REVEREND FRANCIS JAMES MEADOWS COTTER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 03/19/1922 CO-SIGNED BY: FRANK B. DILNOT - HFSID 88055
Sale Price $288.00
FRANCES JAMES MEADOWS COTTER and FRANK DILNOT
Guest roster signed on one side by the English journalist, and on the other by Reverend Cotter, just returned from China with his family (including daughters Jane and Audrey Meadows).
Autograph Note signed: "Frances J. M. Cotter/St. Andrews, Wuchang/Hupeh - China/March 19, 1922/In grateful acknowledgement of/a very enjoyable visit all too/brief/FJMC", 1 page, 5½x8. Cotter has added three lines of Chinese characters. Third Person Autograph Note on verso: "March 30 1922/Frank Dilnot makes his bow once more after a year's absence, and with pleasure rather than shame declares that his gratitude is wholly secure of pleasures to come. Good health is one of the great gifts; good friends are the supreme gift. The host and hostess of this house are among my great possessions." FRANCES JAMES MEADOWS COTTER was an Episcopal priest who spent the years 1912-1921 as a missionary in Wuchang, on the Yangtze River in central China. When a bomb intended for communist revolutionaries crashed through his roof and landed unexploded, he decided it was time to return to the US. When he wrote this note of appreciation, he was returning to ministerial duties in a Rhode Island church. Born in China to Frances and Ida Cotter were three children, including daughter Jayne. Later Jayne and her younger sister Audrey, born in the US, began performing as The Meadows sisters, and carried that name through their long, successful entertainment careers. Cotter was thus the father in law of TV comedian Steve Allen. An English journalist, FRANK BUCKLAND DILNOT (1875-1946) edited a labor publication, The Daily Citizen, before moving to The Globe and then the London Daily Express. He was President of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in America (1918-1919) and of the London Press Club (1928-1929). Dilnot wrote several books on society and politics in Britain and the United States, including a biography of Lloyd-George and a memoir, The Adventures of a Newspaper Man. As this letter was written, the Washington Naval Conference (November 1921- February 1922) was nearing what seemed a satisfactory conclusion. The incoming Republican administration of President Harding, having campaigned against US membership in the League of Nations, proposed arms limitation as an alternative method of preserving world peace. The Washington Conference, presided over by Secretary of State Hughes, committed the major naval powers to limits on battleship tonnage. A ratio of 5-5-3 for the United States, Britain and Japan was accepted, resulting - since Japan only had to operate in one ocean - effective naval parity for Japan. (The US and Britain had to destroy some existing ships; Japan did not.) The set of treaties did restrain military spending for a decade, but hardly fulfilled Dilnot's prediction that they would "reshape life on the globe." The arms race resumed in the 1930s. Binding holes on left margin. Toned on edges. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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