EDWARD VIII (1894-1972), King of England, Duke of Windsor. Seven autograph letters signed (as Prince of Wales, 'Edward'), including six to Captain [Bryan Godfrey] Godfrey-Faussett, Norway, Sandringham, British Army Head-Quarters in France and General Headquarters, British Forces in Italy, 1914, 27 March 1914 - 4 June 1918; and one to Walter Long, Headquarters, B.E.F., 4 May 1917, together 15 pages, 8vo (punch-holes affecting approximately 10 words in each letter, cigarette burn on letter of 27.3.1915, traces of sellotape on left edge of letter of 4.7.1918). Provenance: the Spiro Family Collection.
Frank and chatty letters to Captain Faussett, exhibiting the Prince's enthusiasms and patriotism, his discontent with his non-combatant role in the War, and his boredom with official engagements: 'Of course I haven't got a proper job which is v. painful to me, as I feel I'm kept too much in "a glass case" ... I hold commissions in both services & yet I'm not allowed to fight ... Bertie writes depressed letters saying how wretched it [is] up at Scapa or wherever the 1st B.A. may happen to be': 'I must own that from the reports published in the papers, anyone at home might think we were ½ way to Berlin!!'.
Captain (later Sir) Bryan Godfrey-Faussett (1863-1945) was friend and equerry to George V, and equerry to the Prince of Wales from 1901 to 1910. He rejoined the King's staff in 1915, corresponding with both Prince Edward and his brother, Albert (later George VI). (7)