From the Queen to the German Crown Princess – Windsor Castle, 17 December 1878
I saw Sir William Jenner1 this morning. He saw her frequently the last day – and she seemed so pleased to see him, grasped his hand, and was delighted with the letter I sent through him. “Dear handwriting,” she said, “I am sorry for all the anxiety this causes dear Mama.”
She did not suffer much he thinks that day – and sank from exhaustion very, very much like beloved Papa – and the same day, how wonderful yet how touching – united in their end as in their lives. She had his unselfishness and courage and, I fear, his want of virality.
The feeling here is quite wonderful. It is as much as in ’61. From the highest to the lowest all feel not only for me – but deplore her untimely – and as they said in one of the papers “holy death” – for she gave her life for her children.
Oh! That it can be my own loved child – and that dread for infection which I think very shocking should deter Fritz2 and others from going there. I do think it very distressing. Poor Louis3 feels it awfully.4