Monday, January 30, 2012

Concerns for the Princess of Asturias' son

January 30, 1902

The Marquise de Fontenoy reports today on the "grave fears" for the health of the Princess of Asturias' infant son, the "heir presumptive to the Spanish throne."

Since his birth three months ago, Infante Alfonso "has grown neither in weight nor size."   His wet nurses have been changed four times, and now, the doctors, "in utter despair," are considering "to bring him up on the bottle." 

It is "doubtful under the circumstances" whether Alfonso "will survive infancy."  The only thing "in his favor" is that his uncle, the present King of Spain was an "equally unpromising baby."

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