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Lot 279: SECOND WORLD WAR – Richard Austin "Rab" BUTLER (1902-82) AND THE CZECHOSLOVAKIA CRISIS. Important typewritten letter,  signed by Butler, then a Foreign Office Minister in Chamberlain’s administration, dated August 3rd 1939, a month before the outbreak of war, to the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Maugham, praising Maugham on a speech and adding, " ... we both feel that the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down as the Secretary of State is inclined to agree with this view ..." Chamberlain’s abandonment of Czechoslovakia to Hitler is, arguably, one of the most infamous acts of the 20th-century. Butler’s role in the affair, as evidenced by this letter, is thought to have ruined his chances of his becoming Prime Minister in the 1950's.

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by Chiswick Auctions

November 30, 2016

Acton, London, United Kingdom

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Description: SECOND WORLD WAR – Richard Austin "Rab" BUTLER (1902-82) AND THE CZECHOSLOVAKIA CRISIS. Important typewritten letter,  signed by Butler, then a Foreign Office Minister in Chamberlain’s administration, dated August 3rd 1939, a month before the outbreak of war, to the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Maugham, praising Maugham on a speech and adding, " ... we both feel that the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down as the Secretary of State is inclined to agree with this view ..." Chamberlain’s abandonment of Czechoslovakia to Hitler is, arguably, one of the most infamous acts of the 20th-century. Butler’s role in the affair, as evidenced by this letter, is thought to have ruined his chances of his becoming Prime Minister in the 1950's.

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