on
like dear Papa, and
out

turn

telesfram this

receivinof Bertie's

on

Oh,

the little one


be

comfort

and

pride to you, and to its young


parents ! Your
heart
Mama,
English grandchild. Dear
my
full. May dear Alix and the baby only go on
*

Baby

several
she

times

can

by

in

our

and
nurse],

She

Papa,"

Louis."

chair, and

She

so

room,

is very

is

is

across

she

is

dear

and

imitates

every

she
the

i6tli.

since

day
yester-

gets

thing

the

the

floor

with

little thing and

her

on

before

room

for

so

well !

Louis

is

summer,

cries for Moffat

never
on

Mama,"

adoration

always,

happy
very

sounds

Her

stops

"

She

and

round.

turn

touching.
alone

"

"

hears, all noises

feet alone
one

says

first

January
*

may

her

[her
things.
play-

gets

on

NEW

HER

IN

HOME.

73

equallyin all things,and is as fat as


the progress
It is so interestingshe was.
to watch
and development of such a little being ; and baby is
she is not
such a lace when
so
expressive,she makes
she is contented.
pleased,and laughs so heartilywhen
fast,but

very

She

is

like

more

child of

two

old

years

ofreat deal.

January

GoTHA,
After

cold

very

journey
I

afternoon.

Wednesday

found

well, Leopoldine (who is

aunt

Hermann,'"- Edward

and

Lowenstein

Prince

live in the
all

at

uncle's

dear

very

Marie

and

here.

Only

Castle

besides

here

arrived

we

uncle

on

and

and

nice)
Leiningen,and
dear

and

Hermann
us

22d.

the

poldine
Leo-

others

are

house.

January 30th.
*

These

poor

Schleswig-Holsteinersdo

they can to liberate themselves from the Danish


yoke, and to regain their lawful sovereign, Fritz.
of
And
why is England, who stands up for freedom
less cause,
in Italy,
there was
where
countries, who
what

did what

she

could

to

liberate the country

from

her.

the
what
she can
to prevent
to do
sovereigns,
liberatingthemselves
Schleswig-Holsteinersfrom
cause
from a king who, has no
them, merely berightover
good-natured Germans,
they are unfortunate
be oppressed ?
allow themselves
who
to

lawful

February
In

the

distance, dear

judge correctlyof
when

one

does

not

reasons

Mama,
for

exactly know

one
or

really cannot
against things,
how
thing
every

stands.
*

Prince

and

Princess

Hermann

of

5 th.

Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

ALICE.

PRINCESS

74

February 14th.
*

We

have

the

about

drives

everybody

sledgesto-day,and

in

been

them

with

town

jinglingbells.
Shakespeare's words

; it sounds

pretty, all the

so
*

him

home

to

I thank

the

came

"

lies the

Uneasy
Thank

God,

that

head

has

husband

my

crown.

wears

none

Almighty dailyfor our peacefulhomely life,in which


sphere we can do a good deal of good to our fellowwithout
creatures,
having to mix in those hateful
politics.
ing
nothI have
Our life is a very, very happy one.
earth

on

when

precious Louis
love

him

of love
a

and

now

unselfish

more

His

love

how

o-lad

for

you,

shall be

we

to

there

one,

is

know
be

and

near

once

vou

father,
return

more.

February
Louis

Louis

sees

his

on

all others

Chamber

at

We

breakfast.

the three

have

or

three.

theatre, four times


we

take

work.

tea

On

five
a

then

we

week,

ing
morn-

every

and

Westerweller

usuallywalk

twelve; and

is at

At

come

We

business.

luncheon, which
two

officers who

militarybusiness,
who

i6th.

to-day from nine tillone,


stretch, and
a
immediately after
at
eight ; then
always breakfast

is in the

long enough

live.

not
our

on

worthy

or

does

my

do

more

husband

better

kind
you

still

for his character

daily;
and

loved

as

him,

I married

respect, and

and

much

for, and

wish

to

often

drive

fore
beat

half-pastsix,
till half-pastnine ; then

together, Louis
other
week-days

dine

; at

reads

there

to
are

me,
concerts

and
or

house, and in the


parties. We are often in our new
garden,arrangingthings and watching the progress.

IN

also go

We
which

HER

NEW

HOME.

lectures here, and

to

the

makes

day

much

are

occupied,

quickly.

so

pass

75

March

I have

all,not
To

learned
be

to

able

be

to

much

since

bad

about

whole

His

of

troubles

it, must

dear

You,
most,

Mama,

aim

noble life was

all

the

are

that
his

to

home

but

such

even

loss has

your

griefand

to

bright

Dear,

love, when

complaints
and

who

one

this awful

one

duty.

of his children

though

soothe

comfortable

constantly turns
up,
how
dear
Papa spoke

silence

in the mouths

existence.

my

self

himself
example of sacrificing
adored
Papa ! such goodness,
thinks

in

constant

sixpence. Oh,

that !

married, and, above

dependent on others
make
a
bright and

dear husband
is my
for my
in this one
often fails,for

like

ist,

one

of

petty

servants.

suffers

the

touched

help

you

all ; and to
lightensone's

own.

March
*

5 th.

me
so
Spring always makes
wehmilthig
[sad],I don't know why ; one longs for every thing
is out
and any thing which
of one's reach.
I willtell you of something I did the other day ; but
pleasetell no one, because not a soul but Louis and

my

the

ladies know

of it here.

am

Heidenreich

the

of
patroness
also gave
you

to which
Stiftung,"
handsome
ladies
a
present in the beginning. The
who
belong to it go to bring linen to poor respectable
in
Wochnerinnen
who
claim
[women
child-bed],
their assistance.
food, and, in
They bring them
All cases
short, help them.
are
reported to me.
The
other day I went
to one
incog,with Christa, in
"

the old part of the town


and the trouble we
had to
find the house ! At length,through a dirty courtyard,
"

up

dark

ladder

into

one

littleroom,

where

^6

PRINCESS

lay in
the

the

bed

one

beds, and
it dirty. I

But

the husband

with

its eyes

bathed

and

thing!
"

down

smell

; in

baby

other

two

bad,

nor

was

the children,then

with

cooked

bed

her

arranged

it did not

Christa

sent

her

children,the husband,

stove.

and

woman

poor

four other

room

ALICE.

something for the woman;


took
her baby for her,
little,
little
bad, poor
so
they were

for

"

odds

did

and

ends

for

her.

went

and
were
so
people did not know me,
so
good and touchinglyattached to each other ;
such good feelingsin
one's heart good to see
The

twice.

nice,
it did

husband

The

poverty.

the

work,

of

out

was

dren
chil-

to go to school, and
they had only
young
when
confined.
kreuzers
in the house
she was
too

four

of that

Think
If

misery

never

one

in that cold

sees

Court

dry up, and I felt the


doing the little good that
sure

will understand

you

always lives
ings
people,one's good feelof going about
and
want

poverty, and

any

circle of

discomfort

and

is in

my

power.

this.
14th.

March

My
for the

to

be with

dear

Papa

led you

then

took

me

with
for

to you

from

him

mother

to

Other

things
you
you,

touches

but

and
you,

to

to

Do

the

Duchess

I took

all the

extent

as

taken

to

and

me

from

fulfil,
even

sacred

comfort
my

weak

my

quest
re-

ing
darl-

powers.

being constantly

nothing has lessened my


longing to quiet every

and

Kent], and

of

that

of

recollect when

you

the sofa in the colonnade,


?

are

lives, where

our

love, cherish, and

have

words

These

"

trial of

you.

[death of

over

was

Mama:

precious

6th, the first hard

allowed

was

all

Dear

own

am

in the

intense

pain

love
which

distance, his

request.

Oh, dading Mama,

were

there

words

in which

could

much

'J'J

bound

am

with

up

thoughts and prayers


The
them.
sympathies of

write

I would

yours,

how

you

HOME.

constantly my

how

you,

to

express

NEW

HER

IN

are
our

love
tender
only tell each other how
my
gratitudeto you is,and how vividlyI feel every
*
*
*
trial or new
thing with you and for you.

souls
and
new

with

was

another

morning, and

this
in

can

the

Those

nearly

even

woman,

the third

on

and

room

poor

day

fainted

she
from

off,

worse

walking

was

weakness,

people !

poor

March
V,

-K-

-K-

Sacrament
The

"

others

Yesterday morning at nine we took the


allthe familyand congregationtogether.
then stopped for the rest of the service,

tillafter eleven.

English

26th,

service

at

Stadtkirche, Bach's

twelve.
"

and

home

I went

Passion

At
"

returned

for

half-pastsix, in
was
given.
April

the
the

5 th.

birthday. What a day it was


this time last year ! Baby has her table in the room
to
next
sitting-room. Uncle Louis and the rest
my
the
of
family expected to breakfast with us at
To-day

is Victoria's

twelve.
Munich,
*

^:-

April

nth.

^'

To-day, for the firsttime since the King's


and
all with
death,* the Queen
our
we
Gefolge
It seemed
to
[suite]dined in the Winter Garden,
try her very much, but she is so wonderfully quiet
that she scarcelyshows
three hours with
it. I was
her yesterday evening. She spoke so kindlyof you
and with such sympathy and interest,and said, when
much.
dear Papa die,d,she had prayed for you
so
*

month

King
of

Maximilian
March.

II. of Bavaria
The

Queen

is

had

died

on

sister of Prince

the

loth

Louis'

of tlae
mother.

preceding

78

PRINCESS

ALICE.

Munich,
'^

April 13th,

Between

and going to the


sight-seeing,
and being with her, I have not a moment
Queen's room,
scarcelyto rest or write. Yesterday we visited
the

whole

Schloss

of all the famous

Papa

would

whole

time

painters
enjoyed
"

have
what

pictures,and
But

full of frescoes, and

would

he

how

studios

How
dear
interesting.
it !
I was
thinking the
have thought of certain

so

he

much

the

would

admired

have

all times

seeing things,and
all pictures,
is fatiguing.

some.

at

April

Darmstadt,
'^'

of

most

21st.

try
Monday Louis goes into the counshoot
to
pany
capercailzies
\_Auerhah?ie\.I accomhim part of the way,
but stop at Schweinsberg
with Christa's parents.
The
air is very good there,
and we
good.
thought the country would do me
*
*
*
shall leave probably later [forEngWe
land],
after or just before your
birthday. We have
a

great deal

I should

for

you

On

want
a

in London

do

to
a

whole

for
from

week

week

I should

and

house, for which

our

Windsor

to

like,and

not

to

leave
up

go

constantlyis rather

tiring.
We
Mayence to Rotterdam
by steamer,
go from
wait
from
thence
by rail to Antwerp, and then
shall be long
for good weather
that we
to cross,
so
under
but quite easilyand comfortably.
way,
April 25th.
*

Louis

We

shall leave

wishes

us

to

of your

the week
have

full

day.
birth-

fortnightin

London.
Schweinsberg,
*

April

28th.

charming country house,


lovelyhealthycountry ; the air has alreadydone
This

is

in
me

IN

NEW

HER

HOME.

79

Christa's parents are


charming, clever
good,
people, and the life is quiet and refreshing. On
shall go
Saturday I expect Louis, and then we
much

home.
Darmstadt,

thanks

Many
thank

you

and

have

was

the

is

Weber

vielseitig
[many-sided]in
of illnesses.

Baby

runs

now

brothers

two

in

his views

I think

it in

well-

and

baby

is

medicine

and

ing
fall-

without
She

break, and

and

man,

rooms

Louis

unwell.

will like him.

you

Yesterday

days

two

very

on

week.

but

was

clever

through two

learnt

much.

so

you

alone

she

that

save

vorneJnn

very

ding,
wed-

Dr.

treatment

it

about

more

any

of the

account

an

fatigueswell
days and one
night,I

two

write

borne

before, for

wrote

well and

off very

arranged.
I

Becker

I won't

so

it went

times.

many

Christa

all for
letter, and above
your
the ships, for which
about
I

for

kindness

great

your

14th.

May

will

drove

and

me

with

went

amuse

his

much

us

enchanted.

leave.

To-morrow

To-day

all go,
Schloss.

and

we

afternoon

the town

Fritz

May

17 th.

and

Anna

gives a largeball,to

before

it there

is

dinner

which

May
*

It is

tired and

so

from
The

excessivelyhot, which

weak.

she

Of

the

Schwerin,

sure

you

2ist.

makes

suffered

me

fully
dread-

the heat.

partingfrom

am

the

at

so

Anna

distressed,and

Princess

Anna

of

Hesse

three

days ago

her parents also,


with

the Grand

Duke

ful
dread-

was

of

Mecklenburg-

So

PRINCESS

their
They beg-in
are

children

no

both

us

but

old age
to

shall

we

alone,

in their house

sad

very

ALICE.

leave

Beatrice

alone

at

write

once

for

and
much

here

and

what

days, and
journey this

the fresh

Alix

and

pretty and

with

way

both

and

the air

quite rested.

ships.
the

on

but

little

letter
feel

Rhine

air,that I have

sea

26th.

May

for your

you

of the

anxiety!

an

House,

thank

to

already from

two

so

you

great comfort

the

better

Bertie

to

What

brothers, still

two

eleven,
half-past

at

ing;
unfeel-

so

soon.

Marlborough

Arrived

It makes

seems

them

to

for there

say,

more.

any

them, and

return

blessingthat you have


boys ; and yet, for one

to

so

so

those

borne

the

fatigue. I

find

looking well,

and

the

baby

dear.

sleptduring the whole night passage, as I went


bed
hour's
to
early. I had about twelve
sleep,
has
which
Louis is paying
completely set me up.
I

visits.
and
Dean
and

We

Alix

have

lunched, and in the afternoon

promised to call on
Stanley,and we jointhem.
Mary we shall see afterward,
have

[From May
on

to

visit to

Lady Augusta and


Aunt
Cambridge

August the Princess


the Queen.]
Kranichstein,

I have

stood

the

Bertie

was

in

August

land
Eng-

30th.

journey well,though

am

Louis is off to
fatigued. It is very warm.
and
it
to
to-morrow,
Jugenheim, I am
go there
whole
takes
day, as it is so far. I have seen
my
of the family yet.
I was
distressed
to part
so
none
dear and
dear Ernest and Marie, they were
from
so
tiful
good all along the journey. The weather was beauand the passage
good.

rather

IN

NEW

HER

HOME.

zd.

September
"^

"'^

am

off

thing went
been

most

read

all the

all accounts,

glad that,from

so
so

it
Perth'^"";

well at

very

tryingto

you,

accounts

you

and

every

have

must

yet satisfactory.We

kindlysent

with

us

much

interest.
%

-jc-

"Y\i^

Emperor [ofRussia]with his second


and third sons
arrived
him at
saw
yesterday. We
the station at Darmstadt,
but did not
join them as
the rest of the family did.
We
day
go to Jugenheim toand
baby with us, as little Serge,f who is just
Beatrice's
such
a
passion for her. The
age, has
children are
older sons
nice, the two
big.
very
very
Uncle
here

Gustav

is here, which

this time

makes

me

think

of you

last year.
September 13th.

"^*

"'

since

Two
cold

great

which

is

days

your
^

dinner

two

The

^''

There

yesterday,and

first time

and

and

message,
'^''

looked

so

intense

heat, and

constantly,
Emperor is very

extremes

unwholesome.

so

gratefulfor
to

the

"

had

we

ago

your

were

sends
seven

glasswas

his

best

young

used

membrance.
remen

for the

pretty.
September 17th.

*''*

The

""

Emperor

leavingtook
she

gave
on

that the

she may

their

The
Grand

tender

most

farewell

Order.

it would

"K-

fore
Empress [ofRussia]beof us, and
stadt
Darmto

They return
the 27th for a fortnight,
it is now
settled
as
Empress is to spend the winter at Nice, and
not
go there tillthe beginning of October
me

the soonest,
as
-;:*
-^g

at

and

unveiling of
Duke

^j.g

statue

Serge,

be

-j^^^
of the

too

middle

Prince

warm^

of the second

Consort.,

vol-

82

PRINCESS

you

in

have

you

have
that

do

interested

be

to

beautiful

interest

to

sermons

we

I have
discovered
tocjether, and
translation exists, and have ordered

German

to

Robertson's

read

also

detailed

too

much

far too
^'

''^'

''^

it.

it is

but

Froude,*

of

ume

ALICE.

one.

Hardinge f leaves

Mrs.
I

am

to

sorry

say

the end

me

for she

ready to do any thing,and


bad Knglish"-en7''e.

is very
not

of this month,

nice, discreet,and
all of the present

at

September
*

'^"

What

you

the

about

say

20th.

sisters,

poor

is true.
The
little
of all the younger
ones,
those who
have
lost the
and Beatrice
are

indeed

and

brothers

little things! I can't bear to think of it,


poor
than any other father,
for dear Papa, more
peculiarly
most,

wanted

was

friend, and

magnitude, and
more
keenly.
*

=5=

what
he

does

for

life is

The

people

History

of

the

was

dear

little house,

our

shall

We

rooms.

it will

be

not

comfortable.
un-

dear

with

interwoven

so

Where
*

not

seem

he

Papa could have seen


have in my darling; but I am
sure
with yours
his blessing
rests
on
us,
separated from either of you, our

it,and

see

we

quarters, but

I often wish

treasure

and

the

clearinofout

close

very

yesterday in

^yg^g

arraneinof and
have

children

besides.
Such
loss as
a
playfellow,
its
only increases
unique. Time
the knowledge of the want
is felt

even

indeed

is

ours

his

for

are

England

yours.

unselfish, loving,good, and


from

the

Fall

of

Wolsey

to

the

Death

inof

Elizabeth.

Wife

Princess.

of

General

the

Hon.

Arthur

Hardinge,

who

was

on

visit to

the

IN

NEW

HER

dustrious, like my

dear

83

HOME.

Louis, I

always feel a

certain

dear angel
our
beginning to grow
up with
all only become
Father!
Don't
Oh, may
we
you?
in the
I struggle so
like him!
Mama,
hard, dear
like
littletrials I dailyhave, to become
more
many
of you,
when
I think
him.
My trials melt away
likeness

and

I wish

great

were

of your

bear

some

how

I love

shield you
know.
you

with

be

to

strong

to

Mama,
would

and

you,

blows

all new

love from

our

love

both

we

able

Dear

great trials for you.

! how

you

and

trials,

and

heart is often
you ! My
love
full to say all that is in it ; to tell you all my
too
and
devotion, for your
own
precious sake, and for
God

comfort

left you

Papa's,who

dear
and

cherish

to

as

legacy to

us

all to love

for him.

September 23d.
To-morrow

Louis, I, and
in the

sacrament

it before

take

to

Louis

read

sermon

to

the

on

We

have

much

little church

as

I wished

here.

hour

my

ladies, take

two

my

of trial

fine

^'

"='

can.

weather, and
"^'"

Dear

Robertson's

yesterday evening
Sympathy of Christ."
autumn

much

comes.

me
"

the

sleepwell

out

am

as

fast
break-

and

half-pasteight; we dine at two, and


take supper
then my
ladies read aloud, and
at eight,
I work
Christa plays,Louis
reads his papers,
etc.
or
To
Memoirs,"
Malmesbury's
myself I read Lord
always

at

"

which

are

reads

Froude

very

curious, and
to

when

Louis

of the
go

to

receive

'""

To-morrow

Belgians]comes
Darmstadt
him

at

time

he

me.

October

Kranichstein,
""

has

or

dear
for

Mayence

the station, as

Uncle
few
to

none

Leopold [King

hours.
meet

4th.

Louis

him, and

of the

will
I will

familyknow

84

ALICE.

FJilNCESS

him.

Louis

Uncle

Alexander's

bad

is

the Emperor.
shooting with
has alreadybegun to be
throat

out

again.
"?:-

-jf

-;j-

midst

and

Empress
how

or

know

me

Emperor
they wish

that

is out, and I don't know


small menage.
the thingsin our
Louis

have

to

conclude

therefore

I must

just let

here, and

breakfast

where

have

letter in

confused

troubles, for the

of household

the

to

writingquite a

^j^

and

do

my

business.
October

"^"

days

two

dear

pleasureof seeing dear Uncle


lookingwonderfullywell, and kind and
*
*
*
To-day I must
go to a

I had

ago
ever.

as

the

large family dinner.


Grand
the

of Baden,

Emperor

Fritz
and

Marie,

Duchess

William

and

besides

and

Prince

Princess

arid

ourselves, the family,and

Empress.
14th.

October

length here, in great disorder,


waiting half an hour only for a pen

been
I

found.

Hesse,

at

are

have

of

Anna

Darmstadt,
We

yth.

and

tired

am

not

well.

very

and

be

to

^'

Augusta [Lady Augusta Stanley]being with you I


be such a comfort
to
am
very glad of, and she must
for besides
being such a friend,she has that
you,
which allthe Bruces possess.
of manner
charm
peculiar
October
*

she

will

want

grieved

so

am

much

care

and

about

21st.

Louise

poor

attention.

Lady Car. [CarolineBarrington]is here


and
yesterday evening to my great delight,
for her journey.
lookingthe worse
October
%

[Crown

To-morrow

Prince

and

we

Princess

expect
of

Vicky

since

is

not

29th.

and

Prussia]for

Fritz
two

NEW

HER

IN

85

HOME.

hours, and later Bertie and Alix


for a few hours.
from Amorbach,
to

their way
back
I shall be delighted
on

them.

see

October
*

-X-

"K-

had

31st.

ing
pleasureof havand
dear
baby here for two
I
well and in such good looks, as
hours, the former
have not seen
her for long. The
baby is a love, and
were
pretty. We
very
very glad after a year'sseparation
dear
and
to
meet
so
again,and Vicky was
her understanding and
loving. I always admire
her again ; and
Fritz so
brightnesseach time I see
Bertie and Alix we
good, so excellent.
expect in a
for a short visit. It is very
cold, but
day or two
not
unpleasant. I go out twice a day.

Yesterday we
Vicky and Fritz

the

November

Darmstadt,
"Y\xQ^little daughter*

disappointment
console

We

over.

to

us,

which

ourselves

littlepair will look

very

have

we

with

pretty

but

was

the

7th.
tary
momen-

quite got

idea that

together.
20th.

November
"""

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it Is

think

of-door

kind
*

sensible.

relieve

long

and

and
I
your
pony,
it will do
sure
you

am

;
^'

wished

for, indeed,
^''
''^-

I have
*

would

you

do

two

of your

not

drives, which

out-

good.

nerves

something

only driving is

had

the

pleasedat

little the monotony


existence, besides doing your

good, and
I had

so

much

very

Brown

about

arrangements

the

of the

wholesome.
have

done

'^

me

has been
ness
kindMy mother-in-law
itself all along
attentive and yet so discreet.
so
I can't be grateful
enough. My good father-in-law
^
^
*
also.
Louis' mother
is to be godmother,

good.

"

The

Princess

Elizabeth

was

born

on

the

ist

of November,

1864.

86

ALICE.

PHINCESS

because
name

We

here to ask
it is customary
the child is to receive to stand

hked

Elizabeth

beine the
Saxon

the

of

ancestress

the

on

of

account

on

occasion.
Elizabeth

St.

Hessian

of the

one

some

well

as

House.
26th,

November
%

-^'-

the

We

probably go
can
only place we

can't take

we

sort, and
*

for

2,n\

had

well
or

week

well

very

Carlsruhe

to

Baden

at

only go

I look

say

inn

an

we

"J"-

have

and

have

better, and

ten

more

long,and, indeed, I feel strong and


fat baby does
perfecdy,and is a great

my

his

and

Louis

and

darling. Affie
shooting. The
three days.

has

weather

horrid

brother

kept

ought

in these

me

held

mother-in-law

very

over

the

footstool

two

every
"

much

than

better

had

she

and

twenty

was

not

year,

when

and

made

also.

Affie

so

How

sister.

Ella

fortnight

lieve,
Victoria, I be-

then.

grown

haved
be-

inches.

Dr.

for the

Darmstadt
us

Dear

Victoria

half inches

December

Carlsruhe,
*

and

us

and

largerdark

her

twenty-three

measured

with

with

it

tumbling
she kept
minutes, and
I thought so
Uncle's."

Go
to
whispering to me,
last
of the christening
much

time, and

was

29th,

christening.

all the

baby

good deal. Victoria stood


good, only kneeling down

screamed

ago,

the

mention

to

out

are

November

My

all ple
peoI
color than

careful

very

by

near

thing of that
days at most.

any

or

to

go

nesday,
Wed-

on

for

well, and

'^'

the

as

kind

happy,

is coming with Affie to

Macleod

14th.

Vicky

of him

for he

5th.

is

to
so

and

Fritz will be

come,

and

devoted

to

it has

him.

IN

NEW

HER

8/

HOME.

December

Darmstadt,
*

loth.

yesterday,after a very
It was
quiet,and
pleasantstay at Carlsruhe.
very
had
the opporwe
were
always en famille. We
tunity
of speaking much
with
Fritz, who is in every
is so
and
dear Louise
so
good
distinguished,
way
We

here

littletime

to

kind.

and

I have

very
late last

I have

so

returned

Louis

night.

great deal

write
has

to-day,as
be

to

absent

we

to-day,

do.

to

15 th.

December

I had

not

yesterday,and to thank
sent
me
through dear

for

you

service, a sermon
Papa's noble, great and

dear
there

in

prayer,

which

earnestlyfor
Papa,
near

and

you

Dear
you,
was

ago,
we

you,

and

thought and
Vicky talked so
of how

not

with

and

that is
were,

homesick
on

us
so
so

that

prayed

you

lines you
gave us
outline

to

you

of

and

in

together

his

most

though

about

absent

were

dear
very

prayer.

lovingly and
she

sometimes

dreadful

painful to
much

to

giving an
good character,

precious Mama

in

ail

He

longf toQfether afterward

about

and

kind

the

allusions

all

we

you,

talked

We

beautiful

most

were

write

to

Macleod.

Dr.

beautiful

most

as

myself

to

moment

rived
ar-

her.

overcome

day
Dear

by

tenderly of
felt.
three
Affie
all Dr.

She
years
was,

leod
Mac-

Vicky, Affie, Louis, and myself sat in


there.
Fritz
the little dining-room ; he read
to
us
had left early in the morning. The
day was
passed
most
quietly and peaceably together,and I was
dear
have
to
on
Vicky and Affie with me
grateful
that day.
to
My dear Louis wishes me to express
how
tenderly he thought of you and with what
you
can
we
sympathy on this sad anniversary. Never
said.

FJilNCESS

talkingof home,

cease

bless and

God

ALICE.

of you

comfort

you,

and

of

own

my

all your
trials.
dear Mama
!

1865.
In the

month

Princess

and

of

January
at

were

of this year

last able to

of

Berlin, which
visiting
postponed. The Princess

been

kindness

and

of Prussia, who
her

attention
had

from

been

much

upon

the

their

out

carry

had

Prince

the

several

met

with

the

King

attached

tention
in-

times

the greatest
and

Queen

her since

to

childhood.

great grieffell

Grand

Ducal

family

Grand
Duchess
of
through the death of the young
Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince Louis' only sister,
whose
tion
satisfacrecent
marriage had given so much
the family,and
who
died
the
i6th of
to
on
April,a few days after giving birth to a daughter.
the

About
eldest
He

time, the

same

of the

son

favorite

married

be

to

all

of Wales.

under
While

the

Prince
at

Alps, Queen

Victoria

on

the

26th

of

and

their

Switzerland

and

Russia, died

the

and

son,

at

had

Nice.

been

gaged
en-

mark
Dagmar of Denthe sister of the
Russia),

Alice

Princess

daughter'slove

Nicholas,

Princess

to

Empress
(present
Princess

of

Emperor

his mother's

was

Cesarewitch

sympathy
heavy

and

Rigi
spent

endeavored
cheer

to

her

ents-in-l
par-

bereavement.

Princess

were

Kaltbad

in

one

with

day

of Ausfust orathered

at

absent
the

in

Bernese

Kranichstein,

all her

children

IN

her

round

NEW

89

HOME.

Coburg. On that day the Prince


the market-placeat Coburg was
on

at

statue

The

HER

yearly

visit

sort's
Conveiled.
un-

took

place in the
and the Prince and
Princess
autumn,
spent a longer
time than usual in the Highlands,where
they made
excursions.
delightful
many
Soon after their return
to Germany, the sad news
reached

them

of the

England

to

death

of the

of the

Kine

Bel-

gians. Endeared
by his personal character to his
also by reason
of his
family and friends, he was
statesmanlike
qualities
recognizedas one of the most
remarkable
sovereignsof Europe.
Although Princess Alice had lived but a short
time at Darmstadt, she had alreadybecome
the acknowledged
of social life in that

centre

liberal and
with

her

as
independent spirit,conflicting
local prejudices,
exposed her to

many

criticisms

still,no

could

The
"

taken

charm

Princess

in her

root

who

one

resist the

manner.

close observer

as

in

came

of her

had,

to

so

adopted country

she

was,

she

soon

sphereof occupation lay,and


by which she could work out

own
were

letters show

Her

family,and

the

many

the love
useful

initiated for the well

now

Her

town.

it did
many

with

contact

appearance

and

speak, not

"yet

but, acute

and

found

what
her

she bore

where

the

agencies
plans.
to

her

enterpriseswhich

being of

Thousand

thanks

new

she

the country.
January

her

for your

dear

ist,

words

PRINCESS

90

and

when

of home,

me

happy

so

with

much

thinkingso

was

letter

your

in.

came

feel

DarHng Mama, I can


during these days.

and

the

on

for the wishes

and

ALICE.

for you
of tears,
verge

for the very

of you
It made
much

so

all

day
''Neujahr"

was

word

and all at Windsor


brought Papa and Grandmama,
in former
as
days, so vividlybefore me, it made my
heart ache ! That
bright happy past, particularly
had

last years, when


the privilegeof

my

own

those

deeply
to

be

at

much

so

and

both,

you

remembrance

letters of
I

morning

home, and

at

with

parents, is

with

home,

eldest

the

was

being

loved

and

graven,

All the

heart.
used

dearly

gold, upon
tellingLouis how

was

how

all assembled

w^e

my
it

side
out-

in chorus
dressing-room door to scream
and to give to you and Papa our
''Prosit Neujahr !
etc., the busy occupation of predrawings, writings,
vious
weeks.
Then
playingand recitingour pieces,
where
often stuck fast,and dear Papa bit his lip
we
to
not
so
as
laugh ; our walk to the riding-school
your

"

[where the
then

to

alms

the

to

Those

Frogmore.

the very remembrance


of sunshine
to
even

dinners, when

was

were

of them
you,
with

dear
you

and
distributed],
happy days, and
must
bring a gleam

were

poor

Those

Mama.

both,

such

were

two

happy

at
home,
gratefulI remained
and lost not a day of those happy ones.
church
At eight this morning we
went
to
two
; at
at the Schloss.
three there was
a largedinner
half-past
I wore
the bracelet with your
pictures,as I always
do on all particular
days, for I like to be able to look

evenings.

at

those

dear

am

so

faces.

January
We

the

mean

to

go

ground being

out

white

sledging.

The

2d.

cold, and

this last month,

has

all

given

IN

such

me

bad

all,and

at

bad

that

have
He

"

time

Lives

sent

do

nothing of an
by daylightmakes

can

thanks

The

evening
them

ladies read

so

to

me,

to

of the

things. Louis has


read through a whole volume
Engineers.""^" You could not
would

thing that

any

of instructive

sorts

already found
of the

eyes.

HOME.

reading even
they get quitered.

all

instead,

NEW

HER

much

so

you

interest

for the

him

more.

Year's

pretty New

also.

wish

January 14th.
Thousand

thanks
from

enclosure

for your

Macleod,

Dr.

letter,for the nice

dear

for the

and

beautiful

struck me
by Dean
Stanley. One remark
he
as
singularlyapplicableto dear Papa, where
with
To die is gain ; to be no longer vexed
says :
the sight of evil,which
control," etc.
they cannot
for dear
others
do
he
saw
Papa sufferedwhen
spirit: and though
; it pained that good pure
wrong
could
call
him, if we
we
long for him and want
sermon

"

"

him

back

even

"

would

think

When
in

a
*

blessed

future

alone

can't think

to

the

the

more

hope

one

much

am

ested
inter-

dailylife. Besides,

must

Please
be

est
kind-

say

great

venience
con-

you.

January
*

wish

faith and

save

how

who
Brown, *{*

things to

to

in every littledetail of your


know
it cannot
be otherwise.

you

much,

so

vent

gave

sustain

can

You

you

what

come,

him

want

^''

recall him.
trials

before

pause

that would

who

you

The

more

those

wonderful

one

wonders,
*

By

f John Brown,

studies

one

Dr.
the

laws

and

which

worships,and
Samuel

20th.

tries to

derstand
un-

rule the world,


admires

Smiles,

Queen's personalattendant.

that

ALICE.

FRIA'CESS

92

which

to

is

us

wonder

how

people

in

incomprehensible;

so

there

beautiful world,

this

deserts, and

our

be

hope to
the joy

will

after

where,

far

so

too

is done,

duty

our

always
grumbling
good for
I

we

with those we
love, where
everlastingly
that present sorbe so great and lasting
row

trouble

and

dissatisfied and

be

can

and

melt

must

that

before

away

shine.
sun-

January 23d.
^'

and

leave

her

bath

which
think

as

86

is

There
You

whole

the

on

with

^\\^

happy

so

are

to

journey
be

here.

in her.

great mind

to

meet

to

see

amusement
me

"

and

young

He

fancy I
society;
since

feel
and

the year

January 29th.

loving !

so

reflection
her

loved

so

feel it

of

Papa's

much, and

was

The

life must

our

of

man

be

like
spirit

rather

Affie
*

One

arrived

for

dull sometimes

him.
Berlin,

in the

stove

King is,as always,very kind,


Louis is very happy
here.
see
us
his old comrades
again,and they equallyso
have this
I am
him
so
glad that he can
; and
kind in not
at least, for he is so
leaving

proud of her.
and so pleasedto
so

I don't

off very well, and we


ness
Vicky and Fritz are kind-

Vicky so dear,
good',that there is a

me

the bassinet,

went

and
itself,
does

has

us.

Berlin,
-X-

-x-

can

new
perfectly

Grancy'"'"
goes

Marie

1.

into

little out

so

Ella

afternoon.

sleepsin

besides.

Berlin

been

cold.

catch

compartment

I have

high wind,

warm

with chintz for the occasion.

up

can

shy going to

this

bed, and Victoria

is done

centre

and

rain

o'clock

four

at

they

have

We

at

of the Princess'

February

ist.

eight this morning.


ladies

in

waiting.

IN

the

sure

am

let him
me

He

now.

much,

NEW

will be

King

come

very

HER

for

HOME.

pleased at

so

is

I have

93

kind

so

to

thing to

any

Berlin,
*

"^

I have

cold

it is too

as

it touches

it.

deserve

me

done

never

having

your

and

then

been

not

sight-seeing
anywhere,

for that.

walk

in the

February 4th.

We

drive

in

shut

Thiergarten.

riage,
car-

We

spend
great enjoyment
together. It is

the whole

day together,which is a
and of an
to me,
evening we go out
so
pleasantto have a sister to go out with, and all
kind and civil to us.
the people are
so
Sigismund is the greatest darlingI have ever
for his
seen
so
wonderfully strong and advanced
with such
fine color, always laughing,and
so
age
livelyhe nearly jumps out of our arms.
This house
is very comfortable, and Vicky is surrounded
with picturesof you and dear
Papa near
''''

"

"

"

her bed,
of

all her tables

on

childhood

our

[sad]to

all the

see

and

"

such

it made

thingsI

nirs
souve-

quite zvehmuthig

me

had

endless

not

for

seen

seven

and
since
lived together as
children
we
years,
of Christmases
souvenirs
and
birthdays from you
"

from

both, and

dear

Grandmama,

It awakened

etc.

of

from

Aunt

thousand

old

cester,
Gloubrances
remem-

times.

happy past

Berlin, February 7th.


*

How

much

happy Silver Wedding


could

you

Poor
I

have

been

be

long,
calamityI
*

if

Then

not

I think

that would

surrounded

feel

I do

Mama,

do

of you

have

by

so

been, where
many

deeply for you.


altogether,
spared

the Crown

of

Oh,

so

Princess'

the

now,

so

youngest child.

us

may

awful

ALICE.

FJilNCESS

94

Morning, noon, and nightdo I


for otir happiness,and pray that
lines

These

dear

for the

are

the

thank
it may

Almighty

last.

loth,* though they

they are to tell you


from Louis and myself how
tenderlywe think of you
made
that
of darlingPapa, who
that day, and
on
It will be a day of great trial to
day what it was.
May the Almighty give you strength
you, I fear.

will reach

and

couraee

and

brothers

with

their

the

on

you

bear

to

who

it ! I

of

Beatrice, the youngest

"

until

to-morrow

to

us

Berlin,
'"'"

it is

cold, and

very

When

we

from

head

inmates

foot.

to

five this

at

found

He

of

out

go

Schwerin

have

We

the

sisters

will try to cheer


you
above
little
all,
ways

but
go together,
of the year.
at this time

They
enough

dear

all.

us

Schwerin

to

goes
wanted

the

sure

loving

different

Louis

am

home

at

are

and

eve

one

Friday.
journey is

February

nth.

sledgingthese two days ;


the rooms
mostly very hot.
an
evening,we are packed up
My dear Louis returned from
morning, pleasedwith his visit.
been

Castle fine and

comfortable, and

its

happy.

very

February 14th.
Saturday. I shall be so
Berlin,

^"

leave

We

next

Vicky, for she is often so much


Fritz is reallyso
excellent, it is a pleasure
alone.
he is worked
so
at his dear good face ; and
to look
stand it in the long run.
health can
hard
no
to

sorry

leave dear

"

February lytb.
last letter from here
Berlin,

-X-

This

will be

my

I only regret leaving here on


with dear Vicky and Fritz, whom

and

The

anniversary of

the

account
we

see

Queen's marriage.

of
so

parting
rarely,

usuallybut
pleasanthours
and

look back

to

IN

HER

for

95
I have

short time.

passed such

Vicky : that is what I shall


much
pleasureand satisfaction.

dear

with

with

HOME.

NEW

so

February 21st,
dear littlehome, which

Darmstadt,
I write
I find

cold ;
if winter

as
our

alone, and
make

not

would

ice

end.
Poor

well.

plished
accom-

will miss

when

she is

together. Writing does

spent

we

Vicky

it

"

We

hours

I fear, in the many

which

still

everywhere

never

journey very

much,

very

our

and

snow

very

seems

us

from

more

once

for it.

up

ball in the Palace at


give a large masked
Fastnacht
[ShroveTuesday],which is to-day week.
do for the society,
and I hope
It is the first thingwe
We

much

I found so
it will go off well.
write no
that I can
more.
return

do

to

since my

mention
must
though,that yesterday
BeforeclosingI
I
given. How
Elijah"beautifully
evening I heard
thought of dear Papa ! Nearly every note brought
"

back

mind

to

he

observations

made

about

it.

him, and hear his dear sweet


thought I could see
with
voice turninground
to
me
quite watery eyes,
saying, Es ist dock gar zil schon" ["It is really
quite too lovely."]
Adored
Papa ! how he loved this fine music ; the
like the harmony of souls, and
harmony in it seems
is so good, fj^omm [pious] I
music
Mendelssohn's
''

"

it makes

mean,

part, in an air of
part from which
"

Cusins

hich

better

one

"

"

Elijah
those

hear

to

beautiful
and

In the second

the end, I found

toward

arranged,

it.

responses

which

Papa

are

the

taken

liked

so

uch.
*

'^

having so

can

much

write

but

do

for

our

to

very

February 27 th.
short letter to-day,

ball.

1 have

made

g6

PRINCESS

sketch

of my

Berhn

at

ALICE.

which

costume,

the

at

ball

masked

part of the Garter

wears

is the

same

Putbuses.

at

wore

Louis

Costume.
4th,

March
*

parents-in-lawleave the middle of


^s^
*
*
for Schwerin,
this month
y^y mother-inlaw fears that Anna
will be badly managed and
treated quite after the old fashion, and she won't
be
able to help her, she fears. Anna
is not very strong,
and
if she
is starved
and
kept from the air, it
will certainly
do her harm.
I have

My

written

without

her

dear

to

her sometimes.
she

was

Every
gentleand so

so

what

But

she

her, and

owe

has
her

It gave

liked her

one

loved
the

her

she had

house,

forget
dearly.

never

most

again since

same

dreadful shock

will invite

in the

I shall

kind.

ever

been

never

of home

think

To

sad, but I hope you

too

seems

Tilla.*

such

1861.

tion
venera-

for

darlingPapa.
I hope this year
show
can
we
you
it
will
be far enough advanced
not
though
live in.
another
For
year, I hope, we

for you to
could make

comfortable.

so

you

-X-

Herr

von

Maria

Theresa

Arneth

she

was

I have

human

Miss

The

you

amuse

have

you

to

leisure

very
read

wise
and

take

Hildyard,

the

and

it up

teresti
innow

The

moment.
so

good

mother.
studied

; about

1770-80.

short

are

by

letters from

from

letter

book

Empress gives her daughter is

body
*

Antoinette

you.

it would

then, when
the

Marie

it to
and

advice

"

to

I recommend

and

readingat this moment


the publicationof

^j^

6th.

March

Darmstadt,
*

house,

our

children
Princess'

great deal

a
"

former

about

their treatment,
English

governess.

the
etc.

NEW

IlSr HER

HOME.

97

immensely. Besides, it is always


is not
that one
such things,so
useful to know
fectly
perwhy doctors wish one
ignorant of the reasons
and why not.
In any moment
to do certain things,
It interests

me

of illness,before

for

is time

there

doctor

to

come,

help one's self a little. I know you


is surrounded
don't like these things,and where
one
by such, as dear Sir James [Clark]and Dr. Jenner, it
and
is perfectly
pleasanternot to know
unnecessary
a
good deal. Instead of finding it disgusting,it
how
to see
wonderfully
only fillsme with admiration
be able to

can

one

made.

are

we

-"-

to

see

Nice,

not

Afhe

of

on
starting

dear

Uncle

and

does

him

knows

and

us

accompany

in

to

us.

think

does

England ; he may join us


playfellowof Louis, Ferdinand

this time
former

Westerweller

nth.

March

Darmstadt,

Rabenau,

We

3d, and passingby Brussels


Leopold. Uncle Louis is stillat
the

not

here,

return

it

until

seems,

for April 24th


Emperor and Empress meet
is
Emperor's birthday. My mother-in-law
She
seems
gratefulfor your kind message.
about

is

teething,which

makes

did

not

her

children

dreadful

very

pale

take, and

have

colds and

been

confined

coughs.

to

Victoria

and

have

we

March

poor

very

Anna.

poorly. Ella's vaccination


the small-poxhere.

with

the

"

Victoria

My

companies
ac-

likes him.

the

nervous

June.

i8th.

the house

looks

the

much
more
pulled,though Ella's cough was
I am
violent.
happy to say that they are really
have
better to-day ; but we
snow
day, and
every
most

that makes

slower.

their recovery

Yesterday nightpart

of

largeseed

manufactory

98

PJ?INCESS

close

the

by, near

The

flames
not

was

ALICE.

barracks, was
artillery

were

but

enormous,

burnt

the

down.
done

damage

great.

in Berlin, and after to-morare


row
My parents-in-law
they go to Schwerin.
heard
Last night we
Cost fan tutte given to perfection.
The

music

is

charminof, and

most

I had

never

it before.

heard

April
*

Since

ist.

is many
feet
days the snow
and Louis drove
deep; one can get about in sledges,
with four horses this morning.
in one
course
All interme
conveni
by carriageis impossible,and this is very into the people in the
their
country where
*'

"

"

Post

some

drive.

cannot

April 4th.
I

begin by telling
you how
It is like
telegramhas given me.
must

have

to

her

support
and

arms

and

under

my
who

pleasureyour
dear

own

alone, should

care

I like

Mama

her

kind

with

you,

want

only repeat again,that

can

your

littleones

for those

open

much

to

leave my

long! To them, indeed, it will in every


be an
advantage,and I shall be quite easy in
way
I know
they will have
leaving them there, where
which
be given ; and
it would
make
care
can
every
both so happy to feel that in this way
could
us
we
littlepleasure.
give you some
so

Westerweller

as

have

we

easy

to

fewer

break

this will be

able

to

parts
Without

of

Becker

both

this winter, D.V., for

take

may

and

and

servants

up

the

wish

very

journey.

this small

we

As

long

house, it is

establishment

whole

much

"

later,

less

been
possible. Louis has never
travel, and the advantage of seeing other
the
me

world
he

would

would
not

be
do

so

it; he

great
says,

for
alone

him.
he

NEW

HER

IN

HOME.

this

enjoy it. I urge


sake, and I hope you

should

not

for his
Since

marriasfe

our

who

try

can

is

Victoria

in

to-morrow

we

their

enlarge

going
Prince

Charles'

From

knowledge.
less

and

tedious

have

to

journey principally

will support me
in this.
have
nothine, and all
seen

it becomes

alone

books

to

99

tageous.
advan-

party of thirtychildren
The

rooms.

is

snow

hot.
is much
too
length,and the sun
sudden
The
spring is not pleasant. We have been
out
riding, and this evening I shall accompany
Louis to the Schnepfenstrich
[woodcock-shooting*],
the birds sing, is
fine
when
in
which
a
evening,
lovely.

"thawing at

We

shall be

delightedto

April 8th.
receive you in

if you
w^ill send
3^our suite all to
shall be able to arranofe,
though we

Kranichstein, and
Darmstadt
have

we

not

one

anywhere, and

room

spare

I feel you

I look forward
to
squeezed. How
I can't
meeting you again,after a year of separation,
so
glad that it will be under our roof
say ; and I am
will take place. As Uncle
that our joyfulembrace
Affie bring it
is to have the Garter, may
Louis
not
will be

rather

him

to

much

wWioitt
better

ceremony
if it can
be so.

would

He

like

it

so

shoot
to
17th Louis goes to Oberhessen
and the children at
and he depositsme
capercailzies,
the

On

Lich

on

his way,

where

he

will

joinus

again for

my

birthday.
Anna

was

morning, and

safely delivered
is doing well.

of

little

girlthis

April 15th.
*

This

We
sport

have
is

been

practisedin

the

very

anxious

evening twilight.

about

PRINCESS

100

Anna
the

the last few

have
but

write

We

fever since

days,for she has had


shiveringstillyesterday.

9th, and
We

ALICE.

great deal

do this

to

morning,

so

can

shortly.

have

fine weather

length,and

at

out

are

great deal.
Sacrament

took, the
Yesterday we
of people with us.
numbers

past eleven, with

nine, and

at

service

The

lasted

between.

pause

April
This

till

8th.

sad death in our


reallya dreadfully
family,
which
dear parents-in-law,
and will be a blow to my
for many
will weigh them
down
a
day. They who
the familylife was
all
lived so retired, and to whom
''das Prinzesschen," whom
Anna, the pet
they
and with whom
ponded
they corresgave up so unwillingly,
is

"

"

daily!
which

It will be

I can't bear

parents! My

Louis

thougrh he feared

the

passed

dreadful

morning.

friends,came

crying to

tutors,

should

have

ever

lived

Yesterday morning
picked

which

largewreath,
her

coffin.

the

first

bear, and
the poor
*

She

Prince
died

Nurse

on

from

flowers

The

rent

she

to

see

I went

to

and

sent

having
is gone

he
old

poor

knew

servants,

sobbing
day.

Ame-

that

the Rosenhahe

garden, and

brothers

three

old

Since

this

Anna's
I have

the

us.

passed sad lonelyhours ;


comes
f and sits in my room,

we

Grolmann,

All

I have
jung

loving

distressed,
dreadfully

left with

had

He

tender

all alone since

that Anna
a

Such

was

worst

fever.

in their existence,

of!

think

to

poor

blank

feel

and

wound

placeon
it dreadfully

Louis

to

she

to

"

familycircle is always hard to


so
good, so happy ! I hear
young,

in the
so

littlebaby is nice.
Louis'
the

i6th

sister,the
of

of the Prince

Grand

Duchess

of

Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April, 1S65.
Louis

and

his brothers

and

sister.

IN

HER

NEW

Yesterday nightAnna
kirche

HOME.

lOI

taken

was

into the Schloss-

Louis'

[PalaceChapel] upon

arrival,after

I hope he won't be
journey of twenty-seven hours.
ill after all this Gemilthsbewegung[strain
his
upon
and fatiguealways upsets him and makes
feelings],
him sick, and he feels all so deeply and warmly. It
think of nothing else ; and
is so shocking. I can
I
sad being so alone, and the warm
am
very low and
weather

makes

unwell.

one

Cesarewitch
has
passed a tolerable
poor
he can't eet through
niQfht. I fear he is so reduced
The

it.

The

doats

Empress

like her.

The

this

on

Emperor

poor

and

son,

he

is

so

has left for Nice.

April 2ist.
it is sad, very
short journey,on which

Oh,

sad!

Life

have

indeed

is but

duty to do, and


alternately
prevail.Anna

we

in which

our

joy and sorrow


true
Christian,
was
a
very good, very unselfish,and
humble
with her gentle,
and as such she was
spirit,
loved and admired.
What
rare
people my parentsin-law

and

their children

childlike faith,such

pure

I can't tell you

are,

unselfish love

to

such

"

each

other;

reallyfeel unworthy to belong to them, and they


dear
to
are
me
beyond description.As I have
shared
their joys,so with all my
heart do I share
their sorrow,
and
ferventlypray for them ! You
will understand
From
I
this, darlingMama.
you
have
inherited
ardent
and
an
sympathizing spirit,
I love as though it were
and feel the pain of those
I

my

should
the

To-morrow

own.

be

in the
time

same

as

Palace

have

wished

Chapel a

the funeral

at

funeral

year

service.

ago

in that very

wish.
who

there

service

Schwerin,and

people here seemed


pleased at my
who
taught her, confirmed her, and
not

that

at

all the

Bender,

married

her

church, will perform the

PRINCESS

102

Dagmar! what
begins her troubles

Poor
She

ALICE.

child!

journey for her, poor


earlyenough.

April 24th.
*

Many

for all the


sad

kind

thanks

for

for

wishes

but

know

how

lightwould

dark

The

good, for
tender,

full of faith,from
Ella's birth

Since

her

her
her

her

such

will
cause

hi7n, all

have

that which

when

Once

together,

mother-in-law

dear

my

I know

to

but
dreadfully,

consoles

She

almost

and

understand

suffered

this, with

has

that

overcome

shall be

we

have

we

sorrowing family
my
! I had a few lines so

lips.

son-in-law, and

bear

to

She

dearly.

most

"

duties, and

much

so

complaint passes

no

be !

allotted

our

it soothes

so

to-day.
love

heart

my

night,then, please God,


again to part !
sympathy of all does

never

again

Louis

I
into peace
and happiness. Could
still had darlingPapa at your side,

you

all fulfilled

It will be

beloved

quiet; but I hope my


arrive
and
be with
me
to-night,
for joy and
When
thankfulness.
is turned

letter,and

birthday.

my

and

sorrow

kind

your

her

enables

prayer,

broken

band,
hus-

her

heart.

April 25th.
*

Dear

bringing good
there

At

things.
it was

so

The
and

Louis

accounts

still

litde

Frankfort,

nightwell, and
of his parents.
main
They reAnna's
longer,to arrange
eleven
last night,we
met
;

returned

at

last

warm.

poor

Empress

Cesarewitch
are

coming

is gone
!
here in ten

The

days

Emperor
;

what

sad

meetings.
I
dailysince a fortnight,
can't tell you!
We
sit all day in the garden,take
etc.
tea there, drawing-lessons,

How

warm

it has

been

IN

HOME.

NEW

HER

IO3

April 29th.
T thank

All

letter.

so

you
my

and

kindness

much

kind

for your

so
family are
sympathy you

sympathizing
gratefulfor all the
them

shown

have

on

occasion.

this sad

the
Monday
To-day Uncle Louis arrives ; on
What
sad
a
Emperor and Empress, and children.
meeting ! They go to Jugenheim direct, where last
so
happy all together. I hear the
year they were
sists,
and
out, mind
body ; and she inEmpress is worn
instead of finishingher cure,
on
going in a

fortniofhtto St. Petersburg- to


do him
the
her child,and
to

meet

fears that it will be

her

feeble

Church, too, the


exhaustino-, and she is sure

longfand

Louis

last honors.

In the Greek

endure.
are

than

more

of

remains

the

frame

can

night Masses
wish

to

day,
painting in

and

to

all.

do

We
the
now,

weather

hope

was

interests

that

and

easier than
I

birthday as
heavenly.

spent my

water-

Affie

other

every

am

much.

me

it much

find

colors.

will

come

to

his

pay

kind
If you send them
a
him, it would please them much.
Russians.

respects

to

^'

How

well

I understand

being alike for mourners


It is but rightand natural, and
feelingotherwise.

your

What
father-in-law

favorites, and
*

She

was

2d.

sion
compas-

positionsof life.
can't imagine one's

in all

May
To-morrow

the

through

message

May
%

oil

6th.

arrive.
morning my poor parents-in-law
a
meeting, and what a return ! My
other's
each
the
and
Empress * are
other
understand
each
so
perfectly.

the

only

sister of Prince

Charles

of Hesse.

PRINCESS

I04

It will be

consolation

to

My

dear

to

other, and

each

out

ALICE,

father-in-law
heart

my
more

filled with

dear

God

for

share
wrote

to

each

other's

Aunt

to

their hearts

pour

Marie

sorrow.
:

sorelydepressed,yet it is eventhat the


gratitudethan with sorrow,
such
dear
children,
given us two
brief space." He
is so touchingin

May
I

find

dear

my

Mama

poor

so

in

overcome

also

the

8th.

parents-in-lav/
pretty well, but
fully
dreadShe
was
terriblytired.
coming home, and at the several

looks

He

meetings.

though
Al-

"

is

has

though but
his grief.

both

much

older,

indeed, does

as,

Emperor, who parted yesterday to go


St. Petersburg. Dear
Aunt
Marie
to
seems
very
weak, and they both, together with my
parents,
But
make
such
sad
look
at.
a
picture to
they all
lost.
like to speak of those they have
My parentsin-law
heim

poor

and

this week

eo

we

for three

to

Uncle

Louis,

can't

locket

gave

touched
attention
She

think

the

of the

what

real

pleasure

mother-in-law.

my

by

See-

weeks.
Seeheim,

You

to

kind

gift
"

thought
with

what

She
and

pretty

your
was

the

12th.

May

deeply

considerate

engraved

was

it.

on

pleasedwith it,and put it on


the moment
it. The
she received
photograph is to
be put in.
To-day, Anna's wedding-day, it arrived.
We
have
been
here since yesterday afternoon
The
suite are
parents-in-lawand Uncle Louis.
my
leave of absence, so we
on
are
quite enfamille.
Uncle
with
Yesterday,Serge's birthday,we went
was

so

much

very

"

and

Aunt

to

hour.

the

than

an

This

morning also

Greek

We

dine
we

were

Mass,

which

dailyat

the

there with

lasted

more

Heiligenberg,
our

parents and

IN

children

and

Ella

kept

cousins

her

Alexander's

on

much,

very

amiable.

and

Aunt

"

10$

[theEmpress of Russia]
her lap,playingwith her,

enjoyed

one

sociable
particularly
with

HOME.

