Photocopy of letter. Written from Berne, Switzerland.
She is packed up and ready to start for Basel and then on home via Brussels. She discusses the war scare: England in being so firm and showing herself ready for action will have done good not only in respect of France but of all the other countries. The English public probably believed France really meant to fight but that was because they did not know the real state of France and of its internal rottenness. But she does not think peace is possible for long; 'there seems such a strong undercurrent of agitation among the nations in spite of the Czar's manifesto [see letter of 3 Sep 1898, JB to Stanley] Really all she wants to let him know is 'how much I love and admire my country and appreciate her every act of true greatness; not bluster but moderation and firmness have always characterised her best times when she has had wise government and counsellors.'