TLS signed “Edward,” one page, 6 x 8.75, personal royal crest letterhead, April 11, 1947. Letter to Sir Williams Rootes at Devonshire House in London. In part: “The Duchess and I will be arriving in Great Britain from New York in ‘Queen Elisabeth’ on May 14…We shall be stopping at ‘Charters.’ Sunninghill, and I would like to hire a Rootes automobile for this period. Will you therefore have your office communicate with Colonel Gordon Sheriff…who will give the chauffeur you will assign to drive me instruction as to meeting us…I wish to thank you for storing my Buick-51 automobile…I am afraid you have been subjected to great hardships at the hands of the weather and the Socialist government since I last saw you, and the reports I hear from our country are not encouraging.” Expertly double-matted and framed with a photo of Edward to an overall size of 17 x 14.5. In fine condition. Accompanied by an original typed telegram from Edward to Rootes, thanking him for the loan of a “Special Humber” and saying that the Buick will be used as a secondary car. Rootes was a British automaker whose Rootes Group owned the Humber brand, a maker of luxury vehicles; during World War II, Rootes oversaw the manufacture of armaments ranging from armored fighting vehicles to airplanes, and also organized the reconstruction of Coventry after its saturation bombing by the Luftwaffe in 1940. A wonderful letter combining the extravagance of British royalty with the legacy of an important industrial leader. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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