Autograph Letter Signed ('Rennell Rodd | priv: sec:') to unnamed male correspondent.

James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), 1st Baron Rennell, English diplomat and classical scholar
Publication details: 
13 September 1888; on official letterhead from the British Embassy, Berlin.
SKU: 6448

12mo, 2 pp, 10 lines. Good, on lightly aged paper, with scrap of brown paper mount adhering in top right-hand corner on the reverse (not affecting text). Concerns a volume which 'has been duly forwarded to Count Seckendorff, Comptroller of the Household of Her Majesty the Emperess Frederick'. The Ambassador Sir Edward Malet has asked Rodd to express to the correspondent 'his personal thanks for the second copy you were good enough to forward to him'. According to the Oxford DNB, while in Berlin Rodd 'won the esteem of the crown prince and crown princess of Prussia (the sister of King Edward VII, who subsequently became the Empress Frederick). With the help of the empress he wrote a biography of her husband, Frederick, Crown Prince and Emperor. This gave great offence to their son, Kaiser Wilhelm II.'