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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, R-S. [please note the majority of the file dates from 1943]., Dec 1942 - Jul 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/469A-B

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Correspondents include: Edward Rickenbacker sending Christmas and New Year greetings (2); [1st] Lord Riverdale [earlier Sir Arthur Balfour] on wings being presented to WSC; representatives of Birt, Potter, and Hughes Limited, forwarding agents (5), [Maurice] Metcalf [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Food] (2), and [Reginald] Ashford [Private Secretary to the Chairman of the Board of Customs and Excise], on the gift of Australian wine from W S Robinson; Frances Rodney, editor of Harper's Bazaar, on photographs for WSC and Randolph Churchill (2); President Franklin Roosevelt (3) on matters including birthday greetings, the gift of a Persian bowl, attempts to catch a fish, Eleanor Roosevelt, and general affairs; [Alan] Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] (3) on a proposed book on WSC in pictures, a photograph for Lady Selsdon, and Cardinal [Francis] Spellman; [3rd] Lord Rothschild [of MI5] on testing whisky; Sir Edwin Lutyens [President] of the Royal Academy on the pedestal for the bust of WSC by Sir William Reid Dick (2); Frank Salisbury (2) sending a photograph of a painting [not included in the file] and wishing to paint WSC; Hugh Wontner, Managing Director of the Savoy Hotel, London, sending wine (2); [7th] Lord Spencer and Gladys Scott Thomson (2) on Scott Thomson's book of the letters of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough; Effie, Lady Selsdon (6) and Oliver Stanley [Secretary of State for the Colonies] on matters including a scheme for the reconstruction of Malta and Selsdon obtaining various photographs; Florence Horsbrugh [Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health] on "Hildenburgh" cottages; [Harold] Clifford Smith (2) on an article on globes and the "Washington-Churchill" [?family] tree; Sir Donald Somervell (2) on wishes for WSC's recovery and the death of his wife [1945]; Cardinal [Francis] Spellman, Archbishop of New York [United States], sending a leopard skin; Admiral Harold Stark on an X-ray report of CSC; Sir Henry Strakosch (2) and Brendan Bracken (2) on the Strakoschs' wish to return to Britain and Straksoch's illness; Harold Caccia (Office of the British Resident Minister, Algiers [Algeria]), Admiral [Claud] Barry, and Captain [George] Fawkes of HMS Maidstone on presents from WSC for submarine crews; Herbert Swope (2) including a gift of an Almanac. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries [Kathleen] Hill, [Elizabeth] Layton, Marian [Holmes], and Jo Sturdee [later Lady Onslow], [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, Edith] Watson, [Francis] Brown, [John] Martin, [John] Peck, and "J R C" [John Colville], CSC and [her secretary Grace] Hamblin, and "D M" [Desmond Morton] and "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistants to WSC]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Eleanor Roosevelt.Other subjects include: various other gifts received or sent by WSC including a book by J A Spender, grapefruit from Stark, and presentation copies of recent WSC books for Roosevelt; David Montgomery; welcomes home from WSC's travels abroad.Also includes: import paper work for the leopard skin from Spellman; order of service for Strakosch's funeral.


  • Creation: Dec 1942 - Jul 1945

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2 file(s) (2 bound files (206 folios))

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