Gaulle, Charles de. Autograph letter signed ("Charles de Gaulle"), 2 pages (7 x 4 3/8 in.; 178 x 110 mm), Wimereux, 26 September 1909, to M. & Mme. Charles Cotte in Bergerac; formerly folded, fold tear in blank conjugate leaf. Maroon cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine, transcription and English translation laid in. De Gaulle writes to family friends as he is about to begin a military career: "It is, moreover, in the most modest fashion that I shall begin this new life. From the 10th of October next, I will have to wear the uniform of a common soldier. Then spend two years at L'Ecole de Saint Cyr, and next the épaulette."
Washington, Booker T. Mimeographed letter signed ("Booker T. Washington"), 1 page (11 x 8 1/2 in.; 280 x 215 mm) on letterhead of The Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Alabama, 10 October 1914, to the Editor of the Herald; formerly folded, marginal soiling, three small holes two of which touch (but do not obscure) the text. Blue half-morocco drop-box, gilt-stamped title on spine. A letter to organize "Pig Clubs" to encourage families to raise pigs as a source of income during the deprivations of World War I.
Sun Yat Sen. Autograph letter signed ("Sun Yat Sen"), 1 1/2 pages (11 x 8 1/4 in.; 280 x 210 mm), Tokyo, Japan, 2 February 1915, to Mrs. Cecil W. Troxel; silked on verso, purple stains in margins. Blue half-morocco drop-box, gilt-stamped title on spine, typed transcription. Writing the wife of a missionary in China (who died in 1944), he justifies his visit to the Ming tomb, and appraises his own contribution: "My visiting is merely a commemoration to a man, who gone before me, had done the same act as I did - to vanquish a foreign conqueror from one's Fatherland. For China had been twice completely conquered by alien races: the first time by the Mongol, the second time by the Manchu. The first Emperor of the Mings was the first man that restored the country to the Chinese, and I am the second that achieved the same work many centuries after him ... Thus you see there is no reason whatever for you to disturb your mind for years."
Churchill, Winston. Typed statement signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), 1 page (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.; 242 x 190 mm) on his "28 Hyde Park Gate" letterhead, La Pausa [Villa], Roquebrune, France, February 1957, to the George Washington Birthday Ball of the English-Speaking Union's Educational Trust; formerly folded. Red cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Churchill sends his best wishes: "The cause of the English-Speaking Union's Educational Trust is a most worthy one, and its work of furthering understanding and friendship between the English-speaking peoples is now more important than ever."
Eden, Anthony, Earl of Avon. Typed statement signed ("Avon, Anthony Eden"), 1 page (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.; 215 x 140 mm), no place or date [?1955], "Prime Minister Anthony Eden Meets with Parliament And Pays Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill," ownership stamp on verso. Green cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title label on spine. One of several addresses apparently given by MPs on the occasion of Churchill's retirement as PM: "Although my Right Honourable Friend has perhaps the widest and most varied interest in life of any man we are likely to know ... I still think that his passion was the political life ... No man I have ever known could make one understand the range of a problem and, at the same time, go straight to its core ... In spirit there was the magnanimity ... Finally ... there was the humour, the humour based in the incomparable command of the English language ..."
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