An Offer of Marriage to the Queen.
A young man of clerical aspect, named Alfred Carter, of Nelson, near Brunsley, in. Lancashire, was charged at the Slough petty sessions with being a wandering lunatic. Inspector Savage, of the Royal Household Police at Windsor Castle, .said he met the defendant near the Eton College playing fields, and showed him two letters that had been addressed to the Queen, These were produced as evidence, la one of the letters sent from Slough to Her Majesty at "Windsor Castle the defendant appealed to Her Most Gracious Majesty for pecuniary assistance, saying she would never miss what would be to her a matter of; small importance, and that he was sure she would be amply repaid for her act of charity. Repeating his request for some money, the writer continued :—" I also along of this make a proposition to you. There can be no earthly harm in asking you for your hand and heart in love and marriage, and hoping you will give your favorable consent to these questions.—Alfred Carter. To Queen Victoria." Inspector Savage (continuing) said defendant acknowledged having written the letter in which he had stated that he wished to marry the Queen; and he also said that he'should not leave the neighborhood until he had got an answer from her, and that he should not take a sum of money. He accordingly apprehended him as a lunatic, and took him to Slough. A, surgeon, who examined the defendant said he thought he was of unsound mind, but not dangerous, and that he had told him that he had written to the Queen out of love and affection, and made her an offer of marriage. The magistrates ordered the man to be. transferred to the custody of his father, who stated that his son was a weaver by trade, and had been studying for the Wesleyan ministry.
Permanent link to this item
An Offer of Marriage to the Queen., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890
An Offer of Marriage to the Queen. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890
Using This Item
See our copyright guide for information on how you may use this title.