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NICHOLAS I: (1796-1855) Emperor of Russia 1825-55. A good A.L.S., `Nicolas´, with bold ink flourish, two pages, 4to, Saint Petersburg, 8th/20th April 1839, to an unidentified Royal Highness, in French. The manuscript letter in the hand of the Emperor is a kind and friendly letter to a member of a Royal House, thanking the help and friendly welcome given to his son. Nicholas I, as Emperor, states in part `My son has reported to me in detail about the infinitely precious welcome that your Royal Highness has deigned giving to him. I have no doubt Madame that my son found in your Royal Highness and family the indulgent and kind parents..´ Nicholas I further expresses again his gratitude for their familiar welcome to his son. The letter bears to the upper left corner a Royal blind embossed seal. Nicolas I most probably refers to his elder son and future Tsar Alexander II (1818-1881). Alexander II ascended to the throne in 1855, aged 37, and in 1838 and 1839, the year of the present letter, aged 20 or 21, visited many prominent Western European countries as Tsesarevich. Some extremely light age wear, otherwise VG

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