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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, A-B., Jan 1941 - Dec 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/416

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: [2nd] Lord Aberdeen [and Temair, earlier Lord Haddo] on [Mary] Churchill [later Lady Soames]; [Bernard] Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Information]; Vice-Admiral [Sir] Guy Royle [Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty] on his knighthood and the death of [Rear-]Admiral [?John] Fitzgerald; Captain Maurice Mansergh [Director of Trade Division, Admiralty] and Rear-Admiral Stuart Bonham-Carter on receiving honours; Mabell, Lady Airlie; Louis Alber on United States lectures on WSC; A V Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Hillsborough]; [Lieutenant-General Harold] Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Tunis] on a stay at Chequers [Buckinghamshire]; John Winant [United States Ambassador to Great Britain] sending on a message from [Harry] Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States]; Leo Amery; [Sir] John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] (2) including (1) on his forthcoming marriage to Ava Wigram; Group Captain [Charles] Anderson (6) including (3) on his wartime role; Charles Balaam [nephew of Elizabeth Everest, WSC's nanny] on childhood reminisces of WSC; "Reggie", Sir Reginald Barnes (5) including (2) on his Home Guard position; Bernard Baruch; "Max", [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken]; Baron de Cartier de Marchienne, Belgian Ambassador to Great Britain; Hubert Pierlot [Prime Minister of Belgium]; [Princess] Marthe Bibesco on support from inside Romania; Anthony Biddle [United States Ambassador to the Governments-in-exile in London]; "Birdie", [1st] Lord Birdwood (3) including (2) on his book and (1) congratulating WSC on his honorary appointment with the 4th Hussars; Hector Bolitho; Raymond Bonham Carter; Lady Violet Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] (3) including (1) on her appointment [?as a Governor of the BBC]; Sir Harold Bowden; Sir Harry Brittain; Collin Brooks sending a copy of his talk on [1st] Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth]; Mollie, Duchess of Buccleuch (2). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries Kathleen Hill, "E S L" [Elizabeth Layton], and "M S" [Mary Shearburn], "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC], [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] "J M M" [John Martin], "F D W B" [Francis Brown], "T L R" [Leslie Rowan], "J H P" [John Peck], [Eric] Seal, [John] Colville, "E M W" [Edith Watson], and "A B" [Anthony Bevir], and CSC and [her secretary Grace] Hamblin; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Arthur Abrahams and Captain [Richard] Pim.Other subjects include: various gifts sent or received by WSC; requests for WSC to inscribe or provide copies of books, his signature, or permission to quote his works; various invitations and requests to meet WSC, including for Sydney Boyle-Lawrence; birthday greetings; WSC's safe return from America; WSC approving BBC broadcasts; money left to WSC by Sir Abe Bailey; praise for WSC's leadership; Duncan Sandys' accident; matters concerning various charities.Also includes: copy of Buckeye Bulletin [United States] on Adler; text of a broadcast by Amery on WSC for the BBC German Service; joint letter from Batavia [later Djakarta, Indonesia] with a gift of cigars; cutting on WSC's first political speech at Claverton Manor, Bath [Somerset]; copy of 1938 letter from WSC to [Leon] Blum on his retirement as Prime Minister of France; note on the Jervis Bay; details on Boyle-Lawrence; cuttings from the New York Times and New York Herald Tribune supporting the British war effort.


  • Jan 1941 - Dec 1941

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (166 folios))

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