Lot 342: The last Tsar of Russia (born 1868) who reigned from 1894 until he was deposed in 1917. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, Nicholas, Empress Alexandra, and their children were imprisoned and finally executed on July 17, 1918. ALS in Cyrillic, one page both sides, 4 x 6, black-bordered Anichkov Palace letterhead, January 30, 1895. Letter to a member of the Orlov family, in full (translated): "It is better late than never: sending you the money for the lampshades. With deep sorry I've been following the illness of the poor little Orlov. What a horrible disaster! From all my heart expressing condolences to the unfortunate husband. I hope you will recover soon." In fine condition. Nicholas II spent much of his childhood at Anichkov Palace, an imperial castle in Saint Petersburg, and the family celebrated some of their happiest events and festivities there. Just two months before this letter, Alexander III passed away, making 26-year-old Nicholas the newly consecrated Tsar of Russia. Despite being under-prepared and mostly unskilled, Nicholas quickly became an extension of his father's conservative policies, concentrating his attention on the smaller details of administration and his role as head of Russia's Eastern Orthodox Church. A sought-after early letter from the start of his reign.
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