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28 November 2011
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed to [H.A.F.] Currie, on Colonial Office paper [but actually near Nairobi], 6 November 1907, writing to the manager of the Uganda Railway during his 'African Journey' to discuss plans for a deep water harbour at Kilindini [Mombasa, the coastal starting point of the Uganda Railway], asking initially for a proposal for a floating landing stage alongside the new jetty, 'I presume ships would have to be warped up to such a stage by means of buoys strong enough to resist the currents', putting two further proposals as to freight payments and the construction of a bonded warehouse at Nairobi, and concluding in a postscript with praise of the Uganda railway, which reflects 'high credit on everyone concerned in its upkeep & management', 2 pages, 4to, on a bifolium.
Churchill wrote to his mother on the same day from 'Camp Thika (half-way between Nairobi-Fort Hall)'. His having taken a stock of Colonial Office paper with him rather gives the lie to the supposedly unofficial nature of his African tour in late 1907. Churchill was to enlarge upon his plans for a harbour at Mombasa in the first chapter of My African Journey.
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