Lot n° 660
2000 - 2500
Result with fees
: 8 450EUR
CHURCHILL Winston (1874-1965) homme d'Etat anglais.
P.S. "W.S.C." in red pencil, March 16, 1918; 1 page and a quarter in folio. Typed on administrative paper (small slits at top).
Draft letter as Minister of Munitions on American intervention at the end of the war 1914-1918. His feeling is that we have got to help the Americans in every way possible ("my feeling is that we have got to help the Americans in every way in our power"). With what is happening in the East, the future is in a great alliance and comradeship with them. To get American troops into Europe in large numbers, and to
get their armies into the fighting line where they share our losses and struggles ("To get American troops into Europe in large numbers, and to get their armies into the fighting line where they share our losses and struggles"), seems to Churchill to be the reason on which the survival of the State and Empire rests, and he will not allow haggling over a few thousand tons of this or that, necessary to speed up the deployment of their armed forces, to stand in the way of the full support which must be given them... Mr. Mr. Weir is already more than tired of the idea of tougher negotiations as if the British were neutral and the Americans were the only belligerents.
Every little bit of help they are given will in turn be worth the possibility of a larger scale intervention on their part in a conflict where the needs and risks are incomparably greater than their own.... At the bottom of the page, Walter Layton, Churchill's statistical adviser and future editor of the Economist newspaper, noted that he has prepared a new version; overleaf are further comments by Layton and Churchill secretary Edward Marsh on this subject.
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