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Literary: "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples": correspondence., 12 Dec 1938 - 27 Dec 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 8/626

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Correspondents include: Alfred Burne sending WSC his paper on Ancient Britons (2); Sir Max Pemberton on the book's progress; Robert Mortimer Wheeler [Keeper and Secretary of the London Museum]; James Edmonds of the Military Branch of the Historical Section, on material for the "English-Speaking Peoples" on the American Civil War, a French account of the origin of the tank, and the possibility of war (6); John Wheldon [WSC's former literary assistant] on subjects including his request for WSC's assistance in securing an army commission, and material for the book on King Henry VIII and the Tudors (5); William Deakin [WSC's literary assistant] on subjects including conditions in his army regiment, German broadcasts, and arranging chapters in the book (11); Edward Marsh on subjects including obtaining WSC's manuscripts for the Bodleian Library [Oxford] (6); "D" [?Diana Sandys, earlier Diana Churchill and Diana Bailey]; representatives of George G Harrap and Company, particularly Charles Wood, on subjects including printing matters, summarising the general background to "Marlborough: His Life and Times" for use in the "English-Speaking Peoples", and publishing WSC's articles on foreign affairs; Maurice Ashley [WSC's former literary assistant] on subjects including the growth of freedom and law as the broad theme of the book, the contemporary situation and the difficulties of writing history at such a time (4); George Young on subjects including stylistic points, contemporary foreign affairs, and material for the book on William Pitt [the Elder, later 1st Lord Chatham], the loss of the American colonies and Oliver Cromwell (19); Alan Bullock on preparing material on Australia and New Zealand (4); Desmond Flower, Director of Cassell and Company, on receiving the manuscript, WSC completing the book, WSC's life insurance, and the British publication of "World in Arms" by R Ernest Dupuy (15).Other subjects include: proof-reading and correcting material for the book; the Swedish publication of the "English-Speaking Peoples" and other works by WSC.Also includes: a specimen print of the first two pages of chapter 1, "Britannia".


  • Creation: 12 Dec 1938 - 27 Dec 1939

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