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Extracts from diaries and letters written between July 29 and August 4


July 31

1837, Langenburg, Germany

[To her half-sister Queen Victoria, a month after the latter ascended to the British throne at the age of 18] You have no idea what a feeling it is, to hear and read of you, and to think that it is you, my own dear sister, who are the object of general observation, and, I may say, admiration; it is sometimes like a dream. For those who are near you it is quite different than for me, who have not seen you yet in your new position, but must represent to myself all through the report of others. The description in the papers of you proroguing Parliament I read with great interest; it must have been an imposing moment for you, your standing for the first time in your life in the middle of that assembly where the interests and welfare of your country are discussed and decided upon. It is with pride, pleasure and anxiety that I think of you at the description of such scenes and occurrences...

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