of Belgium, Princess Henriette
Autographed letter signed, one page - both sides, 8,25 x 10,5 inch, Tourronde, 18.XI.1941, to "My dear Friend", in French, the Princess announces "How moving was your speech of 10 November, how beautiful and comforting this Annual General Meeting of our Association! How well-chosen were your words, galvanising people's courage and tending their wounds!" and further continues "How magnificently you expressed, in words dictated by your generous heart, exactly what was needed to glorify the heroes whose daughters we are, and to provide a moving and grateful reminder of the friends we mourn." The Princess also states "It is comforting to see the truly national extent of our action, an activity essential at this time, when all our efforts must have as their goal the most complete union for the rebirth of our motherland, under the leadership of our admirable Head of State. The Legion, which he founded, grouping together under his powerful and paternal energy, all the men of France, is a magnificent phalanx, which will lead to national resurrection, and the reconstruction of a strong and prosperous state...Our work, driven by your gentle and benign enthusiasm, dear Friend, has for many years, in answer to the call of our heroic dead, spurred the good will of so many women....creating a benevolent peace movement through the "Peace Stamps". This appeal of the women of France was heard well beyond our frontiers. People of good will come towards us, come towards France, that is, which has always been at the head of all great, just and generous movements." and concludes "In adversity, our hope remains invincible, our wills unshakeable, our hearts ready for any sacrifice. We will line up behind and alongside the Legion, to support our beloved and valiant Marshal Petain, and we will shout out to him with all our might, proclaiming our love for our country: "Count on us, the women, the daughters, the sisters, the mothers, who have suffered so much during two wars. They have been given two kinds of motherhood, that of giving birth and that of burying their children, mothers of joy and of pain. We, the "Golden Branch", wish to express to our honoured Head of State all the passion and depth of our devotion to the national cause, to the sacred cause of France. Dear Marshal, you can rely on us !", expected letter folds with two small cuts to the edges, in fine to very condition.
|Profession||Duchess of Vendôme, was the daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||8,25 x 10,5|
|Type of Autograph||letters|
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