Marie
hour

an

little

the

which

Aunt

half

NEW

HER

Victoria

Marie's

is

romped

and

two,

Uncle

four.
Seeheim,

she

as

15th.

May

'^

To-day Michael and Cecile arrive, and


on
Tuesday the Emperor and Empress recommence
The
will be for
their journey homeward.
return
both
Marie
most
me
trying. Aunt
spoke with
about
their education, etc., very long last
her sons,
night. Her whole life she has studied and lived for
Nike
that he might become
[the late Cesarewitch],
that

which

was

much

was

with

more

intimate

more

children.

this

have

at

him

target

here

came

he

moment

him, and

and

she
on

hear

some

William

and

future

they

together,than

Affie

glad to

so

his

for

necessary

are

she

both

were

is with

much

her

other

Saturday,and

am

of you.
At
in the room
ing
shootnews

of the window,

out

and

which

makes

no

littlenoise.
20th.

May
*

with

strasse

but

our

Poor

remain

to

mean

parents

father-in-law

my
nervous.

so

We

is

makes

Mama

to

seems
me

here

Bergf-

console

them

anxious, and is
tired,so unlike

very

soft, so

so

in the

herself,cclafait
pitie.
On

the fifth the Grand

the Garter.
Affie
few

You

shall have

is here, and

hours.

Duke

I shall

is ofoinsf to

an

of all.

account

to-day dear Arthur


be so pleasedto see

comes

for

him

again.

Seeheim,
"K-

and

-jf

children

Yesterday
left.

So

the
sorry

Emperor
to

see

receive

and

them

May

21st.

Empress
go !

God

Io6

ALICE.

PRINCESS

when

knows
been

thought

the

of the

littleArthur

Dear

long
are

again. We have
that I
intimately,

and

am

uncertain

books

serious

read

togetherwe
"

Past

from

is

Robertson's
"

one,

The

it

to

me

31st.

day
Sun-

sermons.

Irreparable

cheering, so

read

Louis

useful.

so

of

out

people,so

for young

and

on,

of

great deal, and

series there

In the second

The

well.

lookingvery

May
I read

at

separation.

nice to ride about

so

sad

very

beautiful.

is very

the country

and

here,

was

hills here

wooded

so

of them,

fond

very

grown

here

together and

much

so

have

shall all meet

we

encouraging,
his return

on

death.
Anna's
A short
poor
feel the uncertaintyof
it makes
one
after

Schwerin

life indeed, and

necessityof labor, self-denial,charity,


and all those virtues which
Vv^e
ought to strive after.
and
work
not
die, having done
Oh, that I may
my
sinned with Unterlassungdes Guten
[omissionto do
life,and

what

the

good], the

is

fault into which

it is easiest

quiet gives

much

to

fall.
Our

life being

thought,and

earnest

how

so

much

one

fails
"

it is

own

how

small

one

time

for

discouragingto find
the step of improvement

is.
I suffer stillso
I

am

rubbed

in the

with

afterward

dipped in cold
pleasant.
very

been

It is not

often, from

so

soda-baths

taking warm

am

for it,and
have

and

much,

water

and

tism.
rheuma-

morning

towels

then

which

wrung

out.

June 4th.
":

had

^.

tea

Count

Windsor.

^\\^

weather

is very

beautiful, and

yesterday at Schonberg, the castle


Louis
Erbach, whom
presented to
Could

you

tell

us

we

of young

at
you
for certain when
you

ly

intend

going

there, as
and

heat, and
it would

Some

HER

NEW

HOME,

10/

Coburg, and when we are expected


for Vicbathe
toria
to
we
are
going to the sea
cordingly
myself,and we would arrange our time ac?
I require some
air after the great
sea
after baby'sweaning ; also before Scotland
be good, for I have
much
rheumatism.
so
to

will strenofthen

water

sea

me.

June 7th.
^

You

Louis

are.

is

know

Affie,

tell you

must

and

we,

tell them

of

yesterday.

half past three

Schloss, where

Uncle

Louis

Then

Louis

in

and

Affie

arrived

in

Uncle

Louis,

In

for the

town

I drove

with

carriagewith
before

the

received

six horses

German

in

Garter

cloak,

etc., and

then

Louis

then

Affie

helped

fastened

him

the

to

sword

etc., to

an

escort.

the

family,

them.

Affie

buckled

on

dress

Uncle

put

the

in shorts !

and

throne, and

vestitu
in-

ladies,

Garter

etc., received
diplomatique,
English the address, to which

answered

my

us

their whole

and

always. But
the morning

corps

in

read

so

into

both

we

Scotland

Becker,
[Chamberlain],

Kammerherr

Court,

Scotch
to

Do

suite, drove

our

At

very

devotedly attached

his ScotC!!)ii
friends.
now

how

on

Louis
on

the

ribbon,

him, which

task ; but they acquitted themselves


and went
to perfection,
out
through the long Kaiserwas

no

easy

saal backward,
There

bowing-.

largedinner afterward, at which your


health was
proposed by Uncle Louis, and in return
Affie gave
have
his. You
made
and
a
happy man,
he feels the honor
he said to me
in English
as
more
utmostly ; and he wishes me to repeat once
'''
*
how
gratefulhe is to you.
Affie did not return
here last night ; he slept at
ToDarmstadt, and leftthis morning for Amorbach.
was

"

"

"

"

'''

I08

PRINCESS

is

Ernest

day Uncle

ALICE.

coming

to

only for

but

us,

have ag-ainto g-o into town


nieht. As we
I must
close.
him, and it is very warm,

show
is

it will

How

Scotchman

excellent

the

good
pleasureto

of such

hear

and

amuse

please
and

is,and indeed you are so


you as Brown's
consist
him, that his whole happiness must

good

I think

It

attention
kind

to

so

to

us

home.

our

devotion

fetch

to

June 15th,

Seeheim,
*

one

in

to

ing
serv-

mistress.

will be

you

pleasedto

touching tribute which


have
Darmstadt
paid me.

hear

of

kind

most

[women]

the

have

fifty
splendid picturepainted

subscribed

to

Frauen

of

and

hundred

Two

have

and

I am
to see
by P. Weber, of Loch Katrine.
it on
admired, and they
Sunday. It is very much
do it,thinking that
the painterto Scotland
to
sent
please me
something from my own
country would
Is it not kind of them
.-^ It has given me
so
most.
much
pleasure but of all things the feelingwhich
it shows
do it,as
that,
has prompted them
to
me
though I have been here so short a time, they have

for

me,

"

become
my

attached
home

new

and

and

can

say

good, nor have


fresh and healthy as
so

saw

me

only

he

rather

me,

said

as

all my

with

am

heart

to

countrj^

myself.

about

Now

to

I have

that my
I been
I do

I looked

health
so

urday,
Ella, last Sat-

weaned
has

strong

or

When

now.

again as

been

never

looked

Uncle
I did

as

so

Ernest
a

girl,

fatter.

is very
strong ; she has her
is very
teeth.
Victoria
first two
wild, and speaks
I think
Eno-lish.
her
rather
than
German
more

Ella crawls

and

people say
walking with her Papa

small, but
cut

now,

other

she

is

before

not.

She

breakfast

goes

quite

IN

alone, with
him

in her

IO9

pockets, and

amuses

June 19th.
dear Balmoral.

for your last letter from


partingfrom that lovely placemust

sad, and

attaches

hands

her

HOME.

thanks

The
be

NEW

much.

very

Many

HER

is

there

one

something

much

so

that

to

always
which

in mountains

scenery.

trying day for my poor


mother-in-law
and she was
(herbirth-day),
very low,
but, as all along, so
resigned,so touching in the
she bears her grief; so unselfish with
beautiful way
others
it,never
sad, or to be less
wishing to make
interested
in their concerns
than formerly.
Dear
joyed
Mary Cambridge has been here, and we enYesterday

her
Frankfort

was

visit

much.

so

to-day,

Cambridge

very

where

We
we

took

her

gave

in Uncle

luncheon

her

Louis'

back
and

Aunt

Palais.

June
It
were
am

the

is

warm,

but

detailed

and

2ist,

windy and dusty here ; we


ridingyesterday evening. I
land
interestingHistory of Eng-

very

nearly blinded out


reading that most
by Pauli, in German,
in
Congress of Vienna

very

to

correct.

which

is,I believe,

i8i5, and
It

with

commences

gives a

sketch

also

of

the

reign of George III.,and is so well written one


down.
It is part of a
can
scarcelylay the book
work
written by the best German
professorson England,
in
Russia, Italy,France, Spain, and Austria
I
those
and
after
am
one
reading them
years,
another.
They are thick books, and eightvolumes.
Kranichstein,
We

both

thank

you

for your

rainy
wedding-day. It was
spent it very happily indoors
"

kind
and

wishes

not

Affie

and

July

2d.

for

our

fine, but

we

Mary

with

PJilNCESS

no

Dr. Weber

US.

from

o-o

ALICE.

wishes

now

Blankenbero-he

(aswe

should

to

Coburo-, and

back

again all the journey back),that I should


all the good would
be
at all this year,
as
the hurried
journey,and the excitement
air mif{ht

be

not

for Victoria.

eood

to
go instead for four weeks
with Rigi Kaltbad, and
this

into

go
On

the

mountains

at

"

Papa

*
"

Ella

and

undone

and

is very forward
Victoria, who is so
Ella's eyes
rich brown,

things for
and
this

much

that

Baden

hope you
annoyed
None

each

to

merry

"

such

time,
to

thin, for

now

hair of such
take

never

crawls,

contrast

her

loth.

July
some

fair,and

would

the

little

expected
We

other.

will be
not

comfortable
be

to

of the

mother-in-law

able

familywill
with

poor

to

here, but
be

there

to

mean

be

here, save
Fritz Schwerin,

start

the

on

of
and

5th, and

we

the

expense.
sha'n't go very

eight in

are

receive

perhaps
who

is

the

It

95"
morning, and
was

in

the

I think

shade

go

as

We

vate
priare

far about.

July 17th.

Kranichstein,
'^*

to

we

then.

people, on account
only going to Oberland,
*

for the

sisters.

friends

you.
my

to

god-parents.

are

since

blue, and

you

all

are

calls herself,and

pale and
dark

so

sea

They are very fond of each other,


dear together,
that they give us much
so
ure.
pleasI would
not
change them for boys, if I could;
little pair of sisters is so
nice, and they can be

such
I

are

and

by

of the

We

to

go
both

says,

and

Mama,"

"

bathe

greatlyprefer. We
for the bracing air.

we

once

already

then

not

Kranichstein,
*

to

Switzerland, beginning

Saturday until Tuesday we


of the baby. We
christening
*

have

yesterday at

the heat

increases.

IN

NE

Lyon Playfairlunched

Dr.

for

Bonn

the

heat

The

is

shall be

on

sand

over

yesterday ; he

us

there

be

at

go

five

at

other

any

evening, and

we

is
to

o-o

before

ten.

time.

We

Wednesday

on

Rio^i.

morning

"

shall

to

great

the

on

This

too

1 1 1

mornino-

and

Tuesday

next

start

day,

HOME,

with

To-morrow

charmino".

so

HER

o'clock

six

at

horse, for

new

without

rode

we

hours

two

the

to

cising
exer-

and

half

shade.

any

Mary [Duchess of Teck] has been so kind as


give us a boat, which we expect shortly. It is to
christened
Mary Adelaide," after her.

to

be

"

July 24th.
thanks

Many

for

of Victoria
and

she
and

of all

one

whole

Our

It is

the

and

the

to

I have

here.

be

and

we

"

poor

made

all arrangements
I do not
like your

the

[forgot to
Ella's

her

own

whole

name,

Elizabeth,"

dear

parents and

familyare

tell you,
that
entre

mama-in-law's

in

to

nous

of

"

am

enchanted,

and

no

preparationand
she
a

was

loss she

"

your

it looks

so

odd!

question about
must

be

called

Ella," for she bears my

name.

RiGi

the

for your
comfort
coming here when

course

only

In

husband!

away

answer

she

"

uncertainty

expectationfor eternity. Merry as she was,


yet very serious and thoughtful; but what
will be

poraries,
contem-

life a real earnest,

life should

count
ac-

ing,
quiteshock-

of.

most

"

in death

are

for the sad

friend of those

saw

earthlythingsmakes

dream.

death.

dearest

my

the

of life we

midst

^'

Brant's

was

letter,and

your

Kaltbad,

delightedwith

this

August

ist.

magnificent

Daughter of M. Van de Weyer, the Belgian Minister Plenipotentiaryin


She
had
been
thrown
from her carriage,and died from the
out
England.
effect of the injuriesreceived.

PRINCESS

112

Oh, how

scenery.

ALICE.

would

you

it!

admire

When

more
sketching,I keep telHng Louis how much
would
Hke you
the things ; one
make
can
always
recognizethe placeswhen you draw them.
We
left Darmstadt
at
eight Wednesday morning,
the 26th, sleptat Basel that night,and we
got there
early enough to see the fine church in a thunder
The
to
Lucerne, as
storm.
next
day we only went
the Rigi.
fine enough to ascend
the weather
not
was
lous
It was
a
lovely afternoon, and the lake of a marvelquiteclear for a few
green color. The Pilatus was
fat,
The
hours.
next
morning we two, the children, MofHarriet the nursery-maid,Logoz and wife, Jager,
am

and

Beck,

whole

our

party, started

steamer

for

Waggis.

cloudy.
by three

We

then,
six

or

little chalets

green
round

pasture
he

and

very

roomy

odd

some

fullof

the

over

bells

with
when

make

we

we

long

This

children.

is

people,among

them

below

ing
walk-

ladies whom

Austrian

all

here

was

when

the

hotel,crammed

ing,
wind-

along a

feeding

goats

with

carried

rocks, past ravines,

Westerweller

expeditions remains

though

chairs

in

ascent

our

courier, and

acts

crowded

very

situated, and

are

cows

their necks.
;

and

path,below

w^here

arrived

horses
made

steep

narrow,

Splendid weather,

on

men,

in

we

see

smoking. We
such a funny
mules with a guide
have been
two
on
the
who
at
soldier at Naples, and
was
was
a
man,
all the expeditionshereabout.
on
siege of Qaeta
till Monday
to
To-morrow
leave, and
we
go
the

on

terrace

very

"

smart,

and

"

"

Buochs,

on

the

gelberg,where
The
but
at

children
Ella

the

good

window,

other

Uncle

side of the

Adalbert

well ; Victoria

are

and

amiable

the

clouds

as

ever.
cover

lake

and

then

to

En-

his wife will be.

very

As
the

troublesome,
I

am

lake

writing
and

the

IN

lower

HER

and

mountains,
with

ones

NE

HOME.

1 1

the

only see

can

which
glaciers,

of

are

quite hig"h
a
splendid

such

shape.
color

The

of

finer ; but here


high,and then
studded

are

of

they

are,

such

with

fine

is, I think,

first of all,so

shapes, and

and

trees

color.
green
The
air is very

mountains

rocks

enormously

the mountains

down

below,

and

We
I

Scotch

the

going

are

close.

must

place,which
I do hope

Of
I

and

do

tell you

will be

the heat

Kranichstein.
you,

to

reserve

it will be

that

and

off

lightand cold,but the sun intense.


for the day again on
mules, so
our
course
funny incidents take
many

fine when

Grancy
thing which

These

lines

receive

them

found

you

meals

as

all down

wrote

is

wanted

you

like

before

dear

our

to

receive

required.
8th,

Titlis, August

and

hope
*

Kranichstein.

at

all you

were

will be there

by Becker,

I send

journey,

at

are

you

Hotel

Engelberg,

meet.

we

for your

over

Marie
any

when

you

in the rooms,
and
I ordered
them.

leaving,as

I know

will

hope

that the

all,and

what

you

like.
We

were

village;

and

common

whole, but

for
we

some

at

lived in three

Swiss
not

days
houses,

Buochs,

very

detachments

very

smellingvery

comfortable

nice,

so

that

pretty

ent
in differon

the

I could

there.
scarcelyeat while we were
Yesterday morning, in a very funny two-seated
horse, we
left,'the children and
carriagewith one
servants
followingin a bigger carriage. A nearly
four hours' drive through the most
beautiful scenery,
the Aa
narrow
a
runs,
valleythrough which
up
brought us here. The last two hours are a steep
the side of a precipice
ascent
on
; beautiful vegeta-

FJilNCESS

114

tioii through the wood

ALICE.

all the way

upward ; view on
the high mountains
with snow
close by.
and glaciers
On coming to the top there is a narrow
and lovely
valleystudded with peasants'
cottages, and in
green
the centre
Benedictine
which
a
our
Abbey, near
hotel is situated.
The valley
is of very green
grass ;
the tops of the mountains
quite rocky, with snow;
Lower
which
is quite
the valley,
down, and skirting
shut in by the hills,fine trees ; several
high
very
ral),
waterfalls,in the styleof the Glassalt (nearBalmoonly much
higher. This Alpine valleyis said
to give the most
perfectidea of a Swiss valleyup in
the mountains.
said

to

be

are

very

One

ascend

can

dangerous, so
careful, and

the Titlis ; but it is

sha'n't attempt it.


Louis
won't
undertake
we

We
any

from
the carriage
thing risky. The scenery seen
merely is so splendidthat one may well be content
with that.
to-day it pours, and it is
Unfortunately,
The
children
well.
The
are
ney
jourvery cold.
very
has really
done
Victoria
good, and she begins
have
to
an
appetite,which with her is a very rare
thing.
The
next
placewe go to is Meyringen. We mean
there
the Joch Pass, but the children
to ride
over
go back the
other way
out

must

is

no

them

then

with

same

of

29th probably.
here

cottacre

this

get round,

valley.
and

Westerweller,

delwald, Interlaken, etc.


the

to

way

and

then

to

the Grinhome

return

children

The

will leave

We

go

there

as

by

livingin

are

also.

Pension

Tracht
*

Pass
way

We

'X-

to

were

Brienz,

any

we

eleven

was

have

August

hours

Engelberg over
quitebeautiful ; but

ever
on

been
the

out

Vue,

Q^jj, j.j^g from

Meyringen

than

bei

Belle

on

14th. )
the
a

"

Joch

worse

in Scotland.

road, and

the

sun

IN

was

hot, and

very

bad

paths made

scribbles

with

the

on

horses

two

gone
is
weather
satisfied

with

ringen,we

'^

the

came

enjoyed it
thing grander or

have

we

and

ridden

to

and
glacier,

to

walked

make

can

here,

hour's

an

drive, near

The

we

saw

day.
Sun-

on

will determine

weather

the

to

whether

an

heather

white

The

two

day to Interlaken, but the


that it is impossible,
and, not being
prices,etc., at the hotel of Mey-

expediton to-morrow.
shall be home
We
on
Friday by Thun
where
we
sleep. What
day are we to be
and
for how
long exactly? I believe
three days.
or
we

little

next

on

made

To-day

beautiful fallsof the Giessbach, which


*

steep

we

Rosenlaui

the

these

on

; but

any
I

have

to

over

bad

so

saw

were

the

on

walking

never

1 1

way.

the Grindelwald,
have

HOME.

stillhotter

masfniticent.

more

the

one

and

much,

very

NE

HER

is from

and
at

Basel,

Coburg,
only two

Eneelbere,

above

near

Brienz.
Pension

I have

Belle

this instant received

Vue, August

15th.
letter from

dear

your

Kranichstein, and, though only justreturned

expedition to
to

once

lines.
you

thank

in

rock

snow,
on

The
and
the

of

the

to

hours

two

Rosenlaui.
with

with

tell you

must

enbach, close
and

you

glad I am
pleased with
I am
glad you

were

Rosenlaui

on

other

glacier,I

sit down

heart

such

all my
all was

How

!
But

the

your

to-day.

took
falls,

view

on

in

us

We
a

our
a

that

stein
nice Kranich*

little.
drove

guide

to

and

Reich-

horses,

stony path got to


the Wetterhorn,
covered

the Wellborn,

is quite beautiful.
glacier,

dear

steep

side

for

an

at

comfortable, and

day

missed

by

from

of

it, the
The

which

is

white

shapes and

rugged
sparkling
a

immense

Il6

ALICE.

PRINCESS

heightof

the

mountains

wonder

admire,
what

one

feels.

Papa

was

so

find

can't

one

you would
of it all.

How

fond

words

to

admire

will be

last lines until

my

express

the scenery

August

Kranichstein,
These

I look,

imposing.

so

are

21st.

We

meet.

we

turned
re-

well, having unfortunately,


though,much
At Thun
in
Interlaken to Basel.
were
we

here
rain from
the

hotel

same

Bernard, and

Blanche

as

to-morrow

Marguerite, and

Alengon,

Uncle

expect

we

whom

her

is

drawn

ever

so

Ever

much.

so

also

she

closely to

so

beneath,

much

read

each

other, and

much

to

understand

is

quite

her

this

have

we

her.

to

tillthe
able

be

her
is

Geniiith, tenderness, and


have

ist.

yesterday. Vicky remains


much
5th, and gives me
so
pleasure
for her
her
hospitalitythis
repay

George

us

been

There

September
with

love

I admire

delicacyof feeling. It is indeed a blessingto


for parents-in-law.
such people as they are
Uncle

the

at

I do

kind.

Ella's birth

and

so

and

she

as

since

that I know

now

dear

dinner

to

mostly

I am
Frankfort.
to
way
Rosenhohe
with my
mama-in-law,
I was
with her, and
in town
alone.

morning

Nemours,

asked

we

their

on

so

Mademoiselle

and

to

here

was

winter.
We
which
to

go

baby,
christening of Becker's
had
In the morning we
off so well.
went
through High Mass for the inaugurationof the
Duchess'

Grand

in the Catholic

monument

who
papa-in-law,

Poor

has

coming
to

the

at

were

had

back

Switzerland

such
here

a
on

later.

return

bathe

to

went

of his

Monday.

church.

ache,
for his head-

cough that he
hope they will

is
go

HER

IN

NE

HOME.

1 1

to

having
by, Bertie

come

o'clock.
to

After

My
gives

poor
him

about

him.
leave

We

her

three

at

then

him

took

about.

bad, and

is very

anxious

reallyvery

am

afternoon

to-morrow

tended
they in-

arrived

throat
I

pain.

train

Louis

us.

father-in-law's
much

Alix

and

I drove

theatre, and

the

with

dined

They

the

missed

8th.

September

Kranichstein,

at

shall

four, and

spend the followingday at Ostend, embarking in the


intend ping
we
evening. Till the end of the week
stopAlix
remain
and
if
Bertie
in town,
and
longer,
shall leave by the limited mail (forBalmoral).
we
October

Inverness,
This

is

We

beautiful.
drive

and

fine town,

very

took

walk
It

this afternoon.

the

is very
shall
and

country

this

morning,
thought better

was

8th.

to

not

for us.
to look out
people seemed
for having arranged this
thanks
Again a thousand
I
nice journey for us, which
we
enjoy so much.
dear
of you
and
Papa yesterday
thought so much
to

go

kirk, as

durino-

the

ride.*

our

Sandringham,
^

under

for it is
Alix

had

Bertie

also
so

and

pleased that the children are well


I know
they have all they can
toothache
such
bad
yesterday ;

little ; the

cold

air

^'

Alix

drove

be

must

sharp here.
I practicetogether
'^

evening.

am

roof.

your

want.

Louis

'""

i6th.

November

me

for

an

down

the

hour
to

cause,

of

the

day, and a most


alarming drive it was,
astonishment
horses
the
pulled,and to our
with
coachman
us,
suddenly alightedbetween

the other

See

"

Leaves

from

Journal," Grantown,

1S60.

an
sea

for
the
his

Il8

PRINCESS

feet in the air, from


of the reins

it

"

again on

you

ALICE.

the back

funny.

too

was

hope

myself before
few

lines

well

so

November

tell you
that
May will have

to

far.

here
The

with

sick

write

have

we

to

about

joined

sage.
pas-

is dreadful.
and

Bonn,

at

us

quite

our

since, which

ever

to

you

travelled

told you

William

hour

us.

alone

dined

near

25th.

an

kind.
We
most
Queen was
spent
en
pleasantly
/ami lie with her,

most
we

been
and

Henry

of

Having just a quarter


leavingthis,I hasten to

I have

came

be

to

Saturday.
CoBLENZ,

hold

cauorht

seat, and

toQ^ether she

had

to

o;o

the

ing
even-

whilst

and
to

town

ball.

J ^^^

happy

am

alas !

lunas

it is

for
grateful

very

their respects to
*
*
The
to

my

evil

messages,

children

mother,

are

it so

It is

great deal
We

have

alas ! found

intended

to

to

the

family

and

send

"

Meine

toria
Vic-

die
Grossmama,
with a birdie," and
but

Windsor,

at

room.

children's

am

so

picture.

much.
and

warm

with

well, and

very

Koniginn, has got a littlevatch


is always speaking of all
she
of the things in your
principally
glad that you are pleasedwith the
I admire

and

consequences,

thing. All

kind

your

strong
Thouo-h,

you.

'"'"

said

far from

from

anxious

an

looking better,

is affected.

him

guard

can

stillof course,
are

though

say,

of his

one
one

care,

to

father-in-law

j^y

28th.

November

Darmstadt,

do.
been

'""

new

things not
*

^^

'^

I have

the

over

many

be.

here.

damp

yesterday,and
quite what they were
house

IN

HOME.

NEW

HER

II9
December

Darmstadt,

with
I

the

am

letter received
for your
yesterday,
of Lenchen's
Verlobung[betrothal].

thanks

Many

account

glad she

so

will

rest

5th.

is

both

them

on

and

happy,

that

hope
one

ing
bless-

every

possibly

can

desire.

days ago,
Uncle's [King Leopold's]state
she says dear
where
is hopeless; but yesterday she telegraphedthat he
I had

Brabant

two

loss it would

be

if he

and exfor his very name


istence,
takes no active part in politics,

be taken

to

were

What

better.

rather

was

Marie

letter from

from

us,

though he
of weight and value.
are
paintingin oils,and I copied my
Yesterday I was
at all
sketch of the Sluggan, and, if it be in any way
I
presentableand fit to give,I will send it to you.
hope it won't be very Chinese, for our sketches had
a

certain

likeness

of art

works

to

of

that

country.

military
and
Vei'-wallung
minist
[adof the Cavalry Brigade. To-day he
and he is going to attend
has to go to the Chamber,
home
the different offices
department, finances,
to get a knowledge of the routine
as
so
etc.,
justice,
*
*
*
of Portugal and
Louis
of business.
to
familypassed through here yesterday,and went
Frankfort.
I have
inquired if they are there still,
I am
them.
shall try to see
and
if they are
so
we
He
is very busy here.
duties ; he has the command
Louis

has

begrun his

"

"

curious
All
wishes

to
our

Marie

see

Pia.

''""

lay
Hofstaat [Court circle]

for Lenchen's

engagement

at

Darmstadt,

your

their

good

feet.
8th.

December

grieved and distressed at dear Uncle


Leopold'salarmingstate, and have given up all hope,
We

are

the accounts

so

are

so

bad.

Oh,

were

there but

chance

FJ?INCESS

I20

for you,
be near

or

for any

of

ALICE.

who

us

love

him

durinof his last hours

him

dearly,to

so

!
December

thanks

Many

for your
is no

Uncle

Leopold

for

for all,goes

us,

of those

more

I do

family

it

"

should
The

was

Now

seems

side.

regret for dear

Uncle

glad this
hallowed

deed
in-

of all the
dear

Papa

is such

loss !

is closed.

almost

am

fallen into those

has

sorrow

days alreadyso
precious recollections.

and

by melancholy

I recollect

days.

he

that

tie

was

head

are

you,

One

Uncle

that book

"

sad, and

"

high in the eyes


historyin itself and now
so

for

Leopold is universal
of all parties; his life

so

Oh, it is

How

for dear

much,

you
incredible, and

by

much

him

your

he stood

How

to the grave
old times is rent !

dear

be

not

Alas, alas ! beloved

more

with

feel for you so


father to you.

letter.

nth.

minute

hour, every

every

In thinking-of them

feels

one

of

those

again the

over

hope, the anxiety,and lastlythe despair and griefof


that irretrievable loss.
The
Almighty stood by you
and us, and enabled
to bear
it,for I always wonder
us
that we
lived through that awful time.
The

there
is
one

future
are

so

world

seems

dear

many

so
ones

like
to

real

There

again.

meet

something peculiarlysad in the death of the


of a largefamily to feel that none
is left to
"

of

each

younger

other, and
ones

could

of their
know

earlier

life,which

only through

their

December

Many thanks for your


hear
something of our
seems

There

to

have

been

will be

many

most

letter.
beloved

was

so

Uncle's

for

home,

last
tell
the

lips.
15th.

anxious
end

to
;

it

peaceful.

Princes

at

Brussels, I believe.

IN

Brussels

will reach

He

remain

and

that have

at

the

closelyon
in that

known
Roi

this

afternoon.

me

be

paid are

death

of
As

Vive le Roi

have

we

the

honors

painful,
following

so

one

the

French

loved

'^

'"'"

with

eleven

and

has

my

astonishment

The

spent

short
still,

for I

! he

had

leave

to

him

heard.

The

to-day,

he, and

into

the

token

a
me

to

room.

again at

his stay was,


it was
for me,
and it touched

four ;
of his

much,

very

dearly.

so

off well

Every thing went


have

when

"

also, came

Bertie

loved

ever

leaves

as

love

constant

me

20th,

till half-past

who

"

with

days

day, alas

next

but

few

for Louis

Blucher-

Countess

Le

""

"

sittingup

was

and

say

December
*

on

morning,

and

King

new

position.

est mort.

Papa

Sunday.

to

once

of dear

five to-morrow

at

of the

accession

The

so

the

over

121

and

you

leaves

Louis

Dear

14th!

the

HOME.

thought of

much

How

NEW

HER

Brussels

at

I realize that

more

as

shall

we

will

you

never

Uncle

beloved

Leopold again,the sadder I grow.


He
such a
had, apart from all his excellent qualities,
I believe we
shall seldom
find again.
charm
as
see

The

dear
into

room

lived

is well.

Countess
a

bedroom

for her, and

afraid

so

was

We

of her

to

How

Windsor

to

beloved

I wish
rest

much

so

Laeken,

stairs,
down-

getting cold,

if she

of the house.

out

"^^

dined

we

Darmstadt,
*

the dinine-

made

there

that

knowing

as

every

that

he

December

Uncle

had

dear

Uncle

brought

were

wished

thing had

24th.
!

taken

had

dered
won-

placeat
wished

otherwise.
Uncle

Louis

wishes

me

to

thank

you

once

more

it

PRINCESS

122

for

the

Christmas

likewise

They
on

for the

eatables, and

mother-in-law

my

lovelylittle frame and photograph.


much
touched
by this kind attention

both

are

ALICE.

part.

your

Christmas

Day.

"jc-

and

^Q

for Louis

and

is

always

his

so
family it was
parents-in-lawfelt it very
; my
the MilitaryChurch
to
at eight

year
went

It is the

service

cold, every
I

like best ; but


white.

we

thing snow

hope

found

favor

whole

sad

likewise
much.
this

it

We

was

in your

It gave
me
thinkingof you and

you,

time

eyes.

imperfect,
such pleasure
our
expedition

doine it.

was

30th.

last letter this year.


In many
ways
has it been, though it has deprived us

is my

happy

one

and

dear

many

to

nearer

the

out, and

near

ones.

Wiedersehen

it is sad

though
the

this

morning.
bitterly

December

This

now,

little picture,
though very

my

doing-it for
the

Christmas

j-^g

think

to

little good

how

numberless

Each

brings

year
with
[reunion

how

one's

goes

with

of
us

dead],

glass is running
it compared to

receive.

we
blessings

the

Time

goes

credibl
in-

fast.

Every

dear

yours,

and

earnest

Mama,

events.

which

union
dear
her

is

Lenchen
can

wish

tender

wish

from

us

both

is

for this

pected
coming year with its exMay God's blessingrest on this new
in our
to be formed
family,and may
be
as
happy as all those who loved

am

sorry

to

think

that

I shall

propablynot see her again until she is married ; but


I am
trothal
glad for her sake that the Brazttstand
[thebeperiod]is not to be long.
I send

you

locket

hope will pleaseyou.

with

Ella's miniature, which

AT

WORK.

AT

AND

HOME

1866-1872.

"

Life

is meant

for

and

work,

for

not

pleasure."

{August

1866.)

29,

1866,

THIS

the

to

and

the

hard

the

During

of

both
able

and

in

her

comfortable

Germany,
trouble

her

of

very

the

it the

also

was

the

to

new

the

year,

Princess,
which

extend

to

year

the

and

home."

palace

new

had

realized,

"at

in

nearly.

Princess

wishes

and

this

important changes

painful- struggle through

affected

seeino-

during

of
and

early part

completed,

was

hfe

sorrow

and

passed

Germany

such

brought

pohtical

full of

ways

many

which

year,

feelinof

of

She

faction
satis-

also

was

field

the

of

her

practical usefulness.
Princess

lectures

Alice

for poor

to

took
found

found

necessity

orthodox"
the

up

such
herself
The

an

some

of

idiots, delivered
"

She

the

on

attended

providing special asylums

by

clergyman
idea

lecturer

to

face
and

from

with

those
123

and

clever

prising
enter-

Odenwald.

the

determined

and

herself, but

institution

face

very

warmly,

most

interesting

very

in

very

serious

who

sided

doing

this

ties.
difficulwith

him

PRINCESS

124

wished
a

that

ALICE.

institution

any

The

religiousstamp.
strictly

in this
from

view.

the

people
of

out

sickness

the

felt

her

to

her

own

her

new

palace.
Germany,

Alfred, took
utmost

exercised
not
sum

of

these

This
and

well

Louis

active

only able

to

At

calculated

The

Bazaar

lasted
and

expectations,a
all.

her

the

announce

attract

opened
days. The

brother, Prince
The

result

mainly due

the charm

close

to
was

four

her

success

to

fell

work

sary
findingthe necesorganizeda Bazaar
novel proa
totally
ceeding

part in it.

personalefforts,and
over

by

of

she

was

April, and

an

shared

steps for carrying out

visitors.

Prince

who

difficult part of the

obtain

of

fession,
pro-

commissioned

were

^namely,that

and

own

who

share

6th

Princess

of persons

most

"

medical

the

to

far the

largenumber
the

formed

necessary

To

in

the

help to
form)

to

fellow-creatures, and

left

be

views, and

funds.

was

bound

foreigninterference.

was

the

take

plans. By

her

wished

She

work.

were

their

to

any

committee

Princess'

on

the

agree

religious

suffering(in whatever

idiots should

the

in

separate the

to

the fulfilment of

without

to

did not

Princess

bear

religious
duty. While
Princess
ligious
always acknowledged the value of rein carryingout
motives
of charity,she
works
ment
strongly,in this particularcase, that the treatof

and

love

mere

only as

not

wished

practicalpart of
feel, that they

to

alleviate

She

should

of this kind

of the

that she

of 16,000 florins,
but that she had

passed
sur-

to

which

she

Bazaar

she

had

realized

also

gained

AT

that

the conviction
in her

the

often

come

25

supported her

rather

The

of

war

of this Bazaar, the

felt

than

do

for their

aid the

to

conflict about

such

that

"

people
personal

own

charity.
the

was

Princess

repetitionof

many

occasions

1866, which

unfortunate

to

what

"

such

on

amusement

the

WORK.

country

opposed

she

expedient,as

an

whole

the

success

later years

in

was

AT

unclertakino-.

spiteof

In

AND

HOME

the

of

consequence

Duchies

of Schles-

viewed
ings
by the Princess with feelwig-Holstein,was
in which
personal interests and attachments
conflicted witlj political
She
convictions.
was
so
that she felt most
trulyGerman
keenly the struggle
between

Germans

in

says
At

of her

one

times
she

she

foresaw

how

of such

obligedto
The

nth

Princess
of

"

could

not

or

she

as

herself

suffered
to

July,during

South

the

to

her

because

band's
husshe

Germany

the

Louis

himself

Prince

birth

and

it,and

his command

assume

o^ave

husband

from

be.

must

againstbrother."
cause
help being downcast, be-

her

much

disastrous

war

Germans,

letters, brother

how

saw

country

soon

and

results
was

in the field.

third daughter

on

the

anxious

days of that
Prince
Louis had happened to be home
tryingtime.
leave for a few days when
the event
took
on
place;
but he was
obligedto leave the Princess on the 14th
of July,and to go at once
into action at Aschaffenburg. As the South-German
troops had to retreat,
all communication
cat

off.

with

most

his home

for

some

time

was

126

PRINCESS

On

the
Go

von

31st of

who

of

August, whilst on
parents-in-law,the

her
the

Darmstadt.

Prince

in the

Prince

relations

only
daily with

were

under

Prussians

the

were

Darmstadt,
8th

July the

entered

ben

ALICE.

the

her

On

from

visiting
unexpectedly met

had

obtained

leave

The
during a short armistice.
joy of
Prince
easilybe pictured! The
meeting can
Princess together visited the wounded;
and on
loth
of August the
Prince
was
appointed by
Duke
then

the

in the

Prince

joined

the

to

field.
for

went

the

the

By

days

two

in Rhenish

troops

his quarters

of

command

in the

Gelbe

"

the

Hessian

Grand

Duke's

Hesse.
Haus"

He

this
and

the
the
sion
diviwish

then

Berlin, and

to

of

took

up

Nierstein-Opcourageouslyshared them
at

penheim, and

the

with

spiteof the cholera then raging there.


of September"
Prince
Louis' birthday

On
"

him
the

in

"

2th

Princess

in
the

absence

Grand

rents,
pa-

remaining

home

way

He

Louis'

Princess.

Princess

street.

General

the little Princess

the

militarychaplain;

(Peace)Louise
ratified

was

mother

at

Berlin

stood

Prince
their

child had

only

was

and

the

on

Princess

publicentry

into

the

20th

with

by
Irene

names

day

same

for which

peace

the brave

ardently longed.

so

to

sponsor

the

The

that peace

"

Darmstadt

at

received

Cavalry Brigade wdiich

The

It

she

Anna.

Marie

of the

christened

was

the

the

Prince

had

manded
com-

child.

of

September

Hessian

Darmstadt.

that

division

the

made

AT

HOME

AND

AT

WORK.

12/
2d.

January
I

the

the

at

am

head

of

classes of

different
in which

Idiot

Asylum.

have

never

committee

ladies

of

make

societyto

zaar,
large ba-

all the country is to take part, for


It is very difficult all the more
"

had

thing to

do

with

of

different

of

out

the
I

as

such

things in
j wanted
life.
for the first public
my
and
thing I undertake, to take in all principles,
my
has given her name
mother-in-law
it. I have
to
chosen

any

the

committee

out

sets

half

"

adelig [peopleof rank] half biirgerlich


[of the
and
all these
I
ladies,half of whom
class],
know

not

discuss

"

and sit in my small


before, come
and, as yet, do not disagree.

that my

The

Louis

people here

takes

such

militaryand civil,for
and

are

much

so

there

until

was

active part in all his duties


attends
the different offices,
"

he

Of

power.

now

days scarcelyat all.


On
the 14th we
go
without

disorder

and

him

much

course,

see

Gotha

to

great

for about

and

Aunt

happy here, for they


looks

I think.

very

We

dear

given two
Papa, who

Ernest

told

first came

well, but
B^'aut

he
von

nightsago.
admired
he

me

had

we

always kindness

it

grows
Messina

fortnight,

are

very
itself to us.
very

stout,

[Schiller's

thought so much of
it greatly; and
Uncle
given for you, when
you

here.

Gotha,
*

some

January 19th.

well, and

are

are

the

saw

well

so

of

the children.

Uncle

Uncle

where

abuse

less,and

Gotha,
Dear

6th.

pleased

General, I hear, he keeps great order

as

did
and

room

January

zen
citi-

Two

nightsago

Uncle,

January

22d.

Louis, and

I,

128

ALICE.

PRINCESS

with

clever old actress,

very

resisted

Louis

read

first,but it went

at

piecetogether.

well.

very
I have

You

the windows
imagine how mild it is.
Gustav
Freitagis here. I am always
always open.
is a good friend to Uncle, and
He
glad to see him.
and straightforward.
he is so honest
can't

January 26th.

GoTHA,
I shall be

to

sorry

very

from

away

go

here

the

"

atmosphere does one good. Dear Uncle is so


things,and has
amusing ; he speaks of interesting
interestingpeople.
Our
a
Quaker acquaintanceshave sent me
great
deal for the bazaar, and an old gentleman who heard
I could not believe my
of it,100/.!
They are
eyes.
ing
undertak: and, hearing of
always so generous
my
of this sort, they sent
work
this sponme
a
taneously.

whole

Is it not

kind

?
February

Darmstadt,
It is

when

The

deal, looking
them.

see

sister

very

of

out

comes

one

could

here

springweather

well
The

fast, and

the

and

little one

house.

It

strong
is

I wish

you

is

so

out

are

the

could

natural.
un-

great

wish

growing

actuallywears

last year.

wore

warm

"

enjoy it,and

children
so

altogether quite

ist.

you
to

up

frocks
hear

her
toria
Vic-

all the

extraordinarythings Victoria says. Ella is civil to all


excepting to my mother-in-law, or to old
strangers
tiresome.
There
is a large ball
It is too
ladies.
to-night,to
given by the officers at their Casino
"

which
Our
a

must

we

house

gets on
Berlinerinn, comes

that

we

can

go

It will be

go.

tolerably.The
on

into the

help doubting it,and

crowded

the
house

hot.

housekeeper,

20th, and
next

and

month.

we

are

told

I can't

regret leavingthis nice

little

AT

house, where
I

house,

that

so

WORK.

AT

makes

that

think

always

can

it,which

to

stranger

AND

are

you

like it much

me

""

happy

^j^

to

think

loth.

quiet

are

you

no

better.

February
%

29

first happy years have been


spent.
in the new
have at least been
you

our

glad that

so

am

HOME

through. The
emotion
feelingsrecalled by such an
have
have been very powerfuland
tried
must
event
It was
much.*
noble of you, my
darlingMama,
you
and the great effort will bring compensation. Think
of the pride and pleasureit would
have givendarling
example to others not to shrink
Papa the brave
felt the
that you
from their duty ; and it has shown
intense sympathy which
the Englishpeople evinced,
Osborne

at

after all you


and all other

had

to

go

"

stillevince, in your great misfortune.


How
to-day recalls those brightand happy former

and

years

and

the

There

is

the black

liningto

existence

your

blending into

cloud

no

without

silver

lining,

overshadows

cloud which

brightrecollection of the past


brighthope of a happy future ; a

is the
the

dren
chilpart of it also is the intense love of your
and
casts
nation, which
a
lightaround
you
few
which
live to enjoy and admire, and which
many
small

if any

"

sent

fine

but

they

sends

how

much

his tenderest
his
you.

has

to

great deal

love, and

thoughts

constantlywith
a

I wish

you.

I could

blossoms
of orange
fresh
have
arrived

nosegay
could
not

Louis
say

like

possess

"

do

with

for

to-day,

I gave

so

wishes

mine

have

are

me

it

to

to-day

is very
industrious, and
and, I hear, does all very

He
now^

well.
*

The

death

opening

of the Prince

of

Parliament
Consort.

by

the

Queen

for the

first time

after

the

ALICE.

PRINCESS

130

How

dear

day
happy wedding-day
loth"

I remember
when
and

recollections

all stood

out.
Papa to come
bright,and handsome.
me
so
proud to have two

that my
children should
too^ether that will remain
And

You

the
last

That

both

As

looked

so

I grew

older, it

dear

parents !

such

know

never

"

to

sorrow

both

you
me

lonof

as

I live.

as

March

Darmstadt,
*

good,

so

up

live

much

great deal, as

have

sold

drive

even

to

four

with

off in

many
year

the

will be

Louis

has

now,

visit

to

But
are

and
the

so

we

I should
to

easy

think
was

and

tryingthe

it is

so

wise

of it without
one

you

visit

to

and

kind

only six to
ladies constantly
rather badly
are
bore

not

you

with

bear.

Aldershot
of you

in my

We

have

i6th.

March

but

take

house, and

last time.

short

was

of which

two

things.

some

How

was

cable,
impracti-

had

for the

pay

carriagehorses,

troubles, which

our

that

us

"

for theatre, visits,etc.

want

for

economically not going anywhere,


be
able
to
to
people, so as
as
can.
we
England cost us

so

seeing

or
as

now

loth.

is surety.

must

spare

of Friedrichroda

of money.
at Coutt's

again

the house

idea

alas !

account

money

We

Your

but

on

on

me

at

dear

young,
made

to

Buckingham Palace, how well


all the previous ones
at Windsor,
before your
door, waiting for you

it,and

we

written

have

of you
to
of such

15th.

February

Darmstadt,

have

must
to

go.

been,
cannot

Formerly that
of the greatest pleasures of^my girlhood,
and
gether.
todarlingPapa looked so handsome
I so enjoyed following
those
on
occayou
tears

eyes.

Such

sions.

AND

HOME

I should

moments

WORK.

like

call back

to

for

instant.

an

Our
ment

here

house

is

such

creates

and

quite empty,
To-morrow

work.
in the

for the first time

the

demenagenight we sleep

house.

new

March

from

I write

Papa's and
I

am

all your
sisters
and

and

home.

home,

as

it to

of you both
dear
brothers

little of

me

little even

of

darlingPapa

it all to him, and

owe

by seeing him

much

of

Palace,

I but show

taste, I

any

dear

May

new

our

It reminds

Buckingham

Could

Balmoral.

so

on

photographs
pictures,

of

Osborne,

house.

It is full of souvenirs

it will !

"

I have

blessingrest

your

sure

little old

dear

our

lyth.

If

I learned

pictures,rooms,

arrange

etc.

At

house
to-night.
go into our
and pronounce
is to say a prayer
a
blessing,
assembled
with all our
household
in
are

seven
half-past

Bender
when

we

hall ;

only

Louis'

Yours

we

parents and

and

dear

William

Papa's

besides

I pray

to

selves.
our-

rest

on

us.
,

March

[the death

That

the

of

here, and
house

and

When

can

course
rooms

that
are

always go

on

of

Kent]

was

ling
grief;but with darcate
tenderness, sympathy and delihow
comparativelyeasy to bear,
followed

comfortably established
can't fancy that I am
in Germany, the
all its arrangements
being so English.
Of
have
here ?
to
we
hope once
you
^g

Duchess

of all the

commencement

Papa, so full of
feelingfor you,
compared to all that
-X-

the

20th.

^j.g

is the

summit

the east

abroad

very

when

side

of
and

our

very

it is hot, and

Your

wishes.

cool
suffer

as

"

so

you

much

PRINCESS

132

rooms

I shall die

heat.

the

from

the

to

are

ALICE.

of it this

as

year,

west.
March

that

But all the thino-s of


Princess

her

full of beautiful

are

ornaments

en

I shall be

sleet.

How
As

In

the

was

Dear

dear

so

rooms

is

so

Frances
and

to

Baillie

is very

wind,

rain,

cheerful.

for you that dear Auntf


well
this time, it will be

returningsoon

Lady

house

"

is gone.

am

so

for her

more

it the

reason

you.

with

was

me

day,
Thurs-

on

charming.
April

"Yyg

alarm.

to

House.

is awful

weather

spiteof
I

sorry

she

like Gloucester

so

comfortable, but
and

o-o

*] rooms
and
oil-paintings,

miniatures,

masse,

now.

Elizabeth's

glad to see dear Affie. His


ready by this evening. The house

be

to

are

[Aunt

has

Elizabeth

Landorravine

the

and

Reuss,

24th.

grand-uncle of Homburg
Homburg falls to Uncle Louis

Our

justdied, so

my

livingrin such

^j-g

would

be

of anxi-

state

fearful

2d.

thing to
contemplate brother againstbrother, friend against
! May the Almighty
friend, as it will be in this case
fearful a calamity!
avert
Here, at Mayence and
so
PVankfort, it will begin, if any
thing happens, as
there are
mixed
side with
must
garrisons; and we
For
one
Henry, who is stillhere,
againstthe other.
ety and

War|

too

"

it is dreadful.

He

can't

yet if he should

and

desert

have

to

draw

such

at

his country,
fightingon
Fancy the complicationsand horrors
Princess

Elizabeth

of

Great

Britain

and

Ireland,

the

i War

Princess

Holienlohe.

between

Prussia

and

Austria

was

now

against

imminent.

side !

other

of such

aunt.

f Princess

moment,

his sword

his brothers

Alice's

war

grand-

Vicky and Fritz it


hear by messeng-er

For
let
I

me

sure

am

What

think

you

would
from

hear

to

AT

AND

HOME

AT

of

dear

Papa

you,

to

is

WORK.

reallydreadful

what

us

you

hear

please

them.

from

in these

troubled

times.

said

all this ?

have

to

that your

know

33

long

heart

warm

is

actingfor Germany.
26th.

March
*

her

to

gone

Claremont

those

constant

\s

old

also

now

chano-es

that

again

real home

is

are

we

are

on

All

e[s"\\\\(tve.

so

It reminds

journey, and

sad

asfain

one

the

that

hard

work

who

is

stormy
How

altered.

those

Amelie

Queen Marie
last,after a long and

at

rest

life !

and

dear

The

again,and

the

leads to
thorny path will be forgottenwhich
for the
happy meeting. I sincerelymourn
kind
to
me
so
always.
Queen, and she was
of Victoria's god-mothers.
one
glad she was

the

their fellow-creatures

love

and

meet

dear
I

am

April 7th.
*

florins the
Affie

was

in
two

for

goes

There
way.
in England

every

days, as
the quiet inhabitants

shown
touched

zeal

much

so

off

wonderfully: 7,000
first day, and
to-day again a great deal.
ing
and assistinvaluable in arranging,selling,
Bazaar

Our

by it,as

and
am

have

these

crowds

been

something quite unusual


of this place. They have
devotion
that I am
quite
:

less

or

more

stranger

to

them.

April 25th.
Thousand

thanks

and

dear lines,and
your
bas-relief of you, which

for

charming
good. I thought so
very
in Buckingham
home
at
money

Widow

of

King

much

of former

Palace.
Louis

They

Philippe.

for the
I think

birthdays
were

so

PHI

134

We

happy.

did

at

Kranichstein

It

was

and

toward

and

Louis

fine.
at

Louis'

to

once

part of the furniture

that

the afternoon.

in

of business

man

paying off the furniture, and is,indeed,


under
cumstanc
cirso
acceptable,more
present
than
thing else you could give us ;
any

very

very,

Uncle

will go

money

ALICE.

nothing in particular
; merely dined
with

warm

The

ACCESS

will then

all be

your

present.
3d.

May
%

:=-"

^YiQ

prospect of

realization.

ing
God

be

with

Germany
much

us,

harm

It will be

if such

These
to

war

dreadful

so
a

misfortune
have

prospects

trade.

The

to

seems

be

near-

if it does.

befall poor
already done

larofemanufacturies

send

their

and they sell next


superfluous workmen,
to nothing. Most
unpopular amongst high and low,
and
people of all opinions,this civil war
amongst
away

^^'

will be.
I have

all the

made

out-walkingdresses,
in number,
with
seven
paletotsfor the girls not
from
made
embroidered, but entirely
beginning to
summer

"

end

likewise

the

new

flannel

necessary

shawls

for

the

all the nursery


accounts,
expected. I manage
and
thing myself,which gives me
plentyto
every
of the
do, as every thing increases, and, on
account
live very economically for these next
must
house, we

years.

It is

so

kind

of you
to
I would
have

otherwise

largea

for my

sum

If there

is

shall I do ?
As

had

then, and
is my

lonof

as

that is all I shall think

Dr.

his fee,
Priestley
scruplesin giving so

comfort.

own

war

This

give

Louis

constant

he

of.

comes

Please

is away,

dread
home
God

and

what
hension.
appre-

safe aeain
to

spare

"

me

AND

HOME

AT

WORK.

AT

.135

ready
alnow
anxiety,which weighs on me
keep
; for he, having only a brigade,could not
of danger, like Fritz in Schleswig.
out
I put my
trust
wholly in the Almighty, who has
life so richlythus far
blessed our
and
watched
over
fearful

that

mtich, much

so

"

deserve

need, I

am

Life
little less

is but

or

itself,and

mine

hour

of

one's lot

the

great

as
was

force upon

war

in God,

but

only support.

the

or

the evil

nature,

all the

which

and

am

so

dreadful

one.

here.

Anxiety, worry

no

could

The

three

being
Powers

avert

to

Henry,
and

of
to

corps,

was

Louis

Bonn,
which

Alexander

and

two

Cannot

step between

as

the other

receives

hav^e gone
won't
do),had

regiment
the

I suppose

command
and

is made

to

any

leave,

thing,
as

he

Russia

(which
turn
suddenly to remobil.

of the

hope

this dangerous

at

six weeks'

to

were

his

on

days

Mensdorff,
fearinsfnow

but

war,

it.

prevent

here

they

course,

Alexander

to

!
Vienna

from

into

sufferings

our

proposing a Congress,or
this calamity?

who

Uncle

now,

able

as

end

Uncle

interfere
"

as

returned

beinof forced

at

of that

without

Emperor,

crisis
so

complain

Alexander

more

7th.

sorry

we

all frantic

so

for poor
Louise
and Beatrice,
whooping-cough is a nasty thing,though
I

I wish

ago.

tion
anticipa-

as
suffering

anxious

an

thouo-hts

trust

May
*

Uncle

of

serious

little more

"

always

banish

can

very

best, is the

pilgrimage

falls to

sorrow

one

of faith and

for the

of evil is almost

chances

in the

us

make

comfort

the

all well and

does

cannot

forsake

not

times

dangerous

anxious

who

will

He

deserved,

ever

sure.

These
and

and

than

more

Uncle

8th Armee-

will be

stationed

136

PRINCESS

somewhere

day

to

to

means

draw

to

the service

dreadful

troubles I should

not

But

dear

Louis

all the

of

and

brothers

now

The

each

cut

death

for their

so

Could
is

nervous

I follow

near
person
Westerweller

others

I have

be

no

When

me.

too.

goes

can

home

by

Lord

and

Caroline

but

great
stop two

the

i5th.

throats.

It is such

How

Clarendon

how

is dreadful

Rivers

Lady

for themselves!

blessed

will pass by here,


[Barrington]
pleasureto me, though she says

days, as

there

is

distinct

no

of all
war.

her

wish

you

to

look

detest

constant

Men

we

to

of

after,are

as

all still

have

occasion

war

with

forty,who
taken

Here

yet,

army

"

away

their

how

hear

all

and

"

families and

with

avoid

to

Landwehr

the

have

nance
repug-

hope
and

Lord

though

the

to

be

i8th.

that

hear

war,

this

rows,

to

for it, save

reason

this civil

to

Every day

Prussians
are

glad I am
hopeful !

is still

natural,
un-

an

May

there

if

; even

war

children, but

will be

which

the

my
and

in the

impossible,and

that there

war

of

hope Lady

the

in

of all these
anticipation

me.

course

hope

monstrous

she

assembled, I hope that the other


troops are
will interfere,and
look on whilst these
not

Powers

anxious,

the

married

goes,

I stillpray

circumstances

against the Prussians

so

that

now

singleolder

be

not

say
things makes

how

for

will accompany
people,nearly,
If I were
only over

I must

as

dreadful

this afternoon

own

all our
(for

Louis) is

distance

tell him

is to

The
whole
thing is
country.
the prospect of being left alone here at

moment

unhappy,

is in that, and

BerHn

his sword

of his

dreadful, and
a

Louis

as

to

go

Fritz,and

see

force him

such

here,

near

He

go.

