Letters to Joan Gridley from Algiers, 1943-12-04 - 1944-07-30
Scope and Contents
Letters from Gridley on subjects including: his return to Algiers; his view of the task ahead of him, his staff and his French and American counterparts; living conditions; his respect for his American colleagues, Winston Churchill's visit to Marrakesh [Morocco] and his first NAEB board meeting; difficulties in dealing with the French and social meetings with various French officials; impressions of Lady Diana Cooper [later Lady Norwich]; a breakthrough with the French on cross-trade matters; difficult living conditions for staff; his views on [Maurice] Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident at Allied HeadQuarters in North-West Africa, 1942-45, later 1st Lord Stockton] and [Alfred] Duff Cooper [British Representative with the French Committee of National Liberation, later 1st Lord Norwich]; the signing of the Anglo-French Mutual Aid Protocol and Finance agreement; easier relations with Duff Cooper; the North African Economic Board's change to become the North African Joint Economic Mission [NAJEM]; the possibility of his accompanying Duff Cooper to France; his admiration for Macmillan; mentioning complimentary letters from Desmond Morton [personal assistant to Winston Churchill]; his intention to return to the coal trade by the end of 1944; finding a possible successor in order to free Gridley for going to France; news of the D-Day landings and progress of the Normandy campaign; a visit to Tunisia; comparisons between Lady Diana Cooper and Lady Dorothy Macmillan [later Lady Stockton], and between Duff Cooper and Macmillan; delays to his departure; arguments for his visiting Washington [United States]; moving to Macmillan's old villa; orders for his return to London.
Also includes an invitation from Cordell Hull, American Secretary of State, for Gridley to return to London via Washington.
- 1943-12-04 - 1944-07-30
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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Gridley, John Crandon, 1904 - 1968 (economic adviser) (Person)