Sir Winston Churchill as an Historian

  • A. L. Rowse

Abstract

It is an honour to be invited to give the Founder’s Day Address at this famous institution; but it is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the creative foresight of the Founder, and the care with which successive trustees have carried out the intentions of his trust. Napoleon claimed, ‘J’avais le goût de la fondation, et non de la propriété’; which I may translate freely as ‘I had a taste for founding things, rather than for property as such.’ In these days of Welfare States I do not underrate the values, and uses, of property: did not Arthur Young say, ‘the magic of property turns sand into gold?’ But, nowadays, if you want your name to go on for good, then found something good. Mr. Henry E. Huntington’s beneficent shade has reason to be well pleased : his foundation presents not only static objects of beauty to the view, its essential character is that it is creative. What excuse have we grateful scholars for not being creative, working in such a library, art gallery at hand, in the environment of a beautiful garden, placed between the San Gabriel mountains and the sea?

Keywords

Migration Manifold Europe Shipping Luminate 

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© A. L. Rowse 1966

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