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CHAR 13/52 Admiralty - First Lord's Correspondence.

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CHAR 13/52/1

Letter from Mary Caroline, Lady Lovelace (Ockham Park, Woking) to Edward Marsh, thanks for letter.

1 folio
02 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/2-6

Letter from Lord Lucas, Board of Agriculture and Fisheries to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, enclosing copy of letter from Lord Northbourne, on the use of troops to help with the harvest, with note by the Adjutant-General Royal Marines, Gen Sir William Nicholls stating that this was permitted under King's regulations.

5 folios
03 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/7

Letter from E P Bell (London Office, Chicago Daily News) to WSC, asking for an interview.

1 folio
03 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/8-10

Letter from Sir Clifford Cory MP, (Mount St., London) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, enclosing copy of letter from R Harry of Mousehole, Cornwall. representing 6 of the 12 men employed by the Admiralty as Coast Watchers from Mousehole to Lands End at the rate of 24s a week, supporting their claim for an additional 4s a week ti cover the expense of living away from homwe.

3 folios
04 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/11

Letter from Edward Marsh, Admiralty to E P Bell, London Correspondent, Chicago Daily News, regretting that WSC did not wish to give an interview [handwritten copy].

1 folio
04 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/12

Letter from Edward Wallington, PS to Queen Mary to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, on the Queen's wish to send games and playing cards for wounded officers at Marseilles, asking if the Admiralty could arrange for the parcel to be delivered.

1 folio
05 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/13

Letter from B Scruby to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on his suggestion for the establishment of a Government Department for encouraging inventors.

1 folio
05 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/14-15

Letter from John Stewart to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty on the possibility of obtaining a commission as Paymaster, RNR.

2 folios
06 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/16-17

Letter from F W Byfield, Headmaster, The Gordon School, Eltham, London, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on collection by boys of the school, which they wished to donate to a naval cause, with Admiralty note suggesting the Minssweepers' Fund.

2 folios
04 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/18-20

Letter from S A Edwards &Co. Ltd., Steel. Iron &Metal Agents, Birmingham, to the Admiralty, objecting to Government decision to prohibit the export of coal to foreign countries except British Polonies, Protectorates and Allies, with note by Leverton Harris, Admiralty.

4 folios
07 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/21-22

Letter from Sidney Wolton, Drayton Gardens, London, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the need for ships to be provided with Edison accumulatoes, to provide a back-up power supply, citing the case of the "Leon Gambetta", which could not use its wireless when attacked as her dynamos were destroyed.

1 folio
06 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/23

Letter from Solomon Solomon, Hyde Park Gate, London to WSCm, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the arming of merchant ships.

1 folio
07 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/24

Letter from R W Vining (Florence Road, Ealing, London) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on his scheme to enable British submarines to "deal effectively with the Germans".

1 folio
08 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/25

Letter from Thomas Clarke, Purley, Surrey to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking for interview to discuss his ideas to combat destructive effect of enemy torpedoes.

1 folio
08 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/26-27

Letter from Canon Ernest Fardell, Wreningham Rectory, Norwich, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the expenses of shipping the gear of his son, Lieut K M Fardell RN from the China Station to Britain at the outbreak of war, with Admiralty note stating that the expenses would be met.

2 folios
07 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/28-30

Letter from C H Kenerdine to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, invitation to become President of Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital, for Soldiers and Sailors who have lost their limbs in the War, with explanatory note by Edward Marsh, [annotated "yes" by WSC].

3 folios
08 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/31-32

Letter from 2nd Lord Londesborough, Scarborough, Yorks, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, stating that he had been approached by the fishing industry of Scarborough and the East Coast of Yorkshire on the protection of the fishing fleet.

2 folios
08 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/33

Telegram from Hope to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty.

1 folio
09 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/34-36

Letter from Thomas Cook, Ferguslie Park, Paisley, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on plan to attack ememy submarine, with Admiralty note stating that the proposed measures were already in force.

2 folios
09 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/37

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to ?, on the signing of Anglo-Italian Naval convention.

1 folio
10 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/38

Letter from Mary Rogerson, Mount Oswald, Durham, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the treatment of her son, a prisoner of war in Germany.

1 folio
11 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/39-45

Letter from Ivor Phillips, 38th Welsh Division, Colwyn Bay, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on application of Harry Kneller Payne for a commission in the RNVR.

7 folios
11 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/46-47

Letter from Captain Neston Diggle, Royal Naval Hospital, Bighi, Malta, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, account of landing at Fort Sidd-el-Bahr, in the Dardanelles, at which he was wounded and 50% of is men killed.

