Letter from Sir Bernard Freyberg [Governor-General of New Zealand], (Government House, Wellington, New Zealand) to WSC, explaining that he was sending him the best ham he could find in New Zealand, via the SS Rangitani, due to arrive in about the last week of May. Freyberg adjures WSC not to give this one away, but to eat it himself. He also states that he had read press extracts from Volume III ["The Grand Alliance", from WSC's "The Second World War"] with great pleasure and interest, particularly over Crete. He comments that it was only possible now to see the true value of the work of Field Marshal 1st Lord Wavell and Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, adding that it was a pity that WSC hadn't sent Oliver [? Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] out earlier. He states that it was also a pity that Wavell hadn't had a better Chief of Staff, as he might have relied on a good one more; Freyberg remarks that Wavell had always been ready to learn from those under him, while Auchinleck wouldn't learn and had tried bullying instead.
Freyberg states that he was particularly interested in the battle for Egypt in June 1942, El Alamein, the turning of the Mareth Line [Tunisia] and also the Italian campaign of 1943-44 and asks WSC if he could send him those chapters to read, as he was anxious that the facts should be correct. Freyberg asks for an answer from WSC's secretary. Signed manuscript.