ALICE.

sons

in ticular.
parhomes
;

and

AT

AND

AT

horses

WORK.

37

also taken, with their


that the wife and
children sit at home,
: so
to do any
thing for their land. It is ruining

who

those

HOME

horses
unable

numbers,

have

and

revolution

are

get louder and

murmurs

break

must

louder.
-^i-

ifthis continues,

out

that the King will listen to


fervently
the justadvice, in no way
derogatoryto his dignity,
of placingthe hated question of the Duchies
before

I do

pray

most

the Confederation

only listen
would

do

that advice

to

it at

once

losses in the

the

my

and

only too
happiness of

turn, that I

If he would

Germany
all
gladly forgetting
"

restored.

peace

live

we

which

affairs,on

reallyso

give
Forin

existence

our

the
will

nothingelse.
Austria
much
can't hold
out
longer, and the
country is gettingvery violent againstthe King and
Bismarck.
The Emperor is less able to concede
and
keep peace.
Now
We
are
so
good-bye, dearest Mama.
ful
gratefor takingthe children,if any thing comes
to you
to

can

think

won't.

disarm, all

"

stupid letter,but

of these

midst

but I fear he

of

pass.
:i:

"?:-

/^ny thingyou

will you
write
blacker
grows

it

to

every

live in is very great.


to-day of such
you

God,

you

onlysee

.^

me

hear
'^"

day,

and

But

of

Vicky

the

May

22d.

and

Fritz,

The

anxiety

cloud

all

we

ought not to write to


gloomy things,which, thank

and

hear

of from

the other

side of

the water.

May
*

The

Duke

and

Duchess

of Nassau

25th.
were

pleasant
yesterday. They, like me, are in such an unshould
it come
I
to blows, which
position,
stillhope may
be averted
for why should we
less
harm-

here

"

mortals

be attacked

138

FJilNCESS

goes

on

as

the

and

shall be

We
it

promises
of

want

some

people take

keep

off the

here

of

the

to

come

this

sort

keep

the

umbrella

an

rain, and

shall

we

people (and dissatisfaction)


ling-bag
have ordered
a
good travel-

out

I have

that it won't

do

Louis, for much

for

if all
soon,
very
; it is quite dreadful,

beggars

to

other

increases.

ALICE.

be

is to

war.

[presentiment]

for

"

to

againsta

Ahmnig

worst

that

reason

in fine weather

quiet,only

so

same

at

us

least

the

on

and

"

defensive,

if attacked.
28th.

May
%

be

one

The

the

time

better
be

so

the

pray
;

and

firmly,so

daily dread

between

built

who

man

bankrupt, and
from

him

in

I do

How

the

of

new

countries.

two

-x-

made

of

live

not

may

of

little chance

established, it may

be

quarrels re-opening
*

the commencement

that, if peace
that

seems

prospects being bettered.

dreadful
it may

There

ruin, and

our

wants
we

house

has

money

from

nearly
us

it.

scarcelymanage

can

to

been
save

The

tion
preparationfor war, and consequent cessaof all speculations,buildings,or
trade, has
creases
inbrought on people is dreadful, and of course

ruin this

''^

June
*

and

How
and

sympathy

precious are
the hope you

words

your

stillhold

8th.

of love

to, that

war

good to hear
lovingly,
your
with
me
during

somehow
be averted
! It does me
may
how
it ; and I know
much, and how

thoughts dwell
this time

with

of trial.

dear
*

Vicky

and

June i3lh.
*

I fear if the

Bund

orders

the

mobiliza-

HOME

AT

tion, and

WORK.

AT

against Prussia,

goes

the first to

AND

and

go,

then

our

Louis

troops will be
get orders to be

may
dreadful ! 1 live in such

off any day. It is too


that he may
have
to
go just before,
of my
confinement.
moment
''''

''''

will do

hope Scotland

I
when
and

would

Prussia

latter has

because

now,

be

may

Please

''''

mund

The
the

in

it.

June i5tb.

have

have
at

Vicky

our

difficult

the

so

frontier and

established themselves

excitement

here

is dreadful

from

to

so

"

would

force alone

our

are

that the Prussians

news

keep people back


stupid things wanting to attack, and
with

they

littlechild.

The

Giessen.

Fritz, and

and

justreceived

crossed

is very

little Sigisillness of poor


of all these troubles is really

midst

for poor
of that merry

We

the

serious

dreadful
fond

quarrel

refugewith

Darmstadt,
*

God,

If Austria

their

out

taken

wanted

she

'''"

better.

only fight

but the

together;
Bund

matters

return

you

dread

the very

at

or

good.

you

39

on,

and

it

doing
which

madness.

be

live in
quiet; but we
a
perpetualfever, alarms being sent, being gehetzt
the Bund
to
[stirred
up] from Vienna, as they want
Louis

with

go

-as

"

remains

always
"

them

at

It is

once.

it will be

the

dreadful time.

close of the

ticipate
an-

of the

existence

the
by us ! Without
civil list Uncle
Louis
and the familyare beggars, as
all the privateproperty belongs to the country.
I
It is so kind of dear Lady Ely to offer to come.
shall be very glad of it,for from one
day to another I

little countries.

don't

Louis' duties

what

know

am

laid up, it is

can

write
*

Son

to

stand

God

so

may

pleasantto

be

have

some

and, when
one

who

you.

of the Crown

Prince

and

Princess

of Prussia.

See ante, p. 93.

ALICE.

PRINCESS

I40

June
lines I send

These

by
of

kindly take charge

so

such

be

of

state

here

excitement

the

as

come,

frightwere
again,when

Prussians
all

were

course,

to

be

you

real

both

we

is

they got

days

Alexander

advancing

were

all will

"

Two

Uncle

to

of

we,

confusion

the

unprepared, and

dreadful

tion.
beyond descrip-

Frankfort.

telegraphedfor

Bund

the

here

from

concentrated

ago

dear

give

billeted about

Troops arriving,being
be

should

much.

feel very
The

will

In your

can
they will be so
it would
a little pleasurein sending them,
in parting from
them, which
consolation

hands

8th.

you

alas, that the times

"

!
this necessary
safe ; and if we

make

to

as

children, whom

our

and

but, thank

God, they retreated

wind

troops

that

were

assem-

blino^.
June 24th.
-X-

:i:

friMits

and

coming

from

T\^^

state

false

news

of affairs is awful

Wetzlar

Louis'

necessary
chief has his

brigade is

there

Bingen

or

defence

for

alarm

The

arrive.

staff

Prussians

all the

he

Louis'

has

his

alry
cav-

adjutant,
morning

there, and does his, work


earlyin the
Frankfort, returning here in the afternoon, which

etc.,
at

and

reallydreadful.

it is

likewise, so

are

bustle

Frankfort.

at

perpetual

has

been

here, of
now

look

that

kindlyallowed
course,

as

near

the children

after.

''^

are
=j=

on

of

account

dear

gone,
j have

Louis

I have
not

the

I remain

me.
as

can

and

only myself to
least fear, but

will be very great, as


Louis
anxiety about
you
*
*
*
Collections
are
can
already
imagine.
for the hospitalsin the field,and
the
being made
thingsto be got for the soldiers. Illness
necessary
my

and

wounds

will be

dreadful

in this

heat.

Coarse

linen and

and

enough,
etc.

and

I4I

thingsof which one can't have


shirts,sheets,
working,collecting

am

now

WORK.

AT

the

are

rags

AND

HOME

AT

ask, if you

to

come

could

send

me

In your
old linen for rags.
holds
housenumerous
and
it is collected twice
sent
to
a
year,
this time ?
It
I beg for some
hospitals.Could

some

be

would
here

such

they

w^hich

not

are

in every
ordered

the poor Germans


; and
rich,and that is a thing of

blessingfor

so

there

war

has

been

little. Lint

too

England by wish of the doctors ;


and
bandages also they wished for. If you could,
of these
me
some
through Dr. Jenner, procure
Four
be
so
grateful.'^^ *
things, I should
dozen
shirts we
are
Every
making in the house.
of linen or
of patterns of good cushions,
contribution
in the Englishhospitals
or
any good bed which
should
found
be delightedto
has been
useful, we
*
*
*
the people beg
For the moment
have.
I have

from

''"

most

for

none.

for

rao^s
am

good
at

nervous

beine

tolerablywell, and
Louis

nerves.

leaving me

though at times
Almighty w^atch
hourly prayer !
we

house

our

not
over

and

without
us,

and

not

them, and

they are

ful
thank-

too

low
is very
I
for him

times,

at

keep
struggle. May
separate

hands
feel the children
In your
we
miss them
much.
It is so kind

taken

be

cannot

have

we

new,

strong and

so

up,

the

is my

us,

safe,though

of you

to

health)^"^"

have
'^

June 25th.
Two

words

Alas

I am
so
by Lady Ely'scourier.
glad
she is here.
She
performed the journey in a day
and
and
Christa, who
;
night without
difficulty
from
Cassel, took three days coming
merely came
by road.
to-morrow

Louis'

division

moves

on

into

PJ^INCESS

142

the country
must

for other

room

It will be

go.

with

make

to

ALICE.

far for him

too

specialpermission for
to part.
My courage

have

but

bear

best

as

up

bitter trial it isJ

He

troops, and

few

is

to

return

hours

beginning
God

can.

shall

we

fail

to

me,

what

knows

is justin front, so

save

"

so

"

he

the first

posed.
ex-

William

is to go in Uncle
Alex.'s staff,and
mama-in-law
is beginning to break
down

poor

my

We

now.

try

thing is
where

hard

so

Louis

as

going

wives

take

to

The

her

served.

the

other.

whole

countrymen

The

Prussian

The

there

"

whole

thing is

soldiers

dislike it

so
as

do.

we

am

each

against

has

contrec(E2tr, and
much

cheer

to

heat

to

Frankfort

with

ever

so

leave of their husbands,


is awful.

I have

many

who

time

no

poor

march

day.
to-

think

to

of

plain
daresay I should have heat, etc., to comof.
ing
Being stilloff and on with Louis, and havthingsto do, keeps me up ; but when he is gone,

myself,or

and
be

have

no

here

man

to

reassure

it will

me,

dreadful.
I

must

close.

such

are

sometimes

-^^

let any

do

pleasure ;
to give me

Letters

news

from

write

one

of you

home

all.

me
own

Alice.
Darmstadt,

^^

'''

feels it

so

write.

The

dear

to

Your

child,

now

The

partingnma
dreadfully. I can

was

heat, besides, is

wedding-day

four

so

hard

July

ist.

! and

he

scarcely manage
overpowering.

ago !

Four

to

Our

undisturbed, real,and

years
increasinghappiness. How

thank

Almighty

and

ferventlyI
trial !

bless
pray

the
that

we

years

may

for them,

live

over

this

and
most

of
I

how
ter
bit-

HOME

AT

""-

"^-

^^'

Whether

don't know,
he

rate

is

Germany
the

AND

and

and,

get

can

as

our

no

WORK.

is

Henry

off from

cut

AT

engaged

of
is

army

not

or

of him.

news

news

we

At
the

and

us

moving, and

43

any

of

rest

he is

on

he may
find himself
wing, at any moment
brothers and countrymen.
It
oppositeto his own
is most
and has been
father-into
painful,
my
poor
law a great shock, as we
all hoped he had got away.
Please let my
brothers know
this. They will feel for
this unheard-of
positionfor three brothers to be
extreme

"

m.

'^

"

Dear

Lady Ely is a comfort and support to me, and


it was
quite a relief to Louis to leave her with me.
We
both so grateful
that she came.
Christa is
are
quiteout of sorts about her country, and sees
every
Marie is low about
her brother ; and
thingblack.
in the middle
of it all,that an Englishperwe
are
so
son
who
has no
concerned
in
all
it
is
one
reallya
relief.
I

am

You

ones.

the way

death

to

of her

"

know,

here

we

they

post, and
least

as

not

I know

moment

news,

and

heard

nothing.

not

"

dreadful

know
are

chieflynot
we

dear

less.

cannot

Louis
Since

war

is

it

enough

lives sacrificed
of it all ?

and, what

too,

they are

get in

July 3d.
her trial [the

bears

Those

Letters

are.

Louis

She

This

don't

little

is stillany.

will be the end

now,

let them

to

not

the

Sigismund]bravely,and

heart.

what

gone

course

where

at

and

are

Prince

indeed.

one's

nothing
of

pleased with

are

Vicky !

son.

one

break

troops

sure,

Poor

heavy

be

you
I

of infection,if there

is

glad that

so

our

is so

where

unpleasant,
they go to
by the Feld"

fetched
near

All

for

the railroads

"

telegraph.At such a
fidgetsdreadfullyfor
he

has

gone

I have

FJilNCESS

144

length letters

At

received

never

ALICE.

from

until

the

parents begged the King

have

Henry
29th
send

to

King said he did not know


He
thought he was in Russia!
wondering why,
engagements,
for him
arranged,no- order came

the

telegram

him

on

for the

am

and

so

the

where

he

his

i8th,
was

"

has

been

in all the

as

was

originally

leave.

to

uncomfortable, and

very

He

come.

it wants

courage

patienceand

hope, under such circumstances, to


bear all. Of course,
Louis is
anxiety about beloved
the chief thing,and
The
sians
Pruslonging for news.
are
a
collecting
largearmy near
ThiJringen,in
which
direction ours
are
marching. Probably Uncle
Ernest

ac^ainst

mained

ours

quiet,and

He

mioht

his

sent

well have

so

troops

to

re-

Mayence,

as

settled.

was

For

Lenchen's

dear

wedding-day receive every


affectionate
and
wish.
warm
May God's blessing
their union ! I am
rest
on
so
glad you are pleased
with the dear
children.
I have
alreadyfound that
likeness in Ella to Affie's picture by Thorburn,
but
she

is

like dear

so

Louis.

July
*

it is

trust

awful

her.

then,

so,

seems

and

bloodshed

enormous

too

There

think

to

But

she

as

that

of.

Poor

is said

to

least,the Italian

at

Surely
Austria

the

and

peace

both

on

of

chance

will

sides

Austria
be

war

ready
will be

armistice.

an

The

ensue.

this

6th,

is
fortnight

! it is hard
to

cede

at

an

will try and

neutral

Powers

Prussia

beginning again ;

for

Venice,

end.

prevent
it is too

horrid !
The

knock
under
must
Germany now
;
that is better than again shedding so much
blood
the chance of gettingthe upper hand.
rest

of

but
on

AT

had

I have
north
that

of

How

Hnes

some

Hesse.

they

AND

HOME

the

wedding

me

you

them

very

Louis

from

I do

hope

the
now

blows.
children

the

give

to

! Will

I miss

dear

from

to

come

of you

kind

I45

is well ; how

He

won't

WORK.

AT

kiss the

frocks

littleones

dear

for

from

much.

letter dated

[In a

the

to

with
girl,

dark

"

nounces
July ii, 1866, Prince Louis anQueen the birth of a strong, healthy
and brown
hair."]
eyes

July 19th.

Darmstadt,
Beloved

Mama

What

time

have

passed
during these eightdays since baby's birth ! Firstly,
I have
the Almighty for having preserved
thank
to
"

and

sweet

own

my

blessing of having
precious,during my
he

had

to

found

and

go,

adored

The

houses

he

Prussians

horrid.

Our

could
from

shot
the

the

dear,

so

three

days
Aschaffenburg

near

We

for

so

me,

After

got

on.

they fought in

by

confinement.

when

and

husband,

him

had

fightinggoing

here.

hear

the guns
roofs of the

the

streets

it must

have

retreated

(ashad

intended)in perfectorder. The


brought in here the followingday.
there
14th they fought. Louis was

wounded
The

since then

knows

when

Frankfort, and

they

are

get

no

been

troops

been

I have

not

him

seen

God

"

always
were

3th and
the
14th
1

on

shall ao-ain.
The
at

Prussians

home

papers

here.

No

letters

or

taken

for those

to
a

allowed

communications
send

; may

anxiety and

monstrous

I had

have

worry,

imao^ine who

letter from

have

Louis

none

which

An

existence

it is

of

impossible

lived throug^h it.


this
the Odenwald

not

from

morning, written yesterday. They expected to

pass

146

PRINCESS

Amorbach

to-day. They

Bavarians, who
I

long

for

are

had

I have

The

people,who
I pray

end

some

baby's birth.
so
silly,
fly

you since
and
cowards

soon

may

the

Ah!

bloodshed!
can't

at

none

in all available droschkies.

here

How

such

are

the

meet

have

We

you.

from

none

to

be found,

to

never

trying

are

letter from

all.

from

ALICE.

miisery around

has

imagine. Henry

rid
this hor-

to

come

us

never

has gone
unscathed, in
through all these battles.

you

his discharge,

received

spiteof being so

and

exposed
I don't give way,
I myself am
well, and
very
though the anxietyabout Louis leaves me no peace.
Baby is well and very pretty. The time she came
at
prevented a thought of disappointment at her
being a girl. Only gratitudeto the Almighty filled
hearts, that I and

our

Louis

dear
times

are

and
hard

patienceto
one,

and

you,

my

were

it

wants

carry

is my

He

The

time.

the

that

and
Christian's courage
through them ; but there is 07ie
all

time

of need

comfort

and

Mama,

own

well, and

were

together at

one

in the

who

Friend

child

the

and

pray

does

forsake

not

God

support.

bless

child,

for your

Alice.

Friday, July 27th, 9


At

leave

this

the

moment

again at

five

a.

few

lines from

sleptin a field,and
they had nothing but a

he

him.
the

of

news

dear

been
These

Louis

to

thousand
received

Louis)
is

at

well.

fightingagain.
last two
nights

country is

littlebread

p.m.

arrived,

letter,the first I have

To-night (sinceSunday no
heard
that
length I have
last four days they have
These
I had

has

morning,

to-morrow

for your dear


since baby's birth !

thanks

messenger

o'clock

so

poor,

during two

that

days

to

Now

eat.

with

the

WORK.

H7

Prussians, having made

troops from

our

having refused

Austria, and
on

AND

HOME

three

scarcelywrite

it to

peace

ing
advanc-

are

us,

sides.

this

anxiety is kilhng me,


and
love has been
miratio
so
exposed! All are in admy
of his personal bravery and
tender
tion
attenthe
of all around.
to
He
sufferingand want
thinks of himself, and shares
all the dangers
never
and privationswith the others.
Louis
He
disapproves
says they long for peace.
the different Governments
for not
now
giving way
and
to
Prussia,
to
influence with
use
begs me
my
can

Uncle

Louis

further
From
to

do

'to

all parts of the


what
I can.
confusion

in the

house.

gentlemen
done

and

Then

our

in

my

asked

poor
I should

The

conditions

state

country

left one

to

spare

many

Even

whilst

room,

which

had
"

inquirefor

of affairs

too

to

want

in bed

there

as

people beg

me

of money
As the Prussians

help.
den
people'sthingshid-

must

I have

wounded

the

is awful, the

here

alarming; rightand
pillagedhere,

Prussian

accept

bloodshed.

The

It is

straight to
and

their husbands
dreadful

to

to

see

thingsto

were

come

the wives

I had

mothers
and

be
me.

ging
beg-

children.

describe.

anxiety to-nightof knowing a dreadful


battle is expected, perhaps going on, in which dear
Louis
be !
I can
again must
scarcelybear up any
God
longer; I feel it is gettingtoo much.
Almighty
stand
I
by us ! My courage is beginning to sink.
beloved husband
see
no
lightanywhere ; and my own
stillin danger,and we
cannot
hear, for the Prussians
between
and
them.
are
us
Any thing may have
happened to him, and I can't hear it or know it! L
could

new

not

go

to

him

were

he wounded.

ALICE.

PRINCESS

148

suffered and

I have

What
describe

without

days

news

be

darlingLouis
these days I have

In

spared
longed to

so

such

been

have

It would

words

no

it may
!
me

I pray

how

"

dear

and

suffer

can

sleeplessnights of anxiety,the long

the

"

do

from

hear

comfort, and

end,

soon

you.

longed for

it much.
If

is restored, the country and


peace
and
both of us
will be in such
a
mess,

live,and

we

thing

every

in such

of

want

change, that

shall then, I fear, be


in one's
can't think what war

but

like this

to

bed,

sleep or

Oh, that

we

Mama.
the

May

is fearful.

well, so

in

little

I must

is the litde

go
one

the worry

do

to

standard

The

"

"

well all along; and

eat

for him, won't

will pray
P. S.

country

own

want
am

;
go somewhere
ruined.
You

keep me weak.
loved
were
togetheragain ! Good-bye beful.
These
next
days I fear will be dreadAlmighty watch over dear Louis ! You

much

and

of mind

it is late.

as

I can't

but

The

is !

"

to

next

we

one

must

we

you

of

Louis'

cavalryregiment,

is
they did not take with them, and which
for safety.
usuallykept at the Schloss, is in my room
Forgive the shocking writing,but I am so upset
of Tuesday returned
to-night,since my messenger
which

with

letter.

Louis'

Darmstadt,
*

and

here

Matters

hope

been

troops.

so

useful

change

Louis

may

Uncle

has

linen, etc., for the wounded

The

soon

Louis

thousand

; a

from
be

I do

one

day

able

thanks

to

to

hope and
regain the

4th.

August

rived,
ar-

for it !

another, and

return

pray

with
will

the
then

he
favor which
hope he will
would
be dreadful.
had lost,for any change now
My father-in-law is reallyin such a state since
return,

and

these

and

events,

mother-in-law
out

the

loss

wishes

not

took

scene

so

I have

outlive

to

this

tears

wounded

My

from

tries

my

keep

to

heartbroken

at

probable, that

he

mama-in-law

poor

in my

where

room,

this

having been to inquire


different
hospitalsand
as
they can be brought

the

at

and

angry, so
is
which

morning

1 49

shattered, that

him,

it.

place.
justreturned

after the

WORK.

so

for

is

He

AT

nerves

of Oberhessen,

into

burst

his

trembles

of all.

him

AND

HOME

fast
filling
I am
from Aschaffenburg,Laufach, etc.
As soon
as
better, I will go to them
myself ; but the close and
crowded
wards
turn
one
easilyfaint.
Becker
Louis
three days ago, and
saw
nied
accompafor
him
Munich
to
a
day. I hear he is well,
though for six nightshe had sleptout of doors, and
the last three nights it had poured incessantly
; and
all that time
of ours
account
not
on
having a truce,
and expectingto be attacked
they were, being such a
mass
together,without provisions,
barelya morsel of

houses, which

are

"

"

bread.

zollern

and

am

friends have
The

town

remain

not

so

distressed

about

Obernitz

fallen

both

on

is full of
too

so

Anton

poor

Hohen-

acquaintances and

many

sides, it is dreadful!

hope they will


for nothing,and

Prussians.

long,for they

pay

the poor
inhabitants
suffer so much.
in the Prussian
and
one
army,
illof it. I hope it won't spread.

is cholera

There

soldier lies here

13th.

August
"jv-

misery

bringswith

war

the horror

"

the
I

j^ jg fearful.

know

me,

for your

it,near

well

Almighty spare our


forgotto thank you

Those

what
poor

by
a

have
the

"

scourge

Germany

in Louis'

letter,which

who

name,

he found

seen

sufferings,
it is. May

this
as

here

the

he
on

evil!

new

had
his

told
re-

PRINCESS

150

ALICE.

grateful for

to-day still at
having
your

What

do

He

turn.

is

he

can

Uncle
will

is stillat

Louis

abdicate

I received

what

Uncle

Louis

Alexander

Prince
dit

me

triste

It is

qitils

est

regiL

fait
bras

the

country

and

all this without

The

no

heir

About

you

We

be

is
to

able

sent

so

know

Berlin, as

to

prevent

new

having

any

enforce

to

don't

we

as

so,

et

with

and

young,

so

Louis

poor

reputation,

"^"
par la troupe!'

Louis

to

gave

and

he

Louis

praised

quite well,
by.

the

for their

to

fire

shells close

troupes ; il

nos

his

evil

direct

opinion.

life of it.

easy

horse

the

dtt

7iomination

excellente

11716

ouverts

all look

engagements,
stood

manded
com-

voire Mart
pendant cette
que
le
et apprecier de totd
est fait aimer

"

has

la

de

for one
large command
littleexperience
all the more
how
long peace may last. He

He

obtenu

qiiila
Perglas" (who

de

position of

about

ecrit

badly),"^/

so

her

to

occasion
s

sera

he

doing

moment

written

had

commandement

en

campagne

monde

quit

troops

cette

think

Julie Battenberg, saying

la demission

Lonis

I don't

this

is at

Alexandre

Prince

the

and

Munich,

letter from

Dtic

Grand

Fritz.

good

to

so

wishes.

Le

''

written

are

we

will.

he

besides, he

his country

what

du

I know

Berlin, and

but

him

children, the 23d

is

much.

He

burstingof

the

very

the

not

in the different

rode

quite soon

enough

departure.

shall

not

call

baby

"

Irene," unless

all

seems

look
it does
not
reallypeaceful,and at this moment
and
sad
dismayed at the
promising. I am
very
whole
lookout.
was
so
pleased
My mother-in-law
with your letter,and thanks
warmly for it.
you

HOME

AND

dear

day

makes

home,

and

are

precious,and

so

often

of those

think

dear

that

who

of you, of
memories

whose
with

on

5i

AugUSt 17th.

much

so

ones

Kve

HAUS,

think

me

two

WORK.

GeLBES

NiERSTEIN,

This

and

us,

make

had

parted only yesterday.


We
are
so
pleased at your saying that you claim
Louis
He
as
son.
always considers
himself
your
in particularyour
child,and if any thing helps to
stimulate
him in doing his duty well, it is the sincere
wish of being worthy to claim and deserve
that title.
Darling Papa would be proud of him, and pleased
how
to see
earnestlyhe takes his duties, and how
and unselfishly
he fulfils them, for he
conscientiously
has had and stillhas many
trials
tell
things I can
of when
meet
we
again.
you
Life is such a pilgrimage,
and
uncertain
is its
so
me

we

"

duration
and

that

all

easilyborne,

troubles

minor
when

thinks

one

foro-otten

are

what

must

one

live for.
Before
went

we

to

man

poor
been

leavingDarmstadt
see

had

of the

some

died

yesterdayto

since

wounded

One

asfain.

last there

was

here,

come

he

had

Another
patient,and had suffered so much.
had had an operationperformed and was
low
very
he was
cryinglike a child. I could scarcelycomfort
and
Es
him, he held my hand
out
always moaned
brennt so"
[Itburns so]. Such nice people most
so

"

"

of those

young

class

well

so

men

are

educated.

"

very

All

young,

who

are

and

well

for that

enough

reading.
I must
praisethe ventilation and cleanliness
different hospitals
things they have
; in these
are

wonderful
We
his

are

here.
progress
here in Rheinhessen,

command.

This

as

Louis

place,Nierstein,

has

to

in the
made

take

lies between

PEINCESS

152

and

Worms

all

and

Mayence,

troops are
Louis' staff is at Worms,

here.

about

ALICE.

our

tered
quarwhere

himself is

he

He

to-day,and was alreadylast night.


more
hopeful about the prospects

was

Oberhessen

his

on

kindly received

so

When

Louis

from

return

dear

by

Berlin,and

Vicky

and

hig farewell

wrote

had

for

been

Fritz.
his

to

cavalry

to lose him),as
brance
remema
-Sferry
that he and
gether
they had stood in the field tofor their first campaign,he asked these two
stand
to
to
regiments,officers and men,
sponsors
born
during that time, and they
baby, as she was
but wish the child to have one
of their
are
delighted,

brigade (who

names

We

christen
think

so

are

tillthe troops
that account.

wait

baby

on

shall be

we

here

we

-K-

Louis

and

has
is

armistice

-^g

threat deal

and

over,

to

its prolongation
or

it

must

be

Prussia
the

so

about
the

one

The

villagesso
people are

the

would

the

Whenever

To-morrow
have

we

settlement

no

the
as

news

of peace

little private war

be absurd

and

but
of

impossible,

country

clean, with
blessed

here

is

such

so

good

with children

The

from

chano-e

Darmstadt

It is the

rich and

to

fertile,

houses
an

but

nary
extraordi-

richlypopulated part of
all Germany, and there
are
more
people on the
square mile than in England.
extent

don't

quartered in the little villages

troops remain
here.

do.

present

the

to

return.

can

to

other.

or

againstus

at

HaUS, AugUSt 2ISt.


all our
and
still,
troops,

here

^j-g

GeLBES

NiERSTEIN,
-X-

home

come

long.

very

leave Darmstadt

Prussians

can

of air
"

has

"

most

done

through your great kindness,


be
be possibleto us, it would
of

us.

it is but

though
me
a

hours

two

good, and if later,


little journey should

very

beneficial

to

both

HOME

AT

AND

AT

WORK.

53

quiteclose to the Rhine, and this


instant our
on
pioneershave come
by from Worms
their pontoon
bridge singing a quartett, about
It looks so pretty, and they
twenty or thirtymen.
On their marches
the soldiers
sing so beautifully.
beautiful songs,
always sing,and they have so many
The
such as :
Germans
are
Dergute Kamerad."
such 2. gemiltklich
kinaiy,sociable]
people.
[simple,
house

This

is

"

The
to

lives with

one

more

them, the

It is

appreciatethem.

more

fine nation.

one

learns

God

grant

heroes, and
produced so many
cost
so
gallantlives, may not have been in
many
that at length,Germany may
become
vain, and
a
It will then be the firstin
mighty,powerfulPower!
the world, where the great ideas and thoughtscome
and
when
from, free from narrow-minded
prejudice,
the Germans
have
attained
freedom,
once
political
they will be lastingly
happy and united.
But the present state of thingsis sad, though one
should not despairof some
from it.
good resulting
I beg a thousand
My letter is quite confused.
often.
so
pardons for it,but 1 have been interrupted

this war,

which

has

Gelbes

"^

"^

The

Haus, August-29th.
arrived well and safe, and

children

good looks. It was a great pleasureto


again ; and I tried to make Victoria tell me
and uncles
as
possibleof dear Grandma

in such
them
much
aunts,

very

and

she

when

is

not

How

communicative.

absent-minded
much

we

see
as

and

she

thank

is

you,

darling Mama, for having kept them and been so


good to them I can't tell you. This change has been
both cholera and
there are
so
good for them ; for now
small-poxat Darmstadt, which is stillfull of Prussian
soldiers.

More

yet concluded.
the

hopes of

have
I

come,

hope
losingless

it is

and
no

will not

our

peace

is

sign,and
disappear.
bad

not

that
"

FHINCESS

54

We

only in

were

Darmstadt

children arrived, and

"

for the

go there
Louis has

for

militarythingsare in his
not
am
feelingvery well. The
and I begin to
days is relaxing,

few

there

has

I have

such

strain

time.

air Weber

I have

life is meant

I learn

the sunshine

in

is there

what

all at

and

dear

air here
feel

after

what

more

leave

to

to

be

more

and

"

and

of you, and
that he
I long to claspyou
loneliness

in the world

none

that is

when

too

is

not

visible

to

my

heart, in
is

is harder

'X-

Xhank

for

you

to

find

when

one

by one's side,
heavy to bear?
of darlingPapa

poor

than

at

side'

your
some

way

lot.

widow's

that !

Darmstadt,
-X-

and

for

I think

which

though

own,

me,

husband

in the world

dear

again is so great !
and
for pleasure,
not
gratefuland content

Almighty-sends
spiteof the clouds

darlingMama,

the

the

own

cheer

home,

Louis
and

My

Oh,

do,

to

after
[home-sicknefes]

beloved, adored

one's

to

morrow
to-

during this
side again. Mountain
my
have, and quiet, away
that is impossible7iow,

for work,
and

more

that which

with

now,

hours

hands.

beinof able

not

HeUnweh

some

England, Balmoral,
the joy of being near

has

I fear

the

financially.

then

But

to

few

when

nerves

my

pain in

but

on

me

of Louis

account

on

wants

all bothers

from

been

day

great deal

all the

and

we

business.

on

ALICE.

tellingme

August 31st.
how
you

have been
peacefuland
spent that dear day ; it must
solemn, the beautiful country harmonizing well with
the

thoughts
lives

ever

to

and

me,

told

is

on

of that great and


beautiful soul
with us.
and
He remains
nearer

the recollection

of many
stay in my

help and a
of late. The separationseems

me

which
nearer

thingsdear Papa
actions, particularly
so

short.

can

and

him

see

learn

must

to

each

time

of

our

plainly.
Through

SO

Ella

fat

children.

the

saw

55

Alas!

my

you,

ling
dar-

side, they
become

is

Victoria
won't

well, and
;

room

she

round

arms

is dear

neck.

my

I go away.
She
I send you
Victoria.

smallest, who

is

leave

not
me

keeps kissingme

when

scene

: so

descent.

puttingher

and

WORK.

him.

seen

into the

come

in your rooms,
and at your
know
him, that they may

worthy of their
Yesterday we
quite well, but
when

Speak

never

and

Mama,

AND

him

hear

have

children

HOME

is such

There
is

so

is

fection
af-

graph
photo-

pretty child,and

good.

very

The
have

concluded
is not
Prussians
yet ; more
peace
The
been
quarteredin and around Darmstadt.
'"'"

*
so
people are very angry atthis lasting
long
[done to punThey believe it is Strafeinqimidieruiig
ish
us]. Nothing is settled as to what we keep or
and hear nothing. Waiting here,
lose,and we know
uncomfortably lodged, the troops impatient to go
some.
home, as they have
nothing to do, gets very irk""

not

"^

last the

At

yet ratified.

The

lose the Hinterland


whole

the

thousand

of

souls

"

Gelbes

Haus,

peace

is concluded,

terms

and

three

"

millions

so

in

all

8th.

though

bad.

there,

the Domains

Hesse-Homburg
pay

not

are

September

as

We
also

sixty-four

sides
contribution, be-

having kept a largepart of the Prussian army


six weeks
for nothing,
which cost the country twentyfive thousand
Oberhessen
florins daily. For
we
go
into the North-German
under

Prussian

is
half the army
ful
dreadwill make
a

Bund, and

command,

which

preferhaving it for the


in anticipation,
alas ! of a coming
whole, particularly
confusion.

war.

Louis

would

156

PRINCESS

ALICE.

railroads, posts, and


Prussian
they demand,
; and

telegraphsalso

The

besides,

of

this

to

Kolner

the

country

and

Dom,

years

ago

had

for

longed
be-

once

made

were

; and

fine old

some

books, and manuscripts,which


pictures,
to

become

present

Domains

our

Entschcldigtmg[compensation].In exchange for


small places amongst others,
Homburg we get some

no

"

Rumpenheim.
the

When
the

is ratified and

peace

Prussians

leave

the country,
Until then Louis

very shortly.
he can
as
only get
Darmstadt, and that

leave

will be called

and' then

Louis

Louise
Gelbes

Tired

to-morrow,

for the

day

over
*

dear

be

nth.

godfathers

cominof

are

quitequiet.

and

life and

sad

is what

its trials !

dear, loving,kind

Mama,

you

Alas

say,

! that it

have

who

deeply of that cup of bitterness.


Those
who
ever,
all they love, as I do, can, howpossess
feel all the more
keenly, and sympathize more
trulywith you for what you have lost,though it is a
How
I do long always to
griefwe do not know.
to

drink

of the

true

about
you,

September

and
to
birthday,
go
the
Prussians
Though

it will be

How

Mama,

should

had

Anna."

it is Louis'

some

otherwise

Haus,

Darmstadt.

still there,

are

Marie

tening
christhere.

be

must

to

go

constantly putting off and


ened
yesterday to have baby christ-

as

to

to

of

settled

waiting,we

be

now

always uncertain, baby's


Irene

"

paid,

stop here, and

must

now

is still impossible,
as
She

the money
which
must

alleviate

this

that is the
for you.

grief for

world's
One

patience and
Mama.

so

trial.

must

carry
to

courage

I feel for

you

you,

None

dearest

bear
now

bear

can

it one's

as

than

but

the burden

self ; and

such
more

Mama

it wants

yours,
ever

dear

since

AT

HOME

AND

AT

WORK.

57

I feared
from
during that month
day to day my
happy Hfe might be brought to a violent close, and
but
anticipated all the misery that inight come,
which
the Almighty graciously
averted.
Darmstadt,
*

That

souvenir, the money


kind.

reallyso

The
one

Our

it is furnished

Irene,*

as

which

reminds

us

have

gladlywelcomed.

so

of the

We

returned

time, and

Uncle

and

showered
their

English

an

It will

of how

Schloss, and

much

always
have

we

September 24th.

again ;
likewise.

warmly by

most

troops

our

The

mer
for-

inhabitants

the

Louis
rode
also, who
nosegays^
We
them
all in front of the
saw

it

the

here

Louis

with

head.

miss

settled

are

received

were

to

consider

gratefulfor.

at

is

associations, is

Darmstadt,

and

house

like ; it stands, besides,


of recollection of the peace
so
longed

sort

for,and
be

like

as

other

through
parents-in-lawand we

name

my

to

something in the
whole
dining-room we

pretty

possible.

as

one

the

for

present, and

your

Louis, besides

sent

you

i6th.

September

"

sad

was

to

faces

absent

the thinned

see
we

knew

so

and

ranks

well.

On

the

13th and 14th of July,at Frohnhofen, Laufach, and


and
1 1
Aschaffenburg,out of 8,000 we lost 800 men
officers, and of the officers justthose who were
very
intimate

with
be

to

This

horrible

borne

The

we

wounds.

name.

under
are

of whom

some

Princess

that

Prussians, and

united

afternoon

wounded,

the

Charles

So
had

wished

many
Ger-

after the

poor
such

Prussia.

going
are

much
a

who

to

see

still very

ill with

sufferingand

sister, who

died

when

pain

and

child, who

had

158

PRINCESS

griefto those poor


unhappy war !
If only now
the
antipathiesand the
Prussia, and
and

the

The

wrongs

of the

had

before

their homes

My
Henry

is become

Uhlans

at

make

those

fices
sacri-

the

prevent

rence
recur-

!
marched

and

tears

fought so

last time
to

to

necessary

Homburgers
their

in this

sovereigns will forgettheir


they have suffered from
real welfare of their people

misfortunes

poor

innocent

are

fatherland, and

will be

troops, and
the

other

universal

of these

(who

people, who

think

which

ALICE.

fell as

ours

with

by
we

them

saw

bravelyunder Uncle Louis)for


Prussians, and return
they become
such.

as

parents-in-laware
Colonel

of

Switzerland.

to

gone

the

2d

Guard

"'

"'

going with
enheim

for

few

of

at

were

to

ago
and

see

to

days.
still pale ;

and

the

and
which

sad

of the

common

balls,and

soldiers

In

who

lay there,

one

died
and

had

days
was,

In the middle

eighty

some

It makes

on.

know

which

even

the
are

Jug-

few

people, none

or

to

troops retreated,

had

in
grave
afterward
the

so

places.

thinofsthe soldiers

fight.

wounded

the

are

never

engagement

our

as

we

pale.

unfortunate

officers lie in the different

who

has

Laufach

officers lie, and

some

ist.

of air is wanted

Irene

and

impression,for
buried
they were
by

very

the

change

and

Frohnhofen

lines, as

Alexander

Uncle

is also rather

and

where

few

visited the graves


of our
soldiers.
field there is a mound, below which

men
a

is

write

The

change yet,
We

but

can

the children

for Ella, who


any

of

Berlin.
October

our

We

of the

found

thrown

some

off durinof

churchyard,
buried.

gravediggeranswered

the

I asked
''Bin

'

Preuss

unci

Prussian

[" A

ein

Hess

and

had

much

I put wreaths

where

crosses

wounded

The
to

eng-agement,

knew

here

are

rades.
com-

them, and

dered
or-

who

lay there.
recovering,and I go

we

us,

were

of their

graves
flowers on

and

hand, perhaps.

accompanied

the

since

together "],

other's

seeing the

on

overcome

each

"

beisammen

lie there

officers who

there

been

not

by

59

dort

liegen

Hessian

of the

Some

WORK.

AT

fallen

in death, and

united

and

AND

HOME

AT

often

after them.

see

As

you

united

Germany

of the

other

largePrussia

this

say,

is

by

no

but, nevertheless, I think

an

means

the

duty

German

sovereigns,in spiteof all,is to


and
unite with
Prussia
under
her,
placethemselves
her unite with Germany.
to make
so
as
Otherwise,
the next
opportunity,they will be annexed.
Heiligenburg,
*

'^

children

We

for another

delicious.
remain

Louis

week,
has

so

to-day,leaving the

town
as

7th.

the air

much

to

the hill is

on

do

that he

so

can't

at
longer,though he went
half-past
morning to his office,returning for

away

seven

to

return

October

Jugenheim,

every

luncheon.
October

Darmstadt,
On

Thursday
a
fortnightand
little girlsknew
of course,

dear
kind

to

take
your

talk of

Ernest, Marie

Alberta

going
Victoria

to

Waldleiningen for

with

The

us.

photograph at once,
and of England.
you

and

dear,

get

on

and

children

well

they always are.


tolerably
together. The
as

splendid,so strong

and

fat.

the

two

began,

October
Waldleiningen,
It Is quite beautiful here.
We

and

are

we

22d.

31st.

found

former

Victoria

so

and

littleboy is

l6o

PJilNCESS

Castle

The

mountains
end

and

Nichels

The

fine and

lies

woods, and

there

so

of them

many

"

is

I thank

you

to

came

small

is too

just in

see

is

be

to

beforehand

of

without
of Scotland.

Marie

me

so

when

we

and

much

of

him.

know

to

and

us,

midst

much

so

it reminded

;
to

see

the

walks

are

reminding me

played with Nichel


the g-ood old times
Ella's birthday
She

ALICE.

kept

the difference

return.

of the

day.

locket for her

for the

with

Papa's picture. The children always speak of


their two
Grandpapas dear Grandpapa in Heaven,
and
dear Grandpapa in Darmstadt.
ing
Victoria, hearPapa so often mentioned, and seeing his pictures
about
everywhere, asks no end of questions
dear

"

him.

about

November

Darmstadt,
I

better, thank

am

but

you,

the

least

out

regularlyin all weathers

of

and

reason,

am

14th.

weak

so

without

dreadfullychilly. Still,I
and

take

go

exercise, but

evening I am quite knocked


up.
We
always breakfast at half past eight,as Louis
gets up earlyand prefersit ; so that I lead a very
well.
A
not
healthy life,and in spite of that am
change quite into another climate, for a few months
I reallyrequired; but it was
what
was
impossible.
On that account,
dear Mama,
I shall hope to have a
full three months
in England when
and perwe
come,
haps
an

part of the time


I

went

v/ell

kept

and

show

Formerly
a

dresser

me

The
so

of

Royal

of the Duchess

of

am

summer

and

the time, but

at

the

this

excitement

it,too, for I
one

Bertie, if he

deal

through a great

confinement.

been

with

Kent's,

in

England.

have

us.

during my
will to keep

I feel it

gettingso

Band

the

can

thin
Madame

now,

alas!

again.
Nichel

had

AT

passed it at

is

She

cannot

21st.

happily
last year, and, though she
replaceto her what the

was.

one

How

Windsor

child, it

has another
other

\6l

WORK.

AT

November
Darmstadt,
Vicky'sbirthday. She will think how

Dear
she

AND

HOME

hear you
to
praise dear Alix
glad I am
of tact]and
true.
so
good, tadvoll [full

her very much.


I had the pleasureof

!
I

love

for

few hours

dreadful

seeing dear
last Sunday.

here

The

snowstorm.

young

Countess
She

came

King

Bliicher

duringa

of Bavaria

is

*
*
*
day to-morrow.
The
large picturesfrom Homburg
George III.,
IV., and the
Queen Charlotte, George IV., William
of York
Duke
Louis
has given us,
Uncle
j:n pied
and now
that I have given these good people,whom
I should so
I don't like,the best placesin our
rooms,
much
like you and dear Papa, which
promised
you

coming

here

for the

"

"

me

some

from

years

ago

from

the last Winterhalters,

in the garter dress.


I look forward
much
to seeingdear
so

if

those

only for

Friday ;

few

if he

hours.

travels

it is

very

Bertie

thousand

day
long and

cold

journey.
22d.

preciousbook,'""and for
dear lines. The
former I have nearlyfinished.
your
I got it yesterdaymorning,and you can
well imagine
that every
devoted
to its study.
was
spare moment
I think it very
well done, and I am
only sorry
that General
continue
it,as the other
Grey cannot
I believe, did not
know
dear
Papa. The
persons,
I see
and know
of the world,
longer I live,the more
the deeper my
tender
admiration
for such a
grows
*

"The

Early

thanks

here,

I suppose
day,
Monday or Sunand
night,as he leaves on

November

or

Years

for the

of the Prince

Consort," by the late General

Grey.

l62

ALICE.

FJilNCESS

It makes

father.

that

I think

when

feel

me

fect,
myself so small, so imperhis child, and

am

stillso

am

people here who


being it. How
many
about
him, and you
like to hear of dear Papa, ask me
with what
understand
pride and love I talk of
can
him, and tell them
thingswhich make them all share
!
But
at not
sorrow
our
having hi-m here any more
dear
life has outlived a man,
if ever
a
Papa's has
remains
In my
done
so.
thoughtsand aims he ever
Dear beloved
and the guiding star.
the centre
Papa,
of

unworthy

he

child, I loved
a

who

his great thoughts and


them.
knew

aims

since
or

kindly ask
have begun

else I should
Victoria

cards

with

am

how

some

bark

have

been

different

letters

leave

can

none

Better, thank

quinine I

"

well

o-aeed

each

to

whole

it is six
other

you,

in

"

playing with

them.

years

in the

idle

can't take,

November

To-day

come,

sooner.

read

on

foolish

generationsto

am.

teaching to

great life will be

His

him.
for

You

when

even

many

and

for many

model

and

adored

and

much,

how

half knew,

never

Red

since

we

30th.
were

Drawinp--room

en-

at

ward
afterPapa s little room
and
dear
Papa's sanction to it.
your
how
sad that already was,
the followingyear
And
How
for darlingPapa was
beginning to be unwell.
Mama,
during
constantlydo I think of you, beloved
fully
merci! God
that fortnightof anxiety and sorrow
the
to us, though for yourselfit was
you
spare
of the sad and
commencement
lonelyexistence you
dear Papa.
lead without
it is' good for littleHenry * to be this
I am
sure

when
Windsor,
received

we

in dear

"

Son

of the

Crown

Prince

and

Princess

of Prussia.

AT

with

winter
very

AND

in

you

Health

children, the

WORK.

the

Berhn

is such

first wish

ill health

healthy,for

AT

England

unwholesome.
has

one

HOME

influences

dimate

63
is

blessing. If
is they should
be
all, and nothing
a

than

more

temper.
intend, if possible,
going for

We

Carlsruhe.
much

that is

I read

painfulthis
immense

an

and

Louise

Poor

Fritz

two

or

so

'^""

of serious, and

now

to

throusfh

went
*

summer.

deal

day

what

call

to
dry, books ; but it is a great resource
and the thought of standingstill,
if one
does not
me,
The
on.
long winter evenings we
study, urges me
ceive
always spend together,and twice in the week reI play on the piano duets
in the evening, when
with such as play on
the violin,and pass the evenings
pleasantly.
very
some

Thousand
you

thanks

6th.
Carlsruhe, December
for your
dear letter ! I congratulate

all having gone

on

and

am

off

so

well

gratefulfor

very

at

hampton,*
Wolver-

the

account.

Bertie's

Dear

visit is over,
and
it has been
a
very
have
him
and
to
to
us
to
seen
again,
great pleasure
have him under
roof
where
our
at length
own
we
"

had

opportunity,in
and constant
hospitality
an

him, dear

brother

childhood

been

have

We

so

come

small

kindness

! he is the
dear

to

to

way,
to

who

one

has

every
*

The

year

uncovering

from

my

me.

here, and

I think

it has

well.
I
good Fritz. Louis seems
very
Fanny Baillie yesterday,looking dear and
It is a pleasureto look at her sweet
ever.

As

bless

God

us.

his

return

saw

pleased
Lady

pretty

as

face.

December
nth.
Carlsruhe,
during these days my thoughts are
of the monument

to

the Prince

Consort.

164

FJilNCESS

with

and

you,

anniversary

each

as

brings round

year

dreadful

that

of

ALICE.

again the

misfortune, it

seems

ready
impossiblethat five years should alall loved so
have
we
elapsed,since he whom
from
I thank
taken
our
sight. How
tenderly was
the Almighty again and again,as this season
returns,
that He
spared you to us, when at such a moment,
for your
trembled
preciouslife,fearingthat two
we
in death could not be parted.
in life even
united
so
and

more

more

should

What

country have
over

us

would
children, what
poor
done, had that second misfortune

the

we

selfish and

it seemed

Yet

unkind

come

wish

to

istence.
exlovingwife's heart the solitarywidow's
How
bravely and nobly you have borne it !
have
leave
this to-morrow
We
morning, and
There
talk
much
to
was
spent pleasantdays here.
about
together,and Fritz is so excellent and so wise,
Louise
is
Dear
that I am
always glad to hear him.
kind.
well and in good looks, and most

for your

Now
and

comfort

the
side

end

must

and

you,

thought of
during that

beloved

your

Mama.

in these

days

child, who

absent

dreadful time,

December

Mama

precious

On

:
"

the cold

trees,

time

This

of

season

light,every

the

14th.
this

awaking

of you
morning, my first thoughts were
it reopens
darling Papa ! Oh, how
this day of pain
scarcelyhealed, when
!

your

the recollection

mingle with

Darmstadt,

returns

at

was

past !

of the

Beloved,

bless you
let sometimes

God

year

thing reminds

and

of dear,

the

wounds

and

anguish

the
me

leafless
of

that

Thousand

thanks

for your

yesterday. Well, only too


hour, almost

every

minute,

dear

letter received

zvell,do I remember
of those

days,and

every

I have

HOME

AT

AND

AT

WORK.

1
,

such

inexpressible
longing

an

round
yours,
The

your

neck, and

while

kneelingat
love and

tender

loss remain

with

ever

to

throw

arms

my

let my
flow
tears
that beautiful grave.

with

to

the

deep
and

me,

caused

sorrow

65

His

by

will accompany
me
sensiwith its tive
was,

through life. At the age I then


it made
an
feelings,
impression which, I think,
nothing can efface above all,the witnessingyour
grief Happily married as I am, and v/ith such a
good, excellent,and loving husband, how far more
I understand
the depth of that griefwhich
now
can
lives asunder ! I played our
dear
tore
Papa's
your
under
his beloved
picture this morning, and
organ
heart
and
in dear
thoughts were
England
my
my
"

with

all.

you

We

found

Irene

mother-in-law
it has

book,* and
to

see

being the

is

well

on

and

return,

our

her

perfectlyon

prospers

My
came

children

our

so

donkey's milk.
much
pleased with

interested

her

earlythis morning
14th. She is always so

on

She

much.

very

me

the

of its

account

kind

and

full of

attentions.
Darmstadt,

dear of you to
thanks
thousand

How

14th

have

written

for your

December
to

letter !

me

How

17th,
the

on

much

thought of all on that day you can imagine ; also


what
good it did me to know that you stillthought
of me
so
so
kindly with those recollections. I am
borne
are
so
suffering.I hope Ossorry to hear that you
will do you good, and that rest and quiet will
refresh

you.

Darmstadt,
*

"^""

recovered,
*

General

December

hope by this time that you are


though this mild damp weather
Grey's

"

Early Years

of the Prince

Consort."

21st.

quite
is

not

1 66

PRINCESS

made

ALICE.

give one
strength. I feel it so much also,
and am
reallyonly kept alive by steel,for off and on
I am
weak
that I nearlyfaint if I have
stand
to
so
any time, and this is so unpleasant.
*
*
I am
tryingto found what is no small
FrauenVereiJi,"to be spread all
undertaking: a
to

'"^

"

over

the

one

being

land

in

different

here

under

my

committees, the central


direction, for the purpose

of assistino- the International


and

supportingthe troops

founded

Geneva,

at

and

Convention

in time
to

of

which

war,

this

for nursinowhich

was

country also

belongs. The duty in time of peace will be to have


for the task, who
nurses
brought up and educated
assist in other
then
can
hospitalsor amongst the
the rich, wherever
to
nurse
they may be
poor, or
This committee
of women
requiredin time of war.
has to collect all the necessary
thingsfor the wounded
and
for the marching troops, has
their
to
to
see
etc.
being sent to rightplaces,
All these things were
done by private people in
this war,
of thingswere
and, though quantities
sent,
the whole
that there was
so
plan was not organized,
and surplusat the same
time.
want
In time of peace
these thingsshould be organized,
where
that, when
to
so
war
comes,
people know
send their thingsto, and that no volunteer
nurses
go
out

who
The

have

not

thingexists

same

Prussia, and

here

undertakingsare
of persons
do
it.
to

first learnt their business.


in Baden, in Bavaria, and

it is much

wanted.

But

all these

in the
difficult,
particularly

choice

hope I shall be able


My mother-in-law
helps me, and I hope
before long to be able to begin.
The Elector is coming here on a visit to-day, and
Uncle
returned
from
Alexander
Petersburg last
night.
to

assist

one.

Still I

In

HOME

AT

A AW

AT

WORIC.

December

Darmstadt,
*

have

well besides,

very

To-day

we

Christmas

to
gifts]

Of

it will be
is here

Henry

in his

dreadful

can

the

few

uniform

new

not

am

few

lines.

hot.

very

for

25th.

cold, and
scribble

but

6/

of
Bescheerimg [distribution
wounded
in three
hospitals.

the

to

go

course

so

He

days.

looks

his dark

with

so

some
hand-

beard.

He

has grown
so
good-lookingthese last few years, and
I am
He is
he is so excellent.
very fond of him.

likewise
The

much

so

formerly.
will be givento-night,
sent

eatables you

good

when

than

gayer

Louis'

and

parents

brothers

to

come

us

for

dinner.
The

children

have

party for their

December

Darmstadt,
*

May

the

tree.

