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An affectionate letter from Sir Winston Churchill to his first great love has come to light.
He was a 22 year old junior officer when he met Pamela Bulwer-Lytton (nee Plowden), Countess of Lytton, in India in 1896.
They dated for several years and he is said to have proposed marriage to her in a punt on the river at Warwick Castle.
Although she declined, Churchill clearly harboured no ill feelings as their friendship endured for the rest of their lives. In the letter, dated July 13, 1957, he refers to her as 'dear Pamela' and signs off with: "You were wonderful as a companion."
The letter is now being sold with International Autograph Auction, of Malaga, Spain, where it is expected to fetch £1,500.