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Letters to Duff Cooper from various correspondents, 1907-12 - 1953-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DUFC 6/24

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Clement Attlee [Prime Minister] on the Suez Canal Company; Hilaire Belloc; Sir Winston Churchill, thanking Cooper for a picture; [Alfred] Cecil Cooper [Bishop in Korea] on subjects including his internment by the North Korean authorities (6); Eve Curie (2); Lady Juliet Duff; T S Eliot, complimenting Cooper on his resignation from Government over the Munich Crisis, and commenting on "Sergeant Shakespeare" and his own former views on Hamlet and Coriolanus, also wishing that he’d never used the phrase "objective correlative" (2); Winifred Gérin on her play "Juniper Hall", inspired by a passage in Cooper’s "Talleyrand" on Fanny Burney (2); Antony Head, Secretary of State for War, on subjects including [?] War Office preparations for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and a request from Churchill for the Welch Fusiliers’ goat mascot to be sent out to Bermuda; General Sir Henry Jackson, commenting on "Sergeant Shakespeare"; [Hubert] Gladwyn Jebb on becoming British Ambassador to France; André Labarthe; Rosamond Lehmann on subjects including writing ["The Echoing Grove"], Cooper’s health, visiting him and Lady Diana Cooper in France and her collection of short stories "The Gypsy’s Baby" (4); Frederick Lonsdale; Desmond MacCarthy on subjects including Cooper’s life of King David and meeting Hilaire Belloc; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Nancy Mitford on subjects including her difficulty in writing [? "Madame de Pompadour"] (2); Sir Walter Monckton on his decision to resign from the post of Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Information over mishandling of a press issue; John Moore; Sir Laurence Olivier thanking Cooper for his support of his production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and the strain on his wife Vivien Leigh of playing the part of Blanche DuBois; Sir Eric Phipps, British Ambassador to Paris, asking Cooper to tone down a speech criticising the French and on the effect of Communism in Europe (Dec 1938) (2); Conrad Russell on Cooper’s life of King David; Violet, Duchess of Rutland; Hugh Walpole (3); [Cicely] Veronica Wedgwood, President of the English Centre of the International Pen Club; H G Wells; 1st Lord Woolton [Minister of Food, earlier Frederick Marquis] apologising for legal proceedings taken against Lady Diana Cooper.

Also includes "interesting cheques" to various recipients.


  • Creation: 1907-12 - 1953-12


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Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Finding aid date

2013-01-24 12:28:13.433000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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