|Creator:||Sunderland, F. H.|
|Title:||Letters to Edith Stallings|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 folder; MS601 to MS605 and MS607 to MS 617A housed together in 1 document box)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of two letters from F.H. Sunderland of Yorkshire, England to Edith Stallings of Athens (Ga.) in 1936. The first letter (November 13) discusses Wallis Simpson's divorce, her relationship with Edward VIII, and censorship of the press regarding the situation; criticism of Stanley Baldwin; comments on Francisco Franco and the situation in Spain; and Sunderland's opinion of George Bernard Shaw. The second letter (November 16) discusses Edward VIII and Simpson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.S. politics, politics in Massachusetts, and an anecdote about the Duke of Kent.|
In 1936, a constitutional crisis in the British Empire was caused by King-Emperor Edward VIII's proposal to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite.
The marriage was opposed by the King's governments in the United Kingdom and the autonomous Dominions of the British Commonwealth. Religious, legal, political, and moral objections were raised. Mrs Simpson was perceived to be politically and socially unsuitable as a consort because of her two failed marriages. As British monarch, Edward was Head of the Church of England, which did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouses were still alive; so it was widely believed that Edward could not marry Mrs Simpson and remain on the throne. It was widely assumed by the Establishment that she was driven by love of money or position rather than love for the King. Despite the opposition, Edward declared that he loved Mrs Simpson and intended to marry her whether the governments approved or not.
The widespread unwillingness to accept Mrs Simpson as the King's consort, and the King's refusal to give her up, led to Edward's abdication in December 1936. He remains the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne since the Anglo-Saxon period. He was succeeded by his brother Albert, who took the regal name George VI. Edward was given the title His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor following his abdication, and he married Mrs Simpson the following year. They remained married until his death 35 years later.
"Edward VIII abdication crisis." Wikipedia.
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F.H. Sunderland, letters to Edith Stallings. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.