A. H. Norris
Diplomatic and General History
Printed below is the text, and translation, of a photostat copy of a letter written by Queen Amélia of Portugal, widow of Dom Carlos I, to her son the young King Dom Manuel II. This letter was bequeathed to the late Mrs Gertrude Haig.
As will be seen, the Queen used a cypher for certain words in her letter, and these are given in brackets in the text.
In the last decades of the 19th century relations between Great Britain and Portugal had become severely strained over conflicting interests in Africa; but those between the two Royal Houses remained cordial, helped by the close friendship between the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, and the Marquês Soveral, Portuguese Minister to the Court of St. James.
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