• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5309

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    2 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 309 A

    CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer (1874-1965). Autograph letter signed (with initials, 'W.C.') to Captain [Richard] Webb (director of the Trade Division of the Admiralty), Admiralty, 23 August [1914], one page, 8vo (paper-clip stain in upper margin), together with a typed copy of a report, 3 pages, 4to. Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 20 July 1980, lot 123; the Spiro Family Collection.

    Writing three weeks after the outbreak of the First World War, Churchill proposes 'to issue a reassuring statement about the trade & to publish the figures of arrivals & departures [of ships in British ports]'. The typed report (corrected in pencil in a different hand) considers the possible military threat of German merchant vessels, and counter-measures: 'The menace of the German commerce-destroying merchant-ship would thus appear to have failed'. (2)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer (1874-1965). Autograph letter signed (with initials, 'W.C.') to Captain [Richard] Webb (director of the Trade Division of the Admiralty), Admiralty, 23 August [1914], one page, 8vo (paper-clip stain in upper margin), together with a typed copy of a report, 3 pages, 4to. Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 20 July 1980, lot 123; the Spiro Family Collection.

    Writing three weeks after the outbreak of the First World War, Churchill proposes 'to issue a reassuring statement about the trade & to publish the figures of arrivals & departures [of ships in British ports]'. The typed report (corrected in pencil in a different hand) considers the possible military threat of German merchant vessels, and counter-measures: 'The menace of the German commerce-destroying merchant-ship would thus appear to have failed'. (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Special Notice

    No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.