AUCKLAND (BARON GEDDES I) GEDDES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/26/1923 - HFSID 85477
Sale Price $81.00
AUCKLAND GEDDES (1ST BARON GEDDES)
As Britain's Ambassador to the US, he welcomes Lady Sarah Wilson to Washington.
Typed Letter signed: "A. Geddes", 1 page, 7½x9½. British Embassy, Washington, 1923 February 26. On official letterhead to Lady Sarah Wilson, The Ambassador Hotel, New York, N. Y. In full: "I remember you quite well and shall of course be delighted to see you when you are in Washington. Unfortunately I have been laid up with a very sharp attack of influenza and am not yet fit for much, and we have infectious illness in the house which makes it difficult for us to entertain. If, however, you will let my secretary know where you are staying and how long you will be here, I hope Lady Geddes and I may see something of you. Yours sincerely". Auckland Geddes (1879-1954), a trained surgeon, served in the British Army in the 2nd Boer War and World War I. Elected to Parliament as a Unionist (1917-1920), he served in the government of Prime Minister Lloyd George as Minister of Recruiting and President of the Board of Trade. He was British Ambassador to the US (1920-1924). Geddes, raised to the peerage as Baron Geddes of Rolvenden in 1942, also taught anatomy at universities in Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Lady Sarah Wilson née Churchill had gained fame as a female war correspondent during the 2nd Boer War. She was the aunt of future Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Multiple folds. Toned. Corners slightly worn and creased. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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