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General correspondence, 1917-07 - 1919-02

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 9/13

Scope and Contents

Letters to McKenna from correspondents including: Andrew Arnold on his mistaken view that McKenna had ignored warnings that German submarines would attack merchant shipping (3); Sir Vincent Caillard on a tax agreement between the British Cellulose Company and the War Office, with copies of letters between Sir [Arthur] Trevor Dawson, Director of Vickers Limited, and McKenna, on taxation of firms making cellulose material for airships; Godfrey Collins, Chairman of the National Expenditure Sub-Committee, Ministry of Munitions, on the taxation agreement with the British Cellulose Company (2); Winston Churchill, Minister of Munitions, asking McKenna to chair an enquiry into the organisation of the Royal Ordnance Factories at Woolwich, London; David Davies; Robert Donald, Editor of the Daily Chronicle on subjects including the sale of the paper (2); Oswald Partington [later 2nd Lord Doverdale] on the sale of the Daily Chronicle and Lloyd's News (2); Sir [James] Hastings Duncan, on an unfair case of excess profits tax against William Dawson and Sons (4); [Norman] Warren Fisher [Chairman, Board of Inland Revenue] on a taxation problem (3); [Ernest] Fitzjohn Oldham on a taxation problem (2); John Anderson [Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, later 1st Lord Waverley] on the transfer to France of ships built by the Forth Shipbuilding Company (2); Moreton Frewen; Alfred Gardiner, Editor of the Daily News, asking McKenna for an article on Liberal financial policy (2); Admiral 1st Lord Jellicoe on whether he should accept an appointment as Commander-in-Chief, Devonport; Admiral Sir Alexander Bethell on being turned out of Devonport to make way for Jellicoe; Andrew Bonar Law [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on McKenna's disagreement with him over spending figures; Sir Hedley Le Bas on David Lloyd George's attempts to come to a settlement over the new Irish constitution and the sale of the Daily Chronicle and Lloyd's News (5); John Robertson, Chairman of the Liberal Publication Department; Walter Isaac, Secretary of the London Liberal Federation, on McKenna's speech to the Federation on postwar finance and taxation (6); Christopher Needham; Sir Henry Primrose on pay for members of the Royal Commission on Sugar Supplies; Ralph Peto on the Treasury's treatment of Wood-Milne Limited (3); Walter Runciman on subjects including the sale of the Daily Chronicle and Lloyd's News, the Military Service Bill, hostility to Lloyd George among Liberal voters and whether Runciman should join the Inter Allied Trade and Banking Corporation (5).


  • Creation: 1917-07 - 1919-02


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Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1918.

Finding aid date

2006-01-16 12:28:30.437000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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