Sallie Coles Stevenson, a Virginian whose social graces matched her husband's political talents, spent five years in England...

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VICTORIA, ALBERT AND MRS. STEVENSON

Sallie Coles Stevenson, a Virginian whose social graces matched her husband's political talents, spent five years in England while he served as Minister at the Court of St. James, and this is the collection of letters which she wrote home to her brothers and sisters during this time. An always receptive and responsive observer, she reveals not only the warmth of her personality but also reflects the very splendid society in which she moved with more than a spattering of royalty and nobility. And although she often longed for home, and quieter days and evenings (she was in delicate health much of the time), she also enjoyed the endless receptions, balls and soirees and notes the incidentals of fashionable dress and foods at the time when London was a very festive city, when Victoria came of age and came to the throne, and when Palmeraton, the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia and other famous figures were part of the world she frequented. The letters, often voluminous, are always spontaneous and form a pleasant period portrait.

Pub Date: March 14, 1957

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Publisher: Rinehart

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1957