MASEFIELD John - Autograph Letter Signed 1917
John MASEFIELD (1878-1967)
Autograph Letter Signed (“John Masefield”) to A.G. Gardiner, editor of The Daily News, informing him that he is unable to write anything for him as “I am about to start for America”.
1 page 4to, Boar’s Hill, Oxford, 15 December 1917.
“. . . it is not possible for me to write anything, as I am about to start for America. Perhaps some months hence it may be easier . . . Meanwhile I wish you all possible success. May I say how much I have admired your articles lately? They have been splendid, calm, just & wise, & have given the greatest help & encouragement to people here.”
Several months after the United States’ entry into the First World War, Masefield, who had already published a graphic account of the Gallipoli campaign, travelled to the United States to aid the war effort. His correspondent, A.G. Gardiner, was a prominent supporter of the Liberal Party. Although initially supportive of Britain’s entry into the conflict, his relationship with Lloyd George was, by this date, rather more difficult.
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