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Public and Political: General: Correspondence., 29 Dec 1937 - 15 Jul 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/330

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Correspondents include: Ramsay Muir [Vice-President, Liberal Party Organization] on the possibility of a by-election in Epping [Essex]; Lieutenant-General Sir [George] Tom Bridges on WSC's speech at Sheffield [Yorkshire, 31 May] and wartime conscription; Philip Noel-Baker; Don Pablo de Azcarate y Florez, Spanish Ambassador to Britain, on including Spain in WSC's call for a team of peace-seeking nations; 10th Lord Elgin (and 14th Lord Kincardine [earlier Lord Bruce]), President, General Committee of the Empire Exhibition (Scotland); Jan Masaryk, Czech Minister to Great Britain, inviting WSC to Prague [Czechoslovakia, later Czech Republic and Slovakia]; Brigadier-General Sir James Edmonds, Director of the Historical Section (Military Branch) of the Committee of Imperial Defence, on war still being some way off; [George] Peter Humphreys-Davies [Private Secretary to the Prime Minister]; Katharine, Duchess of Atholl; 1st Lord Weir; Sir John Simon, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Sir Henry Strakosch (3); Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence] on past differences with WSC, and his inability to speak openly to him on official business; "Scribe" [Sir Edward Grigg, later 1st Lord Altrincham] on his book "Britain Looks at Germany"; Princess Elizabeth Bibesco; Sir Abe Bailey on subjects including the Government misleading the public on air defence; "Bobbety", Lord Cranborne [former Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, later 5th Lord Salisbury] on himself and Anthony Eden [former Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] not speaking in the debate on the Anglo-Italian Pact [on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia]; 19th Lord Teynham [earlier Christopher Roper-Curzon] Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the House of Lords Coal Committee, on a meeting about the Coal Bill (2); James Garvin [Editor of the Observer] on the hopes for a respite before war; General J Tilho, Vice-President de l'Academie des Sciences Coloniales, on negotiations to hand over Togo and Cameroon to Germany; Harcourt Johnstone; Lady Violet Bonham-Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] on WSC's speeches and the Government's failure to protect British shipping in Spanish waters; 1st Lord Luke [Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, earlier George Johnston]; Major-General Sir Fabian Ware; Wilfrid Roberts; Anthony Crossley (2); Elaine Hunter [earlier Elaine Villiers and Elaine Guest] (2); Leonie, Lady Lesley; Patrick Donner; Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Chatfield [1st Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff]; [William] Lindsay Everard, Chairman, Royal Aero Club; Lord Ivor Churchill; Brigadier Ridley Pakenham-Walsh; Roger Frewen (2); "Tops", Lord Wolmer [later 3rd Lord Selborne]; 1st Lord Lloyd, Chairman, British Council, on never having the chance to see WSC; Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin]; Sir Robert Waley Cohen on WSC's meeting with the Gauleiter of Danzig [Gdansk, Poland], Albert Foerster, and the persecution of the Jews in Danzig (2); John Dodge; Arthur Watson, Managing Director of the Daily Telegraph.Other subjects include: invitations and requests for speeches by WSC; WSC's tribute to Sir Maurice Hankey on his retirement from the Committee of Imperial Defence; WSC's meeting with Conrad Henlein [Sudeten Nationalist Leader]; WSC's disapproval of [Leslie Hore-Belisha, Secretary of State for War]; WSC's view of Albert Foerster; claims by the Sudeten Germans to have WSC's support against Czechoslovakia, and German concerns about Czech independence.Also includes: letter to MPs from the Committee of British Shipowners Trading to Spain, on the bombing of British ships in Spanish harbours; print of a memorandum by General Tilho on the effect of German colonial claims on France; memorandum on the procedure for presenting a petition for a memorial; poem by Anthony Crossley on WSC as Minister of Defence; print of a letter to the Times by Eugen Spier on German persecution of non-Aryans; extract from the Economist with an article [? by Sir Henry Strakosch] on the Anglo-German Debt Settlement; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC, Millicent Broomhead [Secretary to WSC] and Denis Kelly [literary assistant to WSC] to individuals listed above and also to others including James de Rothschild, Brendan Bracken, Carl Bechhofer Roberts, [Henry] Wickham Steed, J Ronald Cartland, [John] Sandeman Allen, 2nd Lord Birkenhead [Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, earlier Lord Furneaux], Duncan Sandys, 1st Lord Davies and Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs].The majority of material in the file dates to 1938.


  • Creation: 29 Dec 1937 - 15 Jul 1947

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