Skip to main content

Public and Political: General: The New Commonwealth., 01 Aug 1936 - 22 Dec 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/285

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: 1st Lord Davies, Chairman, New Commonwealth Society, on subjects including WSC's importance as a leader for a federal Europe, maintaining impartiality between France and Germany, the need to treat Germany as a potential member of a European Confederation, a possible British and European federal campaign for WSC, suggesting that he should speak for the society in Germany, bringing Sir Abe Bailey into the society, WSC's speeches for the society, keeping up the German branch, and advising WSC to stay above day to day politics and keep to international issues (9); N B Foot [General Secretary, New Commonwealth Society] on subjects including publicity for society meetings, reforming the society's covenant, a plan for the organization of an International Air Force, including asking Charles Lindbergh to help investigate it, society events, the Defence of Freedom and Peace meeting at the Albert Hall [London] and invitations to WSC from other organizations (26); John Murray on WSC's speech at the society's luncheon, the need for a permanent representation of the League of Nations, and the leading role in Europe that WSC could take, and that David Lloyd George should have taken.Other subjects include: WSC's views on the society's declaration of its aims, on subjects including the action taken by the League of Nations over Italy's invasion of Abyssinia [later Ethiopia] and the practicality of a general European security pact.Also includes: copy of the society's declaration, on subjects including the absence of automatic military obligations to the League of Nations, how to strengthen the League's authority, and the need for a general European security pact; extract from a speech by Charles Lindbergh on changes in war through advances in aviation; memorandum by Edgar Abraham on the organization of an investigation into the establishment of a Common Defence Force; list of proposed platform supporters for the Defence of Freedom and Peace meeting at the Albert Hall; New Commonwealth Parliamentary Group notes for the Debate on the Address, on the weaknesses of the League of Nations and the need to strengthen its machinery for settling disputes and the organization of collective security; drafts and copy of the society's funding appeal leaflet; copy of a letter from Count Carlo Sforza to Lord Davies on subjects including the weakness of British and French foreign policy; list of guests at the society luncheon; copy of a letter from Sir Edward Grigg [later 1st Lord Altrincham] to Davies, resigning as Vice- President of the society; issues of the New Commonwealth journal, including a report of WSC's speech at the society luncheon; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC] to individuals listed above, and also to others including Sir Montague Burton.


  • Creation: 01 Aug 1936 - 22 Dec 1936

Conditions Governing Access



1 file(s) (1 bound file (124 folios))

Language of Materials