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Public and Political: General: Correspondence., 10 Jan 1935 - 30 Jun 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/296A-B

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Correspondents include: Carl Bechhofer Roberts on subjects including his biography of WSC, and particularly the Abdication Crisis [of King Edward VIII, earlier Edward, Prince of Wales, later Duke of Windsor] (2); Ivy, Lady Chamberlain; Cosmo Lang [Archbishop of Canterbury]; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Foreign Secretary, on a speech by WSC in a foreign affairs debate, and his tribute to the Foreign Office; 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood [President, League of Nations Union, earlier Lord Robert Cecil] on the league's declaration of its aims (4); John Maitland; 1st Lord Hirst [Chairman, General Electric Company Limited, GEC]; Philip Guedalla [Honorary Director, Ibero-American Institute of Great Britain], urging WSC to visit Argentina (2); Nathan Laski, President, Manchester Jewish Board of Guardians, on a speech by WSC on the National Defence Contribution Scheme, and his disappointment at WSC being left out of the new government (3); Oliver Locker-Lampson; Austin Hudson; Joachim von Ribbentrop [German Ambassador to Britain] inviting WSC to meet Field- Marshal Werner von Blomberg [German Defence Minister]; Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes; Victor Seely; Kathleen, Lady Simon; Colonel Arthur Dugdale, Commander of the Oxfordshire Hussars; Stanley Bruce [High Commissioner for Australia in London]; General Nicholas Epanchin (3); Sir Auckland Geddes; King George VI on WSC's sympathy and understanding during the Abdication Crisis, WSC's good wishes on the Coronation, and his responsibilities as King; 1st Lord McGowan (2); A L Rowse on his Life of Sir Richard Grenville and his agreement with WSC on rearmament (2); Ramsay MacDonald [Lord President of the Council] on mistakes in the organization of the Coronation (2); John Penson, Private Secretary to MacDonald; [Christian] Henry Guest, candidate for Drake Division, Plymouth [Devon]; Norman Holden; "E" [17th Lord Derby, earlier Lord Stanley] on his nomination of Neville Chamberlain as the new Leader of the Conservative Party (3); Robert Bernays; [Archibald] Fenner Brockway, Secretary, Independent Labour Party; Clive Baillieu (2); Herbert Williams [MP for South Croydon, Surrey]; John Stanton; Edward Spears; 1st Lord Horne [of Slamannan] on accepting his peerage; [Joseph] Saville Garner, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, on a speech by WSC on Joseph Lyons, Prime Minister of Australia; Sir Howard d'Egville; Herbert Fisher, President, London Library; Sir John Simon [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on a temporary taxation on industry; 1st Lord Jessel, President, London Municipal Society, on WSC's Vice-Presidency of the society; [?] John Hope [later 1st Lord Glendevon] on the Tote Bill; Sir Ralph Glyn on the Tote Bill (2); 7th Lord Spencer [earlier Lord Althorp], Chairman, Sulgrave Manor Board; Prince Hubertus Loewenstein on setting up a newspaper on German affairs (2); Lord Wolmer [later 3rd Lord Selborne, Chairman, Cement Makers' Federation]; John Morgan [Council to the Indian Chamber of Princes] on the chairmanship of the Royal Commission into the constitution of Canada (3); Rene Leon on improved economic relations between Britain and the United States; William Ormsby-Gore [Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs, later 4th Lord Harlech]; Sir Clement Hindley, Chairman, Racecourse Betting Control Board, on the Tote Bill and use of women employees in racing; "BB" [Brendan Bracken] on financial support for Lady Chamberlain; Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] on the chairmanship of the Royal Commission into the constitution of Canada; Ralph Rayner, MP for Totnes Division [Devon]; Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood], Home Secretary; John McEwen; Joan Vickers.Other subjects include: the death of Clementel, former French Finance Minister; the exploitation of young scientists and engineers; invitations and requests for WSC to speak; the death of Frederick Guest; WSC's speeches; the security risk from Germans and Italians living in Britain.Also includes: draft of proposed statement of aims by the League of Nations Union; Parliamentary petition to the Home Secretary against blasphemous Communist posters; copy of a letter by Sir Auckland Geddes and [Alfred] Chester Beatty [? President, Overseas Mining Association] on the proposed National Defence Contribution to be paid by the Northern Rhodesia [later Zambia] Copper Mining Companies; typescript of Lord Derby's speech proposing Neville Chamberlain for leader of the Conservative Party; notes on Joseph Lyons from the Dominions Office and Clive Baillieu; copy of the 1937 Australian Economic Conditions and Statistical Summary; pamphlet on the London Municipal Society; pamphlet from the Sulgrave Manor Board; press cuttings from the Evening News on changing the Canadian constitution; copy of a letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice on the death of his father, 7th Duke of Marlborough (1883); typescript of a speech by Bernard Baruch at Union College, Schenectady [United States] on natural economic laws; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC] to individuals listed above and also to others including H G Wells, Alan Herbert, Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso], David Margesson, Katharine, Duchess of Atholl and Peregrine Churchill.The majority of material in this file dates to 1937.


  • Creation: 10 Jan 1935 - 30 Jun 1937

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