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CHAR 1/386/1

Letter from Kathleen Hill to Sir Shane Leslie, on correspondence with Alfred A Knopf, Inc., Publishers, New York, on his proposed biography of Leonard Jerome [carbon].

1 folio
10 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/2-3

Letter from Sir Shane Leslie to Kathleen Hill, on his proposed book, "Leonard Jerome and his Daughters. stating that "such tripe" had been written about Lady Randolph Churchill and her sisters, Clara Frewen and Leonie, Lady Leslie, that he wished to write a definitive account of their lives "for future biographers to draw from", giving details of his research in several archives, and commenting that he had found a great deal about the early life of WSC in the letters of his aunts [written on reverse of letter from KH to SL, 10 Jan 1945].

2 folios
20 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/4

Letter from Kathleen Hill to Sir Shane Leslie, thanks for details of book about Leonard Jerome and his daughters, stating that WSC would be interested to hear from him when the book was further advanced [carbon].

1 folio
22 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/5-7

Postcard from Jack Leslie, Prisoner of War, Oflag VIIB, Germany, to WSC, asking him to consider the repatriation of prisoners captured in 1940.

3 folios
22 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/8

Letter from Sir Shane Leslie to Kathleen Hill, reporting slow but sure progress with his life of Leonard Jerome.

1 folio
24 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/9

Letter from Kathleen Hill to Sir Shane Leslie, thanks for report of slow but sure progress with his life of Leonard Jerome [carbon].

1 folio
30 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/10

File divider.

1 folio
[1945]
CHAR 1/386/11-12

Letter from Clare Sheridan to WSC, expressing delight that he was to have his portrait painted by Oswald Birley, describing Birley as "one of our great contemporary portrait painters...a lovely person and a gallant man", who had carried on painting in spite of losing an eye while serving with the Home Guard, noting that he had done the best portrait of King George VI, but that he did not exhibit at the Royal Academy "they having treated him as they treat me" original ms, with typescript copy, annotated by WSC.

2 folios
15 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/13

Telegram from WSC to Clare Sheridan, thanks for letter of 15 Jan [copy].

1 folio
20 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/14-18

Letter from Clare Sheridan to WSC, on her finances, and need to sell things to "keep pace with income tax", giving him first refusal on her Napoleonic Sevres dinner service, bought by Clara Jerome from the sale of the contents of the Tuileries during the Paris Commune, valued at £130 original ms, with typescript copy.

5 folios
24 Mar 1945
CHAR 1/386/19

Letter from WSC to Clare Sheridan, expressing willingness to buy Napoleonic dinner service acquired by Clara Jerome in 1870, offering £150 [carbon].

1 folio
28 Mar 1945
CHAR 1/386/20-21

Letter from Clare Sheridan to WSC, delight that he would be buying her Napoleonic dinner service.

2 folios
01 Apr 1945
CHAR 1/386/22

Telegram from Hugh Frewen (Dorrigo, Australia) to WSC, noting that the re-opening of the Burma Road was a fitting memorial to the 50th anniversary of the death of Lord Randolph Churchill annotated with WSC's reply, thanking him for remembering the anniversary.

1 folio
27 Jan 1945
CHAR 1/386/23-46

"The Harvest", a monthly magazine in aid of the Salford Catholic Protection and Rescue Society,Vol. LVIII., No.2, containing article on Father Ignatius Spencer, [a distant cousin of WSC], by Rev. F W Kershaw.

1 36pp magazine
Feb 1945
CHAR 1/386/47

Letter from George Spencer-Churchill to WSC, sending walking stick, a gift from his sister Ruby Bathurst, formerly belonging to WSC's great grandfather, George, 6th Duke of Marlborough.

1 36pp magazine
07 Feb 1945
CHAR 1/386/48

Letter from WSC to Ruby Bathurst, thanks for gift of walking stick formerly belonging to his great grandfather, George, 6th Duke of Marlborough [carbon].

1 folio
20 Feb 1945
CHAR 1/386/49-57

Letter from the 10th Duke of Marlborough to WSC, on family finances, and his need to meet a £60,000 demand from the Inland Revenue for death duties on his father's estate, and the possible sale of Blenheim Palace to the War Office for a school of scientific research, listing the problems of restoring the house after the War [original ms, with typescript copy annotated by WSC].

