Tag: “My Early Life”

Unpunctuality: Churchill’s Vice

Unpunctuality: Churchill’s Vice

I have been told that when Churchill arrived late for a meet­ing with the Queen, express­ing his regret by say­ing, “My sin­cere apolo­gies madam, I start­ed too late.” But I haven’t found any ref­er­ence to this. Can you help? —A.P.-H., Eng­land

This famous late show was not with the Queen but with the Prince of Wales, lat­er Edward VII (1901-10). Robert Lewis Tay­lor, in Win­ston Churchill: An Infor­mal Study of Great­ness (New York Dou­ble­day, 1952, 16) writes:

As a very young sub­al­tern, he once kept the Prince of Wales and a din­ner par­ty of twelve wait­ing for near­ly an hour.…

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The Word Play of “Notability or Notoriety”

The Word Play of “Notability or Notoriety”

One remark I love to quote but can­not locate is WSC’s self avowed quest for fame by “nota­bil­i­ty or noto­ri­ety.” Great word play. The best I can remem­ber is see­ing it in one of the ear­ly com­pan­ion vol­umes of the offi­cial biog­ra­phy, edit­ed by his son Ran­dolph. —M.W., New Jer­sey

I have sent this to sev­er­al col­leagues to help fath­om, because I can­not pro­vide you with the ref­er­ence. In search­ing my scanned data, the only instance of “nota­bil­i­ty and noto­ri­ety” (togeth­er) is in Finest Hour 99, p 19 (“Pat­terns in Churchill’s Charmed Life” by Man­fred Wei­d­horn).…

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Churchill’s Escape from the Boers, 1899

Churchill’s Escape from the Boers, 1899

Please can you com­ment on, the “Dutch­man, Bur­gen­er by name,” men­tioned by Churchill in his account of his escape from the Boers in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy, My Ear­ly Life? Is he one and the same per­son as the Charles Burn­ham men­tioned by Sir Mar­tin Gilbert in Churchill: A Life? Per­haps the sur­name was changed to pro­tect Mr Burnham`s posi­tion in South Africa, even though three decades had elapsed by the pub­li­ca­tion of My Ear­ly Life? It seems cer­tain that Churchill knew of Charles Burn­ham and the role that he had played: the lat­ter had writ­ten to him in 1908 (Vol.

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