Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Lee of Fareham') from Arthur Hamilton Lee, Viscount Lee of Fareham, to Morley Stuart, editor of the Cambridge Daily News, with reference to his 'old friend' the Marquess of Willingdon.

Arthur Hamilton Lee (1868-1947), Viscount Lee of Fareham, soldier and politician [Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon (1866-1941), Viceroy of India; Morley Stuart; Cambridge Daily News]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Old Quarries, Avening, Gloucestershire. 20 and 24 October 1940.
SKU: 13427

Both items 2pp., 12mo. Both in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight evidence of previous mounting. The first letter (addressed to 'The Editor | Cambridge Daily News') begins: 'When I received my L.L.D Degree from the University (in June 1931) you published in your issue of June 6, some photographs of the procession to the Senate House on that occasion.' He is writing 'on the off chance' that 'original prints' survive, 'as I am most anxious to obtain one, for my Autobiography, if it is in any way possible to do so'. In the second letter (to 'Mr. Stuart') he thanks the editor for the trouble he has taken: 'The photograph is excellent and exactly what I wanted.' He is also 'much amused' by Stuart's 'reminiscence of the Hastings Election (1906, I assume), but shocked to learn (what I had entirely forgotten) that I could ever have spoken against my old friend Freeman Willingdon!' (Fareham was a Conservative, and Willingdon a Liberal.) He recalls that he has stayed with Willingdon 'in India & elsewhere so often since; and was his Sponsor when he took his seat as a "Viscount", in the House of Lords; some 15 years ago.' To prove that there is 'no permanent breach', he is sending a photograph taken when Willingdon 'gave away the Prizes at Cheltenham College - of which I was President'.