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Public and Political: General: The New Commonwealth., 15 Dec 1935 - 30 Jul 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/284

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: 1st Lord Davies [Chairman, New Commonwealth Society] on subjects including WSC's speeches, his advocacy of an international police force, the shortcomings of the League of Nations, the aims of the New Commonwealth Society and their similarity to WSC's, inviting WSC to be President of the society, the Peace Society, the ultimate aim of building up an international air force, and reducing the air strength of individual nations, and the British contribution to the League of Nations (8); "Brab" [John Moore-Brabazon, later 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara], supporting WSC as President of the society; N B Foot [General Secretary of the society] on subjects including society meetings and speeches (8); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary].Other subjects include: WSC's address to the New Commonwealth Parliamentary Group, their aims, and support for building defences against aggression.Also includes: New Commonwealth Parliamentary Group notes for a debate on air estimates, on subjects including the air forces of the chief powers, the limitations of aerial bombardment, Government policy on bombing and Hitler's proposed air pact; copy of WSC's letter accepting the society Presidency, with a list of society members supporting him and a press statement on his acceptance; summary of a speech by Lord Davies at the annual conference of the Welsh Council of the League of Nations on the need to develop and strengthen the League, Government armaments policy and Britain's loan to Italy; copy of a letter from William Hughes, Australian Minister for Health and Repatriation, to Davies, accepting the invitation to act as a Vice-President for the society, and on his belief in international law and the Empire; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC] to individuals listed above and others including Sir James Hawkey [Chairman of Woodford Conservative Association, Essex], and William Strickland.


  • Creation: 15 Dec 1935 - 30 Jul 1936

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