Scope and Contents
Correspondents, mainly on colonial affairs, particularly Imperial Preference, include: George Lloyd [Governor of Bombay, India] on [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain's resignation from the Conservatives and the steadying effect of the new Government; [William] Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, looking ahead to the Imperial Conferences; William Gritten; 1st Lord Long of Wraxall; J L Garvin [Editor of the Observer], urging a quick General Election (November 1923) (2); Sir John Chancellor [Governor of Southern Rhodesia, later Zimbabwe] on the incorporation of the Tati district into Southern Rhodesia and the effect of Imperial Preference on Rhodesian tobacco cultivation (2); William Ormsby-Gore [Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, later 4th Lord Harlech] on Parliamentary divides over the future of Mosul [Al-Mawsil, Iraq] and obstruction from the Treasury over Empire development; Sir Edward Iliffe on the harmful effects of Australian self-support policy; John Price, Agent-General for South Australia; Winston Churchill [Chancellor of the Exchequer]; Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [President of the Board of Trade, earlier Philip Lloyd-Greame, later 1st Lord Swinton] on hostility from British hosiery manufacturers towards increases in Australian and Canadian tariffs (2); Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet] advising LSA not to resign over Empire marketing; [?] 6th Lord Clarendon [Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, earlier Lord Hyde] on the rubber trade, policy on Iraq, the Commonwealth Trust and a new policy sub-committee on Empire affairs; William Brass [later 1st Lord Chattisham] (2); 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] on articles in the Daily Express advocating Imperial Preference, his own views on taxation, Churchill's view of unemployment and the importance of LSA's tenure at the Colonial Office (2); Josiah Wedgwood; Sir Robert Burton-Chadwick [Parliamentary Secretary, Board of Trade] (2); Sir Robert Horne on Imperial Preference relating to car manufacturers (2); L J Maxse [Editor of the National Review] on the Government's lack of sympathy towards the Empire; Philip Richardson; 1st Lord Hailsham [Lord Chancellor, earlier Douglas Hogg] on tariff reform; 1st Lord Bledisloe [earlier Charles Bathurst] on his gloomy view of British agriculture; Francis Bain; Nicolaas Havenga [South African Minister of Finance] on Imperial Preference; Sir Edmund Vestey on protecting British manufacturers (2).
Also includes letters from LSA to correspondents including: Winston Churchill on safeguarding of industry, particularly relating to taxation, losses arising from the General Strike and Imperial Preference; William Hughes on LSA's expedition to Iraq and Palestine and the good start made by Stanley Baldwin as Prime Minister and Churchill as Chancellor; Charles Magrath on Canadian development; Baldwin on Churchill and Imperial Preference, LSA's alarm at Churchill's 1927 Budget and Churchill's refusal to discuss sugar preference with him, the importance of LSA's Empire Tour, economic help for New Zealand, the need for a Cabinet reshuffle, particularly moving Churchill from the Treasury and Government policy on trade; [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain on the Colonial Development Fund and moving Churchill; Stephen Tallents [Secretary to the Empire Marketing Board]; Richard Bennett.
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