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Preface – Princess Alice

In this paragraph, Alice sister has jotted down about how premature and out of place, it would be to attempt anything like a complete picture of Alice, so many sides of her characteristics and her viewpoints on Europe’s affairs which she very interested in and formed remarkable opinions about. Adding this she wrote about how the domestic side of her sister’s nature might for that time be dealt with freely and how her mother helped Dr. Sell by selecting the extracts from Alice letters.

Her mother never thought about making these extracts public, but they were found to be so lovely and so true expressions of her sister and were in compliance with her husband ( Grand Duke). The book was allowed, translated and published, to show the people how great the reason they had to love the one they lost.

I’ll write the letters in blogs as they are written in the book. I won’t write the summary or anything so that you could also get a clear picture of Alice’s characteristics and the way she was.

-Riya Shah

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Princess Alice

The book “Alice” was printed by “SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW-STREET SQUARE AND PARLIAMENT STREET” in the year 1884.

Alice who was known as Princess Alice was the grand duchess of Hesse and princess of Great Britain and Ireland. So this book is the biography sketch and letters having portraits. The second page is a dedication page in which there is mentioned that it was dedicated to her.

Preface – After reading the first line I think Alice had 2siblings. One who had written this book and the other one was his brother. She was regarded in the country and her sister knew after seeing the feeling of sympathy in every person’s eyes at the time of her death that if she’ll publish this book it won’t go in vain as every person had a great affection towards Alice. There is a short memoir that is translated from the German, with which the letters written are intertwined and was written. They are not a complete picture of Alice or her characteristics but some incidents that took place in her life.

It is also mentioned that in those times there was a custom of publishing biographies of all persons or notes or distinction, so it was thought advisable that there should be a true picture, and a short sketch of her life should be prepared by somebody who knew her personally and who appreciated those beautiful features of her character.

The choice fell upon a clergyman at Darmstadt, Dr. Sell.