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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, A-B. [please note that almost the whole file dates from 1942]., c [1892] - Dec 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/440

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Correspondents include: Lady Margaret Alexander on her husband [General Harold Alexander, later 1st Lord Alexander of Tunis]; Sir Gifford Fox; John Winant [United States Ambassador to Great Britain] on W Sterling Cole giving WSC the American flag flying over the United States Capitol when he spoke there in 1941; Group Captain [Charles] Anderson; Paul Appleby, United States Under-Secretary of Agriculture; Anthony Rumbold [2nd Secretary], British Embassy, Washington [United States] (2) including (1) on records of WSC's speeches in the United States and Canada; Charles Balaam [nephew of Elizabeth Everest, WSC's nanny] on his career and sending on a letter from WSC as a child at Harrow [School, Middlesex] to Mrs Everest; Ethel Barrymore; "Max" [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] on a narrative by Randolph Churchill; [William] Beveridge on his wedding (2); Brendan Bracken; [General Sir Alan] Brooke [later 1st Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] on a photograph of WSC and a visit to Chequers [Buckinghamshire] (2); Mollie, Duchess of Buccleuch, (4) including (1) on WSC's visit to Edinburgh [Scotland]; Mr A E Hill, head gardener at Chartwell, Kent, (4) and [Reginald] Maudling (Air Ministry) on a Chartwell garden assistant, John Apps, joining the RAF; Alice, Lady Avebury, sending her support for WSC (2); Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough] asking WSC to give a painting to an exhibition; "Reggie", Sir Reginald Barnes, thanking WSC for a photograph and providing family news (2); Rear-Admiral [Tufton] Beamish; "Birdie", [1st] Lord Birdwood, on his life and army matters; Redmond McGrath (4) and [Alan] Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] on the [1st Lord] Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith] Trust; Air Vice-Marshal [Wilfred] Curtis [Deputy Commander-in-Chief], RCAF Overseas, sending on a message from Air Marshal [William] Bishop [Director Royal Canadian Air Force]; Lady Violet Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] (5) including (2) on government reshuffles; Winthrop Aldrich, President, British War Relief Society; Sir Harry Brittain. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries "M S" [Mary Shearburn], [Kathleen] Hill, [Elizabeth] Layton, and "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], CSC's secretary "G H" [Grace Hamblin], [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] "E M W" [Edith Watson], [Anthony] Bevir, [John] Martin, [Francis] Brown, and "T L R" [Leslie Rowan], and [George] Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Rear-Admiral [Edye] Boddam-Whetham.Other subjects include: various other gifts received or sent by WSC; United States aid to Britain; requests to see WSC; Group Captain Anderson's health; well wishes to WSC on returning from visits overseas; Beaverbrook's son's achievements; Christmas and birthday greetings for WSC.Also includes: photograph sent by Kate Vail Barnum; 2 shilling 6 pence note in connection with a bet between Brooke and WSC.


  • Creation: c [1892] - Dec 1942

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (156 folios))

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