Balmoral – 18 November 1874
Accept my warmest and most loving good wishes for many, many happy returns on your dear birthday, and for many, many more in health and happiness, and growing yearly in wisdom, unselfishness, humbleness and trust in God’s love and mercy in all things. Your position is, as every Royal person’s is, a very difficult one for they have not their position to earn, and yet surrounded by flatterers, who are the first to abuse you behind your back!
About dear Charlotte1 I must repeat that you are really not doing her good by forcing her on with her lessons for she will not get stronger and not grow if she is overworked. I assure you that it is of as much importance as the bodily treatment and believe me that education is very much overdone in all classes.
I am very sorry indeed about this article in the Blackwood by H. Knollys. It is very mischievous! People should really be careful. I hear he speak very gratefully of the treatment he received.2