Letters to Alfred Deakin, 1908-02 - 1919-10
Scope and Contents
Copies of LSA's letters to Alfred Deakin [Prime Minister of Australia] on subjects including: the new organization of the Times; the visit of the American fleet to Australia and LSA's concern that Australia might look to the United States for defence in the Pacific; the state of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith]'s Liberal Government; a secretariat for colonial affairs; the health of Joseph Chamberlain; pension reform; constitutional changes for the Empire, making self-governing members equal; the political effect of David Lloyd George's domestic affairs, the Asquiths' living arrangements with the dancer Maud Allan and the engagement of Winston Churchill [to Clementine Hozier]; the economic situation in Britain; the volatile state of the Balkans and aggressive German foreign policy; Imperial Preference and the attitudes of Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Churchill [President of the Board of Trade] and Arthur Balfour; Churchill's change of heart about supporting an early General Election; the 1910 General Election and LSA's defeat when standing as Parliamentary candidate for Bow and Bromley [London]; LSA's wedding to Florence Greenwood; the Parliament Bill; the Imperial Conference of 1911; the Home Rule Bill; the good effect of the visit from Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] in convincing the Government of the need for proper partnership within the Empire.
Also includes: letter from LSA to Pattie Deakin following Alfred Deakin's death.
- Creation: 1908-02 - 1919-10
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in the Deakin Papers, now at the National Library of Australia.
Existence and Location of Copies
Further copies (including some letters not found here) can be found in the papers of Julian Amery, GBR 0014 AMEJ 3/2/88.
DateText: The majority of folios date from 1908 to 1912, and these dates refer to the original letters, rather than the dates of the copies.
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