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CHURCHILL, Winston S Autograph letter signed ("Winston") to ...

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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed ("Winston") to Muriel Wilson, 25 December 1904. 8 pages, 8vo, on Hartham, Corsham, Wilts. Stationery; with original autograph envelope signed ("W.S.C.") .
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed ("Winston") to Muriel Wilson, 25 December 1904. 8 pages, 8vo, on Hartham, Corsham, Wilts. Stationery; with original autograph envelope signed ("W.S.C.") . "OF COURSE YOU DO NOT LOVE ME A SCRAP; BUT STILL THERE IS A SORT OF BOND BETWEEN US" An anguished, slightly bitter expression of unrequited love to Muriel Wilson, after she rejected his proposal of marriage. "Of course you do not love me a scrap; but still there is a sort of bond between us. I am quite certain there is a key, if only I could find it, if you would only let me look for it, which would unlock both our hearts." Churchill explains that for ten years he has felt "mysteriously drawn to you. But you are inaccessible. You dwell apart, as lofty, as shining, & alas as cold as a snow cloud peak..." His emotional turmoil pitches him from renewed expressions of affection in one paragraph to recriminations in another: "I know you feel as I do the loneliness of this transition world; & dearest Muriel--I write it in all reverence-you face a contracting future...I hate to see you making calm preparation to reconstruct your life & settle down as an old maid--in a sterile independence...All your dazzling beauty, all your gifts...to shrivel away unused... This life is meant to be lived two by two & not one by one. And all the time it is slipping away... There--I have written all the things I didn't mean to say... Don't hesitate to rebuke me if you resent what I have written. You can so easily sever if you wish the threads by which I cling..." He ends in a calmer tone about his work on his father's biography, then says: "Do you really miss me? God bless you -- Winston." Four years later Churchill married Clementine, while Wilson would marry Lt. R. E. Warde. A remarkably emotional Churchill letter. Provenance : Christie's South Kensington, May 13, 1994, lot 78.

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts
Auktionsdatum: 23.06.2011
Adresse: Christie's
23 June 2011, New York, Rockefeller Center