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Literary: correspondence on the publication of WSC's "Secret Session Speeches"., Oct 1945 - Apr 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/5A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: representatives of Time-Life International, including [London representative] Walter Graebner and Henry Luce [owner and editor of Time Magazine] (28); Charles Eade, [Editor] of the Sunday Dispatch (30); David Walker, [Foreign correspondent] of the Daily Mirror; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] on the official implications of publishing the speeches (3); representatives of Simon and Schuster, Incorporated (6); representatives of Cassell and Company Limited including directors Desmond Flower and Sir Newman Flower (10); Marshall Field (3); Prime Minister Clement Attlee on lifting the ban on the speeches (2); "Max", 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken]; Michael Foot; Henry Channon; John Dodd (3); Duncan McCallum; Sir Geoffrey Shakespeare; Maurice Petherick; Ellen Wilkinson; Henry Usborne; [Simon] Wingfield Digby; Lord Suirdale [later 7th Lord Donoughmore]; Sir Oliver Simmonds; Gerald Palmer; James Henderson-Stewart; Stephen Taylor; Ivor Thomas [later Ivor Bulmer-Thomas]; Sir [William] Patrick Spens; Thomas Hewlett (2). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Kathleen Hill, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph].Other subjects include: matters concerning the publication of the speeches in Life magazine, including parliamentary questions by Adam McKinlay and Tom Driberg [later Lord Bradwell]; press reaction to the publication; matters concerning the content of the speeches, particularly the speeches on Admiral Jean Darlan [Minister for National Defence, Vichy French Government], shipping and Singapore; offers to publish WSC's war memoirs; matters concerning the publication of the speeches in book form, including the United States and Canadian rights, the price of the volume in Britain, and the presentation of complimentary copies to MPs; WSC's payment for the publications; matters concerning the publication of "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples" and "Victory"; Indian affairs.Also includes: press cuttings; the text of a message by General Dwight Eisenhower on Darlan; details of corrections to the text; an account statement from Cassell's; copy of WSC's agreement with Cassell's; copy of WSC's notes for the secret session speech (20 June 1940) on Britain's vulnerability to air attack, preserving public morale, the battle in France, the attitude of the United States, and the possible German invasion of Ireland [Eire]; lists of acknowledgements from MPs for the book; copy of Hansard (19 December 1945).


  • Creation: Oct 1945 - Apr 1947

Conditions Governing Access



2 file(s) (363 loose folios)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Folios 68 and 85: Copyright holder (Daily Sketch and Trinity Mirror for Daily Mirror) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Repository Details

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