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Public and Political: General: Correspondence., 01 May 1939 - 30 Jun 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/359

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Correspondents include: "Harold R" [1st Lord Rothermere, earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] on the German submarine programme (2); Oliver Locker-Lampson; Sir Hubert Gough; Evelyn Walkden; Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Muirhead [63rd (Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment] on finding positions in the Yeomanry for William Deakin and WSC's nephews [John G Churchill and Peregrine Churchill]; Thomas Horabin on public feeling about the Government's proposals for conscription (2); A P Herbert [Alan Herbert]; W Horsfall Carter, Editor, the Fortnightly Review, on an interview with Nancy, Lady Astor, after her visit to the Soviet Union; Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia]; Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, on admitting Spanish airmen from the Republican Air Force to the RAF; Sir Robert Lynn on the Conscription Bill and Ireland; Vice-Admiral Bertram Ramsay on the results of the appointment of Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse as 1st Sea Lord, and the need for new leadership in the Navy; [Thomas] Graham Charlton, Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War (2); Sir Robert Vansittart [Chief Diplomatic Adviser to the Foreign Secretary]; Margaret, Lady Kimberley (2); 6th Lord Stanley of Alderney [earlier Edward Stanley, later 6th Lord Sheffield]; Lord Ivor Churchill (2); Hugh Frewen; [George] David Roseway, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War (2); Jan Masaryk on pressure to transfer Czech gold reserves from Britain to Germany; Charles Montag (2); Frank Webb on selling oil from the United States to Britain and Canada; "George" [1st Lord Lloyd, Chairman of the British Council]; John Nicolle, Secretary, Trinity House; 2nd Lord Leverhulme [Governor of Lever Brothers and Unilever Limited, earlier William Hulme Lever]; General Maxime Weygand on a request to prospect for oil in Britain (2); Sir Edward Marsh on subjects including "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples"; Giles Romilly, Daily Express, on his interview with George Robey and Robey's views on Hitler; [Henry] Wickham Steed on proposals by Clarence Streit, [President, Federal Union Incorporated] for a North Atlantic federal union; Oliver Stanley [President, Board of Trade] on proposed prospecting for oil; 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr]; Marshal of the RAF 1st Lord Trenchard, on sending a joint letter to the Times on Government policy towards Germany (2); Rennie Smith, Secretary, Friends of Europe, on WSC's speech (28 June); 1st Lord Davies, on WSC's speech (28 June); Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air; Hubert Ripka on a German plan for evacuating parts of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia] in exchange for the Polish Corridor, Danzig [Gdansk, Poland] and Upper Silesia [Poland and Czech Republic]. Other subjects include: requests for help in joining up, for interviews with WSC, and for him to give speeches, and meet people opposed to Nazism; [?] an offer from Siegfried Sassoon to help WSC with his writing; WSC's view on war profiteering. Also includes: note on the Universite des Annales; note by Thomas Horabin on compulsory National Service and keeping profit out of war; text of a speech by Professor Jacob Worm-Muller to the British Council, on links between Britain and Norway; press cutting from the Daily Express with Giles Romilly's interview with George Robey; leaflets on the Federal Union movement; draft of Lord Trenchard's letter to the Times on Government policy towards Germany; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to individuals listed above and also to others including 1st Lord Tyrrell and to Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] on WSC's view of a speech by Halifax [8 June] on continuing to seek reconciliation with Germany, and on the Nazi oppression of Czechoslovakia. Some folios returned to file in 1997.


  • Creation: 01 May 1939 - 30 Jun 1939

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