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VICTORIA (1819-1901) & LOUISE LEHZEN (1784-1870) Document Signed
Name: VICTORIA (1819-1901) & LOUISE LEHZEN (1784-1870) Document Signed
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Alexandrina Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Great Britain, Empress of India. Johanna Clara Louise Lehzen, governess and companion to Queen Victoria. 

Autograph signature of Queen Victoria on her monogrammed personal stationary, with the date in her hand "August 8th 1842". TOGETHER WITH the original letter cover front in the hand of Baroness Lehzen "Captain Seymour, with Baroness Lehzen's best compliments".

A nice, bold example of the young Queen's signature.  Victoria was then aged just 23 years.  She had acceded to the throne five years earlier.  Unusually, Victoria has signed her name purely as a presentation autograph, presumably at the request of her very influential companion and former governess, Baroness Louise Lehzen, who has obtained it for Captain Seymour.  Captain Seymour is probably Captain Sir Francis Seymour, who had become Prince Albert's groom-in-waiting following Albert's marriage to Victoria in 1840.

8vo. Approx 18 x 11 cms. Mounting residue to blank versos. Very good.


The date of the document is a fairly marked one in Victoria's reign. It was 8 weeks or so after a failed assassination attempt by John Francis and a month after a second attempt had been made on her life. Her mentor, Lord Melbourne, had been driven from power, the Whigs had been defeated in the election and Sir Robert Peel had become Prime Minister. Many of her former Whig courtiers were displaced. Victoria's household had, until this time, been largely run by her childhood governess, Baroness Louise Lehzen from Hanover.  She had become, by this time, a sort of secretary to the Queen but her influence ran far deeper. "Dear, good Lehzen" had been a formative influence on the young Victoria and she had largely replaced Victoria's mother, both in terms of influence and affection. Lehzen had opposed Coburg ambitions of Victoria marrying Albert, believing the princess to be a "second Queen Elizabeth", virgin and independent of male influence and she had also protected and supported her against the Kensington System.  Albert, however, thought that Lehzen was incompetent and that her mismanagement threatened his daughter's health. After a furious row between Victoria and Albert over the issue, Lehzen was pensioned off in 1842, and Victoria's close relationship with her ended.


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