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CHAR 2/128 Public and political: correspondence and other papers relating to the proposed merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies.

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CHAR 2/128/1-2

Letter from John Cargill (Ard-na-Coille, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire, [Scotland]) to WSC stating the Burmah Oil Company's conditions for a merger of Burmah/Anglo-Persian with Royal Dutch/Shell and assuring WSC of his company's support should he pursue the merger on these conditions.

2 folios
07 Aug 1923
CHAR 2/128/3

Letter from Lord Southborough [earlier Sir Francis Hopwood] (Drummuir Castle, Keith, [Banffshire, Scotland]) to WSC expressing the belief that a parliamentary bill should not be necessary to allow the Government to sell its shares in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. Encloses CHAR 2/128/4.

1 folio
09 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/128/4

The Anglo-Persian Oil Company (Acquisition of Capital) Act. Sent with CHAR 2/128/3.

1 folio
10 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/128/5-10

Letter from Sir Robert Waley-Cohen (St Helens Court, Crosby Square, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) explaining how the merger of Burmah/Anglo-Persian with the Shell Group will secure oil supplies to Britain.

6 folios
14 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/128/11-16

Carbon copy of CHAR 2/128/5-10.

6 folios
14 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/128/17

Letter from Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame [later Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Lord Swinton] (Board of Trade) to WSC reporting that Neville Chamberlain has agreed that WSC should see Lord Inchcape [earlier Sir James Mackay], who is currently in Scotland.

1 folio
22 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/128/18

Letter from Robert Watson (Britannic House, 23 Great Winchester Street, London) to John Churchill (41 Cromwell Road, [London]) enclosing a cheque for 5000 pounds for WSC as arranged between WSC and Sir Robert Waley-Cohen.

1 folio
01 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/19

Letter from Lord Inchcape [earlier Sir James Mackay] (Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, [Scotland]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) saying he will be happy to see WSC when he (Inchcape) returns from Biarritz [France].

1 folio
01 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/20-21

Letter from Sir Robert Waley-Cohen (St Helens Court, Crosby Square, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) on the attitude of Lord Southborough [earlier Sir Francis Hopwood], Robert Watson and Sir Henri Deterding to the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian with the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies.

2 folios
04 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/22-23

Letter from Sir Robert Waley-Cohen (St Helens Court, Crosby Square, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) returning WSC's paper [on the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies; see CHAR 2/129] and also enclosing a relevant paper by the secretary of the Cambridge University Appointments Board [see CHAR 2/129/53-63].

2 folios
12 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/24-25

Letter from Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame [later Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Lord Swinton] (Board of Trade) to WSC on what the tax position would be following the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies.

2 folios
18 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/26

Envelope addressed to Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame [later Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Lord Swinton] (Board of Trade).

1 folio
[Oct] [1923]
CHAR 2/128/27

Note from [WSC] (2 Sussex Square) asking for approval for CHAR 2/128/29-35. Typescript.

1 folio
30 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/28

Envelope addressed to Leopold Amery.

1 folio
[Oct] [1923]
CHAR 2/128/29-35

Letter from WSC (2 Sussex Square) to Leopold Amery on how the stipulations of the current contract between the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and the Government with regard to supplies to the Admiralty could be met following the merger of Burmah/Anglo-Persian with Royal Dutch/Shell. Signed typescript. Carbon copy at CHAR 2/128/36-42.

7 folios
29 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/36-42

Carbon copy of CHAR 2/128/29-35.

7 folios
29 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/43

Letter from Leopold Amery (Admiralty) to WSC enclosing a list of questions [see CHAR 2/129/64-67] on WSC's proposals on oil supplies to the Admiralty following the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies.

1 folio
31 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/128/44-46

Letter from [WSC] to [Leopold Amery] arguing that the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies will give greater security to the Admiralty's oil supplies because it will put a much wider range of sources at its disposal. Unsigned typescript. Carbon copy at CHAR 2/128/47-49.

3 folios
[Nov] [1923]
CHAR 2/128/47-49

Carbon copy of CHAR 2/128/44-46.

3 folios
[Nov] [1923]
CHAR 2/128/50

Letter from Lord Southborough [later Sir Francis Hopwood] (17 Airlie Gardens, [London]) to WSC on whether or not the board of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company should pay a dividend to shareholders.

1 folio
02 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/128/51-52

Letter from Sir Robert Waley-Cohen (St Helens Court, [London]) to WSC arguing that the greater resources available after the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies will enable the Scottish oil industry to continue longer through bad trading conditions.

2 folios
02 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/128/53-57

Letter from WSC (Sutton Place, by Guildford, Surrey) to Sir Robert Waley-Cohen on the supply of oil to the Admiralty following the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies. Draft in WSC's hand.

5 folios
04 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/128/58

Letter from Sir Robert Waley Cohen (St Helens Court, Great St Helens, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) acknowledging that WSC has decided to re-enter public life and must therefore end his involvement in the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies.

1 folio
15 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/128/59-60

Letter from [WSC] arguing that the merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies would benefit the Burmah company, which, as a partner with the Government in the Anglo-Persian, has suffered from the failure of that company to secure a large number of alternative sources outside Persia. Carbon copy annotated by WSC.

2 folios
[Nov] [1923]
CHAR 2/128/61-86

Notes, some of them in WSC's hand, on the proposed merger of the Burmah/Anglo-Persian and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil companies.

26 folios
[1923]
CHAR 2/128/87

Compliments sheet from Sir Robert Waley Cohen (St Helens Court, Crosby Square, London).

1 folio
07 Nov 1923