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World War II TYPED LETTER SIGNED by Winston Churchill as Prime Minister to Robert Graves

[With Thanks for a Copy of Graves' Latest Book]

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Date: 1943
Size (Details): (6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches)

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 16336

Description: A single-page note on PRIME MINISTER 10, Downing Street, Whitehall embossed notepaper (6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches) to the eminent man of letters, Robert Graves, dated February 13, 1943:

"My dear Robert Graves [all in Churchill's hand], Thank you so much for sending me the copy of your new book ‘Wife of Mr. Milton' which I am looking forward to reading as soon as I have an opportunity.
Yours sincerely,
[SIGNED] Winston S. Churchill."

The note is in excellent condition, with a single file punch in the upper left corner, and is here preserved with the original postmarked envelope embossed PRIME MINISTER.

ROBERT RANKE GRAVES (1895-1985) was an English poet, translator and novelist best known for his popular historical novels, including I, CLAUDIUS; his translations of Latin and Ancient Greek texts; and his own personal memoirs. The novel that Churchill refers to here would have been THE STORY OF MARIE POWELL: WIFE TO MR. MILTON, published by Cassell in 1943. Graves was one of Churchill's favorite authors and among the very few that Churchill made time to read during the war.

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