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Public and Political: General: Correspondence., 12 Dec 1938 - 27 Feb 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/357A-B

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Correspondents include: Laura, Lady Lovat (3); Bernard Baruch (3); Ian Roy, Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs; 1st Lord Hailey [former Director of the African Research Survey]; "Edward" [Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] on a meeting of the Focus in Defence of Freedom and Peace (2); Sir Henry Fildes; Vice-Amiral Paul Guepratte; Hugh Fraser; Vice-Admiral Kenneth Dewar on his book "The Navy from Within" (5); Roger Frewen; 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] on [?] negotiations for the return to Britain of the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII]; Edward, Duke of Windsor, on [negotiations for his return]; Joyce Walter, earlier Joyce Tallents, Secretary to WSC (2); Eliot Crawshay-Williams; Henry Mouchet, Prefet des Alpes-Maritimes [France]; Rennie Smith, Secretary, Friends of Europe; Sir Roger Keyes; Richard Acland; Roy Harrod on forming a Conservative-Labour alliance against the Government; Ava Wigram [later Ava, Lady Anderson and Ava, Lady Waverley]; "Bob" [Robert Boothby]; Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] on subjects including asking WSC to meet a group of French Deputies (2); Peter Peirson [English Institute, Brno, Czechoslovakia] on the state of Czechoslovakia, German influence, Czech opinion on Britain, and new alien laws in Czechoslovakia (4); Sir George Franckenstein [earlier Baron Georg Franckenstein] (2); Philip Noel-Baker, on the group of French Deputies; 1st Lord Lloyd; Sir Walter Monckton [former Attorney-General to Edward, Prince of Wales] on [the Duke of Windsor's position]; Wilfrid Roberts; Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, on General Franco's reprisals against the Spanish Republicans; Sir James Marchant; Alfred Bergman; 6th Lord Winterton [earlier Lord Turnour], Paymaster General.Other subjects include: requests for WSC to give speeches, interviews, and contribute to books; German propaganda against Britain; a film of the life of 1st Lord Kitchener; opposition to evacuation and compulsory billeting.Also includes: print of an article by Sheila Grant-Duff on Czechoslovakia and the pressure used by Britain and France against it; subscription letter for the Friends of Europe; note on the relations between Germany, Italy and Switzerland; poster against compulsory billeting; note by "Prof" [F A Lindemann, later 1st Lord Cherwell] on the technicalities of broadcasting to Germany for propaganda purposes; text of an article by Lawrence Fernsworth on Spanish refugees and Franco's reprisals against Republicans; press cuttings from the Bournemouth Daily Echo with articles by Sir James Marchant on national spirit and the organization of civil defence; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Kathleen Hill and Mary Penman [Secretaries to WSC] to individuals listed above and also to others including Maxine Elliott, David Lloyd-George, Pierre Cot and Robert Hudson.The majority of material in this file dates to 1939.


  • 12 Dec 1938 - 27 Feb 1939

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2 file(s) (2 bound files (215 folios))

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