CHURCHILL, Winston S Autograph letter signed ("Winston S Chu...
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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), to Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), London, 29 July 1921. 1 page, 8vo, Colonial Office stationery, ink blotch at valediction, affecting a portion of Churchill's signature .
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), to Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), London, 29 July 1921. 1 page, 8vo, Colonial Office stationery, ink blotch at valediction, affecting a portion of Churchill's signature . "MY MOTHER DIED THIS MORNING OF HAEMORRHAGE" A grieving Churchill cancels his appointment with American financier Bernard Baruch on the day his mother Jennie died. "I deeply grieve to tell you that my Mother died this morning of haemorrhage & in consequence I must beg you to excuse me from receiving you at luncheon today. I am very anxious to have a talk with you. Will you let me know what are your movements in the future?" Jennie, aged 67, had recently fallen and broken her ankle while walking down a staircase. Tragically, gangrene set in and her leg was amputated below the knee. The hemorrhage was a complication of the amputation, and she died at her London home on 29 June. Churchill famously described his relationship with his mother in My Early Life : "She shone for me like the Evening Star. I loved her dearly--but at a distance." Jennie paid him little mind during his childhood, and in later years the two frequently scrapped over money (both enjoyed spending it profligately). Their relationship, he wrote, was "more like brother and sister than mother and son. At least so it seemed to me. And so it continued to the end." Such a strategy must have helped him abide by the succession of young lovers his mother took. In 1900 she remarried to George Cornwallis-West, a man exactly Winston's age. They divorced in 1912 and in 1918 she married an even younger man, Montagu Porch, three years Churchill's junior. Churchill's factotum, Eddie Marsh, wrote of Jennie that "She was an incredible and most delightful compound of flagrant worldliness and eternal childhood, in thrall to fashion and luxury (life didn't begin for her on a basis of less than forty pairs of shoes) yet never sacrificing one human quality of warm-heartedness, humour, loyalty, sincerity, or steadfast and pugnacious courage."
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