Almighty give

30th,

you

every

blessingof peace and comfort which the world can


and
stillgive you, tillyou gain that greater blessing
reward
as

old dear

my

peace,

with

blessingfall
! May
ones
order bring

every

glory which peace and


it,with its many
blessings,
protect

continue

in the

may,

to

This

than

more

have

much

new

and

pain and
draws
blessings,

wise

dear

model

and

native

and

glorious
Papa'sspirit,
an

ever

ornament

to

close.

yet for
It

moves

us
me

day approaches.For how


for my
the Almighty
not
to thank
others,
unworthy compared to many
as

we

anxiety, and

its last

"

so

life of this little one,


of my

this life.

your

by

be

of

is

life,which

year,

my

year

rich in

new

overshadowed

prosper

the world

the

May

home, with all its dear

reign,so

so

for such

is reserved

the

and

land ; and

to

mother

sweet

own

my

on

all others, which

above

own

dear

and

above

husband,

who

all the preservation


is my

all in

68

PJilNCESS

trials of this year


evil :
with
all the

The

good
and good to
all profit
by
that

more

is

ALICE.

what

goodness

individual

grant that

in trouble

ever

have

I felt in

and

love

are

than

more

the

we

may

and
learnt,and gain mxore
justiceand love, which

in God's

trust

brought some

to

God

have

we

guide and support

our

good

multitude.

the

have

must

and

in

joy! Oh,

this year, that God's


indeed
beyond comprehension

!
"^

listen

can

I
to

dear

but

that

it

now
*

him.

to

near

you

loved

Papa

it

that

is such

much,

so

be

must

hear

to

Music

little music.

thing,and
think

reallyglad

am

you

heavenly

that

I can't

soothing,and

bring

1867.
The

necessityfor
for aid

the

to

with

Hesse,

sick

Prince

had

hitherto
of

Sisters
After

been

Mercy,

the

and

Princess

Charles

far

as

war.

resolutions

1863,

and

had

nursing of

orders
war,

by
of

"

for the

It

was,

families

done

good

Deaconesses,"

at

nature.

the

of those

however,

its

as

the wounded

kindred

those

formed

passed at

(or Society)made themselves


lay in their power, for the

disabled, and

fallen in the

the

in

close of the

the committee
so

and

undertaken
and

field.
battle-

the

on

been

The

war.

widespread organization

societyhad

with

the

shown

Convention

in the last

work

had

war

wounded

and

in i865

patrons, in accordance
the Geneva

late

efficient and

an

Already
in

of the

experiences

felt to

head

of

sible,
respon-

wounded
who

had

be

very

desirable

other

that

AND

HOME

AT

WORK,

AT

should

committees

throughout the country for the purpose


nurses.
specially-qualified
Princess
The
was
deeply interested
indeed, her whole

"

it since the

to

what

seen

done

was

the Grand

of

beginning

in Baden

Duchess.
of Florence

had

during and after


was
naturallyfond

Princess

that had
took
"

the

up

Ladies'

join in
be

not

in

the

good

she
The

war.

of all

eagerly

Frauen-Verein,

or

her

which, under

spices,
au-

out.

the Princess

the

committees

object was

to

was

assist

"

the

direction.

whole

four

central
to

was

the

over

The

"

Union

Princess'

spread

of the troops in times


nurses,

President.

as

Ladies'

"

under

Darmstadt,

train

committee

1867, consistingof six ladies and


of the

committee

the

her

therefore

consultation

much

doctors, with

"

the

of

and ladies of all classes to


lay women
this undertaking,so
that the nursing should
orders
confined, as heretofore, to religious

formed

to

direction

carried
successfully

most

had

wished

After

Its

idea

an

"

she

nursing, and

she

founding

"

soon

only.

other

of

after

Crimean

of

it, and

directed

also before

the

tion
ques-

been

the

Nightingale,and

with

idea

Union

was

She

do

to

under

training

in this

war,

had

She

example
done

the

formed

of

had

attention

be

69

be

at

The

country.

nursingand supporting

of war," and

in times

of peace

assist other

or
hospitals,
amongst
the rich
in fact, to help
nurse
required. In 1868 the members

to

"

poor,

wherever

or

to

help was
belongingto the

"

"

Ladies'

Union

"

had

greatlyin-

PRINCESS

170

creased, and

In

ALICE,

number

of

consisted

in

the

they reached

1869

2,5oo.
The

of

duties

collecting
money
wounded

the

local committees

and

all necessary

for the

or

troops

did its best

committee

the

on

materials

march.

for the
The

tral
cen-

to

direct

of peace

in times

generalattention to this most important question


delivered
by medical men.
by lectures on the subject,
started this undertaking
At the time the Princess
also much
she was
ing
occupiedwith another all-engrosssubject viz.: the improvement of the condition
well as the
and
of poor unmarried
as
women
girls,
the

"

able

assistant

Biichner

Louise

in Fraulein

the
distinguished authoress, and
of
women's
more
particularly
rights,
of
With

her

help the

November,

of"

after

called

1867,

cation
higher edu-

also for
The

Female

of
at

Bazaar

"

Industry."
the

on

5th of

Princess, "The

for

posing
dis-

value,

their proper

of all

women

became

soon

mittee
com-

receivingand

obtainingemployment
"

another

the

Bazaar," for the purpose

classes.

the

established

was

of articles of needlework
and

of

champion

formed

Princess

encouragement
Bazaar

permanent

Alice

most

"

an

women.

for the
A

found

Princess

The

in general.
of eii'ls

education

flourishing

institution.
At

the

Princess
Prince
the

war.

beginning
went

and

to

Gotha,

Princess

They

of the

then

year

where

of Prussia
went

for

1867

the

Prince

they

met

the

Crown

for the first time


a

few

weeks

to

and

since

Berlin.

AND

HOME

AT

AT

WORK.

I7I

of war
caused
by the
threateningrumors
peror
Luxembourg question had been dispersed,the EmNapoleon invited all the Sovereigns and
Princes
of Europe to visit the great International

After

the

Exhibition

Paris.

at

Paris

at

King

of Prussia, and

the

time

same

of Prussia.

The

placesof
for

attraction

country,

as

influence

the

Prince

Crown
and

interest and

her, and

she

took
of

Princess
many

Paris besides

at

All institutions

and

visited

Princess

note

at

were

for

had

art

the

up

would

^reat

idea

most

in her

Design

exercise

the

own

good

there.

During
took

Louis,

of Russia, the

Emperor

founding Schools
she hoped they

of

warmly

the

as

Prince

(jreat Exhibition.

review

Princess

others, accepted the invitation, and

amongst

other

and

Prince

Prince

the

and

Princess'

visit the

great

Imperialtroops in theBois de Boulogne


cessful
place; and on that day, too, the happilyunsucthe Emperor of Russia's life was
attempt on
of the

made.
After

attending all the

Court, where

the Prince

festivities

and

Princess

at

Imperial

the

received

every

from
the Emperor
possibleattention and kindness
and
Empress, they left Paris on the loth of June,
their children at Calais, crossed
and, having met
to
over
England. During this stay in England the
visited the

Princess
and
the

Queen

present

at

she
at

German

also assisted
several

Windsor

and

and
in

Court

Osborne

many

other

doing the
festivities.

honors
She

during the

pitals,
Hos-

for
was

visits of

PRINCESS

172

the

Sultan, who

had

been

whose

England, and in
at Spithead was
Prince

received
cordially

so

honor

great naval

in

review

held.
Louis

Princess

and

ALICE.

returned

Darmstadt

to

first days of

August ; and, having established


their children there, they left for St. Moritz
in the
to
they intended
spend a month,
Engadine, where
in the

where

and

the

Whilst

there

Princess

they made

the baths.

take

to

was

several excursions, travelling

Princess

quitesimply,like any other tourists.


their return
to
Germany, the Prince
Duke
spent a few days with the Grand

Grand

Duchess

about

On

of

Lake

the

Princess

and

Constance.

went

to

to

the

meet

and

It is

sisters.
Prince

returningfrom

were

constant

and

that of other

Whatever

small

change, which for the


and
which
they will
is

so

sensible

with

that which

"

come
inevitably

must

talk.

our

the future

ever

ones

feel.

will be

reasonable,

and

course

very

Even

dear

says

be

position,
undergo a

our

comes,

dear

is to

is of

"

must
sovereigns,

older

15th,

January

great happiness to be

Fritz, and

feared, that which

who

and

Crown

GOTHA,

Vicky

the

England.

visit to

on

autumn

brothers

own

of Prussia, who

Princess

the

Durino-

Cassel

and

island of Mainau

the

on

several of her

met

also

She

of Baden

and

he

has

hard,
Louis,
been

which
for centuries
rights,
up with particular
been
that he is never
and he feels sore
to
ours,

brought
have

inherit them.
Dear

second

aunt

mother

seems

to

very
us,

so

well, and

lovingand

is

kind

ever

like

also dear

AT

uncle.

Papa's and
as

see

with

us

darlingPapa
Messina

does

Ordensfest

is the

and

as

of you.
go to Berlin.

to

[theCrown

William

four turned

is here

has

been

very

Prince]saw

Ada

and

Carlsruhe, and

at

Fritz and

We

decorated
to

rive
ar-

still. He
ill. Fritz
Fritz Hol-

of Hesse

Anna

of their countries.

out

to

Sunday

on

thought it better

who
Feo,'^''

see

as

will be

many

Hermann

after the ceremony.


been

him

to

whereas

homes,

our

73

he lives

and

much

Louis

foughtagainstus,

stein

own

in

dear

are

Thursday Vicky and Fritz


until Sunday afternoon,
here

remain

has

von
Yesterday the BratU
beautiful piece which
Papa

not.
"

fond

On

who

his

given that
I thought so
of.

was

so

children

your

families and

our

WORK,

AT

though they were

almost

was

AND

HOME

all

"

delightedto hear of dear Arthur


having
How
proud you
passed so good an examination.
the good Major,f who
be of him ! And
has
must
how
be!
pleased he must
spared no pains,I know
I

am

"

Arthur

has

uniform

I suppose.

now,

Berlin,
*

until the

We

remain
I

Amahe

saw

well, and

Little
Princess

Queen
the
age

not

see

us

Lauchert

26th.

little longer,probably
the

often, and

King, owing
begged us to

longer.

so

followingSaturday, as

his cold, could

to

here

remain

January

charming

Vicky
Feodore

Victoria's

is such

Victoria

sister, the

Hereditary Prince, now


the
of thirty-three,
on

here

as

two

ing
look-

like her

poor

ever.

darling,
very

Adelaide

days ago,

Paulina

Amelia

Maria, daughter of

Princess

the
loth

f Major Elphinstone, Prince


Elphinstone, K.C.B.

Hohenlohe-Langenburg,
Duke
of Saxe-Meiningen.
She
of February, 1872.
Arthur's

Governor

from

wife

and

died

1859,

of
the

at

Sir

now

Howard

Princess
late

artist,Herr

Amalie

of

niece
Hohenlohe-Schillingsfiirst,
of Hohenlohe-Langenburg,

brother-in-law, Prince
Lauchert.

of

Queen

married

toria's
Victo

an

ALICE.

PRINCESS

174

little brother

so

"

good, one

so

merry,

hears

never

and it is reallya comfort


to Vicky to have
cry
that dear little thing. Poor
Vicky is very sad and
her

"

low

times.

at

which

cold

intense

After

like spring,
quite warm,
and tiring.

it is

unwholesome

is very

February i6th.

Darmstadt,
-X''

I think
well

I know

feel.

understand

can

first three

those

what

what

must

you

were

years

suffering,
tearingand uprootingthose
Papa's
feelingswhich had been' centred in beloved
"in
It is indeed, as
existence!
mercy,"
you
say
lull and
calm
after the long storm
that
a
ensues,
is but
the reverse
though the violent pain, which
side of the violent love, seems
only to die out with
fearful

what

"

that is likewise

it,and

it be

could

otherwise

Yet, beloved

bitter.

would

There

be

Mama,

justice

no

the
to be
the first stage of sorrow
perpetualone ; and God grant, that time may still
it cannot
and alleviate that which
soothe
change ! I
or

were

mercy,

only imagine what


of
it by the possession

the

can

the

and

centre

that

must

one

adored

of my

essence

be, if I

loss

"^-

lecture

in

Yesterday

existence.

about

house

our

had

we

February

Art

28th.

interesting
Venice, by a

very

in

Molin], who
had
studying three years in Italy. We
who
full of people,artists,and
professors,
[Herr

Swede

young

is

being,who

Darmstadt,
*

measure

von

been

has
the

room

liked

to

listen.
*

All

in the world
has

learnt

just in

our

the

natural

won't

something.
position it

nowadays,

serve

is

cleverness

feel this
more

and

so
more

and

ness
sharp-

unless
much

one

and

required

HOME

AT

and

much

AND

AT

WORK.

in a small place,where
expected, particularly
depends on the personal knowledge and
of the

The

makes

state

and

the

sad.

too

me

be

distressed

so

reallyhave no
last long,which

dear

It is hard

must

am

of

knowledge

nursing

Clarke.

-"j

5th,

^-

about

It may,
dreadful.*

so

\Ye

The

say.

8th.

Alix's

sweet

for them

both,

again,I am
him good at

happy

''^

had

I could

deal

good

charities, which
took

not

to

had

to

do
be

write

the

with

April ist.

other

day,

for

got into order, and

which

great deal of my time.


"and
returned
Cold, hail, snow,
rain, have
Irene has got a cold, which most
people here

The

up

weather

We

is

so

the

children

the

have.

flowers

to

until

town
to

go

country

no

in their walks.

land,
Eng-

to

before.

to

go

have

we

It is

I can't

praise

f enough. Such order she keeps, and


industrious and tidy,besides understandingso
about

the management
characters.

The

Princess

of Wales

was

of the

sufferingat

air, and

Orchard

and

unpleasant.

shall stop here in


have
nowhere
as
we

pity for
they miss

and

as

committees

two

to

once.

Darmstadt,
*

the

on

party.

did

28th.

children

some

is better

weather

warm

have
have

can

father-in-law

My

to

mean

that Victoria

so

ertions
ex-

fatiguingfor Mrs.
darling Alix that
and probably will,

very

peace.

is

March

March
*

so

Princes.
Darmstadt,

75

is

so

much

children's

health

and

the

rheumatic

fever

time

from

rheumatism.
Their

nurse,

who

is still (1884) with

the

youngest

child, Princess

Alix,

176

ALICE.

PRINCESS

April 5th.
letter,and for the

Darmstadt,

Thousand

for your

thanks

dear

birthday! I pray she may


be a worthy granddaughter and
goddaughter of my
! I shall never
forgetthat day
darlingMamma

kind

for Victoria's

wishes

"

kindness

your

to

^''

"^*

and

us,

the

tender

nurse

you

were.

Victoria

pleasedwith

much

so

is not

yet, and

tooth

is fresh and

she

dictate

to

means

last

This

letter

to

you

is

she

Irene has not a


presents.
little thing! but
fat,poor

her
very

and, I think, strong.

rosy,

the

week

has

here

excitement

been

France
with
on
anticipateda war
later it will
I fear sooner
of Luxembourg.
or
account
come.
May the Almighty avert such a calamity!
The
Moriers
were
quite in ecstasies about your
off
The
went
handsome
christening'"^
present.

dreadful,

very

as

all

well.
April 8th,

and

""

-X-

"YVe

morning

to-morrow

o'clock

nine

at

is here

Jowett

on

visit

the

Sacrament
Professor

Schlosskirche.

the

in

all take

we

to

church,

from

just returned

have

the Moriers, and

is

going

Sunday. I have not had an


English service since we
opportunity to attend our
Windsor,
at
were
Sunday at Berlin
excepting one
with Vicky and Fritz.
is put off for a
the evil of war
People think now,
few weeks, but that is all. Henry is here for Easter,
the service

read

to

and

the

says

same

on

from

all he

heard

at

Berlin.

April
*

How

believingin
*

Of

war.

I wish
I

you

always

their child, to whom

Queen

may

fear
Victoria

be

right in

it is not
stood

2ist.

not

Luxem-

sponsor.

HOME

AT

AND

AT

WORK.

77

bourg, but the intense jealousyof the French nation,


the Continent,
be the first on
that they should not
is becoming independent and
that Germany
and
mans
powerful againsttheir will. Then, again,the Gerand
feel their new
their rights
assert
position,
with

will choose
The

would

war

of dissension

be

totallyuseless, and

hatred

and

countries, who, for their

ought

the

between

tion
na-

sow

end

no

neighbor

two

kind,
good as for that of manand harmony with each

own

live in peace

to

neither

the other.

orive in to

to

and

unanimous,

force because

more

other.
We

driftino- back

seem

each

questionis pushed

It is

most

sad.

Is the

time ago
Collection
of its

in

to

which

Ruland

Mr.

for dear

printnow

and

are

out,

So

anxious

Will

it.

all about

some

deed,
it,as, in-

see

only complete
of

art

lection
col-

is anxious

perhaps, let me
I believe it is alreadya
know
as
through Mr. Sahl,*|good while since you approved of its being published,
the orders for its being printed?
and gave
to

know

to

the world

in the world, and

sent

Papa'sRaphael
people know

many

likewise, for it is the

am

Ao^es, as

the

Woodward

Mr.

coming
I

that

Catalogue
to

Middle

point of the sword.


dear Papa would
have proved
disaphas happened since 1862 !

How

of much

the

to

you,

May
As

yet

dare

none

live ao-ain since there

The

French

This

of the peace, but all


chances
for its beinof

sure
more

I trust

it will be

merely a puttingoff

not

talks of
*

are

But, then,

maintained.
peace,

be

to

press

the

Catalogue

was

Her

was

French
not

so

very

honor

completed

2d.

and

nent
perma-

tillnext

warlike,

year !
it ways
aland

being

not
made

able

public till 1876.

Majesty'sprivatelibrarian.

to

1/8

FJ^IIVCESS

allow

is becoming
mighty empire as the German
tion
to gain the upper
hand; and then rectificaher frontiers,always wishing for the Rhine.
of
little Anna
Mecklenburg is here ; it

such

of
Poor
seemed

sad

so

thick

has

home.

twice

taller and

head

will be

strong, and

has

Annchen

there

where

is

silent

and

once,

am

in

her

tried

to

older, is
afraid

so

they

her, for dear, fat Ella is very

old

It is

It looks

too

responsibility,

great

is

who

nurse,

nervous

mother.

no

dark,

gentle.

her.

frightenedabout

broad.

as

means

an

at

is five months

with

rough
by no

too

with

shy and
play with

to

about

Ella, who

returned

never

rather

eyelashes;

led her

alone

come

fair, but

little children

two

her.

amuse

had

its Mama

and

no

My

littlechild

delicate, very

eyebrows

she

for

the dear

see

rooms

looks

She

to.

to

the

inhabit

to

ALICE.

sad !

so

13th,

May

of what
something in confidence
^''
*
has taken
place here with regard to Louis.
last August, and
the command
Louis
took
Since
I

tell you

must

'^

with

Convention

the

since

Prussia

has

settled,

been

opposed by Uncle Louis and the


in doing all
Kriegsministerumi [War Department"],
he thought absolutelynecessary,
the things which
has

Louis

and

been

toward

which

do,

promised

to

necessary

order

is,Louis

Prussia
so

as

and
has

to

the

Grand

get the

reason

to

Here

fear, once

the

into

troops

organization.

had

Duke

the

ernment
Gov-

ing
play-

more

toward
false game
Prussia, and all his true
small party of the clever-thinking
friends
and
a
a

people
serve

have

encouraged

his country, he
in the present

affairs.

him

in

the

that

idea

may

and

must

sad

and

desperate

not

be

to

cated
impli-

state

of

HOME

AT

It has
mind

to

cost

him

ask

Uncle

to

present circumstances

intends

accept his

obligedto demand,

may

his

up

resignation,
he felt that

as

could

he

refuse

for leave

ask

hopes and trusts


generalto put all in

he

to

fulfil,
what

not

let him

until the

the Convention

date when

make

79

of him.

Louis
to

Louis

under

Uncle

WORK.

struggleto

he has

desired

AT

great

which

was

been

AND

the

must

King

ist

go ; then

of October,

be carried
will send

out,

he
the

when

Prussian

order.

Umgebung [thepeople about


him] will all be againstmy Louis, as they think it a
and
of their rights,
shame
to give up any
injustice
that it is unpardonable of Louis
act
and
to
up to
is so good a nephew,
He
what he has always said.
that all this will be dreadfully
painfulto him ; but he
that his duty to his country and
is quite convinced
He is obliged
this step of him.
his future demands
from
to
here, as he does not think it right
go away
be
for him
to
always in opposition to Uncle
Louis, and as he cannot
gain by it what the country
of all these
the troops require. On
and
account
he considers it rightto leave.
reasons
Uncle

He

Louis

wished

and

me

to

his

write

all this to you,

as

he knows

dence
disapprove the confiwhose
he bestows
on
on
one,
opinionhe quite
looks
relies.
He
forward
much
to
so
coming to
England, as he is worried and harassed by all that
has happened.
li\ all this he has again shown, as of
old, that he always placeshimself2.x\Ahis wishes and
others
feelingsin the background,and that to serve
the sole aims of his existence.
and to do his duty are
you

will understand

He

will,as

the

Grand

"plans. The

soon

as

and

not

he has received

Duke,

an

telegraph to you
children are
overjoyed at

of seeinoftheir dear

Grandmama

answer

to

from

settle

our

the prospect

ao;ain.

l8o

PRINCESS

ALICE.

to very
much, I don't
up
quitestrong- ; but the change will do my

always feel
good, I am

not

am

sure.

May
The

Grand

Duke

has

6th.

to
yet consented
Louis'
conditions,
resignation. Louis has made
it will be possiblefor him to remain, if
under
which

Uncle

L.

The

consents.

officer

Prussian

he

at

would

his consent

as

first condition

his side.

The

lose

sooner

that.

to

not

Louis

is

Grand

clared
de-

Duke

his country

has

have

to

than

give
written
officially

now

his letter of

ever
requirements,and sent it. But, whathappens, he will be able to get a short leave,
thinks, by the beginning of June.

he

May
The

militaryaffair
has given in to

Louis
and

he retains

unlooked-for

Uncle

L. would

no

do

the

length settled. Uncle


pointsLouis demanded,
All

to

in

success

have

not

here

one

at

his command.

Louis'

had

is

are

astonished

this

affair, and

at
as

General, and

Prussian

in Louis' stead, who

take

19th.

could

the

things well, he had to agre.e and to allow


what
Louis was
in asking. Louis' firmness
justified
and
decision
have
all are
done
great good, and
thankful to him
for it,though others, who
ought to
do

he

as

has

Louis
all

Is laid
face and

over

has

had

it

for

cause

unwell

attack

now

rather

winter, or

an

done, have
up

with

the

awful nettle-rash

most

it. He

with

and

three

days. Altogether since

since

the

each

time

is

unwell

body,

vexation, that

and

the courage.

shown

never

war,

he
he

so

he has
has

is much

been

had

so

the

much

constantly

worried

he

has

of illness.

presided

at

my

May 29th.
of seven
committee

ladies and
and

four

It is

numerous.

but

interested

all has

our

so

me

there

were

the

finest

me

all the
when

year

it had

as

much,

than

more

for you

been

sight I

8,000

have

more,

as

and

you

were

at

shall

we

it

kind.

Ville, quite

dear

Papa,

there.

It

and
was

it interested

and
the

was

Emperor
most

de

and

seen,

the

been

people

ever

I knew

hope

more

Paris, June 9th.


and fetes,
sight-seeing

Empress [of the French] have


the ball at the Hotel
Yesterday was
same

is

endeavors.

and

the

yesterday,

which

one,

task, but

easy

half killed from

reallyam

an

while

long

l8l

WORK.

other

my

results from

good

AT

gentlemen
I have

to-morrow

have

AND

HOME

AT

same

as

in the

Paris.

the Exhibition, and


went
to
Every morning we
evening there was a dinner or ball. It was
every
most
morning we leave, and
fatiguing.To-morrow
had really
great trouble to get away, for the Emperor
much
and Empress and others begged us
to
so
main
refor the ball at the Tuileries to-morrow
night;
of Wednesday's
but we
reallycould not, on account
should
concert,* as we
barely arrive in time.
ful,
dreadthe Emperor of Russia was
The
attentat
on
close by at the time. The Empress
and we
were
can't

get

over

Sache's

*|-side
everywhere in
To-day we

it, and
for

an

she

does

instant

now,

not

leave
and

Uncle

takes

her

him

carriage.
are
going with the whole Court to
low
She
Versailles.
Dear
was
so
Vicky is gone.
much
the last days, and dislikes going to parties so
The
that she was
just now,
longing to get home.
King [ofPrussia]wished them both to stop, but only
sad these days will be for her,
How
Fritz remained.
*

At

Buckingham

Palace.

f The

Emperor

of

Russia.

'

82

ALICE.

PRINCESS

She

love !

poor
here

June

familywas

her

with

of

months

[During the

good

looks

; every

one

her.

with

is charmed

Princess

in such

was

and

on

England.]

visit in

the

July,1867,

August 4th.
Friday and I was

Darmstadt,

We

arrived here

at

'^

knocked

so

doing

that

'''

up

thing yesterday.
My poor Willem
Every one regrets the

incapable of

was

any

I miss

dear.

thing for

every

very

midnight on

me,

All

the children.
It

quiteupset
reallyattached

and

liked

here

me

about

being
went

servants
not

did
and

me

burial.

the

to

for

find him,

to

was

here, for he

much

so

day.
yester-

child,for he

poor

him

our

buried

was

was

him, and he learnt so well, and was


troublesome
in many
nice, though of course
so
ways
short life is,and the instant one
How
at times.
too
for others, and one
he is so
is gone,
wiped away
knows

to

Were

it

would

indeed

be

family

is here.

more

where

cruel
We

shall be

we

Chur, and

the

for

not

leave

to-morrow

at

night ;

day

next

to

perfect weather
and
were
journey perfectly,
With

this

for
the

the

of

one

Zurich,

day

next

to

St. Moritz.
St.

beautiful scenery

No

bear.

any
future, it

person

strong faith in

to

ten

at

the

about

absolutelynothing

so

we

MoRiTiJ, August

ist.

accomplished

from

Ziirich here,

5th

we

speak

to

not

the

with

enchanted

our

of

place.

The

first day

and

did

eot

two

"

reach

not

little

rooms

"

Zurich
in

left Darmstadt
till eleven
the

Hotel

at

at

1 1

a.m.,

night.

Baur, but

We
the

The

Princess'
Baron

Java by
a Javanese.

(see ante,
Schenk-Schmittburg.
servant

The
p. 56).
father
His

boy
was

was

brought

negro,

from

his mother

HOME

AT

whole

full. The

placewas
went

we

look

to

AT

AND

83

fast
morning after breaklovely lake, which is

next

the

at

WORK.

beautiful
It was
a
quite transparent.
warm
morning. We left by rail at ten, partlyalong
the lake of Zurich and then along the Wallenstadter
with high perpendicuSee, which is long and narrow,
lar
and

green

mountains

down

color.

which

in

chief

church

The

(we

fine

contains

built

and

visited

We

mountain.

the

time

three

at

situated
beautiful

noon
that after-

close up
old church

old

picturesand

of the

Romans,

bishopric.
tv/o,
morning we

footman, left

sittingin

both

and

against
there,

relics ; it was
and
is still the

of the

next

our

wild

very

"

is of that marvellous

Chur

reached

We

pretty small town,

"

water

lake likewise

picturesque.This
green

the

to

horses, for here

the

at

with

o'clock

six

the

coupe

road

is the

Sarah, Logoz
in

diligence

front)with
grandestone can

four

in

agine,
im-

perpetuallyascending for two hours, and


and
descending again,always along precipices,
horses
at
a
quick trot turning sharp round
corners

which,

"

assure

drove

We

nerves.

over

alreadyused by
the
highest in

road

almost

you

the
the

is

trial

the
best

which

was

which

and
One

Switzerland.

the

the

to

JulierPass,
Romans,

then

is

passes

have
the top of the mountains, which
snow
them, and are wild and rugged like the top of
on
Lower
are
covLochnasfar.
down, the mountains
close

to

ered

with

look

out

water-

brightgreen
everywhere,

grass and fir trees, but rocks


and there are constantly
lovely

falls.

crossing the Pass, we


nothing on the
steep, of course
always zigzag,and at a sharp
After

down

to

Silva

Plana, where

drove

edge
trot

"

the

down
of
for
view

"

the
some
over

very

road,
tance
dis-

the

84

ALICE.

PRINCESS

valleyand lakes of the Engadlne, where St. Moritz


lies,is beyond descriptionbeautiful.
reach this in the evening at six o'clock,the
We
is below
Curhaus
weather
being most beautiful. The
like a large asylum. It is
the town,
and looks
but
have
overfilled with people. We
two
rooms,
our
people as yet, none, though they hope for some
to-morrow.

Berry, a little Swiss

Dr.

saw

take

to

me

drinking the
morning at seven
has

walk

to

also

and

Louise

afternoon

we
"

Wageli

Louise

bath

which

with

tween
be-

It is

ten.

like soda

bubbles

ing
crawl-

were

is

brother

sent

flowers.

"

d'Usedom,
her carriageoff the road,
hurt

whether

there
We

house.
he

herself

of Edelweiss
nosegay
hope it won't arrive

alive,aiid,

severely.

are

love

and

of my

consulted

thous^ht it safe

the

other

you,

and

how

dear, dear home!

Moritz,

left this

three

and

quite dead.
if they could speak,

much

^11 |-}-jg
Orleans'

yesterday,as

where

Mme.

see

St.
:":

little

likewise.

fancy them

must

funny

two

you

This

to-morrow.

Samaden,

to

to

barrier, and

no

Nemours.

and

in

them,

with

they would tell you how


I think of you,
constantly

the

at

Parises

horse,

one

latelyupset

I have

vs-

one

as

hour

an

if insects

as

this

begun
hour,

I took

[of Baden] leave

Into the hotel

her

saw

You

usual

sides
be-

week,

quarter of

feel

one

with

there

Alp

I have

water,

drove

went

was

We

which

is here, the

Fritz and

as

down

iron

Aumale

Lina

who

twice

ommended
rec-

one.

over

"

baths

o'clock, the

makes

and

water,

glasses. The

the

tepid

waters

and

up

the

he

and

man,

cases

doctor

for Louis

August

iilh.

place suddenly
of

scarlatina

in

immediately,
to

remain, he

AT

having-had it,and

never

the other

at

are

AND

HOME

WORK.

AT

he

85

said, Perfecdy,as we
of the house, and out nearlyall

end

"

day."
Victor

here,

are

but

how

[Count and Countess Gleichen]


and we
went
out
drawing together yesterday
it is too difficult here.
I think constantly

and

much

Lolo

would

you

admire

beautiful
exquisitely
It is very

seen.

this

much

"

wild

finest I have

the

and

it is indeed

place:

reminds

ever

in parts of

me

Scotland.

dear
You

that

say

for those

like

who

home

our

to

indeed

met

never

is dull

England

themselves.

amuse

vv^hen

dull,darlingMama,
I have

in

one
a

It is 7iever

with

be

can

now

for

you,

ao^reeablecharminof

more

companion. Time always flies.by when one is with


I hope it is not impertinentmy sayingso.
you.
St.
*

loss of my
that
if

than

Of

more

that

with

of several
^-

me.

and
Yesterday we
Rosegg Glacier, and
Pontresina

in

death
*

the
to

feel

must

one

than

time, that Willem's

intimate

course

that of many
the latter but little. I said

knew
would

would

you

Willem.

poor

of loss

sort

one

the

I knew

August 13th.
feel for me
at the

Moritz,

relation,

to

distressed

Louis
me

relations who

at

more

not

were

Gleichens

get there

went

had

little Bergzvagen, which

miniature

to
are

to

go

the
from

strong

and we
without springs,
went
Leitei'wageii
horrid path with quantities
of stones, so the
over
a
shaking was beyond description.
Victor and Lolo go mostly with us and we
always
dine together.
I take three glassesbeginning at seven
in the
morning, and a bath at eight.One lies in a wooden
one's chin with boards,
to
thing,covered over
up

and

remains

so

twenty minutes.

86

PRINCESS

We

lunch

ALICE.

twelve

and

dine

half-pastsix,
and
bed early. We
to
out
are
nearly all day
go
the sun
long. It is very warm,
scorching; my
face is quite red-brown,
in spite of veils and
much
better, and
parasols. I feel already very
Louis
face is quite fat. I wish we
could
says
my
the end

lonc^erthan

remain
be

home.

hope

you

must

at

notice

the

at

of the month,

pains I

but

with

take

Louis

ing,
writ-

my

for you
I fear,
complained of it at Osborne
justly and I am tryingto improve it again.
"

"

St.

made

Yesterday we
it may

amuse

it reminded

way

evening before
about
servants)

in

rooms

The

We

dressed, and
with

Engler, an
saw
helpful. We
mountains,

We

were

feet
much

walked
that

than
two

The
in

ever

the

small but

very

village.
half- past four,

at

up

got

four

on

horses

guide

our

and

active

most

man,

the snowrisingover
ing
valleysgraduallycom-

sun

and

(without

the

clearer.

out

and

the

Lolo

saddles, with

amusing

The

Pontresina.

the

breakfasted, then

Adam

1,200

got

we

uncomfortable

most

covered

found

i6th.

ones.

and

for

hotel outside

an

morning

next

Victor

beautiful

brightestmoonlight.
clean

nice Scotch

our

eight o'clock
more

August

expedition,which
in an exaggerated

of, as

left with

we

looked

country

hear
of

me

beautiful

to

you

Moritz,

one

over

to

ascend

high.

We

the Piz
rode

for two

steeper road than


rocks, sand, and
could

not

look

Languard,

up

on
going to, quiteprecipitous
below
and glacier
The
us.
high steps hewn

hours

mountain

by

the Glassalt,then

up

slipperygrass,
to

worse

see

each

where

steep

one

was

side, leavingsnow

last bit has


in the

so

rock.

sort

of immensely

After

an

HOME

AT

and

hour
which

rocky and
Poor

round.
was

half's hard

is

extensive.

We

enormous

"

We

but

and

the

had

to

till nearlyfour, as
limbs

ached

The

walk

the

We

did

had

to

whole

way,

I had
the

we

for there

so,

and

the

last

hours

from

sun

the

not

rest

back, for

way

Pontresina

several times,
level

no

and
slip,

stones

eleven

at

reach

not

very

drank

tense.
gettingin-

was

whole

top is

Tyrolese

was

descent

is

feet with

quite sore

time, which

some

view

our

can't ride down.

one

the summit,
precipicesall

something,and

ate

commenced

o'clock, and

for

view

Lochnagar whisky.

some

reached

we

Italian, Swiss, and

seen,

rested

18/

WORK.

giddy

was

The

all to be

Alps are
clear.

labor

small

Lolo

AT

unpleasant. The

very

most

AND

ground

it was

very

blisters all over,

so

our

the

hot.
that

reallyagonizing. But it is
a
thing to have done, and the view amply repaid
does
feel tempted to do it a
not
one,
though one
second
time.
I feel very well, excepting my
face,
tunate
(whichis stillburning and quitered),and my unforwere

feet.
Poor

Christa

and says ;
yesterday,
also tell your Royal Highness that I have
I must
received a letter in her own
hand
from Her Majesty
the Queen.
I cannot
how
deeply this has
express
wrote

to

me

"

*'

moved
the

me

Queen

is no

one,
a

sympathy
Dear
have
many
you

for
*

and

filled me

for her
who

human

rare

in such

heart

Mama,
balsam

been

the

for

full of

so

We

give this

extract

in

surelythere

hers, has
kindness

many

kind
a

and

served
pre-

and

words
sisterly

wounded

blessingsthat have been


from
above
by hearts filled with
sympathy.
your true
are

bless

'''""

your
to

love

position as

like hers,

for others."

sweet

grratitude. God

with

heart, and
craved

for

thankfulness

translation,instead of the originalGerman.

188

PRINCESS

ALICE.

St.
*

*"^

Moritz,

Now

I will tell you of


I, Victor and Lolo, and a

August

21st,

expedition.
Louis and
guide, with each
small
a
bag, left this early on the morning of the
17th (dear Grandmama's
birthday)in a carriagefor,
Pontresina
from
of those
thence, in two
;
shaky
Pass, past the
Bergwagen, over
part of the Bernina
Glacier, which
we
saw
magnificent Morteratsch
fectly.
perThe
told
he
with
had
been
there
us
guide
Professor
Tyndall, and that the latter had observed
that the glacier
advanced
foot a day in the warm
a
old people recollect it having been
weather, and
a
mile higher up.
left the high-road,
We
and
soon
all vegetation,save
path into the
grass, for a bad
Val
da
Fain.
The
heat
We
was
again intense.
lunched
the

and

rested, and

carts

for

wild

and

severe,

and

came

which
We

then

ladies

us

until

we

down

upon
is Italian, and

reached

for

speak

sort

to

make

the

us

The
no

most

"

of

small

primitive.

As

the

ourselves

"

the

it

clean

inhabitants
culty
diffi-

greatest

understood.

Victor

cooked

quite good.

was

resting on

in this

"

had

but

little room,

bed, the other


with

three

the small

dow
win-

open.

morning

next

springs

chalets.

brown

one

Italian, we

"

floor

road

with

four found

we

slept

wide

began again to descend,


the lovely Livigno Valley,

covered

part of the dinner, and


on

was

scenery

of Livigno,with only wooden


village
into a funny little
o'clock, and turned

room

all

The

of

out

the

huts, by six
dark inn, in which

We

the horses

took

ride.

to

our

in' such

horses, without

dangerous

small

husbands

our

at

saddles

ascent.

left

we

at

nine, and

drove

carriage of
first getting a

then

course,

"

on

foot up

Splendid weather,

lifton
a

but

on
no

the

steep and
too

hot.

AT

We

went

the

over

AND

HOME

AT

of the

Pass

WORK,

Stretta

more

89

ficult
dif-

crossed in my
Hfe,
rough ground I never
We
but
view which
came
on
a
splendidscenery.
snow-covered
tains
mounwas
glorious such enormous
and
valleys deep
glaciers,with the green
below
lookingon Italyand the Tyrol.
took
Bormio
and
reached
We
by seven,
up our
residence
at
a
bathing-place,quite magnificently
also Italian.
The
next
situated, very
high up
and went
over
morning we started earlyin carriages,
the Stelvio Pass.
There, nearly at the risk of my
neck, I picked for the first time
Edelweiss,
some
it is always difficult
I am
which
very proud of, as
and

"

"

and

to

rare

We

get.

got down

St. Maria, which

to

is at

the upper
Switzerland.

belongs to
In the afternoon, dreadfully hot, I was
very thirsty
it tasted ! It
off a glassof milk ; but how
and drank
was
goat'smilk ; the people keep the cow's milk for
remained
We
the night there,
butter and cheese.
and left the next
morning for here, by Zernetz and
To get from one
Ofen.
valleyinto another, one has
and
heights,
always to ascend and descend enormous
always by narrow
paths at the edge of precipices.
We
enjoyed our tour immensely, and got on perfectly
without
servants.
Packing up my things,
though, every morning was a great trouble, and the
bag would usuallynot shut at first. The trees growing
*
here are
; the latter
splendidlarches and arven
only in these very high regions and In Siberia.
grow
and
amiable
Victor and his wife are
most
pleasant
and pleasedwith every thing ;
travelling-companions,
end

of the

not

mindine

kind

of

Miinsterthal

to
dwarf

highest regions of
Swiss

wood-carvers.

the

and

rouQfh it,which
tree

Alps,

"

pine, half
supplies most

half

and

we

had

juniper
"

to

do.

which

of the soft wood

grows
used

in

the

by

the

PRINCESS

IQO

ALICE.

ScHLOss
*

'"'"

Chur

at

seven

came

on

in the

very

are

gone,

mountains

The

reached

day

next

Baden.

of

place is

and

at seven,

evening.

Louise

to

This

fine

misses

left St. Moritz

here

Carlsruhe.
the

We

August 30th.

Mainau,

Fritz

we

is

at

lovely,though, alas !
which
one
always

much.

so

26th, and

of you
I felt low

Time

not

thought
has

more

than

sad

all

and

yet accustomed

can

Dear

day.
to

us

the dear

on

say

Papa!

each

see

versary
anni-

round

again,and he stillremain away.


It is so inexpressibly
hard for you, and you must
feel
such intense
mains
longing for the dear past. There refuture ! that is the only consolation.
a
and then
To-day we went with Louise by carriage,
come

across

gave
with
and

part of the lake

the

to

Napoleon, Arenenberg,
him
eight years ago, and
his mother, and
bit of furniture

where
is

she

of the

property

the

which

which

was

died.

replacedas

it

peror
Em-

Empress
his home

Every picture
was

when

the

Emperor lived there, and he was there himself and


replaced every thing. It is quite a page in historyto
all the thingsthat surrounded
the Emperor in the
see
days of his misfortune.
Darmstadt,
*

I spent three

Riding-master

to

the

Prince

Consort

days

and

and

September

8th.

nightswith
dear Alix at Wiesbaden,
and I find her legdecidedly
^'
*
*
better.
It is a littleless hot to-day,but
much
hotter even
than we
have in England.
now
ever
*
Stallmeister Meyer
to see
came
us
yesterday,and
took
him
made
him
we
out
riding,which
quite
of the good' old
me
happy. Any one who reminds
times before
the 14th of December
does me
good ;
it is a pleasure to speak about
those past, so
happy
'"'"

two

the Queen

from

1840

to

1871.

never

sometimes

that

after adored

Heimweh

tears

are

well

very

have

most

got

over

kindlyto

see

seemed

which

rooms,

both

and

us,

went

off

seemed

The

King
all

over

him.

amuse

20th.

visit went

high personages
the meeting.

to

such

to

September

Prussia's

of

Kine

here, and

pleasedto
came

The

Papa

only relief.

my

Darmstadt,
-^

shake

I can't

which

me,

overcome

I have

then

extent

an

I9I

to a close, I lost the greater


they came
joyousness,which, though I am so happy,
ness
A certain melancholy and sadreturned.

part of my

off;

W0I?K:

AT

When

days !
has

AND

HOME

AT

'^

our
'^

"'

Yesterday evening Sache and Minnie * arrived, and


them
all to-morrow.
intend going over
to see
we
Louis
will retain the command,
but, according to
Prussian General
the King's advice, has demanded
a
Stabschef

[Chiefof

assistance

to

At

with

after her

great

red

in

Grandmama

shawl

marriage,

things I bought

Homburg

of dear

lovelyminiature
gown,

him.

sale of the

the

will be

which
Staff],

the

her

over

velvet

black

shoulder

shortly

"

I think.
October

Darmstadt,

3d.

Yesterday evening I returned from Wiesbaden,


self.
leavingAlix well, but having caught a bad cold mychildren have equallyheavy ones.
The
October

Darmstadt,

Many

for your letter justreceived, and for


is excellent,
of dear Papa's Life, which

thanks

the

review

and

which

sent

I have
and
out

am

of

8th.

been

on

to

Feodore,

Aunt

laid up

for

week

as

you

sired.
de-

with influenza,

only about again since yesterday,though not


I am
the house.
quite weak from it. The
*

The

Cesarewitch

and

Cesarewna.

FRIA^CESS

192

whole

house

can't shake
and

she

ALICE.

is laid up with
bad
colds, and
baby
her's off at all. The
coueh is so tirine,
whenever

coughs. Poor Jager,


who
vessel
bloodis,alas ! we
fear,consumptive, broke
a
two
days ago, and is dangerously ill,to the
He is our
best servant,
great griefof all in the house.
whoops

and

himself,
himself

devoted

so

he

as

attend

could

bear
We

on

visit

him

to

also

us

Charlotte

has

George

the horses

all interested

the

made

Sultan

me

have

Somerset
to

see

present of

our

I can't find words


Arthur

sweet

should
that

grant
that

his

Where

to

should

how

say

have

dear

get a letter with


of him, and
of you.

course

to

hear
Louis

my

being

that dear

am

face

could

he

one

is.

be

have

marked

not

caught it ?
you

I shall be

accounts,

for

of dear

Arthur's

The

fancy,far

can

very

anxious

I think

constantly
wish me
to
My parents-in-law
they share your anxiety,and how they

how

soon

loth.

the

handsome

anxious

to

tell you

sorry

and
Major kindlytelegraphsdaily,
how

October

small-pox! and that


have this great anxietyand worry.
God
the dear boy may
it,and
get well over

in the world

away,

of

one

him.

sent

Darmstadt,

of

of

Uncle

wish

Dia-

Knollys

house.

you

but

instant.

one

Lady Geraldine

are

of

care

account

on

he can't be leftalone

nights. They

two

take

lettingany one
have justgot a

nurse

William, Lady, and

been

would

never

not

Louis.

on

his great weakness

for

he

[Deaconness]to

konissin

Sir

she

real

convalescence

likewise,for he shares all my


brother

towards

my

ings,
feel-

Geschzvister

and sisters].
[brothers
We

both

Frankfort

paid the King of Prussia our


this morning, principally
to

respects
tell him

at

that

AND

HOME

AT

WORK.

AT

1 93

of his
grieved at the illsuccess
intended
visit,as the Queen begged us to do.
I am
better to-day,but Ella and Irene can't shake
unwell.
Ella is altogether
off their colds, and poor
Victoria is all right.
Bertie

We

had

been

are

eoinsf

so

i8th

the

on

to

for

Baden

Fritz's

birthday.
October

Darmstadt,

glad I am
is going on

How
Arthur

thankful

and

it is

to
so

to

Antwerp,

and

well.

very

him

about
have

leave

afternoon, and

letter that

your

on

will spare
occasions.

since

Saturday
They go straight

here

been
is

too

and

other

to-morrow.

Bertie

darling

can't be

One

good thingover,

one's beinof anxious


Bertie and
Alix

by

see

i4lh.

going back

Brussels

to

to

.the cousins.

see

The

visit of the

off very
and
kindness

King

went

well,and

Alix

of the
civility
pleased with the
to
satisfactory
King. I hear that the meeting was
I am
which
both
heartilyglad of. Bearing
parties,
its not
ill-will is always a mistake, besides
being
right.
was

Alix walked

Dear

up

our

staircase with

two

sticks,

fully,
slowly,but she is improving wonderthough her knee is quitestiff.
Poor Jager is a little better, and the momentary
ultimately
danger is past, though I fear he cannot
of

course

very

How

recover.

is much

sorrow

hard

for poor

Katrinchen

in the world, and

how

often

There
such

gentlest! I, of course, go
but it always goes to my very heart
daily,
attached and faithfulcreature
dying slowly

share falls to the best and


to

see

him

to

see

that

away.

We
with
is

an

How

is Brown's

sister ?

hope that Countess Bliicher


Vicky and me from Baden for
her.
age since Vicky has seen

will
a

few

return

here

days, as

it

ALICE.

PJilNCESS

194

Alix Is

Dear
and

is

writing in
and

dear

so

is

She

sweet.

this moment,
lovable
most

at

room

my

creature.
October

Darmstadt,

pleasureof having Augusta and


[Stanley]here since yesterday,but they

I have
the

had

Dean

the

ao-ain this morninq-.

leave
The

King

enough

to

The

and

come

I hear

sad, and
her

about
after

lonely,with old
If I had

much

the

better, but

wrists

remain

and

bad

as

see

coming

have

Vicky and Fritz


such
a
pleasure to

It is
Bertie

lodged
?

Mama
rest

on

Alix, know

and

under
If
your

our
ever

way,

disposal. How

my

roof.

again

her.

her.

see

breathe

can

ankles

and

comfort
great dis-

Octobcr

24th,

you

us

go

all in the world

happy

and

yesterday morning.
that they, like
to think
house, and that they have
will you,
When
darling

left
me

low

this before.

SCHWEINSBERG,

Dear

so

again

over

to

cause

had

never

so

alone

seems

before, and

as

is
you

dreadfullyswelled

pain.

even

to

gone
last days. I

these

better

are

well, and

sickness

and

age

is kind

Feodore

Aunt

look

not

well, I should

been

much

am

dear

being unable
separation. She

he

is

afterward.

me

and

eyes

long

so

see

of poor
she does

accounts

Schloss, and

in the

him

there

to-day,and

is here

of Prussia
for

largedinner

23d.

that would

abroad
we

have

make

wish

and

to

is at your
us

maining
yesterdayafternoon, rethe night at Marburg, and
leaving at a
could
quarter to five in the morning, so that Louis
in time
Alsfeld
reach
to
join the shooting-party.
with
here
We
parted at KIrchhaIn, and I came
sad and changed
Chrlsta to her mother's house
so

We

ourselves

left at four

"

AT

since three
have

me

AT

It is

ago.

years

taken

AND

HOME

good. They know that I can


house of mourning is,and that I
myseh^.
Ella cried on
parting with
oret

Victoria

is

other

day,
taughtpoor

going

not

to

have

want

what
to

amuse

yesterday,and

us
us.

little lesson

every

when

I go back, from
Mr. Geyer, who
Willem, and who teaches littlegirlsparticularly

well.
better

don't

to

will do

understand

into the train with

to

of them

bracing air

me

wanted

1 95

kind

most

the

here, and

up

WORK.

She

have

to

begin in

must

lessons

in the

as

room,

my

it is

I think.

nursery,

Vicky and I spoke much


togetherabout education
and taking a governess.
I thought to wait a year
(forfinancial reasons),and I think it time enough
then

do

"

not

you

October

Darmstadt,
*

"^*

We

Fritz, who

and
were

had

soiree

at

tillmidnicjht,and

at

to

to

go

had

tired ; but

very
a

late

arrived

we

Madame

Baden, and

Vicky
long days' journey,

at

two

had

26th.

to

go

dress

to

at

once,

lasted

Viardot's, which

the Kino^ and Oueen


were
present. Her daughters and scholars sang a little
operetta she had composed, which was
very pretty.
of the statue
I hope the inauguration
off as
went

well

would

the weather

as

which

permit.
November

be one's

to

self

It is so

master,

own

one's mother

often told

was

the
The

much

me

to

not

have

to

always

suit

all,to

one's

that

of

such,
such

case.

Moriers
;

and

wholesome

feels it as
sovereign.
how
seldom
so,
regretting

and

and

and

of others, and, above

the wish

to

good

15th.

they are

excellent,clever

are

often with

us,

and

we

value them

pleasantcompanions, and
people.

such

such

196

PRINCESS

ALICE.

December

Darmstadt,
*

The

quitepecuHar
back

to

gayer

Claremont

to

be

likewise

must

be

me

little modern

must

pleasant. Ella,
saw
me
just now,
dip
"

I don't
and

by

no

has

allow

her

do

to

quiteeasy

means

Victoria, who

to

fort,
com-

in my
coffee, and said :
Oh, Mama,
! Do you allow yourselfto do that ?

not

with

very

Bretzcl

my

been

lovelyplace,and,

the walls, and

on

with
breakfasting

was

have

must

for you ; and I can


fancy it bringing
mind
the recollections
of your
hood.
child-

your
In spring it must

papers
the house

who

visit

6th,

is

talent

wonderful

to

it.

She

manage

very

is
a

"

tractable

you
cause
be-

"

funny,

too

great

trast
con-

child.

Ella

for

she
sewing, and, when
keeps quiet a little while, sews
quite alone and
without
mistakes.
She is making something for you
for Christmas, which she is quiteexcited about.
toria's
Viclittleafternoon
lesson answers
admirably,and
is the happiest time
of the day for her.
She
can
read words
already.
a

have

We
some

time, and

walks

in the

twice

and

snow

ice, and

it is not
But

town.

take

invitingto
I make

day, and keep nearly the

sunshine

no

rule

same

since

dull

the
to

out

go

hours

as

at

home.
The
to

of your
daughter is most
account

her

sad

for
for

that makes
to

visit

and
Lady Palmerston
touching. It is so inexpressibly
natural
grandmother and mother, for it is un-

parents
the

survive

to

griefa

to

so

their

one,
peculiar

children, and
and

very

hard

bear.

During

the

December

9th.

long winter days, when

Louis

is away
sometimes
four times in the week
from six in
the mornin^
tillsix in the eveninq",and then when
he

HOME

AT

from

returns

his

AND

AT

WORK.

shootinghas

97

his work

do, I feel

to

often for several hours consecutively


lonely. I am
quite by myself; and for my meals and walks only
a
lady,as she is the only person in the house besides
ourselves.
It is during these hours, when
one
not
canalways be reading or at work, that I should wish
have

to

to

go to, or to come
and speak with ; but such is not the
this I regret
I was
accustomed
as
some

one

"

of

people,with

the chance

brothers

and

of

being near
I would
willingly
spend some
and the sea
you
is at home
Louis
and

near

don't

him

see

for I

give me,

then

"

you.

deep

I have

all that

above

all,

with

or

When

mornine

this world
than

I
can

at

his

affection,and

our

and

now

feel how

us]

happier

never

snow

full

hours

the

it is

house

always

for in

"

side ; and time only increases


binds us closer to each other.
have

lies between

dear

We

to

sit

to

and

case,

of those

free

indeed

am

me'

sisters, and

ever

"

to

sledging the

last

days.

two

December

12th.

Before

going to rest, I take up my pen to write a


few lovingwords
that they may
reach
the
on
you
morning of the 14th. The sound of that date brings
with
it that sad and
dreary recollection which, for
you,

my

alter.

As
fillus

must

the

poor

dear

long
with

as

sad

and

Mama,

for

His
soothe

to

mercy

open

and

finds

those

time

cannot

lives last,this time

our

of year
and revive
feelings,

earnest

pain of that bitter parting.


ought not to dwell on those

wrong

us,

wounds

little ways

pain of.
Dear
darling Papa is,and
The
good he has done ;

hours

for it is

now,

afresh, which
and

means

God
heal

to

in

and

the

ever

the

will be

great

immorlal.

ideas

he

has

198

PRINCESS

ALICE.

promulgated in the world ; the noble and


example he has given,will live on, as I am
must

do,

ever

as

that have

men

and

aims

purer
Papa did

in

what

dear

your

think

much,

vain.

has

littleof your

of you

missed

the

things ;

We

gave

shadow,

Willem

poor

the

than

and

him
and

Jager's

poor

in his

tree

placed
how

to

shall

14th,

and

Think

ever.

Christmas

arrangingall

in

illness

also sad.

was

looks

He

room.

Day.

like

quite hoarse.
To two
the militaryand the town
I
hospitals,
one,
took
of
a
scene
presents yesterday, and saw
many
sufferingand grief. My children are going to give
number
certain
of poor
children
a
a
Bescheerung
Year's
New
It is so good to teach
them,
on
Day.
kind
and
to the poor.
earlyto be generous
They
even

wish

such

as

his voice

was

child !

much

so

higher
darling

justice. I

Darmstadt,
We

has

best

on

devoted

most

he

undone

prayers

His

great mission

of love and

in my

to

that

will know

much,

more

His

who

like
God-

most

others

convinced

am

remained

hands,

very

will be

also

in

his great works

achieve

you

live

not

and

and

he

sure

into this world.

stimulate

does,
;

best, purest,

down

come

example will,and

done

of the

one

unselfish

are

not

Your

many

once,

and

at

eive

to

without

will

you,

their

dear

of

remembrances
at

Windsor

ever

be

Papa,

are

again

and

dear

am

sure

you

those

bright
constantlybefore
what

kind

Darmstadt,
*

things, and

own

presents will find their use


generous
the Christmas
pie,etc., be shared by all

family. The
happy Christmases
None

of

some

broken.

the

me.

is

will

those

Grandmama.

December

have

were,

27th.

felt under

feelingwas

you,
upon
and
dear, it did

near

one

on
feelings

those

WORK.

199

in life,
that if any momentary
and you were
writingto some

circumstance

many

AND

HOME

good

you

put down

to

in the act of
that, even
paper, and
the words
were
barelywritten, the

doing so, when


feehng had begun to
had done you good.

and

die away,

the

intercourse

1868.

