Lot 756: Edward Viii


2015-07-10 15:43:24


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Lot 756: Edward Viii: (1894-1972) King Of The United Kingdom January - December 1936. Later Duke Of Windsor. A Fine, Long A.L.S., David, (Twice; At The Conclusion And Again At One Interval In The Letter), Twelve Pages, 4To, At Sea, 5Th - 11Th August 1919, To His Mistress Freda Dudley Ward ('My Very Own Darling Darling Beloved Little Fredie'), On The Printed Stationery Of H. M. S. Renown. The Prince Writes His Letter, In Pencil, Over A Period Of Six Days At The Start Of His Tour To Canada, Beginning In A Romantic Vein, 'It'S Hell For Me To-Night (& Is Going To Be Till My Return) Loving You, Wanting You & Missing You! You Just Can'T Think What A Huge Whole In My Life Our Parting & Your Absence Makes Sweetheart & I Now Have To Face €Œthe Great Blank†& Feel So So Terribly Lost & Lonely Without You Darling & The Thought That I Can'T See You For Over 3 Months!! I'M So So Miserable To-Night & Am On The Verge Of Crying. It'S A Cruel Separation As We Both Love Each Other & It All Seems So Unnatural Somehow After The Last 5 Months When We Hardly Missed A Day That We Didn'T Meet At Least Once!! And This Last 3 Weeks Has Been Heaven Angel The Most Marvellous Weeks Of All Don'T You Think?€¦.We Both Mean Every Thing To Each Other, Everything That Really Matters….I Just Can'T Tell You How Much More Than Ever Your Crying & Being So Upset At Our Parting Has Made Me Love You Love You Sweetheart Mine. How I Loathe Myself Now Darling For Seeming So Cold About It All As I Know I Did The Last 24 Hrs In London; I Can'T Think What Came Over Me As I Was So Crammed Full Of Love….You Were So Divinely Sweet To Really Mind My Leaving England Had A Little To Do With My Pulling Myself Together So As Not To Be Too €Œsloppy†As I Didn'T Want To Upset You Any More!! My Last Sight Of You Sweetheart Is More Divinely Marvellous Than Any That Man Could Hope For Parting From The Woman He Loves….Its Such A Joy To Think That The Last Bed I Got Into In England Was Yours, I Couldn'T Get Into Mine At St. James'S Palace Yesterday At 6.00 & I'M So So Glad That I Didn'T Now!!', Continuing To Apparently Refer To A Keepsake From His Mistress, 'Mrs. Thpider Is Worrying Me To Death From My Watch Chain Trying To Get Back To Mr. Thpider In His House & She Is Vewy Angwy With Me For Taking Her Away From Him. Sweetheart I'M So So Happy With All My Precious Sacred Little Souvenirs Of You; First All My Photos, Then All My 3 Rings, My Disc Which You'Ve Scratched & Bitten & My Cigarette Case With Your Divine Scratches & Last But Not Least That Lovely Match Box Which I Love So & Then There'S Your Sweet Little Sponge…' And Further Writing 'This Is A Marvellous Ship & I Have A Very Comfortable & Luxurious Cabin….The Officers Seem A Nice Lot Tho' I Haven'T Seen Much Of Them As I'Ve Been Keeping Away From Every Body As Much As Possible….Got Some Exercise After Tea Playing €Œmedicine Ball†On The Quarter Deck…I Must Keep Fit For Canada, Otherwise I Shan'T Be Any Good.' (6Th August), 'I'Ve Only Just Got Away From The Ward Room Sweetheart Where I Dined This Evening; They Are A Nice Cheery Crowd & We'Ve Been Bear Fighting & Playing Vewy Wough Games Ever Since. 2 Films Of The Ship'S Cinema (One Even Charlie Chaplin) Which Were Put On Directly After Dinner!!€¦I'M Learning Such A Lot In This Marvellous Ship Or Rather Rubbing Up My Scanty Naval Knowledge, It Bores Me Stiff Really Darling…' (7Th August), 'I'M More Bored & Restless & Lonely Than I'Ve Ever Been In My Life!! I'M Just Longing To Get Across & Land On The Other Side & To Start Work; Speeches Etc. Will Keep Me Busy & I Shall Welcome Them As They Will Help Me In My Loneliness & Prevent My Brooding A Little Tho. Not Much….Oh! I Am A Thoroughly Hopeless Case For Which There Is Only One Cure & That Is To Be Returned To England At Once!!