JENNER Sir William - Autograph Letter Signed 1883 inviting the Duke of Albany
Sir William JENNER (1815-1898)
Autograph Letter Signed (“W. Jenner”) to “My dear Collins” [Sir Robert Collins, Comptroller of the Royal Household], asking whether the Duke of Albany [Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold] would “greatly favor me” with his attendance at the Conversazione at the Royal College of Physicians.
3 pages 8vo, 63 Brook Street, 13 June 1883.
“It is most probably the last year that I shall fill the office of President of the Royal College of Physicians. Last year HRH the Duke of Albany honoured the College with his presence but he came so late that the Prince of Wales had left & the rooms were nearly empty as all had given up hopes of his attending. Now my object in writing is to ask if he will so greatly favour me personally & the Fellows generally as to be present at the Conversazione at the College July 4th.
I write to you as I suppose it is the best & most proper way of bring[ing] the invitation under His Royal Highness consideration.”
A distinguished physician, Sir William Jenner was appointed one of Queen Victoria’s doctors, and attended Prince Albert in his final illness. The Duke of Albany, who Jenner particularly liked and respected, died a year after this letter, at the age of only 30. A haemophiliac, he slipped, fell, and died of a haemorrhage.
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