CAROLINE AMALIE of Denmark - Autograph Letter Signed welcoming Elizabeth Fry to Denmark
CAROLINE AMALIE, Queen Consort of Denmark (1796-1881)
Autograph Letter Signed (“Caroline Amelie”), to “Chère Madame Fry!”, welcoming the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry to Denmark.
1 page 8vo in French, n.p., n.d. [annotated in another hand “1842”, but more likely 1841].
Trans: “The bearer of these lines, Mr. Pauli, is a young pastor of the parish of the castle, who concerns himself with the improvement of prisons and the spiritual care of the prisoners. All this is in a deplorable condition here, may God bless your coming.”
The date of the letter is most likely 1841, when Elizabeth Fry travelled to the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark to advise on prison reform in those countries, having already done much to ameliorate conditions in British prisons.
Caroline Amalie, wife and consort of Christian VIII of Denmark, was famed for her work on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged in the kingdom, and it is entirely in character for her to greet the Quaker reformer with such warmth.
Caroline Amalie was herself born into the Danish royal house, as the daughter of Princess Louise Auguste, daughter of Christian VII of Denmark (or, quite possibly, Johann Friedrich Struensee) and Caroline Matilda, sister of George III of Great Britain.
The letter is directed at the bottom as being sent “by Mrs. WH Leatham”, wife of the Liberal politician William Henry Leatham, and a relation of Elizabeth Fry.
Another hand has annotated, below Caroline Amalie’s signature “Queen of Denmark”.
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