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    Winston Churchill New Year's Day Autograph Letter Signed "Winston S Churchill". One page of a bifolium, 7.25" x 9", "Downing Street" London; January 1, 1906. In a letter to an unknown politician, Churchill makes a plea for support in the upcoming general election. Churchill had left the Conservative Party for the Liberal Party due to his strong belief in the value of Free Trade in the U.K. He writes, in full:

    "I am sending you a copy of my election address. I have tried to set forth in it, as clearly as I can, the questions which are to be decided at the general election now upon us. By your decision on this grave occasion in the history of our country you will be bound in the years that are to come; and if you care about the principles of Free Trade and Liberalism which I stand forward to defend, I ask you most earnestly to give me the effective assistance of your vote and influence."

    The Liberal Party would go on to win a landslide victory in the 1906 general election, which took place between January 12 and February 8, 1906. Not only did the Conservatives fall out of power, but also they lost more than half of their seats in Parliament (which left them with the lowest number of seats seen in party history). In contrast, the Liberal victory led to Churchill's swift ascent to power; in 1911, he was made the First Lord of the Admiralty and he had established himself as one of the youngest politicians to hold such an influential position in the public eye.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with some toning around the edges. There are some small areas of foxing and soiling. There are mounting remnants and three small strips of tape on verso. Both the text and signature of the letter are very bold. Overall very good.


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