9 folios
15 Feb 1945
CHAR 1/386/58-59

Letter from WSC to the 10th Duke of Marlborough, stating that he felt it was right for him to contemplate the sale of Blenheim palace, as he felt that the "trends of modern life will make it increasingly difficult for any private person to live in so splendid a setting", but also stating that he thought it very doubtful that the state would purchase it, and certainly not at anything more than a nominal price [2 carbons].

1 folio
01 Mar 1945
CHAR 1/386/60

Letter from Mary, Duchess of Marlborough to Kathleen Hill, sending seating plan for dinner in aid of the Red Cross Agriculture Fund Rural Pennies Section, to be attended by WSC.

1 folio
[Apr] 1945
CHAR 1/386/61

Letter from Kathleen Hill to the Duchess of Marlborough, on seating plan for dinner in aid of the Red Cross Agriculture Fund, passing on WSC's hope that he would be able to sit next to her at dinner, also passing on apologies from Sarah Oliver, who was unable to attend due to work at RAF Medmenham [carbon].

1 folio
18 Apr 1945
CHAR 1/386/62

Letter from Kathleen Hill to the Duchess of Marlborough, reporting that John S Churchill had suffered a heart attack, and had been admitted to University College Hospital.

1 folio
18 Apr 1945
CHAR 1/386/63

Poem - "Verses Extempore on seeing ye Tomb of ye Du--s of M--h's Dog in Bl--'m Gardens" - attack on Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, author unknown [duplicate typescript].

1 folio
1945
CHAR 1/386/64

Note from Elizabeth Layton to John Peck, on request from WSC's sister-in-law, Nellie Romilly for clothing coupons for her son. Giles Romilly, a civilian, had spent five years as a Prisoner of War in Germany, wearing army uniform, his mother was anxious that he would have nothing to wear on his return, as the Army authorities would not allow him to wear uniform, and she wished to buy civilian clothes to have ready for him.

1 folio
29 Apr 1945
CHAR 1/386/65

Letter from John Fay, Board of Trade to John Colville, sending 50 clothing coupons for Giles Romilly, noting that civilian prisoners of war returning from Germany would be eligible for grants of coupons through Customs and Excise, so Romilly should inform Customs that a "spot" issue had already been made.

1 folio
30 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/66

Note from Kathleen Hill to WSC, telephone message from Nellie Romilly that she was thinking much of him today [the death of President Roosevelt had been announced] [annotated by WSC with reply].

1 folio
13 Apr 1945
CHAR 1/386/67

Letter from John Colville to Nellie Romilly, sending 50 clothing coupons for her son, Giles Romilly, explaining that he would be eligible for a grant of coupons from Customs and Excise on his return, and that he should declare these 50 on arrival [carbon].

1 folio
01 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/68-69

Letter from Douglas Moir to Nellie Romilly, news of her son, Giles Romilly, Moir, a fellow Prisoner of War at Colditz Castle (Oflag IVC) reported that Giles had probably been moved to another camp at Konigstern near Dresden, Germany, where most of the French Generals were kept, noting that the German authorities had said that officers who had been moved would remain in the hands of the Army, and not transferred to the SS.

2 folios
25 Apr 1945
CHAR 1/386/70

Letter from John Colville to John Fay, Board of Trade, thanks for providing clothing coupons for Giles Romilly [carbon].

1 folio
01 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/71

Letter from Nellie Romilly to John Colville, thanks for providing clothing coupons for Giles Romilly [carbon].

1 folio
02 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/72

Letter from Lord Horder to WSC, report on condition of WSC's brother, John S Churchill, following heart attack.

1 folio
01 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/73-74

Letter from Lord Horder to WSC, report on condition of WSC's brother, John S Churchill, following heart attack. enclosing report on JSC's by the chest specialist, A Tudor Edwards.

2 folios
09 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/75

Telegram from WSC to John S Churchill, regretting that he had not been able to see him in hospital before leaving for Potsdam [ms copy, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
[May] 1945
CHAR 1/386/76

Letter from Lord Horder to WSC, report on the condition of John S Churchill following heat attack, noting that it would shortly be possible for him to be moved to Chequers for convalescence.

