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Image: Winston Churchill to Clementine Churchill, September 15, 1909
Winston Churchill to Clementine Churchill, September 15, 1909
Winston and Clementine ended their personal letters with simple drawings depicting their pet names for one another. He was her "pug," she was his "cat." Here, on the final page of a letter sent by Winston to Clementine from Germany a year into married life, Winston has drawn a "galloping pug - for European travel." In the paragraph above he asks Clementine to kiss the "P.K."-which stands for "puppy kitten"-his reference to their first baby.
Object Details:
Holograph letter. Baroness Spencer-Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K. (46)

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Forebears and Family
Transcript:
15 September 1909 Kronprinz Hotel

Wurzburg

My darling, We have been out all day watching these great manoeuvres. . . .

I have a very nice horse from the Emperor's stable, & am able to ride about wherever I chose with a suitable retinue. As I am supposed to be an ‘Excellency' I get a vy good place. Freddie on the other hand is ill-used. These people are so amazingly routinière that anything the least out of the ordinary - anything they have not considered officially & for months--upsets them dreadfully….I saw the Emperor today & had a few mintues' talk with him. He is vy sallow--but otherwise looks quite well. . . . .

We have had a banquet tonight at the Bavarian palace. A crowd of princes & princelets & the foreign officers of various countries. It began at 6 p.m. & was extremely dull. . . .

This army is a terrible engine. It marches sometimes 35 miles in a day. It is in number as the sands of the sea--& with all the modern conveniences. There is a complete divorce between the two sides of German life--the Imperialists & Socialist. Nothing unites them. They are two different nations. With us there are so many shades. Here it is all black & white (the Prussian colours). I think another 50 years will see a wiser & gentler world. But we shall not be spectators of it. Only the P.K. will glitter in a happier scene. How easily men could make things much better than they are--if only all tried together! Much as was attracts me & fascinates my mind with its tremendous situation--I feel more deeply every year--& can measure the feeling here in the midst of arms--what vile & wicked folly & barbarism it all is.

Sweet cat--I kiss your vision as it rises before my mind. Your dear heard throbs often in my own. God bless you darling keep you safe & sound.

Kiss the P.K. for me all over

With fondest love

W.

[drawing]

This is the galloping pug--for European travel.
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