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Correspondence, 1970 - 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 389/10/2

Scope and Contents

Not all contents have been listed, but items include correspondence between Smedley and Sir Edward Youde (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) concerning post-retirement work; letter from W.J. Adams to Smedley, 10 October 1980, on role of wives of heads of missions and necessity for reduced expenses; correspondence with Sir Michael Palliser (CRO, 1975-82), including letter from Smedley expressing surprise at Prime Minister James Callaghan’s remarks on Africa in Washington, 2 June 1978; letter, which Smedley has annotated, critical of the diplomatic service; correspondence with Professor Dennis Austin (Department of Government, University of Manchester) regarding a piece Austin had written in ‘New Society’ about Ghana, 12 September 1979; letter from Smedley to Sir Anthony Duff (Deputy Under Secretary to PUS, 1977-80) applauding his efforts on Rhodesia; letter (by Smedley?) to Chief Clerk concerning the slow development of his career in the 1970s; letter to Smedley from Curtis Keeble, (Deputy Under Secretary, FCO, 1976-8) regarding Rhodesia; letter to Sir Andrew Stark on expenses in the diplomatic service, 26 July 1977; minute by Smedley to Sir John Johnston (Deputy Under Secretary, 1969-71) entitled ‘The Race War’, dealing with the situation in South Africa and Rhodesia, and wider repercussions, 21 October 1970; letter from Lord Ballantrae on Smedley’s report on the British Council, 12 March 1975; letter from Lord Mountbatten discussing Nkrumah and his own recent trip to Sri Lanka, 29 April 1975; from Ahmed Zaki (former Prime Minister, Maldives) discussing his exile, 20 March 1981; letters from Sir Patrick Wall (Conservative MP), on probable upcoming election and industrial strikes, 10 January 1979, and on the invasion of Grenada, 17 November 1983; letter from Wendy Le Tissier, 11 July 2000; from Derek Ingram (editor of Gemini news) on Smedley’s unhappiness with the treatment of Commonwealth news, 17 July 1980, with letters on the same subject attached from Roger Westbrook (News Department, FCO), 18 August 1980, and Philip Priestley, 27 August 1980, with photocopies of articles in question (on Rhodesia, 22 January 1980); letter from Dalby Walter Harry Wickson (Secretary CRO) to Smedley, discussing at length the British Nationality Bill, 26 January, 7 February 1958; correspondence regarding the use of Royal Arms, 5 February 1969 and 1972; letter from Sir Mervyn Brown (High Commissioner, Nigeria, 1979-83) on his new posting, 5 April 1979; and letter from John Davidson reporting on events in Laos, 22 February 1979; (circa 150 sheets).


  • Creation: 1970 - 2000


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1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

Language of Materials


Finding aid date

2016-05-30 09:40:40+00:00

Includes index.

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