[Lord Harmsworth, press baron.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Harmsworth’) to journalist Collin Brooks, praising his assessment of ‘R’ - his brother Viscount Rothermere - in his memoir ‘Devil’s Decade’.

Lord Harmsworth [Cecil Bisshop Harmsworth (1869-1948), 1st Baron Harmsworth], Fleet Street press baron, brother of Viscounts Northcliffe and Rothermere [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
4 April 1948; on letterhead of ‘The Field’, 8 Stratton Street London.
SKU: 23843

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Minor staple marks at top right. Writing shortly before his death, he thanks him for sending an inscribed copy of his book ‘Devil’s Decade’, which he enjoyed ‘enormously’. ‘It has the authentic touch about it, which is conspicuously missing from so many books today, and what is more, if I may say so, you have perfectly captures the “atmosphere” and tempo of those exciting days.’ It must have been difficult for Brooks to write about ‘R’ - Harmsworth’s brother Viscount Rothermere - in view of their ‘close and warm friendship’, but he has given ‘the fairest and most life-like picture of that complex character that I have yet seen’. He deplores the time since they ‘met and had a chat’, and will ring soon to arrange lunch.