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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, M-Q., Jan 1943 - Dec 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/468A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Harold MacMillan on Randolph [Churchill] and [Pierre] Flandin; [John] Macnamara on a visit to Chequers [Buckinghamshire]; Reginald McKenna sending praise for WSC; Gwen and Henry [Mond, 2nd Lord Melchett] on WSC's birthday; Violet, Lady Melchett [?on "Rota" the lion]; [James] Tucker, Anthony Moir [WSC's solicitor], Herbert Morrison, and [Henry] Morton (2) on books received and sent; [1st] Lord Moran [earlier Charles Wilson] on WSC having come to dinner; Dorothy, Lady Moran [earlier Dorothy, Lady Wilson] (2); Sir Clive Morrison-Bell (3) on subjects including WSC in the House of Commons and Morrison-Bell's wish to travel to America; Prime Minister [of Egypt] Nahas Pasha, Pieter Gerbrandy [Prime Minister of the Netherlands], [Saville] Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Dominions], [Peter] Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand], [Henry] Mulholland [Speaker of the House of Commons Northern Ireland], and George Paynter on WSC's health; Sir George Newman on the honours to Moran and [Sir William] Jameson; Frank Heathorn, Manager Press Department, Outdoor Publicity Limited (4) and [Bernard] Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Information] on advertisements for Weston Biscuits; Max Ritson of Max Rittenberg and Partners Limited (4), John Berrie, and [John] Pimlott [Private Secretary to the Home Secretary] (3) on a schools campaign by the Overseas League Tobacco Fund involving a portrait of WSC by Berrie; General [Ridley] Pakenham-Walsh on his war work in India (2); Kathleen Selby of Paramount British Productions Limited (5) and [Alan] Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] (2) on using extracts from WSC's speeches in US advertising or films; Gladys, Lady Phillips, (3) and [Clifford] Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty] on subjects including Phillips' son and a plaque commemorating her husband Admiral Sir Tom Phillips; Sir Dudley Pound on the death of his wife; Reginald Purbrick sending brandy; Queen Mary thanking WSC and CSC. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, John] Martin, "J H P" [John Peck], [Francis] Brown, and [Leslie] Rowan, WSC's secretaries [Kathleen] Hill, [Elizabeth] Layton, and Jo Sturdee [later Lady Onslow], and CSC and [her secretary] "G H" [Grace Hamblin]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to [Henry] Morgenthau [US Secretary to the Treasury], [1st] Lord Mottistone [earlier John Seely], the Shah of Persia [Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi], President of Poland [Wladyslaw] Racykiewicz, and Lord Portal [earlier Sir Wyndham Portal].Other subjects include: other gifts received or sent by WSC including "The Common Problem" from Mrs Hugh McCorquodale (Barbara Cartland), a letter and print of [John] 1st Duke of Marlborough, paints from [Sir] William Nicholson, grouse from Paynter, a carpet from the Shah, and eggs from Portal; McKenna's illness and subsequent death; Moran being ill and having his book rejected; information on the Malakand Field Force; WSC's US surgeon Otto Pickhardt.Also includes: wine delivery note; copy of Northern Ireland Hansard for 2 March; reproductions of Weston Biscuit advertisements featuring WSC, President [Franklin Roosevelt], and [Marshal] Stalin; Overseas League Tobacco Fund material; police report on the League; colour print of Berrie's portrait of WSC; copy of Overseas magazine; Listener reprint of WSC's broadcast "The War of the Unknown Warriors" (14 July 1940); information on the Polish destroyer Krakowiak; order of service for Pound's funeral.


  • Creation: Jan 1943 - Dec 1943

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2 file(s) (2 bound files (198 folios))

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Folios 28: Copyright holder (Lord Moran) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

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