GREY Edward Lord Grey of Fallodon - two autograph letters signed 1925 and 1930
Edward GREY, Viscount Grey of Fallodon (1862-1933)Two Autograph Letters Signed (“Grey of F” and “GofF”), the first to Lord Knutsford, the second to an unidentified correspondent.
1½ pages 8vo, Fallodon, Alnwick, 3 April 1925 and 2 pages 8vo, Brooks’s, St. James’s Street, 20 May[?] 1930.
In late 1924, Lord Grey resigned as Leader of the Liberal Party in the Lords, suffering from increasingly poor eyesight. Six months later, he wrote to Lord Knutsford, evidently regarding some political matters.
“Just a line to say that I have got your letter & appreciate the arrangement. It is not likely that I will intervene in any future debate.”
By 1930, nearly blind, he nevertheless succeeded in replying to correspondence, but in a hand which is at times near-indecipherable.
“I love the . . . story & will confirm it. . . . before I have quite forgotten but do tell I will tell him on the same . . . you . . . us by operating on the eye of a dead[?] hare . . . the operation for cataract was performed – entirely to your credit for it was done with great skill.”
As Foreign Secretary at the start of the First World War, Lord Grey’s efforts to avoid the crisis have, probably with some justice, been criticised as ineffective and lacking in clarity. His reputation as an ornithologist, however, has proved less controversial and his enthusiasm for fly-fishing resulted in one of the most popular books on the subject.
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