These letters were discovered in 1917, but held for another 19 years because of the pledge to keep them unpublished for a definite period of time. The wife of the Russian ambassador to London had met Metternich prior to her residence in London and carried on a liaison with him, semi passionate, semi diplomatic. From that time to the time of his remarriage, they corresponded, she acting as intermediary in all sorts of matters. The letters reveal her as power -- loving, malicious, lascivious, clever, ruthless. She discusses shamelessly George IV, Wellington, Castlereagh, Canning; the events of the time, the attempted divorce of Caroline, the cabal against Canning. Full of court gossip, intrigue; vivid picture of period which coincides with And So -- Victoria.