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Public and Political: General: Personal Office: Correspondence L - Q., 28 Jul 1939 - 20 May 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/366

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Correspondents, mainly congratulating WSC on his appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty, and on his broadcasts (1 October ["The first month of war"] and 12 November ["Ten weeks of war"]) include: George Lambton; Sir Walter Layton on reactions to WSC's description of the Germans as Huns; Frederick Leathers; "Charley" [7th Lord Londonderry, earlier Lord Castlereagh] on subjects including his differences with [Neville Chamberlain], Prime Minister, on foreign policy, the results of WSC's warnings on German air strength, Chamberlain's ultimate responsibility and [the scuttling of the Graf Spee] (4); [Richard] Eric Long; Sir Leonard Lyle, former MP for Epping [Essex] on subjects including his part in bringing WSC back into Parliament in 1924; Oliver Lyttelton [Controller of Non-Ferrous Metals, later 1st Lord Chandos]; Pamela, Lady Lytton [earlier Pamela Plowden] (2); Malcolm MacDonald, Secretary of State for the Colonies, on WSC's past dealings with Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Emir of Transjordan [later Jordan]; 1st Lord Marchwood [earlier Frederick Penny] (2); Sir Edward Marsh [literary assistant to WSC] on the publication of [? "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples"]; Jan Masaryk on the anniversary of Britain's recognition of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia] and [the scuttling of the Graf Spee] (2); Paul Maze (3); Brigadier- General Angus McNeill; Venetia Montagu [earlier Venetia Stanley]; Brigadier-General John Morgan; [Arthur] Clive Morrison-Bell; 1st Lord Mottistone [earlier John Seely]; Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Muirhead [63rd (Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment] on subjects including the formation of the regiment; Sir Michael O'Dwyer [former Lieutenant-Governor of the Pubjab, India] on the formation of opposition to the Indian Congress Party; Major-General Ridley Pakenham-Walsh; Beatrice, Lady Pembroke and Montgomery; 15th Lord Pembroke and Montgomery [earlier Lord Herbert]; Sir Wyndham Portal on WSC's speech in the House of Commons (8 May 1940); G Ward Price [War Correspondent in France] (3); Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound [Chief of Naval Staff] thanking WSC for his tribute to the Naval Staff in his broadcast [18th December, on the scuttling of the Graf Spee] (2); 11th Lord Queensberry [earlier Lord Drumlanrig].Other subjects include: offers of service and requests for help in finding commissions; writers to produce material on the Navy.Also includes: copies of minutes to WSC, February - May 1940, on subjects including a ministerial meeting on the coal situation, shipping traffic on the Rhine, the use of aerial mines in [?] the Norwegian campaign, the aims of the Export Council, control of cotton imports to countries open to Germany, the clothing supply, marine casualties, the purchase of cargo ships from the United States, food imports, an ammunition shortage, oil targets in the Soviet Union and the RAF's ammunition requirements; extract from a speech by Kaiser Wilhelm II comparing German troops with Huns (1900); copy of a letter from Abdullah Ibn Hussein to Malcolm MacDonald on his past dealings with WSC; copy of a declaration by Arthur Balfour [Foreign Secretary] on recognition for Czechoslovakia (1918); copy of a letter from General Henri Gouraud to John Morgan with a message for WSC; note from the Indian Empire Society on the situation in India, the work of the Congress Party and its reaction to the declaration of war; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Bernard Sendall [Admiralty Private Secretary] and Mary Shearburn [Secretary to WSC, later Mary Thompson].


  • Creation: 28 Jul 1939 - 20 May 1940

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