HOARE Sir Samuel - Typed Letter Signed 1935 to Ronald Storrs regarding his speech on TE Lawrence
Sir Samuel HOARE (1880-1959)
Typed Letter Signed (“Samuel Hoare”) with autograph postscript to Sir Ronald Storrs, complimenting him on the text of a speech on T.E. Lawrence which Storrs had sent him.
1 page 4to, Foreign Office SW1, 16 July 1935.
Writing two months after the death of T.E. Lawrence, Hoare compliments Storrs, who had known Lawrence well and worked with him, on his article: “Thank you very much for your kind congratulations and the change that you have given me of reading your speech. I look forward with great pleasure to seeing what you say about Lawrence.” In a postscript, he adds that “I have since read your speech. If I may say so, it is in style and sentiment worthy of its subject.”
Sir Samuel Hoare served as Foreign Secretary for six month in 1935 (Storrs’ congratulations were undoubtedly for his appointment to the post), but left in a storm of controversy at the proposed Hoare-Laval Pact which would have sanctioned the seizure of a large part of Ethiopia by Mussolini – who proceeded to seize all of Ethiopia after the failure of the bill.
Storrs, who was a member of the Arab Bureau at the time of the negotiations with Sharif Husayn and later Military Governor of Jerusalem, was similarly no stranger to difficult diplomatic situations. A year before this letter he had retired from his position as Governor of Northern Rhodesia, citing ill health. He was, however, strong enough to serve as one of the pallbearers at Lawrence’s funeral.
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