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Public and Political: General: Patronage: correspondence, H-Q., Feb 1943 - Feb 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/485

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Correspondents include: Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] congratulating WSC on his speech at Harvard, Cambridge [United States]; James Conant, President, (2) and Jerome Greene, Secretary to the Corporation, of Harvard University and Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (2) on WSC receiving an honorary degree from Harvard; Victor Goodman [Chief ARP and Security Officer of the Palace of Westminster] and [Douglas] Clifton-Brown [later 1st Lord Ruffside], Speaker, House of Commons, [circular letter] on the Fire Guard Christmas dinner fund; [Rear-]Admiral [Sir Arthur] Bromley and Ian Maclennan of the Dominions Office on offering Freedom of the City of London to [John] Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, and [Peter] Fraser, Prime Minister of New Zealand; [George] Ellison, Chief Commoner of the City of London (4), Jean [Ivan] Maisky [Soviet Union Ambassador to the United Kingdom], Leslie Bowker, City Remembrancer (8), and [Sir] Adrian Pollock, City Chamberlain, on WSC receiving the Freedom of the City of London; James Stuart [circular] on subscription to the Police, Custodians, and Government Whips' Messengers' Funds; Sir Reginald Barnes (5) and [Major-General Robert] Stone [General Officer Commanding British troops in Egypt] on matters including WSC inspecting the 4th Hussars, concern over his health, his broadcast [of 21 March], and well wishes on his return from visits abroad; joint circular letter from [Frederick] Pethick-Lawrence, [Sir] Percy Harris, George Lambert, A P Herbert [Alan Herbert], and [Sir] George Courthope on commissioning a portrait of the late Speaker [Edward] Fitzroy. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries W M [Smith], [Kathleen] Hill, and [E H] Appleyard, [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, Leslie] Rowan, [John] Martin, and [Francis] Brown, [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC], CSC and [her secretary] "G H" [Grace Hamblin], and [George] Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Lord Mayor of London Sir Samuel Joseph.Other subjects include: a local League of Nations appeal on behalf of Jews in enemy occupied territory; WSC sitting for a portrait by [Frank] Salisbury.Also includes: material concerning the Harvard ceremony, including cuttings, a seating plan, the order for the meeting, and transport arrangements; material concerning the London ceremony including a record of proceedings, a seating plan, the text of WSC's declaration, printed arrangements, a secrecy slip, a copy of the City Press, and a copy of the resolution signed by [Alfred] Roach, Town Clerk.


  • Creation: Feb 1943 - Feb 1944

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