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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, R-S., Feb 1942 - Dec 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/446A-B

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Correspondents include: Stella, Lady Reading [later Stella, Lady Swanborough] on WSC's broadcast of 10 May; [1st] Lord Reading [earlier Rufus Isaacs] sending a copy of the life of his father; A L Rowse and [Arthur] White, Secretary-General, British Council, on Rowse dedicating "The Spirit of English History" to WSC; Alfred Salisbury (4) including sending on a letter from him to Field Marshal Jan Smuts on the South African scout, Major Pretorious; "Top" [3rd] Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer] on the death of his son; [Sir] Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] on subjects including the situation in French North West Africa; Sir Ernest Swinton on his stories; Sir Malcolm Robertson on the state of the House of Commons; Lieutenant Franklin Roosevelt on his appendicitis; Kermit Roosevelt on John Dodge; W J Bryce Limited, booksellers, (7) and [Frederick] Hoyer Millar [later 1st Lord Inchrya] on presentation copies of WSC's books for President Franklin Roosevelt; John Winant [United States Ambassador to Great Britain], General Edwin Watson (Secretary to the President), and Jacob Beam (Second Secretary, US Embassy, London) on a photograph of WSC taken at the White House, Washington [United States]; Sir Edwin Lutyens [President] of the Royal Academy on a bust of WSC by Sir William Reid Dick (2); Leslie Burgin and Frank Salisbury (2) on a painting by Salisbury of WSC; [19th Lord] Saltoun [earlier Alexander Fraser] (4) and Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Forbes on a portrait of John, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by Adriaan van der Werff; [Hilary] Saunders sending on a copy of his "Bomber Command Continues"; General Wladyslaw Sikorski [Polish Prime Minister in exile in London] sending a Polish shield; Sir Donald Somervell on an essay written by WSC when at Harrow [school, Middlesex] (2); [1st] Lord Southborough [earlier Sir Francis Hopwood]; [General Sir Bedell] Smith [Chief of Staff Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe]; Colonel Oliver Stanley on an illness; [Admiral] Harold Stark (5) on subjects including WSC's broadcasts and Southern [United States] records; [Henry] Wickham Steed; [Edward] Stettinius (2); Sir Malcolm Stewart; Henry Stimson; Sir Henry Strakosch (5), [Bernard] Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Information], and Brendan Bracken on Lady Strakosch travelling to and from the United States; "Geordie" [George, 5th] Duke of Sutherland (2); [Herbert] Swope. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries [Kathleen] Hill and [Elizabeth] Layton, [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, Francis] Brown, [John] Martin, [Leslie] Rowan, [Anthony] Bevir, [Edith] Watson, and [John] Peck, CSC and her secretary "G H" [Grace Hamblin], [Desmond] Morton and [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistants to WSC], and [George] Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Mrs [Eleanor] Roosevelt, Edmund de Rothschild, and Sir Hanson Rowbotham.Other subjects include: the Free Austria movement; various other gifts sent or received by WSC, including a reproduction of the Uruguayan periodical, the Southern Star; birthday greetings for WSC; WSC's "nom de palette" Charles Morin.Also includes: texts of a broadcast by Francis Weiss entitled "One Million Silver Fox Skins" and an address by WSC to "Free Austrians"; a specimen of a Roosevelt crest; an account statement from Bryce; details about van der Werff.


  • Feb 1942 - Dec 1942

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