Letters to Lady Wester Wemyss, 1928 - 1931
Scope and Contents
Written from the Travellers' Club and Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, Wemyss Castle in Fife, the Naval & Military Club, 10 Clarges Street and the Beefsteak Club in London, Eleven Grand Parade in Portsmouth, Permanbuc [Permanbuco], the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Avenida Atlantica in Rio de Janeiro and the Esplanada Hotel in Sao Paolo in Brazil, the Plaza Hotel in Buenos Aires in Argentina and the Royal-Palace near Clermont in France.
Subjects include Wemyss' work for British Oil Development Co. Ltd. (BOD), the ill health of George V, the Turkish Petroleum Company (TPC), the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC), Wemyss' work as President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), business arising from the death of Sir John Denison-Pender, Ferdinand Foch's funeral at Notre-Dame in Paris, unemployment figures, the rumoured drug addiction of Prince George Duke of Kent, wireless and cable communications in South America, the birth of Princess Margaret, witnessing the Miss Universe competition in 1930, a proposed general election and Wemyss' finances in relation to the national economy.
Includes mention of the Prince of Wales [later Edward VIII, then the Duke of Windsor] "David", Sir Albert Gray, the Hon. Bridget Louisa Keppel, George Askwith 1st Baron Askwith, Baron and Baroness Tyrrell, Sir Winston Churchill, Alix Barton, John Cadman 1st Baron Cadman, Grace Peel, Queen Mary and Princess Victoria.
Also in the file, four letters from the Hon. Alice Elizabeth Millicent Erskine-Wemyss, "the kitten" [later Alice Cunnack], to Lady Wemyss, from the trip to South America and from the Royal-Palace.
- 1928 - 1931
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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: Wemyss, Rosslyn Erskine, 1864 - 1933 (1st Baron Wester Wemyss, Admiral of the Fleet) (Person)