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CHAR 13/20/1

Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting his meeting with Sir Marcus Samuel [later 1st Lord Bearsted] and other Directors of the Shell Oil Company, on the Navy's oil supply and the importance of oil storage facilities.

1 folio
02 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/2

Letter from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman (Copgrove Hall, Burton Leonard, Yorkshire) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for WSC's letter of sympathy on the death of [William Osbert] Boothby, his former Assistant at the Admiralty.

1 folio
02 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/3

Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] criticising his decision not to have the pontoon at Cowes (Isle of Wight) made safe for landing, for financial reasons. Hopwood points out that the small sum involved, about 100 pounds, had been earmarked on the Dockyard Vote.

1 folio
08 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/4

Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on oil supply negotiations.

1 folio
08 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/5-9

Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney, Senior Officer and President, International Commission administering the town of Scutari [Shkoder, Albania], to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the political and military situation in the area. [Hand-written, with typed transcript].

5 folios
15 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/10

Letter from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, (8 Prince's Gardens [London]) to WSC, recommending Lieutenant Pennell for promotion to Commander.

1 folio
24 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/11-12

Letter from Admiral Sir George King-Hall, Commander-in- Chief, Australia Station (Admiralty House, Sydney) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on Australian naval policy; includes cutting of a letter from King-Hall to the Australian press.

2 folios
25 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/13

Letter from Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayley [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron] (68 Ebury Street [London]), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for telling him "what you did, in the way you did".

1 folio
27 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/20/14

Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] asking about the naval base at Alexandria [Egypt] and the establishment of a submarine flotilla there, with Battenberg's reply [initialled by WSC and Battenberg].

1 folio
05 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/15

Letter from Rear-Admiral Herbert King-Hall, Commander- in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope [South Africa] to WSC, on the defenceless state of St Helena.

1 folio
11 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/16

Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the recent naval manoeuvres.

1 folio
25 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/17

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance (Half Moon Street, Piccadilly [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the recent naval manoeuvres.

1 folio
28 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/18-21

Note by [Hamar Greenwood] on the political situation in Canada, particularly concerning Britain's naval policy. [Typescript copy on Admiralty notepaper; see CHAR 13/20/26-35 for original.].

4 folios
06 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/22

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance (42 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly [London]) to WSC, on the appointment of a Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet.

1 folio
29 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/23

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Sir George Callaghan [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet] on the forthcoming naval manoeuvres. [Hand-written draft, signed by WSC].

1 folio
29 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/24

Letter from John Seely [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone), (War Office), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] agreeing to the proposal for the establishment of an Aeronautical Research Office under the joint control of the War Office and the Admiralty.

1 folio
31 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/20/25

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the recent naval manoeuvres.

1 folio
05 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/26-35

Letter from Hamar Greenwood to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Canadian naval and political situation.

10 folios
06 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/36-37

Letter from Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] (Ottawa) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his intention to provide Britain with 3 capital ships, which was facing political difficulties. [Typescript marked "secret and personal".].

2 folios
14 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/38-40

Letter from Alexander Ure [later 1st Lord Strathclyde], Lord Advocate (Edinburgh [Scotland]), to WSC, on an industrial dispute; includes notes between Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] and the secretaries of the Director of Works and Director of Naval Ordnance.

3 folios
15 Aug 1913 - 08 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/41

Letter from 1st Lord Rothschild (New Court [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the sale of a British battleship by the Brazilian Government to any willing purchaser.

1 folio
18 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/42-44

Admiralty Mediterranean Fleet War Orders No.1. [Typescript copy].

3 folios
20 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/45-47

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the defence of trade. [Incomplete typescript, initialled by WSC].

3 folios
21 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/48

Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May [Umpire- in-Chief for the recent Naval Manoeuvres] to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his report on the manoeuvres.

1 folio
22 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/49

Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] asking for a copy of the Umpire's Report on the recent naval manoeuvres, and suggesting that the Navy List should give details of a ship's armament, as well as tonnage and horse power.

1 folio
23 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/50

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the defence of trade.

1 folio
24 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/51

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for his hospitality aboard the Admiralty Yacht [HMS Enchantress].

1 folio
29 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/20/52

Letter from Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Canada's emergency contribution of three Dreadnoughts to the Royal Navy.

1 folio
05 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/53-56

Letter from [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] sending a memorandum [not present] on British trade protection in time of war. [Carbon].

1 folio
08 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/57-59

Minute from [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on trade protection, particularly the policy of arming merchant steamers. [Carbon].

