GEORGE V. 15263

£300

Description

Letter Signed ‘George’, while recovering from typhoid at Sandringham during January 1892, just before the death of his elder brother, to Lionel Sanders, with whom he served in the Royal Navy, thanking Sanders for the letter and photograph sent from Malta, saying he is “getting stronger each day”, discussing the Navy. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, the text in the hand of a friend, signed by Prince George. In good condition, one small hole at centre fold. Sandringham Norfolk, 3 January 1892 [dated 1891 in error]. King George V (reigned 1910-1935). The letter is dated 1891, but this is a common error of year (made in January); in January 1891 Prince George was at sea in command of HMS Thrush. In January 1892 he was convalescing at Sandringham. In November 1891 Prince George, usually of exemplary health except for seasickness, suffered a serious bout of typhoid. He had barely recovered when Prince Albert Victor died of influenza and pneumonia. On 14 January 1892 Prince George thus became the second in line to the throne and in due course was encouraged, especially by his grandmother, to propose to his dead brother’s fiancée. He mourned his brother, with whom his youth had been so closely intertwined. [DNB]