Letters from Sunnyside and Spain

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desired the Queen to ascend the throne at once, without an intervening regency. The scene in the Royal Chapel, described in Irving's next letter, depicts Isabella presiding at a religious ceremony in honor of the "recent events."


Madrid Aug 25th 1843.

My dear Sister,

IN compliance with your republican taste for royalty I proceed to give you another peep into the palace, and a view of the little Queen in her present state of (perhaps transitory!) splendor. Some days since notice was sent to the different members of the court, the corps diplomatic &c that a grand religious ceremony would take place in the chapel of the royal palace where high mass would be performed with pontifical state and solemnity, by the Cardinal, Patriarch of the Indias, after which a grand Te Deum would be chanted in honor of the recent events. On this occasion her Majesty was to attend seated in state on a throne; a circumstance which had not occured at any ceremony of the kind since the time of Isabella of glorious memory, no queen having swayed the sceptre of Spain in her own right since that time.

On the day appointed the palace was thronged with civil military and religious functionaries all in grand costume. I took up the Minister of Brazil and his secretary on my way to the palace, and we were set down at the foot of the great marble staircase so often mentioned to you. It was again thronged with courtiers in their embroidered dresses, hastening to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Letters From Sunnyside 1840-1841 1
  • New York Feb 4th 1840 5
  • Sunnyside Cottage Saturday May 8th 1841 8
  • Hellgate July 11th 1841 12
  • Sunnyside Cottage Sunday July 18th 1841 17
  • Sunnyside Cottage Sept 1 1841 32
  • New York Dec 1 1841 39
  • Letters From Spain 1842-1845 43
  • Madrid Friday Aug. 12th 1842 47
  • Madrid Nov 20th 1842 49
  • Madrid Decr 10th 1842 50
  • Madrid Decr 10th 1842 53
  • Madrid Aug 25th 1843 57
  • Barcelona June 30th 1844 66
  • Madrid Jany [1845] 75
  • Madrid May 2 1845 78
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