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Public and Political: General: Political: Correspondence A-C., Jun 1947 - Dec 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/67A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Vyvyan Adams (4); Reginald Maudling; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (3); Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe] (3); James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin, Vice-Chairman of Conservative and Unionist Party] (7); Garry Allighan; Leo Amery (6); John Andrews; Michael Astor; Henry Hopkinson [later 1st Lord Colyton, Head of Conservative Parliamentary Secretariat and Joint Director, Conservative Research Department]; Pablo Azcarate [y Florez, former Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom] on the Spanish Civil War; Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to Clement Attlee, Prime Minister]; 1st Lord Balfour of Inchrye on his war memoirs (2); Nevil Beechman; [Arthur] Vere Harvey [later Lord Harvey of Prestbury]; Robert Boothby (2); Alfred Bossom; 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara [earlier John Moore-Brabazon]; Brendan Bracken; Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip from 1948] (4); Colm Brogan; Basil Brooke [later 1st Lord Brookeborough, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland]; Patrick Kinna (Foreign Office); Alfred Shennan; R A Butler on health policy; Beresford Craddock (3); Gilbert Campion, ex-Clerk [to the House of Commons] (2); 1st Lord Sandford [earlier Albert Edmondson], Chairman of the Carlton Club (3); Sir Robert Cary (2); Lucile Sayers, Chairman, Conservative Women's Advisory Committee (2); 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] on coal production; Sir Hugh Beaver (2); Duncan Sandys; Sir Alan Lascelles [Private Secretary to King George VI] and Douglas Clifton Brown [later 1st Lord Ruffside, Speaker of the House of Commons] (2) on a ceremony involving the Coldstream Guards; James Stuart [Chief Opposition Whip until 1948]; Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton] (2); Sir Patrick Hannon; Kenneth de Courcy (2); Douglas Marshall; "Bobbety" [5th Lord Salisbury, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil and Lord Cranborne] (3); James Chuter-Ede [Home Secretary]; Iain MacLeod, Conservative Parliamentary Secretariat; 1st Lord Oaksey [earlier Geoffrey Lawrence, later also 3rd Lord Trevethin]; 1st Lord Simon [of Stackpole Elidor]; Sir David Maxwell Fyfe [later 1st Lord Kilmuir]; Mervyn Griffith-Jones; Leslie Hore Belisha; Eric Fletcher; Ernest Bevin [Foreign Secretary]; Lewis Douglas [United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom]; Lieutenant-General Sir Ian Jacob; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon]; Aubrey Halford [later Aubrey Halford-MacLeod, Principal Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; various other representatives of Conservative and Unionist Central Office (9). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries: Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, and Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow]; William Deakin [WSC's literary assistant]; CSC; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Attlee.Other subjects include: Conservative Party affairs, including by-election issues, broadcasts and the position of the Chief Whip; the state of Britain under the Labour government; allegations about WSC and the atomic bomb; naval matters; European integration; Palestinian and Jewish affairs; Greek affairs; Northern Irish affairs; the Berlin [Germany] airlift; Polish affairs; the unveiling of plaque at Church House [London]; services provided by the House of Commons; promoting Christianity; the Indian debate; death penalty; farming position; Czechoslovak affairs.Also includes copies of: various press cuttings; House of Lords (2 June 1948) and Northern Ireland (1 December 1948) Hansards; Lloyds Bank Review 1948; statements by Bevin on Berlin and Burma [later Myanmar]; text of address by Omar Bradley; notes by Cherwell on imports and exports; Conservative Central Women's Advisory Committee conference programme; Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference papers; Mass Observation survey on the death penalty; list of those executed during WSC's tenure as Home Secretary; extract from a letter by Edward Woodcock (received death sentence); text of a broadcast by Robert Crouch; "Some Political Consequences of the Atomic Bomb" by Llewellyn Woodward; account by Fletcher of the situation in Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia].


  • Creation: Jun 1947 - Dec 1949

Conditions Governing Access

Open, except for folios 166-7 which have been removed on grounds of data protection due to presence of sensitive personal information about living individuals until 1 January 2024.


2 file(s) (2 files (515 loose folios - closed material in a separate file))

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