“…WE SAW WITH SPECIAL SATISFACTION…OUR ILLUSTRIOUS BROTHER…WAS DELIVERED OF A CHILD”
Peter the Great. Russian Czar.
Letter Signed, Pyotr, one page, legal folio, Astrachan, October 2, 1722. In Russian. To the Illustrious Sovereign King / Dearest Brother, Cousin, and Friend.
“From the letter of Your Royal Majesty, which you sent Us so kindly and in a brotherly way from Berlin [this past] August, We saw with special satisfaction in what way Our illustrious brother was blessed by God and his dear consort [Her Royal Majesty] was delivered of a child, Our Royal Highness. And we bless your Royal House on the birth of this prince. We take pleasure in participating in everything that gives you, Your Royal Majesty, great pleasure and in the addition to your Royal House. Therefore, We, Royal Majesty, take this happy occasion as an opportunity to address you and congratulate you and to wish with all Our heart that the all-powerful woman of the Kingdom be blessed. With the wish that you may be graced with further well-being to our greatest satisfaction and the prospering of your Royal House.…”
Written to Frederick William I of Prussia, whose second son Augustus William was born on August 9, 1722 in Berlin. Frederick William I was the father of Frederick II (“the Great”), thus this child (Augustus William) was the younger brother of Frederick the Great. His birth would turn out to be a propitious event for the House of Hohenzollern for it was his (Augustus William’s) son who succeeded Frederick the Great (1786-1797).
Framed in antiqued gilt and matted in red and cream with a photo of Peter the Great in armor. Framed dimensions: 21 inches wide by 20 5/8 inches high.