Letter from Queen Victoria relating to chloroform assisted birth
Queen Victoria writes in the third-person praising the doctor attending the labour of a woman called Minnie. She states she is ‘very glad to hear Minnie is going on so well & had the inestimable blessing of chloroform which no one can ever be sufficiently grateful for. Dr Graeme is an admirable & particularly pleasant Dr. the Queen has heard from many people. Harriet may certainly come to the Drawing room. The Queen has given a similar permission to Mrs Biddulph’. It is unclear who Minnie was. We can assume she was a woman of high standing because only the wealthy could afford an obstetrician. She could have been one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting.
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