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The Spanish And English Coronations
Interrupted by frequent brief visits to New York Philadelphia, and Boston, Richard and
his wife remained in Marion from May, 1901, until the early spring of 1902. During this
year Richard accomplished a great deal of work and lived an ideal existence. In the
summer months there were golf and tennis and an army of visitors, and during the winter
many of their friends came from New York to enjoy a most charming hospitality and the
best of duck shooting and all kinds of winter sports.
Late in April, they sailed for Gibraltar on their way to Madrid, where Richard was to
report the coronation ceremonies, and from Madrid they went to Paris and then to
London to see the coronation of King Edward. It was while on a visit to the Rudyard
Kiplings that they heard the news that Edward had been suddenly stricken with a serious
illness and that the ceremony had been postponed.
11, St. James's Place,
St. James's Street, S. W.
June, 1902.
This is only to say that at the Kipling's we heard the news, and being two newspaper men,
refused to believe it and went to the postoffice of the little village to call up Brighton on
the 'phone. It was very dramatic, the real laureate of the British Empire asking if the King
were really in such danger that he could not be crowned, while the small boy in charge of
the grocery shop, where the postoffice was, wept with his elbows on the counter. They
sent me my ticket--unasked--for the Abbey, early this morning, and while I was
undecided whether to keep it--or send it back, this came. So, now, I shall frame it as a
souvenir of one of the most unhappy occasions I ever witnessed. You can form no idea of
what a change it has made. It really seems to have stunned every one--that is the usual
and accepted word, but this time it describes it perfectly.
During the summer of 1903 my mother and father occupied a cottage at Marion, and
every morning Richard started the day by a visit to them. My brother had already bought
his Crossroads Farm at Mount Kisco, and the new house was one of the favorite topics of
their talk. The following letter was written by my mother to Richard, after her return to
September, 1903.