LORD JOHN PETER HILL-NORTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/10 - HFSID 175067
LORD JOHN PETER HILL-NORTON The senior Royal Navy officer pens this letter to an admirer Autograph Letter signed: "Hill-Norton", in blue ink. One page, 4¾x7¾ affixed to slip of 5x9½ white paper. Dated February 19. Written on official House of Lords letterhead.
Sale Price $198.00
LORD JOHN PETER HILL-NORTON The senior Royal Navy officer pens this letter to an admirer Autograph Letter signed: "Hill-Norton", in blue ink. One page, 4¾x7¾ affixed to slip of 5x9½ white paper. Dated February 19. Written on official House of Lords letterhead. Magazine clippings pertaining to Hill-Norton's experiences during the Second World War adhered to paper below letter. "Dear Mr. Croxford". In full: "Returned with pleasure. You have a stunning, and I am sure unique, collection. I am happy to add to it./ I presume I may keep all the enclosures you have sent me, which I have read with great interest. I should like to read them again at leisure./ Yours sincerely". Peter John Hill-Norton (1915-2004) came from a family of naval officers dating back to 1635. In World War II he was a gunnery officer on convoy duty on the Arctic route before finishing the war as a lieutenant commander on the Battleship Howe. After four years as naval attaché in Argentina, he commanded a destroyer covering the Suez landings of 1956. In 1959, he was given command of the carrier Ark Royal. Promoted to rear admiral in 1962 and vice admiral in 1965, he made the decision as Second Sea Lord to abolish the traditional rum ration in the Royal Navy. His later commands of Commander in Chief Far East, First Sea Lord, Chief of the U.K. Defense Staff, and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, are likened to similar American military titles in this letter. After his retirement, Hill-Norton was raised to the nobility in 1979 and became an influential voice in defense debates in the House of Lords. Outspoken on many issues, Hill-Norton accused the Ministry of Defense of ignoring or concealing credible reports on unidentified flying objects (UFOs). One central vertical fold. Corners of letter clipped. Otherwise, fine condition.
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