CHURCHILL, Winston S. A group of seven typed letters signed ("Winston S. Churchill," "W.S. Churchill," or "Winston S. C."), to various recipients, relating to Churchill's literary and publishing career, 1916-1934. Together 7 pages, 4to, Chartwell, Cromwell Road, Sussex Square and Cannes stationery.
"THEY MAY AMUSE AN IDLE HOUR": A FINE GROUP OF LETTERS SHOWING CHURCHILL THE AUTHOR TENDING TO HIS TRADE
The group comprises: TLS to Massie, 27 November 1916: inquiring "what would be the cost of protecting the copyright by printing and publishing a pamphlet," probably his The Fighting Line (1916). "Also what the 'publishing' amounts to..." -- TLS to Gen. Maurice, 19 January 1923. Thanks to the head of the Army historical service, "for your reading the proofs of three chapters" of Churchill's Great War history, The World Crisis, "and am delighted with your favourable opinion..." -- TLS to E.A. Dixon, 25 August 1923. Another query about his World Crisis, this time concerning the Dardanelles and Gallipoli: "What is your figure for the British losses at Gallipoli? April 25 to May 9 inclusive?" He notes "there is a serious discrepancy between the statement of the Admiralty Committee that visited Constantiople after the war and the figures which appear in Admiral von Usedom's correspondence..." -- TLS to Lord Beaverbrook, 17 September 1930. Sending proofs of his book, most likely My Early Life. "They may amuse an idle hour. We both had to try very hard when we were young." -- TLS to Newman Flower, 28 December 1933. Reminding Flower that £1,000 "was due to me this December and I shall be glad to receive it. I have already set on foot some of the preliminary studies which this work shall require..." (his life of Marlborough). -- TLS to the historian G. M. Trevelyan, 10 March 1934. "I am very glad indeed that you are not dissatisfied with the preface I wrote for Paget's Examen..." -- TLS to Thornton Butterworth, 4 April 1934. Sending Butterworth his share of Churchill's payment for the serialization of The World Crisis. "They think there will be another £1500 to come, so we have not done so badly from this venture." Together 7 items. (7)