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Clementine Spencer-Churchill

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Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill, GBE, 1885-1977.  Wife of Sir Winston Churchill.  Typed Letter Signed, Clementine S. Churchill, with holograph addition, octvao, on engraved stationery of 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, February 1, 1952.  With original envelope.

Clementine, then wife of the Prime Minister, thanks a constituent for a gift of flowers.  In full:  “How charming of you and Mr. Vaughan to send me those lovely flowers.  /  I am so glad that you both enjoyed our party; I did very much.  It was a great pleasure to see our friends from the Constituency."

This letter was written only five days before the death of King George VI, whose image appears on the stamps on the envelope that accompanies it.

Clementine married Winston S. Churchill in 1908.  She was a strong and effective spouse throughout his long life, particularly in the trying days of World War II.  She had her own separate roles as well:  While Winston served as Minister of Munitions during World War I, Clementine organized canteens for munitions workers on behalf of the YMCA in London.  During World War II, while Winston led Britain as Prime Minister, Clementine served as the president of the YWCA War Time Appeal and chaired both the Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund and the Fulmer Chase Maternity Hospital for Wives of Junior Officers.

After World War II, Clementine received honorary degrees from Oxford and Bristol Universities and the University of Glasgow.  In 1965, some four months after Winston died, she was created a life peer as Baroness Spencer-Churchill, of Chartwell in the County of Kent, entitled to sit in the House of Lords.  She died of a heart attack at age 92.

Overall this letter is in very fine condition, with only normal mailing folds, one of which passes vertically through the signature.  Clementine has boldly signed in blue and, in British style, has penned the salutation by hand.  The accompanying envelope is in fine condition.




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