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General correspondence, 1900-10 - 1909-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 9/1

Scope and Contents

Letters to McKenna and Pamela McKenna [earlier Pamela Jekyll] from correspondents including: [William] Ryland Adkins, congratulating McKenna on becoming First Lord of the Admiralty; Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the decision by a number of Liberal MPs not to attend a dinner in his honour, as it might harm party unity, during the Boer War, his own view that the Liberal Party was in the process of political evolution and determination to form a practical alternative to the Conservatives; Margot Asquith [later Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith] congratulating McKenna and Agnes, Lady Jekyll on the engagement (2); Violet Asquith [later Violet, Lady Bonham-Carter, Lady Violet Bonham Carter and Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] on subjects including speeches by her father [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], her childhood friendship with Pamela and her sister Barbara Jekyll [later Barbara McLaren and Barbara, Lady Freyberg] and her finishing school in Paris [France] (19); John Burns; Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman [Prime Minister] offering McKenna the post of President of the Board of Education (2); Winston Churchill; Arthur Clutton-Brock; Sir [Arthur] Trevor Dawson on the 1909 naval building programme; Sir Charles Dilke; Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher on Conservative hopes for a majority; King George V on the qualification of Prince Albert [later King George VI] for the Royal Naval College at Osborne [Isle of Wight]; Sir Ian Hamilton on his view of McKenna (4); Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for War], thanking McKenna for his sympathy on the death of his father, Sir William Harcourt and congratulating Pamela McKenna on McKenna's success in their political battle (2); Agnes, Lady Jekyll; Francis Jekyll on subjects including music (and asking his school friend George Butterworth to compose a piece for them), university life and visits to Venice and Florence [Italy] (15); Edwin Lutyens on subjects including a visit to Sweden (4).


  • 1900-10 - 1909-12

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Finding aid date

2006-01-09 14:42:47+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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