INTERVIEW

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'H. Montagu Butler') from Henry Montagu Butler, successively Headmaster of Harrow School and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, declining an interview with [Sydney Walton of] the Morning Post.

Author: 
H. Montagu Butler [Henry Montagu Butler] (1833-1918), headmaster of Harrow School, 1859-85, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1886-1918 [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), publicist]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Trinity College, Cambridge. 7 and 12 May 1913.
£80.00

Each 3pp., 12mo, on bifoliums with the first page headed 'Private'. Both in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with minor staining from paper clip. Letter One: He hopes he will not 'appear wanting in courtesy to yourself or to the Editor of the Morning Post if I say frankly that I had much rather not have any conversation about my coming birthday, which certain old Harrow pupils and friends propose so kindly to celebrate.' He 'must beg' Walton to 'make allowance for my feeling of reserve on so delicate a matter'.

Long playing record entitled ' "Precinct to President", an interview with former President Harry S. Truman answering questions put to him by Mr. Edward R. Murrow' ['PRIVATE RECORD [...] (For private use only)'.

Author: 
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd President of the United States of America; Edward R. Murrow; The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government
Publication details: 
[London:] The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government. [no date, but 1958]
£250.00

Good, in original brown-paper sleeve with white printed 7 x 27 cm label. On thick black vinyl with white printed labels on both sides. The disc is numbered TLO.54460-2. The record is in a transparent polythene sleeve stamped in red 'B.B.C. RETURN RECORD TO SLEEVE'. It would appear that this recording of Murrow's interview was produced for distribution to the British (European?) press. No other copy of this item traced.

Typed Letter Signed to Betty Ross.

Author: 
Edward Verrall Lucas
Publication details: 
12 February 1936; on letterhead of the publishers Methuen & Co Ltd.
£38.00

English essayist and biographer of Charles Lamb (1868-1938). One page, quarto. Good only, on discoloured and creased paper. Lucas finds Ross's 'Heads and tales, etc.' (London: Rich & Cowan, 1934), a collection of interviews with the famous, 'incorrigibly lively'. 'I do not share all your sympathies but you have made a very entertaining thing out of question and answer. While I was reading, it occurred to me that a new kind of interview might be based on the "Questions I should not put to So-and-so". To G[eorge]. B[ernard].

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