Otterbourne, Winchester.
March 12th 1863

MS Mrs Katherine Wykes-Sneyd

My dear Irene

Many thanks for your sister’s pretty little poem. I daresay it took great effect at your tea drinking. How much more beautiful Aytoun’s is than Tennyson’s and what a glorious day that was!1 I could see the bridal train rush by on the LSW, and hear the guns fired at Southampton. Our squire gave beef and beer to each family at home, and there was a grand bonfire on the hill

Thank you so much about the answers to the Sunday questions

your affectionate

Mother Goose

1The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) married Princess Alexandra of Denmark on 10 March 1863 at St George's Chapel, Windsor. The Poet Laureate, Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), had composed ‘A Welcome to Alexandra, March 7 1863’ beginning ‘Sea-king’s daughter from over the sea, Alexandra!’ and W.E.Aytoun (1813-1865) a ‘Nuptial Ode on the Marriage of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’ to celebrate the marriage.

Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/1886/to-henrietta-elizabeth-fursdon-8

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