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"The Sinews of Peace", 5 Mar 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/4A/51-100

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Top copy of WSC's speaking notes for his speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri [United States]. WSC begins by thanking President [Harry Truman] and explaining that he is speaking with "no official mission or status". The speech covers various subjects including: the responsibility of the United States and Britain to secure peace; the role of the United Nations and the need for an international armed force; predictions of the Cold War; education; international affairs; the destruction caused by war; European unity; knowledge about the atomic bomb; democracy and the importance of the "principles of freedom and the rights of man"; the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain and the Commonwealth and Empire; the danger posed by Communist governments and the deterioration of the relationship with the Soviet Union; and how the second world war might have been prevented had WSC's warnings been heeded. Includes the phrase "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." Carbon typescript laid out in "psalm" style to aid delivery. Labelled by [Jo Sturdee, later later Lady Onslow, Secretary to WSC] "(These are the actual papers used while delivering the speech)". Paginated with folios 1-50 in a separate series after folio 32.


  • Creation: 5 Mar 1946

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Additional carbon copy of speaking notes at CHUR 5/4A/1-50.


Complete Speeches VII, pp 7285-93


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