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Colonial League correspondence, 1938-10 - 1946-05

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/5/54

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Sir Abe Bailey; [Ferdinand] Stephen Joelson, Director of East Africa Limited, on founding the League with LSA; 4th Lord Harlech [earlier William Ormsby-Gore] on the implications of German colonies in Africa, and the importance of retaining Tanganyika [later Tanzania]; Sir Henry Page Croft, on his hopes for agreement with Germany; 1st Lord Trenchard on publicizing the risks of giving back Germany's former colonies and his reasons for keeping out of the League (2); 1st Lord Lugard on his view that the Government would not surrender the colonies to Germany, risks from imposing international administration, the effect of German claims on other countries, accepting the presidency of the League and a speech by Adolf Hitler on British and German colonies (7); Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] on the risk of weakening anti-Nazi forces in Germany by an absolute refusal of German claims (2); Sir Ernest Oppenheimer; [William] Lionel Hichens; 1st Lord Hailey, Member of Permanent Mandates Commission, League of Nations; Sir Donald Cameron [former Governor of Nigeria]; Sir Cecil Hunter-Rodwell [former Governor of Southern Rhodesia, later Zimbabwe]; Charles Ponsonby; Sir Samuel Wilson (2); Jacques Bardoux; 2nd Lord Selborne on disagreeing with the League's policy (3); Philip Noel-Baker; 16th Lord Perth [Chief Adviser on Foreign Publicity, Ministry of Information, earlier James Eric Drummond] on publicising the League (2); Malcolm MacDonald [Secretary of State for the Colonies]; John Summerscales, Secretary of the League (3); Deneys Reitz, Minister of Native Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of South Africa, on South Africa's preparations for defence; Sir Dougal Malcolm on the end of the League (2).

Also includes: copies of letters from LSA to 2nd Lord Selborne; resolution from the Nigerian Youth Movement, passed by the chiefs and people of Nigeria, against the cession of Nigeria to Germany; memorandum by Lord Trenchard on the threat to Nigeria from bombing if Germany had an African airbase and the implications for having to raise more troops for Africa.


  • Creation: 1938-10 - 1946-05

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From the Fonds:

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Box 158

Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1938-39.

Finding aid date

2003-10-27 16:48:02.857000+00:00

Cultural context



Repository Details

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