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CHAR 1/325 Personal: Churchill Family: Correspondence.

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CHAR 1/325/1

Telegram from WSC to CSC, news from home [copy].

28 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/2-3

Letter from Diana Churchill to WSC, on visit to Belfast, success of Duncan Sandys speeches, and stay with Lord Craigavon.

28 Jan 1938
CHAR 1/325/4-8

Letter from Randolph S. Churchill, apologies for "jocular remark" [about a gift from WSC to Leslie Hore-Belisha] which WSC had taken too seriously, expressing anger that WSC had cut him for the rest of the dinner, and abused Hore Belisha, "who is a friend of mine", thus humiliating RSC in front of someone he hardly knew [not named], hoping that they could resolve their differences other than by "lapsing into moody silence".

14 Feb 1938
CHAR 1/325/9

Letter from WSC to Randolph S. Churchill, "I thought yr remark [about a gift from WSC to Leslie Hore-Belisha] singularly unkind, offensive and untrue; and I am sure no son shd have made it to his father", asking to be excused from lunch on the 17th, as he did not wish to run the risk of further insults [ms draft, signed by WSC] Part pub. WSC V, p.898, pub. in full, CV V, Part 3, p.909.

14 Feb 1938
CHAR 1/325/10-12

Letter from Randolph S. Churchill to WSC, deeply upset by WSC's letter of 14 Feb, assuring him that his remarks [about a gift from WSC to Leslie Hore-Belisha] were an "inept jest", and not intended as a deliberate insult, pointing out that the remarks were provoked by the violence of WSC's own language, but acknowledging that they were "words unbecoming of a son", and again apologising for them.

15 Feb 1938
CHAR 1/325/13-15

Letter from WSC to Randolph S. Churchill, pointing out that his remarks about a gift from WSC to Leslie Hore- Belisha were "grossly rude and as such wounded me deeply", stating that the gift to Hore- Belisha was given "entirely out of kindness of heart, and some pity, wch I felt for a man I do not much like, but who had appealed to me for advice and spoken much of his loneliness" there was no intention to curry favour in the hope of personal or political advantage, confirming that he did not bear Randolph a grudge, would always do his best to help him, and that the "extremely unpleasant impression" he had made would wear out and pass away in a little while [ms draft, signed by WSC].

16 Feb 1938
CHAR 1/325/16-21

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, objecting to WSC's cool reception of him at a party, particularly the humiliation he felt when his discretion was called into question in front of "hacks like David Margesson and Victor Warrender" and that amiable flibbertigibbet, Brendan Bracken", asking to be treated as an adult, and not a "wayward and untrustworthy child.

01 Mar 1938
CHAR 1/325/21-24

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, advising him on his relations with the press "the only subject in the world which I may claim to know more about than you", suggesting that he (Randolph) should control the release of information through discreet paragraphs in the "Londoners Diary" in the Evening Standard, rather than allowing it to leak out in possibly hostile newspapers Pub CV V, Part 3, pp.970-972.

01 Apr 1938
CHAR 1/325/25

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, asking if he would be willing to guarantee a bank loan of £1000.

12 Apr 1938
CHAR 1/325/26

Letter from Kathleen Hill to Randolph Churchill, passing on letter from Victor Warrender [carbon].

04 Jun 1938
CHAR 1/325/27-28

Letter from Mary, Lady Churchill [later Lady Soames to WSC,] on her success in School Certificate exams, and holiday at Les Essarts, St Briac, also commenting on the European situation, "I think we are making things more difficult by declaring such a feeble policy".

03 Sep 1938
CHAR 1/325/29

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, on departure for Aldershot for training with the 4th Hussars, "to learn the goosestep I'm afraid the fun and zest have gone out of my military career", advising him to emulate "deep seated distrust" of Chamberlain and his colleagues, and to steer his own course "uncontaminated by contact with these disreputable men" Pub CV V, Part 3, p.1159.

15 Sep [1938]
CHAR 1/325/30

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, sending poem, which he could use when the Colonies were discussed.

[1938]
CHAR 1/325/31-32

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, on the Government's attempt to blame Stanley Baldwin and the Labour Party for Britain's failure to re-arm, pointing out that the "Big Four" [? Chamberlain, Halifax, Hoare and Simon] had all been in office since 1932.

[1938]
CHAR 1/325/33-34

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, on WSC's claim for libel damages against William Heinemann Ltd, publishers of Coronation Commentary by Geoffrey Dennis Pub CV V, Part 3, pp. 1276-1277.

14 Nov [1938]
CHAR 1/325/35-37

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, emphasising his discretion, assuring WSC that he would not publish any sensitive information without specific permission asked and given, pointing out thay WSC's apparent distrust of him was distressing, and prejudicial to his career as a journalist Pub CV V, Part 3, pp.1304-1305.

[10 Dec 1938]
CHAR 1/325/38-41

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC, on his use of private information in his newspaper articles.

11 Dec [1938]
CHAR 1/325/42

Telegram from CSC to WSC, on holiday in Jamaica aboard Lord Moyne's yacht.

11 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/43

Telegram from CSC to WSC, on holiday in Jamaica aboard Lord Moyne's yacht.

19 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/44

Telegram from WSC to CSC, home news [copy].

21 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/45-47

Letter from WSC to CSC, home and political news, particularly the threat of Hudson and several Under- Secretaries to resign unless Inskip, Hore-Belisha, Winterton and Runciman were dismissed, talking of possible reconstruction in January, with Eden being recalled, also on success of constituency meetings [carbon].

22 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/48-53

Letter from WSC to CSC, on the birth of their first grand daughter, Edwina Sandys, Randolph Churchill and Duncan Sandys plans for a new party, his progress with The History of the English Speaking People, news of Chartwell house and estate [carbon].

29 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/54

Letter from Diana Churchill to WSC, thanks for Christmas present, also on name for her new daughter "I hope we shall reach a decision soon, or I shall have a nervous breakdown" [they eventually settled on Edwina].

29 Dec 1938
CHAR 1/325/55

Cutting from the Daily Sketch, "Twenty Years Ago Today", with photograph of Jack Churchill just after he had been awarded the DSO.

03 Jun 1938