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Speeches: speech notes., 13 Jan 1946 - 29 Apr 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/4A-E

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Speech notes for WSC's address to personnel on board the R M S Queen Elizabeth (13 January) in which he reviews the war and links between the United Kingdom and Canada.Speech notes for WSC's speech of thanks (26 February, University of Miami, United States) on receiving an honorary law degree in which he discusses education. Includes the phrase "I am surprised that in my later life I should have become so experienced in taking degrees, when, as a school boy, I was so bad at passing examinations." Published: Complete Speeches VII, p 7283.Speech notes for WSC's speech (5 March, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri [United States]) entitled "The Sinews of Peace" on various subjects including: predictions of the Cold War, education, international affairs, the destruction caused by war, the role of the United Nations, European unity, knowledge about the atomic bomb, democracy, the fraternal relationship between the United States and Great Britain, the danger posed by Communist governments and the deterioration of the relationship with the Soviet Union. Includes the phrase "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." Paginated in a separate series. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7285-93. See CHUR 5/4A/51-100 for description of speaking notes.Speech notes for WSC's speech of thanks (8 March, General Assembly, Richmond, Virginia) entitled "The English Speaking Peoples" on Anglo- American co-operation, and his own links with the United States. Also includes a booklet with WSC's speech and a speech by Dwight Eisenhower.Speech notes for WSC's speech (15 March, City Banquet, New York) entitled "The darkening international scene" on the effect of his speech entitled "The sinews of peace" including: his confidence in the speech, the solidarity of the United Nations, and his admiration for the Soviet Union. Also includes newspaper cuttings. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7299-302. See CHUR 5/4C/100-106.Brief manuscript notes for WSC's speech (18 March, University Club, New York).Speech notes and Hansard report of WSC's speech (17 April, House of Commons) on the nationalisation of the steel industry.Speech notes for WSC's speech (27 April, Aberdeen, Scotland) entitled "The needs of a sick world" on Scotland's role during World War II and his links with Scotland. Also includes source material: notes from "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow, Secretary to WSC] and Elizabeth Gilliatt [Secretary to WSC] and a letter from 1st Lord Ismay with notes for the speech.Speech notes for WSC's speech (29 April, Scottish Unionists' Rally, Edinburgh) entitled "Failures of the Government's 'Doctrinaire Socialism'" in which he criticises socialism and the policy of the Labour government on issues such as demobilisation, housing and economic policy; and discusses the Conservative Party and the vulnerability of the United Kingdom. Source material includes correspondence from individuals including: 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office], 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann], 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken], Sir Arthur Young [Scottish Unionist Whip], Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Sir Andrew Duncan, Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe], Chairman of the Conservative Party, Sir Edward Wilshaw, President of Cable and Wireless, James Stuart [Chief Opposition Whip], [Geoffrey] Crowther [Editor of the Economist]; notes from "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow, Secretary to WSC], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford, Secretary to WSC] and Elizabeth Gilliatt [Secretary to WSC] and a programme for the meeting. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7308-11 (part).Also includes a plastic negative of one page of "The Sinews of Peace" and an envelope labelled to contain a speech which is not present.


  • Creation: 13 Jan 1946 - 29 Apr 1946

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Note that Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Nina, Lady Onslow, formerly Jo Sturdee, Secretary to WSC. Her papers include her recollections of WSC delivering the "Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) speech and reactions to it. See ONSL 2 for further details.

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