Found in 135 Collections and/or Records:
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].
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.
Letter from Sir Edward Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] (New Scotland Yard) to WSC concerning the actions of Major Wodehouse [at the "Siege of Sidney Street"] particularly the requisition of guns. Signed manuscript annotated by WSC.
Letter from Josiah Wedgwood (Moddershall, Staffordshire) to WSC asking him not to be "rushed into exceptional laws against Anarchists" [as a result of the "Siege of Sidney Street"] as "human life does not matter a rap compared with the death of ideas". Signed manuscript.
Summary of the numbers of remissions granted for reasons other than medical grounds in 1909 and 1910. Typescript with manuscript alterations.
Letter from Lord Pentland (earlier John Sinclair, Secretary for Scotland) (Scottish Office) to WSC concerning an enquiry into reformatory schools in England and Wales, suggesting that a concurrent enquiry should be set up for Scotland. Signed typescript.
Letter from Horatio Bottomley (John Bull Editorial Offices, 93 Long Acre, London) to WSC concerning WSC's refusal to allow him to see the shorthand notes of evidence given at the Akbar School enquiry. He encloses articles from John Bull [not present] relating to claims made by witnesses that their evidence has been distorted. Signed typescript annotated by Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office].
Letter from Charles Smith (62 Hunny Hill, Newport [Isle of Wight]) concerning the refusal of his application to visit Parkhurst prison [Isle of Wight]. He asks that his application be reconsidered and states that he could achieve his object "in an otherwise than open manner" and that he will ensure that WSC is asked a question in Parliament on the subject. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/10/38.
Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later 1st Lord Stamfordham, Private Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to [Edward] Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to tell WSC that the King has read his letter about the convict Garrad and agrees that reprieve would have been impossible. Signed manucript.
Note from [a Home Office official] to Edward Marsh concerning the application of [Charles Smith] to view Parkhurst prison [Isle of Wight] and suggestions for a reply declining his renewed application. Manuscript signed with initials [?] BS annotated by Edward Marsh (27 June). See CHAR 12/10/34.
Telegram from George V (Sandringham) to [WSC] thanking him for his telegram reporting events in Stepney [the "Siege of Sidney Street"]. He expresses approval of WSC's action and regret that Sergeant Leeson was injured. Manuscript.