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  Lord Brocket

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Conservative politician and notorious Nazi sympathiser.

Born into a millionaire brewing family, Ronald Nall-Cain was elected as a Conservative MP in 1931 and was a close associate of Neville Chamberlain. He inherited the title of Baron Brocket in 1934 and was elevated to the House of Lords.

Brocket’s two palatial homes, Brocket Hall and Bramshill Park, were used for entertaining supporters of Germany and Brocket became a committed member of the Anglo-German Fellowship, and other anti-Semitic organisations,and known in society as a Nazi sympathiser.

So identified was Brocket with the cause of Germany that he attended Hitler's 50th birthday celebration in April 1939 and was a close friend of Joachim von Ribbentrop. According to Neville Chamberlain, Lord Halifax, the Foreign Secretary, used him as a conduit to convey to the leading Nazis the views of the British government.

After the outbreak of the Second World War Brocket urged a negotiated peace settlement with Germany. He worked closely with historian Arthur Bryant and Swedish intermediary Bengt Berg in trying to arrange talks with Adolf Hitler. However, Lord Halifax told the men that the proposal to grant Germany control over Poland and Czechoslovakia was completely unacceptable to the government.

This is a typed letter on headed paper (Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire,  20th April, 1956), to a man who has written with ideas about income tax.
Brocket replies (in full):

Dear Sir,
I am writing to thank you for your letter of April 13th. I agree with you with regard to income tax but I am afraid the loss of revenue would be the answer as to why it would be impossible to abolish it. There is no doubt that the country got on far better when it was 9d in the £ and would, of course, get on still better with none.
I wonder how the McMillan (sic) Lottery*will get on.
It will be interesting to see how your idea is received.
I am,
Yours truly

Lord Brocket concludes his letter with a signature in blue fountain pen ink.
One horizontal and one vertical correspondence fold.
Two file holes punched into the left edge of the letter, two sets of staple holes along the top edge (slightly rusty) and some light toning, but in good overall condition. (The letter is clearer and sharper than suggested by my scanner, which had some difficulty showing it as it truly looks!)

* This is a reference to the introduction of Premium Bonds by Harold Macmillan in his 1956 Budget.