3 folios
01 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/60-61

Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney [Senior Officer and President of the International Commission administering the town of Scutari, later Shkoder, Albania], to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] stating that he had asked the Admiralty for a military officer to be appointed Military Commandant of Scutari, to cope with a possible rising of Mussulmans [Muslims] and Christians. Burney states that neither Austria nor Italy would tolerate an officer of the other's nation as Commandant, and suggests that Lieutenant-Colonel George Phillips, commander of the British detachment, be promoted to Brevet Colonel. Burney reports that the Austrians had become much more aggressive, attempting to get more of the administration under their control and opposing everything that would be "for the good of the Country". He adds that the Austrians were strictly controlling the scope of the Commission's powers to the town, directing that nothing was to be done outside Scutari, and making his own position impossible and untenable. [Annotated and initialled by WSC, Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith and Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary].

2 folios
02 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/62

Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Balmoral [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]) to WSC with thanks for sending the King the report on the recent naval manoeuvres, and a letter on the naming of ships.

1 folio
03 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/63

Minute from James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, forwarding a memorandum [not present] on trade protection.

1 folio
08 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/64

Letter from Henri Deterding [Royal Dutch Petroleum Company] (Kelling, Norfolk) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Navy's oil supply.

1 folio
08 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/65

Letter from 1st Lord Haldane [Lord Chancellor, former Secretary of State for War] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting his meeting with Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] on the naval question.

1 folio
09 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/66-67

Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood, [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his pension rights.

1 folio
09 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/68

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] (Balmoral Castle [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]) to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] sending letters from Sir Francis Hopwood Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] and 1st Lord Haldane [Lord Chancellor, former Secretary of State for War] on Canada, and a private letter from Hopwood on his pension rights. [See CHAR 13/20/65, CHAR 13/20/66-67].

1 folio
17 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/20/69

Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on a reply to an invitation [to the Navy League dinner] to members of the Navy Board, asking if it should be published, with Battenberg's reply, preferring that it should remain unpublished. [Initialled by WSC; see also CHAR 13/20/142].

1 folio
12 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/70-73

Letter from Sir John Brunner, President of the National Liberal Federation (Silverlands, Chertsey [Surrey]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with congratulations on his appeal to Germany to "help England in the endeavour to bring about a reduction in the colossal amount spent by the civilised world in preparations for war"; Brunner states that it will be necessary to give up Britain's claim to capture and destroy private property at sea in time of war for such an appeal to work.

3 folios
22 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/74-75

Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] and the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] on the success of the Grand Manoeuvres in the North Sea in 1912 and 1913. WSC states that he did not think it necessary to supplement the ordinary tactical exercises of 1914-15 by Grand Manoeuvres, with a saving of nearly 200,000 pounds in coal and oil consumption; he proposes a trial mobilisation of the Third fleet and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. [Typescript copy].

3 folios
22 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/76-78

Letter from John Norton-Griffiths (Chateau Frontenac, Quebec [Canada]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting on the naval situation in Canada; includes note from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC]. [Copy at CHAR 13/20/147].

2 folios
24 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/79

Letter from Eustace Fiennes [Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham- Fiennes] (86 Eaton Terrace, Eaton Square [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking if it would be possible for Elspeth Beardmore [later Elspeth, Lady Invernairn] to launch a ship from the Beardmore Yard on the Clyde and commenting on WSC's progressive attitude.

1 folio
24 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/80

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, thanking him for the opportunity of having "such an interesting talk, which I much enjoyed".

1 folio
31 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/81

Letter from [? John] Seddon (Naval Air Station, Isle of Grain [Kent]), to WSC, with thanks for his invitation, but regretting that he was forced to decline due to pressure of work.

1 folio
01 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/20/82

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, with thanks for allowing him to see gunnery experiments.

1 folio
05 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/20/83

Letter from Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux [Commander-in- Chief, Portsmouth, earlier Hedworth Lambton] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the rumour that Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and Admiral Sir George Callaghan were to be promoted to Admiral of the Fleet over his head on the "ridiculous pretext that I am too young". Meux points out that he is twenty years older than WSC, stating that the rumour alone was an affront, and "if there was any truth in it, an unforgivable insult".

1 folio
01 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/20/84

Letter from [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] to Captain Godfrey Paine [Commandant, Central Flying School] sending the report [not present] of the Court of Enquiry on the loss of Lieutenant Spenser Grey's seaplane off Brighton [East Sussex]; WSC states that this wholly contradicted Paine's view of the accident that Grey was at fault. [Carbon copy].

