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Official: Prime Minister: correspondence mainly relating to change of administration., 24 Aug 1953 - 31 Mar 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 6/4

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Correspondents include: Gordon Wilson and Paul Beards (Private Secretaries, War Office) on South African war graves; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] (6); R A Butler [Chancellor of the Exchequer] (2); Harold Macmillan [later Lord Stockton, Minister of Housing and Local Government]; Duncan Sandys [Minister of Supply] (2); Christopher Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister]; John Colville [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] on subjects including precedents for resignation and dissolution honours lists; 5th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal] (2); 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Sir Frederick Marquis,Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] (2); Sir Michael Adeane [Private Secretary to the Queen] on Queen Elizabeth II's reaction to WSC's resignation; John Graham [Assistant Private Secretary, Foreign Office] on biography of WSC by Emrys Hughes MP; Anthony Montague Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] on economies in army staffing at Cyprus headquarters.This file mainly comprises correspondence discussing WSC's resignation as Prime Minister and succession by Anthony Eden. It includes annotated drafts of WSC's letters to Eden of 11 Jun (ff 6-9) and 24 Aug 1954 (ff 24-33), and a hand-written copy of his letter to Macmillan of 20 Jun 1954 (f 48). There is also a carbon of WSC's letter to the Secretary of State for Air regarding Group-Captain Peter Townshend and associated correspondence (f 51a-c), and a typescript note relating to arrangements for the Royal dinner party at Downing Street on 04 Apr 1955 (f 103).


  • Creation: 24 Aug 1953 - 31 Mar 1955

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1 file(s) (108 loose folios)

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