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Simpson, Wallis
AUTOGRAPH NOTE, TO EDWARD, PRINCE OF WALES
"WE do remember last March 12th[.] I hope these will never be the 'missing links'.", 1 page, 8vo, headed stationery of the Prince of Wales (the first "E" in the note formed from the letterhead cipher) at St James's Palace, London, integral autograph address panel ("H.R.H. The Prince of Wales"), [?12 March 1935], mounted, framed and glazed, original folds 
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Provenance

Property from the Collections of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Sotheby's, New York, 19 February 1998, lot 474

Catalogue Note

A RARE SURVIVING EARLY NOTE FROM WALLIS SIMPSON TO THE PRINCE OF WALES. When the note was sold in the 1998 Windsor sale it was accompanied with a dried gardenia, but this has since crumbled to dust. The note dates from 1935, after the two had begun referring to themselves as "WE" (taking the initial letters of their names) in their correspondence. However the significant date of "last March 12th" surely refers to 12 March 1934, which fell during the period when the love affair between the two was first ignited. The Prince's mistress, and Wallis's friend, Lady Furness had left for the US on 25 January 1934. In her memoir Furness recalls asking Wallis to "look after" the Prince during her absence; when she returned on 22 March, she soon discovered that "she had looked after him exceedingly well" (Bloch, Wallis & Edward: Letters 1931-37 (1986), pp.84 and 91). This note was probably written on the anniversary of the date being commemorated, when Wallis Simpson was certainly staying at St James's Palace (she wrote another letter on St James's Palace stationery on 13 March 1935).  

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London