Lot 415: Edward Viii
(1894-1972) King of the United Kingdom January - December 1936. Later Duke of Windsor. A.L.S., David, and again with his initial D at the conclusion of a postscript, two pages, 4to, Ottawa, 28th & 29th August 1919, to his mistress Freda Dudley Ward (â€˜My very own darling beloved little Fredie Wedieâ€™), on the printed stationery of Government House. Writing in pencil, the Prince of Wales informs his lover that he reached Ottawa â€˜after a pompous arrival & presentation of addressesâ€™ to find a letter from her waiting for him, continuing to refer to her recent trip to Scarborough and a meeting with Mrs. Shaughnessy, â€˜I know her so little but sheâ€™s certainly a divine woman all Iâ€™ve seen of her & so sympathetic & Iâ€™m so glad we had those 2 little â€œparties a quatreâ€ before Legh and I went away as it has established a great bond between him & me & makes such a difference!! He heard from Mrs. S. to-dayâ€¦.she wants him to go downâ€¦.to see her this week end & Iâ€™ve told him to go tho I fear he wonâ€™t!!....He does love that woman so madly!! Heâ€™s almost as desparately & pathetically in love as your little boy is sweetheart thoâ€™ that isnâ€™t possible!!â€™, further mentioning the sale of his car (â€˜Iâ€™m cabling home to find out the exact price Barker gave me as I canâ€™t remember exactly, so typical of meâ€¦.â€™) and a party at a Country Club which he has just returned from and which he found better than others, â€˜not better on account of the women darling as they were as plain as usual but the dinner & supper were wet & then we danced out of doors on canvas stretched on a bowling green which made a good floor & it was nicely lit up!!â€™, also commenting on a garden party which â€˜meant shaking hands with over 1000 people again. My poor right hand was so sore & bruised after Toronto but itâ€™s worse than ever nowâ€™ and reflecting â€˜but Iâ€™m rather a wreck altogether angel as besides being worked to death physically Iâ€™m always worrying my head off about everything & have become the completist pack of nerves & live on them entirely!! Itâ€™s all such a strain & itâ€™s very wearing having to pull oneself together & face & address huge crowds several times a day besides the many set speeches I have to produceâ€™. The Prince concludes his letter in French â€˜Bonne nuit et au revoir Fredie petite amour Cherie; tou petit David, tâ€™aime et tâ€™adore le plus en plusâ€™ and also writes in a postscript â€˜this long separation is absolutely cruelty to a child!!....Blesss you, bless you & God keep you safe. Take the very greatest care of your sweet precious darling little self tho. I trust Mr. Thpider, who sends his love to Mrs. Thpiderâ€¦.Forgot to tell you that I heard from Bertie [his brother, the future King George VI] last mail & he gave me news of you!â€™ Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed in ink by the Prince and bearing a black wax seal to the verso. VG Freda Dudley Ward (1894-1983) Marquesa de Casa Maury. English Socialite, the mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales from 1918-23. Ward remained a close confidante of Edward's until 1934 when his relationship with Wallis Simpson began. ]
Estimate: £1000 - 1200
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