Speech Broadcast by The Prime Minister Mr. Winston S. Churchill, February 9th, 1941. Winston S. Churchill.
Speech Broadcast by The Prime Minister Mr. Winston S. Churchill, February 9th, 1941
Speech Broadcast by The Prime Minister Mr. Winston S. Churchill, February 9th, 1941
Speech Broadcast by The Prime Minister Mr. Winston S. Churchill, February 9th, 1941

Speech Broadcast by The Prime Minister Mr. Winston S. Churchill, February 9th, 1941

New York: The British Library of Information, 1941. British Library of Information edition, only printing. Pamphlet. This is the British Library of Information edition, only printing, of Churchill's famous 9 February 1941 "Give us the tools and we will finish the job" speech, directed toward the American public as the U.S. Congress was considering the Lend-Lease Act critical to Britain’s survival.

This pamphlet is 12 pages bound in wire-stitched wraps, measuring 9 inches tall x 6 inches wide (22.9 x 15.2 cm). This copy is in very good condition, crisp, clean, and complete, marred only by age-toning of the covers. A barely discernible nick at the upper front cover is the only reportable wear and both original binding staples remain intact and uncorroded. If not for the toning of the covers, which is uneven and produces a slightly mottled effect, this copy would merit grading as “fine”. The pamphlet is protected within a clear, removable, archival mylar sleeve.

On Saturday, February 8, 1941, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lend-Lease Bill by 260 to 165 votes. It had yet to pass the Senate and be signed by President Roosevelt, but a major hurdle absolutely crucial to the British had been passed. Churchill learned of the welcome news at Chequers and later that day received a farewell visit from Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's emissary and a critical advocate and shaper of the Lend Lease Program. Hopkins discussed with Churchill many points in this speech that Churchill would deliver the following evening, which Hopkins noted had 'American public opinion' as 'the principle [sic] target'. (Gilbert, Volume VI, pages 1007-09)

Churchill's February 9 broadcast to Britain and the Empire was his first broadcast in five months. Near the end of his remarks, Churchill quoted verse from a Longfellow poem which President Roosevelt had written out in his own hand and sent to Churchill on January 27: "Sail on, O Ship of State! / Sail on, O Union, strong and great! / Humanity with all its fears, / With all the hopes of future years, / Is hanging breathless on thy fate." Churchill concluded with his answer to President Roosevelt: "Put your confidence in us. Give us your faith and your blessing, and under Providence all will be well. We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job." The United States enacted the Lend Lease Act in early March and soon thereafter extended its naval security zone several thousand miles into the Atlantic, effectively shielding much of the Atlantic convoy route.

This pamphlet is one in a series of Churchill's speeches printed by the British Library of Information in New York. The British Library of Information published thirty-four editions of statements, speeches, and broadcast addresses by Prime Minister Winston Churchill (that number including some variant publications of the same speeches), beginning with his first speech as Prime Minister of 13 May 1940 and ending with the broadcast address of 29 November 1942. These editions were often issued within two or three days of delivery and "reveal the political determination of the British government to bring the inspiration and steadfastness of the Prime Minister and the British nation to an American nation not yet engaged in the war. Indeed, twenty-two of the BLOI speech pamphlets were published before Pearl Harbor." (Cohen, Volume I, p.513, A120)

Reference: Cohen A143.2, Woods A67. Item #003160

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