1 folio
07 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/20/85

Letter from Admiral Sir Edmond Slade to WSC, reporting on the oil supply from the Persian Gulf.

1 folio
08 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/86-87

Letter from Captain Godfrey Paine [Commandant], Central Flying School (Upavon, Wiltshire) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Lieutenant Spenser Grey: stating that he considered Grey too junior to command a Naval Air Station, that he did not know how he became a Squadron Commander, and that he considered that Grey suffered from a "swollen head". Paine adds that he thought it best for Grey and the Naval Wing if he spent a year in a battleship or large cruiser.

2 folios
10 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/88

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, with congratulations on his speech [on naval affairs, at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, Guildhall, London].

2 folios
11 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/89

Letter from Rear-Admiral Charles Madden [Rear-Admiral commanding 3rd and 2nd Cruiser Squadrons in the Home Fleet] (HMS Antrim, Malta) to WSC, with thanks for appointing him to command of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron: "one of the best commands open to an officer of my seniority".

1 folio
12 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/90-92

Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] (HMS Inflexible, Malta) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Mediterranean Fleet manoeuvres. [Typescript copy, with hand-written annotations by WSC].

3 folios
13 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/93

Letter from Admiral Sir Richard Poore [Commander-in-Chief, The Nore] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with apologies for his letter [criticising WSC's visit to the Torpedo School, HMS Vernon], stating that no personal offence was contemplated.

1 folio
14 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/94-95

Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] (HMS Inflexible, Malta) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Mediterranean Fleet manoeuvres. [Initialled by WSC].

3 folios
13 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/96

Press-cutting from the Vancouver Advertiser on the naval situation in Canada.

1 folio
[Nov] [1913]
CHAR 13/20/97

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] offering him the post of Commander- in-Chief, The Nore, from August 1914. [Typescript draft].

1 folio
21 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/98-100

Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] giving his ideas about future flag appointments. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC, with Battenberg's comments].

3 folios
25 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/101-103

Letter from Edward Grigg [editorial staff of the Times, later 1st Lord Altrincham] (The Round Table, Piccadilly, London) to James Masterton-Smith, [Private Secretary to WSC] sending an extract from a letter from the Australian correspondent of the Times on Imperial defence.

3 folios
25 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/104

Letter from John Seely [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone] (Blatchington House, Seaford, Sussex), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] regretting that no honour could be given to Captain Godfrey Paine, [Commandant] of the Central Flying School. Seely also looks forward to going flying with WSC.

1 folio
28 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/105

Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the shipbuilding programme, and the Canadian contribution to the Royal Navy. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/20/141].

1 folio
17 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/106-108

Letter from Field Marshal 1st Lord Roberts, (Englemere, Ascot, Berkshire) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] objecting to the proposed transfer of airships from the Royal Flying Corps to the Royal Navy, and the resulting loss of aviation training and experience in peacetime.

3 folios
01 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/109

Letter from [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty], to [Field Marshal 1st Lord Roberts] on the proposed transfer of airships from the Royal Flying Corps to the Royal Navy. [Carbon].

1 folio
04 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/110

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to 1st Lord Rothschild, on the sale of a British battleship by Brazil. [Hand-written copy].

1 folio
02 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/111-124

Letters from Admiral Arthur Limpus [Naval Adviser to the Turkish Government] (Constantinople [Istanbul, Turkey]) to WSC, on naval relations with Turkey; includes covering note by Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC]. [Hand-written, with typescript copy].

14 folios
29 Oct 1913 - 03 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/125

Letter from 1st Lord Rothschild (New Court [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the sale of a British battleship by Brazil.

1 folio
04 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/126

Letter from Herbert Samuel, Postmaster-General, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] refusing to change the regulations to allow the names of naval ships to count as one word in inland telegrams, on the grounds that this would create a bad precedent.

1 folio
04 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/127-128

Telegram from Malcolm Robertson [Charge d'Affaires], (British Embassy, Rio de Janeiro [Brazil]) to the Foreign Office, on the Brazilian sale of a British battleship, with covering note from Sir John Bradbury [Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury]. [Carbon].

1 folio
04 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/129

Letter from Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly (68 Ebury Street [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for his letter on the award of the KCB [Knight Commander of the Bath] to Bayly.

1 folio
09 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/130

Letter from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] to the Navy League, objecting to controversial and partisan speeches at Navy League meetings, "wholly unsuited to a professedly non-party gathering". [Hand-written copy].

