The Irish News reports that newly released documents from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs record that in the 1950s Winston Churchill expressed a “longing” for the reunification of Ireland “provided that we could woo the six counties successfully.” The documents are contained in the latest volume of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which is published by the Royal Irish Academy. The article from the Irish News is here and information on the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series is available here.
The November 2016 issue of the Churchill Bulletin: The Newsletter of Winston Churchill was recently published. Formerly titled the Chartwell Bulletin, the monthly newsletter from The International Churchill Society was recently renamed. The first issue under its new name includes reports on the 33rd International Churchill Conference, changes to the Churchill Society, the opening of the National Churchill Library at George Washington University, and Churchill Collectables: Canadian Pacific Railway Plaque. It also includes a review of Alan Watson’s Churchill’s Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World (Bloomsbury, 2016). The newsletter is available here.
The online book seller AbeBooks recently sold a complete 8-issue run of the British Gazette for £8,030. As Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Stanley Baldwin government, Winston Churchill played a controversial role in the General Strike of 1926 and served as the editor of the British Gazette. The copies sold by AbeBooks are signed by Churchill, Baldwin, and John C.C. Davidson, M.P. During the strike Davidson was the deputy chief civil commissioner and was responsible for the government’s publicity efforts, including “overseeing the activities of Winston Churchill and the British Gazette.” Further information on the sale is are available here.