DescriptionSir Anthony Eden Typed Letters (Two) Signed concerning Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Both letters (dated December 16, 1957, and July 11, 1961) are written to William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, and contain handwritten closings. Together, the letters total three pages.
In 1952, Anthony Eden married Winston Churchill's niece, Clarissa. Eden 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.
In the first letter (two pages, separate sheets, 5.25" x 7", Morval, Looe, Cornwall dated December 6, 1957), Eden handwrites, "My dear Max." He closes the letter in his own handwriting, "Clarissa joins me in affectionate greetings. Yours ever, Anthony". After reporting on 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."
In the second letter (one page, 8" x 10", Fyfield Manor, Pewsey, Wiltshire, July 11, 1961), Eden thanks 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." He closes by handwriting, "Clarissa sends her love, and my affectionate regards. Yours ever, Anthony". Eden was created 1st Earl of Avon the next day. Abdul Karim Kassem was prime minister of Iraq from 1958-1963.
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