1 folio
10 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/131-133

Letter from Patrick Hannon, Secretary of the Navy League, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on controversial and partisan speeches delivered at Navy League meetings: Hannon states that the League had no control over the content of speeches, and that all speakers were strongly advised that their observations should be entirely non-party in character.

3 folios
10 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/134-135

Letter from Patrick Hannon, Secretary of the Navy League, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his decision not to attend Navy League functions because of controversial and partisan speeches at past events: Hannon states that they would take care to avoid such occurrences in future, and urges WSC to attend a dinner in honour of Captain Lionel Halsey and the officers [of HMS New Zealand].

2 folios
11 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/136

Letter from Admiral Sir George King-Hall [retiring Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station] (7 Albany Villas, Hove, Sussex) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Australian naval policy.

1 folio
13 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/137

Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] recommending Rear-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee for the post of Chief of Staff at the Admiralty.

1 folio
20 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/138

Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to find a passage in his speeches on the Navy Estimates referring to the 60 per cent standard [of naval superiority over Germany]. [Typescript, initialled by WSC; extract at CHAR 13/20/148].

1 folio
27 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/139

Letter from Colonel Sir [Edouard] Percy Girouard, (Brooks's Club, St James's Street [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval aviation.

1 folio
[Dec] [1913]
CHAR 13/20/140

Compliments slip from J L Garvin [Editor], Pall Mall Gazette, sent with press cutting [not present].

1 folio
[Dec] [1913]
CHAR 13/20/141

Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the shipbuilding programme, and the Canadian contribution to the Royal Navy. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/20/105].

1 folio
17 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/142

Letter from [Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC] to [Patrick Hannon, Secretary of ] the Navy League, passing on the decision of the Board of Admiralty not to accept the League's invitation to their Trafalgar Day dinner, because of controversial and partisan speeches at other Navy League meetings. [Typescript draft, with hand-written annotations by WSC; see also CHAR 13/20/69].

1 folio
Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/143

Cutting from the Birmingham Post on "The Cabinet and the Navy" on the Cabinet refusing WSC's demand for an additional shipbuilding programme.

1 folio
[Dec] 1913
CHAR 13/20/144

Letter from John Seely [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on criticism of the Navy Estimates by Sir John Simon [Attorney-General].

1 folio
12 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/145

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] on the Navy Estimates, particularly the requirement for a supplementary estimate of about 3 million pounds, regretting that this could not be reduced to the limit of 1.4 million required by the Treasury. [Hand-written draft, signed by WSC].

1 folio
18 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/146

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on senior naval appointments: recommending that the 4th Sea Lord, Captain William Pakenham, be appointed to a Cruiser Squadron, and Commodore Cecil Lambert appointed in his place; also proposing that Admiral Sir Alfred Winsloe [Commander, China Station] be appointed Commander-in- Chief, Mediterranean from July 1914, with Sir [Archibald] Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] being appointed Commander-in-Chief at the Nore. [Hand-written, signed by WSC, with note by Maurice Bonham- Carter, Private Secretary to Asquith, giving Asquith's approval].

1 folio
30 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/147

Letter from John Norton-Griffiths [(Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, Canada)] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting on the naval situation in Canada. [copy of CHAR 13/20/76-78].

1 folio
24 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/20/148

Extract from speech by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] in the House of Commons on the shipbuilding programme, stating that the Admiralty had surpassed the 60 per cent standard of naval superiority over Germany. [See also CHAR 13/20/138].

1 folio
31 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/20/149

Letter from J L Garvin, [Editor] of the Pall Mall Gazette, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] asking for an advance copy of WSC's forthcoming speech; Garvin adds that he has suppressed various sensationalist articles on the navy.

1 folio
[Dec] [1913]
CHAR 13/20/150-151

Letter from Sir Richard M'Bride, Prime Minister of British Columbia [Canada] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Canadian contribution to the Royal Navy.

2 folios
19 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/20/152-153

Letter from [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Arthur Limpus [Naval Adviser to the Turkish Government], on Anglo-Turkish naval relations. WSC also criticises the style and presentation of Limpus's letters: stating that a flag officer writing to a member of the Admiralty Board on service matters should observe "proper seriousness and formality. Letters should be well written or typed on good paper, sentences should be complete and follow the regular English form ... Mere jottings of passing impressions hurriedly put together without sequence" were not good enough.

2 folios
10 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/20/154-155

Letter from J Norton Griffiths (Train en-route to Baku [Azerbaydzhan]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Anglo-German naval relations.

3 folios
[1913]
CHAR 13/20/156

Note [? by Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the extent of the grand naval manoeuvres and the advantages of extending them.

1 folio
[1913]