[ Lever Brothers in the French Congo. ] Five Typed Letters Signed (all 'W H Lever') from the future Viscount Leverhulme to the French cotton magnate Jules Siegfried, on the Kouliou NIari Company in the French Congo, and French wartime achievements.

Author: 
William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925), soap manufacturer and philanthropist [ Jules Siegfried (1837-1922), French industrialist; Lever Brothers, Port Sunlight; the French Congo ]
Publication details: 
Four on letterheads of Port Sunlight, Cheshire; the fifth on letterhead of Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough, Cheshire. 1 September 1913 to 28 March 1917.
£250.00
SKU: 19397

Each of the five is 1p., 4to. The first three have mourning borders. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. In the first letter (1 September 1913) he expresses delight that Siegfried has 'agreed to join the board of the Kouliou [sic, for 'Kouilou'] Niari Company'. He is looking forward to 'having you interested in this great undertaking and to our jointly working with the Directors of the Company for the prosperity of the undertaking and for the development of that part of the French Congo.' In the second letter he repeats the same sentiments, adding that he has been 'a little overworked lately' and is 'feeling quite ready for the rest on board ship'. The third letter (22 April 1914) is a short one, regarding 'the happy and auspicious occasion of the visit of our King and Queen to Paris. These social visits and the increasing community of interests in Trade and Commerce between the two Nations are the best guarantee of a lasting and enduring Entente Cordiale'. In the fourth letter (30 December 1915) he expresses pleasure at having been 'associated with yourself and your Father in the French Congo undertaking. The War has been undoubtedly disastrous to any speedy development of this proposition, and I believe that it may have a further disastrous result to us in that it will postpone or altogether result in the abandonment of the proposal of the French Government to construct a railway from Point Noiri to Brazzaville'. In the last letter (28 March 1917) he assures him that 'we in England are proud to be allied with our brave French comrades in this war of civilization against barbarism. The deeds of the French soldiers have inspired us in this country with admiration and confidence, and stimulated by your example our own soldiers are encouraged to do all possible to bring this war to a speedy and conclusive victory for the Entente Allies.'