Rare autograph letter signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill to William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

  • Winston S. Churchill Autograph Letter Signed.

Winston S. Churchill Autograph Letter Signed.

Item Number: 95127

1955.

Two page autograph letter signed by British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill. Two pages on stationery with Churchill’s Hyde Park Gate address corrected in typewriter to La Capponcina. Dated October 6, 1955 and addressed to the Rt. Hon. Lord Beaverbrook, the letter reads “My Dear Max,” We have had a very pleasant three weeks here, and Clemmie is better. The Chef is excellent, and the garden lovely. I have painted another picture, and so far I have not spoiled it, which is something. We dined with the Prefet des Alpes Maritimes the other night, and I was glad to feel myself sincerely in a mood to congratulate France on clearing out of the United Nations and also on not going to Russia. I am getting a bit tired of this Nehruism, and I gather you are too. The Americans must have learned a lot. Mt. Billmeir of Lloyds has lent us a very convenient two- ton yacht which awaits our beck and call. Clemmmie is delighted with it, and I went to San Remo yesterday. But really I very rarely leave the garden which I like much. I think of you cold, bleak winter-ridden country with wonder and admiration that you have made this sacrifice for me. But perhaps you like to do it. That would only like it better. “Clemmie sends her love. Yours always Winston.” The recipient, William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook was a Canadian-British newspaper publisher who served as Churchill’s Minister of Aircraft Production from May 1940 to April 1941. He produced the largest circulation newspaper in the world, the Daily Express, which appealed to the conservative working class and was enormously influential on English politics. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Winston and Clementine Churchill. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional association.

Winston S. Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He was also an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian, a writer and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his overall, lifetime body of work. In 1963, he was the first of only eight people to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. Churchill was born into the family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer; his mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American socialite. As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote books about his campaigns. At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of Asquith's Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He then briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government under Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, then Secretary of State for the Colonies. After two years out of Parliament, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin's Conservative government of 1924–1929, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy. Out of office and politically "in the wilderness" during the 1930s because of his opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and in campaigning for rearmament. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. His speeches and radio broadcasts helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult days of 1940–41 when the British Commonwealth and Empire stood almost alone in its active opposition to Adolf Hitler. He led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured. After the Conservative Party suffered an unexpected defeat in the 1945 general election, he became Leader of the Opposition to the Labour Government. He publicly warned of an "Iron Curtain" of Soviet influence in Europe and promoted European unity. After winning the 1951 election, Churchill again became Prime Minister. His second term was preoccupied by foreign affairs, including the Malayan Emergency, Mau Mau Uprising, Korean War, and a UK-backed coup d'état in Iran. Domestically his government laid great emphasis on house-building. Churchill suffered a serious stroke in 1953 and retired as Prime Minister in 1955, although he remained a Member of Parliament until 1964. Upon his death aged ninety in 1965, Elizabeth II granted him the honor of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history.