Arthur Henderson, Labour Home Secretary 1924, autographed letter
An early member of the Labour Party and Nobel Peace Prize winner
This is a handwritten letter sent to the Labour Home Secretary of 1924, Arthur Henderson, requesting an autograph. He has duly signed the base of the original letter, and also with his secretary's handwritten compliment slip and the original envelope with The Home Secretary's crest.
The original letter reads "April 8th 1924, Dear Sir, May I, an elderly Clergyman, beg, on my wife's behalf, for your autograph. The Prime Minister has generously added his to her book as did all members of the late Government.Queen Alexandra was good enough to break through the rule & to send her signature to my wife, faithfully yours, W A Parsons". In return Arthur Henderson has signed the original letter and dated it 11th April 1924, and his secretary sent it out on the 12th. Nice to have the original note, compliments slip, and envelope.
Arthur Henderson (1863–1935) was born in Glasgow and brought up in Newcastle where he worked as an iron-moulder and lay preacher. In 1900 Henderson was one of the 129 trade union and socialist delegates who passed Keir Hardie's motion to create the Labour Representation Committee (LRC), which became the Labour Party, of which he was chairman (1908–10, 1914–17, and 1931–32), and served in the Coalition Cabinets (1915–1917). In 1924, Henderson was appointed as Home Secretary in the first-ever Labour government, led by Ramsay MacDonald. Henderson was a driving force behind the League of Nation's World Disarmament Conference in Geneva. Elected conference president, he kept negotiations alive despite opposition from major powers and his own government. It is for these efforts that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The letters are in very good condition, the envelope with some marking to the covers but neatly opened.