[De La Rue Company Limited, manufacturers of playing cards and currency.] Typed Letter Signed from company chairman Bernard C. Westall to Viscount Portal, presenting a copy of the company history.

Bernard C. Westall [Bernard Clement Westall] (1893-1970), President of the De La Rue Company, manufacturers of playing cards [Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal, Marshal of the Royal Air Force]
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On letterhead of The De La Rue Company Limited, De La Rue House, 84/86 Regents Street, London W.1. 19 July 1963.
SKU: 20804

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Salutation ('Dear Lord Portal') and valediction ('I hope you are well. | Kindest regards | Yours sincerely | Bernard C. Westall') in autograph, the rest typed. Addressed to 'Marshal of the Royal Air Force, | the Rt. Hon. Viscount Portal of Hungerford, | K.G., G.C.B., O.M., D.S.O., M.C.' He begins in the hope that 'we are not thrusting ourselves too much upon you when we ask you to accept this copy of "The World of De La Rue" produced to mark the occasion of 150 years of trading by our Company.' In addition to describing 'a little bit of the company's past' the volume contains 'a new Atlas' which he hopes will save it from 'the sort of handling that out-of-date Whitakers receive!' The letter ends: 'No doubt in the years to come some of the maps may change a bit and so may our Companies!'