Although
duties

with

had
of
was

brought many social


active personalattention

season

it,the Princess'

all those

to

winter

the

and

works

good

called into existence

institutions

which

she

flagged. No subject
interest or importance escaped her, and her time
the
always fullyoccupied. In April she met
Prince

Crown
on

came,

his

at

her

three

water

Prince

Louis

fetch her.

to

also
She

of

the

was
journey to Darmstadt
The
autumn
as
Mayence.

return

far

Kranichstein,
of

manoeuvres

place, at

took

Munich,

as

at

spent

of which

from

The

by

was

where

June and July in England with


little girls,
either at Osborne, Windsor, or

in London.
made

Gotha,

return

spent the months

never

of

some

in

the

the

which

neighborhood

Hessian
the

division

Princess

was

present.
On

the

25th

parents and
"

of
of

the

of November,

country,
At

to
son

the great
and

heir

joy

of the

born

was

his

"

the 28th
on
christening,
he
December,
received, at the special desire
the Grand
which
Ernst Ludwig
Duke, the names

splendidboy."

"

PRINCESS

200

had

been

of

Hesse.

borne

by

The

so

ALICE.

the

were

sponsors

old

of the

many

Landgraves
Queen of England

the Kingr of Prussia.

and

Darmstadt,
*

-X-

other

To-night I am
going to act
in our
dining-room a pretty

persons

Klavier," but

called" Am

I have

tried

never

to

with

would

act

in any

two

littlepiece

I fear I shall be very

consequentlyact badly,which

and

January 24th.

nervous,

be

thingsince

too

some.
tire-

Roth-

"

kappchen."
February 14th.
What

frightthe

attack

arrived

Becker

bad
so

has

and

news,

upset and

of dear

news

eiven

us

Leopold'sdangerous
Sahl's

Mr.

letter

to

yesterday afternoon containingthe


he spoke of so littlehope, that I was
so
dreadfullydistressed for the dear

for you,
darling,
am
quiteunwell

poor

Mama,

and

for

all,that

us

stillto-day.

telegram came

to-day,and Louise's
relieved and only pray and hope that
letter,I was
so
continue.
the improvement may
May God spare
that young
brightand giftedlife,to be a comfort and
When

your

support
Had
two

such

you

only

for many
a
year to come
had a telegram ! for, the

days old, until your


agonizing hours
of illness

news
"

to

when

one

can

or

sorrow

share

telegramcame
! Away
from
there
all the

is

so

!
letter
I

being
passed six

home,
difficult to

anxiety

and

every
bear

trouble

only in tho^t.ght.
and I am
The
day passes so slowlywithout news,
always looking toward the door to see if a telegram
Please
let me
hear regularlytill he
is coming.
is quite safe ; I do love the dear boy, as I do all my
brothers and sisters,so tenderly!

HOME

AT

wish

How

you

Those

anxiety !

AND

two

AT

WORK.

had

been

days

must

201

spared
have

this

been

new

ful
dread-

Dading

how

Mama,

wish

grant that in future you

God

with

were

send

may

you

only good

us

news.

and

Louis

love and

the

in which

the

How

send their respectful


parents-in-law
expressionof their warmest
sympathy,
of the familyjoin.
other members
my

has

trulythankful I am,
our
darling Leopold

and

glad

saved

February 2d.
that the Almighty
and

spared

all ! For the second


and to
us
or
you
third time that life has been
given again,when
him

to

feared

that

it

feel this

must

and

dear

and

watched

leave

must

so

much

more

us

than

mother's
other

any

even

all
heart

one's,

Leopold, through having caused you all his


life so much
be inexpressibly
dear
to
anxiety,must
and take care
objectto watch over
you, and such an
of. Indeed
from the depth of my
heart
I thank
God
with you for having so mercifully
spared dear Leo,
You

over

will feel

when

him

deeply

death
the

seemed

so

near!

joy of seeing
after the great danger, and I know,
a convalescence
little things,
how
through a thousand
loving
your
and considerate
heart will find pleasureand consolation
in cheeringyour
patient.
now

That

for the future you must


dreadful trial,
but it is to be

this strange

yet outgrow
Archie
he

'"*

takes

will have

eood

great

care

great

be

ever

hoped

illness.

anxious

so

that
am

sure

Leo

is
will

good

of him, and

gathered plenty of

by this time
experience to be a

nurse.

t"
*

Archibald

Brown,

his valet, younger

brother

of the

tendant.
Queen's personalat-

PRINCESS

202

ALICE.

Baby is better, but her poor head and face are


with spots, and she was
in despair
covered
perfectly
and of course
rubbed
with the smarting-and itching,
Ella has
it slightlysince
this
herself quite sore.
morning.
Darmstadt,
"K-

-::-

pirst let

wish

me

February
for the

joy

you

13th.
birth

^''

grandson, born on your dear weddingday. I thought of you on the morning of the loth,
dreadful neuralgic
and meant
to telegraph,but those
before I had time to look
about
on
me,
pains came
and reallylaid me
day, as
prostrate for the whole
felt so unnever
well,
they lasted so very long. I have

of this

new

suffered

or

I have

than

weak

felt on

ever

pain to-day, and

life,and

my

feel

room,

this
more

first

after

gettingup
free
kept me

Quinine has
I hope will do

confinements.

my

in

Louis'

in

sittingup

moment,

much

so

and

from
I

to-morrow.

so

touched

absolutely
out
nothing all the time. Yesterday evening,as throughhad
the day, I had
a
(but much more
slightly)
seized my
of these
return
agonizing attacks, which

have

in

been

left eye,

bed

and

ear,

week

the whole

left side of my
in Louis'
room

and
sat
I got up
only bear it for two hours, and
nose.

reached

of

return

no

I could

week,

not

If I

bed.

my

always

and

children

the

see

to

had

my

go

and

know

you

can

stand

have

to-morrow.

during

one

any

this

closed, first from

eyes

could

; I

fainted before
after

out

or

pain,and then from exhaustion


I reallythought I should
me.

and

strength,and

get

can

pain, I hope

all but

head

when
go

out

the

pain left

of my

tolerable

mind,

amount

of

pain.
*

Prince
He

Waldemar

died

of

Prussia, fourth son of tlie Crown


diphtheria on tlie 27th of March, 1879.
of

Prince

and

cess.
Prin-

AND

HOME

AT

AT

WORK.

203

February
'^

'^ii

news.
long without
week
quite incapableof
and had
mostly my eyes
so

alone,

I could

as

remained
you
reallyfor a whole

was

about

idea

any

shut, and

bear

not

that

distressed

so

am

thing,
constantly

any

was

in the

one

any

17th.

room.

from
Plonsky, the Corps Commandant
here
Cassel, came
unexpectedly,and Louis, being
taken
under
his command,
was
so
up during those
deal of militarybusiness,
days, besides an immense

General

that

never

than

more

sat, like the best

in the

nurse

minutes

few

free time

during his

and

morning;
he

him

saw

in the

world,

in the

afternoon

near

bed

my

putting wet rags on my head and


to alleviate my
pains.
tryingby every possiblemeans
He
was
touching in the great care he took of me.
in the

dark

Louis

and

no

Harriet

else

one

time

no

room,

should

to

about

I could

and

me,

You

me.

see,

my

wants

me

instead.
there

be

Weber

next

go to Wiesbaden
latter will be
The

February 24th.

rheumatic,

more

me

for

cold-water

at

I believe

; but

every
my

year
age

cure

I shall

intenselydull,as

with

which

Berlin, and

to

go

all alone

weeks

beneficial,as

will be very

get

let

won't

Vicky's great disappointment.

to

for four

had

always thought that


day and write myself.

and, I fear, dear

Dr.

Louis

poor

Darmstadt,

To

bear

he

write, and

well the

be

did all for

it
to

seem

is of

course

good.

not

shall

We

hope to
middle
of June, as you
will kindly let us know

be

able

desire.

to

to

come

The

"^

Louis

left

time

exact

you

later.
Darmstadt,

Windsor,

March

yesterday morning

for

9th.
Mu-

PRINCESS

204

It is

nich.

foot

processionon
through the
then

and

twelve

hours'

will last about

which

long

very

journey. There
funeral,going to the

the

at

town,

ALICE.

church

hours,

two

in the

ceremony

is

large,cold

Basilica.*
Darmstadt,

March

14th.

you a few lines to-day for the i6th, the


broke
of the first great sorrow
which

I send

well do

happy life. How


your
upon
I accompanied you and dear

Papa

niversary
an-

in

I recollect how

down

.Frogmore

to

the dreadful
night,our dinner in the flower room,
watching in the corridor, and then the so painful
tressed,
! Darling Papa looked
so
pale,so deeply disfull of tender
and was
so
sympathy for you.

that

end

comfort
go to you and
full of love and commiseration
as

told

He
so
seen

before

man

any

that

that

in

same

another

through such
he

there

not

after.

Dear,

sweet

support you,

poor

or

this distance

at

even

nearlyimpossiblethat

should

we

soothe

to

teach
so

of time,

have

lived

and
to

one

to

as

one's

accommodate

know

how

seems

through

one's

to

'*'

Louis

Ministryand

is in

April

2d.

unpleasantcrisis with

most

the Grand

row,
sor-

it!

bear

to

self

Darmstadt,

know

I don't

Duke.

it will end.

how

Darmstadt,

Only
*

Mama!

yet be alive and resigned.


is indeed
great; for He sends a balm
heal the bruised and faithful heart, and

mercy

to

the

never

times, and

God's

was

Papa!
should
live together
we
year
scene
again,and
heart-rending
or

comfort

to

It sometimes,
such

you, and
I have

to

me

At

the

February.

two
funeral

words
of

King

to-day,as
Louis

I., who

my
had

heart
died

at

Nice

April 5th.
is
on

full of

so

the

29th of

love and

gratitudeto

this

day

and

were

and,

she

that

hope

had

We

been

of

one

have

has

will
be

and

of

care

me

doubly

clear

watch

to

the

us,

pen,
hap-

over

our

though

as

you

sadly and
very
affairs have taken
such a

spent

to

will

what

always

as

dear

us.

been

obligedto
he does
as
resignation,
with

such

knows

never

you

toofether. Louis'
he

205

took

Victoria

one

let her

child, and

dear

WORK.

who

you

make

in this world

as

five years ago, who


heard Victoria's first cry,
All
such a comfort
and
help to us both.

recollections

these

AND

HOME

quietly

day

the

tender

Grand

consider

turn

that

Duke

his

it

compatible
his honor
stances.
to
remain, under
existingcircumHe
has made
sacrifice to his duty
a great
honor, but doing one's duty brings the reward

with

it of

not

clear conscience.

April 3d.
^

"

'"''

The

Bonin

von

Duke,
has

here

and

badly advised,
The

result

to

have

that

that Louis

been
the

at

word, and

and

has

scandalized
seems

to

his

of Prussia

that

more

He

he

Louis

the

Grand

poor

in the dark
the command

Grand

etc., that he

been

quitein

was

the

General

sent

has

of affairs,and

state

been

has

with
speak seriously
him through papers,

to

prove

kept

not

Kinor

the

right.

Duke

that he
than

very

was

is

really
posed.
sup-

gives
the whole
Kriegsministerium [War Department],
away
be reorganized more
to
simply, and with
other people,accordingto Louis' proposals; and so
affairs will be in order, and
all inilitary
Louis have
much

greater

to

power

out

carry

again,sends

all that

has

to

be

done.
We

are

so

far well, and


Louis

gets

pleasedat
know
more

that
work

all
you

and

having

turned

will share
a

out

thus

feelings.
;
great responsibility
our

206

PRINCESS

he

but

has

as

will

he

trust

am

capable in
hard-working,that I

and

Gotha, and

to

distressed

so

illness.

will stillbe

Louis

hope and
spared for

i:-

-X-

j|-jg

birthday with

Y\Q"v^

dear

kind, and

and

After

few

least.

at

years

eleven

Vicky,

dear

Aunt

to-morrow

April 25th.

since

I spent my
has been so dear

years

and

she

and

Uncle

likewise.

we

go

for your
birthday. The

Arthur's

dear
am

best thanks

my

sure

him

gave

painfulfor all ever


formerly. There
Band
to

used

hear

them

to
are

the

certain

elsewhere,

bad

playing of

tunes

the band

would
the

which

when

have

4th.

May

last letter written

pleasure; but it
have it again on

play,which,

to

We

home.
Darmstadt,

Accept

soon

my

day quite quietlytogether,and


prevents any expeditions.

weather

and

as

the

spend

on

think

will follow

Gotha,
%

spect,
re-

every

birthday there.
at dear, good Sir James [Clark's
that this precious old frienc.
trust

spend

to

as

so

all difficulties.

overcome

I go alone
he can,
so
I

himself

proved

active

so

ALICE.

be

too

terrace

as

that

I have

rine
Ma-

chanced

quite upset

me,

so

powerfuldoes the recollection of those so very happy


!
remain
Those
me
birthdays at Osborne
upon
when
I
to
tears
even
happy, happy days touch me
think of them.
What
had,
a
we
joyous childhood
how
and
enhanced
by dear, sweet
greatly it was
Papa, and by all your great kindness to us !
I

try

to

copy

as

these

thingsfor our
I speak
idea, when

home
I do

ours

feel

all
power
have an
children, that they may
them
of it,of what
to
a
happy
much

as

lies in

my

was.
so

much

for dear

Beatrice

and

the

other

HOME

AT

had

who

ones,

younger
had!

AT

AND

WORK.

less of it than

much

so

20/

May

Darmstadt,
For
cause

But

you

well

so

am

nth.

condition should
that my
have
enough of that, God

sorry

am

anxiety,for

you

knows.

sake

your

we

that I

this time

hope

and

It
is never
all may
sure.
go well, though one
which
I always have, and
which
is this conviction

trust

makes

with

whether

of this

termination

the

who

as
thoughtful,

and

serious

me

can

time

know
my

life

also terminate
?
not
may
This
is also one
of the reasons
much

to

see

for I

depth

you,

clingto

of which
to

means

my
I

you

why I long so very


mer,
own
precious Mama, this sumthe
with a love and gratitude,
I

know

After

express.

intenselyto behold
again,and to press my

The
your dear hands.
value
and appreciatethat

lipson
I

I grow
the more
mother's
love which

or

I wish
year's absence
dear, sweet, lovingface

your

so

find words

never

can

older

unique in the world ; and


having, since darlingPapa's death, only you, the love
is all
to my
Papa's memory
parents and to adored
centred

Louis
I

is

you.

has

leave

from

the

nth

of

June

to

the

ith of August.

Uncle
from

Ernest

is

coming

Frankfort, where

he

here

has

to-day for the day,

been

to

cattle-show.

pleasedwith having
seen
again,singing the praiseof both Lenchen
you
I joined in, as it is such
and Louise, which
of course
a
pleasureto hear others admire and appreciatemy
Uncle

dear

Adalbert

is here,

so

much

sisters.

I know

you

will be

Darmstadt,

May

hear

that

grieved to

14th.
we

all

208

PRINCESS

had

have
He
he

the

went

called

he

excellent

whole, better and was


in the
usual, when
as

bed

to

night

griefof losinggood,

the

on

was,

ALICE.

of

the

Jager.*
daily,and

out

middle

and

of the

before

they
he
his assistance
could
to
come
expired, having
blood-vessel.
Poor
broken
Katrinchen's
a
despair
and
went
we
quite heart-rending,when
griefwere
together

to

days

to

put

on

sent

from

with

our

to

before

I got over
his coffin,which

the

for the

servant

We
covered

was

both

he

carried

was

was

wreaths

with

flowers

at

the

door

out,

and

tried

were

unfortunate

poor,

made

it

who
[bride],

Braid

home.

at

the

was

it.

we

when

servants

remained

valued

upset by the whole, that

so

all sides, and

console

He

was

men,

and

true

our

see

last time.
some

one

since

he has

fault

with

best

been

servant

in

could

one

service, had

our

he

been

found

good, pious, and


gentle,and very intelligent.The death of a good
who
has fulfilled his allotted duty in this world
man,
as
a
good Christian ought, touches one deeply,and
have
for him as for a friend, for
we
really mourned
of the word.
he was
in the true
one
sense
Jager
rests
alongside my poor Willem, in the pretty little
cemetery
Fritz,

here

with

heard

the

break

out

bit of my

told

footman,

from
much
of

rumors

went

them.

Italy,spent a
of his journey.
France

much

hostilities

with

few
He

intendinof

to

Germany, and
thought of a probabilityof a war
you
I hope to God, that nothing horrid
will happen ! Do
think it likely,
you

in sudden

sort

us

was

heart

back

way

strancfest

Mama
A

and

summer.

of that
dear

what

me

for this

us,

one.

any

his

on

hours

asked

by

He

find ; never,

valued

by

the

with

Prince

and

Princess.

HOME

AND

WORK,

209

My

and
darling'

own

and

warmest

form

can

and

for

precious and
since

weakly

dear

so

parent

bless

God

May

say.

but

to

I spent that dear


time or
other we

some

Our

jointpresent

We

had

it made

is

the
precious Mama,
children
that grateful

most

wishes

beloved

lines

these

to

tenderest

for you,
all I would like

both

we

express

and

watch

near

six
I

for you with


largein oxidized silver

for you.
I myself have
with Christa's help (who

braided

that

do

to

so.

heads.

our
on

so

years

hope

allowed

medal

life

now

but

you,

shall be

form

over

It is

many

day

19th.

May

Darmstadt,

purpose

embroidered,

and

begged to be allowed to
you),a trimming for a dress, which

do

I
something for
It took a deal of my
hope you will like and wear.
with you while
much
time, and my thoughts were
so
I was
doing it,that I quite regrettedits completion.
We
are
having a bracelet with our miniatures and

the

three

children's

it is not
it to

in it made

finished, so

nately
for you, but unfortushall bring it and give

we

ourselves.

you

Darmstadt,
*

becomes

intense

dailyless

on

rash

The

which

won't

endurable

unfortunate

my

itches

heat remains

person

beyond

all

here

29th.

May
the

in town

"

the

I envy

you

that air makes

being a very painful


description.I hope it

at

Balmoral

! the very

thought of

better.

me

Osborne, August

justsittingdown

was
came

for it !

to

write

to

you

when

6th.

nest
Er-

thanks
in with your dear letter. Thousand
These
panion
partinglines will be such a dear comto

much

sult
re-

increase.

How

and

same,

me

on

our

journey.

I felt takingleave of you

how
I can't tell you
this time, dear Mama;

PRINCESS

2IO

it always is such
much

to

fear that I

can

love

your

heart

anxiety and

empty

by

no

the

others.

sad !

hot

the

it is

but there

is

smooth.

of

be

-;:-

wind.

and

sick

hour

is

every

way,

weather
up

on

later.

most

The

Rhine

and

Doctor

The

last afternoon

dreadfully.
not

at

; but

two

children and

sick

the Alberta

Minter

Since

rightyet.

Had

two

the

in

quite
pressed
de-

change
and

rest

good.

you

not

at

lonelyand

enjoyed

nature

sive.
oppres-

will be

sea

Mama

but
starting,
; and, though I was

was

ladies and

leave

feel

after

later

smoother

all

and

Victoria, and

to

must

you

The

the

to

you

the

the

hope

-^Yg jgfj-Osborne

rain and
an

of my
such
you
of
to bear

return

Kranichstein,
%

for all

afterward.

have

journey,poor

surelydo

quietmust

the

with

morning,

beautiful

and

scene

of

depth

without

the terrace

sure

this

here

alone

wind, and

am

pier

foggy, we

so

no

I
on

the

dinino^-room with

all the

rained

As

the bottom

It felt quite strange, and

lunched

We

on
gentlemen,sitting

It has

the

at

to
pleasant,

in

warmly

as

-^

means

dined

from

from

so

for, I always

you

nothing may cause


again as you have had

sorrow

oh,

so,

darling Mama,

and

I have

that

I left you
house
was
so

When

indeed

from

away

thanks

my

you,

kindness

'"-

I do

bless

I pray

do

late.

which

and

myself

tear

express

God

heart.

my

to

again. Where
and gratefulto

never

I feel them,

as

wrench

home
my
be thankful

and

you

ALICE.

again.

next
steamer

on

it not

loth.

Thursday in
dreadfully
got

passage

very

The

wretched
same

sort

in
of

morninsf, but it cleared


was
very comfortable,

niorht

I arrived

were

the

accomp^iciiedus
and

August

on

board

here, I

been

to

am

for your

Dordrecht.
I

suffered

better, but

great kind-

in

ness

AND

HOME

AT

giving

ship, I

the

us

WORK.

AT

am

211

I should

sure

right. This awful


got home
feelines of fatiene and discomfort,

heat

have

justreceived

hasten

thank

to

and

scenery,

that

am

nth.

and

Lucerne,

it,and

beautiful

the

admire

you

I know

that

my

for it.

you
I

glad

How

letter,from

your

to

August

Kranichstein,
I have

adds

not

share

can

miration
ad-

your

enjoyment of it in thought with you!


It is most
lovely. The splendidforms, and the color
in
of the lake, are
two
things that we don't know
which
dear Scotland, and
are
so
peculiar to Swiss
and

scenery.

is in

Louis

For

from
and

from

great deal

has

dinner, and

sake

your

eight till our

town

as

for my

to

do.

own

long for a respite


is so
weakening

heat, which

this unbearable

trying.
August

Kranichstein,
"K-

How

good Arthur are !


I congratulate
you
says

and

strict sense

temptations of

the

he

am

that

sure

pleasureto
Brown

you,

power
and those

will grow

and

an

have

must

up

dress, it is far
I

am

sure

of what

within

as

it is

and

Annie

place.

the
*

Mrs.

McDonald,

the

right
the

himself.

pride

that he should

that he

is

combat

to

be

dation,
foun-

and

to

been

natural

more

to

real moral

his country.
glad to be allowed

honor

wearing his kilt,and,

continue

nowhere.

world

duty and

of

will have

he

wrong,

i6th.

the accounts
of dear
satisfactory
heart do
the depth of my
From
all that Colonel
on
Elphinstone

his character, for with

about
and

to

o'clock

two

Queen's

first wardrobe-maid.

national

give it up
must

mire
ad-

ALICE.

PRINCESS

212

August

Kranichstein,

just received

I have

that

that you

hear

pleasedto

have

you

now

letter,and

dear

your

26th.

enjoyed your excursion,


the

seen

of wild

sort

so

am

and

scenery

high up in the mountains, which I think so beautiful


of that
For all admxirers
and
grand in Switzerland.
there is nothing to be compared to
styleof scenery
Switzerland.

in my
to be

cut

whole

the

day.

here, with
altered

and

to

on,

The

it I

went

last year,

looks

have

must

How
been

too

difficult such

when
particularly

down.

seeing
so

of

am

sure

ascents

the

totallynew
immensely, and
you

horses

more

suddenly

September 4th.

to

seem

been

able

your
felt
have

would

mortals,

common

slip,and

so

see

Without

done

the air and


bear

to

finallysit
good ;
you

well

does

exertion
now

"

"

fresh
re-

both
will do

health

hours
are

Jugenheim.
coming to see
at

children.
Louis'

business

19th, manoeuvres,
He

is

beautiful scenery

good.
two
Yesterday we both were
little cousins
To-day the two
my

for

are

all this will have

such

which

your

relations

expeditions
delightful
your
do rejoicethat, through the

change of weather, you should have


and enjoy all that gloriousscenery.
good ponies and Brown, etc., you
how

station

even

and

had

sick for

the

to

Kranichstein,
"

and

the Russian

see

Emperor

since

worn

sty, which

quite faint

me

spiteof

ago.

dreadful

neuralsfia

old.

so

grown

In

thick veil

days

two

pass

made

and

open,

had

I have

head, and

had

cool aofain I have

it became

Since

will

even

have

increasingdaily,and until the


inspections,etc., won't be over.
his birthday,which
to be away
on
is

HOME

AT

is

bore.

o-reat

Emperor

AT

AND

is

There

WORK.

213

for the

review

grreat

Saturday.

on

15th.

Sepetmber
*

^'

Like
worried

I have

am,

talk

of

if you

think

thing of

confidence

in

in my

I
the
you

threatenin^j in all the French


November,

your

of all I

imagine

can

before

in 1866

so

of it.

with

be

fond
so
you, for I am
all the good people.

to

me

"'"

lunch

with

I have

confined

Queen of Prussia
on
us
Saturday on her way
cold these last days, and
a
the

to

quite lost

for her, which


up

you

house

her
she

with

please order
?

Dr.

so

small

to

good

for Victoria, and

thin and

thinks

is still
She

neck.

porridge

it will fatten

Would

pale.
oatmeal

it would

be

to

be

very

get it here.

cannot

one

of

to

Coblenz.

some

hope

barrel

Weber

sent

me

is

2Sth,

Victoria

I tried

do

coming

to

swelled

her

and
appetite,
enjoys, and

for she
little,

is

The

on

ber
Remem-

October

Darmstadt,

her

such

I have

grieved that you should be so unwell


will
Dear
beautiful Scotland
journey home.
good. I envy
going there, and wish
your
am

could

had

sion
apprehen-

tremble

must

through

went

tell me,

Do

sort

abouts
there-

or

begin.

to

this year.
opinion, and you

that

present condition

recurrence

as

den
this sud-

about

is the least reasonable

there

for any

much

myself so

and

war

frightenedcreature

saying that October,


would be a good time

papers,

how

foolish

Darmstadt,

November

20th.

It is with the greatest interest that I read about the


whether
Mausoleum,'^' as I was
to know
very anxious

all would

be

finished.
*

The

Royal

Having
Mausoleum

at

been

present

Frogmore.

before

PRINCESS

214

all the

at

in the progress
sorry to be absent

I shall be

impatientto see it all again.


here, and when there
quite set in now
cold is very pleasant.

the

wind

no

December

Darmstadt,
for all your
dear
for the one
first letter to me,

for your
for the eatables
finally
both

pleasedwe

home

enhanced

to

all at

interest
It has

the birth of

heart

My

one.

all God's

is indeed

really

little son,

our

overflowingwith

blessings.

itself w^as

time

is up

touched,

marks
of sympathy and
ment
attachmany
those
in my
dear native home, and in my

gratitudefor
The

kind

this occasion.

on

us

the

how

so

from

present

at

are

wishes,
Louis, and

to

I can't tell you

pleasureat

our

receive

to

shown

have

4th.

kind

thanks

Thousand

how

last,

the

at

dertaking,
un-

very

has

Winter
is

of this

importantsteps
I feel very

and

ALICE.

but

very severe,
the best I have
ever

now

my

recovery

I feel

made, and

comparativelystrong and well.


The
girlsare delightedwith their brother, though
it was
sister.
Victoria
not
a
was
Darling
sorry
Louis

was

Louis'

and

Uncle

Louis'
*

is

to

ask

to

likelyto

most

to

be

be

on

called

be

is
christening

the

thereabout.

over

me.

on

would

The

dear

am

we

godfather.

sofa in my
photos, etc., around
my

28th,

or

with
sitting-room
me,

and

your

all your

pretty

December
*

at

me

Ludztng, after

wish, Ernst

then

with

up

pleasedenough. Baby

Landgrave

mean

taken

like you to give


father-in-law ;
Albert ; Charles, after my
name
we
Williain, after the King of Prussia, whom

former
the

and

overcome

be half

first to

by

too

""

'''

Every
*

Who

died

new

on

the

event

in

8th of November,

my

life

1825.

quilt

12th.
renews

HOME

AT

grieffor

the

that he

from,

share

to

here

joy

21$

the

griefwith, for

would

deep regret

of all,to

know

to

and

father, and

tender

WORK.

Papa's loss, and

dear
not

was

AT

AND

have

ask

he

such

was

such

been

advice
a

loving

ofrandfather.
and

God's

may

enable

you

toward

State

support

The

The

=""=

presents

delightus, and in
his Grandpapa,
about
turn

become

to

in any

out

duties

love of your

children

it would

mother-in-law
and

you

intend

giving baby

later years
I can
how
I wish
and
like him, and

way

i8th.

December

all

tell him
and

he

pray

try and

aim

so.

I think

be best,

to

it would

think

ever

you.

will

may

and

many

Darmstadt,
%

own,

your

you,

the
fulfilling

family!

and

placewith
leave

never

continue

to

people encircles

and

fill his

darlingMama,

You,

represent

you

should

pain her,

I will ask

perhaps,if you

her in your

name,

and
any

asked

hold
one

if you

my
I

baby.
else do

will

your approval.
it would
Arthur
cannot
come,
sorry
such pleasurehad it been possible.

it,

kindly

telegraphme
I

am

given us

greater part of baby's

The
been

put away,

small.

He

is

from

as
so

very

the

monthly gowns
beginning they were

'""

Louis

have
too

big.
Christmas

have

thanks

you

thousand

Day.

times,

as

charming presents for the children.


them
to every
one,
shouting: This is
They showed
is
from my dear EnglishGrandmama"
; and Ella,who
always sentimental, added : She is so very good,
Irene could not
Grandmama."
be parted from
my
the doll you gave
her, nor Victoria from hers. Baby
was
brought down, and was wide awake the whole
we

do, for

the

"

"

2l6

PRINCESS

looking about

time,

older

much
We

his littlebrighteyes

with

very

happy

children

and

dear

Christmas

relations.

kind

our

after the

us

and

baby,

December

looked

admired

much
am

since

that you
Victoria, for I know
so

men
gentle-

the

former

dined

and
be

well,

so

child

of

quite wisely,and
him.

saw
never

seen

would

you

mottled
so
they look
permitting,baby is to

like

him

have

sorry

off

went

way

all who

by

three

All

about

29th.

with

King, and

ceremony.
is in every

who

months,
I

the

by

sent

with

was

Hohenzollern

Prince

were

two

surrounded

eve,

Darmstadt,
%

like

child.

spent

the

by

ALICE.

babies

my

admire

them^

healthy. Weather
row.
photographed to-mor-

1869.
winter

The
many
In

occupations.
the

May
went

Princess
four

time

of

of

to

Whilst

went

Fischbach,
of

Bavaria,

and

joinedthem
Princess

Hesse,

made

Crown
where

they

visit
to

to

were

whose
Prince

During
excursions

their

dren,
chil-

Prince

and

they spent
there, the

Berlin.

Silesia,and

property

brother.
there.

the

Potsdam,

Egypt paid a

Charles

and

at

weeks.

they

Princess, with

and

visit

Prussia

summer

at

Prince

on

happy

Viceroy
the

quietly amidst

passed quickly and

Later

spent

in

some

belonging to Princess
sister, the
Queen of
Adalbert
their

of

stay, the

into the

Prussia,
Prince

neighboring

HOME

AT

and

his

visited

Dresden,

Saxony
drive

brothers
On

Konigsgratz.
at

from

the way
to

their

the

Upper Hesse, at the


paraded before the King
weeks
and
a

Idiot
1

visit

should
his

It

of

had

the

October

to

in

her

been

of Prussia

Prince

for

presence

Crown
on

Canal.
Venice.

Thi".

which

they

Bergen.

at

and

Princess

Prince
The

first time

manoeuvres

of

and

and

that
Prince

Prince

of

Princess

opening of
took placeon

arranged that

the East,

Suez

the

at

the Princess

by

the

accompany

journey
of

hour's

troops.

conclusion

family paid

built

for the

Hessian

Kranichstein.

at

of October

Prince.

of

they
Queen of

Pillnitz,an

Prussia

later,the

their

Asylum

5th

battlefield

and

King

seat,

the

Darmstadt

to

troops

in

Louis

and

Dresden.

commanded

Wales

the

back

country

21/

Schneekoppe

the

see

August, the King of


personally inspected the

Some

WORK.

visited

In

Prince

AT

the

ascended

mountains, and
Prince

AND

the
the

of the
Louis

of Prussia

on

the occasion

of the opening

He

on

The

started
two

Princes

and
Corfu, Athens, and Constantinople,

were

the

9th

visited

received

possiblehonor in the capitalsof Greece


and Turkey.
and thence to
to Jaffa,
on
They went
and
Baalbec, and
Jerusalem, Hebron, Damascus,
the i5th of November,
on
finally,
they arrived at
Port Said, where
of other
they met a large number
A journey up the Nile as far as the first
Princes.
and second
cataracts
brought their travels to an end.
They returned home by way of Naples,and through
Italy.
with

every

21

PRINCESS

the absence

During

of

Princess

little

Princess

herself

her

Princesses

The

Cannes.

country, made
from

new

Whilst

her

the

is

on

We

Princes

visit with

of

talk

old

in that

long separation
joined the

shortlybefore Christmas.
all at home
again.

them

Dear

of her

care

for the

The

her

there, the

Darmstadt,
*

with

sister,and

somewhat

up

Cannes

saw

year

AHce,

entirelyto

husband.
at

Princes, the Crown

Princess

Being togetherwith

sunny

two

and

to

went

devoted

child.

of the two

Prussia

son,

ALICE.

January

8th.

charming Lady Frances [Baillie]


I enjoy having her so much.
us, and
times at Frogmore, and
so
many

pleasantrecollections.
I am
glad that you like baby's photograph,though
it does not do him justice. He
is a pretty baby on
the whole, and has a beautiful skin, very largeeyes,
and

pretty mouth

and

pretty, as it is
good child, and,

short

so

but

at

his

nose

He

present.

I trust

and

us,

will continue

'"'

inof?*

Is

have

in the end

son!

I think

months

is

dear

The

Leopold'sson
a

I cannot

and

This

even

say

and

how

heir of the

to

the

May

now,

he

as

much

Almighty
did

and

these

trulyI

is full of trials,and

world

be called upon
son

shock-

struesflefor months

it heart-rending.

only

January 13th.

for the poor parents to


their child, their only
relinquish

both.
to

seem

to

feel for them


some

death

support them

to

of

sufferinor,such

life and

continue

the death

not

Such

between

many

very

so.

Darmstadt,
*

is not

does
not
though immensely lively,
trouble.
He
is a great source
of happiness

give much
to

chin

suffer and

King

of the

give up

Belgians,

so

AT

HOME

AND

AT

WORK.

2ig

Faith and

mu'ch.

alone can
resignation
the burden
breaking,when

from

hearts

those

save

be

must

heavy.

so

two

o'clock

and
[ofearthquake],

it seemed

few

shock
rocked

days

it

I think

the

at

at

ago

time

same

had

we

if the house

as

the

another
noise.

unearthly

this
uncommonly unpleasant,
particularly

repetition.
January 30th.

thoughtsand

Our

and

Leopold

dear

are

prayers
on

life so

full of

It

to

seems

alreadybe

and

have

to

and

so

his childhood

you

as

stand

you

whom

child,about

promise !

in fact behind

Papa's blessingsurelyrests
near

continue

strengthto

quite incredible,the eighthof us


old enough to take this step in life,

me

should

you

day [hisConfirmation].
and
protect that precious

and

begun

with

this

May the Almighty bless


boy, and give him health
well

much

so

him, and

on

alone

there

always was

he

him.

by
so

his

Dear

spiritis

the side of his

anxious.

February 5th.
^^

'""

and

ago,

Beloved

"

stands

in my
thank you

beautiful,and
it

Papa's cast
bedroom.

I think

warmly

so

few

for

days

it very

having

sent

me.

Poor

is

have

we

others

to

and

you

that old

and

take

to

go

You

the limb.

is,as

whose

Orchard,

swelled,

leg
for

bed

only Emma
Amelung

great assistance

to

is

very

Kathrinchen
amused

coming

to

but

wash
I do

all,my

she
and

of
this

inconvenient

will be

painfuland

for entire rest

how

and

You

baby.

is

week

imagine

can

charge of him
of practiceto be able to
and evening besides, so
a

arrived

for the
I tell

when

sleepwith baby,
is too

dress

that, and

being able

old and
him

morning

it is of
to

out

do

course

it, and

PRINCESS

220

I don't
is

mind

trouble.

the

usuallyout

or
riding-

and

Ella

very

amusing.

who

out,

ALICE.

Of
his

at

are

morning,

office, I take
little

good

very

in

and

May,

from

for

week

mother-in-law's
Moriers

girlsand

the

8th.

first week

days

ten

or

My

Uncle

The

Potsdam

to

mother-in-law, Tante
all going
Adalbert, are

Fischbach.
and

shall go
there go

We

-"-

Victoria

March

Darmstadt,
%

Louis

as

to

Mariechen,

spend

to

my

birthday there.
going
I hope

are

of

the

in

England

to

first

that you
will see
them.
April,and
We
a
see
good deal of them, and like them both
is wonderfully clever
much.
He
and
learned, and
interest
in every
takes
thing ; and she is very
satisfied,amiable
disposition
agreeable,and a most
and amused.
always contented

days

"

19th,

March

day

thoughtof
dated

sorrow

the

on

of

commencement

help

how

he

he

and

you,

watched

over

ward

sought to
from

you,

and

saw

you,

that

Comfort

morning
Mama,"

as

after

how
was

all that

all

if those

to

was

and

off all that


took

griefand
darling
07te,

understood

for your
sake ! I see
pale,and so full of tears, when

"

much

so

his
he
was

words

that

From

and

himself

early

i6th.

had
days you
first thought and deepest

and

strange

much

so

yet in those

whose

Mama,
then

the

you

and

fort
com-

only
where
every-

painfuland
pain alone for

dear
led
over
were

face
to

me

and
a

"

so

you

said,
Vovbe-

In those
to come.
detttung [presage]of what was
for you,
how deep my love was
days I think he knew
that as
and
long as I was left in my home, my first
and
be you
alone !
and
only thought should
you

I held

This
had

as

and

home

near

and

as

duty, until

Mother,"

myself, and
of my

221

dearest

heart

and

Yesterday
; the

it snows

and

many

her

bad

in

attacks

can

no

it

was

continues

again had

"

time
six

but

seven

or

makes

one

will outgrow

hope

she

years

old.

of

one

God, it

she

could

able,
uncomfort-

anxious

so

day
to-

changeable

so

throat, but, thank

her

It

23d.
and

warm,

very

ill. Ella has

"

child.

be

more

March

Two
nightsago
passed away very soon.
and was
not
so
speak barely breathe
poor

which

ever.

weather

people are

strength.

Darmstadt,
"K-

form

to

ties

new

of love, though I

strong

as

WORK.

beloved

much

up

is

you,

hoHest
for

family

that bond

But

AT

my

you,

take

to

were

my

leave

to

AND

HOME

AT

each

she

it,when

is

already now
composing a letter for
I
birthday. I won't have her helped,because
your
ideas and
her own
should like 3^ou to see
style it
is

Victoria

"

is much

amusing.

more

March
%

the other

"VVe had

in the visit of

day

and

you

lately,and
He

home.
after

us

in

so

was

pleasedto
who

had

not

see

every

unexpected pleasure
good General Seymour,

an

been

one

some

could

marriage, and

our

seeing

such

26th,

give
here
was

me

who
news

since he
of

course

had

came

seen

of my
with

interested

thing.
April 2d.

T\\^

is dreadful
for

dren
anxiety about the childreads
it is not physicalillone
for these
: the
responsibility

constant

and

them, it is moral

take
souls is great, and, indeed, none
can
feel how great and importanta parent's
who
it lightly

littlelent

duty is.

PRINCESS

222

ALICE.

April 5th.

Darmstadt,
*

and

Thousand

for

all the

tender

The

child

birthday!

is of

care

your

if you
been

wish

paying"you
is

sends

love.

est

so

her

at

and

later,

time

we

shall

when

what

thanks

and

her

is in great beauty just at


I look with
stouter
; and
out

go

could

her.

her,

sent

you

She

warmest

have

gladlyleave

very

we

child's

one,
particular

delighted with

indeed, all

dear

and

any

they

letter,

roof

visit,we

is grown
those two
girlswhen

dear

your

her

she

possess,

under

your

keep

for your
for our

wishes
born

course

to

Victoria
and

thanks

tender-

present,

pleasure on
together. They

wish, and

full of

are

May the Almighty protect them


a
long life,to be of use and a joy to

promise.
give them

April
the

-X-

"R^a-in and

wind

without

air, for this heat


Louis

the

and
their

fellow-creatures

as

left

have

shade

any

five this

at

garrisonat Friedberg and

6th.

cooled

length

at

too

was

morning

to

Giessen, and

pleasant.
un-

inspect
then

to

He
[capercailzies].
will return
the 21st
22d probably.
or
on
be so
shall indeed
We
pleased,if later you wish
of the
to have
granddaughters with you, to
any
comply with any such wish, for I often think so sadly

go

to

Alsfeld

to

shoot

Atierhdhne

for your dear sake, how


child after another
grows
if

even

is

most

up

they remain, to have


dreary. Surely you

some

from

there

are

our

lonely it must

the

amongst
of

none

children

live

passed such

Grandmama

to

us,

children

no
can

care

home

and

in the house

lack

never

one

to

have

grandchildren; and
would
not
gladly have

the

same

happy childhood,
take

leaves

when

many

who

under

and

be

with

of them.

roof
such

where
a

we

loving

AT

AND

HOME

AT

WORK.

223

April 25th.
*

-jf

the way
to
only know
give my
children
much
as
pleasure and happiness as you
have
!
known
to give me
ever
The
dinner
of familyand
suite is here
in the
house
to-day or rather I should call it a luncheon,
I

May

"

it is at two

as

The

o'clock.

Irish Church

will neither
instead

of

Catholics

be

question,I quite feel

solved

settled

nor

which

doing something
under

in

with

this

way

would

you,
; and

bring

the

authority of the State,


to
they will,I fear,be the more
powerful. It seems
that one
me
(withregard to the Protestants)
injustice
is to be put in the placeof a former
instead
of
one,
been
have
not
doing justiceto both, which would
well-considered
an
tlement
setimpossibility
through some
and giving in on
both sides. Such
a changement
requires so much
thought and wisdom, and,
above
all,impartiality.
more

the

May
*

well

behaved

My
and

children

are,

the

on

obedient, and,

whole,

3d.
very

by fits and
don't last long,very manageable. I try
starts, which
to be very
just and consistent in all things toward
trial of patience,I
them, but it is sometimes
a great
that
own.
They are so forward, clever,and spirited,
the least spoiling
would
do them
great harm.
How
glad I am that the dear Countess [Bliicher]
is with you
again ; she is the pleasantest
companion
and so dear and loving,and she is devoted
possible,
and dear Papa's memory
to you
as
never
was.
any one
save

Potsdam,
How
say !

much
Lord

thought of
Augustus Loftus
we

you

May

25th.

yesterday,I

lunched

with

us

can't

three

FEINCESS

224

the

and

band

the

children

elder

playing
wreaths

girlshad
day.

ALICE.

and

God

"

Save

of natural

drank

we

the

Queen

"

All

in honor

flowers

Potsdam,
-X-

'X-

health,

your

our

the

of

June

ist.

weather, and
To-day is regular March
the palace is cold and draughty.
in Berlin yesterday,to visit the GewerbeWe
were
Museum

[Industrial
Museum]
Augustus Loftus',

Lord

and

bazaar

always

It is

Victoria

rail there

time.

Before

Baron

Stockmar

the

thence

back

same

paid

home.
Berlin

takes

is very

him

had

Potsdam,
is

here

time

Our

for

drawing

soon

life with

the

to

to

pleasing,
if

as

June 13th.

close,much

an

visit

look

perfectly. They
always belonged to each other.
suit

much

so

short

at

the' Victoria

to

then

his wife, who

and

luncheon

thingsat

see

returning,we

to

seems

they

and

from

Stift,and

tiringto

so

hour's

and

and

then

dear

to

Vicky so quiet
in many
and
me
pleasant reminds
things of our
life in England in former
happy days, and so much
had Vicky has copied for her children.
Yet
that we
both always say to each
other, no children
were
we
so
happy, and so spoiled with all the enjoyments
regret

my

"

"

and

children

comforts

that

can

we

children
you,

could

if you

had.

we

some

gave,
back

to

my

our

stillless
am

for what

feel

sure

how

most

we

were

I) give

dear

often, how
beloved

they did

and
our

Papa and
tenderly,

parents, and
for

us,

would

repaid for all the trouble we


all the anxiety we
caused.
I ever
look
childhood
and girlhood as the happiest

measure

and

hear

ever

Vicky and I talk of


how
gratefulwe are
in

for,as

(of course,

never

all that

wish

can

AT

AND

HOME

AT

WORK.

22

life. Tiie responsibilities,


of my
and often the
of many
a
thing,in married life can never
give

time
want

unalloyed happiness.
for the two
elder
We
are
looking for a governess
the necessary
girlsfor next
year, and a lady with
knowledge and character, and yet of a certain rank,
is

difficult

so

find.

to

Potsdam,
Louis

went

mother's

Vicky

was

awful

Fischbach

to

ago

to-morrow
birthday,and returns
low yesterday; she has
very

last week,

the

days

two

June 19th.

time

and

she

told

she

through

went

morning.
been

much

me

in

his

for

for

so

of what

an

1866, when

dear

Siggie [Sigismund]died. The little chapel is very


We
peacefuland cheerful, and full of flowers.
go
and it seems
there en passant nearly daily,
to
give
dear Vicky pleasureto go there.
Vicky goes on the 7th of July to Norderney.
Fischbach

arrived

We
two

days

law

and

and

July 2d.

in this

here

ago,
Aunt

Schlesien,

exquisitely-lovely
country
received
by our
parents-in-

were

Mariechen,

whose

guests

we

in

are

the pretty old Castle of Fischbach, surrounded


by fine
old trees, with a view on the beautiful Riesengebirge,
which

reminds

me

Switzerland.
the

The

high mountains,
are
splendid and

came

out

of Louis'

valleys

wooded

numberless

green.
All the

see

us

hills,before

the

the
and

country

I and

one

my

looks

and
village
our

grandparents,who

pleased that

most

are

the

children

so

should

of

and

reaches

the

The

trees

rich

very

and

neighborhood

children,and old
were

also

lovely

quite beautiful.

are

people of
to

little of Scotland, and

servants

delightedand
be

here, and

226

FEINCESS

have

should

they

that

ALICE.

lived

to

the

see

younger

generation.
We

The

day long.
that

seeing the

out

are

beautiful

weather

spots nearly all

is fine and

not

warm,

very

about

comfortably. Yesterday
for tea to Erdmannsdorf.
If only dear
went
over
we
there
!
We
must
now
Vicky and Fritz were
hope
for another
parting
year to be there together. The
who
had
made
from
them,
our
sejoiirunder their
hospitableroof such a very happy one, was very sad,
in accordance
and
the pouring rain was
with our
left them
and
dear
feelings.We
lovely Potsdam
and the pleasantlife there with much
regret, and
a
blessing do I send back in thought to
many
so

one

its dear

can

go

inmates.
afternoon

Yesterday

Schmiedeberg.
We
went
to see
a
carpet-manufactory,
interesting
very
worked
and
a
by hand, and all by girls,
very
which
simple process, much like making fringe,
you
used

and

do

to

Beatrice's

we

then

our

"

It

time.

and

was

I often

of

much

"

been

of all that

years

and

passed during

quietwedding in a time of
think how
trying it must

much

have

for you.

Yesterday after eighteen hours'


journey,we arrived here all well.
letter,which
to

write,

I received
as

thingsduring those
The

after

Osborne,

July

Kranichstein,

your

of

already seven

wedding-day

made
think
me
so
ago
and
of you, darlingMama,

sorrow,

footstools

make

birth.

Yesterday

that

at

were

Crown

station ; the

Prince

I had
two

and

at
to

hot

very

Many

pay

railway

thanks
It

Dresden.

21st.

possible
im-

was

visits and

for

to

see

days.
Princess

followingday

we

received

paid

our

us

at

the

visits.

found
tied
other

in

children

Louis

of that
were

are

kind.

very

eldest

girlis

the

quantityof
In
came

the
to

like

fair curls,
afternoon

see

us,

is very like the Queen


twin sister,and
her other

and

Dow-

sister,

like her twin


is very
duchess
sister.ArchSophie. As they are first cousins, and very

course

selves
them-

father-in-law,they consider

of my

ones,

of

as

aunts.

our

which
has
picture-gallery,
though the Sistine Madonna
exquisitepictures,
I went

to

see

the

all others, and


the

Her

Marie,

Queen
fond

has

baby,

child.

She

of Prussia, her

ao^er

her

Portugal'sboy.
King and Queen

the

day

22/

nice

pretty

very

the littleone
of

WORK.

seemed

cushion,

lookingvery well,and

in bed

George, and
like

AND

"^'''

Marie
up

HOME

the

famous

some
passes
sur-

Holbein, of which

Dresden

galleryhas been for long so proud, is


now
recognizedas a copy, and the one that belongs
the original.
We
visited the
mother-in-law
to my
as
Griine
the
Gewobel
[the Green
Vaults],where
are
magnificentjewelsand other treasures
preserved,
the
enough to lead us over
of the castle himself,includinghis own
in
rest
rooms,
the life-size pictures of his last four
of which
one
he cannot
daughters(all
speak
dead) stand, of whom
without
How
tears.
dreadfullyhe and the poor
Queen must have suffered these last years !
Uncle
intends
Louis is at Friedberg and
ing
remainand

the

King

all next

there
Alice

was

Morier

Thousand

kind

month, tillthe

will accompany

thanks

for

manceuvres

are

me.

Kranichstein, July 25th.


kind
I
letter which
your

received

time that
yesterday,at the same
christening
present for Ernest arrived

Princess

1884.

George

of

Saxony,

Infanta

over.

of

Portugal, who

died

the beautiful
!
in

ThouFebruary,

228

ALICE.

PRINCESS

for this

thanks

sand

beautiful and

preciousgift
are
myselt! We

most

boy, from Louis and from


so
pleasedwith it ! It is to be exhibited here, and
it will interest and delightall who
it,I am
see
sure.
I have justreceived
Bertie, announcing
a letter from
shall be greatly
We
his arrival here for the 28th.
pleasedto see them all; but we have so littleroom,
for

our

and

house

our

that

repair,so

should

we

and

put up

The

shall have
and

wish.

is very

great,

and

under
make

to

quite unable to do it
they will be lenient

trust

offer.

can

we

up

trouble

some

shall be
But

what

with

heat

is all shut

town

we

comfortable

them
as

in

this

though

placeis

paratively
com-

cool.
July 29th,

Kranichstein,

at

Darmstadt

by eleven

Alix with

and

Bertie

Dear

children

boy is as
bigger.
The
the

their

unchanged,

are

tall

and

dear

very

little Louise, and

as

am

tainly
cer-

pretty, but
of

my

much

course

ereat

best

so

We

thanks.

passage-room

children, who

delight of all the

together: Bertie
dressing-room ; we
;

and

then

all

are

Alix,

gentlemen or ladies
utterlyimpossible.

are

Victoria

has

close

very

and

in the

often

house,

ridden

as

August
on

my

the

children.

different

Kranichstein,
""

send

and
sitting-room,
the

come

lodged
bedroom

our

both, my

No

and

delightedto see them all again ; it


well imagine.
can
as
a
you
great pleasure,
kindlysent us has justarrived, and
pony
you

is such

to

is

does

fatter.

no

The

arrived

off his beard, which

Alix

Dear

him.

suit

children

brought them here


They are all looking

after ten, and


we
o'clock last night.

well, but Bertie has shaved


not

their

it was

nth.

Dred, and

AND

HOME

AT

WORK.

AT

229

girls,on a Spanish saddle, and he


well.
They delightin him.
Baby rolls
very
goes
and
tries to crawl
the room
about
anywhere now,
properly. He calls Papa, and tries no end of things;
he is very forward, and is now
cuttinghis fifth tooth,
which
is all but through.
also the

other

this

On

dear

weather

The

it used

as

is

for the

care

shine

be

to

of

us,

send

shine

you

the

this

on

bright,

so

I don't

years.

day

it can't

as

now,

26th,

words.

few

sun

in former

Osborne

think

to
wehmiltJiig
birthdays,and

any

at

must

August

beautiful, and

whose

Him

on

so

to

sun

day

Friedberg,

It makes
too
one
day it was.
of darling Papa on those happy

it must

be

more

so

than

for you

for

Mama.

poor

rated
decoYesterday was
Ludwigstag ; all the town
with flags,
illuminations,etc., and Englishflags
with the Hessian
and arms
everywhere.
horseback
started on
We
along the high road at
this morning, and did not get off till
seven
half-past
A lovelycountry and very interestingto see.
one.
To-morrow
shall have
a
we
very long march, and
the night Alice Morier, I and William
decided)
(Louis is unwill spend at Prince
Ysenburg's at BiidinThe
next
morning we have to ride off at halfgen.
past five,and a long day back here.

"^

=^

nth.

September

Kranichstein,
What

charming expeditions you must


I saw
have made
in that lovelycountry ? '^
What
I admired
of it some
so
intensely. You
years
ago
well be proud of all the beauties of the Highcan
lands,
which
have
their own
so
entirely
stamp, that
*

the
of

This

"'

refers to the

neighborhood.
a

Life

in the

Queen's stay

These

are

at

Invertrossachs,

described

in

"

More

and

Leaves

Highlands," pp. 116-147 (London, 1884).

the

excursions

from

to

Journal

PRINCESS

230

ALICE.

Alpine scenery, however grand, can lessen one's


for that of Scotland.
appreciation
The
to Mayence to
day before yesterdaywe went
Gewerbe- Ausstellung''
a
see
Exhibition]
[Industrial
of the town,
which
was
good and tastefully
very
there we
went
to our
to Frankfort
arranged. From
with
Aunt
palace, for a rendezvous
Cambridge,
Uncle
George, Augusta and Fritz Strelitz. I showed
no

"

them

the

children, and
took
left,we
our

Garden,

which

children

for

arrived, the first since

the
two

which

grouse,
years

of

^''

am

very

glad

that

I know
journey,which
and
for him, though
interesting
to attain this without
partingfrom

is,of

no

course,

small

trial for

will be
it

was

each

us,

just

October

also

you

Louis'

has

ago

Darmstadt,
''^

Zoological

the

to

tions
rela-

our

delightedthem.

thanks

Many

afterwards, when

who

3d.

approve
so

useful

possible

not

other, which
are

so

customed
unac-

being separated. But we never


thought
of that when
considered
the plan of Louis
we
ing
joinin new
Fritz, which was
idea, as travelling
my
countries is so good for a man,
and Louis
never
may
to

find

so

much

very

day
the

o'ood

and

"

to

chance

ag'ain.

seeing

the south

Geneva-

I
"

am

looking forward

where

of France, and

above

we

spend a
all,seeing

again. Fritz passes through here to-morrow.


Louis
starts
Saturday morning, vici Munich, for
noon,
he will join Fritz next
Venice, where
Sunday afterand spend the followingMonday
there before
here
with
her
they go to Brindisi, Vicky comes
children on
the 12th or 13th, and a suite of twentyfive people. She
with the
on
big boys to
goes
sea

Baden,

and

I follow

day.
follov/ing

with

I don't

the

like

other

children

on

separatingVictoria

the
and

well taken

so

down

written

lessons,

and

etc.;

interferes, will
least is
is

and

funny

so

will be

7ncister

dear, and

and
to

when

me

I wish.

as

used

[Steward],who

of

fond

so

and

I take

Lord

ville.
Gran-

nth.

