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July 27


On this day in 1836 Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia was founded. Named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded the planned capital for a freely-settled British province in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide's founding fathers, designed the city and chose its location close to the River Torrens, in the area originally inhabited by the Kaurna people. In 1824 Alexandre Dumas fils was born. He was a French writer and dramatist, best known for Camille. He was the son of Alexandre Dumas, père, also a writer and playwright. He was admitted to the Académie française in 1874 and awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1894.

A DANCE WITH THE DUKE ADELAIDE (of Saxe-Meiningen, 1792-1849, Queen of William IV, Adelaide, Australia is named after her) Charming Autograph Letter Signed ‘Adélaide’, as the young Duchess of Clarence, in French with transcription and translation, to ‘Ma chère Princesse’, saying she is “very sorry ... to learn by your note that you were not well yesterday Evening ... I am very glad ... you retired when you found yourself unwell, and I pray you, Madame, to do so every time you feel the need, for I will be very vexed to see you suffering out of too great politeness towards myself ... I ... do not feel at all tired even though I danced a Waltz with the Duke of Devonshire”, (William, 1790-1858, from 1811 6th Duke), and wishing her “a good night” and “to believe me with great regard, Madame, Your very devoted [‘affectionnée’] Adelaide”, 3 sides 8vo., “Tuesday Evening”, no date, circa.1818 - 1820 55790

[DUMAS (Alexandre, 1824-1895, fils, French Novelist, Playwright and Writer on Morals and Society)] Unsigned carte de visite photo by F. Mulnier showing him head and shoulders, 4¼” x 2½”, no place, no date


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