The Queen's concern
Telegram to Disraeli from Queen Victoria, 20 Dec. 1872
Dep. Hughenden 202/1, fol. 133
The Queen sent a total of six telegrams asking for news of Mary Anne's condition, and after her death asked one of her Ladies-in-Waiting to write to Disraeli requesting an account of his wife's last hours. The Queen had wished to visit Hughenden on her way to Osborne, but she had been advised that her own cold and the distance made it unwise. The fact that both Victoria and Disraeli had lost their spouses would be another factor in their working relationship in Disraeli's last government.
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