Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Churchill Series - Jun, 25, 2008

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

It’s brief today - just an amusing anecdote I found in a page note in Martin Gilbert’s Winston S. Churchill: Never Despair, 1945-1965. (p. 846, n. 3)

For the story to work, you need to remember three things: Churchill's Chartwell home is located in the village of Westerham; an autotrip from Central London where our story “unfolds” to Westerham was about a 90 minute drive in the pre-WWII years; and, finally, something we all know: Churchill loved poking gentle fun at himself and those with him.

Now our story.

In 1938 Churchill attended a London dinner party hosted by the art historian, Kenneth Clark, and his wife, Jane. As Clark later told it:

At about 1:30 a.m. Mr. Churchill rose to leave us. He went out into a deserted Portland Place, the pavement glistening with heavy rain, so that it looked like a canal. Mr Churchill’s car was waiting, and he told the chauffeur to take him to Westerham.

“Good heavens,” said Jane, “you’re not going all that way.”

“Yes, my dear, I only come to London to sock the Government or to dine with you.”


Anonymous said...

Off Topic:
John, If this article doesn’t further illustrate how corrupt colleges have become, nothing will. ‘Faculty Protesters’-‘President Bush’s Right to Free Speech?’

Prez at Furman
by: Deborah Lambert, June 26, 2008

While [ignoring faculty protesters] during his commencement address at Furman University (SC), President Bush nevertheless decided to meet the issue head-on. Thanking the profs for their devotion to improving the lives of young people, he said that he too, was a believer in free speech, “and to prove it, I’m about to give you one.”

Deborah Lambert writes the Squeaky Chalk column for Accuracy in Academia