Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Churchill Series - Jan. 20, 2009

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

Below is an amusing note Churchill wrote Clementine.

Twenty-eight Hyde Park Gate was at the time 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.