PRIME MINISTER JAN C. SMUTS (SOUTH AFRICA) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 8/9 - HFSID 265117
Sale Price $360.00
JAN C. SMUTS. ALS: "J.C. Smuts.", 1½p, 5x7½. Knightsbridge, London, S.W., no year, August 9. On letterhead of the Hyde Park Hotel to Mrs. Fisher. In part: "I am leaving for South Africa so soon that it will not be possible for me to come to Oxford. I would have enjoyed nothing better than a day with you in historic Oxford. Will you do me the favour to inform Prof Fisher of my inability to come." Jan Christian Smuts (1870-1950) was an influential writer and effective military commander in the Afrikaner resistance to British rule in South Africa, the Boer War (1899-1902). Thereafter, he opposed extreme Afrikaner nationalism and urged reconciliation. He was instrumental in the formation of the Union of South Africa (1910), and served for two long periods as its Prime Minister (1919-1924, 1939-1948). Smuts was influential beyond the boundaries of South Africa. During World War I he successfully commanded British troops against the Germans in East Africa. Then he joined the Imperial War Cabinet. The only man to sign the peace treaties ending both World Wars, he was also instrumental in the founding of both the League of Nations and the United Nations. Lightly creased with usual fold, none at signature. Slightly soiled.
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