[William Ewart Gladstone, as Prime Minister, to the Duchess of Edinburgh (Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia).] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone'), sending her 'specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented'

William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister [Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1874-1900), daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Duchess of Edinburgh as wife of Prince Alfred]
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On letterhead of Hawarden Castle, Chester. 13 December 1883.

2pp, 12mko. In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight discoloration along central horizontal fold. Addressed to 'Her Imperial & Royal Highness | The Duchess of Edinburgh'. Reads: 'Madam | At Windsor Your Imperial & Royal Highness was good enough to say I might send these specimens of labour performed in a field which is now not much frequented | Under cover of the permission thus accorded, I take the liberty allowed, and add my request that it may not entail the trouble of any acknowledgment | I have the honour to be | Your I. R. Highness's | most faithful humble servant | W E Gladstone'.

[Father Basil E. Popoff, Chaplain of the Russian Embassy.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Kapoustin'

Basil E. Popoff (d.1877), Chaplain of the Russian Embassy and to Marie Alexandrovna, Duchess of Edinburgh
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32 Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, W. [London]. 11 January 1870.

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly aged. Neatly and closely written. There has been a Russian Orthodox Church serving the Embassy in London since 1725, and this was a purpose-built 'Embassy Chapel' at 32 Welbeck Street from 1866 to 1922. Popoff writes that in 'the absence of my father [Eugene Popoff], who is now in St. Petersburg', he is answering Mrs Kapoustin's letter.

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