ASTOR

[ Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. ] Typed Letter Signed, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, to Mrs. B. Le Cras, defending Sir Eyre Crowe against the charge of being too soft on the Germans.

Author: 
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952), American-born English politician and newspaper proprietor [ Sir Eyre Crowe (1864-1925), diplomat ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Ministry of Food, Palace Chambers, Westminster, London, S.W.1. 23 January 1919.
£65.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. His reply to her letter has been delayed by his 'absence in Paris on official business'. He is 'satisfied that the attacks upon Sir Eyre Crowe are based upon entire ignorance of the facts'. Crowe 'has always held strongly anti-German views and expressed himself officially in this sense as long ago as 1908'. Astor understands 'that the Kaiser personally requested his removal from the Foreign Office for this reason on more than one occasion'.

[ Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, first female Member of Parliament to take her seat. ] Typed Circular, signed in autograph 'Nancy Astor' and addressed by her to 'Mr. Le Gras', expressing thanks for assistance in her election campaign.

Author: 
Nancy Astor [ Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor ] (1879-1964), first female Member of Parliament to take her seat
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 St. James's Square, S.W.1 [ London ]. [ 24 ] November 1919.
£50.00

1p., 4to. With mourning border. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. A duplicated typed circular, thanking the recipient for 'great and unselfish service during the last fortnight [...] I know you have been fighting for principle and for country [...] Without the personal effort of so many, our campaign could not have been carried out so successfully'. Le Cras's wife was one of Astor's agents in the campaign, and a collection of her papers relating to it are offered separately.

[ Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor. ] Autograph Card Signed ('W. Astor') to 'Mr. Spender'

Author: 
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952), American-born English politician and newspaper proprietor, Member of Parliament for Plymouth
Publication details: 
With letterhead 3 Elliot Terrace, The Hoe, Plymouth. 9 December 1913.
£35.00

On both sides of a 9 x 11 cm. grey card. He thanks Spender for 'having given yesterday's meeting & proceedings generally such a full report in the W. M. News'. He considers that the report will 'help those who could not be present to realise the solemnity & depth of feeling which existed'.

[John Jay Chapman, American essayist.] Autograph Draft of Letter to Kenneth Macgowan, President, Harvard Dramatic Club, regarding the reading of a play 'under the auspices of the Dramatic Club'.

Author: 
John Jay Chapman (1862-1933), American author, husband of Elizabeth Astor Winthrop Chanler (1866-1937) [Kenneth Macgowan (1888-1963), President, Harvard Dramatic Club]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sylvania, Barrytown-on-Hudson [New York state]. 3 November 1910.
£120.00

2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. He writes that he will be 'most delighted to read the play under the auspices of the Dramatic Club'. He suggests a date, 'as being the farthest off & giving time generally', but if another is preferable, he 'can attend'. If Macgowan 'will fix the day and let know [sic] - (in case Monday is a bad day)', he will 'follow your decision'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Bill') to Astor ('Max'), on the death of his father Lord Beaverbrook.

Author: 
William Waldorf Astor (1907-1966), 3rd Viscount Astor [Sir John William Maxwell Aitken (1910-1985), 2nd Baronet; Max Aitken
Publication details: 
9 June 1964; on Cliveden House letterhead.
£56.00

4to, 2 pp. Very good. Small ink tick at head of first page (not affecting text).

Typed Letter Signed ('Violet Astor') to 'Miss Morland', as 'Chairman, Middlesex Hospital Rose Day Committee'.

Author: 
Violet Astor, Lady Astor of Hever [née Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound] (1889-1965), wife of John Jacob Astor
Publication details: 
14 June 1932; on letterhead of The Middlesex Hospital, W.1.
£35.00

4to: 1 p. On grubby, aged paper, with crease to one corner. Laid down on a leaf removed from an autograph album. Thanking the recipient for 'selling Roses in the Middlesex Hospital Area' on 'Alexandra Rose Day'. 'The total sum collected in our Area amounted to £680. 10s. 6d. which is most satisfactory, and I do hope you will feel rewarded for your trouble and fatigue by this very gratifying result.' Docketed at foot 'Viscount Astor'.

Typed Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Lyon'.

Author: 
Lady Violet Astor
Publication details: 
27 July 1933; on letterhead '18, CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE, | S.W.1'.
£50.00

Violet Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (1889-1965), daughter of the Earl of Minto and wife of newspaper proprietor John Jacob Astor, 1st Baron Astor of Hever. 1 page, 8vo. Large coffee stain to one corner not affecting signature. She thanks her correspondent for a 'nice letter with regard to my year of office as President of the Women's Journalist Association', regretting that she was, 'in reality, so inactive a President.

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