Month: March 2019

Facsimile Churchill Holograph Letters

Facsimile Churchill Holograph Letters

“Signed Holograph Letter…

…by the British Prime Min­is­ter, on debossed House of Com­mons Notepa­per, thank­ing a well-wish­er for a kind mes­sage on his birth­day, 1947. Fold­ed once, slight­ly yel­lowed from age, oth­er­wise a fine copy. $1200.” (This was an actu­al offer on the Inter­net, but the hon­est sell­er, alert­ed by an observ­er, con­sci­en­tious­ly with­drew the item.)

More than one col­lec­tor has been tak­en in by these remark­able fac­sim­i­le holo­graph notes, pro­duced by Churchill’s Pri­vate Office from 1945 through at least 1959—some of them so con­vinc­ing that casu­al observers swear they are orig­i­nals.

Facsimile Reproductions

From 1945, at least nine vari­a­tions of repli­ca holo­graph notes were repro­duced by the thou­sands by to thank well-wish­ers, whose con­grat­u­la­tions poured in on his birth­day and oth­er occa­sions.…

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Novelist and Statesman: The Two Winston Churchills

Novelist and Statesman: The Two Winston Churchills

Book­sellers spe­cial­iz­ing in Sir Win­ston S. Churchill are still fre­quent­ly offered books by Win­ston Churchill the Amer­i­can nov­el­ist. Their rela­tion­ship is worth a pass­ing glance.

Novelist Winston: Early Parallels

Win­ston Churchill was born in St. Louis, Mis­souri on 10 Novem­ber 1871 and edu­cat­ed in the city’s pub­lic schools (“pub­lic” in the Amer­i­can sense, “state schools” in the British sense). In 1894, a year before his Eng­lish coun­ter­part grad­u­at­ed from the Roy­al Mil­i­tary Col­lege (now Acad­e­my) at Sand­hurst, Churchill grad­u­at­ed from the Unit­ed States Naval Acad­e­my at Annapo­lis. After the Naval Acad­e­my, he served briefly on the edi­to­r­i­al staff of the Army and Navy Jour­nal.…

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The Complete Welsh Works of Winston Churchill

The Complete Welsh Works of Winston Churchill

Welsh Rarebits

It was sup­pos­ed­ly Blaise Pas­cal (not Win­ston Churchill) who said he was going to give a long speech because he hadn’t the time to pre­pare a short one. I have an idea for a short speech that will take no time at all: The Whole Welsh Works of Win­ston.

I was actu­al­ly going to use this as an intro to a longer talk at Hills­dale Col­lege lat­er this month. We decid­ed it was too obscure to mat­ter to most lis­ten­ers. It might even bore them, except for any Welsh in the audi­ence. (Who would cer­tain­ly deplore my pro­nun­ci­a­tion.)

For the record though, I offer here­with the com­plete Welsh Works of Sir Win­ston Churchill—at least those known to me.…

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