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Literary: miscellaneous correspondence., Dec 1885 - Feb 1958

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/66

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Correspondents include: Major-General Sir Percy Hobart requesting WSC to write a foreword for his history of the Royal Tank Regiment; Walter Graebner [London representative of Time-Life International] on the painter Jacques Majorelle; Desmond Flower, director of Cassell and Company; John Wyndham [later 1st Lord Egremont and 6th Lord Leconfield] (Foreign Office) on a letter by ex-Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia; Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor] (5); Sir Ian Jacob [Director-General, BBC] on a broadcast on Lord Randolph Churchill (2); Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Burne giving WSC a copy of his book, "The Crecy War"; Major-General Francis Davidson sending on an item; A L Rowse on "The Early Churchills"; Bennett Cerf, [President] of Random House Incorporated, on a new edition of "Savrola" (2); Eliahu Elath [Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom] on a Hebrew translation of "The Gathering Storm" [volume 1 of "The Second World War"]; Sir John Graham [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Gillian Maturin, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Doreen Pugh, Lettice Shillingford [earlier Lettice Marston], and Anthony Montague Browne; Charles Wood [WSC's proof reader]; [literary assistant] Denis Kelly.Other subjects include: a biography of 1st Lord Alanbrooke [earlier Sir Alan Brooke]; matters concerning "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples"; requests for permission to quote and comments on various works; a proposed United States abridgement of "Marlborough: His Life and Times"; reminisces by a captain of WSC's battalion on the Western Front; the correct form for WSC's name on books; a request to publish WSC's imagined conversation with his father ["The Dream"]; WSC's payment for volume 6 of the memoirs ["Triumph and Tragedy"]; a history of Newport News, Virginia; Yugoslav piracy of the war memoirs.Also includes: draft foreword for the history of the tank regiment; dust-jackets for volume 2 of "English-Speaking Peoples", "The New World" and Burne's book; extract by WSC on crime; anonymous humorous poem about WSC; copy of a "Short Historical Record of the Intelligence Corps" by Davidson; 1885 letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (sent to WSC by an Indian); memorandum on abridging "Marlborough"; copy of WSC's foreword to new edition of "Savrola"; summary of comments on Newport News history.Please note that the majority of the material dates from 1952 to 1958.


  • Dec 1885 - Feb 1958

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