THATCHER, Margaret.

Autograph letter signed.

13 May 1991 Stock Code: 134782

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A handwritten card sent by Margaret Thatcher to Keith Polyblank, one of her admirers. Thatcher writes "Dear Mr. Polyblank, Thank you so much for your kind letter. I am fine and very active although so many good things receive little publicity. I gave many interviews that week in early March - all the rest gave a totally different impression - e.g. the one I did on T.V with Barbara Walters where people could see & hear for themselves. This week I go to South Africa - an exacting tour but very important. After a few days back home I have to go to the USSR at President Gorbachev's invitation - also important at this critical time. I was distressed to hear of your own setbacks - please take heart. Yours sincerely Margaret Thatcher". Polyblank sent Thatcher various letters and signature requests, but the other replies he received were brief and perfunctory letters of thanks from Thatcher or her office. The detail of Thatcher's reply here possibly hints at a certain post-prime ministerial boredom, especially as she bemoans that she is not getting much publicity for all her appearances. At any rate, the letter - over a hundred words in her hand - is of much greater interest than replies to fan letters generally are, especially for its references to Gorbachev and her recognition that the time is critical both for the USSR (then in its death throes) and for South Africa (in the process of abolishing apartheid). Thatcher travelled to South Africa to receive the Order of Good Hope from President De Klerk two days later, on 15 May 1991. She had resigned as prime minister seven months earlier.

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Card with Margaret Thatcher letterhead and House of Commons blindstamp (9 x 14 cm). Together with the original envelope.


Card in excellent condition, envelope opened a little roughly.


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