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KING EDWARD VIII - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/12/1962 - HFSID 14144

Edward signed this typed letter to Richard E. Berlin, CEO of the Hearst Corporation, in 1962. He wrote it to thank Berlin for a gift of cigars - "my favorites" - and to let Berlin know his plans for the winter. Typed letter signed: "Edward", 1p, 7¼x10½.

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EDWARD VIII
Edward signed this typed letter to Richard E. Berlin, CEO of the Hearst Corporation, in 1962. He wrote it to thank Berlin for a gift of cigars - "my favorites" - and to let Berlin know his plans for the winter.
Typed letter signed: "Edward", 1p, 7¼x10½. On stationery from one of the Windsor's homes at 4, Route du Champ d'Entrainement, Bois de Boulogne, Paris. Paris, France, 1962 October 12. Addressed to Richard E. Berlin, New York City. Edward wrote this letter to thank Berlin, who succeeded William Randolph Hearst as CEO of the Hearst Corporation from 1943 to 1973, for a gift of Laranaga Cetros clarisimos cigars - "my favorites". He added that he and his wife, Wallis Simpson, intended to spend the winter in Paris, "except maybe for another trip to Spain after New Year's. Then, we look forward to going to America in the late Spring and to seeing you and Honey again. One can only hope that the 'New Frontiersmen' will not have completely wrecked the economy by then." Honey was Berlin's wife. Relations between Edward and the British royal family were still what could be diplomatically called "strained" when Edward wrote this letter. He wouldn't be invited to attend an official public ceremony with them for another five years. In 1930, 36-year-old Edward (1894-1972), then the Prince of Wales and already known for having a number of affairs, met and fell in love with Simpson(1896-1986), a married American woman. After he succeeded his father, King George V, on January 20, 1936, concern about his private life grew in the Cabinet, especially over his association with Mrs. Simpson. Her status as a then two-time American divorcée was unacceptable to many as a potential Queen. On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII executed the Instrument of Abdication. He was never crowned; his reign lasted 325 days. Following his abdication, Edward (his title reverting for a few hours to "His Royal Highness The Prince Edward" before his brother created him "Duke of Windsor" the following morning) broadcast a message to the people from Windsor Castle. His broadcast was moderate in tone, telling his people, in part: "But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." In 1937, Edward married Wallis Simpson. Edward and Wallis, now the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, settled in France and were married for 35 years. Lightly toned and creased. Red pencil notations touch typescript but not signature. Staple holes near upper left corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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