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Image: Charles de Gaulle to Pamela Digby Churchill, January 10, 1942
Charles de Gaulle to Pamela Digby Churchill, January 10, 1942
Charles de Gaulle, the Free French leader with whom Churchill often found it difficult to work, was nonetheless an admirer of the British Prime Minister. With this cover letter to Churchill's daughter-in-law, Pamela, de Gaulle gave a book of drawings to her one-year-old son, Winston S. Churchill. De Gaulle expressed the wish that in the future the young Churchill would think of the gift's donor as a "sincere admirer of his grandfather" and Britain's faithful ally in the greatest war in history.
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Holograph letter. Pamela Harriman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (159)
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World War II
January 10, 1942 [Translated from French]

Dear Madame:

I permit myself to send you an old book of pictures of Marlborough for your son Winston. It is about the only thing I brought with me from France.

When the young Winston Churchill later looks at these Caran d'Ache sketches he will possibly think about a French general who was, in history's greatest war, the sincere admirer of his grandfather and the loyal ally of his country.

Kindly accept, dear Madame, my very respectful regards.
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