WINSTON S. CHURCHILL - AUTOGRAPH - LETTER - 1908 - LAWSUIT - SOUTH AFRICA For Sale
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WINSTON S. CHURCHILL - AUTOGRAPH - LETTER - 1908 - LAWSUIT - SOUTH AFRICA:
Winston S. Churchill
LAWSUIT FOR LIBEL / BOER
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph Letter Signed ("Winston S. Churchill") in black ink, June 25, 1908.
5" x 8", 3 pages, on bifold leaf.
Together with the original holograph mailing envelope with Churchill's printed return signature, with red London "Official" postmark; on the verso is a Manchester postmark.
To editor James Nicoll Dunn
In part: "I am v[er]y glad indeed to receive the copy you have been good enough to send me of the Manchester Courier containing a retraction of the charges made against me in terms that are perfectly satisfactory with me. I am also obliged to you for the friendly spirit of your leading article on the same subject. I have been willing to allow this matter to reach a friendly settlement, principally because I know quite well that you were not in any degree personally responsible for the libel wh[ich] appeared, that it was due to inadvertence & great press of work, & that all such methods are in complete disharmony with the high & honourable traditions of journalism which you have personally sustained..."
At the time of writing, Churchill was in the first weeks as the new President of the Board of Trade, in which capacity he oversaw a far reaching slate of social and labor reforms. The "charges" he alludes to were the suggestions that he had broken his parole while a prisoner of the Boers in South Africa. Churchill had initiated a libel action, but he withdrew the lawsuit when the Courier apologized*. Less than two months after writing this letter, Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier, who would become his lifelong companion and bear him five children.
*See Volume II, page 259 in Randolph S. Churchill's biography of Winston S. Churchill.
Churchill (1874-1965), born November 30, 1874; died January 24, 1965; English statesman and author; member of Parliament (1901-22; 1924-65); Prime Minister (1940-45; 1951-55); won Nobel Prize for Literature (1953).
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