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Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« on: March 30, 2016, 02:06:28 PM »
A rare letter written by Anastasia is being offered for auction (estimate $3500-5000).  I thought the contents might be of interest, especially the "Magic Lantern"

Tsarskoye Selo, 4th August 1915, to Shura [Alexandra], in Cyrillic. Anastasia writes 'Pictures are ready and I send them to you, and I send to your mother the one where you are drinking tea. It is raining here all the time, it is so disgusting, cold and windy, so the weather is really nasty. K?stritskiy came to see me yesterday and today, it was not very painful, but still. Today I am having only one class because M. Gilliard has to go to the city. I am certainly very happy. On Sunday we went to the baptism of the girl Ekaterina, and she was crying awfully from beginning to end. My father and my aunt Olga became her godfather and godmother. Yesterday dear Aunt Olga visited us but not for a long time, from 3 to 6, and told us many interesting things; she has got suntanned and has lost weight a little bit. Tatiana Andreevna has come, not to our place, but to Strelna, she was tired, the aunt said. At least I have told all the news. Oh, yes, yesterday, M. Gilliard and Vladimir Nikolaevich were operating the magic lantern, which was very nice and interesting. I kiss you warmly.

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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 09:19:48 AM »
A rare letter written by Anastasia is being offered for auction (estimate $3500-5000).  I thought the contents might be of interest, especially the "Magic Lantern"

Tsarskoye Selo, 4th August 1915, to Shura [Alexandra], in Cyrillic. Anastasia writes 'Pictures are ready and I send them to you, and I send to your mother the one where you are drinking tea. It is raining here all the time, it is so disgusting, cold and windy, so the weather is really nasty. K?stritskiy came to see me yesterday and today, it was not very painful, but still. Today I am having only one class because M. Gilliard has to go to the city. I am certainly very happy. On Sunday we went to the baptism of the girl Ekaterina, and she was crying awfully from beginning to end. My father and my aunt Olga became her godfather and godmother. Yesterday dear Aunt Olga visited us but not for a long time, from 3 to 6, and told us many interesting things; she has got suntanned and has lost weight a little bit. Tatiana Andreevna has come, not to our place, but to Strelna, she was tired, the aunt said. At least I have told all the news. Oh, yes, yesterday, M. Gilliard and Vladimir Nikolaevich were operating the magic lantern, which was very nice and interesting. I kiss you warmly.

Is the "?" in the name K?stritskiy a typo? Or someone couldn't decipher the name? Obviously this is a reference to Dr. S. S. Kostritsky, the Court dentist.

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PS: Where is it up for sale? Is there a photo of the letter on line?
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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016, 10:09:47 AM »
They had trouble reading the name apparently.  Being sold in a Spanish Auction on April 23.   Here is the link
http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/international-autograph-auctions/catalogue-id-in310037/lot-a104b910-ae50-43e2-b1d4-a5d600d94176

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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2016, 01:12:35 PM »
Any indications of who Ekaterina and Vladimir Nikolaievich were?

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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2016, 08:05:12 PM »
Quintessentially Anastasia here. Writing almost as quickly as the random thoughts in her head can be processed.

Always brings a smile to my face. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2016, 09:01:38 AM »
They had trouble reading the name apparently.  Being sold in a Spanish Auction on April 23.   Here is the link
http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/international-autograph-auctions/catalogue-id-in310037/lot-a104b910-ae50-43e2-b1d4-a5d600d94176

Thanks for the link. Always good to see an original.

A few clarifications to the translation:

"Shura" is, of course, Alexandra Tegleva, who later married Gilliard.
The text reads: "Ioanchik's little girl, Ekaterina", Ioanchik being Prince John Constantinovich.
Again the text reads: "Papa and Old Aunt Olga were..." Papa is, of course, Tsar Nicholas II, and Old Aunt Olga is the Dowager Queen of Greece, Olga Constantinova.
"Tatiana Andreevna" is T. A. Gromova, G.D. Anastasia's former nurse, who was serving at the front with G.D. Olga Alexandrovna as a sister of mercy.
And what is meant here is that Gromova didn't come to Tsarskoe Selo because she was tired.
Then G.D. Anastasia writes: "Well, I've told you all the news."
"Vladimir Nikolaevich" must be Dr. Derevenko.
At the end, after the phrase: "I kiss you warmly", she continues: "Regards to your Mama. All the best. Affectionately yours, Anastasia".
« Last Edit: April 01, 2016, 09:04:28 AM by Inok Nikolai »
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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2016, 12:19:03 PM »
Many thanks for the clarification.

Presumably it was old Aunt Olga C.who came to visit rather than Aunt Olga A.

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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2016, 02:35:34 PM »
Many thanks for the clarification.

Presumably it was old Aunt Olga C.who came to visit rather than Aunt Olga A.

Ann

Not quite. That is why GD Anastasia makes the distinction: Old Aunt Olga C. was godmother; darling Aunt Olga A. was back from the front with T.A., and had many interesting things to tell them about her work as a sister-of-mercy, etc.
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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2016, 06:08:23 AM »
Nice that stuff like this can still turn up, nearly a century later.
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Re: Previously unknown Anastasia letter from 1915
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2016, 11:25:49 AM »
Thank you, Inok Nikolai for your clarifications.

We have the same problem in our family in distinguishing between forebears with the same names, so 'Uncle George, the Chief Engineer', and 'Bad Uncle George' (my great-grandfather's dissolute younger brother'.

Ann