Program for a 1951 "Presentation of the Honorary Freedom of the
Borough" of Deal, England for former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Signed by
Eliot Crawshay-Williams, a former Member of Parliament and Churchill's former
employee in the Colonial Office.
Program signed "E. Crawshay Williams" in blue ink. Pencil
notations in unknown hand. B/w, 6½x8¼, 4 pages, bound in heavy paper covers with
2 staples. Program for an Aug. 15, 1951 Presentation of the Honorary Freedom of
the Borough of Deal, Kent, England, to former Prime Minister Winston Churchill
at the Odeon Theatre. Crawshay-Williams (1879-1962), the son of a Welsh
politician, was Member of Parliament for Leicester from 1910 to 1913,
when he resigned after being named in a divorce case brought by another M. P.,
Hubert Carr-Gomm. Before entering Parliament, Crawshay-Williams was employed
by future Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Colonial office from 1906 to
1908. Before joining Parliament, he wrote the book Across Persia
(1907), about an eight-month journey that he took across Iran. Later in life, he
took up the pen in earnest and became an author, playwright, screenwright and
poet, with writing credits on 3 movies during the early 1930s, the play
Fascination, the books Night in the Hotel, Simple Story: An
Accidental Autobiography and Leaves from an Officer's Notebooks, as
well as Songs on Service, a collection of poetry. Lightly soiled and
creased. Staples are rusted. Paper clip impression on back cover. Rust stains
from staples and on back cover. Otherwise in fine condition.
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