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ID: 2432
Typed letter signed, following to Munich agreement.
CHAMBERLAIN, Neville


Category: History

Place/Publisher/Date:
Downing Street, London. No Publisher..

Description:

A one page typed signed letter on 10 Downing Street headed paper, dated 24th October 1938, in response to a letter from The Dreadnought Sea Angling Society, of Regent St. London. The Angling Society thank Chamberlain for his "wonderful work successfully accomplished by yourself in the interests of humanity. May you ever throw a true line, maintain a firm grip of the butt, and enjoy a full creel -- of peace and happiness." Chamberlain replied "Please accept my very warm thanks for your kind message. During these difficult and anxious times through which we are passing the expressions of sympathy and goodwill which I have received from all quarters have been a source of great strength to me.
This exchange came shortly after Chamberlain and Hitler had signed the Munich agreement. On his return to London Chamberlain revived the phrase used by Disraeli - he said he had brought 'peace with honour'. The agreement earned him a reputation for weakness, though it has been argued that it was essential to gain time for rearmament. At the time appeasement was an almost universally accepted policy as this exchange of letters goes to demonstrate. Fine in the original Downing Street envelope. It should also be recalled that Chamberlain was a keen angler.

Price £300.00

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