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Daughters of Emperor Alexander I
« on: June 05, 2010, 08:37:41 AM »
In the 18 "day of May (1799), our dear daughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alekseevna was delivered of the birth of our granddaughter, and their Imperial Highnesses the bride's daughter Maria.
From "Memoirs" of Countess V.N. Golovina:
"The Emperor was delighted by the birth of his granddaughter that he had been announced almost at the same time, when a messenger from the army brought him to the enemy flags and news of the victory of Suvorov in Italy. The emperor liked to stand on this kind of circumstance and declared himself the protector of the newborn, to which, as he said, were badly treated because it was not a boy.
In early August, the court returned to Pavlovsk. I hesitate to proceed to the description of the most nefarious plot, arranged at this time. Prince Czartoryski, still continues to be a close friend of Grand Duke Alexander, gave rise to slander, by which tried to discredit the honor and glory of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth. Her mother in law is constantly jealous of her daughter, never missed an opportunity to harm her. Count Tolstoy, playing the role of the zealous and faithful servant about Their Imperial Highnesses, at the same time was the first agent of the Empress, her spy and low servant. Until that time, the Emperor is very well behaved with the Grand Duchess Elizabeth. After the birth, he often questioned her in detail about the little Grand Duchess and urged her to have a son. In the last stay of the court in Pavlovsk empress ordered the Grand Duchess Elizabeth to send her child, although she was only three months and from the house of the Grand Prince to the palace was quite far. I had to obey, and then, when the girl was brought back, the Grand Duchess learned from the ladies who accompanied the child, that the empress wore it to the Emperor. The Grand Duchess, who suspected no storm gathering over her head, was grateful to the empress, considering it simply a desire to teach the Emperor to his granddaughter. She was sadly mistaken, and soon learn this, but the blame for her unhappiness was part of the truth from her and turn her anger on those who least deserve it. Graf Rostopchin and Kushelev were in the neighboring emnate with the cabinet the Emperor, when suddenly she became empress with a little Grand Duchess in her arms. She told them:
- Is not it true, what a lovely child?
They agreed with her, and she went into the office of Sovereign, where she went through a quarter of an hour quite a brisk pace. Kutaisov on behalf of the Sovereign tozval Rostopchina, telling him in Russian:
- Oh, my God, why this poor woman came to upset him with his evil words!
Rostopchin went to the Emperor, and found him in a state of rage.
- Come, sir, and write as soon as possible order link Czartoryski the Siberian Regiment. My wife is now aroused my doubts about an imaginary child of my son. Tolstoy knows this as she is.
Rostopchin refused to obey, and returned his Majesty that he was transferred to a terrible slander and that the reference to Prince Czartoryski disgrace the Grand Duchess, the former as innocent as virtuous. But he failed to shake the Emperor's decision. Rostopchin Then, seeing that it is impossible to dissuade him, confined the statement that he would never agree to write such an unjust order, and left the room. The Emperor wrote to him bake, in which he said all the circumstances that justified given them orders. Rostopchin again refused to obey, and the wrath of the Emperor finally calmed down. Graf managed to obtain the consent of his Majesty that Czartoryski will be removed without the noise and its appointed envoy to the King of Sardinia.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 08:40:41 AM »
The next morning the Grand Duke Alexander learned from Prince Czartoryski that the latter received orders on the same day to leave the Pavlovsk and soon to go to Italy as an envoy from Russia to the King of Sardinia, whose revolutionary turmoil and war were forced to leave their country and wander different regions of Italy, where there was calm.
Grand Duke was extremely impressed. This appointment is too looked like a link so you can make a mistake, and neither he nor Prince Czartoryski no doubt about that. Grand Duke hastened to his wife. He told her about her grief, and both were lost in the search for causes, which could cause this sudden event. Their Imperial Highness farewell to the prince in the afternoon. Until they heard rumors that some people tried to explain it to remove the cause, it is very insulting to the Grand Duchess. She was deeply shocked by this, and her face were still traces of that feeling, when at night she went to the Emperor.
On entering the room where they usually wait for his Grand Duchesses, he is not saying a word, took the hand of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, turned it so that light falling on her face and stared at her most insulting manner. Since that day he spoke to her for three months.
That same evening, Count Tolstoy, who seemed genuinely interested in this event, saw hints of the Emperor, that his opinion as to the purity of conduct of the Grand Duchess shaken. Then Tolstoy offered to disclose all this intrigue, and that's how he passed then, that he supposedly learned from Kutaisov.
At the moment when the Empress had brought a little Grand Duchess to the Emperor, in the office were he Kutaisov and Count Rostopchin. Empress drew the attention of the Emperor at that strangeness, that Princess was a brunette, while the Grand Duke Alexander and Grand Duchess Elizabeth were both blondes. When she left, the Emperor was left alone with the Count Rostopchin, and the latter came out of the office of His Majesty ordered to prepare a letter of appointment and the departure of Prince Czartoryski.
Offended by suspicion and imperial favor, Elizabeth withdrew within a child's room and his apartment, trying as much as possible to participate in the affairs of the court and high society. She felt lonely and useless in the royal family. According to contemporaries, "an early print of sadness fell on her image."
All her interests were now in the little Mouse (Mäuschen), she called her daughter. Now the news of her daughter took in her letters to her mother powerful place: "My baby Marie, finally has a tooth, some argue that the eye, others - that is one of the first incisors. All that I know - is that children do not usually begin with the front teeth. But she almost did not hurt, it now seems, the appearance of etsya second. It is such a nice girl: even if she is unwell, this can not be guessed by her mood. If only she kept this character! "
January 21, 1800 Elizabeth shares her thoughts on the future of his daughter: 'You are asking me, dear mother, detects if my baby on me any preference. As to preference - no, but we need to see her joy, all whom she sees all the time. It very much want to ask you a difficult question, my beloved mother, and ask him seriously: how are you fixed it forced their children to love you and take it for happiness be with you. I can swear that, as far as I can remember, I had no greater pleasure than to sit beside you. And the same thing happened to all of us - you could not have anything more to please than to go for a walk, have dinner with us, playing hide and seek. Dear Mama, tell me how you managed to do this? I so wish that my little Maria loved me the same way.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth's mother's happiness was very short. Grand Duchess Mary died June 27, 1800, lived only 13 months.
Sovereign was upset by this and was afraid of how impressed the mountain to the Grand Duchess: it almost in tears, and the Emperor was very worried about her.
His sense of Elizabeth Alekseevna could only express in a letter to her mother:
"Oh, mom, how terrible an irreparable loss: I bear for the first time something like this. You can easily understand what a void, which has spread to the death of my existence. Have you lost a child, but you were the other children, but I have none, and I even lose my hope to have children in the future. But even if I was another child, her, my adored Mäuschen, no longer exists".
Princess Maria was buried in the tomb of the Annunciation of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

Tomb of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.

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Re: Daughters of Emperor Alexander I
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 05:07:01 PM »
According to Henri Troyat's Alexander I: Napoleon's Conquerer, the second daughter (Elizaveta Alexandrovna) was called "Elise" or "Lisinka" by her parents, and it was rumored that her biological father was Alexei Okhotnikov, not the tsar.  After the infant's death, a doctor informed Alexander that his wife was still young enough to have another child, he said "No, my friend.  God does not love my children."  His wife, Elizaveta Alexeievna, wrote to her mother in Baden:  "I have the illusion of spring in my apartment, the illusion of sunshine, flowers, singing birds, the birds that belong to Lisinka. She was often amused by her bullfinches: One of them whistles perfectly an air which I should never forget if I lived to be a hundred."