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Public and Political: General: Private and Personal: Correspondence B., 18 Dec 1948 - 14 Sep 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/167

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Correspondents include: 1st Lord Balfour of Inchyre; Rear Admiral William Chalmers on his biography of 1st Lord Beatty (3); Commodore George [Gordon] Allen on the Beatty biography (4); 2nd Lord Beatty [earlier Lord Borodale] on the biography; Sir Brograve Beauchamp (2); 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] on ["The Second World War"], a history of the War Production Board and good wishes for the General Election (7); Charles Wood [literary assistant to WSC]; Edward Beddington-Behrens on a disaster fund for Jamaica; "Ikey" [Isaac Bell]; Charles, Count of Flanders [Regent of Belgium] on leaving office; Sir John le Rougetel [British Ambassador to Belgium]; Vere, 9th Lord Bessborough [earlier Lord Duncannon]; Roberta, Lady Bessborough; General Emile Bethouart, French High Commissioner for Austria, on his lecture to students on European unity; Edward Jackson [3rd Secretary, British Embassy, Paris, France] on Bethouart's lecture and the funeral of Leon Blum (2); Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary to the Cabinet] on the funeral of Ernest Bevin, and writing a record of pre-1916 Cabinet procedure (4); Clement Attlee, Prime Minister, on Bevin's funeral (2); CSC on subjects including Bevin's funeral (3); Ernest Bevin, on subjects including WSC's message of good wishes from the House of Commons (2); Nawab Sir Hamidullah Khan, Maharaja of Bhopal [India]; 2nd Lord Birdwood; 2nd Lord Birkenhead [earlier Lord Furneaux] (3); representatives of Westminster Bank Limited on the Birkenhead Trust (4); Sir Oswald Birley on subjects including his portrait of WSC (6); Rhoda, Lady Birley (2); 1st Lord Bledisloe [earlier Charles Bathurst] (4); Lady Violet Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] on voting against the Government on steel, "Archie" [? Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] and whether he should accept a peerage, the Labour Party's whispering campaign depicting WSC as a warmonger, WSC's authority on the world stage, the Liberal Party's mistaken alliance with Labour, Proportional Representation in Belgium, the defection of 2nd Lord Reading [earlier Lord Erleigh] and 2nd Lord Rennell [earlier Francis Rodd] to the Conservative Party, WSC's speech in Parliament (7 March 1950) and the Government's economic difficulties (19); Gilbert Murray on WSC as the real leader of the Liberal Party; Alfred Bossom; Marcel Boussac on racing; Brendan Bracken; Moniz de Aragao, Brazilian Ambassador to Britain; John Brinton; Sir Basil Brooke [later 1st Lord Brookeborough], Prime Minister of Northern Ireland; General Raymond Brutinel (2); "Mollie" [Margaret, Duchess of Buccleuch, earlier Margaret, Lady Dalkeith] (4); Olive, Lady Butler,on the death of her husband, Sir Harold Butler; Sir Harold Butler on his memoirs (2); Harry Byrd, United States senator (2); Raymond Guest.Other subjects include: requests for signed photographs of WSC; the preservation of WSC's dictating machine.Also includes: copy of a letter from WSC to Beaverbrook [owner of the Daily Express] on attacks in the Express on his Conservative colleagues; copy of letters between WSC and 1st Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth, owner of the Times] on a quarrel between them in 1916, from the history of the Times; copy of a letter from WSC to Charles, Count of Flanders, on his part in the revival of Belgium; prints of a portrait of Odette Churchill [earlier Odette Sansom, later Odette Hallowes], and of a picture of the lying-in-state of King George VI, by Frank Beresford; typescript of Lord Bessborough's interview with General Franco [President of Spain], including Franco's views on the Conservative Party, and the attitude of the Spanish press to Britain; text of General Bethouart's lecture at the College of Alpbach, Austria, on encouraging European unity; texts of WSC's press notices on the deaths of Ernest Bevin and 1st Lord Birdwood; press cuttings on the funeral of Leon Blum, former Prime Minister of France; text of Violet, Lady Bonham-Carter's broadcast on Thomas Masaryk, late President of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia]; press cutting on Violet, Lady Bonham-Carter's speech against Sir Stafford Cripps [Chancellor of the Exchequer]; memorandum by Sir Norman Brooke on Cabinet procedure before 1916.


  • Creation: 18 Dec 1948 - 14 Sep 1951

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