[ Major Claud Pascoe, City Editor of the Toronto Daily Star. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Claude Pascoe'), putting a business proposition to Capt. C. W. Townsend, his former colleague in the British Military Mission to South Russia during the Civil W

Author: 
Major Claud Pascoe [ Claud Alfred Leonard Pascoe ] (1886-1960), City Editor of the Toronto Daily Star
Publication details: 
Toronto Daily Star, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 21 September 1921. On letterhead of 'Walker House Public Writing Room'.
£85.00
SKU: 20368

From the papers of the recipient Captain Cecil William Townsend of the British Military Mission to South Russia. The two men had been comrades. In March 1920 'Lt, temp Major Claud Alfred Leonard Pascoe, 2nd London Regt, attd to MGC' received the OBE, 'on the recommendation of the General Officer Commanding, British Military Mission, in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in South Russia'. See the reference to Pascoe in Scott Young's 1988 biography of Gordon Sinclair. 2pp., 8vo. On an elaborate letterhead of 'Geo. Wright' and 'E. M. Carroll', printed in dark and light green, with illustration of 'Toronto's Two Famous Hotels' Walker House and Carls Rite flanking Union Station, and border. Printed at the foot: 'This letter was sent from Walker House Public Writing Room' and at bottom left a medallion with the motto: 'From the House of Plenty | The Walker House'. In good condition, lightly aged. Not having received any answers to his letters he wonders whether Townsend 'had gone back to Russia'. He has 'a business proposition' to make to him, 'but it must be no '. He explains: 'If you have any photos of Russia I can get you a decent price for them here I think so send them along before the subject gets too dead'. It does not matter if the pictures have already appeared in England: 'people here would not have seen them – dont pass this up'. He sends best wishes to Townsend and 'Madame your Russ Lady'. (Townsend had married the daughter of a White Russian colonel the year before.) 'There are many Russians here in Toronto many of good families, 3000 in all I know many it is very interesting.' He is 'fit and well and working hard[.] I hope the day comes when I shall be able to go back to Russia for the country is a fine one and I love the people when they are not engaged in active slaughter.' He asks to be remembered 'to all old ' and ends: 'dont forget to answer this and send the stuff along you'll be glad when you get the dollars'.