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The Queen's letter

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The following letter was written by command of the Queen to the Mayor of Wolverhampton, by Lieutenant-General the Hon. C. Grey, Private Secretary to Her Majesty, on the day after her visit to the town.

Windsor Castle, December 1st, 1866

My Dear. Sir John,

An official answer to your address will be sent from the Home Office. The Queen has desired Mr. Walpole also to express her satisfaction with all the arrangements made for her reception, yesterday, at Wolverhampton. But Her Majesty is anxious that you should hear, less formally, and, as it were, more directly from herself, how much she was gratified by the heartiness and cordiality of the reception she met with from every individual of the vast assemblage that yesterday filled your streets, and how deeply, how very deeply, she was touched by the proof which the day's proceedings afforded of the respect and affection entertained at Wolverhampton for the memory of her beloved husband. The arrangements for the preservation of order and to prevent confusion were beyond all praise, but even these would hardly have been sufficient had you not been seconded by the excellent disposition of the people themselves. I have also been requested by Princess Christian to say how much she has been gratified by the kindness shown yesterday to herself and Prince Christian, and that she will have much pleasure in wearing the beautiful bracelet presented to her at the station, as a remembrance of a most interesting and gratifying day.

Believe me,

yours very faithfully,

C. GREY.


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