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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, A-B, many congratulating WSC on becoming Prime Minister and praising his leadership and speeches. [please note that almost the whole file dates from 1940]., Jun 1903 - Feb 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/392A-B

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Correspondents include: Vyvyan Adams (4) including (2) on his attending a meeting addressed by WSC; [John] Sandeman Allen on [David Lloyd George]; [1st] Lord Alness [earlier Robert Munro]; Julian Amery [Attache HM Legation, Belgrade] on articles by WSC for publication in Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia] (4); Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma, later Myanmar] sending on a 1903 letter from WSC to him on the British Army; Group Captain [Charles] Anderson on the Ministry of Aircraft Production taking over the Directorate-General of Equipment (3); Michael Arlen [earlier Dikran Kouyoumjian] and "Freddy", [2nd] Lord Birkenhead [earlier Lord Furneaux and Frederick Smith], on the birth of Randolph Churchill's son Winston; [1st] Lord Ashfield [earlier Albert Stanley] (2); [1st Lord] Baden-Powell; Sir Abe Bailey (6) on subjects including the war situation and [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa]; [Mary] Lady Bailey giving her views on the causes and conduct of the war; Captain Harold Balfour [later 1st Lord Balfour of Inchrye, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Air] (2) including (1) on his "past errors"; Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough] (4) on subjects including a "Monsieur Garibaldi" and Italy, Douglas Fairbanks [Junior], leaving France, and United States opinion; "Reggie", Sir Reginald Barnes, (5) on subjects including an Easter Day article by WSC and Barnes' Home Guard position; Major-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] on Barnes and the Home Guard; Vernon Bartlett on making a personal statement in the House of Commons; Bernard Baruch (2); Dorothy, Lady Beatty, on her husband David [2nd Lord Beatty] (2); "Max", [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken], asking for release from his duties, his insomnia and asthma, and the appointment of Sir Andrew Duncan [as Minister of Supply] (3); Dr H Beckett-Overy on a specimen from WSC; [Brendan] Bracken [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] (2) including (1) on defending the government from an attack by [Emanuel] Shinwell; [William] Wedgwood Benn [later 1st Lord Stansgate] on a letter by his son David asking not be evacuated from England (2); "Vere", [9th] Lord Bessborough [earlier Lord Duncannon]; "Birdie", [1st] Lord Birdwood, (2) including (1) on action by HMS Cossack; Charlotte, Lady Blood, on the death of Sir Bindon Blood; Lady Violet Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] (4); [Robert] Boothby on the mood of the Commons on 9 May 1940; representatives of the BBC, including Ronald Boswell (4), Director-General [Frederick] Ogilvie (4), and [George] Barnes, Talks Department, on WSC's recordings and installing a wireless set in 10 Downing Street; Ernest Brown sending on Humbert Wolfe's tribute to HMS Exeter; Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes] on lunch with WSC; Hilda, Lady Butterfield, founder of the War Emergency Committee for Children of Fighting Forces (5) on subjects including presenting Vassar College, New York [United States], with a photograph of WSC and her charity work. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries "M S" [Mary Shearburn] and [Kathleen] Hill, Admiralty Private Secretaries [Bernard] Sendall and [John] Higham, [Prime Minister's] Private Secretaries [Anthony] Bevir, [John] Colville, and "J M M" [John Martin], and [CSC's secretary] "G H" [Grace Hamblin].Other subjects include: birthday wishes to WSC; Abe Bailey's death.Also includes: birthday message from Captain [Richard] Pim and the Upper War Room Staff; copy of letter sent to Bailey on tanks; US newspaper cuttings on India and the situation in France; letter from David Wedgwood Benn published in the Times.


  • Creation: Jun 1903 - Feb 1941

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