the four prisoners would be "cheerfully liberated" and delivered to the British Embassy.

The Prince Consort had died; too soon to know that his last enterprise in diplomacy had given the United States an opportunity for honourable retreat from a perilous situation, and probably saved the two powers from war.


{81}

1861

ON the morning when the Prince Consort wrote the draft of the dispatch for Washington he still fought his illness1 and went to chapel. The Queen saw that he "looked very wretched and ill." But the word "duty" still haunted him and he "insisted on going through all the kneeling." The doctors came in the afternoon and were disappointed with his state. He went to family dinner at which he could not eat anything, but he was "able to talk ... and even tell stories." Princess Alice played for her father after dinner. Her spirit was ascending to strength during this time, preparing for the great support she was to give her mother in the months that followed. The Prince went to bed at half-past ten. When the Queen joined him an hour later, "he was shivering with cold, and could not sleep at all."

Next morning he rose, but he did not dress. He lay on a sofa and the Queen read to him. Sir James Clark reassured the Queen that it was only a "feverish sort of influenza," but Sir James had made a wrong diagnosis twenty-two years before. Dr. Jenner had to break the news to the Queen, that the Prince had typhoid fever; that he considered it dated from the day of the visit to Sandhurst.

The Queen's own resilience helped her to hope for the best. " What an awful trial is this," she wrote, "to be deprived for so long of my guide, my support, my all!" She added, "I cheered up, remembering how many people have fever."

On December 8, the Prince asked to be moved into a bigger room. He seemed to recover a little of his power and said, "I should like to hear a fine chorale played at a distance." A pianoforte was brought to the next room and Princess Alice played Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott for her father. He listened, "looking upwards with such a sweet expression, and with tears in his eyes."

-194-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Reign of Queen Victoria
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 437

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?