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|Letter from Anthony Eden to Jock Colville
|Photocopy 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].
|The original of this letter is held in The Royal Archives in a small collection of Colville papers ( (RA QEII/Colville)
|The 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