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The first female Member of Parliament sends letter to fan, noting her "sad-looking" friend in the accompanying photograph, and signing her name in black ink
Typed Letter signed: "Nancy Astor" in black ink. 1 page, 7¼x4. St. James' Square, London, England. 1920 August 18. In full: "Dear Miss Susman, In reply to your letter of May 12th, I have pleasure in enclosing you a signed photograph. [not included] Yours truly." With her handwritten postscript: "I hope you will like this. Mrs. Say (?) is the sad looking lady on my left!". Born and raised in America, Nancy Astor (1879-1964) married Englishman Waldorf Astor in 1906. When he inherited the title of Viscount and was elevated to the House of Lords, Lady Astor was elected to his former seat in Parliament (1919), serving there until her retirement in 1945 and was the first woman to serve in the House of Commons. A member of the Conservative Party, which championed the rights of women and children, Astor was renowned for her sharp repartee with Winston Churchill, for example: Astor - "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee." Churchill - "Nancy, if I were your husband I'd drink it." Irregularly cut. ¾-inch tear at right of upper edge repaired with transparent tape on verso. Ink note (unknown hand) at center of right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 19, 1879 in Danville, Virginia
Died: May 2, 1964 in Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

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