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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)AELAdd/39
TitleLetter from Anthony Eden to Jock Colville
Extent1 item
Date1953
DescriptionPhotocopy of letter dated 1 July written from Moorland Lodge, Newport, Rhode Island where he was convalescing following an operation in Boston in June. Addressed to 'My dear Jock', it acknowledges Colville's letter (which had been written on 26 June in his capacity as Winston Churchill's Private Parliamentary Secretary to Clarissa Eden) in which he had written to tell Eden of the Prime Minister's stroke. He expresses thanks for Colville writing as fully as he did as they has been 'trying to conjecture what lay behind the official words, about Winston's health'. He writes about the progress of his convalescence and expresses his guilt about the additional burdens placed on Churchill as a result of his own ill-health. The last part of the letter, headed 'most personal', relates to the possibility of a caretaker government mentioned by Colville. Eden writes frankly of his opinions of this and the suggestion that it should be headed by Bobbity [Salisbury].
Access StatusOpen
OriginalsThe original of this letter is held in The Royal Archives in a small collection of Colville papers ( (RA QEII/Colville)
Publication NoteThe letter from Colville to Clarissa Eden, to which this letter is the reply, is described in some detail in Robert Rhodes James, 'Anthony Eden' (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986), p 368

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