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Letters from Herbert Asquith to Pamela McKenna, 1907-10 - 1926-10

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 9/3

Scope and Contents

Letters from Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to Pamela McKenna [earlier Pamela Jekyll] on subjects including: his love for her and arranging meetings with her; encounters with suffragettes; George Bernard Shaw's play 'Caesar and Cleopatra'; various books; his view of May Spender and Lady Frances Balfour; Violet Asquith [later Violet, Lady Bonham-Carter, Lady Violet Bonham Carter and Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] and her diffuse nature; Margot Asquith [later Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith] and her distress at the death of her baby, and Asquith's own feelings (1906); word games; his friendship with Venetia Stanley [later Venetia Montagu]; his advice on Pamela's engagement to McKenna; his approval of McKenna's work at the Admiralty; standing as godfather to Michael McKenna; McKenna's loyalty to him and his satisfaction at giving McKenna the Chancellorship in the new Coalition Government; a meeting with the French commanders (July 1915); his correspondence with McKenna over the threatened resignation of the Governor of the Bank of England [1st Lord Cunliffe]; recalling the outbreak of war and regretting that he had not kept a diary; his illness due to over-work; the 'Conscriptionists' in his Cabinet; the establishment of the war committee; Winston Churchill's resignation speech; the resignation of Augustine Birrell [Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland]; the death of Raymond Asquith; his resignation as Prime Minister; McKenna's departure from politics; his by-election campaign at Paisley [Glasgow, Scotland], 1920; his resignation from politics.

Also includes: texts of lectures by Asquith on criticism and the place of universities in the modern world; letter from 1st Lord Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] to Asquith commenting on the good impression which McKenna had made on the King; letter from Asquith to McKenna thanking him for his loyalty following the fall of his government.


  • Creation: 1907-10 - 1926-10


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Finding aid date

2006-01-09 14:46:45.543000+00:00

Repository Details

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