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CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN, Sir Henry (1836-1908). Prime Minister 1905-1908.
Lengthy Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Reay, 3½ pages 8vo, 10 Downing Street, 29 January 1908, in a rather shaky hand. Elaborately declining a raft of invitations on the grounds of his continuing ill health, and commenting also on the health of his brother ('he may linger in life for some days').
'... In general health I am all right again, but my transition from the blue sky of the Pays des Basques to the chill white damp fog of Paris, and thence to the cold brown fox of London was too abrupt, and I suffer accordingly. ...'
Campbell-Bannerman was to die in 10 Downing Street on 22 April of this year from the effects of influenza. He did not quite die in office, having handed over the reigns of government to Asquith on the 4th of that month.
[No: 20756]

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