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Correspondence A - F, 1941-01 - 1941-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/1/32

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] on criticism of convoy commodores and of the Senior Naval Officer in the Persian Gulf (3); the Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] on concerns about the Senior Naval Officer in the Persian Gulf (2); Sir Walford Selby [former Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Vienna] on uniting the anti-Nazi elements in Austria (2); 1st Lord Sankey; Sir John Anderson [Lord President of the Council, later 1st Lord Waverley] on wage stabilisation, particularly combined with introducing family allowances and on his marriage to Ava Wigram (2); Sir Cyril Ashford; 2nd Lord Astor, Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs; 1st Lord Athlone [Governor-General of Canada]; Clement Attlee, Lord Privy Seal [and Leader of the Labour Party] on liaison between the Labour Party and Government departments under Conservative ministers and letters from LSA about control of the Planning Committee and Allied co-ordination (4); General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief Middle East] on subjects including the excellent behaviour of the Indian troops, his regrets at leaving India, the importance of Central Europe, the useful presence of the Minister of State [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos], problems in dealing with the Free French and Jewish reluctance to enlist in Palestinian companies (3); 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] on subjects including a proposal for reciprocal Anglo-American citizenship and immigration from the Commonwealth into the United States (2); [Henry] Montague Bell (3); 1st Lord Bennett; Robert Boothby on being investigated [for financial impropriety] and the death of Ronald Cartland (2); Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] on LSA's suggestion that Sir Roderick Jones should take on propaganda for the Middle East, on publicity to help Slovenia [Yugoslavia] and control of Reuters (6); Ernest Brown [Minister of Health] on subjects including India Office representation on the Committee on Military and Civil Medical Personnel (2); Sir Stuart Brown; Arthur Bryant; R A Butler [Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on LSA's views about the anti-British regime in Iraq; Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury on the political difficulties in India (4); Sir Frank Fletcher [former Headmaster of Charterhouse] on the death of Ronald Cartland; Mary Cartland (2); Richard Law [later 1st Lord Coleraine] on Cartland's death; Barbara McCorquodale [Barbara Cartland] on her brother's death and writing his biography (5); James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin] on Cartland's biography; George Catlin on his book "One Anglo-American Nation" (9); Sir Gerald Campbell [British Minister in Washington] on barring Catlin from the United States; Sir John Chancellor on the death of 1st Lord Lloyd; Winston Churchill, Prime Minister; [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich] on offering broadcasting facilities to the American Government, economic problems for post-war Europe and his mission to the Far East (4); Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, later 5th Lord Salisbury] on restoring an independent Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], discretionary powers of Dominion Governors, the political situation in Newfoundland [Canada], LSA's concerns about economic co-operation with the United States and his suggestion of 1st Lord Iliffe as a prospective Governor (5); Sir Alfred Morine on the political situation in Newfoundland (2); Sir [Richard] Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] on attempts to persuade Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and Mayling Chiang Kai-Shek that Jawaharlal Nehru should remain in prison; Ronald Cross [British High Commissioner in Australia]; George Dibblee on a tank invention (7); 1st Lord Simon (3); Virginia Johnes (3); 1st Lord Hankey on Dibblee's claims (4); Sir Walter Monckton [Director-General of Ministry of Information]; Blanche Dugdale; [Robert] Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] on subjects including LSA's suggestion that General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] might need a political adviser on the Balkans, a suggestion that the United States might give economic credits to Greece, the future of Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], encouraging Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia], a request from Belgium to share the economic privileges of the Empire, LSA's complaint about not receiving War Cabinet telegrams, relations with Turkey, possible successors to the Shah of Iran, restoring Emir Abdul Illah to power in Iraq, financial assistance to Iraq, the future of King Petar of Yugoslavia, the Austrian question and the future of Central and Eastern Europe and the supply of food to Yugoslavia (25); Paul Emden (4); Sir Firoz Khan Noon [Labour Member of Viceroy’s Executive Council, India]; Dame Katharine Furse; Sir Ralph Furse.

Also includes: telegrams between the Dominions Office, Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and Churchill, on Italian East Africa [later Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia] and the future of Abyssinia [later Ethiopia]; telegram from the Governor of Burma [later Myanmar, Sir Hugh Dorman-Smith] on his meeting with Maxim Litvinov [Soviet Ambassador to the United States] and Litvinov's views on the war.


  • Creation: 1941-01 - 1941-12

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Finding aid date

2004-06-16 16:54:35.810000+00:00

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