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    Sale 7548

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    12 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer (1874-1965). Autograph letter signed ('Winston') to Pamela, Countess of Lytton, 11 Morpeth Mansions, Westminster, 9 February 1934, 1½ pages, 8vo; envelope annotated by Pamela 'I think I asked him to write me his personal impressions of that hour'. Provenance: Pamela, Countess of Lytton; and by descent.

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    CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer (1874-1965). Autograph letter signed ('Winston') to Pamela, Countess of Lytton, 11 Morpeth Mansions, Westminster, 9 February 1934, 1½ pages, 8vo; envelope annotated by Pamela 'I think I asked him to write me his personal impressions of that hour'. Provenance: Pamela, Countess of Lytton; and by descent.

    THE DEATH OF A GOLDEN BOY. A heartbreaking evocation of the funeral at Knebworth of Pamela's elder son Antony: Churchill would happily comply with a request to memorialise the occasion if he could. But he retains only one impression: 'Your face transfixed in the sunset, conquering grief & comprehending Fate, as I saw you emerge from the old gateway behind the coffin which bore your hopes & your gallant son to a soldier's grave. That indeed I record as a blessed vision of a consolation which I trust and pray still abides in your heart'.

    Antony, Viscount Knebworth, died on 1 May 1933 in a flying accident. He had been seen as a paragon of a certain chivalric ideal, and the memorial volume to him, Antony, Viscount Knebworth. A Record of Youth (1935) made a deep impression on contemporary readers.


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