2 folios
12 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/48

Letter from Lord Kitchener, War Office to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking him to amend statement, "as I do not like stating that troops will move until they actually start".

1 folio
12 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/49-51

Telegram from WSC to Vice Admiral John de Robeck, Naval C. in C., Dardanelles, on naval and troop movements [handwritten copy, initialled by WSC].

3 folios
12 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/52-53

Letter from Donald Macmaster MP to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on scheme for detecting submarines by sound, with Admiralty note stating that a device was already fitted to all large ships.

2 folios
11 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/54

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the French Minister of Marine, on the Dardanelles [handwritten copy, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
13 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/55

Telegram from French Minister of Marine to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on telegram ro Admiral Guepratte from the Mediterranean.

1 folio
13 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/56-57

Telegram from Sir Seymour Fortescue, Official Press Bureau, Whitehall, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, offering to take despatches to the Dardanelles, with note from Edward Marsh stating that it would be easy to arrange for Fortescue to take a bag to Malta, but the question of whether the messenger went on to the Dardanelles was left to the Admiral, annotated by WSC asking if it could be arranged.

2 folios
13 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/58

Letter from Sir John Simon MP to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, sending letter from an old school friend about a boy who was keen to get into the Navy but who had failed at Osborne.

1 folio
14 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/59-60

Letter from Captain Oliver Backhouse, 2nd Naval Brigade, Blandford, to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, recommendation for Lt-Cdr W M Smail, (a Dundee merchant of much wealth and influence, who helped WS at the last election) who wished for a job at sea.

2 folios
May 1915
CHAR 13/52/61

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, on statement by Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord, that he had been against the Dardanelles all along. Stating that Fisher had agreed in writing to every executive telegram, and that he was "attached to the old boy" but that there would probably come a time them the Admiral and General on the spot would wish to run a risk with the fleet for a "great and decisive action", stating that if he agreed he would sanction it, and that he was not prepared to be paralysed by the veto of a friend, who whatever the result would say "I was always against the Dardanelles".

1 folio
14 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/62-64

Admiralty correspondence on unnamed applicant for a commission.

3 folios
May 1915
CHAR 13/52/65-67

Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, C. in C., Grand Fleet to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the use of destroyers to hunt submarines, with note from Admiral Sir arthur Wilson, stating that the matter of hunting submarines was best left to the C. in C.

3 folios
15 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/68

Letter from Basil Blackburn, PS to Lord Wimborne to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, thanks for memoramdu, asking if Wimborne could read it as a message from the Admiralty.

1 folio
15 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/69-72

Letter from Transport Department, Admiralty, to Edward Marsh, PS to First Lord, on [ ] Payne, an applicant for commission as Assistant Paymaster, RNVR.

4 folios
17 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/73

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, on Cabinet reshuffle, stating that David Lloyd George would "not do" for the War Office, recommending Arthur Balfour , with LLG doing Munitions as well as the Treasury. Also stating that if Asquith felt it necessary to make a change at the Admiralty, he would only serve in a military department, and if that was not convenient he would wish for employment in the field. Stating that he was strongly in favour of a National Government, and that he would be sorry to leave the Admiralty, "where I have borne the brunt but shd always rely on you to vindicate my work here" [handwritten copy].

1 folio
17 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/74

Admiralty minute on applicant for Naval cadetship.

1 folio
17 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/75-76

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Herbert Asquith , Prime Minister, on his possible departure from the Admiralty, stating that above all, he would like to remain there, but if the Colonial Office was to be offered "I shd not be right to refuse it", as there would be difficulties if he held military command, and "for me to leave now altogether unless you wish it wd be to throw unmerited discredit upon the work I have done here" [handwritten copy, with typed transcript].

2 folios
18 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/77

Letter from C F Madeley, PS to Lord Dunraven, to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, asking for letters of introduction from WSC to the Commanders in Chief at Gibraltar and Malta, also stating that Dunraven was very keen to obtain a "duffle coat" as supplied to naval officers.

1 folio
18 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/78

Letter from H Maitland Kersey, Allen Line Steamship Co. to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, asking when the troopship "Cameronia" was due, as he was anxious to meet Sir Montagu Allen, a passenger on board, stating that he had spent the previous week in Dublin taking care of Lady Allen, and looking for his two daughters, who had been drowned in the Lusitania disaster.

1 folio
18 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/79

Telegram from WSC to John S Churchill, on Lord Fisher's resignation as 1st Sea Lord, largely on Dardanelles questions, and his own departure from the Admiralty, stating that ther two friends (Vice Admiral John de Robeck and Gen Sir Ian Hamilton) would be supported and should not be disheartened [handwritten copy].

