In Their Own Words 2: More letters from history

In Their Own Words 2: More letters from history

by Bloomsbury USA


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Letters, postcards, notes and telegraphs from the great and the good, the notorious and the downright wicked, shine a spotlight on a range of historical events and movements providing an immediate link to the immediate and much more distant past.

The book includes letters from: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lucien Freud, Barbara Hepworth, Nelson Mandela, Caitlin Thomas, Mary Whitehouse, Gandhi, George Washington among many others. Subjects covered include suffragette disturbances, obscene publications, relations between international leaders, and child emigration including the Kindertransport.

The book features 55 letters, each with a 600-word essay, and a 3000 word introduction. There are 150 images in the book: 55 of the letters themselves, and a further 95 supplementary images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844865222
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 972,761
Product dimensions: 8.37(w) x 10.37(h) x 1.33(d)

About the Author

This title is authored by a group of specialist archivists at The National Archives, each of whom has a particular area of expertise in a different aspect of the past.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Drunkenness, debauchery and dark dealings

Impostor or long-lost son? 14

The Tichborne case

Suffragette struggles with authority 20

Hilda Burkett and Florence Tunks and the Bath Hotel case

Calling time on drunkards 24

A plea for action against the George Inn

Police 'sting' operations against clairvoyants 28

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's defence of spiritualism

Dealing with 'offensive litter' 32

Calls to moderate indecency in 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' Park

Devotion or delusion? 36

The Kray twins' father writes in support of his sons

Politics and power

A subtext of murder 44

King John to his advisors and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine

Seeking the seal of approval 48

Letter from Richard III to his chancellor, Bishop John Russell

A ribald recommendation 52

The Duke of Norfolk, to Thomas Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal

A royal invitation 56

Letter to the Prince of Orange inviting him to become England's king

Secret diplomacy or veiled criticism? 62

Charles Edward Stuart to his father, James Edward Stuart

A family get-together 70

Prison governor's report on a family visit to Diana Mosley

Striving for satyagraha 72

Gandhi's letters to Sir Stafford Cripps

An attempt to assuage fears of immigration 78

Clement Attlee to Labour MPs on the arrival of Empire Windrush

'The greatest and most horrible crimes' 82

Churchill writes on the mass deportation of Hungarian Jewry

Chewing the fat 86

Princess Margaret exchanges views with Margaret Thatcher

A fond farewell 90

Mikhail Gorbachev to Margaret Thatcher on her resignation

Expeditions, foreign policy and espionage

Brutal attack on the road to Timbuktu 96

Letter from Major Alexander Gordon Laing to Hanmer Warrington

The start of the 'special relationship'? 102

Abraham Lincoln writes to Queen Victoria requesting a royal visit

An 'extremely critical position' 106

General Charles Gordon to Major General Redvers Buller

Bravery in Belgium 110

Words of warning to the mother of Edith Cavell

Keeping schtum 114

Letter to Churchill regarding the Ultra secret

Restrained words to a disgraced president 118

Haroid Wilson's letter of thanks to Richard Nixon

A brother's desperate quest for information 122

Letter from Noor Khan's brother, Vilayat Khan

Scoring points with potatoes 126

Raisa Gorbacheva's potato recipe letter

'Overcoming the division of our continent' 128

Margaret Thatcher's letter of congratulations to Helmut Kohl

Conflict, unrest and protest

The vanquishing of the Armada 134

Sir Francis Drake's report on the Battle of Gravelines

Home front anguish during the English Civil War 138

An unknown woman speaks out about suffering

Political plea for a privateer 144

Despatch from General George Washington to Sir Guy Carleton

A complex command 150

Horatio Nelson to William Marsden, Secretary of the Admiralty

The Lane down to your farm is dark…' 156

Words of warning during the Swing Riots

The little things count 160

The War Office to Lord Kitchener on provision for Indian troops

Striking a blow against would-be strikers 172

Letter authorising the arrest of striking workers

Siegfried Sassoon's state of mind 176

Letter to the editor from Brigadier-General George Cockerill

Should Stalingrad receive the George Cross? 182

A letter from three shorthand typists to Winston Churchill

Churchill and the macaques of Gibraltar 186

Correspondence concerning ape welfare

Keeping up Blitz spirits 192

Letter about the state of air raid shelters

The 'Istanbul list' 198

The exchange of German and Palestinian civilian internees

Relations and relationships

Advice well received 208

Princess Elizabeth's letter to her stepmother, Katherine Parr

Reassurance from a cast-off bride 212

Letter from Anne of Cleves to her brother

One last love letter 218

The final letter from Earl Dudley to Elizabeth I

News from home 222

Letter from Lily Wilde to the governor of Reading Gaol

Enforced emigration to Canada 230

A father's desperate letter to Stepney Barnardo's children's home

An outrage of Christian principles 238

An appeal to stop the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover

Time to make up one's mind 244

Princess Margaret's marriage correspondence

Art, science and popular culture

Celebrity spotting in eighteenth-century Venice 258

Elizeus Surges to Thomas Pelham-Holles

An adventurous spirit 264

Charles Darwin accepts the position of naturalist on HMS Beagle

An artistic temperament 268

Lucian Freud's letter to Lillian Somerville

An artist enquires after the well-being of her work 272

Letter from Barbara Hepworth during the Festival of Britain

A scholarly prisoner and books from a friend 278

Nelson Mandela to Sir John Maud

A widow's appeal to 'bring Dylan home' 284

Letter from Caitlin Thomas to local authorities

Beatles' peerage' makes waves In Mexico 290

Letter from the Foreign Office to the British Embassy in Mexico

Hounding the Home Office on TV censorship 294

Mary Whitehouse to Harold Wilson

Index 300

Acknowledgements 304

List of references 304

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