The Early Years of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort

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CHAPTER III.
1826-1828.
Gotha added to the Possessions of the Duke of Coburg.--
Difficulties
of the Settlement.--Letters from the Dowager Duchess of
Coburg.--
School Fête at the Rosenau.--Visits to Gotha.--Letters
from the Dow-
ager Duchess of Gotha.--Recollections of Count Arthur
Mensdorff.

IN 1826, after considerable difficulty and discussion, the arrangement was completed by which the duchy of Gotha was given to the Duke of Coburg.

We need not enter here into the difficulties which attended the negotiations farther than they will be found noticed in some of the letters that follow from the Dowager Duchess of Coburg. Suffice it to say that, by the death, in 1825, without issue male, of Frederick, duke of Saxe- Gotha-Altenburg, the direct succession of the Gotha-Altenburg branch of the Ernestine line came to an end, and the inheritance passed to other branches of the same line. After much delay, owing chiefly to the exorbitant pretensions of the Duke of Meiningen, it was finally settled that, in consideration of the acquisition of the duchy of Gotha, the Duke of Coburg should cede that of Saalfeld to the Duke of Meiningen, Hildburghausen being also added to the inheritance of the latter duke; the Duke of Hildburghausen receiving in exchange the duchy of Saxe-Altenburg, and assuming that title.

" Ernest is very busy just now," writes the Dowager

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