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    John F. Kennedy Typed Draft of a Letter to the Editor of Time Magazine in response to an article by Randolph S. Churchill published in their June 9, 1952 issue. Four pages, 8.5" x 11" (last page has been trimmed), June 13, 1952. A strongly worded letter chastising Churchill's article and outlining the Great Britain's obligations to its European allies at the start of World War II. A subject covered in his book Why England Slept.

    In small part: "...Mr. Churchill implies that the respective positions of Great Britain and the United States towards Czechoslovakia were on par. As a member of the League of Nations, England had an obligation towards collective security that the United States had not seen fit to assume... More important was Britain's military alliance with France under the Locarno Pact of 1925, which although it did not guarantee Czechoslovakia against aggression as it did Belgium, made it inevitable that if France went to war to fulfill its own direct obligation under the Franco-Czech Treaty of 1924, England would be drawn in... The illustrious father of Mr. Churchill has admitted that Great Britain was deeply involved and that 'it must be recorded with regret that the British government not only acquiesced but encouraged the French government in a fatal course.' (Churchill, The Gathering Storm, 321.) That the British chose peace at this time rather than war is not, in my opinion, to their discredit, considering the poor condition of their armaments. As I stated in my book, Why England Slept, the criticism directed against Munich could have been directed with more accuracy at Britain's tardiness in rearming that against the pact itself..." [Bolded words are additions made in Kennedy's hand.]

    Edits are made in two different colored inks. A light blue ink is used to cross out various passages of the letter. Kennedy uses black ink to add about 8 words. The draft is offered together with a three-page retained carbon of the final version of the letter that was transmitted. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: The fourth page of the draft has been trimmed at bottom by about 3". All four pages have multiple staple holes at top left corner. Small stain on page 3 and soiling to verso of page 4, likely the result of resting on carbon paper.


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