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Queen Mary II
TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED ("MARIE R"), TO ANNE, COUNTESS OF NOTTINGHAM,
vibrant and informal letters of court gossip, including for example comments on the imminent remarriage of the elderly Earl of Strafford ("...I confesse my L[or]d has no time to losse being he will have an heir, but I pitty the pore creature who will be drawn very neer a sin, if her good nature keep her from wishing his death good sence will make her find the Joynture so much a better thing than that husband that she can never be sory when it hapens..."), the second letter sending a gift of tea, also hoping the rumours that she had suffered the death of a child were incorrect and wishing her the successful birth of a child, 6 pages, 4to, Whitehall, 16 August 11 September 1694, the first letter with weakened section and small holes where text has been erased from the final blank, spotting, browning

A charming pair of letters revealing the informal personality of Mary II. These letters were written to Anne (née Hatton), Countess of Nottingham (1668-1743), who had been appointed a Lady of the Bedchamber in 1691. These letters were written during one of Lady Nottingham's many confinements; she had 22 children, and even the Queen, although she writes that she looks forward to hearing whether the new baby is a boy or a girl, was moved to add that "I think after the number you have tis not much matter which".


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