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Public and Political: General: Correspondence., 16 Oct 1938 - 31 Dec 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/334

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Thomas Magnay; Robert Boothby; "Eddie" [6th Lord Winterton, earlier Lord Turnour]; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (? 2); Lewis Namier; Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister]; [Henry] Wickham Steed on a proposition for an international union by Clarence Streit; Alan Lennox-Boyd [later 1st Lord Boyd of Merton]; Roy Harrod on the faults of national government; [Lauchlan] MacNeill Weir; Edward Heath, President, Oxford Union Society; Sir Roger Keyes (2); Josiah Wedgwood; Lord Castlereagh [later 8th Lord Londonderry] on WSC's speech (9 December) about Chamberlain's settlement with Eamon de Valera [Irish Taoiseach (Head of Government) and Minister for External Affairs] and Castlereagh's own previous meeting with Rudolf Hess [Deputy Leader, Nazi Party]; Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, on losing as an independent candidate in the [Kinross and Western, Scotland] by-election; Robert Hudson, [Secretary], Department of Overseas Trade, on the threat by himself and other Under-Secretaries to resign; Sir Percy Bates [Chairman, Cunard White Star Limited] on the break-up of the Berengaria; James Garvin; Sir Terence O'Connor on WSC's broadcast to the United States (16 October); 1st Lord Lloyd on the broadcast; Douglas Fairbanks junior (2).Other subjects include: requests for WSC to give speeches and attend meetings; the Daily Mail's account of interruptions of WSC's speech (9 December) by members of the British Union of Fascists; a report that WSC was in a movement to attack Leslie Hore-Belisha [Secretary of State for War]; WSC's hope for either the defeat of General Franco or a united Spain; information on Germany's plans for Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe.Also includes: print from the Manchester Guardian of an article by Roy Harrod on the need for an electoral pact to unite the opposition to the Government; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to individuals listed above and also to others including Patrick Donner, Count Richard Coudenhove- Kalergi, Esmond Harmsworth [Chairman, Daily Mail, later 2nd Lord Rothermere], Arthur Mann [Editor, Yorkshire Post] and Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin].The majority of material in this file dates to December 1938.


  • 16 Oct 1938 - 31 Dec 1938

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (84 folios))

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