Four albums of manuscripts/letters together with Army Pageant and 3 printed books
Lot 130
CHURCHILL, ROBERTS and ARMY CHARITY
Sold for £2,400 (US$ 3,895) inc. premium

Lot Details
CHURCHILL, ROBERTS and ARMY CHARITY
Papers of Sir Algernon Tudor-Craig KBE, FSA, chiefly pertaining to his work for army charities, including the Incorporated Soldiers & Sailors Help Society and Lord Roberts's Veterans Relief Fund, especially the Army Pageant of 1910 as well as the Imperial Services Exhibition of 1913, bound into four albums, including letters by Sir George White (15), Evelyn Wood (to White), Garnett Wolseley (recommending "one of those unfortunate fools who having a good pension has commuted it, and is now in distressed circumstances"), Methuen, Redvers Buller (group), Smith-Dorrien, Reginald Wingate (from Cairo), Ian Hamilton, Baden Powell (6, one asking him to make "a totem head for our Wolf Cub organization"), Byng of Vimy, Jellicoe, Prince Louis of Battenberg, Beresford, Roger Keyes, Ronald Storrs, Alfred Harmsworth ("...we may be able to use some of your men..."), Northcliffe, Major Alfred Wood (on behalf of Conan Doyle), John Galsworthy, the painter Lady Butler (sending exhibition earnings to his charity), Bonar Law, Lord Cromer (from Cairo), Frank Benson (series: "had a nice letter from Kipling, saying we can use any of his stuff... Private. Kipling says his poems are too long for what Haldane has left of the British Army. He also says we may publish the following Ode [quoting the limerick starting 'There once was a nation that warred', thus confirming Kipling's authorship, hitherto in doubt]), Gerald du Maurier, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, H.B. Irving, J. Martin-Harvey, George Alexander, Dion Boucicault, Marie Tempest, Gladys Cooper, Lady Diana Manners, the Archbishop of Canterbury (agreeing, nervously, to become patron of the Army Pageant of 1910), and others, the albums generously illustrated with chromo-lithographed caricatures by 'Spy' and others; one album devoted to some sixty letters, mostly autograph, by Earl Roberts to Tudor Craig, dating from 1905 up until a month before his death in November 1914, concerning his Veterans' Relief Fund (administered by Craig) as well as the Incorporated Soldiers & Sailors Society, the Imperial Services Exhibition and the Army Pageant; the album also containing two letters by Roberts to Sir George White and one by Evelyn Wood, plus his autograph Introduction to the Army Pageant book, tickets to his funeral etc.; together with a lavishly extra-illustrated copy of the edition-de-luxe of The Book of the Army Pageant, edited by F.R. Benson and Algernon Tudor Craig (1910), and other publications

Footnotes

  • Included in the lot is a typed letter signed by Winston Churchill, as First Lord, to Lord Cheylesmore (Chairman of the Incorporated Soldiers & Sailors Help Society), about the Imperial Services Exhibition (4 March 1913), bound with caricatures by 'Nibs' and 'Spy' (trimmed).
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