The Place to Find All Things Churchill

Letters – FH184

Finest Hour 184, Second Quarter 2019

Page 05

Email: [email protected]

Coming in Finest Hour 185: Churchill and the RAF

31 July 1945

LONDON—My Dear Winston, I am writing to tell you how very sad I am that you are no longer my Prime Minister.

During the last 5 years of War we have met on dozens, I may say on hundreds of occasions, when we have discussed the most vital questions concerning the security & welfare of this Country & the British Empire in their hours of trial. I shall always remember our talks with the greatest pleasure & I only wish they could have continued longer.

You often told me what you thought of people & matters of
real interest which I could never have learnt from anyone else. Your breadth of vision & your grasp on the essential things were a great comfort to me in the darkest days of the War, & I like to think that we have never disagreed on any really important matter. For all these things I thank you most sincerely. I feel that your conduct as Prime Minister & Minister of Defence has never been surpassed. You have had many difficulties to deal with, both as a politician & as a strategist of war, but you have always surmounted them with supreme courage.

Your relations with the Chiefs of Staff have always been most
cordial, & they have served you with a real devotion. They I know will regret your leaving the helm at this moment. For myself personally, I regret what has happened more than perhaps anyone else. I shall miss your counsel to me more than I can say. But please remember that as a friend I hope we shall be able to meet at intervals.

Believe me, I am, Yours very sincerely and gratefully— George RI

Related Story

Join Now

Join or Renew NowPlease join with us to help preserve the memory of Winston Churchill and continue to explore how his life, experiences and leadership are ever-more relevant in today’s chaotic world. BENEFITS >BECOME A MEMBER >

The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.