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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, R-S, many congratulating WSC on becoming Prime Minister and praising his leadership and speeches, Apr 1908 - Dec 1940. [Please note that almost the whole file dates from 1940].

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/398

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay on his knighthood; Sir Eugene Ramsden on Conservative support for WSC; Whitelaw Reid [London correspondent] of the New York Herald Tribune [United States]; [Sir] Robert Renwick sending on memoranda on French banks (by "Birch"), demolition in London, and Albania (by Renwick) (4); [David] Waley [Principal Assistant Secretary] (Treasury) and Philip Allen (Ministry of Home Security) on Renwick's memoranda; Paul Reynaud, French Minister of Finance (2); Charles Corbin, French Ambassador to Great Britain, sending on a telegram from Reynaud; Ava, Lady Ribblesdale; [1st] Lord Rothermere [earlier Harold Harmsworth] on the conduct of the war (4); "Jimmy" [James] de Rothschild; Mary, Princess Royal, sending on a card; Sir Thomas Russell, [Commandant] Cairo City Police [Egypt]; Kathleen, Duchess of Rutland; [Reginald] Servaes on being honoured; Vincent Sheean on United States opinion on the war and his new play; [1st] Lord Horne of Slamannan; "Louis" [Edward] Spears suggesting WSC needs a "strong organising mind" working with him; Sir Malcolm Stewart (4) including (1) sending on information from a "prominent German industrialist" on the mood inside Germany; Sir Henry Strakosch (2); Brigadier-General George Strong [United States Special Observer, London]; Hugh Cudlipp, Editor of the Sunday Pictorial, on dispute over a statement by WSC on Norway; Eileen, Duchess of Sutherland, on government use of a house belonging to her family; Hannen Swaffer sending encouragement and a verse; Sir Charles Sykes. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from "C R T" [Charles Thompson] and [Desmond] Morton [Personal Assistants to WSC], [Brendan Bracken, Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary], WSC's secretaries [Kathleen] Hill and "M S" [Mary Shearburn], and [Admiralty] Private Secretary [John] Higham; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir John Reith.Other subjects include: the death of John Rathbone; various dining arrangements; various gifts sent and received, including a book by Francis Beeding, pen-name of Hilary Saunders; changes in the Cabinet; a cheque from Rothermere for 600 pounds; birthday wishes; a 1908 letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] on WSC losing his Manchester seat; Strakosch's health.Also includes: poem by W G Rayne entitled "The Call to Arms"; extracts from the Sunday Pictorial and Hansard on WSC's statement on Norway.


  • Creation: Apr 1908 - Dec 1940. [Please note that almost the whole file dates from 1940].

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1 file(s) (122 folios)

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Folios 70-71 and 111: Copyright holders (Duchess of Rutland and Trinity Mirror for Cecil King) have withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

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