Description: This wonderful set of correspondence (two autographs) includes: a 1961 typed letter signed from Edward, Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII). It was sent from Palm Beach, Florida, where Edward and his wife spent 10 days each March, beginning in the early 1940s. The letter reads, "Thank you for... requesting that I sign the letter you received... in answer to your message of condolence to my mother in 1936. This I am very happy to do, and return the letter enclosed, duly signed. It certainly was very thoughtful of you to have sent that message of sympathy, at the sad time of my father's passing. With kind regards, Sincerely Your's." He signed in blue ink, "Edward Duke of Windsor" 1961. Typed on a single sheet of Edward's stationery, with his variant of the arms of the Order of the Garter at the upper left. Measures 10.5" x7.25"
The 1936 letter from the Foreign Office, now 'duly signed' at the lower right in blue ink, "Edward Duke of Windsor March 1961," reads "Sir, I am directed by Mr. Secretary Eden to inform you that he is desired by Her Majesty Queen Mary to convey to you Her sincere thanks for your kind and sympathetic message of condolence on the occasion of the deeply lamented death of His Majesty King George V." The letter's original signatory was Sir (George) Nevile Maltby Bland, who had a lengthy career as a diplomat and foreign service officer; he signed in grey/black ink as "Nevile Bland" Typed on a single sheet of Foreign Office letterhead, with the blindstamped Royal Coat of Arms and bordered in black. Measures 9" x 7.5"
Also included here is an unsigned copy of Henry Heins's 1961 enclosure letter to the Duke, requesting him to "do me the gracious honor of signing" the 1936 reply from the Foreign Office. Typed on a single sheet of white tissue. Measures 8.5" x 11"
Together, these three letters are Item #A00905.
Edward, Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) was born Prince Edward of York; he participated in the first World War with the Grenadier Guards, after which he spent more than a decade representing his father, King George V, in any number of domestic and international situations. He ascended to the throne in January 1936, but abdicated in December of that year to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. He acted as Governor of the Bahamas during World War II, essentially retiring after that.
Condition: 1961 Typed Letter Signed - Two pinholes at the blank upper left corner, fold lines. 1936 Letter (signed later) - Small, light rust stain from a paper clip and small ink scribble at the upper left, a bit of mounting residue at the corners on the verso. Both of these letters are generally in very good condition. An excellent group which would make a great framed display.