October

Darmstadt,

no

Haushof-

my

be with

to

that he

me

alone.

am

Eliza, Beck,

Orchard,

out

never

child at
having one
baby is beginning to talk,

and

who

but

much,

so

company

but

one

23

all is carried

that

comfort

WORK.

mother-in-law,

my

see

them

I shall miss

AT

will be
being together; the three girls
of at their grandparents'. I have
care
rules for meals, going out, to bed, to

like

Ella, who

AND

HOME

AT

had the hard


Yesterday morning at eleven we
both felt very
separationfrom each other, which we
Louis
much.
was
dear, tender-hearted
My own
in when
we
parted at
quite in the state he was
does
He
engagement.
and me,
and
like leaving his children, his home,
in

Windsor
not

reallythere
To

he.

as

own,

from

ever

year

to

are

neglect one's wife,


in which

sisters

We

Dear

last

two

and

Countess

kind

the house

her

such

"

feels far

too

Grand
**"?:-

letter from
the accounts

J
dear

have
Louis

in

of what

they

to

have

to

share.

not

husbands.

our

been

has

instant

from

fine

also

does

here

justnow,

me

Cannes,

Hotel,

like

men

considered

happiness to
lonely.

this

gratefulfor

young

husband

Bliicher

call it my

to

more

the wife

blessed
singularly

are

days

for

fathers

and

like his, and

prouder of and
Nowadays
year.
enough, for it is

rare

amusements

husbands

such

heart

possess

our

few

but

are

am

Louis

after

i860

for

5th.

November

received

the

another

Constantinople,
giving
did

and

saw

there

until

PRINCESS

232

the

they left for Jaffa. He


greatly interested with

29th ult, when

dehghted, and
has

visit

English
found

him

several
went

very

Louis

seen.

in and

thouo-ht

in

1867,

suite

seeing

on

who

Scutari, into

of

much

so

talkative

more

of the

to

ALICE.

than

Black

the

He

again.

then.
in

were

all he
Sultan's

the

him

seems

He

also

saw

England. They

Sea, and

visited

all

Constantinople,and on the last day they


visited the Emperor of Austria, who had justarrived.
There
is something very
funny in hearing of these
Royalties,one after another, all running to the same
bore the Sultan considerably.
places. They must
This
journey will be of great advantage to dear
had an
Louis, who has never
opportunity (through
like others.
marrying so young) of travelling
near

This

afternoon

went

we

poor

Wal-

Princess

She

eldest

dying,and bore
such goodness.

and

see

is stillin ereat
Q-Hef at the loss of
dauQ:hter, who suffered so long",and knew

deck.

was

to

lot with

her
She

such

only fifteen

was

her
she

resignation
and

half,

I think.
I

was

Russell
to

again the
them

pay

and

go

is

Esterel

at

in the

very

reading to
Lanfrey, which
am

Lady
able
can't

day.
too

lovely to-day

beautiful, for it
which

and

hope to be
though one

Remo,

looked

always most
have

San
same

has

Mountains,

bay, and

Lord

pleased to see
We
other day.

visit

country

sunset

by

return

The

much

very

lie

to

the

sets

behind

rightfrom

the
the
this

lovelyjagged form.
Life of Napoleon,
Vicky a new
and
is very
well
impartially

written.
Cannes,
*

"'

far and

'"'""

The

heavenly

blue

wide, is in accordance

sea,

with

December

14th.

stretchingso
one's feelings,

AT

the beauties

and

daughter,Victoria,
to

them, and

see

anxious

with

pretty

been

twice

they should

her

for

and

husband

be

the

Duchess, of whom
dreadful, should

dear

for

his

have

we

distressed that

How

to-day is worse.
happen to her,

here, and

are

are

the

about

"*

Argyll's sister,

of

Duke

always something

have

nature

soothino-.

and

comfortincr
The

of

233

WORK.

AT

AND

HOME

so

news

any

thing

the

many

children !
The

arrived

here, but

To-morrow

have

we

not

them

yet.
leaving this, but

seen

intended

had

we

likewise

have

Dalhousie

Lord

and

Eburys

during the night poor Vicky had the dreadful fright


Thank
of Waldie's
being taken illwith the croup.
God, he is better this morning, but our
journey will
not
have to be put off for a few days, so that Vicky canwish

don't

to

that

spend

to

day

en

who

husbands,

our

As

for Christmas.

in time

Berlin

reach

now

route,

we

we

graphed
tele-

have

Naples to-day,

reach

join us here, that we


all spend Christmas
togetherbefore leaving.
may
soon
This is all unsettled, and I will telegraph as
is
as
thing is definitelyarranged. RoUet
every
here to-day, and spends this day in quiet with us.
ask

to

whether

they

will

not

'""

both

We
our

had

dear

the

happiness yesterday of

husbands

long a separation. They


Pompeii, and Louis went
he

has

seen

an

for
him
I

to
am

look
so

Madame

had
for

and

been
a

day

Rome,

to

will be

such

ing
receivafter

Naples

to

deal, which

enormous

him,

well here

and

safe

20th.

December

Cannes,

in later years.
upon
glad that Louis has had the

so

is very

so

and
that

structi
in-

pleasure for

back

RoUande,

formerly

the

Princess'

French

opportunity
governess.

FRIA^CESS

234

ALICE.

done
to have
making'this journey ; and it seems
his health good also, for he looks very well.
difficult for me
The journey back is so long and
with
Louis
alone
to
^as
Vicky's people,
manage
in the nursery,
have
that
helped mine
particularly
I am
obliged to wait until the 26th, and to go with
Vicky and Fritz,for they travel slower than I would
with Louis, who
do if I went
back
direct day
goes
would
doctor
and night. The
not
consent
to
my
with
Ernie
from
this
climate
into
warm
travelling
of

"

"

cold so
the ereat
cutting"four back
The

day

housie

and

gouty,

to

came

Dal-

Lady Christian, and found


good spirits.Lady Ebury

him

very

yesterday we

this afternoon.

Netherlands

of the

looks like

this moment.

The

we

the

Avignon,

where

and

and
We

evening.

there

leave

that the

Miss

an

of dear

It

was

cold

very

been

hour
then

the

on

at

so

leave

we

to

go

Vicky

sidering
journey, con-

Cologne,where

and

much

for Paris,

Fritz, and
with

dear

thought of partingfrom
the

I shall meet
*

last

your

thanks.

many

good

and

I have

great pang,

likelythat

2Sth.

we

are

straighthome.
me

December

left Cannes,

we

to-morrow,

I shall take

this year,

have

weak, and

so

Cannes

leaving

very
all things. Li

rest

Princess

spent the night,and stillcolder,


frost,on reaching this placeyesterday
all well, and the
and the children are

little ones

poor

is

Jura, Dijon,

for which

me,

morning

snow

and

Oggie*

their daughter

Princess

du

were

letter reached
cold

and

shadow.

as

Prince
and

poor

Hotel

Just

at

Lord

here.

arrived

teeth

is

visited

us

see

Frederic

durinsf the nicjht,for he

before

in

but

fast,and

more

so

as

her in this

I do
new

not

year.

Grosvenor, Lady Ebury's daughter.

her

go

Vicky
costs

think

it

On

Year's

New

AND

HOME

AT

I arrange
in advance

eve

for all my
children, and
all the presents you have
and

us,

which

235

Christmas-tree

I thank

kind

been

shall find

we

WORK.

AT

enough

send

to
*

Darmstadt.

at

for

you
*

1870.

beginning of

the

At

scarlet-fever,and,

and

severe

was

of enforced
with

intercourse

Friedrich

Though the
good recovery,

illness.

same

all made

one,

the

Strauss,

writer
a

was

this

During

the social world

from

famous

Alice

Princess

behind.

seclusion

to

her

theologian,

and

source

of 1868

in the autumn

man

after considerable

desire, and
had

Strauss

her

of great

again in

the

there

until the

of his

account

wish

since, with

not

the

Grand

Duke.

taken

almost

Although

her

this remarkable

autumn

1866

particular

own

hesitation
of

there

remained

at

spent the winter

returned

"

and

enjoyment.
Princess became
acquaintedwith

The

her

Victoria

and

interest

He

after,Princess

herself.
nursing entirely

the

undertook

David

with

illeffects remained

no

time

laid up

the

took

the littlePrince
attack

soon

after his

soon

was

Louis

East, Prince

the

from

return

and

this year,

at

on

his part.

Darmstadt.

springof 1868,
of

1872.

His

and
own

acquaintancewith the Princess was by


published at the time, but has been
that of the
of his familyand
consent
this the followingnarrative is
From

verbatim
I

was

entirelyunaccustomed

to

asso-

236

PRINCESS

with

date
at

ALICE.

of high rank, I soon


felt entirely
persons
with this lady. Her simplicity,
the kind manner

ease

in which

lect made

she

and

me,

her

forgetalldifferences

me

Strauss

met

visited

conversations

the

lasted
of

speaks

Princess

them

"

as

of social

position."
their

often, and

very

sometimes

brio^ht intel-

keen

for hours.

self
him-

He

delightfuland

most

re-

freshinof."
often

they read aloud, and


suggestion from Strauss, that

Very
to

down

about

notes

and

studying
"

She

entered

have

to

and

at

Darmstadt,

to

be

She,

this

plan.

whom

the

[now

Sir

Mr.

and

it would

felt

disposed to put

my

lectures

willine
'"
The

to

was

then
were

Louis

vented
pre-

writes,

afraid

'*

to

of infection.

would

tary
be very solivalue to her if I

of great
with her as sole
be

To

timate,
in-

very

this

audience

for

only too

was

asree."

author

interestand

After

up

was

herself

Besides

Strauss

weeks

Voltaire.

on

manuscript

the

few

next

Princess.

English Minister
Robert] Morier,

not

was

were

idea

Her

"

write

they

the

to

she

me,"

asked

her, if I

see

said that the


ones,

keen

them

Louis, and

however,

and

and

works

read

ladles,with

should

illness of Prince
present." The
this plan from being carried out.

come

She

whose

"

led

doubt

no

he

select circle of listeners.

Prince

"

afterward

readilyinto

of her

one

Voltaire

this

was

took

the

rewarded

unwavering

form

of

for his
attention

lectures,

seven

pains

"

by

the

of his listener."

repeated revisions, the printingof

the work

HOME

AND

WORK.

237

Voltaire

on

began. Strauss gives his


the following
extract
:

of this in

"

When

"

it first occurred

to

Voltaire for the Princess

on

account

own

write

to

me

in the form

something

of lectures,I

the hope that, when


the little
naturallycherished
book
was
printed,I might obtain her permission
it to her.
As the work
ever,
to dedicate
progressed,howthis hope became
fainter,and by the time the
book
was
ready I had entirely
given it up.
I could only take
pleasurein my work, if I felt
I had been perfectly
sincere ; if,instead of condemning
I stood
Voltaire, as is usually the case,
up for
him upon
essential points nay, even
far as
went
so
"

"

intimate

to
not

book

allowinga

dedicated

he had

due

to

it ; and

the copy

to

her

to

which
struck

her

bound

was

me

ask

seemed

of

to

which

in which

terms

me

on

book

One

day

much

she

advanced.
told

me

how
and

how

the

much

scruples
a
tendency to be
positionand what
the

book

by that

observe.

The

to

cretion
dis-

thousfht
hand

own

my

into

I gave
her the Dedication,
it now
stands printed on

page of the volume.


intercourse
hand, the friendly

continued, whilst
she

to

forbidden

the second
one

seemed

allow

to

writing with

of the book

in the

of such

her, consideringher

to

be dedicated

then

there

far enough.
gone
Princess
might naturally have

"The

was

and

have

to

about

that here

Meanwhile,
with

other

the

in the

Princess

printingof
kind

most

felt she

the

the

on

owed

to

the

manner
our

quaintance,
ac-

it had

helpedto clear her


views in many
I, on
part, expressed to
ways.
my
her in all sincerity
the animating and exhilarating
influence

which

our

intercourse

how
myself,and, in particular,
encouraged me in my labors on

had

exercised

it had

cheered

Voltaire.

upon

and

238
"

PRINCESS

'

book

It would
to

surprisedI

was

dedicate

Princess

How

rejoined.
easilybe imagined.

can

hesitation

without

would

nice, if you

be

me,' the

ALICE.

how

this had

it up
her to

intention, but that I had

given

your

agreeably
I acknowledged

been

first

my

of

regard
for her, not wishing to expose
tion.
misinterpretaThe
Princess
repliedthat the fear of being
would
misunderstood
never
prevent her from doing
what
she thought right. I pointed out, that the
be well and
considered, and
must
matter
carefully
foremost, she

that, first and

Her

consent.

fear

that

on

consult him

as
soon
proof-sheets
she might glance over
that she might draw

doubtful
form
"

"

"

Princess

I would

therefore

the
the

had

of

course

1 had

that

since

no

first

bring her the


ready, partlythat

they were

the

Princess

whole

again, and

Prince's

attention

Herr

Dear
"

partly
to

any

think

that its

refusingthe

chapter

contents

of
are

dedication.

of

June, 1870,

The

"

return

you

My husband
it yesterday ; he
such

as

value

to

which

your

read
does

justifymy
I

place on

always be far
might
greater than any little unpleasantness which
Alice.'
possiblyarise from my accepting it.
the

"

but

dedication

thanks.

many

fifth

nth

Professor

with

the

through

the

on

the followlnofletter

Voltaire

not

own

from

'

would

additions

as

she

then
able to
be
They would
opinions.
the proof-sheets,
and
received
them

her

I sent

with

she

band's
hus-

her

passages.

their

back

that

and

changes

the lectures.

wrote

was

I told the

it.

about

obtain

must

that

point; but

several

made

answer

out

The
now

of

dedication
"

in what

book

your

was

thus

words

will

accepted,
unqualifiedly

should

I put

it }

I had

got accustomed

into the

for the

lectures

this

Princess

this the
'

sent

I should

not

written

on

have
touched

at

like any

an

Could

leave

change

last able

at

complete form with


received
the followingnote

written

allowed

had

this

not

to

the

Princess

more

formal

omitted.

Upon

answer

in what

made
and

you

greatly

am

Alice.'
her my
book
dedication
printed,I

to

the

send

from

her, written
the 27th of June, 1870 :

on

to

accomplice of
this pubstate
licly

and

were

to

present

dedication.

in its

Kranichstein,

meant

Would

first page,

the

was

she

speak,
to

to

the following

me

kind

your

When

"

to

allusions

these

I had

that I had

this dedication

between

in which

one,

"

her.

to

objectionablebook ?
I felt myself bound
?
choice

the

saying

aloud
so

239

I wished

that

Princess,

the

make

WORK.

Princess, and

them

read

to

me

in which

copy

I intended

Princess.

the

the form

to

myself

it

write

AND

HOME

from

able till

been

to-day to thank you


received
"Voltaire
for your
yesterday. The book
of the delay, as
I devoted
itself is the cause
my
what
time to reading over
had
yourself
you
spare
last winter.
I seemed
read to me
to
so
beautifully
voice and all your
observations
hear your
again. I
for that great enjoyment,
thank
must
once
more
you
'

"

I have

not

"

for the

and

kind

of your

terms

dedication.
"

"

Seldom
of

and

couraeeous
*""'

All

been

book

seldom

must

the

have

about
negotiations
carried

Royal Princess

has

and

amiable."

agree

on

in

this

in

'

the dedication

way

shown

opinion,from

Alice.'

like this,
herself

so

whatever

ALICE.

PRIiVCESS

240

they look at the subject. It was Hke


Princess' straightforward
nature
knowledge
boldly to acfor Strauss,
her friendship
the world
to
the risk of incurringthe most
unfavorable
at

pointof
the

even

view

criticisms.
Strauss
The

"

further,in his

says,

of the Princess

memory

connected,

work

my

on

this

To

Alice will be

I live,with

long as
episodesof
gratifying

most

"

Memoirs

"

as

life

my

"

arably
insepof the

one

writingof

the

Voltaire."
be added

must

that

thouofh,as

time

went

agreed less and less with Strauss'


diftered conviews, and especially
siderably
religious

the Princess

on,

avowed

from
and

Old

those

of Strauss
in whom

one

Faith," she

the New

with

than

she

in his book,

enunciated

had

"

The

wise
thought othergratitudeand esteem, as

met

never

with

the

beautiful

most

of the best German

scholarship viz.,
combined
with a rare
sincerity,
unflinching
giftof
and pleasantly,
and
sayingwhat it has to say clearly
demeanor.
a winning modesty of personal
characteristics

In the end
their

to

the scarlet-fever.

The

her
for

furtherine those
at

heart.

Offenbach, and
with the heads
to

She

for

Mayence

duringher stay
from
making use

much

the Prince

of March

familywent

"

Princess
there

and

Princess

change of

went

much

but this did

of every

Giessen, and
of these

air after
into

ciety
so-

prevent

possibleopportunity

institutions which
visited the

not

with

she

had

so

at Mayence,
hospitals

had many
consultations
with a view
various hospitals

improvements.
possible

HOME

AT

The

AND

time

quiet,happy
of

declaration
Louis

Prince

WORK.

between

war

had

to

during the
end
an
by the
and
Germany.

to

France

front with

the

to

go

24

Kranichstein

at

suddenly brought

was

summer

AT

his division,

the
together with another division, formed
Ninth
Army Corps, and part of the Second
Army,
Charles
of Prussia.
commanded
by Prince Frederick

which,

Princess

The

leave

took

July. She, however,

of

the

On
the

5th

first time

and
Tour.
the

of Auofust

encountered
i6th

the

on

took
the

During
1

8th

the

on

again once
the

on

Hessian

the

enemy,

part in the

twice

or

division
before

battle

terrible battle

5th

of Augrust.

ist

the

Auofust, Prince

of

husband

him

saw

final leave-taking,

the

before

of her

for

Metz,

of Mars-la-

of Gravelotte,

Louis

on

his division

and

occupied
which

central

...

position in

Marshal

drove

Bazaine

the
back

Imprisoned there with


Louis
the
19th Prince

held him
On

meeting

and
battlefield,

the

on

his brother

when

Manteuffel

General

and

He

into

on

and

the

he had

the

the

troops

31st

took
of

part

August,

the troops

also formed

camped
en-

pleasureof

Louis

commanded

his division

Metz, and

iron grasp.

an

Prince

Henry.

Noisseville

in the battle of

irresistible force,

gaged.
en-

part of the

investingMetz, partlydoing outpost duty, and


partlyservingin the reserve.
army

On

the

8th

of

of his

command

troops

were

sortie

of

October, whilst
division

concentrated

the

French

at

in

from

the

Prince

in

was

Gravelotte, where

the

hourlyexpectation of
Metz,

he

received

the

PRINCESS

242

ALICE.

birth

of the

news

born

the

on

second

who

son,

had

been

7th.
the Prince's

since

Ever

of

"

her

departurethe Princess had

in Darmstadt,

comforting,
helping,
her. She was
and advisingall around
proud
German
the
wife of a
officer serving in
be
to
the field in such
a
cause,
though her life for the
She
full of anxiety and care.
worked,
present was

remained

at

other

like any
the

"

post

of
sufferings

alleviate

to

woman,

the sick and

as

best

could

she

the wounded,

and

giving
destitution
by

plunged into
Whilst she was
the war.
livingwith her children at
the
Committee
Kranichstein
of
or
Hidfsverein^'
stadt.
Aid, had its headquartersin her palace at Darmthere every
She herself went
day, visited all
also the ambulances
the hospitals,
at the railwaystation,
and superintended the organization
of
mittees
Comaid

who

those

to

were

"

"

of Aid
which
now

"

all

she

had

had

trained

sixteen

of the

classes

all those

at

doctors

different

who

Aid

to

Sick and

ready

mittees
Com-

and

Wounded

for work

at

"

the beginning

the

voluntaryhelp of
who arranged
surgeons,

Through

war.

of the best

nurses

The

country.

organizedlong previously
untold blessing.
an

proved themselves
Alice Societyfor
The
"

some

the

over

places for the


anxious
to help to

Instruction

of

during
the war,
the number
of nurses
increased
was
by
degrees to one hundred and sixty-four.These were
in Hesse, to ambulances
sent
to the different hospitals
pitals
Metz, to the hospital
near
trains,and the hoson

the

were

steamers.

nurse

HOME

WORK.

AT

AND

243

palacethe Princess arranged a depot


all.necessaries
required for the sick and wounded.

In her
for

Later

own

another

on

Grand

the

in

established

was

a
regularnurses,
of women
ladies joined together to
number
and
out
refreshments, during the night as well as
serve
who
the daytime, to the wounded,
were
constantly

Ducal

palace.-

Similar

Princess'

the

many

and

halted

committees

were,

Darmstadt

passing through
station.

the

Besides

thanks

all

initiative,formed

own

way
rail-

the

at

to

the

over

country.
erected
at Darmstadt,
by the
hospitals
Red
Cross
Society, and supplied
English National
of
The
the name
with English surgeons,
received
it
Alice
a
Hospital." Under
specialarrangement
was
military
by the Hessian
subsequentlytaken over
authorities.
In this hospital,
in others established
as
and
Alice Society,"women
independentlyof the
girlsof all classes lent their aid.
Simultaneously with the aid to the sick and
One

of the

"

"

those

wounded,

"

sprang
the

the

Alice

some

and

Out

Lyceum," which

were

of
to

years

to

intended

was

of
delivered

the

the

more

for

higher

in it

This

day.

attract

Alice

The

"

for

of
Employment
of this Society

women

be

cared

were

and

service.

culture

Lectures

for

war

exertions

interesting
subjectsof

continued

the

widows,

rendered

been

Education

good

intellectual

classes.
the

"

by

Princess'

did

the

had

destitute

orphans, or
through the
Society for
Women

who

on

all

Lyceum
or

less

'

PRINCESS

244

ALICE.

audience.

numerous

lectures

In the firstwinter

of its existence

Literature,the
English and German
tory
History of Art, German
History, and Natural Hiswere
given. The lady at the head of it was
Fraulein
Louise
Its subsequent failure
Biichner.
caused
external difficulties,
and
was
by numerous
because the originalidea for which
it had been
not
founded
had proved otherwise than sound.
The

and

on

little new-born

the Princess
The

made

Crown

later

and

Berlin.

to

bear

to

was

The

of Prussia, who

constantlyto

came

in November,

on,

they

and

Weissenburg

of

name

the

Worth,

then

was

her

see

ter
sis-

together

went

the little Prince, who

of
christening

the

thrive,

to

ery.
comparativelyquick recov-

Princess

livingat Homburg,

continued

Prince

victorious

o^eneral of
till his

deferred

was

father's return.
Prince

29th

the

the

the

after the

Loire"

at

the

5th

victorious

before

Prince

the

on

oners
priserick
Fred-

Troyes
few

farther into the

marched
was

reached

the

on

days later Fontainebleau,

troops

confronted

troops

made

Part

of

the

Hessian

the left bank

of

the

Loire, and

town.

French

the

"

Army

battle of Orleans
Toury, The
and
3d and 4th of December,

placeon
the

173,000

pass

troops

country.

of November,
soon

St. Privat

of Prussia.

30th

interior of the

and

the

saw

ImperialGuard

Charles

loth

garrisonedFort

of October, and
and

On

had

Louis

the

division

of

took
on

the

entry into the


moved

fought the

alonof
engage-

HOME

AND

Montlivault

ment

of

other

part of it surprisedand

Castle

of

loth

of

with

Chambord,

Blois

the

on

December

took

the

possessionof

five guns

till the

December

245

of

9th

after

soon

was

WORK.

and

taken

oners.
pris-

many

and

the

from

the

14th of February, 1871,

at Orleans.
pedition
headquarterswere
During the exsion
diviagainstGeneral Chanzy the Hessian
alone guarded the line of the Loire from Gien to

the

Blois.
8th.

January
*

three

My

girlshave

Ella bronchitis, which

during twelve
anxiety about
his whole
is

Ernie

hours
him

intense

for
suffering

is

attentive

most

in such

and

in

the

from

her, and

very

greatest

the

of breathingand
difficulty

great alarm.
;
as

me,

and

also took

"

were

quite convalescent

now

fearful colds

we

caused

state

had

most

moments

but

you

those

is

God, he

such

on

Weber

occasions,

dependent

so

of

hours

were

imagine.

can

kind

one

Thank

the

on

doctor.
%

given here
at

are

we

member.
and

we

1848
at

was

good lectures have


undertaken
lately,
by a committee,
Some

the

head

very

of, and

of which

which

Morier

Mr.

is

hitherto,
They have been a great success
are
going to one to-nightby Kinkel, who in
a
a
sor
profesrefugeein England, and is now

Ziirich.

January
Beloved
kind

been

Mama

:
"

enquiries,and

morninof.

The

We
for

violence

are

very

your

of the

for
grateful

letter
fever

pain in the throat have abated, and


going on favorably. The nights are
yet, and his head pains him.

received
and
dear
not

the

i6th.

your
this
ereat

Louis

good

is
as

246

PRINCESS

off from

cut

am

the house,

they

trust

ALICE.

all intercourse
of the

account

on

escape,

for

Ernie.

may

Ella and

walking,not otherwise,

with any

dear

in

one

children

and

they stillcough, particularly


Christa

see

she

as

when
in

comes

the

the
where
part of the house
read to Louis, and play to him, as

out

am

with

contact

children

live.

sitting-room

my

well
keep the rooms
aired, and not
hot, and at night I sleep on a sofa
his bed.
The
first two
anxious
near
nights were
I was
and
with him ; but
ones,
up all night alone
*
"'^
*
thank God, all seems
to be going well.
now,
into

opens

the

bedroom.

January
I

happy

am

has

no

to

that all is

say

fever,

more

well.

going on

his throat

but

20th.

Louis

is still far from

well ; it has stillthe character


of diphtheria,
though
in a mild form
of skin and bits of blood come
a sort
"

away

when

he

and

I leave

him

Victoria

and
me

This

is stillso

Ella

before

instant

he

when

save

wind

are

sees

pleasant.
un-

very

and

Orchard

Weber

I take

coughs,
writes

them

to

in the

downstairs.

comes

Weber

scarlet-fever,and

Dr.

good patient,

very

hoarse

quite well.

not

evening,and

every

morning

is

high cold

in this

I hear

is

little alone

very

walks, which

my

He

coughs.

tells

me

that Victoria

just been

I have

up

to

has

the
her.

see

suffers very much, poor child ; the fever is very


It is too late now
hiorh and
the rash much
to
out.
She

separate the others, and


take
It

those

who

will escape
who
those
; but
it have it in them
by this time.
is

source

have

Emma

never

of
had

it.

not

are

inclined

anxiety.

great
*

posed
predis-

are

Orchard

to

and

"^

January 23d.
I

was

very

glad to get

your

dear

lines of the

2d,

full of

fever

discomfort

and

and
but

cries

is

lung

is

been

pain, with

then

and

now

every

every

with

great favorite

from

low,

weakness,

etc.,

little

Ame-

one.

sits with

and

afternoon

is very

She

good patient,
poor

very

comes

she

24/

for the last six weeks.

had

has

WORK.

during this anxious time.


high ; and so much
very
dreadful cough, which
a

me

has

AND

for

sympathy

Victoria's

she

HOME

her, and

children,

the

she

as

pretty stories.
of his
of bed
Louis
is not
account
out
yet, on
better, though in this
throat, etc. ; but he is much
countless

knows

treacherous

climate, which

throats

lungs,I

and

there

care

The
think

is

other

hoarse

as

fear that

children

are

with

even

for

the greatest

rieht aeain, and looks

yet well, though I don't

as

she

when

as

bad
proverbially

so

risk.

lookingwell

Ella

is

has

home.

came

the

still

best of them

is

cold, and
Ernie

all

is

all.

I doubt

as
they
quite possible,
I keep the
Victoria
did.
it when
did
take
not
aired.
fresh and continually
rooms
All the balls and partiesare
going on here now.
receive
I can
neither go anywhere nor
Of
course,

escaping,though

their

any

being so much
begins to tell upon me.

little out

so

of you
I have

to

infection.

indeed, and

time
and

of the

account

on

one,

it is

send

Louis

the books!

It is

in sick

some
wearirooms

How

will be

kind

delighted.

just read to him Russell's book of Bertie


Alix's journey, and
am
now
reading to him a
is very
Life of Napoleon, by Lanfrey, which
written
more
against than for Napoleon.

and
new

well
Of

"

course,

newspapers

I read

to

him

and

besides.

the
*

Revue
*

des Deux-Mondes

January 31st.
*

Though

dear

baby

has

had

two

bad,

248

PRINCESS

ALICE.

restless

nights,yet I am
happy to say that he has
the illness so
with
little fever or
so
sore
slightly,
in great hopes it will get no
throat, that we
are
He
is cuttinghis back teeth just now,
which
worse.
is the worse
moment
possibleto be illin.
Victoria
looks
hollow-eyed, pale, and
very
wretched, poor
now.
darling,but is in good spirits
The

other

beautiful

two

are

as

frostyand

"

is most
yet free. The weather
been
ing
skatclear, and I have
"

much
dailyfor the last six days, which does me
to
see
good, and enables me
people again. This
afternoon
I have a largeparty on the ice at Kranichstein, and this is always a great amusement
to the
*
*
people. *
young
*

loth.

April

Mayence,
*

had
to
Yesterday evening we
give a
and
the other
largeparty here, half to the military,
and to the Burger [citizens].
to the civil authorities
It went
off well ; but the amount
of speaking,as one
who
must
speak to all,and the effort to remember
they all were
they having been all presented at
'''""

"

once

was

"

small

no

exertion.

April 15th.

Mayence,
'"""

how

very

Lady Car. [Barrington]wrote


to
gratefulMrs. Grey was
you
and

great kindness

consideration.*

In

to

for

me

your

trouble

no

sympathizing friend
than
beloved
Mama
always is. How
many
my
hearts has she not gained by this, and how
a
many
*
*
has she not lightened!
poor sufferer's burdens
one

have

can

more

true

and

'^'

April 25th.
Thousand
kissed
*

thanks

them

General

Grey,

for

thousand
Her

your

dear

lovinglines

times, and

Majesty's private secretary

thank
had

you

recentlydied.

I
so

much

for

which

every

little ornament

and

WORK.

249

eave

little gem,

"

this

morning.
also

me

the colored

in short, all and

photographs of the
thing from such dear

any

give pleasure.

must

quite lovely statuette


has been
one
admiring

pleasure,and
"

AND

HOME

the

shawl

The

great
rooms

hands

June 25th.
*

'^

for they
proud of my two girls,
warm-hearted
and
are
gifted,too, in appearance.
Victoria's
in learningis wonderful, and her
facility
lessons are
her delight. Her
English historyand
I

readings she
lesson
she

am

daily,and

I read

*^

and

with

I have
whom

me.

give her

tell you

can

how

much

"'

deal, chieflyhistoryand

great

from

Bauerlein

learned.

has

works

learned

has

one

to

two

or

read

or

learned

very
to

deeper
ances
acquaint-

books

have

mended
recom-

by.
My

committees

two

work, and
made
and
are

I have

always give

tried

have

to

me

of

end

no

improvements

many

schools of the different classes ;


girls'
of these things,
some
by dint of a deal of trouble,
will
prospering,and I hope in time to come
in

the

their

prove

done, and

worth.

There

is

great

been
I have
hospitals
I
some
changes made.
very
necessary
this, fancying it may
perhaps interest

bit.

^^

in the

deal

to

able

to

get
all

tell you

little

you

July
How

be

grieved I

am

for your

sake, above

2d.

all,and

for the poor


Clarks and ourselves, that dear kind Sir
!!
friend, is no more
Many
James, that true fatherly
thanks

for your
last letter,which
last visit to him, which
I am
sure
*

Miss

Bauer

the German

governess

tells
must

of the

me

of your

be

Royal family.

great

250

FRI

comfort
are

you.
! And
,

dreadful.
and

it

was

think how

to

dear

many

this is

Mama,

I feel it for you !


death
much
grieves me

sudden.

so

in the

me

sad

for you,
I can't say how

Clarendon's

Lord

ALICE.

! how

Oh

to

gone

ACCESS

Skelmersdale

Alice
distress

greatest

had

he

quite
also
to

wrote

been

most

lovinoffather.
of life

In the midst

existence
quietand solitary
no

all accords

one,

in death

are

we

with

here, where

out

sad

and

serious

and

in
we

our
see

feelings,

which, amidst

the many
jar with such

people and worry you live


wish
in, must
feelingsand make
you
for solitude.
The
accounts
so
give touch me
you
thanks
much.
for having written
much
so
Many
about dear
Sir James ; it is of great value
to me.
Louis
how
the grief
he shares
to
begs me
say,
all and

you

What

say

you

what

save

it to

the

wishes

on

loss.

the education

with, and

I strive

of

our

girlsI

to

"

"

be for her
as

about

such

tally
bring them up tofrom prideof their position,
which is iiothing
their personalworth can
make
it. 11 read
who
into all my
quite enters
governess
that subject thinkinghow
good it would
to hear your
tirely
opinion. * '^ * I feel so en-

entirelyagree
free

feel at

must

we

do

you

on

the

difference

of rank, and

how

all

important it is for princesand princessesto know


that they are
nothing better or above others, save
merit ; and that they have
through their own
only
the double duty of livingfor others and
of being an
This I hope my children
example good and modest.
"

will grow

up

to.

July
When

returned

after

home

last

having parted from

Louis, I found

your

26th.

broken,
night reallyheartderly-loved
good and tenmy
dear
sympathizing

HOME

AT

words, and

I thank

AND

you

AT

WORK.

thousand

25

for them

times

"

pleasure to me 1 I parted
with dear Louis
late in the evening,on the high road
outside the village
in which
he was
quarteredfor the
they were

niorht,and

and

comfort

looked

we

to

was

May the Almighty watch


his precious life,
and bring him safe back again:
over
all the pain and anxiety are
forgottenand willingly
borne
if he is only left to me
and to his children!
It is an
awful time, and the provocationof a war

be

of

until nothinof more

back

seen

such

this

as

for,

for

and

other.

each

crime
which

Everywhere troops
"

Die

schen
and

All

Wacht

Vaterland?"

and

to

be

can

peasants
"

and

no
are

justification.
heard
singing
ist des

Was

"

answered

be

Deut-

feelingof unity
standingby each other, forgettingall party quarrels,
which
of
German.
makes
of
the
one
name
proud
feel ashamed
of complaining, when
women
and

or

son

in the ranks.
that the
with

pursue
I must
on

will have

there

Rhein

am

father, husband,
and

that

goes,

This
had

King

and

so

other

be

in town
there

seen

that all is

send

out

help.

Feld-Lazarethe

truly

much
you

that every
and every

national,

be

left him

course

are

by

nine

so

many

o'clock

to

ready

to

I send

receive
out

much

rests

saken
the poor forI have
others !
"

the

wounded,

fourteen

and
for

nurses

to

the

[field-hospitals].
I

feel for

you

feel for

now,

for

Germany ;
good thing England does
must

so

help

to

soldiers' families amongst

How

teers
volun-

as

many

is felt to

war
no

is

honor.

and

me,

there

I
and
for

know

how

all know

Germany,
evil she wards
off her, is owing to
your
wisdom
and experience,and
and just
true
to
your
feelings.You would, I am sure, be pleasedto hear
how
this is recognized and
universally
appreciated.

252

PRINCESS

What

beloved

would

war

The

about, would

ALICE.

have

thought of this
which
it has brought
the shocking
never

Papa
unity of Germany,
please him, but

means

28th.

July

My darlingLouis

Henry justin
front of him.
The
enthusiasm
all along the Rhine
is wonderful.
They are all hopeful,though knowing
well what enormous
sacrifices and struggles
a
victory
will
I

leave

cannot

which

"

French

God
!

come

remain

have

at

my

out,

sons

dear

in

personallybe
exposed, and she

such

amount

an

midst

very

of

in my
what
bear

best, and

with

is

sent

the present, and


to determine
my

for

here

the first consideration


Louis
I

over,

is
am

well, and,

anxietyweigh
The

able
are

to

in

sure
on

do

better

at

this

not

that

for dear

mon
com-

Zerstreuung
Avould prefer
that

must

be

actions.

dreadful

parting is
work

and

love.

headache

moment.

in

me

spirits,
though

their love.

great deal

but natural

the

now

him, poor

children send

has

to

so

me

course,

far better off.

I have

as

is
others.
Work
many
and
I know
dear Louis
[distraction],

knowing

Of

only a division, must


all. Day and night this
mind.
I hope and pray

thought is uppermost
for the

Louis'

of

commander

as

the

panic
duty

in beloved

am

I should

anxiety to
the

when

him, if I remain.

much

not

me.

to

Vicky

Louis, who,

and

retreat,

is the moment

on

nearer

Fritz is

fearful

to

"

people ; and I think it my


post, as it givesthe people courage
have their
who
My parents-in-law,
would
feel my
absence, and
they

the first claim

with

should

troops

our

the

home, and

be

prevent
Now

confidence.

three

But

and

placeuntil

this

might overcome
and

Worms,

at

cost.

have

to

is

am

and

pretty well

sleeplessness

HOME

AT

AND

AT

WORK.

253

August 5th.
Arrived
with

the

house

our

of dear

news

prisonershad

French

I know

rail.
but

in

have

we

ours

The

have

can

if there

heard

not

elsewhere.

morning, I was
Fritz' victory,and
just passed through

of

none

this

excitement

been

that

5oo

here

by
engaged,

eno;ao-ernent

an

was

received

and

anxiety are quite


dreadful ! Please God, my
darlingis safe,and will
pass safelythrough these dreadful dangers and our
dear friends and
acquaintances also ! I am
many
from our
always sending off thingsfor the wounded
and continue
all
and
stores,
working and collecting,
and
It is a solemn
most
are
patrioticand united.
great time we live in, and there is something grand
in the unity of high and low throughand elevating
out
this great nation, which
makes
longing
one
proud of beIf only all goes on
well !
to it.
I am
and never
without
headache,
sleepless,
very
"

but

has

one

neither

self.

time

Louis'

My own
thought; and
him truly,
and

I know,
share

nor

wish

safety is
beloved

this

to

of one's

think

the

Mama,

anxiety with

all-engrossing
that

love

you
^^

me.

August 15th.
few words

messenger.
here
came

by Kanne,

who

dear

the

Louis

I have

by

sent

letter

yesterday,having

seen

day before, which was the first direct


I have had from him.
news
Yesterday morning he
Manstein
at
was
Faulquemont. Poor General von
he reached
his
Saarbriick, found
(ourChef),when
had

son

general

the
*

been

No

killed, and
grave

and

less than

he

had

buried

him
in the

taken

out

of

churchyard.

I saw
fortyFrench wounded
this morning in our
Turcos.
hospital,with some
Some
can't speak in any known
language,and the
French
dislike having these savages
them
as
near

PRINCESS

254

much
and

do ; their
steal and murder

as

physiognomies

we

they
So

ALICE.

much

croinofabout

for I

"

vocation].
[their

Handwerk

as

Darmstadt

to

or-o

horrid,

are

at

till half-past
eleven, in
half-pasteight,and remain
the
five till
from
morning, and in the afternoon
eight is getting very fatiguingto me ; but the
out
here, and there is
people have no time to come
much
to see
to speak with.
to, and many
"

19th.

August
I have

tried

write

to

often

as

as

I could, but

hours
to
only two
myself during the whole
day, through drivingin here twice a day. Besides
the large Hiilfsverein for the
and sick,"
wounded
is in our
which
palace,I have dailyto V4sit the four
is very
much
do ; we
to
are
so
hospitals.There
the seat
of war.
This
near
morning we got two
largewagons ready and sent off for Pont-a-Mousson,
where
they telegraphfrom the battlefield of the i6th
in great want.
out
are
they are
My best nurses
of
there ; the others
in three
two
are
:
hospitals
them
not
were
militaryones
ready or organized
when
I have just
arrived a week
1 5o wounded
ago.
I
dear
had a telegram from
Louis ; he is well, and
the least dangerouslyof the
hope in a day or two

have

'"

"

"

Hessian
Thank

wounded

will arrive.
all goes

God,

hope I shall not


too
shocking by
wounded

north, and
German

as

very

soon

as

worse

ones

intermixed.

thing else but


which

live to

far.

shocking !

see

another
have

We
any

fill the

one

It

was

and
does
very

such

war

beds
see

nor

it is

smell

sent

and
any

[sight],

meeting, is
night before I

escape

late last

are

French

"

the first Anblick


not

"

five hundred

over

better, they

are

I neither

wounds!

sometimes

successfully
; but, indeed,

on

HOME

AT

got home.
a

had

all but

was

Louis

As
a

from
do

to

for

"

I drive
here

of the

as
hospitals,
violent bleeding,

one

doctor

could

carriagefor

my

happy

255

to

say

he Hves

the whole

another
and

of

is

with

ering.
recov-

to

come

Is much
Is

good

It can't be
to

helped.
Kranichstein
by one
five,so I hope you

again before
writingseldomer.
my
at

geon,
sur-

littlearmy,

our

things concerningthe troops

back

his duties

find

not

all parts of the country, and


there
much
than in my
more
present state
; but

me

sent

the

as

commands

great many

me

at

WORK.

sudden

had

dead,

the artery ; but


and I am

AT

stopped

was

soldier

poor

and

AND

Becker

is

and am
daily,
will kindly forgive
engrossed with

the Hlilfsvereln ; there Is no other


and
I have
the household
to
me,

tleman
gen-

look

after,besides.
August

My telegram will
until

safe.

now

On

have

told you

the i6th. In the

the

17th and i8th, our


troops
I
drove
yesterday evening late
Kehrer, our
speak to General
received
a

telegram of

battle of nine
The

names.

had

been

hours,

the

under

for

very

news

evening,and
engaged,

were

Is
on

and

the

station, to
and
commandant,

to

Metz
victory,near
bloody no mention

"

of

"

which

"

Louis

last

people,all excited,

carriage,asked

that dear

20th.

fire .'' I could

crowded
of

our

tell them

round

my

regiments
nothing,

but

their
to
to
pacified them, begglrjg them
go
homes
I had news.
I
as
they should hear as soon
with
drove
home
an
aching heart, and passed a
dreadful night of suspense.
At
six this morning a
telegram from Louis (19th); he and his two brothers
"

safe ; our
loss enormous
division (ours is the
one

"

seventy

5th),and

officers

out

Oberlleutenant

of

256

PRINCESS

ALICE.

Moller, a great favorite,his adjutantsince 1866, very


wounded.

badly
Louis'
to

I went

at

They were
hear of the safetyof
anxiety is fearful.
parents.

so

Darmstadt

to

once

and

overcome

their children.

for
to me
wives, mothers, sisters,come
! We
relations ; it is heart-rending

ful
thank-

This

to-day all

Now

to

tinual
con-

the

poor

of their

news

off

sent

two

large wagon-loads to Pont-a-Mousson


again with
tresses
bandages, and medicaments, and matprovisions,
to
possibleby
bring back all the wounded
of the hospital,
the round
have
rail. I went
all
to
the convalescent
sent

Prussians

their homes,

to

await

the

misery

to

as

arrivals.

the sad

can

so

and

of thousands

able

French

and
get room,
Oh, if it would

is too

awful

thanks

God

for

I have

knows,

travel

now

but

we

end

Kranichstein,

Many

to

August

25th.

of the 20th.
dear words
your
suffered much, and
the load of

of Germans
bear
anxiety is great ! But thousands
this load in unity togetherfor their Fatherland, and
to me
none
murmur.
came
Yesterday a poor woman
to have
to ask me
to helpher to get to the battlefield,
looked
the body of her only son
for and
brought
home
she was
so
; and
resignedand patient.
ing
I see
daily,in all classes,so much griefand sufferacquaintancesand friends have fallen !
; so
many
It is heart-rending! I ought to be z'(?rjj'/'r(??/"2f
though,
and
many

am

so,

too,

wounded

left of him

eighthours

from

the
his

the

loud

i6th

and

where

men

the balls fell thickest.

troops, speaking
and

hear

officers -the

great bravery on
front, encouraCTinofiercest and

to

to

them,

in

masses.

so

praise of Louis'
18th.
Always in
the
He

battle rasped
was

directingthem,

they fell

of

mouths

near

and

This

our

right
lasted

AT

HOME

AND

AT

almost

Hourly

WORK.

257

the trains

bring in fresh
and shocking are
the sightsone
wounded, and many
I only returned
here by one,
sees.
having gone to
at half-past
town
eight this morning, and have still
three hospitalsfor this afternoon.
reached
the battlefield in time, and
My nurses
of great use.
Louis
were
telegraphed (yesterday's
Thionville
and
Metz,
date) from Auboue, between
*
*
*
where
in bivouac.
It is ten
they remain
days since Louis has been in a bed or under a roof.
They have no water
(itis kept for the wounded),
and

little to eat, but

It is difficult to

that

any

is not

he

is very

get

well.
and

news,

can

days old

mostly ten

send

never

it reaches

ere

him.
26tli.

August
*

Marengo,
been

not

I had

telegram on

far from

not

in bed

or

Metz

under

"

the

5th from

all well.

roof since

near

Louis

the

has

i6th, and

it rains

incessantly.I hope they won't all be ill. He


writes mostly on
ting
cards, on the hilt of his sword, sitbox.
on
a
dinner, and
They cook their own
the
on
1 6th
they were
going to eat it,when orders
came

to

That

night
to

seems

dear

three

we

each

have

left winof and

awful,

was

been

all tell me

wounded

My

the French

turn

though

the

the bloodiest

of the

i8th

Our

known.

so.

parents-in-lawbear up
get together we
pour

other, and

day

ever

into battle.

2:0

then

tears

which

well
our
are

but

hearts
full of

when
out

to

anxiety

will flow.
Kranichstein,
I

dear

September

2d.

earlyto Homburg, as no trains go regularly


I
road
and
from Frankfort,
found
went
now.
by
Vicky well her little baby very pretty and

went

"

258

PRINCESS

ALICE,

the
healthy-looking
;

other

dear

children

also

well.
How

had

we

proud of, and

be

to

much

to

mourn

by in
unpunctual

was

"

hour.

how

The

few

time, and

no

outside

other
friends

many

over

flew

tell each

to

and

hours

ances
acquainthad

we

Frankfort

at

Darmstadt

much

How

gether
to-

the train

it waited

nearly

palace,where I arrived at ten in


the evening,people who
were
going to our Haupwere
quartier [headquarters],
waiting. I scribbled a
an

few

At

words

our

to

the Iron
a

few

Cross,

thingsfor

Louis

dear

my

him

great

ceived
(thefirst since he reand packed
distinction)

tea, etc.

"

September i5tli.
I

Though
send

must

of eyes

and

much

I had

throat, with

eyes

are

use

my

eyes,

for your dear


violent inflammation

two

fever

days strong

feel the

but

recovering now,

am

my

to

of thanks

words

telegram.

neuralgia. I
very

few

you

letter and

still forbidden

am

stillbad, and

and

effects

reduced

it has

Dr. .Weber
strength,which I requireso much.
has just lost his sister (whom he treated in her confinement)
from
he
puerperalfever, and he told me
have given it to her, from going to
thought he must
and fro to his wounded,
for Lazarethfieber[hospital
You
can
so
fancy
closelyakin.
fever]and that were
my

that in Louis'

absence, and

alone, without
in the house, this
at

town

could

any
full of
never

say any
that account

of

the prospect

ing
be-

married

experiencedlady
It is unhealthy
me.
prospect frightened
even

time

to

be

I be

very

confinement

for one's

hospitalswith
give me as much

time, and, should


to

with

attention

ill,there

thing about what had


telegramwas
your

best
a

Weber

and

wounded,
as

is

no

be

relief

to

in

another

at

authority
done.
me.

On

AT

AND

HOME

AT

WORK.

259
20th.

September
*

funeral

of

soldier

some

windows

my

his last

to

the muffled

I hear

Daily

of the

drums

being"taken past
resting-place.How
deeply
officer

or

!
feel for the poor parents and widows
no
My children are very well, but have absolutely

I do

walk

they can

for the

of sick troops who

mass

safetyfrom infection,

with

placewhere

and
Exercirplatz[drill-ground],

the

The

town.

barrack

the

at

of

foot

and

out

get

the
our

stop

near

in
hospitals
tains
garden con-

ill.
of them
prisoners,and many
It is much
an
to be
hoped that there will be soon
end to all these things. I feel for the Emperor and
What
much.
vain, and
ungrateful,
Empress very
Paris
! To expose
untruthful people the French
are
their armies
beaten, which they
to
are
a
siege,now
think through fine speeches and volunteers
they can
French

1,200

riorht acjain.

set

22d.

September
I received
and

thank

shawls

and

Good
know
on

you

well

all

at

acquaintanceof

and

home,

thanks

of

I think

require part

so

so

necessary

"

the

and

sides
be-

is

to

of

from

interest

me.

myself for

army

national

foes'

get

also to hear

war

and
as

the

nation

this need

territory. What
militaryfrontier they must

of the

for the

Louis
*

'"'

able

to

years,

many

and

justnow,

thingsthat

many

from

great

so

I shall be

your sending him.


All
long for peace
and

older doctor

an

comfort.

Thousand

from

pleasure.

is very
with him, and

indeed

little

Every souvenir

will be very welcome,


Mrs. Clarke is sure
clever.

being an
me

yesterday,

for it; also for the

Ernie.

for

Kanne

Hofmeister

Dr.
he

is

through

times

many

sash

Balmoral

dear

letter

your

"

not

little is
take

26o

ALICE.

PRINCESS

the union

but

under

such

to

head

one

than

war

is

the

":=

War

"-

is the

that

and

knows,

earnest

annex-

we

o-reatest

live

not

may

this world

scourore

to

it

see

again, is

prayer.
October

-K-

'pj-jgchildren

air here.

bad

with

are

ours

can

it often.

ist.

spiteof

out

October
"

]3i-^Hofmeister

of real confidence
else would
and

he

usuallyin
I

little

indeed,

and,

of

us

anyone

justnow,

me

letters go

and

Louis,

source

I don't think
to

3d.

now.

possibleto the hospitalnow,


be
can
nothing imprudent, you

as

do
*

'""

both

to

welcome

more

daily to

days

two

as

go

been

write

is

comfort.

and

have
can

the

noon,
driving of an aftercoachman,
best, having only one
Louis.
At present they can't manage

'"""

all well, in

are

them

I send

when
as

far

of land !

ation

my

Germany

finer end

and

greater

of

sure.

November
*

are

The

still painful
; and
look

to

many

things.

total

resisted

going
the
have

from

work,

of

home

yet

could,

(though

now

cannot

accompany

her

as

Weber

and

do

much
not

my

for

I have

weeks.
so

eyes

concerning

leavingDarmstadt

my

and

again called

am

Dr.

etc., for three

scene,

lonof as
and

on

advise

account

finally
given in, and
to

The

as

all sides

from

that

On

insist

change

forehead

my

after,settle, and

upon

mother-in-law

of

nerves

th.

12

dislike

feel up

to

but I
keep from doing it),
tation
accepted Vicky's kind invi-

for

three

journey is long and cold,but

weeks

to

her company

Berlin.

when

HOME

AT

hear

alone

both

are

we

all news

been

Last

at
sitting

friends,and

is

AT

26

WORK.

pleasureto me,
there as
here.
directly

as

AND

niofhtI

the

he

much

was

of

bedside

I had

overcome.

of my

one

gasping in

I shall

and

poor

young

too-distressing
way.
father held his hand, the tears
The
down
streaming
his cheek, the son
Weine
nicht,
was
trying to say
Papa [" Don't weep. Papa !"]. The poor old father,
broken,
so
child,is heartproud of his good and handsome
and they are
touchingly united and full of
feelingfor each other. I would
give any thing to
was

"

"

I have

Though
and

all efforts

life ; but

his

save

heard

and

widows

and

in each

fresh

seen

so

mothers,

griefof

it makes

and

case,

many

the

seen

be

in-law think

would

so

sence,

I shall wait.

bleed

heart

the

wickedness

christened

yet,

as

my

like it during

not
*

heart-broken

many

my

curse

again and again.


Poor baby can't
Louis

will,I fear,be in vain.


latelydie hard deaths,

^''

anew

of

parentshis ab-

November
*

^"

war

17th,

rejoiceto hear that Leopold


gains so much
strength,and that he can be about
again as usual. Will you kindly tell him in Louis'
and mine
name
(asI am stillrestricted in all writing
and reading)that we
beg him tostandgodfathertoour
?
little son
Baby is so nice and fat now, and thrives
How

'"'"

very

well.
are

I think
so

wide-awake
is

pretty, and
and

rough boy,

brother, and
*

you

he

admire
is

intellio-ent.
is

most

jealous.
"

Ernie, who
and

Frittie

who

him,

pink, and

so

tender

William, the
of October, and
of the previous month
of
the
on
29th
May, 1873.
Prince

Frederick

not

would

was

in

gentleto

his

tures
fea-

looks

so

eeneral
his little

"

of

born
tliese lettei-s,

killed

by

fall from

the
a

6lh
dow
win-

262

PRINCESS

ALICE.

5th.

Berlin, December
*

to

see

Ihr

Yesterday Fieldmarshal

Wrangel came
and his words
Zti gratidircn dass
were,
Held
ein
ist,7cnd sicJi so superb geschthat your
[" Accept my congratulations
""

me,

Mann

lagen hat"

is

husband

cently"].
much
him

hero,

and

very

proud

am

not

woman

lias

fouoht

of all this,but

all things

long" above

to

magrnifi-

so

too

am

have

to

safe home

again.
The
eveningsVicky and I spend alone
is
letters. There
or
writing our
together,talking,
much
think about, of the present
to speak of and
so
*

and

"^'"

the future, that it is to


dear

great comfort

be

to

since
nearly five months
lead such singleexistences
Louis left,and we
that a
sister is inexpressibly
dear
when
all closer intercourse
is so
is so much, beloved
wanting! There
*
*
I should
like to speak to you about.
Mama,
The
girlsare quitewell, and very happy with their
who
in the end did
grandparents. The governess
with

It

me

Vicky.

is

''''

"

children

suit for the

not

will

over,

remain, and

not

trial is

six months'

the

as

"

looking for

am

another

one.

well, and
was

it

hard

'pj^g children

so

than

ever.

time

the greatest

dear

and

much,

to

feel the

dear

my

are,

of

Louis

course,

at

is

and

do

not

so

give

more

such

much

; and

after for them

good children,

loneliness

good

blessinof. There
look

journey
dear Vicky

Parting from

children

The

and

miss

the

I bore

I shall

and

moment,

here

for them,

cold.

not

was

and

iSth,

December

Darmstadt,
*

mine

do

to

are

over-much

trouble.
Letters
amount

of

have

danger

again
Louis

has

received

againbeen

speak of the
dailyexposed

HOME

AT

AND

AT

263

WORK.

and
personal courage
daring have
a
fight.God protect him !
given the victoryin many
and
I live in fear and trembling for his preciouslife,
after I hear of his being safe through one
battle,I
fresh present from
the Almighty, and
take it as
a
to, and

his

how

breathe

acrain,thouoh

freer

hand

gets the upper


I

be

to
[reports]

and

and

Colonel

they

in all battles the

Maude

My

How

he

know

to

is in

nursery

Dr.

