Smuts, Jan Christiaan

South African statesman, only person to sign peace treaties ending WW I and II

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(1870-1950) Boer lawyer, led commandos in the Second Boer War for the Transvaal against the British. Led Republican forces in Cape of Good Hope 1901-02, largely instrumental in effecting Union of South Africa. During WW I, led armies of South Africa against Germany, capturing German South-West Africa with Botha 1914-15 and commanding the British Army in East Africa 1916. He was also one of 5 members of the 1917-19 British War Cabinet, helping to create the Royal Air Force. He became a British Army Field Marshal in 1941, and served in the Imperial War Cabinet under Churchill. He was the only person to sign the peace treaties ending both the First & Second World Wars. South Africa’s 2nd & 4th PM, serving 1919-24 & 1939-48, and Minister of Justice 1933-39. One of his greatest international accomplishments was the establishment of the League of Nations, the exact design and implementation of which relied upon Smuts. He later urged the formation of a new international organization for peace: the United Nations. Smuts wrote the preamble to the UN Charter, and was the only person to sign the charters of both the League of Nations and the UN. He sought to redefine the relationship between Britain and her colonies, helping to establish the British Commonwealth. ALS, 2pp (1st & 4th pps of 7 x 4 ˝ folded sheet, separable), Irene (Pretoria), Transvaal, November 27 1926, to a Mr. Stinton, in his difficult handwriting, responding to his letter requesting Smuts answer certain questiuons. Smuts is to busy with “other necessary duties” and finds it “unfortunately quite impossible” to answer them, and asks to be excused, commenting that the points raised are “…all of great importance, and require more and more careful consideration than I could give them at the present time."

Condition: Very good, 2 folds
Type:Letter






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