Octavo, 3 pages (the first three pages of a bifolium) on mourning stationery.
Creases where folded for posting; splitting at the folds; some tape residue where previously mounted (and with slight loss to the bottom corners of the second leaf, well clear of any text); in very good condition.
The Queen Dowager writes (circa 1840s): 'Marlborough House, March 19th. My dear Lady Lansdowne, Lord Howe having informed me of your kind invitation to a Ball at your House, I hasten to thank you for remembering me & to make my own excuses. My dancing days are over as you know & I do not appear any more at great Parties, which do not agree with my health. I must therefore decline the pleasure of coming to you, but hope that you will call some morning to see me. In the mean time I beg you to believe me most truly, Your affec. & obliged, Adelaide'. Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the consort of King William IV (1830-1837), is best remembered by her namesake, the capital of South Australia.
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the consort of King William IV (1830-1837), is best remembered by her namesake, the capital of South Australia.