May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 1,105
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. Autograph Letter Signed, to an unnamed recipient, "My dear Sir," sending a copy of a commissioner's judgment [not present], and requesting that it be returned. 2 pages, 8vo, "Home Secretary" mourning stationery, with integral blank; some scattered soiling especially at folds, vertical fold through first "C" of signature (without loss), collector's description on third page in pencil. [London], 25 October 1910

Additional Details

". . . The case to which you refer has engaged my personal attention, & I have done my best to come to a fair & unprejudiced opinion about it. Having done that I am quite easy in my mind.
"As you take an interest in the subject, I send you for your personal perusal alone, a copy of the commissioner's judgment with wh[ich] I entirely concur. Please send it back to me after you have read it."
The judgment mentioned in this letter probably refers to that of the commissioner appointed to investigate the dismissal--in January of 1910--of an inspector from the London Metropolitan Police Force: John Syme. When Syme and other members of the police community claimed an injustice had been done, Churchill declined to submit to the House of Commons the full report of the investigation.