(BENITO MUSSOLINI) PHILIP SNOWDEN, 1st VISCOUNT
(1864 – 1937) British politician who served as the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was expelled from the Labour Party in 1931 as a turncoat and was succeeded by Neville Chamberlain. Lot of two T.L.S.s. including a fine content T.L.S. ‘Snowden', 3pp. 8vo., London, Aug. 21, 1935, in part: ‘...It is a devil of a situation, and I am not at all clear what can be done. Only one thing is certain, and that is that Mussolini is determined on his military adventure, and nothing will stop him...Our prohibition of the export of arms to Abyssinia has been outrageous, and if it were lifted now I am afraid it is too late to help Abyssinia...I do hear that there is a party in the Cabinet who are enforcing sanctions. Winston Churchill is strongly anti-Italian, and is all for going to war with Mussolini. I suppose that the stumbling block in the way of strong action by Britain is our alliance with France...I saw Lloyd George yesterday and he told me that Sam Hoare has asked him to come and see him. This rather looks as if the Government were anxious to get united support for any drastic action they may have to take...One thing only seems evident and that is that League is going to burst up. I see that Lansbury has written to the Pope asking him to call a world Conference to be held on the Hill of Calvary where the nations will agree to a general sharing out of the surface of the earth...I can envisage all sorts of tragic catastrophes coming out of the present situation...Lloyd George seems very pleased with his talk to the Trade Unionists last week. He got the impression that they would like to throw off the influence of the extremists if they had the courage to do so. There is a movement, he told me, to supersede Lansbury, but George has made it a condition that Cripps must take his place as leader...I do not think that the Labour Party is making any headway in the country...'; WITH another fine content T.L.S. ‘Snowden, 2pp. 8vo., Tilford, England, April 15, 1936, in part: ‘...Like you I am dismayed about the international situation. I see no likelihood of a way out of the Abyssinian situation which will not be a victory for Italy at the expense of the League of Nations...Mussolini has successfully defied the League. The other powers have played a cowardly game all through...The next few days will bring matters to a head, and we shall probably see another Hoare-Laval proposal made to Italy. I wonder if our Government can survive another surrender...' Both letters were written at the climax of the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. Light spotting throughout, else very good.