TYPED LETTER SIGNED to Winston Churchill’s Principal Proof Reader

“I am greatly obliged to you for all you have done.”


1 sheet (9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches)

Item Number: 207544



Typed letter signed to Winston Churchill’s principal proof reader, C.C. Wood, dated September 7, 1953, on Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street letterhead:

Dear Mr. Wood,
I send you a check for £400 which must cover your work until the end of October. After that I do not need further use of your services. There is no question of my becoming responsible for any work you may do for Cassells in correcting proofs. I am greatly obliged to you for all you have done.
Yours sincerely,
Winston S. Churchill

The letter (9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches) is in very good condition, with the standard mailing folds and one upper corner file punch that is not fully punched through.

C.C. WOOD, as chief copy editor for publisher George G. Harrap, first worked for Winston Churchill proofreading his four-volume Marlborough biography throughout the 1930s. The abstemonious Wood, whom Churchill once described as “indefatigable, interminable, intolerable,” did not endear himself to his boss by neither smoking nor drinking. Churchill ultimately decided to do without Wood’s services for his Second World War memoirs. When the first English edition of THE GATHERING STORM, however, was published with an embarrassing number of typographic errors, Churchill brought Wood back and stuck with him through the end of work on A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES, though, as this letter evidences, Churchill kept letting Wood go and then calling him back.