TYPED LETTER SIGNED to "Mrs. P." by Winston Churchill
["…do not worry about anything."]
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(10 x 8 inches)
Churchill at Chartwell
At the onset of his "Wilderness Years," in 1930, Winston Churchill hired Mrs. Violet Pearman as his first resident secretary, based almost exclusively by his side at Chartwell. "Mrs. P." quickly became indispensable to Churchill, sharing these tumultuous years as intimately as anyone; taking down just about every word of Churchill's letters, articles and book-length literary endeavors by hand herself.In this very personal letter, dated March 23, 1936, on Chartwell letterhead, Churchill anxiously offers to pay for Mrs. Pearman's medical expenses resulting from an accident.Dear Mrs. Pearman, You must certainly stay in bed until you are fit to be ex-rayed, and then follow the Doctor's orders," Churchill writes. "Let me know when you are able to do any typing... But get well as soon as you can, and do not worry about anything. If you are not insured I will pay for any necessary scientific treatment that is required, and your salary of course will continue during this illness. I am so sorry you have had this accident."The letter is SIGNED, as Churchill only signed for intimates, with his initials: "Yours sincerely, WC." The single-page letter measure 10 x 8 inches and is in very good condition, with light foxing and some creasing, else fine. A very rare window into Churchill's private working world during his darkest, yet most productive, period.
Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).