Breckner, Marguerite (Gretchen), chambermaid of Princess Elisabeth of Romania (fl. 1950s). Autograph letter signed.

Madrid, 15. III. 1957.

4to. 3½ pp. on bifolium. With autograph envelope.


To Marquis Marc de Favrat in Golfe-Juan, in phonetical French, regarding the journey of Julia (Julchen) and Marguerite (Gretchen) Breckner from Cannes to Madrid, giving a description of the beautiful landscape, the quite different lifestyle in Spain, their work and obligations at the house of Prince Nicholas of Romania, and their wish for having an own boarding house to finance their own "little life": "Nous ésperon que Vous set en bonné santé tranquille apre tout le troublé quell Vous avee passe avec nous [...] La vie est tout a fait dieferant comme an France [...] Je regrette de tout coeur que je pas un petite pension de viever dan 2 chamber et un cuisine avec ma pauver soeur [....]".

Together with the Princess's lover Marc Favrat, the Breckner sisters were among the servants and circle around Elisabeth of Romania (1894-1956) who stayed with her until the end. Elisabeth had settled in Cannes some years after her expulsion from Romania in 1947 when the Romanian People's Republic had been proclaimed. In France she met the much younger Favrat, whom she made her equerry and adopted son in the year of her death.

Written on mourning paper. Added are two receipts and one envelope concerning the annual costs of a double plot at the dog cemetery in Asnière where Elisabeth's beloved dog "Drac" was buried.

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