ALS of Winston Churchill, Jan 1895, Reporting on illness of his father, 12pp
Lot 362
CHURCHILL, WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER, SIR. 1874-1965.
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CHURCHILL, WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER, SIR. 1874-1965.
RARE EARLY CHURCHILL LETTER DESCRIBING HIS FATHER’S FINAL DAYS.
Autograph Letter Signed (“Winston S. Churchill”), 11 pp recto and verso, 8vo, the Deepdene, Dorking, January 3, 1895, to Claude Rome, leaves creased horizontally and vertically, some toning and soiling throughout.

The Christmas season of 1894-95 was sad for the Churchills, as the illness that had plagued Winston’s father Randolph Churchill for the past few years—thought by contemporaries to be tertiary syphilis, but today theorized by some historians to have been a brain tumor—was drawing to its inevitable close. In this letter, written as Churchill is transitioning between the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and his appointment to the Fourth Queen’s Own Hussars Cavalry, Churchill confesses to a school chum of his sadness at the impending death of his father. In part: “My father has made an extraordinary rally—but as I told you some time ago the malady is one which can only have one end—and we do not expect any permanent good to result from this temporary improvement. Of course my arrangements for Hindlip have all fallen through as I cannot think of going either to hunts, parties, or balls, at present. / I may however go for two or three days when no one is there. This is a great nuisance as I had looked to meeting Master Spender Clay there—where I should have had an opportunity of putting facts before him in their true light. He is a damned nuisance and I will score him off someday. / Altogether, though I am having a pleasant time here with the Duchess Lily—my Christmas arrangements have been altogether destroyed & such pleasures as I have are always taken with a feeling of gloom—it is impossible to shake off. It is rather a sad time.” Churchill closes: “It was very nice of you to write—for though I have had very many letters of sympathy from strangers etc, I have only about half a dozen from my own friends. I am always regretting having left Sandhurst….”
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