Pray give my love to Gran[,] Fanny[,] Aunt Mary[,] George[,] and Richard’, ‘Y[ou]r most affectionate William Cavendish’, a standard signature line written by an 18 year old William Cavendish (later 7th Duke of Devonshire) writing home to his mother while staying in Russia with William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, who was attending the coronation of Tsar Nicolas I as Ambassador Extraordinary on behalf of George IV.
|William Cavendish's sketchbook with drawings from his trip to Russia|
|Extract of a letter showing William Cavendish's opinion of Peterhof|
|Extract of letter showing gifts presented to the Duke|
|Equestrian portrait of Peter the Great given to the 6th Duke by the Empress's mother - look out for this on the Oak stairs|