in the Works of
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1993
...on December 14, the Prince´s [Prince Albert] life ebbed away....In weeds and widow´s cap....Queen [Victoria] had been hurried off to Osborne, the funeral...at Windsor held without her. Mourning fittings everywhere exhausted supplies of black drapery throughout the kingdom, with fresh shipments of cotton from America doubtful as a result of the blockade of Confederate ports by the Union.
Christmas was darkened, but the new session of Parliament
was not delayed...
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