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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, C-D., Jan 1943 - Jun 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/464

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Correspondents include: "E R" [Eleanor Roosevelt] and John Russell [2nd Secretary] (British Embassy, Washington [United States]) (2) on communications with a US sculptor Stirling Calder and his bust of WSC; [1st] Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry], High Commissioner for Canada [in the United Kingdom] Vincent Massey, Chilean Ambassador [to Great Britain] Manuel Bianchi, and Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia] Jan Sramek, on WSC's health problems; Sir Newman Flower, Director of Cassell and Company, (2) and [Alan] Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] on a US book entitled "Moscow Dateline"; Somerset de Chair sending extracts from his forthcoming book "The Silver Crescent"; [Robert] Chapman on Paget's "New Examiner"; Chen [Wei-Cheng] of the Chinese Embassy giving details of a telegram from Chiang Kai-Shek [President of China]; [Sir Thomas] Warren, Chief Constable [of Buckinghamshire] inviting WSC to a lunch; Sir Frank Clarke sending on a cartoon; Lieutenant-Colonel "Ivan" [John] Cobbold on WSC signing some photographs (2); "Jock" [John] Colville thanking WSC for his copy of "The Unrelenting Struggle" and commenting briefly on his flying; Noel Coward (2) on his health and WSC coming to see "This Happy Breed"; Eliot Crawshay-Williams sending on a cutting of his letter to the Western Mail on a Secretary for Wales; Sir Miles Lampson [later 1st Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] sending on a message from Djafar Fakhry Bey; Clement Davies on a family bereavement; [1st] Lord Davies [of Llandinam] sending woodcocks; "Bill" [William] Deakin (2) on going to the Balkans and Randolph [Churchill], Evelyn Waugh, and Philip Jordan; Sir Wyndham Deedes on permission to publish a 1939 speech by WSC on Palestine (2); "Ettie" [Ethel], Lady Desborough, also from "Willie" [1st] Lord Desborough [earlier William Grenfell]; Lord Desborough (2) on WSC's speech [of 26 March] and Lady Desborough in hospital; Patrick Donner on his wife's death; Lord Alfred Douglas sending on a book of his sonnets; Sir Andrew Duncan (2) sending a gift of salmon and praise for WSC. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] Leslie Rowan, [John] Martin, [John] Peck, [Edith] Watson, [Francis] Brown, "C B" [Charles Barker], and "A B" [Anthony Bevir], [Desmond] Morton and "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistants to WSC], WSC's secretaries [Kathleen] Hill, W M [Smith], "E S L" [Elizabeth Layton], and "P K" [Patrick Kinna], and CSC and [her secretary] "G H" [Grace Hamblin]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and General [Henry] Arnold.Other subjects include: other gifts received or sent by WSC including cigarettes from a Turkish Marshal Chakmak and a life of General [Fulgencio] Batista of Cuba; the policy of declining certain gifts including a statuette of William Pitt from the Chertsey War Savings Committee [Surrey]; a request for a photograph from a Christine Conover who sailed back form India with WSC in 1899.Also includes: publicity material for an exhibition by Edward Canning-Freeman and de Chair's book; reprint of a 1936 Times article on the National Debt Office; cutting from the Surrey Herald on the Chertsey gift; song sheet for Coward's "Don't Let's be Beastly to the Germans"; extracts from telegrams from Dominion High Commissioners on reaction to WSC's illness; signed copy of Douglas' "Principles of Poetry".


  • Creation: Jan 1943 - Jun 1944

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