A letter addressed to Alexandra; written by a 20 year-old Nicholas. 2 April, 1889.
Here’s the full and correct transcript of the letter; the middle section does not appear in the image above.
(source: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra, Their Own Story)
Thank you so much for your dear little letter, which was such an agreeable surprise to me. I just returned from town yesterday in the night, when it came.
We also saw Siegfried with Ella, I like it so awfully especially the melody of the bird and the fire! Now the Niebelungen are over and I think it a great pity.
The other day I also got a frame from Ella with her, you and Ernie in it. I find it charming and she painted round the photo with the best remembrances of winter.
There is the ice, the big hall, the skates, a clown, the window with 3 lights, a cotillon-ribbon and a basket with flowers from Aunt Sacha’s ball, the badminton articles, a branch of pink flowers from the folle journee and best of all the Mikado, squinting in his famous way. She gave me too you and her together in Tsarskoe Selo ball dresses a charming photo, which is constantly before me.
The last week there was a concert at Uncle Sergei and Ella’s. I saw the Vorontsovs, Dolgorukys and the little arrangement. I thought of the goat the whole time. Please tell Ernie I shot my first bear today!
With much love, ever your loving Nicky.