4 St. James Square
17th April, 1925.
Dear Mr. Owens,
I wish I could be with you at your gathering, if only that I might have a chance to say something of what England and America seem to me to stand for. When I meet people who don’t appreciate what to me is one of the fundamental facts of history, it makes me want to start off at once on a preaching crusade. England was the cradle of representative Government and religious freedom, and it was English stock in America that blew the flame of liberty and democracy bright again when it grew dull here. People may scoff at Anglo-Saxon idealism, but its sense of justice, its passion for fair play, and its belief in moral values make it the greatest force for good in the world to-day. I am convinced that the future peace and progress of the world is bound up with Anglo-American friendship and co-operation. That is why I believe in strengthening in every way the old links of our common past, the new links of our comradeship in war, and the future links of our development in peace.
A blessing on your gathering and on all gatherings which are trying to make people understand each other better. With best wishes to you all [illegible]!
Clarence J. Astor, Esq.,
Yorktown Country Club,
350 Madison Avenue,
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 5, M2009.528, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 2