He spent his final years at Friedrichsruh, alone, resentful, pessimistic and desperately bored. He had his huge black mastiffs for company and visits from his family - sons and daughter, sister, niece and daughter-in-law. He felt far too young to do nothing, but he could find nothing to do except write his memoirs, in which he soon lost interest.
Bored' or'tired', he wrote over and over again in his diary, or'bored and tired'. The Kaiser came to see him in December 1897 ('to see how long the old man will last') and there was forced politeness on both sides. Bismarck was confined to a wheel-chair now and as the summer of 1898 wore on, he developed an inflammation of the lungs. He had difficulty breathing and lay in bed much of the time, talking or singing quietly to himself. On July 30th he had a relapse and the family gathered round his bed that night as he mumbled distractedly.At last he took a glass, drank it off, cried'Vorwarts' ('Forward') and sank down on his pillow. At about eleven o'clock his daughter saw that he was no longer breathing. The Kaiser arrived on August 2nd to find the old statesman's coffin in a bedroom crammed with wreaths and flowers. He issued a statement honouring'the man in whom the Lord God created the instrument for realisation of the immortal idea of Germany's unity and greatness'. There was no state funeral. The instrument of Germany's greatness was buried in a tomb at Friedrichsruh, with an inscription he had dictated, describing himself laconically as'a loyal German servant of Kaiser Wilhelm I'. The first Wilhelm, not the second. It was a pointed rebuke from beyond the grave. Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby, 1st Baron Sysonby, GCB, GCVO, PC (16 September 1867 - 20 October 1935) was a British soldier and courtier. Known as Fritz, Ponsonby was the second son of General Sir Henry Ponsonby and his wife the Hon. A member of a junior branch of the Ponsonby family, he was the grandson of General Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby and the great-grandson of Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough. Arthur Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede, was his younger brother. His godparents were German Emperor Frederick III and Empress Victoria, which made him godbrother to Emperor Wilhelm II.
Ponsonby was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards as a second lieutenant on 11 February 1888, and promoted to lieutenant on 2 July 1892. He was promoted to captain on 15 February 1899, and served with the 3rd Battalion of his regiment in the Second Boer War.  He was later promoted to Major and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, and served in the First World War.
He also held several court positions, notably as Equerry-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria from 1894 to 1901, as Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse and Assistant Private Secretary to Queen Victoria from 1897 to 1901, to King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910 and to King George V from 1910 to 1914; as Keeper of the Privy Purse from 1914 to 1935, and as Lieutenant Governor of Windsor Castle from 1928 to 1935. In 1906, Ponsonby was appointed to the Order of the Bath as a Companion (CB).In 1910, he was promoted to be a Knight Commander (KCVO) and was promoted to Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) in the 1921 New Year Honours. In 1914, he was sworn of the Privy Council. In the 1935 Birthday Honours, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Sysonby, of Wonersh in the County of Surrey. Lord Sysonby married Victoria, daughter of Colonel Edmund Hegan Kennard, on 17 May 1899, at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks.
She later became a well-known cook book author. They had three children: Victor Alexander Henry Desmond Ponsonby (19 June 1900 - 24 November 1900).
Lord Sysonby died in London in October 1935, aged 68, only four months after his elevation to the peerage, and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. He was succeeded in the barony by his surviving son Edward. Lady Sysonby died in 1955.His autobiography Recollections of Three Reigns, edited and published posthumously in 1951, is full, frank and entertaining. Nancy Mitford wrote to Evelyn Waugh that there was "a shriek on every page". He also edited Letters of the Empress Frederick (1928) and published Sidelights on Queen Victoria (1930). The Ponsonby family has played a leading role in British life for two centuries. His father was the Sir Henry Ponsonby - memorably played by Geoffrey Palmer in the film'Mrs.
Brown' - who was Private Secretary to Queen Victoria. His grandfather was badly wounded at the Battle of Waterloo, but survived to become General Sir Frederick Ponsonby. Lady Caroline, better known to history under her married name of Lady Caroline Lamb, was the wife of the future Prime Minister Lord Melbourne and lover of the poet Lord Byron. This lady was also a key figure in a film - played by Sarah Miles - in 1972. The father of the two siblings, Frederick's great-grandfather, was the 3rd Earl of Bessborough.The man wounded at Waterloo is not to be confused with another Ponsonby depicted on film, his kinsman General Sir William Ponsonby, whose death - possibly due to not risking his best horse in battle - at the hands of a group of lancers is an incident noted in the film'Waterloo'. Frederick's daughter, Loelia, married the 2nd Duke of Westminster, before remarrying, after the Second World War, to become the alliterative Lady Loelia Lindsay. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. This item is in the category "Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Historical". The seller is "atlantic-fox" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.