[Sir Shane Leslie, diplomat, author and Winston Churchill's cousin.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Shane Leslie'), three to the journalist Collin Brooks and the other a letter of condolence to Brooks's widow. With TLS from Brooks to Leslie.

Sir Shane Leslie [Sir John Randolph Leslie] (1885-1971), Irish diplomat, author and first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), Fleet Street journalist]
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Three from London addresses: The Shamrock Club, 28 Hertford Street; 38 Knightsbridge Court, Sloane Street; letterhead of 5 Morpeth Mansions. One from Glaslough, County Monaghan, Eire [Ireland]. 1945 (2), 1948, 1959.
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The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Each 1p., 12mo. The first three letters are written to Brooks, as editor of 'Truth'; the fourth is a letter of condolence to Brooks's wife. In the first letter (14 April 1945) he apologises for the delay in sending in a review: 'I have been two months out of the country and nothing could be forwarded.' He adds: 'I wish I saw more of Charles Webster. He is one of my very few surviving friends of Cambridge days.' The second letter (5 July 1945) begins: 'News has been so earthy of the earth lately that I think a good ghost story would thrill your readers'. He is enclosing 'a few lines of Introduction', and suggests that Brooks edits the story down. Postscript: 'Put his signature by all means.' The third letter (6 March 1948) congratulates Brooks on his book, and thanks him 'for Stefan Zweig which I will read & review next week'. The last (7 April 1959) is a letter of condolence to Brooks's wife. 'It recalls to me many visits to the offices of Turth. It was always a pride and a please to contribute to columns edited by Collin Brooks. Quid est veritas? will be his epitaph'. Accompanying the four letters is a Typed Letter Signed from Brooks to Leslie, 14 February 1945, on letterhead of “Truth” Buildings, Carteret Street, Quyeen Anne's Gate, London. (There is nothing to indicate that the letter is a copy.) He apologises for 'a breach of etiquette', sends a book to review ('To “Make the page” in any given week, reviews must reach me not later than the Monday – this because we have now to print in the country.') He concludes with an enquiry after 'our common friend, C. K. Webster'.