(1833-1897) member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of George III and great-grandmother of Elizabeth II.
Autograph letter signed, two pages (both sides), 4 x 6 inch, 1896, White Lodge Richmond Park letterhead with the royal emblem, to Mrs Smith - concerning a donation for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution*, written and signed in dark ink "Mary Adelaide", with very mild signs of wear - in nearly very fine condition.
"Dear Mrs. Smith,
At the special and very particular request of the Duke of York, I am endeavouring to make up a purse to present to my daughter on Saturday next, the 16th in aid of the Life Boat Institution [...] to ask you a small donation [...]
Dear Mrs. Smith
very sincerely yours
* The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, as well as on some inland waterways. It is one of several lifeboat services operating in the same area.