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CHAR 2/169 Public and political: general correspondence.

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CHAR 2/169/1

Letter from [WSC] to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] asserting that Reith is obstructing him in his wish to broadcast on political issues and challenging Reith's claimed right to deal only with political parties rather than individuals. Typescript carbon copy.

1 folio
01 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/2

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] (Savoy Hill, London) to WSC (Chartwell) inviting him to take part in a broadcast on a subject such as "the Party System" or "co-operation between Capital and Labour".

1 folio
08 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/3-4

Letter from [WSC] to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) announcing his intention of bringing up in Parliament the retention of broadcasting as a political medium and suggesting that the Romanes Lecture he is to deliver in Oxford could be broadcast. Carbon typescript copy.

2 folios
14 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/5-8

Letter from [WSC] to Harold Cox ("Sunday Times", 186 Strand, London) responding to Cox's criticism of his record as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Carbon typescript copy.

4 folios
21 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/9

Letter from [WSC] to Captain Albert Larking (Early Closing Association) regretting that it would not be possible for him to get 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith] to take WSC's place when he leaves the Anniversary Meeting of the Association. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
25 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/10

Letter from Captain Albert Larking (Early Closing Association, 34-40 Ludgate Hill, London) to Patrick Buchan-Hepburn asking if WSC could get 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith] to replace him when he leaves the Anniversary Meeting of the Association.

1 folio
20 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/11

Letter from [Patrick Buchan-Hepburn] to Captain Albert Larking (Early Closing Association, 34-40 Ludgate Hill, London) asking him to send WSC full details about the Anniversary Meeting of the Association. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
09 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/12

Letter from Captain Albert Larking (Early Closing Association, 34-40 Ludgate Hill, London) to [Patrick Buchan Hepburn] (52 Onslow Gardens, Kensington, [London]) asking for a meeting with WSC.

1 folio
09 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/13

Letter from [WSC] to Thomas Loveday, vice chancellor of Bristol University, declining an invitation because he has too much parliamentary business. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
25 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/14

Letter from 7th Lord Stanhope (111 Eaton Square, London) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/169/15 and urging him to speak in Ashford [Kent] on behalf of Michael Knatchbull [later 5th Lord Brabourne].

1 folio
26 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/15

Letter from Michael Knatchbull [later 5th Lord Brabourne] (Mersham Le Hatch, Ashford, Kent) to [7th Lord Stanhope] asking him to ask WSC to address a rally in support of the Conservative campaign in the Ashford Division of Kent. Sent with CHAR 2/169/14.

1 folio
24 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/16

Letter from Michael Knatchbull [later 5th Lord Brabourne] (Mershal Le Hatch, Ashford, Kent) to WSC asking when he would be able to address a Conservative rally in the Ashford Division of Kent.

1 folio
07 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/17

Letter from Victor Cazalet (66 Grosvenor Street, London) to WSC asking him to consider addressing a meeting at Bowood, Wiltshire.

1 folio
11 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/18

Letter from 1st Lord Wraxall [earlier George Gibbs] (81 Eaton Square, [London]) to WSC asking him to speak at a rally at Badminton [Gloucestershire] on behalf of Derrick Gunston, the MP for the Thornbury Division.

1 folio
14 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/19

Letter from Victor Cazalet (66 Grosvenor Square, London) to WSC reporting that the fete at Badminton [Gloucestershire] is off and asking whether he will speak at a rally at Bowood [Wiltshire].

1 folio
25 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/20

Letter from Patrick Buchan Hepburn (71 St Stephen's House, Westminster, [London]) to Lord Erskine on the award of honorary degrees at Bristol University. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
26 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/21

Letter from Thomas Loveday (Bristol University) to WSC on the procedure for the award of honorary degrees at the University.

1 folio
17 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/22

Letter from Derrick Gunston [MP for the Thornbury Division of Gloucestershire] (House of Commons) to WSC thanking him for agreeing to speak on his behalf at Badminton [Gloucestershire], describing the political support he has received from the 10th Duke of Beaufort and complaining that the holding of his seat is made more difficult by Bristol "dumping her slum population into my constituency".

