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Cambridge Union Society, Lent Term 1936.

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/Pet.MS.723

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook presented to Cooke by the officers and committee of the Union Society on his retirement as president. Compiled by Stanley S. Brown, Chief Clerk to the Society, April 1936.
Modern numbering.
1. Printed title-page.
2. Signatures of members of the Society.
3v-16: Notices of meetings with, in the case of debates, signatures of named speakers on facing rectos.
The signatures, including those signing the menu at item 35, are those of: the Rt. Hon. Christopher Addison, M.D. and politician, f.8; Cuthbert James McCall Alport (Pembroke) President ET 1935, ff.16, 35; Ronald Alfred Beddoes, Treasurer of Durham Union Soc., later Provost of Derby, f.11; (Henry) Stanley Bennett (Emmanuel), Union Society Librarian, f.2; Richard Austen Butler (Pembroke), President ET 1924, M.P., later Master of Trinity, ff.16, 35; Charles Roden Buxton (Trinity) President ET 1897, philanthropist and Liberal politician, f.13; Gerald William St John Chadwick (St Catharine's) later Assistant Under-Secretary of State in the Commonwealth Relations Office, f.7; Cameron John Kenneth Churchill (Trinity) f.10; (Rupert) John Cornford (Trinity) poet, ff.2, 13, 35; Gerald Bright Croasdell (Pembroke), President LT 1937, ff. 2, 8, 35; Brig.-Gen. Sir Henry Page Croft (Trinity Hall) M.P., f.13; William Burnlee Curry (Trinity) Headmaster of Dartington Hall, f.11; Joseph Alfred Dobbs (Trinity Hall), President ET 1936, ff.2, 35; Carl Allan John Emery (Emmanuel) or, more probably, John Nicholas Emery (St John's) ff.2, 11, 35; Ronald Vincent Gibson (Caius), President ET 1937, ff.2, 12; (Arthur) Eric (Rowton) Gill, artist, f.7; Vivian Hubert Howard Green (Trinity Hall), later Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, f.7; William Percival Grieve (Trinity Hall) f.12; Humfrey Grose-Hodge (Pembroke), President ET 1913, Headmaster of Bedford School, f.11; Frederick Charles Hannen Swaffer, socialist journalist, ff.16, 35; Eric William Hawkins (Trinity Hall) later C.B.E., educationalist, President of the Modern Languages Association, etc., f. 15; George Thornton Hesketh (Trinity) later Lecturer in Law at King's College London, f.8; Geoffrey Holt Jackson (Emmanuel) later Vice-Consul at Cairo, f.15; Lakshmi Kant Jha (Trinity) later Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, ff. 2, 12; Arnold Wilfred Geoffrey Kean (Queens') President MT 1935, later a UN administrator, ff.2, 10; Bryan Desmond Greenway Little (Jesus) later author, ff.2, 13, 35; Capt. Anthony Mario Ludovici, philosopher, etc., f.12; Colin Henry Mann (King's) later Public Relations Officer for the Conservative Party, f.7; James Lloyd McQuitty (Trinity Hall) later Q.C., and Chairman of Trustees, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, ff.2, 10, 35; (Rowland) Leonard Miall (St John's) President MT 1939, later broadcaster, ff.2, 35; Desmond Gorman Neill, Auditor of the College Historical Society, Dublin, f.11; Philip Reuben Noakes (Queens') later diplomat, f.10; the Rt. Hon. Lord Eustace Percy (Christ Church Oxford) M.P. f.8; Hubert Edward Philip Peter Powell (Jesus) f.12; Francis Reginald Fairfax Scott (Magdalene, Fellow) Kitchen Committee, f.2; Richard Charles Dickens Shuckburgh (Emmanuel) f.10; John Mellor Simonds (Magdalene) later killed at Arnhem, f.15; Frank (John Francis Maxwell) Singleton, (Emmanuel) President MT 1937, later author, ff.2, 7; David Lansley Blakey Spencer (Pembroke) f.10; Michael Whitney Straight (Trinity) later spy, etc., ff.2, 11, 35; Robert Egerton Swartwout (Trinity) later US author, ff.2, 15, 35; Jack Walter Miller Vyse (Corpus Christi) later theological author, f.13; John Hugh Watson (King's) later diplomatist and scholar of international relations, f.13; Herbert George Wood (Jesus), President 1905, Lecturer on the New Testament, at Selly Oak Colleges, f.7.
4. Notice that debate scheduled for 21 January is cancelled in view of the death of George V.
5v-6: Loyal resolutions of condolence and congratulation.
ff.18-30: Reports by Cooke of Union debates, 28 Jan. to 3 Mar., as printed in ‘The Gownsman’ or perhaps ‘The Cambridge Review’.
f.31: Notice of elections of officers and committee and of the debate of 10 March.
ff.32-3: Press cutting, ‘Minister versus Swaffer’, apparently from a local paper, with account of the debate of 10 March.
ff.33-34: Account of Cooke from the ‘The Gownsman’ series, ‘In authority’.
35: Menu for the c ommittee dinner, 10 March 1936, with signatures of those attending (all listed above).
36: ‘Cambridge Union Society Laws and Report, 1934-35’: 109 printed page in blue card covers..
37: ‘The centenary of the Cambridge Union Society’, reprinted from ‘The Cambridge Review’, 3 March 1915. 12-page booklet in grey card covers.
38: ‘The Cambridge Union Society’: publicity material, Michaelmas Term, 1935: 20-page booklet in blue card covers.
39: ‘Cambridge: a sketch-book by Walter M. Keesey’ (A. and C. Black, ‘First printed as a volume of sketches only, in October, 1913, and reprinted several times. This edition published April, 1935’) 16 un-numbered pages.


  • 1915 - 1936

Biographical / Historical

Charles Fletcher Cooke, later Charles Fletcher Fletcher-Cooke was born on 5 May 1914 at St John's Wood, London, son of Charles Arthur Cooke (deceased by 1932) and his wife, of The Corner Cottage, Camberley, Surrey. He came into residence at Peterhouse on 9 October 1933 with an entrance minor scholarship in history but changed to law in 1936. For further details of his college and subsequent career see Evelyn Ansell, 'Admissions to Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge, January 1931 - December 1950' (Peterhouse, Cambridge 1971) p. 30.


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Bound in blue goat, with gilt lettering, university arms and fillets, and gilt tooling to outer inside edges of boards, spine faded.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased at the ABTA book fair at Cambridge from Paul Bostock Rare Books, Nottingham, on 18 February 2017 for £325.

Physical Description



Cooke, Charles Fletcher (1914-2001), and others

2017-02-20 16:35:28+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Peterhouse (Ward) Library Repository

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