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VICE ADMIRAL GEOFFREY BLAKE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/27/1920 - HFSID 72975

The Royal Naval Vice Admiral, then serving as naval attaché in Washington D.C., sends letter to a Pennsylvanian woman interested in having him speak to her club, signs name in black ink Typed letter signed: "Geoffrey Blake" in black ink. 2 page, 8½x11. October 27, 1920.

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GEOFFREY BLAKE
The Royal Naval Vice Admiral, then serving as naval attaché in Washington D.C., sends letter to a Pennsylvanian woman interested in having him speak to her club, signs name in black ink
Typed letter signed: "Geoffrey Blake" in black ink. 2 page, 8½x11. October 27, 1920. Washington, D.C. Address to Mrs. Grantham B. Wainwright of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Written on personal Naval Attaché of the British Embassy letterhead. Original envelope included. In full: "I am in receipt of your letter of the 25th October, and regret that I can find no trace of your previous letter. I have certainly not forgotten that when I met you at Buckhill Falls I promised to do what I could to assist you. At the present moment my movements are very uncertain, due to the fact that I have to be in Panama early in December, to pick up a Light Cruiser and visit the Central American Republics. As soon as I have any definite information I will let you know immediately. It is very kind of you to invite me, and I feel very honoured to be allowed to meet you Club, and the boys and girls of the High School. On the other hand, please do not regard me and an advocate of British propaganda. I am only too glad to talk to them from the point of view of interest, but I am most particular that it should not be in any way regarded as propaganda work, because that is not my function here. I have no doubt, however, that it achieves an object which we all have very much at heart, that is a complete understanding, mutual regard, and friendship between our two nations. Please excuse type, but my writing is very bad and would cause you much distress if you had to read it. With kindest regards, Yours very sincerely". Post script: In re-reading your letter I see you ask me what my fee will be. There will, of course, be no fee, and except that I can hardly claim my travelling expenses from the Admiralty for this purpose, there will be nothing besides". Geoffrey Blake (1882-1968) was a Vice Admiral in the British Royal Navy, who served as Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport. Entering the Navy in 1897, Blake served in WWI including the Battle of Jutland as gunnery commander aboard the HMS Iron Duke. After the war, in 1919 Blake was appointed the naval attaché in Washington D.C. for two years before given command of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1921. After numerous other appointments he was named Fourth Sea lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport in 1932, and Vice Admiral commanding the Battlecruiser Squadron and Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1936. During WWII he worked as an Additional Assistant Chief of Naval Staff and as Flag Officer, Liaison to the U.S. Navy in Europe form 1942-1945. When he retired, he served as Parliament's Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Corners rounded. Paperclip marks in top and bottom margin. Light stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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