€¦.Piers Legh Is Keeping (& Is Going To Keep) The Staff Diary My Copy Of Which I'M Going To Send You Sweetheart To Keep For Me; He Asks To Be Remembered To You Darling….He'S Far More Of A Friend To Me Than Claud Hamilton Is Or Ever Could Be!! Claud Is So Cold & Hard & He Just Doesn'T Know That The Word Sympathy Exists!!€¦'(8Th August), '€¦We'Ve Only Been Steaming At 16 Knts. Since We Left England On Account Of The €Œdragon†& To-Night We Are Only Doing 10 Knts. As We Expect To See Ice Bergs In The Early Morning & Shall Be Amongst Them All To-Morrow. I Wonder If You'Ve Ever Seen One Sweetheart?€¦.This Afternoon We Had Some Revolver Practice & There Was The Cinema Going After Dinner As Usual….You Have My Very Latest Programme Haven'T You Sweetheart? I'M Really Hopelessly Vague About It All & Don'T Know The Sequence Of The Cities, Towns & Places I Am To Visit Let Alone The Dates!! But I Don'T Care & Am Not Worrying About Anything Much….Except Perhaps All The _ _ Speeches I Shall Have To Make Everywhere & They Won'T Be Any Worse Than In England I Don'T Suppose!! But Its Going To Be Hell Having To Make Them Far From My Darling Little Mummie, A Thing I'Ve Never Had To Do Before; Oh! Why Are Fate & The Way Of The World So Unkind Sweetheart To Prevent Us Living & Travelling About Together Toi Et Moi!!€¦.This Is My Very First Ocean Trip Sweetheart I'M Ashamed To Say & So Altho Brought Up In The Navy Its All A New Experience For Me!!€¦' (9Th August), '€¦.Its…Been Sunday & I'Ve Been & Am So Terribly Home Sick Beloved One Thinking Of Last Sunday & I'M More Lonely And Miserable Than Ever; What A Divine Day That Was & My Memories Of It Are As Sacred As All My Memories Of Very Own Darling Precious Little Fredie Wedie….I Simply Loathe Being Separated From You Like This Sweetie Its Too Bl_ _D_ For Words & Is So Terribly Depressing & I Do Feel So Hopelessly Lost….' (10Th August), 'I Enclose All The Photos & The Diary (No Longer Present) Written Up To Yesterday Tho The Latter Is Too Ridiculously Pompous For Words Darling & Will Bore You To Death; In Fact I Know You Won'T Even Read It Tho I Only Send It To You To Keep For Me As It Will Be A Useful Record. It'S More Or Less Official & Is Sent To H.M. Tho' I Call It Balls!!€¦To Think That But For A Hard Fight On My Part (Knowing It Was The Right Thing For Me To Do) I Shld. Never Have Set Out On This Trip At All. But I Suppose We All Have A Job In The World Tho Mine Is A Blâ¬_ _D ¬_ One & No Mistake & How I Loathe It & All These Camouflaged Stunts & Having To Do The Dud Hero!! It Does Go Against The Grain…' And Concluding 'Mrs. Thpider Joins Me In All I Say & Hopes That Mr. Thpider Is Not Going Out Too Much During Her Absence. She Is Nearly As Jealous As I Am Darling….Bless You Bless You For Ever & Ever Sweetheart All All My Great Huge Love Which Is Far More Desperate Than Ever. Your Loving & Devoted & Adoring & Upwardly Heartbroken & Miserable Little David Tho Deep Down He'S The Happiest Man In The Whole Wide World Knowing That His Fredie Wedie Loves Him!! But If Only She Would Read His Heart!!' (11Th August). Accompanied By The Original Envelope Hand Addressed By The Prince In Ink And Bearing A Black Wax Seal To The Verso. A Letter Of Excellent Content. 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. Piers Legh (1890-1955) British Soldier And Member Of The Royal Household, Equerry To The Prince Of Wales From 1919-36. Lord Claud Hamilton (1889-1975) British Soldier And Courtier, Equerry To The Prince Of Wales From 1919-21. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £1000 - 1200
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