A Conservative Estimate

Unknown: Unknown, Unknown. Leaflet. This leaflet, previously unknown to us, is an unsigned, undated poem titled “A Conservative Estimate” praising Churchill in his role as Prime Minister. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. The line “The man whom Labour crucified” prompts us to speculatively date this poem between the end of Churchill’s first Premiership on 26 July 1945 and the beginning of his second and final premiership, after the Labour Party’s General Election defeat on 26 October 1951. Rather than regarding the poem's literary merit, we regard it as an emotive first-hand testimony to the tremendous upheaval in Britain's social, political, cultural, and geopolitical realities during and following the Second World War - a period during which Churchill's leadership role was historically indelible. This leaflet, measuring 8.4375 x 5.25 inches (21.5 x 13.4 cm), is printed on the recto only in blue ink with a decorative border. Condition is very good. The leaflet is clean and complete, with no tears, loss, markings, or appreciable soiling and toning. We note only a minor lower right corner crease. The full text of the poem, in 5 stanzas comprising 20 lines, reads: “There is a CHURCHILL far away | From Downing Street’s recall - | The man whom Labour crucified, | Who LIVED to safe us all. | He lived that we might be forgiven | The errors of the Past, | That we at length might find our heaven | Beyond the stormy blast. | We do not know, we cannot tell | The strain he had to bear, | But we believe it was for us | He toiled and triumphed here. | There was no other great enough | To fill the foremost place: | He only could unlock in us | The courage of our race. | Ah dearly, dearly has he paid, | And we must not forget | Those principles for which he fought | And strive to prove them yet.”. Item #005501

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