1 folio
05 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/23

Letter from the 10th Duke of Beaufort (Badminton, Gloucestershire) to WSC offering hospitality when he visits Badminton to address a Conservative demonstration.

1 folio
10 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/24

Letter from F C Thomson (Scottish Unionist Whip's Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to WSC inviting him to address an open air meeting in the west of Scotland.

1 folio
20 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/25

Letter from Albert Edmondson [later Lord Sandford] (House of Commons) to WSC asking him to speak at a Conservative fete in the Banbury Division of Oxfordshire to rival a Liberal fete on the same day being addressed by Walter Runciman [later Lord Runciman].

1 folio
20 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/26

Letter from [Patrick Buchan Hepburn] to C J Hayman (St George's House, West Central School, Bath [Somerset]) conveying a message about the future of the Empire to the house and the school in general. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
11 Apr 1930
CHAR 2/169/27

Message from WSC [to West Central School, Bath, Somerset] about the future of the Empire. Draft in the hand of Patrick Buchan Hepburn.

1 folio
[Apr] [1930]
CHAR 2/169/28

Note to Patrick Buchan Hepburn referring to CHAR 2/169/30.

1 folio
[Apr] [1930]
CHAR 2/169/29

Letter from Patrick Buchan Hepburn (7 St Stephen's House, Westminster, [London]) to C J Hayman (West Central School, Bath, [Somerset]) indicating WSC's willingness to send a message to the members of the school's St George's House. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
25 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/30

Letter from C J Hayman (West Central School, Bath, [Somerset]) to WSC asking him to send a patriotic message of greeting for the captain of St George's House to read to the whole school.

1 folio
18 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/31

Letter from F C Thomson (Scottish Unionist Whip's Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to WSC asking him to address an open air meeting near the south end of Loch Lomond in Dumbartonshire [Scotland].

1 folio
16 Apr 1930
CHAR 2/169/32

Letter from Cuthbert Headlam (Holywell, Durham) to WSC urging him to send a subscription to the anti-Socialist Durham and Northumberland Miners' Non-Political Union.

1 folio
26 May 1930
CHAR 2/169/33-34

Letter from Brigadier-General Christopher Baker-Carr (6 Nevern Road, [London]) to WSC stressing the importance of the Madden Gun (light automatic machine gun) and the difficulty of getting the military authorities and leading members of the government to see this.

1 folio
29 May [1930]
CHAR 2/169/35

Letter from John Scott Allen (Council Offices, the University, Edinburgh, [Scotland]) to WSC on the appointment of Lord Salveson as WSC's assessor and the date of WSC's rectorial address.

1 folio
30 May 1930
CHAR 2/169/36

Letter from Antonius Valentin (Berlin, [Germany]) to Robert Boothby [later Lord Boothby] on the date for WSC's address in the Reichstag.

1 folio
03 Jun 1930
CHAR 2/169/37-39

Letter from Donald Fergusson (Treasury Chambers) to WSC advising him on how he could reply [to an article in "John Bull"] criticising the Government's provision for private claimants against Germany for war damages.

3 folios
14 Aug 1930
CHAR 2/169/40

Letter from [WSC] to the editor of "John Bull" refuting the asserting that the decision to set aside five million pounds for private claimants for war damages was made by him. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
17 Aug 1930
CHAR 2/169/41

Letter from Stuart Atherley (London General Press, 6 Bouverie Street, London) to WSC enclosing a photograph of a document once belonging to Captain Sidney Reilly of the British Intelligence Service [not present] and asking for advice on whether it should appear in Reilly's published memoirs.

1 folio
30 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/42

Copy of a letter from WSC to Major Desmond Morton asking for advice as he has heard that [Captain Sidney] Reilly's memoirs may be published and that they may contain "some indiscreet stuff." Unsigned carbon.

