A Desperate Winston Churchill Responds After His Marriage Proposal is Rejected


Publication Date: 1904
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Autograph Letter Signed, to Muriel Wilson. [London, England] [1904]. 3 pp., 5 x 8 in. On 105 Mount Street stationery. A distraught Winston Churchill asks society beauty Muriel Wilson to marry him. Within hours after she rejected his proposal, he makes a desperate appeal to her. "I can wait-perhaps I shall improve with waiting. Why shouldn't you care about me someday?" Complete Transcript This is what I wanted to say on the way back. You are not certain in your own mind. Don't slam the door. I can wait-perhaps I shall improve with waiting. Why shouldn't you care about me someday? I have great faith in my instinct which was so very strong. Time & circumstances will work for me. Meanwhile I won't pester you. Let me see you again before Monday. I will try to talk trivialities. At present I feel quite sick-and I will write and tell you when I have rearranged my mind and can see you without alluding to the only thing that is of the slightest consequence. Of course if you don't care about me at all, you are quite right. But it is a sad pity and a scattering of treasure. I love you because you are good & beautiful, & you may be perfectly certain that I am not going to change or try to change. On the contrary, the more I am opposed the more strength I shall feel-for I am not going to be thrust back into my grey world of politics without a struggle. But for that 1st reason you may see me safely-when I have got hold of myself again-for I won't be such a fool as to bore you. I shall tell Surrey-it would not be honourable in me not to-being as we are such good friends-what I feel and intend. Yours always- Winston S.C.send me one line back Historical Background Muriel Wilson, the object of Winston Churchill's unrequited love, must have given an aversion to politics as one reason she could not marry him. She also did not believe he had a terribly bright future. Churchill, at the time a 29-year old Member of Parliament trying to begin a career, continued to write to her. As this letter makes clear, Wilson had little interest in politics, while she rightly judged it as among Churchill's great passions. Ironically, the same year he was pining for Wilson, Churchill met his future wife, Clementine Hozier. They married in 1908. Here, in Churchill's distress, he may have neglected a salutation and date; however, his two letters to Wilson later in 1904 were both eight pages in length, so it is possible that this example is the surviving portion of a similarly-long letter. One of these longer letters, where Churchill is forced to recognize that Wilson is never going to love him, sold in 2011 for over $18,000 at auction.Churchill's failed courtship conversely bringing to mind the courtship of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Owens, who apparently accepted Lincoln's (sight-unseen) proposal. Lincoln, having second thoughts, then convinced Owens that he had no prospects for the future and that marriage to him would be a miserable experience. His strategy worked, and Owens called off their engagement.Our letter shows Churchill as a young man, already with "great faith in my instinct," still believing he has a chance with Wilson. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: A Desperate Winston Churchill Responds After...
Publication Date: 1904
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