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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, R-S., Jan 1941 - Dec 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/422

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Correspondents include: Stella, Lady Reading [later Stella, Lady Swanborough] on WSC's appointment as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports; Colonel George Rennie reminiscing on WSC's comments on his future ambitions after Spion Kop [South Africa]; Sir Robert Renwick sending on papers on Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia] and manpower (2); Sir Edwin Lutyens [President] of the Royal Academy offering WSC the honorary position of Secretary for Foreign Correspondence and presenting WSC with a bust by Sir William Reid Dick (3); Hilary Saunders sending on a copy of his "Battle of Britain" [filed in CHAR 2/415]; Frank Salisbury asking permission to quote WSC for the title of a painting; [2nd] Lord Selborne offering support to WSC including writing to the Times (2); Horatia Seymour congratulating WSC on his speech of 9 February; Field Marshal [Jan] Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa, sending birthday wishes and commenting briefly on the war situation; [Gideon] van Zyl, Laetitia Stapleton (5), and [Howell] Lang-Coath, Town Clerk and Clerk of the Peace of Swansea [Glamorgan, Wales] (2) on signed photographs of WSC; John Gretton on a present for the Speaker [of the House of Commons, Edward Fitzroy]; Sir Malcolm Stewart on WSC visiting Stewartby, Bedfordshire, and sending a magnum of Pol Roger champagne (2); Sir Henry Strakosch on his health and marriage (3); [Arthur] Sparks, [Clerk] Ministry of Agriculture, and [John] Gordon, editor of the Sunday Express, on the cutting down of fruit trees; Herbert Swope sending WSC Christmas greetings. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries [Kathleen] Hill and "E S L" [Elizabeth Layton], [Charles] Thompson and [Desmond] Morton [Personal Assistants to WSC], [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] "T L R" [Leslie Rowan], [Anthony] Bevir, [John] Peck, and "E M W" [Edith Watson], [Brendan] Bracken [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary], and CSC and [her secretary] "G H" [Grace Hamblin]. Other subjects include: a request for assistance with an RAF appointment; other gifts received by WSC; payment to a Dr J C Ryder Richardson; presenting President [Franklin] Roosevelt with copies of WSC's works; a WSC bed at Sunderland Royal Infirmary [Durham]. Also includes: various booksellers' accounts; circular letter from [Douglas] Clifton-Brown [later 1st Lord Ruffside, Deputy Speaker, House of Commons] on a fire fighters' Christmas dinner.


  • Creation: Jan 1941 - Dec 1941

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