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CHURCHILL, Clementine, Baroness (1885-1977). Wife of the Prime Minister.
Typewritten Letter Signed with autograph salutation and subscription to Bill [Deakin], 1 page 4to, 10 Downing Street, 3 March 1955. Declining an evening invitation, but inviting Deakin and his wife to lunch.
'How sweet of you and Pussy [Deakin's second wife] to want to take me out. It sounds so gay, and I would love to do it, but I am not very well just now and I don't go out much in the evening. I wonder if you would both lunch with Winston and me on Wednesday the 23rd of March.'
William Deakin (1913-2005) had been Winston Churchill's research assistant in the mid- to late 1930s worked on Marlborough: his Life and Times and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. He soon became a close friend of Churchill's as well as his political confidant. As a special operations officer during the war he had led the British military mission to Tito in Yugoslavia and parachuted into Montenegro in May 1943; he and Tito were wounded by the same bomb which killed his fellow officer. He returned to academia after the war, and was appointed chief researcher in the team which assisted Churchill in the writing of The Second World War. In 1950 he became the first head of St Antony's College, Oxford and in 1975 he was knighted.
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