ing that her immediate successor, the Duke of Cumberland, was enough to frighten the ministers "into the most violent attachment" to her. Having given his orders the King added that he thought it would be unwise for him to cross the Channel and be at his niece's side when the moment came.
"People might fancy I came to enslave you,"he wrote. He said that he gloried "in the contrary."
This letter arrived three days before King William mumbled his strange last words,
"The Church, the Church,"and died.
PRINCE ALBERT had been brought up to dislike Prussia. After the Vienna Congress, in 1816, Prince Leopold had written of the Prussians to the Archduke John, as "that godless crew" and had said that all but the Prince of Prussia and the Crown Prince were "swine" and " worthless."1
This prejudice was not forgotten when Prince Albert's ten months in Brussels were ending and he had to go to a university. Berlin was dismissed by Stockmar because its influence would be "formal and priggish." So the Princes were sent to Bonn where they remained for eighteen months. A little humour apparently broke through Prince Albert's solemnity during this time for he sometimes mimicked his professors. But, above all, he still liked to talk of public law and metaphysics and when he walked with his friend, Prince Löwenstein, "juridical principles or philosophical doctrines were thoroughly discussed. "2 He would unbend a little from the forbidding program when the lectures were over. Then he would produce whole sentences, in little scenes of mimicry, for the delight of the other students. In the record of his life at Bonn there is also evidence of his growing judgment of art which culminated, in England, in his collection of Italian primitives now in Buckingham Palace and the National Gallery. He had already collected a number of fine early German wood carvings, in Coburg. From Bonn he made an expedition to Cologne and arranged to buy a Dürer sketch and a drawing of a negro's head by Van Dyck. The load of scholarship was already productive. He sketched pleasant landscapes, played the organ, and composed music, all with care and informed talent. He fenced and practised the use of the broadsword.
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Publication information: Book title: Reign of Queen Victoria. Contributors: Hector Bolitho - Author. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1948. Page number: 34.