1 folio
May 1915
CHAR 13/52/80

Letter from C F Madeley, PS to Lord Dunraven to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, stating that if WSC was too busy to sign letters of introduction. perhaps the Naval Secretary would do so.

1 folio
19 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/81

Letter from Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister to WSC, stating that he would not be able to remain at the Admiralty, that he hoped to retain his services as a member of the new Cabinet, but that he could not yet make a definite offer of any particular post.

1 folio
20 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/82

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, stating that Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson was prepared to serve as 1st Sea Lord under him, but no -one else, describing this as "the greatest compliment I have ever been paid", reporting that the three Sea Lords were also prepared to serve under him, and that they took a very serious view of Lord Fisher deserting his post as 1st Sea Lord [handwritten copy].

1 folio
20 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/83-86

Letter from WSC to Andrew Bonar Law, Leader of the Opposition, justifying his position as First Lord of the Admiralty, and asking for Conservative support for him staying on in the Coalition Government.

4 folios
21 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/87

Letter from WSC to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, sympathy on his troubles, expressing willingness to accept any office "the lowest if you like" [handwritten copy "from memory"].

1 folio
21 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/88

Letter from WSC to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, accepting decision that he should leave the Admiralty "I will not look back", stating that he had tried without success to persuade Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson to serve as 1st Sea Lord under Arthur Balfour, recommending Admiral Sir Henry Jackson for the post. Thanking Asquith for his kindness "Count on me absolutely - if I am of any use. If not, some employment in the field".

1 folio
21 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/89

Letter from Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister to WSC, on his departure as First Lord of the Admiralty, "I know that you will ply a stout and labouring oar, whatever seat in the boat may be assigned to you".

1 folio
21 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/90-91

Letter from Horatio Bottomley, "John Bull" to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, enclosing letter from Arthur Foulkes-Jones, who wished to obtain a commission in the machine gun motorcycle section of the Royal Naval Air Service.

2 folios
18 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/92-98

Letter from Sir John Somers Vine to Edward Marsh, enclosing letter from Einar Benediktson, on pasage from Scotland to Denmark.

8 folios
22 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/99-103

Letter from Sir John Somers Vine to Edward Marsh, enclosing letter from Einar Benediktson, on pasage from Scotland to Denmark.

4 folios
22 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/104

Telegram from WSC to John S Churchill, on his departure from the Admiralty, reporting that he had accepted post of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with a seat in the Cabinet and War Council, enabling him to "watch over the Dardanelles....Although I am down the policy goes on and will be well supported" [handwritten copy, initialled by WSC].

4 folios
23 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/105-108

Letter from Sir Clifford Cory MP to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, enclosing letter from Hosken, Trevithick, Polkinhorn &Co's biscuit factory at Hayle.

4 folios
18 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/109

Telegram from WSC to John S Churchill, on the Dardanelles [handwritten copy initialled by WSC].

1 folio
23 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/110

Letter from WSC to Arthur Balfour, his successor as First Lord of the Admiralty, stating that he was leaving him with one task of great difficulty, the protection of the Dardanelles Fleet against submarine attack, also wishing hin success in his new appointment [handwritten copy, signed by WSC].

1 folio
26 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/111

Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Lord Milford Haven) to WSC, expressing sympathy at his departure from the Admiralty.

1 folio
26 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/112

Telegram from WSC to Vice Admiral Jon de Robeck on his departure from the Admiralty [handwritten copy, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
26 May 1915
CHAR 13/52/113

Letter from Lt-Col Reginald Barnes to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, on possible job in France, stating that he understood French perfectly and if there was a reasonable chance of the job he would "begin to make himself more fluent".

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 13/52/114

Letter from Filson Young to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on interview with Lord Fisher.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 13/52/115

Letter from an unidentified correspondent (United Services Club, London) to Captain [Charles de] Bartolome introducing Colonel Cooke-Collis. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[May 1915]
CHAR 13/52/116

Draft letter from WSC (Admiralty) to an unidentified correspondent on: the deployment of ships to join Rear-Admiral [Sir Christopher] Cradock's flagship; information about the [German cruisers] Scharnhorst and Gneisenau being joined by other ships on the west coast of South America; and expressing support for Cradock's decision to attack the enemy "with his fast ships alone." Manuscript in the hand of [Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC] with handwritten corrections and amendments by WSC.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 13/52/117

Letter from ?Wilbaring to WSC enquiring about the possibility of employment for Gaston Nothmann, a Brazilian. Signed typescript annotated in red by WSC "We cannot buy a pig in a poke - He must come on the chance." Top of first page of letter has been ripped off.

1 folio
[May 1915]