Windsor, England: 1915.
Unbound. Autograph Letter Signed from the Reverend Honorary Edward Lyttelton dated August 15th 1915. Some foxing else near fine. The letter reads, “Not so unEnglish, my dear thanks, as you think. Look at the enclosed…Keep some of your indignation for there(sic) infernal papers I beg: and believe me when I say there is not a hauteur patriot in the Coventry than myself.” The letter does not say who it is written to but a few sentences are written on the back from another person labeled as Aunt Sarah. “but hush! To the animals of there who say fiddling things now, while more than Rome’s burning.” Edward Lyttelton was the Head Master of Eton College between 1905 and 1916 where he continued reforms that introduced into the curriculum boys being able to enter the school having done no Greek, and being able to specialize in mathematics, modern languages, science, or history. This letter was written after he preached a sermon at St.Margaret's, Westminster, in March 1915. During this sermon, he said that the whole German nation should not be condemned and that any peace settlement should be generous. This led to a public protest, and as a result Lyttelton resigned in 1916. It’s clear from the letter that months after his sermon, he was still getting flak for preaching peace and forgiveness.
An interesting letter from a disgruntled Reverend who preached for forgiveness.