To Sir Henry Wilson On War Office Letterhead


By: Winston S. Churchill

8 x 5 inches (Single sheet folded in quarto)

Item Number: 212135

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In mint condition, all in Churchill’s hand, dated December 3, 1920 (“3.XII.20”), on War Office, Whitehall embossed notepaper, to then-Chief of the Imperial General Staff Sir Henry Wilson:
My dear Wilson,
I do hope you are less anxious today about yr. wife. I have been reproaching myself for being disagreeable yesterday when you have this trouble on your mind & all yr. other worries.
We have all had a hard time. All good wishes.
Yours sincerely,
Winston S. Churchill

There are a few specks of foxing near the upper left edge of the letter, else fine.

SIR HENRY WILSON (1864-1922) was Chief of the General Staff from 1918-1922, and was close to Winston Churchill during those years. Though he held mixed feelings about Churchill’s military abilities, he valued his energy and, as he noted in his diary: “It always amuses me to talk to Winston.” This letter followed by a matter of days the murder of six British officers by Sin Fein gunmen in Ireland. Wilson advocated with Churchill for “strong government measures,” in response. Elected a Unionist MP for Ulster in 1922, Wilson was himself murdered by two Sin Fein assasins on the steps of his London home that year.