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WINSTON  CHURCHILL
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DURING WORLD WAR I, CHURCHILL WRITES TO THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALY ABOUT APPOINTING A MAN “TO SERVE AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ADMIRALTY ON THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY WHICH I AM SETTING UP TO INVESTIGATE THE LABOUR TROUBLE OF LAST WEEK”

 

WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874-1965).  Churchill was the British Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. He was awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

 

ALS. 1pg. 5” x 8”. July 31, 1918. Whitehall Place.  An autograph letter signed Winston S. Churchill to Eric Geddes, then the First Lord of the Admiralty.  Churchill, then the newly installed Minister of Munitions, worked to improve the department’s operations.  He also threatened to put striking munitions employees in the army.  Churchill wrote: “My dear Geddes, I shall be very much obliged to you if you will allow Sir Robert Horne to serve as a representative of the Admiralty on the Committee of Enquiry which I am setting up to investigate the labour trouble of last week.  I am anxious to announce the composition of the Committee tomorrow, so I shd [sic] be grateful for a very early reply.  Yours sincerely Winston S. Churchill.  Previous to World War I, there had been labor strikes in England, but they subsided with the onset of the Great War.  In the later part of World War I, some labor unrest began again because of stagnant wages and rising prices.  Eric Geddes was a British businessman and Conservative Member of Parliament.  Sir Robert Horne was a Scottish politician, Member of Parliament, and  Minister of Labour under David Lloyd George in 1919 and 1920.  The letter is attractively framed with a photograph of the young Churchill.