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Correspondence, 1959 - 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 389/10/3

Scope and Contents

This file largely contains letters to Smedley, mostly dating from the 1970s. Not all contents have been listed, but items include letters from Sir Thomas Williams MP (President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union), 27 Apr. 1977; from Alan Rudwick (Headmaster of Achimoto School), 29 Sep. 1977; from Alec Douglas-Home, July 1973; from Peter Ratcliffe (British Embassy, Laos), 14 Jan. 1975; from Mr Justice Michael Kerr, regarding family issues and law commission of 1978-81, 31 July 1978; from Lionel Powys-Jones (Secretary for Native Affairs), 18 Jan. 1959; from Andre Ross (French ambassador to Laos), 10 Dec. (?); from Outhong Souvannavong (President of Laotian Council), 20 Dec. 1971; from one of Douglas-Home’s aids, 14 Jan. 1974; letter from Bishop J.K. Dadson (Burma Camp, Ghana), 24 Aug. 1978; from Bishop Aruna Nelson, 14 Jan. 1972; from Bishop Richard Roseveare, 20 Dec. 1970; letter from Smedley to Donald Cape (Ambassador, Laos, 1976-8), with reply, 29 Dec. 1976; from P.S. Fairweather (First Secretary and Head of Chancery, Vientiane), 6 Nov. 1975; from Sir Douglas Carter (New Zealand High Commissioner to UK, 1976-9); from Hugh Cortazzi (Deputy Under-Secretary, FCO, 1975-80); from Rev. Andrew Baillie (Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Colombo), 13 July 1977; from C.L. Davey (Director, the Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand), 22 Mar. 1978; from Ronald Davison (New Zealand Chief Justice 1978-89), 9 Feb. 1978; from Keith Dexter (Ministry of Agriculture), 23 June 1978; from Michael Fowler (Mayor of Wellington, 1974-83), 25 October 1977; from Sir Roland Gibbs (Field Marshal, Chief of the Staff, 1976-9), 9 December (?); from R.E. Gregson (BBC Controller, Overseas Services), 2 January 1975; from Keith Haskell (later High Commissioner Brazil, Peru) at British Embassy, Santiago, 6 September 1977(?); from Keith Holyoake following his appointment as Governor-General of New Zealand, 10 March 1977; from S.R. Hull (former President of British Trade Association of New Zealand), 17 March 1978; from British Residency in Tongo, regarding earthquake, 28 June 1976(?); from Smedley to Dr Coral Bell (LSE) on article she had recently written, 28 April 1969; from Smedley to Douglas Rivett-Carnac (British Consulate, Thailand), 22 October 1968; from Smedley to B.R. Curson (Information Policy Department, FO) on quality of reception of BBC recording, 19 April 1968; from Smedley to Sir Paul Sinker (British Council) on possible appointment of British Council officer to perform tasks currently filled in Laos by Information Officer; from Smedley to Prince Buon Oum (former PM Laos and Hereditary Prince of Champassack), 15 April 1970; from Sir Basil Greenhill (Director of National Maritime Museum), 25 July 1973, 9 January and 17 December 1974, with reply from Smedley, 17 January 1974; letter from Sir Hugh Parry, 28 December 1971; letter from Roy Lewis (journalist and author), 7 January 1972; from Sir Stephen Oliver (High Commissioner, Sierra Leone, 1969-72), on the Pearce Commission, 20 June 1972; from M. Beryl Chitty (Deputy High Commissioner, Jamaica, 1971-75), on the Pearce Commission, 24 May 1972; from Ken Mew of Ranche House College on recent affairs in Rhodesia, 26 October 1972, with reply from Smedley, 3 November 1972; from Maurice Dorman (Deputy Chairman of Pearce Commission), 7 November 1972; from Sir Glyn Jones on Rhodesia and its election, 15 May 1980; transcript of lecture delivered by Ian Colvin to South Africa Society, ‘The Pearce Commission and After’, 6 June 1972; from David Beattie (later Governor-General of New Zealand), 12 February (?); letters from Air Marshal Sir Neil Cameron, 17 October 1978; letter from John Snodgrass (Head of South Pacific Department, 1977-80) mentioning visit of Princess Margaret to Pacific islands, 1 October 1978; letter from Lord Lothian, 16 April (1972?); from Terence J. O’Brien (High Commissioner Nepal, 1970-4); from Martin Rogers (Chemistry teacher at Westminster School; Headmaster Malvern College), 19 July 1971; from Murray MacLehose (Governor Hong Kong, 1971-82), 29 June 1971; from George Flama Sherman (Minister of Education, Liberia), 18 May 1971; from James R. Maddren (New Zealand businessman), 20 May 1980; from Florence Howland (President, Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship, Wellington), 13 May 1980; with reply from Smedley, 22 May 1980; from Dr W.D.L. Fernando (from Colombo), 20 February 1974; from Alexander Junes (Royal College of Surgeons of England), 18 January 1974; from Commander Orme (HMS Chichester), 11 April 1973; from M.M. Perera (Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance), 19 April(?) 1973; from Lord Scarborough concerning visit to Sri Lanka and the EEC, 20 March (?); from Ahmed Zaki (Prime Minister, Maldives, 1972-5), 12 December 1974; and from Mr and Mrs Epinat (French Ambassador to Malaysia, 1968-71), 16 February 1971 (circa 100 sheets).


  • Creation: 1959 - 1980


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1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

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Finding aid date

2016-05-30 09:51:03+00:00

Includes index.

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