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Catalog Number 2005.23.1
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Black edged 4 1/2" x 7 1/4" letter from Windsor Castle. From Queen Victoria to George Peabody.

"The Queen hears that Mr. Peabody intends shortly to return to America and she would be sorry that he should leave England without being assured by herself how deeply she appreciates the noble act of more than princely munificence by which he has sought to relieve the wants of the poorer class of her subjects residing in London. It is an act as the Queen believes wholly without parallel, and will carry its best reward in the consciousness of having contributed so largely to the assistance of those who can little help themselves.

The Queen would not however have been satisfied without giving Mr. Peabody some public mark of her sense of his munificence and she would gladly have conferred upon him either a Baronetcy or the Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, but that she understands Mr. Peabody to feel himself debarred from accepting such distinctions. It only remains therefore for the Queen to give Mr. Peabody this appearance of her personage feelings which she would further wish to mark by asking him to accept a miniature portrait of herself which she will desire to have painted for him and which when finished can either be sent to him in America or given to him on the return which she rejoices to hear he meditates, to the Country that owes him so much."
Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room
Physical characteristics Black edged folded paper letter.
Creator Queen Victoria
Title March 28, 1866 Letter from Queen Victoria to George Peabody
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, Massachusetts.
Collection Local History Resource Center
Parent ObjectID 2014.10.10
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