EDITOR'S CHOICE : Nicholas I of Russia
Scarce letter signed, 2 1/2 pages on two adjoining sheets, 8,75 x 14 inch, 6.IV.1840, in Cyrillic, to King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies announcing the birth of his granddaughter, Princess Alexandra Romanovskaja, signed at the conclusion by Nicholas I of Russia in dark ink and countersigned by the minister of foreign affairs, Karl Nesselrode, with central vertical and horizontal folds with edge separations and scattered mild stains and small creases to the edges - in nearly fine condition. Accompanied by a transmittal envelope which retains portions of the large red wax seal. In parts (translated): "With heartfelt pleasure We are announcing that by the Goodness of the Almighty Our Dearest Daughter, Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna on March 28th successfully gave birth to the Daughter who was named Alexandra. We are confident that Your Majesty due bonds of friendship joining Us, will take part in the joyful event for Us and the Imperial House."
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