1 folio
25 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/77

Letter from John S Churchill to Lord Greenwood, thanks for gift of whisky [carbon].

1 folio
26 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/78

Letter from CSC to Lord Horder, expressing WSC's delight at John S Churchill's recovery, and inviting him for tea to talk about the Soviet Union [carbon].

1 folio
27 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/79

Telegram from Lady Sarah Russell to WSC, congratulations on Victory in Europe.

1 folio
[08] May 1945
CHAR 1/386/80

Telegram from Mary, Duchess of Marlborough to WSC, congratulations on Victory in Europe.

1 folio
08 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/81-82

Telegram from WSC to Lady Sarah Russell, thanks for telegram of congratulations on Victory in Europe [copy].

2 folios
18 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/83-84

Letter from Mary, Duchess of Marlborough to WSC, congratulations on election broadcast, and on her disappointment that she had not been adopted as Conservative candidate for the Banbury Division, blaming a committee of "white haired gentlemen" who did not want to be represented by a woman in Parliament.

2 folios
08 Jun 1945
CHAR 1/386/85-86

Letter from George Cornwallis-West to Kathleen Hill, on cartoon by David Low in the Evening Standard, which he considered a "vicious libel" on WSC.

1 folio
08 Jun 1945
CHAR 1/386/87

Letter from Kathleen Hill to George Cornwallis-West on cartoon by David Low in the Evening Standard, which he considered a "vicious libel" on WSC, stating that she felt that the figures were meant to be Ernest Brown and Leslie Hore-Belisha, and were not an attack on WSC, also on the health of John S Churchill, following heart attack [carbon].

1 folio
31 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/88-89

Letter from George Cornwallis-West to WSC, enclosing copy of letter to Lord Beaverbrook, on cartoon by David Low in the Evening Standard, which apparently showed WSC "kow-towing" to fascism, calling it a "vicious libel", also enquiring after health of John S Churchill following heart attack.

2 folios
26 May 1945
CHAR 1/386/90

Telegram from WSC to the Duchess of Marlborough, thanking her for letter of 8 June on General Election, and hoping that she was recovering from illness [copy].

1 folio
12 Jun 1945
CHAR 1/386/91

Telegram from WSC to Horatia Seymour, thanks for letter on her reasons for supporting the Liberal Party in the General Election [copy].

1 folio
06 Jul 1945
CHAR 1/386/92-95

Letter from Horatia Seymour to WSC, on her reasons for supporting the Liberal Party and opposing WSC in the General Election "From my great affection for you and admiration and gratitude for all you have done for us, I wish from my heart that it had been otherwise and felt I must tell you so", criticising the Conservative Party for making it seem "unpatriotic" to fight for the Liberal Party, and trying to insist that Liberals stand down in favour of Conservative candidates, a party "whose judgement and intelligence were so grievously at fault in the years before 1939" [original ms with typescript copy].

4 folios
03 Jul 1945
CHAR 1/386/96

Genealogy, showing descent of Horatia Seymour from Arabella Churchill, mistress of King James II.

1 folio
c 1945
CHAR 1/386/97

Letter from Anita Leslie to WSC, on the Potsdam Conference.

1 folio
19 Jul 1945
CHAR 1/386/98

Letter from Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill to WSC, sympathy on General Election defeat.

1 folio
28 Jul [1945]
CHAR 1/386/99

Telegram from WSC to Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill, thanks for letter of 13 May, on Victory in Europe [copy].

1 folio
11 Jun 1945
CHAR 1/386/100-102

Letter from Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill to WSC, congratulations on Victory in Europe [original ms, with typescript copy].

3 folios
13 May [1945]
CHAR 1/386/103

Letter from Mary, Duchess of Marlborough to WSC, sympathy on General Election defeat, expressing incredulity at the "lack of gratitude" shown by the British public, and criticising Conservative Party administration,.

1 folio
27 Jul 1945
CHAR 1/386/104-105

Telegram from WSC to General Sir Ian Hamilton, thanks for card from Mounted Infantry Club luncheon [copy].

2 folios
05 Aug 1945
CHAR 1/386/106

Greetings card from General Sir Ian Hamilton, Mounted Infantry Club Luncheon, to WSC.

1 folio
19 Jul 1945