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Public and Political: General: Gifts T-Z., 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/421

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Correspondents (concerning gifts to WSC) include: John Priestman [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary], Evelyn Shuckburgh, Foreign Office, Peter Kitcatt [Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies], Louis Petch [Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer], and Terence Grady [Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary] on the acceptance of gifts by WSC; Colonel John Astor, [Chief Proprietor of] the Times; Josip Tito; Vladimir Velebit, Yugoslav Ambassador to Great Britain; Iain Macleod [M P for Enfield West]; Harry Wheatcroft, Director of Wheatcroft Selected Roses; William Whitbread; [Mary Soames, earlier Mary Churchill]; Hugh Wontner; and Rhoda Wurtzburg.Also includes copies of correspondence from WSC and CSC to the individuals mentioned above and to Feliks Topolski and Major-General Gerald Verney; newspaper cuttings; photographs of astrological charts; and notes and copies of correspondence from R McHale [Secretary to WSC], Gwen Davies [Secretary to WSC], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel, Secretary to WSC], Grace Hamblin [Secretary to WSC], Elizabeth Gilliatt [Secretary to WSC], John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC], Christopher Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], Anthony Montague Browne [Private Secretary to WSC], and Peter Oates [Private Secretary to WSC].Other subjects include: the duty to be paid on a gift from Tito and the offer of a fragment of the Star Spangled banner.


  • Creation: 1954

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