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EDWARD 8th SARAH POLK BRADFORD UPSTATRS DOWNSTARS ALFRED SHAUGHNESSY NASHVILLE
Letter to King Edward 8th as Prince of Wales following his royal visit to USA and Canada from Sarah Polk Bradford at Woodstock, Nashville, Tennessee dated Dec 7th 1919.
Sarah Polk Bradford (1891 -1955) was born at Woodstock. Sarah married firstly Hon. Alfred Shaughnessy on 30 April 1912 then secondly Lt. Col Hon Sir Piers Walter Legh on 15 November 1920, son of Thomas Legh, 2nd Baron Newton and Evelyn Davenport, an equerry in the royal household.
Sarah was the mother of Alfred Shaughnessy who wrote Upstairs Downstairs, the very popular television drama series as well as Hadleigh, the Irish RM and All Creatures Great and Small. Sarah was a great niece of James Knox Polk, 11th president of the USA. Sarah's first husband, Alfred Shaughnessy was killed in 1916 while serving with the Canadian infantry in the First World War.
In 1920 Sarah married Hon Sir Piers Walter Legh 'Joey' whom she met while he was serving as ADC to the governor general of Canada. Joey was then appointed equerry to the Prince of Wales later serving George 6th as equerry and then master of the royal household.
The letter from Sarah Polk Bradford is full of good content:
'Many thanks for your kind letter from Halifax (Nova Scotia) saying goodbye. I followed your visit to this country through the papers with the keenest interest and was certain all along that it would be the greatest success – in Canada one heard so much about anti British feeling in America, but must say it hasn't been my experience to encounter.'
Sarah continues ' I find that there has grown a tremendous admiration on all sides for the British people. I should love to hear someday all about the visit...
Joey told so little I was in his bad books during that time I'm afraid, unwittingly.'
Reflecting on life at Woodstock, Nashville, Sarah writes 'Here one leads a delightfully, lazy country life which I think is very essential to one now and then for reflection to find one's real self. I thought of you last Monday and how happy you must have been to throw off officialdom and really do what you like and enjoy most. I too loved our talks.
The letter concludes 'I am Sir, your obedient servant, Sarah'
A great letter to King Edward 8th as Prince of Wales.
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