Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill signed broadside of Longfellow's verse, "Sail on, O Ship of State!," from the Atlantic Conference, August 9-12, 1941, "Franklin D. Roosevelt" and "Winston S. Churchill". One page, printed in calligraphic style with an illumination of a galleon in full sail at the top, n.p. [aboard U.S.S. Augusta, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland], n.d. [August 9-12, 1941]. Paper: 8.75"H x 6.5"W; Frame: 21.75"H x 19.75"W. This document was printed at the direction of British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill for presentation to United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his top aides. Roosevelt used the verse, "Sail on, O ship of state, Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate," from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Building of the Ship" in a private letter to the prime minster in January 1941. The verse had a profound impact on Churchill who quoted the letter in an address to the British people in February 1941. The broadside is signed by Roosevelt at the top and Churchill at the bottom. A printed note identifies the text as, "The Longfellow verse in Mr. Roosevelt's message to Mr. Churchill." Both Churchill and Roosevelt kept copies and very few additional copies were signed for senior advisors present aboard ... read more