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CHURCHILL, Winston S Two typed letters both signed ("Winston...

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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Two typed letters both signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), to Louis J. Alber (1879-1962), Chartwell, Kent, 20 November 1932 and 11 August 1933. Together 4 pages, 4to, Chartwell stationery .
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Two typed letters both signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), to Louis J. Alber (1879-1962), Chartwell, Kent, 20 November 1932 and 11 August 1933. Together 4 pages, 4to, Chartwell stationery . CHURCHILL'S FAITH IN FDR AND AMERICAN RECOVERY, along with his admiration for Leo Amery form the themes of these two fine letters. "Many people here think that things will go better in the United States now the election is out of the way," he tells Alber, who managed his 1932 lecture tour of America. Alber worked in the Roosevelt administration as a publicist and in the August 1933 letter Churchill is "very glad to hear that you have been called to Washington to take part in the tremendous and noble effort your President is making to set North America to work again." He thinks economic recovery in the U.S. "only a question of time." In the November 1932 letter he reflects upon his own recovery from his nearly fatal December 1931 accident when he says "I am gradually recovering my normal strength, but on the whole I have passed a pretty large portion of this year as an invalid." The 1932 letter also contains a fascinating pen portrait of Leo Amery, whom Churchill calls "a thinker, reader and speaker of a high order... He is of small stature, but very strong. He it was who knocked down a Clydesider M.P. who insulted him in the House of Commons in 1923 with a single blow..." Amery (1873-1955) is most famous for knocking down an even bigger target on 7 May 1940 when he destroyed Chamberlain in the House of Commons debate following the Norway debacle. "Somehow or other," he said, "we must get into the Government men who can match our enemies in fighting spirit, in daring, in resolution and in thirst for victory..." Then, turning towards Chamberlain, he quoted Oliver Cromwell: "'You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.'" (2)

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Books & Manuscripts
Auktionsdatum: 15.11.2011
Adresse: Christie's
15 November 2011, New York, Rockefeller Center