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FAIRBANKS Douglas Jr - Typed Letter Signed 1952 declining to propose that 'England is Finished'

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Douglas FAIRBANKS, Jr. (1909-2000)

Typed Letter Signed (“Douglas Fairbanks”) to A.H. Sampson, President of the Cambridge Union, declining to take part in a debate, proposing “England is Finished”.

1½ pages small 4to on his writing paper with his crest of an eagle’s head and the motto “Fides conatus et fidelitas”, 28 The Boltons, SW10, 29 September 1952.                

Fairbanks was a committed Anglophile and settled in London after the war. In 1949, he was made an Honorary K.B.E., a title he displays with evident pride in the typed name below his signature.

Thanking Sampson for his invitation to debate he adds, “I have known of it for a number of years and . . . witnessed more than one debate . . . it will be a few months before my schedule if sufficiently clear to take on such a challenging job as a debate before the Union Society! . . . I should like to add that I would find if very difficult indeed to propose the motion “England is finished” as I most definitely am of the opposite opinion. Hence, I should be defeated before I start!” Fairbanks adds in manuscript, “(This is an admission of my poor talents as a debater!)

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