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Winston Churchill to Clementine Churchill, September 18, 1929
On his 1929 visit to the United States, Churchill entered the country from Canada via Seattle. In this letter to Clementine, he recounts the interrogation for liquor by the customs official enforcing prohibition, before recounting how the same official joined him for an iced beer: "The Customs gent explained that the United States was not interested ‘in the ultimate consumer'!" He also describes his son Randolph as his "Gannymede," cupbearer to the Gods, and makes it clear he was being well-supplied with alcohol.

Object Details:
Annotated typescript letter. Baroness Spencer-Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K. (84)


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Visits to America
Image: Winston Churchill to Clementine Churchill, September 18, 1929
Transcript:
18 September 1929 Los Angeles

[hand written notations]

Line 3: visas

End of paragraph 1: The Customs gent explained that the United States was not interested "in the ultimate consumer"! O.K.

End of letter: However Randolph acts as an [unfailing?] [?]. Up to the present I have never been without what was necessary.

(To be continued in my next bulletin)
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