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Various correspondence, 1912 - 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CSCT 3/15

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Letters to Clementine from: Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on her health and thanking her for her hospitality (2); [Emma] Margot Asquith, congratulating her on her letter to the Times ["Ought not women to be abolished?" in answer to Sir Almroth Wright's article "Should women have votes?"]; Sir Edward Grey complimenting her on her hunting, on his pleasure at staying in the Churchills' house in Eccleston Square [London], 1913, on the birth of Sarah Churchill [later Sarah Oliver, Sarah Beauchamp and Sarah, Lady Audley] and his admiration for Churchill's courage and genius for war (3); David Lloyd George, thanking her for some apples and expressing his gratitude that she shared Churchill's view of his "little worry" [possibly the Marconi scandal or his relationship with Frances Stevenson, later Frances Lloyd George], saying that he was "almost ill with worry over it", January 1913 and also complimenting Churchill on his speech at Manchester, October 1913 and hoping that he would have Churchill's help in the "great struggle" [? for Liberalism] as no other man could present an issue as brilliantly as him (2).

Letter from Churchill to Clementine's great aunt Mary, Lady St Helier [earlier Mary Jeune] thanking her for a princely gift and for her kindness to him throughout his career, with a verse (undated), written by Churchill aboard the Admiralty yacht Enchantress.

Letters to Churchill at the beginning of the First World War, with correspondents including: Walter Long on the debt that was owed to him; David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on Churchill's action to send forces for the defence of Antwerp [Belgium], 1914; 1st Lord Haldane [Lord Chancellor] on Antwerp, begging Churchill not to leave the Admiralty, while advising that Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher and Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson should be brought in, with Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] as 2nd Sea Lord, and also commenting on Churchill's extraordinarily accurate forecast of the war, written in 1911 ["Military Aspects of the Continental Problem"] and passing on Asquith's comment that Churchill was the equivalent of a large force in the field (3); John Gretton on public respect for Churchill, and how his name was cheered in Belfast [Northern Ireland]; Sir Herbert Maxwell on feeling no resentment towards Churchill for the loss of Antwerp, despite the death of his son there; Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Mark Sykes, sending an illustrated (comic) letter reproaching Churchill for a speech about the timing of sending forces to France, as it had made his men lose keenness, which spoilt training.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1914

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From the Fonds:

With the exception of the staff wages books in CSCT 9/1, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Finding aid date

2004-04-07 11:24:43.280000+00:00

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