Hofmeister

I have

not

received

I will have

an

this instant
iith!

dated

the

you,

I think

it

might

interest
he

of Louis, whom

been
has

throughout
without

been,
has

Princes, and

the
a

bought

good order,

and

family?

tell him

and

me,

and

Please

is

fat,and

Here

is

so

photograph
Please
give
a

letter from

to

for

made

extract

Bertie

Louis

hear

thing
some-

be

can

brother-in-law, for I hear his


has

terest
in-

of them

one

paign,
cam-

would
he

all flattered.

at

you

way.

good
kind things to him from
say many
nice
that the baby is getting so
healthyin spite of all troubles.
of him, but

that

It

this,as
very

in their

horse

during

Hoffmeister's

Dr.

is

rode

quite invaluable.

all invaluable

are

Berichte

"

is

which

the horse.

allow his

to

for you.
Louis
has Kohler
with him, that is all and
two

in 1866, which

him

gave

Louis

rides

He

coachmen.

enouo-h

soon

copied

footman

another

fear

again.

Uncle

asked

have

the

war,

proud to have as a
He
praisescontinually.
as

every

carriage,etc.,

gained the respect

and

other

eral
Gen-

like

other

devotion

of

his troops.
Darmstadt,
M:

and

live

have

the

-;r

to

hope

come

joy

of

December

for this last time, if we

are

we
together once
more,
showing their dear Grandmama
over

19th.

spared
may

the

264

PRINCESS

whole

littleband.

be

can

Of

thoughts of plans
I know, after so very long a
be willing
not
again to part
no

course,

entertained, and

separation,Louis
from

ALICE.

would

his children.

were
My wounded
yesterday. Alas ! many

in the house

two

during six
I have

young
been the

joy

better, and

of

me

the
is

old

recovering.

satisfaction

the

doctors

are

will be

parents

new

widows, and
it is

say

great.
fresh parents
very

painfulduty to
comfort of sympathy
December

and

warmest

as

most

But
the
I know
go to them.
in deep grief.
is the only one

My

who

one

of savino- his life.

means

the

and

recover,

man

only children

bereft of

so

lay at death's door


experiencedso great a

I left,there

Since

much

are

seeing this
The

in bed, and

again
illstill! My

see

weeks

seldom

I have

pleased to

so

tenderest

thanks

23d.

for your

dear

expressions of a
loving letter, with so many
mother's
love
and
sympathy, which do my heart
that I feel so
It
lonely and anxious.
good, now
too
seems
great a happinessto think of, that of our
with our
children to you, and
being allowed to come
and

Scotland

to

is

enough

neither
will

be

and

for

us,

you

who

are

by

people. If
something for him

are

cheer

him

which

he

our

and
bears

reward
so

the

know

him

no

smallest

to

particular

means

I write

"

this

look

after

bravely and

corner

so

to

Louis, it

forward
hard

to,
a

to

time,

uncomplainingly.
Alice
Hospital,
taking my gifts

morning I have been at the


which
is prospering. I have
been
Your
for Christmas
to one
hospitalafter another.
have delightedthe poor
sufferers,and the
two
capes

This

one

wounded

for the second

time

My

wounded

officer in the house

is very bad, alas !


is recovering,
next

AT

to

miracle.

HOME

servants

We

keeping
much

do

for

in the

house,

the children

of

our

Christmas-trees.

familyhave

ourselves.

for others, and

feel the absence

here

wounded

of the

ones

Christmas

me,

two

265

WORK.

I arrange

war,

grown-up
to

AT

household, and

the

at

the

For

the children, our

AND

my

of the dear

given

We

have

up
too

Hke
parents-in-law,
who
ones
are
always

for Christmas.

superintendingVictoria

am

which

you,

for.

As

will

excuse

have

they

achieved

not

be

to

are

Ella's letters

and
the

perfectionwished
I hope you
own,

quitetheir

their arrivinsfa littlelater.


Darmstadt,

"5C-

with

.*

from

Louis

of

box

people,and

have

for

Christmas

Louis

party.

himself

sent

and

day

and

copy

it

was

27th.

Christmas
Christa's

sent

day

brother

woollen

tinyChristmas-tree

for the whole


of

had

eatables

December

telegraphed on

Orleans, where
a

to

has

staff done

things for his


with little lights
sent
me
a
graph
photoat

Orleans, and

for you, as it is very


five months
since

good.

On

Louis

and

the troops left. The


charming stockingsyou sent, I
have sent
off in part to-day to Louis
to
give to his
Stabsivache
other things I divide
; the
[Staff-guard]
amono-

My

the

wounded

children

and, though
cheeks

all well.

are

not

and

sick.

and

very

the

The

little

fat, is round

and

one

sits up,

firm, with

possible. He is
healthy and strong, and in fact the prettiestof
very
three girls
The
all my babies.
are
so
ularly
particgrown,
the two
would
eldest, you
scarcelyknow
them.
toria
VicThey are both very tall for their age.
is the height of Vicky's Charlotte, and Ella not
less.
much
thin, and a change of air
They are
rosy

would

be very

brightesteyes

beneficial.

266

FJilNCESS

ALICE.

187I.
The

christeningof the Httle Prince took place


quietlyon the i ith of February, the child receiving
the

of

names

the

were

Crown

Frederick
of

Empress

Princess

Alice's

The

ceremony

took

Louis, who

had

armistice

an

the Crown

Frederick

Charles

January,which

it

placein
unable

the

Princess,
of Prussia,

get leave,

to

although

the

on

would

hoped

Leopold.
of Prince

absence

concluded

been
was

sponsors

brother, Prince

own

been

had

The

Germany,

Prince, Prince

and

William.

of

28th

be the forerunner

of peace.
On

the

King of Prussia, who


become
Emperor of Germany, made
Frankfort-on-the-Main, together with

meanwhile

had

his entry
his

8th of

and

son

Hesse

into

and

March

the

whole

his

staff.
of

the members

The

his

of

Duke

Grand

family received

him

there.
Louis

Prince

at

last obtained

absence,

and

arrived

March.

The

parents

him

meet

and

Darmstadt

at

of

the

whilst the

her

Darmstadt

the

at

joy and thankfulness


imagined. Darmstadt
of the

Prince's

return

the

on

had

Prince

William

his brother

beyond Darmstadt,
husband

days' leave

ten

Princess

gone

stations

railway station.

meeting can
gailydecorated

and

he

met

to

Alice awaited

of that
was

of

21st

few

of

with

an

The

well be
in honor

astic
enthusi-

reception.
Prince
on

the

and
1

6th

Louis

Princess
of

June

at

the

at

Berlin

triumphal entry

of the

were

present

German
the

2 1

troops
St

of

his

rain, the

town

Later

the

on

brother,
from

visit

and

Darmstadt
In

most

On

peace.

the

at

spite of pouring

festive

appearance.

and

their children

Princess

(near Darmstadt), where

Alfred, visited

of Wales
and

Prince

them

round

years'voyage

Princess

Russian

their

of the

entered

267

WORK.

division.

and

Prince

conclusion

presented

Prince

and

the Prince

Hessian

his three

Prince

the

Seeheim

to

went

AND

HOME

on

June

of

head

also

Princess

relations, who

her

his

on

return

the world.

their sister

paid

Louis

much

saw

then

were

The
a

of

staying at

Jugenheim.
the seaside
In August, the
to
at
family went
Blankenberghe, where they spent three weeks, and
London.
afterward
moral
went
to
They arrived at Balthe 13th of September, on
visit to the
on
a
they found sufferingseverely. They
Queen, whom
but the
stayed with her till the ist of November,
children, who had caught the whooping cough, were
Whilst at Sandringham, to
London
sent
to
sooner.
which

the

back

from

Prince

and

Princess

went

Balmoral, in the middle

Prince

of Wales

return

to

was

Darmstadt,

ill.

taken
but

the

their way

on

of November,

Prince

Louis

Princess

had

remained

the
to

in

gerous
England, and shared the anxieties of the very danand protracted illness of her brother, whom
It was
she helped to nurse.
the same
terrible fever
the life
which, ten years before, had ended
(typhoid)
of the
that

beloved

the

worst

Prince
was

Consort, and
feared.

Prince

it

was

Louis

so

severe

returned

268

PRINCESS

England

to

the

on

14th of

was

when

when

able

to

He

danger was
in the joy and

share

in

set

remained

Darmstadt

to

the

improvement

December.

returned

and

day

very

greatest, but he also


thankfulness

ALICE.

the

the

Christmas,

over

before

upon

year

at

was

end.

an

Darmstadt,
*

In

England people

January 7th.
I fear, becoming

are,

Such a long
unjusttoward the German
troops.
demoralize the best army
and bloody war
must
; and
would the French
I only say, in such a position
how
? Many French
officers say the same,
have behaved
and
how
soldier.
gready they respect the German
officers and two
Hundreds
of French
generals have
whether

in their

soldiers

have

used

them

no

words

can

to

your

cape

from

it for

an

end

wounded

dying, and

instant, and

continues

from

Paris

for the continuation

or

My days flypast.
time

"

so,

they

too, the

hope

plore
deand

far distant.

await

ending

house,

and

whom

gave
the poor boy won't part
holds it tightround
himself.

must

The

soldiers

and

which

feel

war

Orleans, where

at

themselves,
news

be

not

may

poor

is

of the

phase

present

of the

Louis

murder

wounded

all Germans

how

say

that the

One

the

such

horriblymany a time. Is it a wonder,


let a feeling
of revenge
the men
lay hold
A guerillawar
is always horrid, and

the
trust

beds, and

do

too

then, when
of

I doubt,

away.

German

French

The

run

would
army
peasants, often women,

in the

ojie

thing.
our

of honor, and

their word

broken

of great influence
of the war.
be

children
my

trenched
they have enwith
impatience

two

take

much

wounded

of my
in the

and

house,

HOME

the

AND

to
hospitals,

269

WORK.

of

one

which

go

daily.
Darmstadt,
"5S-

"!

kind

j^ow

for Louis

; he will

Frederick

Carl's

won't

French
have

low,

so

Our

described

the

they will
in

accede

to

to

had

he

so

the

way

read

far

soldiers

and

is dead.

cape

with

nighthe died.

tailed
en-

villages.

your

was

French

have

French

in his

tears

misery

pillagein

not

had

him.

the

feel for the

in their French

soldier who

In the

him

This

in the afternoon,
and

eyes,

He

was

morning

very
was

at

and sick
give things to the wounded
came
through a sorry sight. This afternoon
going to a poor soldier's widow who has just

the

station

who
I

refuse

papers.
what
the

of

it round

and
low.

but

an

increase

must

English

in

poor

died with

do

troops

do
frajics-tireurs
The

the French

to

on,

go

fresh

war

beaten, and

they are

sides, and

accounts

worse

to

deeply grieved for

so

both

on

much.

the

demands.

German
am

wish

not

visitors,who

the longer

numbers

and

""

help to bring the

that

the

something
pleasure.Prince

victories

recent

see

accept

to

wear

prisonersmust
Germany does

end.

work

to

you

it with such

of

hosts

the

of

January 14th.

to

"

am

had

The

twins.

help where
wounded

but

house
as

so

of Ernest
I will get a head
and another
that
so
one,

On

the loth,

nth,

He
and

12th

is
of

much.

can,

myself,help others, I must do


are,
nothingleft.
thingsnow

else of him.

is great.
I
his hair.
The
two

tears

cost

long as

all sides

on

Becker

can.

in the

thing else

distress

it
"

every

through sparingon
though I have, as

done
you

does

So

for
may

your

have

let,
bracething
some-

magnificentboy, but

January, 1871,

before

Le

Mans.

so

PRINCESS

270

such

huge"
but

Ernest

near

He

limbs !

ALICE.

The

all the

is

baby

others

look

can't

speak properly yet,


and has a wonderful
thing",

every

singsthe

is

also does

in time.

mind,
Since

without

I go

feel old when

and

"

poor

has

Victoria

he

eldest

two

are

them

see

learns

of December

Mayence

to

sister.

quiring
en-

very

easilyand

I have

to

see

is very

He

of all who

and

Mayence,
*

fault in the

dancing,which

been

bad,

know

my

January

pouringand thawing
thoughts are with our dear
"

far away.
leaves a wife

Becker

the

to

grief

him.

It is

troops

Wolde-

poor

Darmstadt,
-"""

He

croverness.

Holstein's

of all

middle

the

understands

for music.

ear

is studious, and

and

To-morrow
mar'"'

he

fast also, but the


ori'owing:

is

quitebig girls; it makes me


growing up to me so fast.
well.

small.

but

of

all small,

at

without

passionatelyfond

time, and
Irene

Kaineradcn"

Gttten

"

not

i6th,

dismal

most

and

ones

our

lost his brother-in-

and
(Matilda,Becker's sister)
four littlechildren.
Each
day fresh losses.
My little baby ought to be christened, but Louis
and
parents-in-lawalways hope that the end of
my

law, who

hostilities is

near,

Baby's blue

eyes

as

if

Grandmama's
amongst

that Louis

beginningto

are

of

then

can

turn,

be
brown.
they would
and Grandpapa's eyes

some

would

and

get leave.
look

and
Should

come

the

dear

again

up

orrandchildren, how

nice

it

be !

I have

but

little news

to

give.

I go

about

to

poor

soldiers'

widows

with

new-born

babies, in the greatest distress.

most
al-

Prince

the Fortress

Heniy Charles
of Mayence.

and

Woldemar
He

died

wives"

end

of them,

Schleswig-Holstein, Governor
the 20th of January, 1S71.

of
on

no

the

of

AT

Yesterday
soldier who

She

AT

WORK.

mother

the

saw

died.

2/1

of the

keeps your

poor

young

precious
such great pleasure.

given him

it had

relic,as

AND

HOME

as

cape

January 30th.
Your

this morninof
have

armistice
The

events.

like

How

am

glad to

so

forgotto
about
Beaty

joy

of

came

children
of

none

It is

us

run

have

not

than

sooner

his brother, but

ing
quite shockin

short

so

such

been

chance,
close

so

I wished, and

hope

for

now

baby fed, besides, so as not to


strength. He is very healthy and strong,
like Victoria and

is more

than

with

I have

rest.

try my
and

than

death.

children

our

last

together. My

long

'^

numbers

whole

is smaller

great

are

of their minds

out

hope
earnestly

the

on

Durham's

those

time.

Paris

and the streets


the town,
crowded.
grievedI was
say in my last letter how

! and

of
capitulation

and

people are

flagsall over

for

it.

The

"

pleasing!

how

letter arrived

for both

thanks

thousand

"

photograph,and

the

kind

charming photographand

my

Uncle
would

my

brothers

and

sisters

other

children, and his eyes remind


Ernest's, and seem
turning brown,

be very

of

me

which

he is very fair otherwise.


Your
pretty photograph is standing before me,
and
makes
I catch myself conme
tinually
quite absent.

pretty, as

staringat it,instead
*

All the

many

of

letters.

writingmy

Darmstadt,
February 2d,
French
here are pleased

of Paris, and hope that peace


capitulation
Louis
writes to me
certain.
that the inhabitants

at

the

Orleans

equallypleased,and
I earnestlypray it may
be
over.
relieved and thankful all Germany
were

Daughter

of the Duke

consider
so.

would

of Abercorn.

How

the

is

of
war

greatly

be !

PRINCESS

272

ALICE.

Louis

He

telegraphedto-day.
yet, though he hopes for it.

Now

leave

no

that

there

as

is

of peace, and that the fighting


is momentarily
I feel quite a collapseof my
after
nerves,

prospect
over,

the

has

strain

that

has

been

them

on

for

six

whole

scarcelyimagine whatit will be when


beloved
Louis
is at home
too
again ; it seems
my
I
what
great 7\.]oy\ Rest and quiet together are
he will have
long for ; and I fear in the first weeks
much
there will be much
to do, and
so
going on.
He
speaks with the greatest hope of going to
Scotland
this autumn
are
spared to do
; and, if we
it will be such a rest, and do good to our
healths,
so,
I

months.

which

feel the

must

much

for the

tear

sooner

later.

or

February nth.
letter. I thought

last kind

of you
yesterday,spending the dear loth
first time
To
day our
again at Windsor.

littleson

is to be

be present, and
who
can
I think

and

wear

for your

thanks

Many
so

can

my

ladies and

get about

that the

only the family will

christened, but

one

wounded

two

crutches

on

his

owes

the

life

tlemen,
gen-

When

now.

being here,

to

it

always gives me pleasure.


awakened
Two
nights ago I was

by a dreadful
noise, the whole house and my bed rocking from it ;
and twice again,though less violently.It was
an
earthquake,and I think too unpleasant. It frightens
one

so

months
has

never

me

sad

reason

I shall miss
will be

to

look

hope

dear

round
his dear

seen

to

and

"

at

and

Louis
ere

to-day !
meet,

we

little boy.
God

"

during

one

him, though

please

rattle and

windows

slightshocks,

To-night two
yesterday.
How

the doors

now

that

It

shake.

the

The

seven

I fear,and

always
I have

day

he

makes

every
the
I shall have

AND

HOME

AT

AT

WORK.

2/3

home, and
joy of seeing Louis come
My heart it full,as
baby in his arms.
I long to see
and, much
as
Louis,
the

moment

will be

the emotion

"

will
long pent-up feelings
1 pray
live
not
have

to

that
to

see

go

to

peace

sicch

may
a

war

of

placinghis
cy,
fan-

can

you

I almost

dread

great, and

so

the

find vent.
be

that I may

restored, and

again, or

to

see

sons

my

it.

I will tell Christa

to

write

account

an

to

of the

you

for Leopold to see


also, as he will be
christening,
William
godfather. Frederic
Augustus (afterthe
Louis
will be his names.
Empress) Victor (victory)
Fritz and
Vicky, the Empress and Fritz Carl, are
godparents.

Darmstadt,

My
these
your

bad

"eyes must
lines, which
are
last dear

Fritz's

have

sent

which
christening,

will have
added

to

the

excuse

shortness

of

times

for

of

little

thank

you

many

you

the

account

letter.

will

Christa

again

February 14th.

been

for dear

so

was

Louis

sad

day

for

likewise.

me,

We

and
have

dear

his sad
to the other, as
Leopold's name
life,and the anxiety his health has so often caused
him
and
all, endear
us
we
particularly,
hoped it
would
give him pleasure,poor boy.
The
elections in the provinces are
all for peace,
and
for war
and
a
only the towns
republic. This
of intense
week
is one
and
anxious
expectation;
though the greater portionbelieve in the restoration
of peace, yet we
have no
securityfor it.
March
"K-

near,

how

Now
much

of her, of your

dear
you

and

must

of my

Louise's
feel it !
dear

home.

6th,

marriage
I think

so

I trust

draws
much

she will

PRINCESS

274

be

happy, which

very
she

man

which

the

Order

glad of

so

am

the

with

such

received

has

with

amiable

an

young

be.

must

Louis

ALICE.

""

for him.

announcement

Po2ir

The
to

le merite,''

Emperor

graphed
tele-

mother-in-law,

my

To
complimentarywords about her sons.
many
the three sons
safe is somethingf to be thankful

have

for,for they

much

and

continually
exposed. I
know
nothing of Louis' coming. The troops march
I hope so
home, and it will take at least six weeks.
much
that he may
have leave for a fortnight,
and then
were

the troops, to lead them


home.
To-night are the peace illuminations

return

to

will be

and
to-niMit

I take

to

Our

house

will also be

two

eldest

girlsout

pretty.

very

the

it all.

see

forget,this great

here, which

It is

and

with

thinoffor them

glorious,though

nated,
illumi-

never

too

me

to

horrid,

war.

March

I know
wait

must

few

weeks

Emperor, Fritz,and
I

Frankfort, and
law

to

Paris
has

France
to

be

I have

there

very

edifying,and

of the

going

am

Wednesday the
Princes pass through
with my
parents-in-

longer.

some

I fear I

return.

On

them.

see

The

yet of Louis'

nothing as

13th.

is

news

not

fearful
no

first tooth.

the

seen

to

He

yet, for there

worst

of

state

news

not

anarchy
give,save

is between

I fear
seems

there.
that

Victoria

big,which

Frittie has
and
is

his

Irene, but

reallynot
mire.
adI think he is the sort
of baby you
necessary.
and
I go on
now
looking after my hospitals,
the trains,full of Landwehr
returninghome cheering
Now
and singing,
begin to pass.
good-bye, darling
I am
Mama.
in thoughtdailywith you during these
not

like Ernie

"

not

near

so

HOME

AT

days, and
of any

wish

it had

comfort

to

only

use

or

AND

AT

WORK.

been

2/5

in my

just now.

you

April 8th,

Darmstadt,
"K-

si:

of

glimpse
their

but

than

\\2,A the

-^g
Louise

stay

few

and

pleasure of catching-a
their way
on
through,

short

too

was

words.

Lome

be

to

power

to

able

be

to

more

say

scarcely help passing


through here, as
go through France, on
if you
their way
would
allow them
back ; and
quite
incognito on their way back to pass a day here, it
would
give both Louise and me the greatest pleasure,
a

entail

and

They can
they can't

other

no

visits.

The

Emperor, who kindlygave Louis leave, prolonged


it till Monday, when
he leaves, and for how
If I could only go
with
long is quite undecided.
him ! Marie
of Saxony has joinedGeorge : so
has
Carola
Princess
of Saxony] her husband
[the Crown
but

in too

bad

division, which

our

and

close

is
to

quarters

Chumont,

near

admit

of my

is

living

there.

Should

hope

She

new

is

have

rejoinhim

to

The

Louis

not

eighteen years
for

then

I don't

ten

banker

in

years

long, I

very

about

care

still

the little discomfort.

Frl. Kitz, comes

governess,
but
young,

amiable, and

very

"

remain

to

Thursday.

on

pleasing-looking said to be
for
been
a
good governess
; has
England, first with Lady Palk, and
"

with

Kleinwart

Herr

in London

where

"

she

"

rich German

brought up

the

dauofhters.

two

Darmstadt,
*

Mitchell.*
*

The

Ernie's
He

late Mr.

kilt

admired
John Mitchell,

was

Ernie

him

sent
so

the librarian

April 13th.

much
of Old

Bond

by
at

Mr.

Berlin,

Street.

276
that

PRINCESS

he

ALICE.

said he would

I could

refuse.

not

that

him

send

Scotch

It is rather

small

dress, and
it is,and

as

will still

give him one, as from his


Grandmama
it would be doubly valuable.
Louis
has arrived safelyat his destination
Donfeel the separation very
both
much
jeux ; and we
after having had the happiness of being together
hope

you

"

as:ain.
seems

some

What

enacted

world!

civilized

close

so

It

lesson for those

blows,

and

Lome

learn

to

gemuthlich,and
She
had
happy.
which
show

them

bad.

We

almost
three
who

always
Their

stay

off from

cut

so

short

June

and

well

and

their

journey,
I could
interesting.

very

kind

most

8th.

pleasant,

so

looks

tell of

and

it !

by

nothing,as the weather


went
yesterday evening to
were

centre

it rains

was

Louise

to

been

was

my

them,

to

so

rents-in
pa-

they

as

relations.

all my

to

are

much

have

to

seems

visit

Their

I think

so

and

justgone,

are

is dreadful,

and

end

incredible;

seems

wish

who

in the

by

Darmstadt,
Louise

the

May 27 th.
unfortunate
Paris !

leave

cannot

horrors, and

of the

dreadful, and

too

are

off yet.

way

thoughts

My

what

battles

Paris

The

was

home

^x"2X great

as

have

pleasureto

three

since

been

me,

long years.
will be

Louis
to

here

Berlin

accompanying

in

for four

him.

On

days, and

few

days
the

Louis

we

insists

go

gether
to-

on

my

24th the entry of the

troops will be here.


Seeheim,
*

am

so

glad

that

the

poor

June 14th,

Emperor

AT

and

Empress

are

well used

be

to

HOME

much

They deserve
kindlytreated.
by England, for the Emperor did so

is

not

themselves
whom

is

getting

looks, but the illness is


been

so

more

beautiful than

and

anxious

down

not

better

Ella

was

with

lived

not

find them

in

much

they

can

seek

and

ers
flow-

as

find

learned.

anywhere,

them

the

if

so

knows

All
I

my

develop

rich, and

they

thousand

know

to

beauties

happy and
contented, and
always see, the less people have
and the greater is the enjoyment
the less they want,
I bring my
children
of that which
they have.
up
I can, and, above
as
as
simply and with as few wants
and
all,teach them to help themselves
others, so as
to become
independent.
and

of

life

It makes

can.

around

the wild

at

Ernie

even

wrong.
of nature,
and

lovers

feel dull

never

since

here

calls them

never

great

are

for them, and

book

and

names,

as

is

side
baby. The children are bepleasureat the pretty country

scramblingwalks, but above all


flowers, in which they are
gettingquite

this

here

country

the

children

have

country air and

I have

etc.

themselves

some

yet.

The

and

ever,

principallyhis

"

is up
great enjoyment. Every littlewalk
leys,
valhill,little brooks, rocks, small green

865, when

and

consider

ers,
betrayed by oththeir gods of, as

overcome

him.

about

fine woods,
1

French

well.

Frittie

are

almost

made

had

How

speak of

and

them,

treat

told ; for the


blameless, and
always

they

Dear

too'ether.

England

be

to

all went

long as

and

French

shamefully the
them,

277

so

brinpfFrance

to

WORK.

AT

AND

wonders

They

nature.

are

very

Darmstadt,
I write

at

dinner,

as

the dinner-table, whilst


I have

not

found

June

20th.

the children

ish
fin-

moment

yet,

spare

2/8

PRINCESS

and

the

ALICE.

of my afternoon
preparationsfor to-morrow.

is taken

rest

with

up

Empress Augusta has just been


hours, quite dead-tired with all

The
three

the

here
she

for
went

through.
for your dear letter received
fore
bedeparture for Potsdam ! Our journey was
thanks

Thousand
our

dreadful.
here

been

at

the trains
I

left in the

We

1 1

and

a.m.,

here

only got

we

to have
evening,and were
of
through the irregularity

four in

at

the afternoon.

cessant
inat Berlin were
fatigues
imposing or
grand, more
than the entry of
[elevating]

quite done up. The


Any thing more

am

erJiebend

touchingand

It was
the troops in Berlin I never
saw.
a wonderful
sightto drive for three-quartersof an hour through

cannon!

of French

rows

crowds

dense

there ; it will be
Emperor, surrounded

by

of

generals,looked
his glorious
troops.

German
It

troops

was

Berlin, and
Alas!

back

it is

I found
the

Louis

princes and by
noble riding at the

so

all the

Deputationsof

had

to

drive

day to

every

evening.
and

the

town

is

fully
beauti-

so

large triumphal arches, and


with garlandsand flags.
children well, though rather pale

left aofainthis

mornino^,but after

good, which will indeed


endless separations.

for

Darmstadt,
*

old

heat.

after such

The

three

the dear

here

remains

covered

the houses

from

in the

we

rainy here,

decorated

have

to

there.

were

hot, and

very

glad

the many

great

head

am

so

of the

recollect.

thing to

were

enthusiasm

quite enormous.

been

his

the

and

handsome,

artistic,so

decorations

The

To-day

Aunt

Marie

to-morrow

be

ure
pleas-

June 27th.

of Russia

and

her

children

well

ever,

but

kind

fresh

her

Marie

and

dear

2/9

looks thinner

nice, with

and

than

such

simple and girlish.She gives


lessons during the journey, which

face, so
music

brothers

WORK.

Marie

Aunt

here.

were

AND

HOME

proud of. She is very fond of children,


and of a quiet country life that is the ideal she
here on
The
looks for.
Emperor of Russia comes
Louis'
Marie
at Petersthal.
the 5th, to join Aunt
the sellingoff of horses, the
work
is incessant
is very

she

"

"

chansfinsf grarrisonsof the reo-iments, the


almost
tion of our
division, causes
more

work

The
Mobilmachting [mobilization].

the

beautiful

very

tasteful

There
the

the decorations

house

the

or

of

than

entry

the

town

smallest

was

most

which

street

and emblems.
garlands,flags,
and
of the captured guns,
largegroups

covered

not

was

not

forma-

new

were

with

of the battles

names

I had

quite drenched.
Irene

wreaths

gave

and

five children

the

were

we

in my

riage,
car-

godfathersof
a
large
gave

her

to

tunately,
Unfor-

around.

poured nearlyall the time,

it

and

shields

on

cavalrybrigade. Two
days ago we
militarydinner, and have several soirees of that sort
I
to give before
we
can
go into the country, which
am
longing for. We shall probably go to Seeheim,
the summer
too
seems
as
damp for Kranichstein.

the

middle

The

of

Ostend,

bero^he, near

Louis, and
children, which

for

ofoinofto

the

at
1

the doctors

air for

night in
make

Balmoral

2th, would

Please

sea

as

shall

we

me

is very necessary
We
Scotland.
want
to

days and one


things,which
be

Auo-ust

let

me

on

London.

and
to

q-q

wish

to

sea-bathingf

for

some

set

us

remain
We

stay necessary.
the loth, as Louis'
a

that suit you ?"


in time if you
know

Blanken-

of the
up

one

before
or

two

require a few
If we
might
birthdayis on
think

our

plans

28o

PRINCESS

will enable

This

good.

Blankenbero-he,
three

I look
home

come

settle when
be

there

to

to

go

longer

than

more

seeing
It is
The

so

again,and

you

kind

of you

to

let

to

of

arrangement

and we
don't care
perfectly,
above
all thingsdon't wish

the

how

we

be

to

in

way.

is horrid

weather

"

rain and

wind

incessantly

after

very

having been tremendously hot. These


changes upset every one, and Frittie has
of his illness.
slightreturn

The

Marie
such

She

newest

Grancy

loss

useful,so

to

me.

is

news

going

These

amiable, and

be

to

We

She

marry.

had

will be

last years she has been so


I shall miss
her dreadfully.

going to marry Major von


in England the last time,
us
in September.
As
he has
of the war,
they will go

the winter

den
sud-

August 13th.
lent
is,that my nice excel-

is

with
to

to

children.

put up, and


The

"

once

will do

rooms

the

can't

we

forward

brino;-the

are

as

to

us

weeks.

How

us

ALICE.

Hesse,
and

the

been
to

who

was

wedding
ill in

is

quence
conse-

Italyand spend

there.

leave

at

eight

reach

morning,

to-morrow

Cologne at one o'clock, and wait there tillten in the


continue
our
evening, when we
journey and reach
Blankenberghe at eight next
morning. Will you
main
kindly send a gentleman to Gravesend, who can rewith us in London,
as
are
we
quite alone ?
Uncle
George, Aunt Cambridge, and Mary dined
with us
Frankfort
two
at
days ago.
Mary I had
for three
not
seen
was
looking very
years ; she
handsome.
Blankenberghe,

Only

two

words

to

say

that

we

August

arrived

17th.

safe

and

well here
is

hotel
are

the

on

Our

trees.

which

little

before

with

run

very

heavenly sea

donkeys,
Every one

very

are

very

waves

journey. The
sit all day ; there

the beach, and


and

not

no

very

air and

the wind

refresh

long.

One

ride

young
together,and

the

hot

small

enchants

bathes

28

WORK.

we

thing save

are

the sands

and

one,

where

any

rooms

the

; but

clean

beach

or

AND

yesterday after

walks

no

HOME

cover

can

and

old
has

one

children.
to

We

one.

on

take

bathed

the three

girlsthis morning,but I felt quiteshy,


for all the people sit round
and look on, and there
of people here.
Our
children
are
great numbers
Frittie
play about with others and dig in the sand.
sleeps so well since he has been here ; his color is
beginning to return.
We
have
small sitting-room,
which
is our
one
dining-room,and Louis' dressing-room.
I was
sad and upset at taking leave of my dear
so
Marie
Grancy the other day ; a kind true friend and
companion has she been to me these nine years, and
she was
I
quite invaluable to me.
during the war
hope she will be as happy as she deserves to be.
Buckingham

The

pleasure of seeing your

again has
going on

been

so

well.

have

had

quietand

rest

you

I do
"'"

feel

Thank
so

miLch

of

forward

handwriting

that you
are
for you, and for all
!

seeing you

I trust

any

offer for your


real benefit for
to

to

loth.

God

suffer in every
way
of mind
and body, and
able

September

dear

to

look
*

great !

I do

that I may
be
make
the autumn
How

Palace,

entire

littleattention

comfort, will
your

health.

again, I

can't

"^'""

say.

We

leaving the evening of the 13th.


Bertie
and
Uncle
George have arranged for our
going to Aldershot on Monday and Tuesday, which
propose

282

PRINCESS

Louis

interests

The

all

above

would

arrangement

ALICE.

journey has
''"'

and
who

I took

she

as

was,

dear

Papa

usfed

dined

We

said,
to

just arrived,

and

I have

not

course

Ella

and

Ella

"

so

was

tease

me

of

me

with

as

child.

Bertie, who

with

is gone

"

Dear

again.

for your

preciousto
Louis

and

name

dear

kind
and

us,

of

Hill

Park

)
Camp,
Division, "-

my

own

)
to

thousand

thank
times

Every lovingword is so
presents you so kindly gave
did
The
pin, unfortunately,

letter.
the
him.

enchanted

only

Arthur

Brigade, 2D
September 12th.
I write these
few lines

tent

in Louis'

you

had

seen.

Cavalry

Bertie's

tion,
Exhibi-

policeman,
kind
in keeping the
Susy Pusy," which

most

very

Bram's

In

the

to

"

lunched

and

any

over.

Victoria

It reminded

off.

crowd

is

enchanted

what

I fancied this

suit you best.


quite cured Frittie,without

medicine, and the heat


'''""

things,and

arrive.

not

How

illness !
Louis

regret each

I have

and

time

been

I hear

anxious

so

in
parents-in-law,

my

to-day,enquire after
had

you speak of your


Uncle
about you.
their

telegram of

you.

such

interestingdays ; the
country too lovely,each day in a quitedifferent part.
We
accompanied Uncle George, and in this way
the two
have seen
Divisions, and through sleeping
We

here

have

will be

two

enabled

to

see

before

the

third Division

morrow
to-

returningto town.
I saw
dear Arthur
yesterday. He rode with me
him
all the time, and to-day we
met
marching with
I have
How
his company.
enjoyed seeing your
splendidtroops again, I can't tell you ; but I shall
reserve

all

news

tillwe

meet.

few

AND

283

WORK.

ness,
again and again for your kindand only regrets not having seen
himself,
you
that we
is very grateful
allowed
to
were
stay a
days at Buckingham Palace, through which we
thanks

Louis
but

HOME

enabled

were

you

to

here, which

come

him

to

as

dier
sol-

Bertie is full of
is of the very greatest interest.
his work, and
I think it interests him
immensely.
He

has

officers

about

him,

help and
him
show
what to do.
To our
great disappointment
the 42d Highlanders,the
did not
Black
we
see
Watch
the Agylesaw
to-day ; but yesterday we
shire 91st Highlanders,
who gave
Louise the present.
charming

to

"

"

Bertie lent

me

charminsf littlehorse, but

is dreadful, and

ridden

having

not

being on horseback
quitestiff.

so

for

of you.
and so

October

much

left you,

and

thoughtsand

my

think

I feel it

alone.

19th.)

of you

quitewrong
wishes

helpless.It is such a
yourself; but your trial
and

you

will be

trial to any

rewarded

in the

better

feelingperhaps even

be

must

and

drawing to
am

stronger

all your troubles.


nearly sick in the train,which

see

here.

at

being

active

so

end, I

have

to

continually

are

one

news

suffering,

with you, and distract my attention from all I


much
I can't tell you
how
I feel for you
so

better

brought me
to

feel

me

Castle,

Sutherland,
your telegramhad
I reallycan't bear

o^round

long,and

so

hours, makes

many

DuNROBiN

I wish

the

close,

by

sure,

than

as

you

did before
I
I

was

ever

was

dinner
has

; but

quite set

in
a

in my

long
me

up

life,and
walk
in

was

by the
spiteof

is the slowest

unable
sea

the

to

go

to

this

morning
extraordinary

warmth.
Sandringham,

It is the first time

since

eleven

November

years

9th.
that I have

284

PRINCESS

ALICE.

spent Bertie's birthdaywith

only three

of

birthday.
so

warm

though we are
familytogether,stillthat is

own

nothing,and

than

better

our

makes

Alix

and

Bertie

welcome,

him, and

are

it
so

like

more

kind, and

give us
they like having
I pray earnestly

how

showing

seem

that it feels

Indeed
quite home.
that God's
blessing may rest on him, and that he
be guided to do what
is wise and right,
that
so
may
tide safelythrough the anxious
he may
that
times
in which
before
live. They
him, and
are
we
now
both charming hosts, and all the party suit well
are
and
Brownlows
Westminsters
are
together. The
here ; Lady B. is so very handsome.
We
joined the shootingparty for luncheon, and
the last beats
out
to-day and yesterday; and the
weather
is beautiful, though cold
a
bracing
very
us,

"

air,like Scotland.

1872.
The
her

with
ungs-

her

on

the
und

On

the
she

6th

was

Eao;le at the

Berlin.

Prince

invested

was

and

Many

Princess

"

Kron-

of their

lations
re-

during the

were

of

June another

born,
daughter was
versary
christened on the ist of July,the anniher parents'wedding-day. Her
names

Victoria

Cesarewitch

the

at

Louis

of the year.

of

sponsors

Black
"

with

January,passingthrough

Prince

Ordensfest

earlypart

of

Darmstadt

to

return

way.

of the

order

visited

were

not

children tillthe end

Brussels

and

did

Princess

Alix
the
and

Helena
Prince

and

Cesarewna,

Louise

Beatrice.

Princess

Princess

of Wales,

The
the

Beatrice, the

HOME

AT

of

Duchess

AND

AT

WORK.

and

Cambridge,

the

285

Landgravine

of

Hesse.
In

the

August

first visit

Crown

Darmstadt

to

Prince
since

of

the

Prussia
and

war,

paid his
with

met

loyaland hearty reception.

most

In

of

consequence

the

Hohenlohe-Lanorenburo',
the

in

Queen,

went

and

to

to

the

be

Prince
the

at

present
beloved

their

see

of

beloved

September, the

Baden

to

death

the

Princess

half-sister of
and

Princess

last sad
borne

aunt

mony,
cere-

to

her

of

the

rest.

fortnightlater

various

German

founded

themselves

"

togetherto
1872

those

she

the

at

was

orphans who
the

the

purposes

Darmstadt.

Alice, had, in
form

Union,"

1869, joined

great body.

one

Princess

added

another

ing
Durtution
Insti-

had

head

also, if necessary,

at

charitable

alreadycalled into existence


of
Orphan Asylum. A specialcommittee

viz.,an

ladies

Princess

year
to

at

for

the "Ladies'
societies,including

by

the

general assembly

societies

held its first meeting


All these

the

had

aleady proved
with

to

advise

been

boarded

of the

expense

of it,to

most

which

watch

and

help those poor


in privatefamilies

out

parish.

This

institution has

successful, thanks
the

it,and

over

authorities

met

to

the

ness
readi-

all Princess

Alice's wishes.
The

generalassembly at

"

tag

or

"

Ladies'

itself,not

Diet,"

Darmstadt
as

only by

it

the

was

"

the

Frauen-

"

called

"

extremely

guished
distin-

discreet

286

PRINCESS

and

in which

manner
practical

but

also

Marie

Madame

it had

several

of

in its aims

and

the founder

Simon,

dertaken,
unmarkable
re-

objects,
and

head

for

of the Institution

at Dresden,
trainingnurses
English ladies, Miss Mary Carpenter,

three

Hill,and

Florence
The

of at

subjectstreated
of

and
Miss

Winkworth.

Miss

the admission

were

which

presence

interested

persons
as

the

by

all the

it carried out

of business

different branches

many

such

ALICE.

the
to

women

general assembly

the

Post

Office

and

Telegraph Service ; the results of the working of F.


Froebel's
principlesfor the further employment of
women
Kindergarten ; the findingof proper
; of
"

"

localities for
of

handiwork

female

what

keenest

exhibition

all kinds

industry;

and
girls,
England

The

the

for female

Princess

nursing as a
provisionof better

the

had

been

She

and

done,

education

followed

interest.

sale of

and

and

at

women's
branch

of

schools

for

was

similar institutions.

all the discussions


received

the different societies at her

own

doing,in

with

all the members

palace,and

the
of

for each

encouraging word.
of those
None
forget the sympresent will ever
pathy
and
they met with from the
encouragement
She
and
Princess.
not
suggested
only advised
tant
things,but herself took the initiative in any imporunder
her notice.
The
question which came
generalassembly did great credit to itselfin the eyes
of Germany, and, indeed, of other countries as well,

she had

kind

and

HOME

AT

its members

and

AT

AND

28/

WORK.

encouraged

were

still further

to

exertions.
The
further

good

Prince

and
of

works.

Princess

herself

Princess

death, the

Crown

the

of

the memory

spent

Prussia, who

Louis

He

was

the first to

has

met

with

have

invested

pleaseevery

with

sister
to

come

January
from

to-morrow

the

by

great kindness.

there

been

her

for the purpose.

returns

be

the Prince

had

Darmstadt,
*

The

its base.

at

with

veiling
un-

of the

of 1870.

war

anniversaryof

Carlsruhe

from

the

at

wreaths

Princess

Princess

Darmstadt

to

some

the

November

present

were

fell in the

placed

plans for

new

beginningof

erected

14th of December,

Consort's

the

Louis

monument

full of

was

At

soldiers who

Hessian

The

herself

Princess

He

Berlin.

Emperor, and
glad to
very

was

Arthur, who

dear

21st.

seems

to

one.

February 5th.
*

Arthur
takes
have
he

here.

He

interest
in

the

gives up
We

It is

gave

Arthur, and

dear
great pleasure to have
is so amiable, civil,
and nice, and

in all he
house.

two

His

days

small

to

and

sees,

is

visit will be
go

suppers

to

so

pleasantto

very

short, as

Baden.
on

two

evenings

for

yesterday evening a celebrated, most


excellent violinist played quite as well as Joachim :
of his,and a pupilof Spohr's. This
noon
aftera friend
he is going to play some
of Bach's celebrated
with and to me.
Arthur
sonatas
enjoys music very
much, and keeps up his playing.
There
is a dance
Alexander's
at Uncle
to-night,
at
on
Wednesday a Court ball,and on Friday one

288

PRINCESS

parents-in-law. I
evening, and the

my
an

who

has

awful

an

ALICE.

can't

the

stand

rooms

are

cold, took

heat
hot.

very

Arthur

to

all of

at

Louis,
the barracks,

see

all militarythingsgive him

pleasure.
is heavenly sunny
weather, having been quite
and
foggy all day yesterday.
as

It

dark

-::-

Louis

has

in

been

Upper

April 2oth.
the last
Hesse

four

days shootingAuerhdhne, but as yet unsuccessfully.


is very
My mother-in-law
gratefulfor your
kind message,
and is better, though weak.
She has
had

narrow

Frittie
Leo

from

again

endless

has

used

William

escape

have

to

fever.

[Jenner]wished,

well otherwise.

I trust

lumps, as

he

is

and

is strong and

but

bruises, with

he

taking iron,

rosy

Sir
and

this.

outgrow

may

as

June 17th.

Many
for the

Ella,
nose

birth

for your

of

only smaller
promises to

Kind

Dr.

owe

Clarke
Louis

be

him

wrote

as

he

has

only been

he

has

all the

"

wishes

nice littlething,like

though

the

attentive

most

was

and

of

far

was

pleasanterthan not, and


for having sent him.
Mrs.

could

one

soon

kind

finer features,

long.

all

been

"'''

with

great thanks

you

has

and

letter and

dear

baby

our

Hofmeister

having

course
we

thanks

as

he

wish.

could, but this last week

just before his dinner, and


has
tired that he invariably
fell asleep. He
was
so
out
at
six, returningat twelve, and has had
gone
be out
before
four in the
to
afternoon, returning
at
is away
eight. He
again to-day. Until the
of September his duty will be important,and
1 5th
*

home

office work

Princess

Alix, born

on

besides.
the 6th

of

June.

It is double

HOME

AT

this year
How

sad

the

and

loss

the

am

of those

little one

lose

to

and

"

people and things

in

in

two

children

poor

of

"

it touched

sure

all

two

little bairnie

sweet

289

WORK.

war.

mother
I

AT

it usually
is,as

since the

new

are

what

to

AND

three

The

dreadful

so

Beatrice

much

to

child death

so

often

is,^"
fortunate
un-

way

the poor

see

loses every

thincr that is

painful.
\Ve think of callingour
little girl Alix
too
they pronounce
dreadfullyin German)

"

"

Louise

Beatrice," and, if Beatrice


like to have

much

her

'^

heard

'^-

godmother.

as

of dear

kind

claim

can

age

rest, for he

its

did

so

I feel rather

and

after

right. He
much
good
than

the air will do

how

another, and
indeed

fate

before

deserves

his

in his life !

usual

this time, and


few

for half

out

was

and

was,

ting
sit-

steps, tries
hour

an

me

yesterday,

good.
five this morning, and will
left at half-past
I hope, this evening ; to-morrow
by seven,

Louis

be back
the

he

walking,though only a

I think

and

friend

weaker

good deal.

Macleod's

one

June 24th.

trulyfor you when we


death, knowing what

friend of yours

take

to

seems

Dr.

valued

and

felt so

both

We

would

we

may,

Darmstadt,
*

(Alice
Helena

"

me

same.

I will add
; and

propose
murder

it, so

Vicky's name
Alix

thought

"

gave
Aliice

"

"

Alix

baby's others, as
for

we

here

name

my
we

"

to

"

"

could

Alice,"

"

they

not

so

as

you

they

pronounce

easily be

spoilt.
*

Two

children

who

Monaltrie

Burn,

Dee

drowned.

and

near

Highlands," p. 156

carried

"

et

"

while
by a
playing at
spate
Balmoral
of
and
into
the river
(nth
June, 1872),
swept
See
More
Leaves
from
Life
in the
a
Journal of a
were

seq.

away

"

PRINCESS

290

Uncle
the

Alexander
is

Empress

is

not

ALICE.

and
shortly,

coming"back

to

return

Russia

to

Italyfor the whole


The
heat has been
quite dreadful ;
air to-day,though.

and

will be

sent

says

this winter,
winter.

to

there

is

little

August 14th.
-X-

"

still darker

and

is like Ella, only smaller

Baby

reddish-brown

with

eyes

hair.

is

She

lashes, and

black

very

sweet,

features,
little

merry

always laughing,with a deep dimple in one


cheek justlike Ernie.
We
are
to-day to give Uncle
going to Frankfort
in our
Palais
George and Fritz Strelitz a luncheon
person,

there.

Helene

Renter

to

comes

for

us

month

morrow
to-

lady.
hope your Edinburgh visit will go off well. You
lived in Holyrood since 1861, have you?
never
as

I
have

I shall think

How
this time
when
do

not

much,

and

"

had

thing.

invalid.

an

Brown's

to

to

It

suffer

so

to

visit

of you

on

to

all old friends

old mother, and

kind

I shall think

me

unable

were

quite spoiled our

Remember

Balmoral, and
like last time,

dear

at

you

capable of enjoying it

you

any

of

dear

any

see

you
there
"

ask after

who

to

us.

day.
birth-

Grandmama's

forgottenby any of us, and lives


of all that was
on
as
a dearly-cherished
good
memory
and loving,and so kind.
ture
My children have her picShe

is

never

in their room,

and

I often

tell them

August

Kranichstein,
I

am

and
me

and
will

for
grateful

very

am

have

much

telegramsfrom

[MacDonald] letter.

for Flora's
so

your

to

know

what

glad all went off so


been
too
delighted to

very

of her.

you

did

20th.

burgh,
Edin-

It interests

there,

well.

The

people

have

had

you

in

HOME

AT

midst

their

beauty of
having-seen

AND

again,and

what

8th

time.

of

which

so

into

those

well.*
dreadful

the

lives,to

many

drove

town

our

the

to

full of officers and

was

not

seems

recollect

anniversary
cost

after

Beatrice
I

saw.

enjoyed the

you

so

especially.We

militarychurch,
at half-past
seven

29

spots

battle of Gravelotte, which


division

sure

beautiful

the

was

WORK.

capitalanew

she

and
interesting
1

am

fine northern
your
it for so
long

deliofhted with
many
The

AT

men,

in the

morning, and thought much


and
of the friends
acquaintances in their distant
graves, and of the desolate homes, until that day so
bright. My heart felt too full when we were
singing
Eiii festeBurg, and I had
husband
at my
side,
my
whom
the Almighty had graciouslyspared to my
children and myself. Gratitude
seems
barelyenough
the intense
I
to express
depth of what I feel when
think of that time, and
how
again and again I long
all to my good dear Louis and to our
to give all and
children, for he is all that is good and true and pure.
*

the

sad

children

The

'"'

fate

of

my
Louis
beautifully.

wooden

and

Of
are

our
a

bullfinch's tail out, and

in consequence.
quiet country life there
deal

out,

"

ScHLOSS

For

et seq.

an

and

the

good

"-

owl

their pets
dogs, cats,
like a menasferie.

an

the

tore

thing died

caught

where
cage in the room
night it broke the bars and

sort

In

was.

of

distressed

little bullfinch,who

poor

had

much

were

account

On
of

always with our


ponies,donkeys
Kranichstein,

Sunday
this visit

the
'*

see

More

Moriers
Leaves

piped
put it in
my

bird

got loose

the poor

is littleto

at

little

tell. We

little people,
it is rather

September 17th.
with their chilfrom

Journal,"p. 164

PRINCESS

292

with

dren

were

and

reduced,

for the

us

walks

is

both

attached.

sister

deeply,and

about

it.
took

should

and

has

father

of

close

races

in

for Mr.

terror

are

her

been

by, and
ground being very

to

was

loss

the

we

poor
cut

so

up

feared

we

heavy

and

Morier, who

was

carriage.
the

different
for

her

says

upset, the

be

uneven,

in my
On

them

feels

as

for all things.

whom

to

man,

white

so

retains,

but

livelyinterest

his

Alice

looked

He

crutches,

kind, warm-hearted

We

clay.

on

and
always,his spirits
He

ALICE.

9th

there

is

associations

large meeting here of the


existingthroughout Germany
a

education
and social
bettering of women's
with regard
position(of the middle class especially
to
English ladies are coming, some
trade). Some
It will last four days, and be very
Swiss and Dutch.
I arranged with
fatiguing.The
programme
my
two

the

committees

here

and

to force
they wanted
largean assemblage to
I do
postivelyrefused.
"

but

who

\vhere

not

all want

to

the

and

talk,and

that

so

to

cross

enough to keep one's


they disagree. I hope
all exaofaerated and

brought

up,

which

Associations, if not

to

in my

are

difficult
when

Berlin,

preside; but for


nearlyall strangers

me

all

at

to

me

there

gentlemen

and

people

unfeminine

me

are

It is

in order

I have
views

too

vented
pre-

beina:

dreadful.

reasonably led, tend

strangers,

purposes.

trust

"

tions,
Associa-

own

many

own

so

These

easilyto

take a great deal


My Associations
of my
time and thought,and require a good amount
of study. I hope and trust that what
are
we
doing
have alreadyhad some
here is the rightthing. We
results in the class of the workwomen,
satisfactory

the

ridiculous.

and

in the reform

of the schools

; but

there

are

many

open
others

questionsyet,
work

who

AND

HOME

which

in the

WORK.

293

this

hope

meeting,with
field,may help us to

same

solve.
Will

you

please me

look

through the programme?


much, if I thought, you took

so

endeavors

in my

interest

here

in

It would
a

small

very

little

way

to

slightdegree part of dear Papa's great


for the good of others.
works
have
The
off
to
meeting at Berlin seems
gone
well, and has pleased all Germans, who
hope
very
in

follow

for

of peace"
entire change

consolidation

We

have

an

so

necessary

of

Ministrv

stadt, the first since

1848, which

for

in all the

improvement
Duchy.
an

loss

the

to

affairs of the

gap

Jill

in your

them.
Darm-

hopes
Grand

September 25th,
you, and feel what

sympathize with
must
darlingAunt*
life,how painfulthe

you

at

fillsall with

Kranichstein,
-""-

to

be

"

how

absence

great
of that

sympathy and love which united her life and yours


so
closely.
Darling, kind Mama, I feel so acutely for you,
that my
with you, and
thoughts are incessantly
my
for comfort
and support to be granted you in
prayers
the heavy trial are warm
indeed.
You
have borne
so
hard losses with courage
and
that
resignation,
many
for darling Aunt's
sake you
will do
so
again, and
knowing her at rest and peace will in time reconcile
all the more
her passing from
to the loss
as
you
another
this world
to
was
so
touchinglypeaceful.
Dear
which
to
was
a
Augusta [Stanley]wrote
me,
intend going to Baden
to
great consolation, and we
"

pay
*

who

our

The
died

last token

of respect and

love.

Queen's half-sister,Feodore, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg,


the 23d of September, 1S72, at Baden-Baden.
on

PRINCESS

294

ALICE.

Darmstadt,
*

be

few

of interest

words

about

October

13th.
doings here

our

The

off
meeting went
well, was
to
large,the subjectsdiscussed were
very
the purpose
and
word
of
important, and not one
the emancipated political
side of the question was
touched
Schools
by any one.
(thoseof the
upon
lower, middle, and
for girlswas
the
higher classes)
for post
principaltheme ; the employment of women
and
telegraphoffices,etc.; the improvement necessary
in the education
of
the
nursery-maids, and
in the treatment
of littlechildren
knowledge of mothers
and
; the question of nurses
nursing institutes.
may

The

committees

Wedesday
the

of

you.

the

to

came

public meeting

fifteen

in the

afternoon, and

members

The

to

to

us

Associations

evening

met

thirteen

of

supper.

the

following day lasted


from nine to two
with a small
mittee
cominterruption
; a
meeting in the afternoon ; and that evening
all the members
and guests came
to us
nearlyfifty
in number.
The
followingday the meetings lasted
kind
even
longer,and the English ladies were
enough to speak only think, old Miss Carpenter,
all relating
work
in England (sheis
to women's
on
of the Queen's Institute
our
guest here). Her account
Dublin
at
most
was
interesting. Miss Hill
the boarding-outsystem for
(alsoour guest),about
about
tion
orphans. Miss C. Winkworth,
higher educain England. She
mentioned
also the new
stitutio
inon

"

"

to

member

of

well ; the
There
and

from

all

which

Louise

it herself.

German
was
a

good

parts

ones

good
many

of

now

belongs, and

ladies

The

all

spoke

is

very

remarkably so.
deal

of work

members

Germany

to
"

many

to
see.

finish afterward,

They

came

kind-hearted,

AT

AND

HOME

noble, self denying

English ladies
who

has

of convicts
of the

to

India

on

"

all.

us

the

and

leavinor

before

I have

such

one

of the native

state

work

in

taking Miss

am

work.

use

so
particularly

there

may
Some

is much

Louis

of

memory
many

its beloved

how

see

indeed

miss

It is nice

have

for you

to

ask, if my

course

that

even

the

different

has erected

town

Waldemar

to

Holstein,

October

Aunt

much,

solace

and

24th.
and

whose

her,

to

she

work

does.

Louise

feel

precious

comfort

to

littleto

where

you.
self
your-

to

true,

and

She

her

had

loving mother,
more.

in the

success

are

am

intimate

so

me

about

interested.

together,

differ in

we

value

me.

talks with

in which

We

thing freely,and

and

our

good, but none


to improve.
to-day for the inauguration

mother-in-law

every

more

all

-"-

the different woman's


Of

you

Governor.

dear

thoughts drawn
your
intercourse
such
was

You

my

will

are

excellent

dear

years

must

===

I fear

hope

Darmstadt,

You

there,

Carpenter to

is gone
to
Mayence
of the Memorial
which
the

so

schools

in hand, that

but
ill-written,

and

different schools, that she

for

penter,
Car-

this.

