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Public and Political: General: Correspondence., 28 Jan 1939 - 30 Apr 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/358A-B

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Correspondents include: Charles Pears, President of the Society of Marine Artists (2); Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, on allegations of Nationalist atrocities in Spain; Group-Captain Lachlan Maclean (2); "Reggie" [Reginald Fellowes] (3); [James] Vincent Sheean; [Lionel] Archer Cust, Secretary, Royal Empire Society; 9th Lord de la Warr [President, Board of Education, earlier Lord Buckhurst]; Sir Horace Rumbold [former British Ambassador to Germany] on the Government's policy towards Hitler; Sir Neill Malcolm; 1st Lord Greenwood (2); Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith] (3); Hubert Ripka on subjects including the effect in Czechoslovakia of support from WSC (2); Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister; Norman Scorgie, Deputy Controller, HM Stationery Office; Leo Amery on introducing legislation for National Service, and Germany's next targets; "George L" or "L" [1st Lord Lloyd] on subjects including the Rumanian-German Trade Treaty (2); John Morgan; Geoffrey Dennis [Adviser to International Institute of Agriculture, Rome, Italy] on subjects including growing hostility to Germany in Italy (2); "M", 1st Lord Midleton [earlier William Brodrick] (2); Thomas Horabin, Liberal candidate for North Cornwall, on support for WSC in Cornwall (3); Juraj Krnjevic, Secretary-General, Croat Peasant Party; [Hubert] Gladwyn Jebb [Private Secretary to the Permanent Under- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on Krnjevic and Britain's view on the importance of uniting Yugoslavia; General Maxime Weygand; Harold Caccia, Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary, on the Hungarian occupation of Ruthenia [Ukraine]; Sir John Haslam; Richard Acland on the Westminster [London] by-election; Air Chief Marshal Sir Cyril Newall [Chief of Air Staff] on WSC's appointment as Honorary Air Commodore; Margaret, Lady Rhondda, Editor of Time and Tide; Ronald Cartland; Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air; "DD" [1st Lord Davies] on subjects including gaining support from the United States for the retention of former German colonies in Africa (2); Joseph Davies [United States Ambassador to Belgium and Minister to Luxembourg]; "Brab" [John Moore-Brabazon, later 1st Lord Brabazon]; "Charley" [7th Lord Londonderry, earlier Lord Castlereagh, former Secretary of State for Air] on information received by ministers on German air strength in 1935 (2); "Bob" [Robert Boothby]; Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy; "The Beaver" [1st Lord Tyrrell] on WSC's speeches on the Navy; Sir Halford Mackinder; Francis Pakenham [later 7th Lord Longford]; 2nd Lord Melchett [earlier Sir Henry Mond] on WSC's speech [24 April, on National Service]; Eliot Crawshay- Williams; [Thomas] Graham Charlton, Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War; Sir Henry Strakosch.Other subjects include: invitations for WSC and requests for him to give speeches; sending anti-Nazi propaganda to Germany; WSC's speeches; British ignorance of Nazi policies; support for WSC's entry into the Cabinet; an Atlantic-Mediterranean canal across France.Also includes: note on the formation of the Society of Marine Artists; print of a speech by General Sir Charles Harington, former Governor of Gibraltar, to the Royal Empire Society, on "Gibraltar and the Western Mediterranean"; extract from Hansard of WSC's speech on the Munich Pact (5 October 1938); draft petition for legislation on National Service; press cuttings on requests for the Labour Party to reinstate Sir Stafford Cripps, and cutting from the Western Mail with an article by Eliot Crawshay-Williams on his support for conscription; copies of letters from WSC individuals listed above, including to Neville Chamberlain on the importance of putting anti-aircraft defences in full preparedness, and on occupying Corfu before the Italians, and also from WSC and Kathleen Hill and Olive Harrington [Secretaries to WSC] to others including 1st Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] on the German fleet sent to Spain, and the disorder among the British fleets, and to [Arthur Morrell], Deputy Master of Trinity House, Daisy Fellowes, Millicent, Dowager Duchess of Sutherland, Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Evelyn Walkden and Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Muirhead [63rd (Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment].


  • 28 Jan 1939 - 30 Apr 1939

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