XNCLAdd - Letters Additional of Neville Chamberlain - 1895-[1990s]
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Draft text probably written by Neville Chamberlain
Short text, written in pencil on the back of headed notepaper of 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, possibly drafted for a brief statement in defence of his appeasement policy in advance of a forthcoming meeting with Hitler. The text, which includes a number of alterations is undated but was presumably written before Chamberlain's first visit to Munich in September 1938.
The handwriting is probably that of Neville Chamberlain but may be that of an aide.
The text reads 'I am going to meet the German Chancellor because the present situation seems to me to be one that can usefully be discussed between us. My policy has been to ensure peace; the German Fuhrer's ready agreement to our meeting encourages me to think that our discussions will be useful & productive of good. I work for the good-will of all.
This item was formerly in the custody of Gwen Davies, secretary to Neville Chamberlain and to other prime ministers.
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