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The controversial Brendan Bracken was the friend, great supporter, and parliamentary colleague of Winston Churchill. A notable intriguer who cultivated a mysterious image, he ordered in his will that his personal papers be burned after his death. A handful of his letters, however, have recently come up for auction. The documents include 12 letters to his mother and four to his brother. In one letter Bracken wrote about his participation in Churchill’s unsuccessful 1923 electoral campaign in Leicester West. He wrote, “We are deep in an awful fight at Westminster and I think we are going to win…We are fighting the three great parties…& only Winston could pull it off. A good deal of attention here is directed to the Irish vote which may pull the fat out of the fire — it will I hope be given in Winston’s favour…”. A news report on the Bracken letters is available from the Irish Times.

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