ADOLPHUS , PRINCE OF TECK AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed.
Adolphus Charles Alexander Albert Edward George Philip Louis Ladislaus, born Prince of Teck, later styled Duke of Teck and, from 1917, Marquess of Cambridge. Great grand-son of George III and younger brother of Queen Mary, the wife of George V.
ALS. 3pp. Barracks, Hounslow. March 14th [no year] circa 1890. To "Dear Nicholls".
"Just a line to say how sorry I am to have given you so much trouble. I cannot get away in the morning for the next month as we are doing our squadron course. I suppose there will be no afternoon practice before the race. If there is any, any afternoon except Friday or Thursday will do me. Yours sincerely, Adolphus of Teck."
Bifolium. 12mo. Approx 15 x 10 cms. Fine.
The letter, although not dated, was written sometime between 1888 and 1895. The letterhead bears the death's-head motif of the 17th Lancers "Death or Glory" embossed in upper left corner. Adolphus of Teck was a serving officer in the 17th Lancers from 1888 and transferred to the 1st Life Guards in 1895. The letter is written from the barracks in Hounslow where his cavalry troupe were evidently engaged in training or manoeuvres. With the anti-German sentiment that prevailed after the outbreak of the First World War, Adolphus's brother-in-law, George V, dropped the Germanic sounding family names and adopted the name of Windsor. By Royal Warrant, Adolphus renounced his German titles and adopted the name Cambridge.