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Public and Political: General: Private and Personal: Correspondence E - M., 09 Feb 1944 - 02 Jan 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/141A-B

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Correspondents include: Anthony Eden on not accepting the order of the garter, building up the Conservative Front Bench and broadening the party's appeal (2); Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe] on finding United States accommodation for WSC on the Riviera [France] and on a statement concerning the crisis in January 1945 over pulling troops out of Alsace (3); Frank Cook [Charge d'Affaires, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia] on the gift of a picture from Bitwodded Makonnen, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Patrick Scrivener, Foreign Office, on the picture (4); Robert Howe, British Minister in Ethiopia, on the picture (2); Keith Feiling on his biography of Neville Chamberlain (3); 2nd Lord Fisher; Sir Newman Flower, Director, Cassell and Company Limited, giving WSC a copy of his short story "Man Overboard"; Desmond Flower, Director, Cassell and Company Limited; Admiral of the Fleet Sir Bruce Fraser [later 1st Lord Fraser of North Cape], Commander-in-Chief British Pacific Fleet, on the surrender of Japan and the condition of the Japanese and of British prisoners of war; Felix Frankfurter, Justice, United States Supreme Court, in tribute to WSC; Gerald French; General Sir Bernard Freyberg [General Officer Commanding, New Zealand Forces] on withdrawing his forces from Italy and becoming Governor General of New Zealand; Sir George Harvie-Watt; Pieter Gerbrandy, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, on the situation in the Dutch East Indies [later Indonesia]; James Chuter Ede, Home Secretary, on the Armistice Day ceremony (2); Leslie Graham-Dixon; Sir Cecil Graves; Robert Graves, on "The Golden Fleece" and [? "King Jesus"]; King George II of Greece on the formation of the new Greek Government and British policy on Greece; Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then 1st Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] on United States reaction to members of the new British Cabinet; a representative of the Populist Party, Greece, protesting against British policy; Douglas Guthrie [Lecturer on the History of Medicine, University of Edinburgh]; 1st Lord Hailey [Chairman, International African Institute] on African reaction to WSC's loss of the General election; Roy Harrod [former statistical adviser to WSC] on standing as a Liberal candidate and Anglo-United States economic co-operation (2); Nina, Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon [President, Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society]; Averell Harriman and Kathleen Harriman; "Bert" [Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Harris] thanking WSC for his support; Sir Alan Herbert (2); Major-General Sir Percy Hobart, Commander 79th Armoured Division, in tribute to WSC and his support for the tank (2); Major-General Leslie Hollis [Senior Assistant Secretary, War Cabinet]; Harry Hopkins (2); Louis Abraham, Clerk to the Committee of Privileges; William Hughes; Harold Ickes, United States Secretary of the Interior (2); Bruce Ingram, [Editor] Illustrated London News, sending a letter from 1st Duke of Marlborough; Amir Abdul Illah, Regent of Iraq; Lieutenant-General Sir Charles King, on his return from South East Asia Command (2); Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] on subjects including German air superiority in the Battle of Britain (2); Maharaja of Kapurthala in tribute to WSC; Vice-Admiral J Kauffman, United States Navy; John Keeling; Marina, Duchess of Kent; Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Keyes, asking WSC to postpone a visit to Belgium, to avoid supporting the anti-monarchist government, and on the harm done to King Leopold of Belgium; Eva, Lady Keyes, on 1st Lord Keyes's death (2); 1st Lord Killearn [earlier Sir Miles Lampson]; King George VI; Patrick Kinna [former Secretary to WSC] on his past work for WSC (4); Sir Alan Lascelles [Private Secretary to the King]; Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, in tribute to WSC and on his popularity in the United States and Canada (2); Judith, Lady Listowel, on the deportation of Hungarians from Slovakia [later Czechoslovakia, then Czech Republic and Slovakia]; Sir Alexander Korda; Dame Vera Laughton-Mathews, Director, Women's' Royal Naval Service]; Lord Leathers [former Minister of War Transport] in tribute to WSC; "Charley" [7th Lord Londonderry, earlier Lord Castlereagh, former Secretary of State for Air] on a disagreement with WSC over German air superiority in the Battle of Britain, and estimates of German air strength since 1935 (2): Edith, Lady Londonderry, on WSC's popularity in Ulster [Northern Ireland]; 3rd Lord Long on subjects including British officers in European resistance movements (2); Sir Frank Alexander, Lord Mayor, on honouring Chiefs of Staff and Heads of Forces; Pamela, Lady Lytton [earlier Pamela Plowden]; Sir James Marchant; 2nd Lord Melchett [earlier Sir Henry Mond] on police casualties in Palestine; Sir Ralph Metcalfe, Director of Sea Transport; Manuel Avila Camacho, President of Mexico, in tribute to WSC; Don Alfonso Rosenzweig Diaz, Mexican Ambassador to Britain; Decima, Lady Moore-Guggisberg, Honorary Organiser and Director General, British Navy, Army and Air Force Leave Club; 1st Lord Moran [earlier Charles Wilson, President, Royal College of Physicians] inviting WSC to the College Dinner; Sir Clive Morrison-Bell; Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten [later 1st Lord Mountbatten of Burma] Supreme Allied Command, South East Asia; Malcolm McCorquodale on the loss of his seat and of the General election; 1st Lord McGowan, Chairman, Imperial Chemical Industries Limited [ICI] (6); Brigadier-General Angus McNeill on Palestine and attacks on WSC from Conservative colleagues.Other subjects include: the sittings for a drawing of WSC by Augustus John; requests for signed photographs of WSC.Also includes: notes and copies of correspondence by John Peck, John Colville and John Martin, WSC's Private Secretaries; a pamphlet by Felix Frankfurter on Franklin Roosevelt; the programme for Armistice Day; WSC on the new policy towards Greece; a memorandum by Sir Gilbert Campion, Clerk to the House of Commons, on serving legal processes against MPs; an Air Ministry pamphlet on the Battle of Britain; ICI Organization Charts and a print of McGowan's speech on ICI's achievements during the war.


  • Creation: 09 Feb 1944 - 02 Jan 1946

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