PRIME MINISTER JAN C. SMUTS (SOUTH AFRICA) - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/26/1929 - HFSID 172246
Sale Price $360.00
JAN CHRISTIAN SMUTS. TLS: "J C Smuts", 1p, 5x8. Oxford, England, 1929 November 26.To Lord Passfield. In full: "Many thanks for your note about the dinner at the House of Commons. I shall scrupulously follow your directions." Sidney James Webb, LORD PASSFIELD (1859-1947), was Secretary of State for the Colonies (1929-1931) and the Dominions (1929-1930). He was created 1st Baron Passfield in 1929. 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 and soiled. Nicked at upper right and lower right corner. Ink notes (unknown hand) at lower left and on verso. Note on verso lightly shows through at upper blank area. Lightly creased. Upper corner cut. Overall, fine condition.
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