Found in 130 Collections and/or Records:
Letter from Walter Runciman (8 Barton Street, Westminster [London]) to WSC marked "private" concerning Wemyss Grant-Wilson, a friend of his, who is to see WSC about extending the work of the Borstal Association to cover adult convicts, at a meeting with "some of the religious folk". Sir Walter suggests that WSC should meet Grant-Wilson before this as he is the owner of one of the Haydock collieries in Lancashire and is well informed about industry and "young ruffians". Signed manuscript.
Copy of a letter from [a Home Office official] to John Galsworthy thanking him on behalf of WSC for his letter [see CHAR 12/4/21] and informing him that the issue of solitary confinement is under consideration and that WSC hopes to make an announcement shortly. Unsigned typescript.
Letter from Ralph Blumenfeld [editor of the Daily Express] (St Bride Street, London) to WSC concerning their agreement over prison reform, which is described as a non-partisan issue. Signed manuscript.
Letter from John Heaton (Schifferstrasse, 82/86, Frankfurt [Germany]) to [?Edward Marsh] concerning a speech by WSC on prisons and prisoners. He offers to use his influence to ensure the publication of the speech; asks [Edward Marsh] to secure WSC's consent; and says that his own name would not appear in connection with the publication. Signed manuscript, annotated by [? Edward Marsh] (30 July).
Letter from John Heaton (Schifferstrasse, 82/86, Frankfurt [Germany]) to WSC expressing pleasure that WSC has agreed to revise his speech on prisons and prisoners for publication. He explains that his objection to his name being associated with the publication is that he is not an authority on the issue. Signed manuscript, annotated by Sidney Harris that [WSC] is expecting a proof to correct (8 July).
Letter from Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise [Chairman of the Prison Commission] to WSC thanking him for "kind words" at the end of the Annual Report. Sir Evelyn says that he will discuss action to be taken on WSC's minute on prison reform with Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office]. He describes WSC's proposed reform as "tremendous". Signed manuscript annotated by Edward Marsh.
Letter from Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise [Chairman of the Prison Commission] to [WSC] in response to a letter from [WSC], saying that he has prepared a draft letter to the P[rime] M[inister] and a memorandum on prison reform, and has left instructions concerning [WSC's] visit to Dartmoor [prison, Devon] and Borstal. Signed manuscript.
Letter from Henry Massingham [editor of the Nation] (14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London) to WSC asking him to write an article on prison reform for the Nation. He suggests several possible subjects including young offenders and solitary confinment, and says that the fee would be 20 guineas. Signed manuscript annotated by WSC.
Letter from John Heaton (33 Eaton Square, London) to WSC thanking him for replying to him about the Shops Bill, and informing him that the pamphlet about prison reform [see CHAR 12/4/36 and CHAR 12/4/37] has been well received "in all thoughtful circles". He also suggests that WSC establish a prison farm, as this idea proved successful in Jamaica. Signed manuscript.
Letter from Constance, Lady Battersea [earlier Constance de Rothschild], a member of the Prison Board of Aylesbury [Buckinghamshire] (The Pleasaunce, Overstrand, Norfolk) to WSC expressing appreciation for the "spirit of reform" in prison management. She mentions the provision of chairs in prison cells, plain glass windows, lectures and concerts. Signed manuscript annotated with a note to Edward Marsh.
Confidential report entitled "Abatement of Imprisonment Committee: Report" addressed to WSC concerning a proposed Bill covering imprisonment for minor offences and prison treatment. Annotated with handwritten corrections [in the hand of Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office].
Proofs of correspondence between WSC [Home Secretary] and John Galsworthy on abolishing solitary confinement in prisons, [from H V Marrot's biography of Galsworthy]. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/10. Date of proofs 1935.
Letter from A Morley Fletcher, Private Secretary to Katharine, Duchess of Atholl to the Private Secretary to WSC, enclosing a press cutting from the National Citizen, "Terrorism and Congress: The Sinn Fein of the East".
Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for forwarding newspaper cuttings relating to [Edward] Mylius' criminal libel against the King. He also discusses the recent "outrages by foreigners" [a reference to the "Siege of Sidney Street"] which the King hopes will make WSC re-consider the Aliens Act. Signed manuscript.