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    Sir Anthony Eden Two Typed Letters Signed About Nasser. In 1952, Anthony Eden married Winston Churchill's niece, Clarissa. He served as British Prime Minister from April 6, 1955 until January 10, 1957 when he resigned due to ill health, but, in reality, it was chiefly because of his failure in the Suez Canal crisis. Gamal Abdel Nasser was President of Egypt from 1954-1970. These letters were written to William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, and begin, in Eden's holograph, "My dear Max":
    TLS: "Clarissa joins me in affectionate greetings. Yours ever, Anthony". Two pages, separate sheets, 5.25" x 7", Morval, Looe, Cornwall, December 6, 1957. After discussing his health, he writes about Indonesian President Sukarno's demand that the Netherlands give up Dutch New Guinea. In part: "This Dutch business in the East Indies is tragic; and not only for them. I am told that the Indonesian president is a great admirer of Nasser's. When Nasser seized the canal which is international property, the U.N's reaction was pretty feeble, as a result the practice of robbery will be encouraged all over the world...I trace a direct relationship between U.N's failure to stop Nasser's international robbery at Suez and the seizure of Dutch national property in the East Indies..."
    TLS: "Clarissa sends her love, and my affectionate regards. Yours ever, Anthony". One page, 8" x 10", Fyfield Manor, Pewsey, Wiltshire, July 11, 1961. Eden was created 1st Earl of Avon the next day. After thanking Lord Beaverbrook for, "the many kind things you have written about my migration to the House of Lords," he continues, in part: "Meanwhile, the world scene darkens remorselessly. We shall no doubt see a line up of Nasser with Kassem against Kuwait, the Saudis and any other still weaker Arab allies the Sheikh of Kuwait may be able to muster. Nasser has an unerring nose for the cash and is out for a share of Kuwait by some smooth trickery..." Abdul Karim Kassem was Prime Minister of Iraq from 1958-1963. Each letter is in fine condition.


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