(of Saxe-Meiningen, 1792-1849, Queen of William IV, Adelaide, Australia is named after her)
Charming Autograph Letter Signed 'Adélaide', as the recently widowed Queen Dowager to "My dearest Mary"
sending her best wishes for her birthday and hoping she has many more in better health than she has been having, hoping that her next year will be "a happy one after all the misery of the last ... I hope I shall hear a good account of yourself that you feel better and stronger and are able to go out again. I am also very anxious about our dear Emily Winchilsea and beg to tell me your opinion of her State. Adolphus has been paying me a visit & has just left us again to return to town. He looks much better than when I last saw him but has not recovered his spirits yet, which I cannot wonder at. It is difficult after such losses as we have sustained & such scenes as we have gone through to regain composure even, & much less one's usual spirits, yet it is not impossible, when one seeks for consolation & support from the only source where it can be obtained. There it never fails. I am going on pretty well, but I feel my aches very much & have been suffering much from Rheumatic pains ... I take as much exercise in the open Air as the weather will allow & feel always benefitted by the Air which agrees here better with me than that of Brighton ..." she ends with the hope that Augusta has recovered, 4 sides 8vo., on mourning paper, St Leonard's, 18th December