Monday, October 19, 2009

An open letter to the Saxon king

October 19, 1907

The King of Saxony has recently receive unique advice from a subject in the form of an open letter published in a Dresden newspaper, according to the New York Times.

The man, who signed the latter as "an humble man, but an ardent patriot," begs King Friedrich August "to desert Catholicism and join the Lutheran Church so he can remarry."

The letter reads: "The woman whom your Majesty honored with his love and name has now become the wife of another. Does not that let down all the bars which have hitherto bound you? Your entire country sighs for a national mother. It dearly wishes a mother.
"If the Pope will not confirm the divorce which the civil courts have granted, stand by your country, and make the people whom you lead and who are devotedly loyal to you, the supreme sacrifice of joining the State to the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Then nothing will stand in the way of your giving us again a mother of our country.
"It is a remarkable and notorious fact that despite her idiosyncrasies, the ex-Crown Princess continues to be idolized by large sections of the Saxon people, who would even forgive all and have her joyfully as Queen."
The former Crown Princess Luise, who is now styled as Countess Montignoso, recently married her lover, the Italian singer Toselli. The couple were married in a civil ceremony in London

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