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#136 - Winston Churchill

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An early letter from the soon-to-be First Lord of Admiralty

ALS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 4.75 x 7.75, Admiralty Whitehall letterhead, September 18, 1911. Letter to Lord Northcliffe, in full: “Many thanks for your very interesting letter which I have shown to Grey and to the Prime Minister. Let me know where you will be about Thursday or Friday of next week. I may have something of interest to tell you. I am enjoying my new work very much and making a lot of plans.” Double-matted and framed with a photo of Churchill to an overall size of 17 x 14.5. In fine condition, with a pencil notation in another hand to the upper left. Concerned about the prospects of a war with Germany and determined to prepare the Royal Navy, Churchill requested a position in the admiralty shortly before writing this letter; he seemingly got to work right away, and within the month, was appointed First Lord of Admiralty. Spending much of the final months of 1911 aboard the HMS Enchantress, the work that Churchill was “enjoying” included inspections of Royal Naval Barracks and ships, the launching of the battleship Centurion, and the honorable task of escorting the King and Queen to the 1911 Delhi Durbar. An excellent letter from the future prime minister just before securing his sought-after position at sea. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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