Scope and Contents
Correspondents include: [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain, warning LSA that by writing as a private individual on military questions (while also Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet), he was acting improperly; Lord Curzon, Lord President of the Council, commenting on a paper by LSA on foreign affairs and on the future of Palestine (3); Field Marshal Sir Edmund Allenby, thanking LSA for his congratulations over the Palestine Campaign and commenting on the political situation in Palestine and Syria and a proposed memorial to those killed in Palestine; (2); Geoffrey Dawson [Editor of the Times, earlier Geoffrey Robinson] on the attitude of Charles A'Court Repington to the Supreme War Council; General Sir Ian Hamilton on the Palestine Campaign and his decision not to write to the Times on military matters (2); Lord [Edgar] Robert Cecil, Foreign Office [later 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood]; Violet Markham [Deputy Director Women’s Section National Service Department, also Violet Carruthers] on subjects including National Service and [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain's failure to ride out the storm [as Director-General of National Service], the death of LSA's brother [Geoffrey Amery] and the harshness of David Lloyd George's Government, particularly towards aliens (2); Christopher Addison, Minister in Charge of Reconstruction; Arthur Balfour [Foreign Secretary] on LSA's ideas on French, Italian and Japanese colonial expansion, and war reparations (2); Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada, on LSA's ideas for Canada taking over the West Indies, and an alliance between the Empire and the United States in colonial affairs (2); Sir Edward Carson on conscription for Ireland and 1st Lord Milner's place at the peace negotiations (2); Lady Edward Cecil [Violet Cecil] on the death of her husband Lord Edward Cecil; Winston Churchill; Howard Corbett, Manager of the Times, on the Times History of the War in South Africa (4); 1st Lord Courtney; Lord Dalmeny [later 6th Lord Rosebery]; Sir Sam Fay on building Indian railways; "Fitz" [Sir (James) Percy Fitzpatrick] (2); Field Marshal Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres], thanking LSA for his congratulations on becoming Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland; Rupert Gwynne, on LSA's views on federalism for Ireland; William Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia on the problem of war reparations; Richard Jebb on subjects including the Imperial Conference and the League of Nations and LSA's views on the future of the Imperial Cabinet system; Rudyard Kipling, on offering a dog for army service, explaining that it wasn’t possible to write on the war without official interference, and on the apparent lack of control over defeatists and traitors (2); Sidney Low; Frederick Oliver on constitutional discussions in Cabinet over Ireland (3); Ernest Pollock [later 1st Lord Hanworth] on the deaths of his son and [Geoffrey Amery]; Charles Robertson on his biography of Bismarck; Alfred Stead on the increase of British prestige in Central and South Eastern Europe due to British control of the Danube and successes in the Balkans; Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland [Head of the Department of Overseas Trade] on keeping up trade with neutral and allied European countries; Brigadier-General Sir Hereward Wake on the importance of settling the territorial question in the Balkans and the peace negotiations (4); General Sir Henry Wilson, British Military Representative, Versailles [France] on subjects including plans for 1918 (3); Frederick Butler [Deputy Comptroller-General, Department of Overseas Trade; D Zebitch, Manager of the General Anglo-Serbian Industrial and Financial Company Limited (4).
Other subjects include: the Irish Home Rule Bill; reconstructing the Cabinet; the former German colonies; post-war relations with Turkey and Persia [later Iran]; the phosphate trade; communication between the Colonial Office and the Dominions; representation of the Dominions at the peace negotiations; Bulgaria; German books borrowed by LSA from the Ministry of Information Library.
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