from Victoria R.I.
to the Publisher
We have been shown your humble request to Her Majesty inquiring whether our Sovereign would find it agreeable to correspond with those of Her subjects who would wish to do so. We have laid it before Her Majesty's eyes two days ago.
It is our pleasant duty to report to you Her Majesty's enthusiastic response to your request.
Busy as She is, the Queen-Empress is always there for those four hundred million souls who have been entrusted to her by Our Lord and Saviour. She may not know them all, but all of them are in Her prayers.
Nothing pleases Her Majesty more than the many envelopes brought to Her every day from the four corners of the world, if one may use this somewhat incorrect expression, all bearing Her lovely likeness on the postage stamps. Her regret is that so many of Her humble and devoted subjects seem to ignore that no postage stamp is required when one wishes to write to Her. She at times emits the thought that those who take pen and paper in order to bring to Her feet their humble request are aware of it but prefer to help with the cost of running Her Majesty's Mail by purchasing and using the stamps. She is much comforted by that thought.
The Lady Penelope Crapper
Louise, Dowager Viscountess Blueberry-Hill
Ladies of the Bedchamber