To-morrow

the

Miss

as

the

such

much

letter is hurried

systems

of

presence

us.

stillso

kindly excuse

295

mation
good works for the reforthe importance
greatlyenhanced
her great experience has been
stillto give a lecture
She means

meeting, and

of value

all, of

done

WORK.

The

women.

above

"

AT

She

was

of the

opinion we
yet talk of
opinion is of the greatest

ever

whom
much'

been
I

most

respect and

pleased and
meeting, but is of

kind,
love
ested
intercourse

296
as

ALICE.

PRINCESS

adverse

all

myselfto

as

views

extreme

such

on

subjects.
1 have joinedto my Nursing"Institute an Association
the orphans who
boardedfor watchingover
are
out
some
by the State into families,where
poor
children are
unhappy and ill-used. The use of such
consists mainly in the
was
meetings as this one
in the different
interchange of experience made
in other places,
which it is impossibleto
branches
by correspondence.
carry on
many
The schools are
entirelydifferent throughoutGergood and indifferent ; and those here do not
the best, as every
count
thing,through the
among
long misrule of the late Government, is not what it
ought to be.
Louis has a new
Uncle
Ministrynow, which gives
for hope.
one
cause
every
"

"?:-

sounds

article

though
as

November
Darmstadt,
is awful here ; the

-pi^g weather

in the house

This

yet,

"

if one

sent

was

I half fear

handsomer

than

they

have

truthful

and

course

Having

them

"

and

contented,

much

their education

was,

other.

for the

you

as

much

dear

child.

and

very

affectionate.

watching and guiding


which, through our quietand regular
with

me,

able to
life,is possible I am
their different characters, for
"

thank

it.

pleasure,dear children, though of


faults as others ; but they
as
many

all give me

They
are

she

to

send

women's

pleasureas
is alreadyeight! She is

think that she

To

[overbold],

feelingsabout
to

and

day,

7nzbeschetdcu

of your

wind

sea.

other

the

meetings the other day, I venture


Ella is writingto you herself
lovelybracelet, which gave me
it did her.

at

were

me

s"Qming

spoke

you

as

3d.

know
not

and
one

understand
is like

the

HOME

AND

WORK.

297
November

Darmstadt,
*

the

have

We

weather

same

have, which

for

12th.

here which

long journey was


took nearly twelve
hours
pleasant. We
going,
much
For the inauguas
returningfrom Metz.
ration
to

seem

you
not

and

itself the

dreadful, and
sad

the

all

dotted

"

weather

our

held

The

up.

roads

plateau looked

wide

dreary and

like

with

graves,

dead

lion in bronze,

over

were

an

enormous

churchyard.
memorial

The

is

pedestal,
bearing
front, and
of

the

at

officers

and

back

all the

men

were

plain

marble

in

Deputations

names.

present,

Metz.

on

black

inscriptionon

an

from

etc.,
generals,

besides

the

The

vision
clergyman of the diread the prayers, preached a short and touching
and the band
Louis
sermon,
played a chorale.
Hoch
spoke a few words, ending with the usual
for the Emperor and Grand
I then laid some
Duke.
"

"

wreaths

the

at

parents and

foot

the

ourselves, and

the different

across

of

Memorial
drove

we

battlefields.

vj

"?:-

"Yl-iQEmpress

day that the alliance with


she
as
quite impossible,
I hope all other German
example.

back

The

built up again,and re-inhabited, so


the dreadful strucxcyle remain.
*

won't

year

the

they

she
to

Daughter
did

marry
change her

in Russia.

but

can

loss of such
*

I write

14th
a

few

Grand

religion.

Duke

Duke
This

of

Mecklenburg is
change her religion.
will follow

December

the

same

man,

grows

of

Russia,

the first time

such

as
a

she

her

12th.

From

year

to

griefat

the

with

Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Vladamir
was

of

traces

of

words.

the

express

all

the other

wrote

Princesses

father, such

of the Grand
the

Metz

to

that few

of Russia
Marie

Louis'

are
villages

Darmstadt,
For

from

me,

Subsequently
was

thing was

allowed

not

permitted

298

PRINCESS

leaves

and

The

dear

Mama,

ever.

through the

and

too

for

you

dear

sake,

time

is

who

alone

you,

softened

your

heart

too

were

have

with

spared

it seemed

gratitudefor

for yours, his children, and


fixed on
indelibly
memory
my
as

as

young

been

last year

this time

fills my

vivid

as

should

Alix

since, in

sustained

of time

us,

stand

our

imminent,

and

my

you,

remains

prayers,

good sweet
when
terrible grief,

this
so

our

to

numicrous

That

bereavement,

healinghand

retained

and
grief,
and

earth

nothing on

sympathy for what


through then and

went

of your
God
heard

consequence
as

that

want

intense

deep,

poor

and

gap

fillup.

ever

can

ALICE.

That

ours.
as

her

of

that

witnessingof your griefrent my


heart
be a day of
so
14th will now
deeply. The
mixed
recollections and feelingsto us
lowed
a
day halin our
his
one
family,when
great spiritended
earth
work
die, and
on
though his work can never
call his name
blessed
generationswill grow
up and
another
left to fulfil his duty and
"and
when
was
mission, God grant, for the welfare of his own
family
1

the

86 1, when

"

"

of thousands.*

and

I have

not

to-day ; and
the 14th,so
lines

full of

time

write

to

I love

as

I would

to

ask

dearest

to

think
to

you

Alix

Bertie and
with

of them
let them

you

share

on

these

for them,

brance
lettinga rememof me,
suffered with them, mingle with
who
this solemn
united prayers
and thanks
on
day !
your
My little Fritz is at length better, but white and

sympathy

thin, in consequence

of his illness.
Christmas

Your
*

was

Who
to

dear
would

rejoinher

presents

have

thought

father

on

the

gave
that
same

only
day

me

so

six years
?

much
later the

Day,

pleasure;
Princess

herself

HOME

again

and

again

thank

you

souvenir

of
I

me.

kind

your

and

thank

gifts

grateful,
The

for

299

them.

The

Ernie's

my

until

has

precious
light
de-

picture

given

well

It

makes

me

more

the

all

us

enough

children's

themselves),

so

all,

above

pulled

happy

so

Christmas,

enjoy

to

for

remembered.

kindly

so

and

pale

and

do

always

were

Louis'

they

them.

be

rather

in

you,

to

to

boys

though

WORK.

nothing

you,

(meanwhile,

names

Christmas.

also

me

and

Aunt,

assure

this

pleasure
Let

dear

AW

"

sweet

Ernie.
We

all

gave

household

servants

our

stable

and

under

is

made

we

divided,
it

family,

which

give

very

with

wishes

but

Frittie

Saturday

don't

like

glad

Vicky

She,

is

"

Frittie."

"for

On

Sunny

keeps

the

when

servants

our

tree

and

come

household

the
We

important.

so

Beatrice's

much,

Auntie

It

ours.

is

all

of

and

as

fifty people

have

to

Dear

children

the

children

the

share

to

for

"

Christmas-tree,

the

"

which

whole

the

presents

we

leaving
gave

quite
"

the

much
"

livelier, with

Ernie's

lamented
talks

He

shall
the

go

boys

such

for
for

for

quite
the

flattering

Ella,

dimple

but

and

well

Vicky.

to

yet.

am

of

her

smaller

from

now.

account

of
a

children

letter

day

longer

personification
like

the

(cards) pleased

so

baby.

nickname

head,

expression.

and

TRIALS.

1873-1877.
"

May

the hour

in vain

come

others

happy"

The
and

grief bring its blessingwith it,and not have


day passes so quickly,when one can do good and make
leaves always so much
undone."
one
{Atigzist2, 1873.)

of

trial and

IS73.
'HIS

year

Prince
whose
seemed

last

health

began brightlyand

Princess, for little Prince

and
had

stroncrer

often
and

given rise

to

serious

In March

better.

the

happily to

the

Fritz,

anxiety,
Princess

long-cherishedwish
travelled incognita,
to visit Italy. She
accompanied
The
by Miss Hardinge and Hofrath Ruland.
ney
jourmade
in a comparativelyshort time, but was
was
travelled from
Princess
The
thoroughlysuccessful.
Darmstadt
ence,
Pass to Florand the Brenner
by Munich
where
from
there
she spent three days, and
went
to Rome.
on
straight
eternal city she employed
During her stay in the
beautiful
the many
her mornings in visiting
of
the
ruins
the
churches, and
picture-galleries,
ancient
she made
Rome.
In the afternoons
longer
at

was

able

to

carry

her

out

"

"

excursions

into the

distant churches

in

neighborhood,
the

visitingthe

Campagna,
300

as

well

more
as

the

TRIALS.

celebrated
She

used

villas of Albani, Ludovisi,


to

spend

discussingall the
during the day.

Borghese,etc.
and
talkingover

her

evenings in
objectsof interest
Princess

The

of observation

power

301

able

was

she

with
to

her

do

had

seen

wonderful

large amount

in a comparativelyshort time.
She
sight-seeing
dinal
was
accompanied by Monsignore Howard
(now CarSt. Peter's ; and he showed
her
Howard) over
interesting
parts of this gloriousedifice,which
many
in general are
Protestants.
At the
shown
to
never
Farneslna," the privatepalaceof Count Bermudez,
she was
received and conducted
it by the Count
over
of

"

himself.
Princess
time

The
the

of the

mediaeval
and

ruins
most

period,the

ceremonies

others made

of"

of the

by

her ask,

as

"

"

interested

which

of

San

"

as

San

Clemente."

Holy
The

dated

far back

as

catacombs

church

greatlystruck

was

which

those

were

first Christians,

the curious

the

of Rome

"

Week

from
the

the

early

Callisto,"
Amons^st

the

Princess

Lamentations,"

all Protestants

the

whilst

do, how

the

simple Christian religioncould possiblybe so


monies
misrepresented. After attendingall the grand cereof Rome,
of the Church
the quietservice at
the German
Embassy made a most happy and peaceful
She
visited the
the Princess.
impression on
received
her with
his usual
Pope, Pius IX., who
to the Quirinal
winning kindness."^" She also went
her respects to King Victor Emanuel, and to
to pay
the Crown
Princess of Italy,Princess Margherita.
pure

He

bien."

said to the Princess

"

La

benediction

d'un

vieillard fait

toujoursdu

PRINCESS

302

The

Princesses

two

the occasion

on

and

Forum,

the

of its

illumination

the

of

13th

excursion

celebration

Rome

birthday,"
the
Capitol,

of

"

Colosseum.

and

On

tos^ether throuo-h

drove

of the

witnessed

ALICE.

Sorrento

to

father-in-law

Princess

April^the
by

of

way

made

Naples, where

brief
her

Empress of Russia were


ing.
stayOn
the 24th of April she left with her suite for
of Perugia and
Lake
Florence, travelling
by way
As
Thrasimene,
through the valley of the Arno.
she had but littletime, she was
only able to visit the
galleriesof the Uffizi and Pitti Palaces, the tombs
of

the

Mark,
the

Medici

Her

on

to

felt

of art, which
able

to

The
not

be

Croce, and

of

one

own

her

of her

of

the 28th

thorough enjoyment,

childhood

of

reunion

to

Hesse,

with

and

by

her wish

last been

gloriousworks
had
only been

she

her

familywas,

Prince

Louis

had

alas !
been

earlyon the morning of


inspect the troops in Upper

leavingthe Princess
the great fatigueof her

littlePrinces

at

Darmstadt

May

two

had

herself.

long duration.

the

she

those

eyes

to

April,reaching

May.

been

her

from

leave

29th

of St.

Convent

of Santa

deeply gratefulthat

obligedto

from

of

picturedimly

joy

to

had

with

see

2d

the

journey

she

the

Lorenzo,

left Italyon

Princess

Darmstadt

able

in San

Nazionale."

Museo

"

the

Cathedral, the Church

the

The

and

and

came
were

still in
Italian

bed, exhausted

journey. The
her "good-morning,"
to wish
left in her room
by the nurse.

TRIALS.

children

The

Prince

another.

Fritz in her

stone

far

and

by

she

such

On

the

littlePrince
at

the Rosenhohe

from

the

and

friends

helped

"

mother

arms

the

bright

life had

loved
be-

which

from

this first

to

(theGrand

till then

sorrow

came

ist, the

the

Ducal

Princess
of the

shown

indeed, by all
"

loved
be-

his last resting-place,

brother

and

sympathy

sensibl
in-

up

on

and

Whitsunday, June

terrible shock

the

though

of blood

married

taken

long before

very

fellfrom

force.

was

sisters

parents and
was

of

evening

the

that

one,

look

and
unusually-gifted

Her

redoubled

with

her

on

happy

in

to

in the

that young

to

recovered.

never

been

fall ended

blow

was

afterward

Effusion

too

whether

picked

was

hours

loss of this

little life. The


child

He

the

to

leaned

stop himself and

not

mother.
the

tary
momen-

the window

to

next

Prince

on

had

he

room

few

distracted
caused

brain

died

window

himself, or

actuallyknows.

one

of his

could

almost

her

from

the

leaving

him,

Whether

adjacent

then

into

run

the

overbalanced

he

for his brother

it,no

of

fast throuofh the

running

and

window

During

below.

of it and

out

into the

having

out

their wont,

was

room

followed

fell

he

terrace

the
one

bedroom,

absence

play,as

to

Ernest

Princess

the

room,

of

out

looking from

and

one,

and

in

running

began

soon

303

to

Mausoleum), his
It

being present.
at

death
her

all recovered
of her

child,

her

family

by

greatly comforted

and

her.

In the

autumn

the

Prince

and

Princess

went

to

PRINCESS

304

Heiden
there
at

his

ALICE.

Appenzell for a little change. From


they paid a visit to the Prince of Hohenzollern
At the end
of Nocastle of the Weinburg.
vember
to
England with their three
they went
in

remained

children, and

youngest

of December,

when

they

returned

H:

-^y^

were

both

much

23d

Darmstadt.

to

Darmstadt,
*

tillthe

there

12th,

January

shocked

to

hear

of

Emperor Napoleon, and I must


say
he was
amiable, and she is much
so
grieved;personally
he should
die an exile in Engto be pitied. That
land
did, is most
and, as Louis Phillippe
striking.In
touch
the poor
must
England the sympathy shown
should
be so
Empress, and, as I telegraphed,we
if you would
to you,
kindly be the medium
grateful
to
through which both of us would like to express
feel for her.
much
How
her how
we
proud you
that your country is the one
must
be, in feeling
ever
and hospitality
for those
always able to offer a home
from their own
countries ! England is
driven
away
before all others in that ; and its warm
sympathy for
the death

those

of the

who

are

in misfortune

Baillie's Victoria

Fannie

is such

generous
nice

feel-

girl. She

Saturday, and is not


above
playing at dolls with them, though she is so
There
rather nice little English
much
older.
two
are
to
girls,daughters of the chaplinhere, who come
comes

to

our

children

is such

every

them.
February
If any
most.

one

Since

will feel with

I know

you

will do

so

days, with an interruptionof one


has been bleedingincessantlyfrom
his ear, which
was
nearly healed.

three

day, poor Frittie


a
slightcut on

us,

ist.

TRIALS.

305

Since

yesterdayevening we

cannot

usual

remedies

but

used,

were

All the

stop it.

unavailing.

yet

as

place has been touched


again with
with
had
caustic and
tightlybound, after we
great
from
trouble got rid of the quantity of dried blood
is horrified at the sight
his hair, ear, neck, etc.
He
of so
much
blood, but shows
great strength as yet
is of course
He
in spite of so
great a loss.
very
the

Just now

irritable,and,
whatever
I

he

own

pleaseGod, we
complaining.
mother

see

change placeswith

to

anxiety for

the

this

future,

for years

another, and,

or

is

whatever

do

dreadfully.

that he had

saw

their trials,
one

shall bear
To

spoilhim

this, will remain

over

great trial.

will

has

one

scream,

the

bleed, and

All have

come.

not

upset when

gets well

if he

even

to

to

must

wishes, which
much

was

tendency

he

as

without

sent

one's

own

child suffer is for

With

what

pleasureone

the littleone,

bear

and

would

its

pain !

February 6th,
*

dysentery,which

of

attact

and

off and

until Scotland
sensitive

mg

and

has

Fritz

jj^ ^|-^g summer

stopped

stadt,
Darm-

it continued,

months

two

violent

it ; and

this

illness made

caused

him

such

him

delicate.
has

What

been

for

on

prevalentat

so

was

had

that, what

tightbandaging
gatheringsformed

and

with

the

on

the

iron,

his cheek

of caustic, the

use
a

suffer-

ereat

quantity of
and

neck,

small

causing

pain that he could not remain in


bed
or
anywhere quiet for the two first days and
nights. Now they are drying off,the itchingis such
such

an

amount

of

that he don't know


have

what

to

do

with

himself, and

we

in keeping him from rubbing


difficulty
of sleepthrough
himself. The want
scratching

the greatest
or

pain,etc.,

has

excited him

very

much,

so

that he has

3o6

PRINCESS

been

difficult

very

when

taken

they

has

all along,and his skin


mottled
has

good

worse

and

did not.
He

blood

and

have

shown

'''

speaks

to

else he

spare,

weakness,

would

which

look

all he

after

is,alas ! very

impossibleto keep

him

from

wild,

having

==:

I have

lovelythings

been

playingsome
of Chopin lately,
which
(verydifficult)
'''*

"

will be

care

bleeding should
twice a day as usual
out
quitelost its pinkness and
which
are
signsthat he

well for his age, and

accidents.

all of

great

of

^'

that it will be

so

never

appearance

been

bandages

lest

removed,

are

He

re-commence.

The

to

manage.
and
removed,

be

cannot

course

ALICE.

know

you

admire.

would

February 19th.
got
letter ! That I for-

Darmstadt,
best thanks

My
to

thank

you

for your
at

once

dear
for dear

Grandmama's

very

graph
from
having the lithoprint came
my
of that picturein my room
always before me, and,
though the printfar surpasses it,I am so fond of the
I
that I forgotthe print at the moment
lithograph,
the
Before
that dear picture,
was
writing to you.
children
I recollect so
well, my
painting of which
*

beautiful

sit,and

often

I tell them

of her

who

and

was

ever

room,
dear to us all. In the schoolinexpressibly
in my
sitting-room,in the nursery, there is,
of
the picturesof you and dear Papa, always one

will be

with
dear

so

Grandmama,
the

Duke

and, in my
of Kent

and

room

the

room,
school-

also.

sitting-roomhas only printsand lithographs,


all Winterhalters, of the family: you and Papa, your
at the Coronation,
Raphael's
receivingthe Sacrament
My

from

A
a

privateplate,engraved
pictureby Winterhalter.

for the

Queen

by

the

late Mr.

Francis

Holl,

TRIALS.

307

Bella Jardlnierre,"
and the lovely
"DIsputa" and
littleengraving of yourself from Winterhalter's
ture
picin Papa's room
at Windsor.^'
The Grand
Vicky is coming here on Wednesday.
of Weimar
Duke
Mr.
has kindly allowed
Ruland
to
etc., is very
join us as cicerone : which for galleries,
"

and
Rome
take
courier.
is our
we
no
necessary,
first halting-place
in Italy,
and for years
it has been
dream

my

where

the

be

to

in

that

of

gloriousmonuments
Ages carry one

Middle

the

wish

and

back

wonderful

city,
of

antiquityand
those

to

lous
marvel-

times.
I
art

learningItalian,and studyingthe historyand

am

have,

to

enable

to

necessary

and

see

understand
I

interested
time

Charles

Princess
of Russia

at

join us

Rome

and

he

finest and

will be

with

William

must

sorry
most

"^

will

Marie

probably

it opens

has

forward

whole

for

made

Hotel

\Ye

left the

parting. The
interesting.The
any

in art,
about
mensely
im-

life

new

I have

engraved by the late


given by Her Majesty to
1843.

days

National

Mr.
the

March

Francis

Munich

at

Museum

seen,

Prince

27th.

children well, but very

dear

ever

Rome.

at

us

of March.

Allemagne,

two

at

surpasses
Also

Aunt

that I look

say

journey ;

Rome,
"5f

portant
im-

most

is

all arranofements
the i8th
shall leave here about

Kanne

we

so

then.

he

this

'-*

one.

am

too,

Sorrento

raves.

to

We

time

quite a connoisseur
good historian,quiteat home in Rome,
at

which

to

the

short

entirelyabsorbed and
in these studies justnow,
that I have
not
for other things. My father-in-law,perhaps

monuments.

much

the

in

me,

Holl
Consort

and

in

for the
on

the

were

in its way

originalsis
Queen
26th

from

of

a picture
August,

3o8

ALICE.

FJilNCESS

richer
chen

than

even
was

hosts, and

amiable

mained

with

Brenner,
snow

very

we

came

to

and

us

re-

time.

some

The

Moriers

interestingpeople
left,after eight in the

Otto*

and

the

some

before

Ludwior

evening,

dear

met

we

hours

Two

there.

and

kind

very

Marie-

Aunt

Kensington.

South

covered

was

came,

we

beautiful scenery,

most

"

which

over

like

St. Moritz

Engadine. The journey was very fatiguing.


had
We
a
morning for Bologna, and had to wait
time
for the night train
Florence
three hours
at
enough to drive round and in the town, which is
mountains, colors ! then
most
trees,
lovely. What
!
the fine buildings
in the

"

following-mornins^

The

at

six

we

reached

Rome.

the grand
bright,the distance blue
the sky, cypresses, stone
ruins dark and sharp against
pines,large cork oaks, making up such a beautiful
and
picture. Every day I admire the scenery more

The

sun

was

"

; every

more

with

whole,

in itself w^hich
room.

all

have

we

Bertie

and

told you

of

glimpse of

the

and

dirtypeasant
in one's

little bit

dark

would

one

It is too,
and
seen

or

Campagna, a picturesque
close by, is a picture
tree
like to frame and
hang up
too

beautiful ! To

tell you
tire you.

seeingwould
too, so latelyhave
descriptions,

Arthur's

the

architecture, broken

are

same.

Appia, the grand old road lined with


ruins of splendid
tombs, leadingfrom Albano through
the Campagna
to Rome,
along which St. Paul went,
made
their triumphal
and the great kings and emperors
lead to such a city as
to
entries, is a fit one
The

Rome,
The
*

The

Hesse.

Via

which

ruled

antique
King

of Bavaria

the world.

monuments,
and

those

of

his brother, first cousins

of

the
Prince

Middle
Louis

of

TRIALS.

Ages,

are

I don't

magnificentand

so

know

which

to

incognitodid not
for the
maintain
it),

and

came

had

to

to

see

the

to

8:0

first or

last

admire

most!

long (thougheven

Crown

now

heard

Princess

yet

as

of

us

Prince, and we
mornino;" visit without

did the Crown

as

us,

that
interesting

mention

Our
we

309

Ouirinal, a

entonrao;e.
Palm
*

-^g

Sunday,

Rome,

l-|^g beginning of

gg^^

April 6th.
and

mass

blessingof the palms in St. Peter's this morning,


with a processionand beautiful singing. Whilst
the
procession,with part of the choristers,go outside the
remain
church, some
within, and they respond to
each
other, which
produces a very strikingeffect.
In spite of the bad styleinside of St. Peter's, as a
effect through its
whole
it produces 'a marvellous
wonderful
I

saw

size and
two

richness

Bertie and

much

after him, and

and

yesterday :

convents

which

of decoration.

Alix

and

saw,

where

that he

said

SepolteVive,

the

the

asked

nuns

molto amabile

was

another

but
not
austere,
equally strict one,
where
the Superior told me
that Aunt
Feodore
with
Princess
had paid them
Hohenzollern
visit. Mona
the only gentleman with me
was
signore Howard
and
Their
the ladies, as they never
see
men.
any
idea is,that they spend the whole of their lifein contemplation
and
cannot

pray

so

prayer,

to

as

for those

pray

who

for themselves.
of the

Vatican

and

of the

Capitol,
collection of antiques,
with their enormous
are
very
fine.
The
celebrated Venus, Apollo Belvidere, the
Torso
(which Michael Angelo admired so much, and
when
taken
he could no
to touch
was
see
more
it),
The

museums

the wounded

Gladiator, etc.,

Chapel, with

Michael

are

there.

The

Sistine

Angelo's frescoes, which

are

PRINCESS

3IO

marvellous

the most
certainly
conception,is very
much
Stanze

from

the

when
much

admired

alone

"fascinates

and

smoke,

dust,

terrified

to

see

Ruland

Mr.

is

going
gardens of

beautiful
can

in

see

only

is with

How

In

this

these

much

too

leries
galbe

to

here

since last Sunday.

to

the Villa Ludovisi

this afternoon.

Villa

the

from

which

Professor

Pamfili

remind

thingswhere

many

Osborne

for

ideas

us

Doria

there

the terraces

in.

so

You
would
be
antique ruins, etc.
how
full our
day is from before nine.
excellent cicerone
for picturesand
an

are

The

pictureshe

interest

is

there

sculptures. William
We

all the

Papa,

the

besides

seen,

of dear

tell you.

I cannot

churches

and

Raphael's
lighterthan I

much

such

ing
suffer-

are

etc.

preserved,and
such beauty !

took

me

frescoes

the

expected, and of
thought so often and so
I saw
the originals
of

had

piecesof paintingand

dark, and

far better

are

ALICE.

and

for

his

understood

Gruner

of Osborne.

me

dear

so

most

are

Papa got

his

decorations,
well to

carry

outo

Many
send

to

thanks
an

me

glad that

am

the

not

worse

I have
arrange

all went

off

that you

from

Naples);
return

to

from

shall
Naples, We
days to Castellamare
thence
As

here.

The

April.

Sorrento

to

yet it is

not

hot

all.

at

Rome,
Let

were

for it.

Pompeii, and

here

well, and

so

quite refused going


probably to go for two

(one hour
and

account

having told Lady Churchill


of your
opening of the Park.""

for your

me

thank

opening

you

of Victoria

for your
Park,

in the

April 9th.

letter written
East

end

of

London,

on

on

our

the 2d of

TRIALS.

311

Victoria's

been
birthday. I have never
away
her birthdaybefore, and though we
from her on
see
such fine interesting
things,yet I feel very homesick
for the dear children always. In three weeks
less
or
I shall see
them
again. I look forward all the time
with perfectimpatience,as I am
so
rarelyseparated
from them, and we
much
live so
together. Every
other day Fraulein Kitz and Orchard
write, so that
I have news
daily.
Louis' father wrote
me
to-day, as his sister asks

dear

her

to

us

for the

house

Sorrento

at

2th ; but

for

one

niehts

two

or

rather

deranged from a
sick headache
yesterday, I shall w^ait a day before
It is wet
decide.
and quite cold to-day.
we
We
visited San
Clemente
two
days ago, and
Father
Mulooly took us through the three churches
under
the other.
The
full of
one
was
antique one
and we
walked about
water,
on
ricketyplanks,each
with a lightedtaper, as it is quite dark
there.
It is
the walls telling
most
curious, and the old paintings
on
the legend of St. Clement
are
wonderfullyfull of
done.
expression and feehng for the time they were
1

as

was

"

Rome,
^'

We

Our

got there
The

which

and

kind.

seems

went

in sickness,

my

and

sat

so

with

me,

day, she
had
dispirited,

father-in-law

gentlemen
Empress' yacht

on

to

and

went

morning

for luncheon.

dreadful

headache,

that

next

tired and
with

on

had

The

Sorrento

to

Monday
a
given me

one

Marie

room.

my

at

sun

ended

visit

April 19th.
off well.

I could
and
and

bad

was

my

not

leave

very

dear

Aunt, who

headaches.

some

We

of the

the

followingafternoon
Capri, close by, to see

ladies
in

the

the
blue

grotto.
The

Bay

of

seen
Naples, particularly

from

Sor-

PRINCESS

312

is

rento,

lovely

most

are

breakfasted

Aunt

and

niMit

at

like

"

colors,the outlines
We

ALICE.

so

"

the

perfect.
the

in

together

Marie, and

beautiful dream

mornino-

with

Tuesday we took our leave.


shall go to Florence
We
the 23d, (thefirst station
homeward) ; remain there three or four days ; one
Verona, and

on

then

home.

It is

fatieuine

have
often had people in the
so
journey,and we
rude
carriage,which is very unpleasant some
very
English,going to Sorrento ; they did not know us.
"

April 25th.

Florence,
Your

kind

Thousand
which

wishes

thanks

I shall find

I shall

be

I received

early this morning.

for
on

them, and
ofettinehome.

for

the

presents

glad to have a largephotograph of


yourself. Thirty years! Good-bye, youth! but I
feel quite as old as I am,
though the time has flown
it had
well as it has
flown
as
by so fast. I would
fast ! I look back to the past with great gratitude
to
the Almighty for innumerable
blessings,and pray
lile may

our

headache

so

continue

so

blest.

I have

very

bad

it continually
the
neuralgia
; I have
; and
journey is very, long and tiring.Darling Ernie
wanted
to buy something for
birthday,and he
my
thought a china doll with a bath would be the best.
I am
Beatrice
to write to
glad Victoria remembered
I told her; they are
fond of their Auntie.
as
very
"

Florence

amongst
most

seems

the hills,
over

beautiful
which

town,

and

the situation

the

suburbs

spread,is

picturesque.

I enclose

the last

telegrams from

Sorrento.

remained
We
Jievre du pays which Marie had.
Rome
of poor Alfred.
account
a day longeron
is very patientand hopeful.
The
sends
at the races,
we
saw
King, whom

It is
at

He

you

TRIALS.

his

respects, and

colored

horse

flowers.

sent

I enclose

giving away

your

with

delighted with the


him.
Many thanks

was

you

313

here.

two

from

the

colors

The

I had

""

for the
of

account

already read

interest.

We

must

to

forward

to

an

me

that

and

since

Marie

hours

night to

word

thanks

for

horror

times

torments

morning

the

of

too

me

we

and

when

I think

he

is

at

We

were

at

for every
drag on, and
moments

are

feels

the

so

lost,poor

Mausoleum

with

of

evil to

every

such

bright

the little

miss
so

at

free from

rest,

are

Ernie

June 9th.

death f
darling'ssudden
much, particularly
waking

my

and from
suffering,
I feel quiteresigned. He
was
come,
child.
It seems
so
quiet next door ; I
for we
lived
feet, the coming to me,
sorrow

seems

consolation.

even

but

It

last letter,and

your

sympathy ! The weary


days
bring much pain at times, though there
The

How

parted.

we

of

of comfort, and

ing
morn-

Darmstadt.

Darmstadt,
Tender

row
to-mor-

; next

children

seeinofthe dear

to

age

Duchess

Grand

Verona, twelve

to

Munich,

I look

the

to

go

Monday

cream-

much

gether,
to-

love.
all the

children

yesterdayevening. It is a quiet spot amidst trees


and
the hills and
flowers, with a lovelyview toward
I can't see
one
plain. He loved flowers so much.
along the roadside without wishing to pick it for him.
There
is a
sculptorfrom Stuttgart,who
young
was
accidentlyhere, and, meeting the children, had
asked
of them.
The
permission to make medallions
*

To

l6th

the

of

f The
killed

on

79th Queen's
April.
allusion

the

2glh

is to

of the

Own

the

Cameron

death

of

previous month

Highlanders,
the

at

little Prince

by

fall from

Parkhurst,

Frederick,
a

window.

on

who

the

was

PRINCESS

314

last afternoon

Frittie had

sweet

making

now

ALICE.

lovelybust

sat

him, which

ot

is

he is

getting

like.

very

Wednesday

On

mother-in-law, with her three

my

Thursday
goes to Berlin ; on
will be buried in the Dom.

Uncle

sons,

able

sha'n't be

We

too kind

How
How

and

the

cannot

feels it

until Saturday.

revived

and
impossibility,

an

I could

not

together
We

other.

with

thank

this I

am

leave him

smaller, and

circle has grown

dread

you

of

he

did
has

to

will

you

the children.

drawn

all the

us

parting from

thousand

get

spring,he

sure
or

"

Louis

he

this

absent

me

but

before

out

Osborne

to

us

pleasure of seeing you again ;


leave until after his birthday. If

understand.

more

Adalbert'"''

Seeheim

to

go

of you to have asked


air w^ould have
home

and

rest

to

throw
him
leave, it would
so
command
; and, having been

Our

him, and

to

each

for the kind

times

offer.
Seeheim,
*

time

I
not

may

It is very

do

earnestlyhope
elapsebefore we meet.
I feel very

hot, and
this

To-morrow

house

that

low

and

will be

June
too

22d.

long

unhappy.

full,and

all the

close

by. Had there only been any


other quiet country place to be at, how
gladlywould
I have escaped this.
*
*
*
It is only three weeks
to-day since we
I
took our
! I wish
darlingto his last resting-place
could go there
to-day, but it is too hot and too
Russians,

etc.,

far.
Fritz

and

Darmstadt,
*

Louise
to

Princess

see

of Baden
my

Charles'

came

two

and
parents-in-law
brother, Prince

Adalbert

davs
us.

of Prussia.

ao"o

to

TRIALS.

letter is very

Macleod's

Dr,

I enclose

315

kind.

photographs of

two

unluckilydoes

of which
groups, the negative of one
littleblouse
The
exist any more.
not
had
child

this

carry

lost him

have

to

"

terrible

that

on

on

with

sorrow

In the book

To

darling sweet
shall I

grave

my

fine poem
by
friend," called "Friend
Is

there

me

our
Procter, "Our
grief,
much
so
Sorrow," which expresses

Miss

about

he

one

me.

sent

you

so

is the

My

day.

of

Frittie out

dear

what

myselffeel

deep grief.

Seeheim, June 27th.


*^

It

just four

was

darlino- died, and

our

weight of

felt the whole

shock
not

that

"

whilst

is

grieveand

we

Frittie,and talks
later

hours

to

came

when

of him

me

at

see

happy

Ernie

mourn.

arrived

Marie

Aunt

to

is

He

comfort.

two

on

and

me,

the terrible

and

precious child

the

Mausoleum.

sorrow,

my

But

doubly again.

the

to

went

we

yesterdaysince

weeks

and

at

always

rest,

for

prays

walk

we

does

together.

Monday, and a few


so
was
sympathizing,

At such
motherly,and loving; it touched me much.
she is peculiarly
soft and womanly, and she
moments
children so tenderly. She cried much,
loves her own
who
of the sad death of her eldest girl,
and told me
was

eldest

son

to

was

had

Marie

she

and
to

In

these.

"

lookingat great
I

room

am

all about

remembered

she

such

has

"

toilet this

is very

fond

relieious,

such

sorrows

living in Aunt

now

Frittie in his bath

seen

Sunshine's

her, and

the

She

her.
of

trulyresignedway
as

terrible,irreparableloss her

of the

and

seven,

two

him.

She

evening ;

years

is

ago,

coming

it always amuses

of the children.
Seeheim, July 9th.

There

are

days which

seem

harder

than

3l6

FlilNCESS

Others, and

ALICE.

when

I feel very heartsick, prayer


solitude do me
good.

quietand
I hear

Affie

comes

Thursday

on

and

night.

This

is very
evening the Emperor arrives. Poor Marie
*
How
I feel for the
happy, and so quiet. ''^ *
parents, this onlydaughter (acharacter of Hingebting
the last child
[perfect
devotion]to those she loves),
entirelyat home, as the parents are so much
away
'"*

that
no

the

two

youngest,

of their studies,

account

on

travel about.

more

July 26th.
littlecolored

Seeheim,
"^"'

glad that you have a


pictureof my darling, I feel lower and sadder than
miss him so much,
and
so
ever,
continually.There
is such
between
Ernie
and
a
Sunny, and the
gap
such a pretty pair,and were
become
two
boys were
I was
such companions. Having so many
so
girls,
proud of our two boys ! The pleasuredid not last
than ever
He seems
now.
long,but he is mine more
near
me
always,and I carry his precious image in
heart everywhere.
That can
fade or die I
never
my

low

and

how

to-day that
feel

so

long

and

deep

being one

stillpay

could

for the terrible loss,and

to

do
*

Duke

The
of
How

Grand

Duchess

stand
under-

you

And
be.
griefmust
one's grief,
come
as
having beloved
if through this
as
my

was

them,

to

missing of

the beloved

Marie, who

doubly

are

when

me,

tribute of love

thingfor

words

"

up

any

Seeheim, August 2d.


letter ! I am
feeling
kind

with

love

to

grow

part of the
one

dear

You

not

one

for your

weak

soothing.
does

am

thanks

Many
so

'"-

one

engaged

not

any
on

the

to

make

being able
? -|- I
more

nth

of

July

to

the

Edinburgh.
these

words

Grief
Lies

recall

fillsthe
in his

those
room

of Constance
up

bed, walks

{King John,

of my
absent
and
down
up

child,
with

me,

act

iii.,scene

4)-'

TRIALS.

am

so

to

care

children,and

my

their

and

for them

am

far

words

than

more

where
every-daylife,
us, it is doubly and

our

around

has

that

the

is

of

heart

very

quiet

children

onlythe

treblyfelt,and

into

entered

care,

in the

and

have

we

I miss

greatest

our

describe

can

accustomed

so

daily,that

wants

having Frittie,the objectof

not

of

with

much

317

row
sorour

existence.

with

of trial and

the hour

May

it,and

not

quickly,when
happy, and one
feel

than

more

children
would

in vain !

have

come

one

can

so

should

one

up so
grow
lonor that mine

make

passes

others

undone.

nothing off; and

put

leave

and

one,

nothino-

take

should

day

much

quicklyand

its blessing

The
and

do

good
always so

leaves
ever,

griefbring

but

the

happiness from their home


world's fight,
knowing that they

recollection of love and


into the

with

them

have

there
and

comfort
trouble.

harbor, and

safe

always a

I do

this may
for parents is

hope

goes

to

England to-day.

so

very

am

she

will

we

of her.

bring you
*

settled that
from

fond

endless

After

go to
well that

strong and

her

so

will

see

hope

on

from

Stuffs out
have

me

of all his

his vacant
I

to

her.

reason

gracious parts,
fond

am

is necessary,
Louise
of Baden

change

garments
to be

her ;

us.

his pretty looks, repeats his words,

Remembers

Then

you

much.

Seeheim, August 13th.


been
difficulties it has

the i5th, as
shall go
on
and I have written this
Puts

the case,

I shall miss

the Mainau.

can

we

in

difficult,
being

so

messages

many

are

alwaysfindingthe return.
been a few days here, and

Baillie has

Fannie

they

become

that

though the lesson


without
continually
^z'z/z;^^,
Dear

when

them

encourage

to

arms

open

with

of

his

form

grief.

so

far
and
posed,
pro-

3l8

PRINCESS

How

you

much

going

so

Helene

will

ALICE.

enjoy the

on

is

her

boy" Ernest's
playfellow.

Balmoral

at

here

coming

Poor

age.

for

Louis

joinswith

shall

gratefullyaccept

come

to

Windsor,

with
fortnight
boy, he longs for a

difficultiesfor leave

he

wish

August

6th.
we

should

we

there

saying that

that

trusts
*

then.

in

me

your

and

After

Seeheim,
*

requireit.

must

you

Reuter

rest

will be

no

^'

Seeheim,
*

-:^-

-"-

I could

again on
always

ask

it

if I

I have

and

not,

house

own

You

to

seems

September 7th.
play yet ? I feel as if

can

yet done

not

thrust

when

could

never

littlehands

piano, where

that

if I

as

me

I wanted

In

so.

were

my

play
nearly

play. Away from


home
in England
much
I had played so
sooner.
often lately
that splendid,
touching funeral march of
it is the last thing I
Chopin's, and I remember
played, and then the boys were
running in the
"

to

"

room.

to
came
Mary Teck
nights,so warm-hearted

talk

to

of him

understand
the

how

ending of

Soon

to

those

see

and

me

and
who

I like

love children, and

can

little brightexistence

much
but
;
very
out-door
life,and

my

two

sympathizing.

great the gap, how

I shall have

remained

Louis

back.

intense

the

pain,

causes.

long for

him

change of air, the active


into men's
being quite thrown
refresh
society and
body and
occupations, must
mind.
Here
he has only me,
and
the governess
the Germans
But he is what
children as Umgang.
call ein
We

Haushammel
shall do

the

"

it is what

nothing for

his

he

likes best.

birthday.

The

chil-

TRIALS.

will recite their poems


his parents will come

dren
and

319

and
to

kind

of you
both thank

How
we

when

he

was

sad

world

sweet

"

but

this is

awful

and

Frittie

second

for this.

you

son,

from

out, and

wiped

amonofst

of

imaee
be

to

in the

and

love

much

and

the

pation,
occu-

all

Now
are

sore,

much

so

ended

in

brio-htness

his
as

way

leave

pain,and

for the

remembrance

midst

into

He

all follow

we

anxiety

miss

little struggleand

as

and

come

we

are

many

comfort

my

brio^htface

May

blessed

was

to

circle of children

our

fight very soon.


with as
peaceful,
an

and

pleasureto us both
our
parents'hearts

askino- for the dear

and

Sad

time

7th.

day
birthdarling's

our

loneliness
of my
born, with Louis far away

of dangfer
;

remember

to

tea.

October

Appenzell,

I think

thoughts.

our

five o'clock

our

Heiden,

little things,

write

behind,
of

rest

our

lives !
I can't write

close
your

rooms.

this
after

these

other

fore
subjectto-day,there-

short

lines

with

Darmstadt,
kind of you

14th.

November

"

house

our

here,

full of

so

It will take
can

many

ing
happy and heart-rendthrough continual pangs,

year

to

soften

down,

as

understand.
Buckingham

Beloved

and

from

the
It is very
to ask about
I should
preferlivingin the tapestry rooms
It won't
time.
be like the last time
though

which

your

love

Alice.

recollections, I go
you

much

child,

devoted

^'

any

on

Mama

"

How

Palace,
I
much

preciousletter,and
considerate
sympathy you
dear

20th.

December

thank

for all the


showed

you
true

me

for

love

during

PRINCESS

320

visit !

our
assure

for
had

look

to

back

comforted

and

soothed

will be

and

you,
me

has

It

ALICE.

me,

pleasureand satisfaction
the many
pleasant talks we
a

to

tog-ether.
touched

was

of love

to

Thank
to

me,

always

has

Louis, who

to

tears,

and

us

to

as

devoted

so

by

was,

to

you,

expressions

your

children.

our

you also for all advice, which is so precious


it I shall like to think that I
and in following

doing something that

am

been

told

you

me.

parting from you I cannot


did I like to speak of it,for it was
Neither
too
say.
much, and the harder thingsin life are better borne
for one,
and they
bear them
in silence, as none
can
be fought out by one's self.
must
Ernie
Uncle
Tilla

with

drove

to

her

:":

:":

the dear

more

become

Once

I would

mucli

gQ

natural

to

for

Leopold

is

Writine

me.

from
much

so

both

of

once

best

at

love

and

Beatrice

and

surround

you

kindness

kind

From

and

warm

us

will be

It is fine and

earlyto-morrow
telegraphhow the
Brown

thank

sorry that I missed


*

to

all

to

voted
de-

Alice.

so

Please

Love

gratefuland

your

Buckingham
*

tender

remembrances

child,

about,

on

run

togetherhas

of intercourse

habit

more

thanks

shall

both

the Memorial.*

to

so

to

you,

rei7iplagan,t.

poor

who

see

i^i-^gj-g
jg

now

to

Sunny's hand is better.


me
yesterday, and we

Auntie.

came

loves

endless

send

Irene

and
and

";:-

I felt in

much

How

To

Palace,
and

warm

when
passage

cross

has

been.

for his kind

Consort

in

Hyde

21st.

still. I

we

wishes.

sayinggood-bye

the Prince

December

to
Park.

hope

it
I

over.

am

several.

so

To

TRIALS.

old

The

Baron's

always so painful.
almost
disappearingwas

it. It is

the truth, I dreaded

say

321

of

"'

way

the best.

1874.
the firstmonths

During

the Princess

of this year

of her relations.
seeing many
voted
The
chieflyspent in retirement, and deyear was
sad memories.
On the 24th of May
to many
she gave birth to a daughter,
whose
took
christening
stadt,
placeon the nth of July at Jugenheim, near Darmin the presence
of the Empress of Russia and
child received
the Duke
of Edinburgh. The
the
of Marie
Victoria Feodora
names
Leopoldine.
had

the

hottest part of the

The

enberghe
the great
took
the

of

comfort

for the

summer

of sea-baths.

use

where

Princess'

at

Blank-

In

September
Army Corps

Eleventh

of the

manoeuvres

placein Upper Hesse,


Emperor of Germany.

The

spent

was

the

charitable institutions

Princess

met

all prospering,

were

assuming largerand largerproportions;


grees
was
by dehospital
amongst them the Princess' own
the
slowly approaching completion. It was
and

the

institution she had


be

to

become

of

which

the

Baron

and

nurses,

model

at

for
training-school

training was

be known

most

at

when

he

had
was

of his intention

It

reforms
had

Princess

such

going
was

"

for
was

in

dislike of
from

away
that he

was

intended

to

whose
probationers

also

to

as

serve

sanitaryarrangements

much

so

intended

was

who

those

home

end.

an

those

Slockmar

It

heart.

at

heart.

leave-takingsthat
English Court.

the

alreadygone.

he

never

The

let it

first intimation

PRINCESS

322

When

ALICE.

the

stadt
provisional
English hospitalat Darmin 1870)
(alreadymentioned
during the war
had been taken over
by the Hessian authorities,all
its furniture, appointments, etc., were
left to the
Alice Ladies' Union
for the small hospital
which
it had started, aided by a small body of doctors in
"

"

Darmstadt,

This

pital,"
begun

in

littlehouse
had

one

very

the origin of the

small humble

in the Mauer-Strasse.

undertaken, when

for Aid
their

was

the

to

Sick

the
and

way

The

*'

Alice Hos-

in

cramped

Frauen-Verein

English National
had

Wounded

Society

made

over

hospitalto them, either to build quitea


or
thoroughlyto reorganizethe existingone

the Mauer-Strasse.

There

were

no

funds

to

new
on

build

the
Alice Ladies' Union,"
hospital
; therefore
the other alternative,and this
could only resort
to
carried out to the letter,by additional buildings
was
and
a totally
new
arrangement of its interior. As
found
time
it was
advisable to give the
went
on,
to separate it
a dictinct administration, and
hospital
from
the
Alice Ladies'
Union," placingspecial
have
funds at its disposal.This never
would
come
have proved the sucwould the hospital
to pass,
cess
nor
it did, had it not
for the untiringzeal,
been
and practical
knowledge of
perseverance,
economy,
months
the lady directing
it. During the summer
and
of 1874, a lady well acquainted with German
became
herself
Englishhospitals a trained nurse
Lady Superintendent of the training school for
which gradualand of the hospital
ly,
generally,
nurses,
but surely,
was
gainingin importance.
"

new

"

"

"

TRIALS.

Alice Union

The
made

for the

established

itself

on

Alice

Employment

of Women

was

Buchner

directed

ladies who

from

she

these

whole.

the

The

under

Education

was

Louise

chosen

anxious

receive

to

concerningthe society

Hoiv

Darmstadt, January 12th.


miserable I am
at times in

low and

when
particularly
tell you ! The
impression of
heart-rending.I could cry out
rooms,

Till the first year is round


be borne as
know, and must

I go

all is
for

bed, I

to

so

I know

bereavement
such

different

return,

them.

compare

altered from

the

to

don't

Your

life

very

roots,

mine
think

one

broken

was

through

upset

"

one

sorrow

which

is felt in every

life

thing.

Darmstadt,
On

our

dear

Affie's

you

of little

by

the

loneliness

with

over

mother's

"

one's

well

can

the

which
things awaken
by the world, even
are
family,
scarcelyfelt ; and this ofttimes

clouds

i6th.

griefand your
; but they are

your

lost ; my
life is unchanged, save
in the
heart the blank, the pain which thousands

of sentiment

part of the sorrow!

well what

sorrows,

and

pain sometimes.

this will often

compared

were

cannot

vivid

January
*

by

glad to give it herself


*

and

gether;
harmoniously toas

in matters

and

Of this the

were

most

Princess

the

gentlemen

committee

worked

others

was

basis

of all Classes."

the

All
the

and

as

Society for

the

formed

Princess.

advice

broad

the President, whilst Fraulein

Princess

the

firm

of "The

name

Employment of Women
advance
duringthis year, and

further step in

323

quiet

January 23d.

[PrinceAlfred's]
wedding-

ALICE.

PRINCESS

324

few

day, a
to

tender

not

you

with

busy, and of
has Augusta

all

course

thoughtsare

have

we

here

news

strange

so

seem

My

writes

one

"

only the
they are
to

comes

stantly
con-

Times'
all

too

What

you.

[Lady Augusta Stanley]written, and

Bertie ?

and

Vicky

all,and

no

must

him.

near

them

for

account,

be

to

It

words.

Any

but

accounts

extracts

what

we

other

or

would

see

paper
news-

be

most

welcome.
We

give

dinner

enfourap-e, and

Russian

sends

Louis

all turn

may

pair,in which

and

protect them,

well !

out

glad I
Such

she

am

wife

good, and be
always like to
law

Marie

Affie

make

must

great pleasure

show

them

and

happy,
to

I shall read

think.

letters,and

the

28th.

January

[theDuchess of Edinburgh]
the same
impressionon all. How
I thought and hoped.
is so quite what

Dear
make

to

seems

for

dear

Darmstadt,
*

"^'' *

wishes

warmest

yourselfand the happiness of the


I most
earnestlyjoin. God bless
and

family and

*
Eno^Hsh leQ^ations.

and

his love and

you

the

to-night to

to

do

him

which
yourself,
to

mother-in-

my

Bauerlein.

Both

gratefulfor being allowed to see them.


We
are
going from Saturday to Monday to Carlsand
ruhe.
eldest girls
The
Bauerlein, who is going
for a week, are
to take charge of them
going with us.
*
*
*
have six degrees of heat,
One
day we
will be

the

very

next

two

or

of cold ; it is very

four

February

Carlsruhe,
I have
so

very

littletime

much

before

for the

to

Beatrice.
hear

these

thank

to

enclosures, also

letter through dear


[Stanley]
orateful for beingfallowed

breakfast

some.
unwhole-

the
We

most

2d.

you

Dean's
are

most

interest-

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ing reports ! It bringsevery thing so much nearer.


How
ports
repleasant it is to receive only satisfactory
!
be

anxious, for she is like

very

well.

is far from

Marie

I fear Aunt

I should

fading flower.

were

and
Holsteins, send
family, Hohenlohes
duty. All their respectivechildren and ours
I hope not
to
together yesterdayafternoon.

seem

vain, if it strikes

All the
their

all the children


that amongst
the palm. Victoria is in
away

me

girlsusuallycarry
such
good looks at present
my

real children, and

and

them

retain

and

such

natural

both

they are
I hope

to

able

be

to

lonof.
'^

Sophie Weiss
glad to be
very
of you,

as

to

came

able

how

young

to

see

me

give

her

yesterday. I was
so
good an account

looked

you

I had

when

that

happinessof those few short days at Windsor,


Old Frau von
which
did me
good in every respect.
I went
such
to
Bunsen,
a
see
now
eighty-three,
charming old lady, fresh in her mind, with snowand
the topicshe enhair.
You
white
joyed
Papa were
speaking about, and our brothers and sisters.

great

"

March

Darmstadt,
*

^''

My

nice

Miss

Graves

could

2d.

so

well

anxious
so
Kitty left,but I was
much
inclined
toward
for a German,
though I was
her ; I thought a German
more
important than it
but the individuality
reallyis. Not the nationality
is the first thing ; and here I think I have succeeded
^''
*
*
in findingthe rightperson.

have

taken

when

March

Darmstadt,
%

your

Such

"

hope

exertions.

The

warm

not

were
you
Times

accounts

reception must

have

former

Dresser

of the

the

worst
are

for all

charming.

touched

Queen's,

nth.

Marie,

326

PRINCESS

how

and

shown

and

her house.

We

have

weather.

the Eng^Hsh cHnof to their Sovereipfn

trust

you

absorbed

will have

an

to

our

warms

all difficulties sustain

under

quitewarm
to-morrow.

Ashantee

It has been

one's heart

and
dertaking,

sunshine
from

news

thouorhts.

our

dust, after

and

cold, snow,

last fortnightthe

This

who

ALICE.

has

arduous
dear

their old

so
un-

troops,
for

name

The
bravery and endurance.
poor 420! [Regiment]
lost many
tered
through illness,too ; and I see they enCoomassie
playingthe bagpipes !
Louis is justreadingto me
Sir Hope Grant's book
the Indian
on
Mutiny, which he kindlysent me, and
is interesting
which
and pleasantto read.
I am
takingthe first snowdrops to sweet Frittie's
How
the first flowers he so
dearly loved
grave.
and
recollections which
to
bring tears
eyes,
my
!
I dread
these
two
next
wring my heart anew
months

with

their

flowers

and

their

birds.

Good

bye, darlingMama.
Darmstadt,
for

-;:-

vr

to

Surely Marie

leave

so

almost

seem

know

unknown
of such

hard, and

and

"

all debts

best, owe

feel it very
loving a mother

must

How

wronof.

alwaysseems

nature

man

delicate

April 7th.

of
The

strange

this side

deeply,
must

of hu-

leavingall you love


to, for the
gratitude

most,
paratively
com-

lot of parents is indeed

self-sacrifice.
April nth.

here
would

:i:

they

'pj-jgchildren
have

little to

too

much

compare

an

with

object
; they
things

by a change, seeingother
else they get into a groove, which I know
and people,
is not good. They are very unspoiltin their tastes,
I think of the
and simple and quietchildren, which
greatest importance,.
be

benefited

too

are

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327

tion.
Battenberg has passed a first-rate examinaThe
so
happy, and the influence
parents are
of the
elder
good conduct and steady work

Louis

the

has

brother

the

on

is of the

younger

they wish to follow him,


and
please their parents, as

and

as

be

he

greatest

well

as

spoken of,

does.

use,

-^

April 15th.
You

say

them.

thanks

daughters with

their

up

This

modern

the
^^

want

"^'"

^'"'A

main
too

education
to

the sole
their

marriao-e

objectof
prominent

of the

strive

to

seekingthis as
they can fillup

feel

the

is said to be
English

"

without
to

for your
dear letter of the
fault it is of parents to
what
a
rightly,

best

My

parent

whole

soul.

bring up the girls


objectfor the future
"

lives

for the

well

so

of

sake

When

in
still,

It does

long an

^^

absence.

not

of devotion

about
dutiful

after

cease

to

remain

with

Is it not

place?

duty

I should

do

one's

ever

'''""

much

thought so
daughters, etc., and

wanted.
one's

to

it filled my
degree, and

April 23d.

Darmstadt,
*

is

"^'""
*
)'^""

make

great

otherwise.

marriage

home,

at

was

[homesickness]does

Heimweh
so

is.

feature in

hia-her classes.

can
surelythe greatest mistake a woman
I know
what
an
absorbing feelingthat

one's

13th.
bring
marrying

of

think

parent

when

feel it

no

it so
as
one

remarks

your

natural

long as
else

can</