England

England played a vital role in the popularity of Will Rogers. Will was fairly well recognized because of his time on Vaudeville, doing some radio and he had started writing a weekly column for newspapers. But it was a trip to England, when the New York Times asked him to write a daily account of his experience, that started Will off to be the most read columnist in the country and his daily columns created a history of Will’s life for 10 years. After that trip in 1926, Will Rogers wrote his daily until the day he tragically died in 1935. Will was very fond of England and he wrote about it extensively. One of Will’s most beloved films was “So This Is London,” where Will plays an American businessman visiting England. Will did not like England’s coffee, however.


“Nancy Astor, which is the nom de plume of Lady Astor, is arriving on your side about now. She is the best friend America has here. Please ask my friend, Jimmy Walker, to have New York take good care of her. She is the only one over here that don’t throw rocks at American tourists.” – Daily Telegrams, July 29, 1926 (Will’s first Daily Telegram, written in London)


“England is taking the tax off tea. It’s been on 300 years. Now, why don’t they take the quinine or assafitity (or whatever it is) out of their coffee? It tastes like something that had been in there 300 years, too. Poor coffee and no bathtubs have drove more Americans out of England than unfamiliarity with their language has. Winston Churchill’s party is running on “no tea tax and no betting tax.” Lloyd George’s gang is running on “more employment.” Churchill will win. If an Englishman has got tea and can bet on a horse race, what does he want with employment?” – Daily Telegrams, April 16, 1929


“An American Ambassador to England has only really two duties, one is to introduce daughters of prominent Republican leaders to King George, and the other one is to make a speech on the Fourth of July that will make England think we are not celebrating us licking them on that date. Charley Dawes did mighty fine, his speech really made it look like England had won.” – Daily Telegrams, July 5, 1929


“England will pay you every dollar they promised, you can go bet your cent on that. And, France is five times more able to pay than England, but a Frenchman is not an Englishman.” – Daily Telegrams, November 17, 1932