The Wild West in England

By William F. Cody; Frank Christianson | Go to book overview

THE PRINCE PRESENTS ME
WITH A DIAMOND PIN

The appended letter of thanks from Marlborough House after this interesting gathering will probably be of as much interest to my readers as it was to myself:

Marlborough House,
Pall Mall, S.W.

Dear Sir:—Lieut.-General Sir Dighton Probyn,
Comptroller and Treasurer of the Prince of Wales’s
household, presents his compliments to Colonel Cody
and is directed by his Royal Highness to forward him the
accompanying pin as a souvenir of the performance of the
Wild West, which Colonel Cody gave before the Prince
and Princess of Wales, the Kings of Denmark, Belgium,
Greece and Saxony and other royal guests on Monday
last, to all of whom, the Prince desires Sir Dighton
Probyn to say, the entertainment gave great satisfaction.
London, June 22d, 1887

A further souvenir, which I shall ever highly prize, took the form of the pin already referred to—the Prince of Wales’s feathers worked in diamonds, with the motto “Ich dien” (“I serve”) beneath. The story of how this crest and motto were wrested from the King of Bohemia at Cressy by the Black Prince, son of Edward III., of England, will, perhaps, be familiar to my youthful readers.58

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