Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Churchill Series - Mar. 13, 2008

(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill. )

Today amusing "orders" Churchill gave Clementine. At the time, they'd been married almost 40 years.

Twenty-eight Hyde Park Gate was the address of their London home. G.H.Q. stands for General Headquarters. The note’s punctuation is as it appears in a published copy.

15 June 1948


You did promise Sept 12 1908 ‘To Love, Honour, & Obey.”

NOW herewith are Orders

5:15 You come up here to rest. E.Y.H. [car registration letters] will bring you & is waiting

7:30 Dinner

8:30 Journey to 28 [Hyde Park Gate]

9:40 Bed & a read

Given at Chartwell G.H.Q.

The Tyrant

Clementine and Churchill had pet names for each other. Hers were Cat and Kit; his were Pug and Pig.

The Tyrant sketched a pig below his Orders.

The note can be found on page 549 of Speaking for Themselves: The Personal Letters of Winston And Clementine Churchill, which their daughter, Lady Mary Soames, edited.