1 folio
31 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/43

Letter from Desmond Morton (3 Beaufort Gardens [London]) to WSC thanking him for informing him that [Captain Sidney] Reilly's memoirs may be published. He suggests that WSC should write to Stuart Atherley asking to see a copy of the manuscript before it is published and discusses the possibility of using the Official Secrets Act ("but an unscrupulous publisher with legal advice can, I fear, drive a coach and horses through that"). He expresses regret that he had not been able to visit Chartwell for dinner. Signed typescript with manuscript additions.

1 folio
03 Nov 1930
CHAR 2/169/44

Letter from Desmond Morton (3 Beaufort Gardens [London]) to WSC [discussing the publication of Captain Sidney Reilly's memoirs]. He reports that the London General Press is a "hole and corner establishment" and that "no one reputable" has heard of Stuart Atherley; recommends that WSC should write to Stuart Atherley to see a copy of the manuscript; and expresses concern at the possibility that Atherley may posses secret information. Signed typescript with manuscript additions.

1 folio
04 Nov 1930
CHAR 2/169/45

Letter to [Stuart Atherley] indicating WSC's willingness to see a copy of the manuscript [of Captain Sidney Reilly's memoirs]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
05 Nov 1930
CHAR 2/169/46

List of proposed [Conservative] meetings at various venues in the summer or early autumn.

1 folio
[1930]
CHAR 2/169/47

Reminders to write various letters.

1 folio
[1930]
CHAR 2/169/48

Cataloguer's note to add CHAR 2/169/49-94 to this file.

1 folio
c 1987
CHAR 2/169/49

Letter from Edith van Antwerp (Burlingame, California, [United States]) to WSC thanking him for sending her his painting box and commenting on the exceptionally dry weather in California and the prediction of an imminent earthquake there.

1 folio
01 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/50

Letter from Lord Trenchard [earlier Sir Hugh Trenchard] (Dancers Hill House, Barnet, Hertfordshire) to WSC recalling that he did not want the job [of Chief of the Air Staff] but that WSC's support ensured its success.

1 folio
03 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/169/51

Letter from ["Daffy" Dugdale] (Fisher's Hill, Woking, [Surrey] to WSC pointing out an error in the latest instalment of "Crucial Crises".

1 folio
28 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/52

Letter from "Daffy" Dugdale (Fisher's Hill, Woking, [Surrey]) to WSC on the strong wish of [1st Lord Balfour, earlier Arthur Balfour] to see WSC's "If" essay and on Balfour's health.

1 folio
28 Feb [1930]
CHAR 2/169/53-54

Letter from Frances Horner (Port Lympne, [Kent]) to WSC praising ["My Early Life"] and mentioning Venetia Montagu [earlier Venetia Stanley] and Osbert Sitwell.

2 folios
09 Sep [1930]
CHAR 2/169/55-56

Letter from [WSC] to 1st Lord Balfour [earlier Arthur Balfour] (Fishers Hill, Woking, [Surrey]) promising to send him his articles on the battles of Tannenberg and the Marne, noting the failure of the bid by Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] and Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] to dominate the political scene, and reporting that he has been informally told that a strong speech by him on naval policy would be welcome to the Government and he is therefore going to give one to the Navy League. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
22 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/57

Letter from [WSC] to 1st Lord Balfour [earlier Arthur Balfour] (Fishers Hill, Woking, Surrey) sending two articles about the battle of Tannenberg [not present], promising a further two about the battle of the Marne, and expressing delight at Balfour's better health. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
16 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/58-59

Letter from 1st Lord Beatty [earlier Sir David Beatty] (The Priory, Reigate, Surrey) to WSC expressing concern about the naval situation and the "shameful" bargain recently arrived at by the Government, and asking to meet WSC to discuss the means of co-ordinating the efforts of those who wish to remove the public apathy on the issue.

2 folios
03 Jun 1930
CHAR 2/169/60

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square, [London]) thanking him for praising his speech [on India and Egypt], mentioning that it ended with "a thrilling peroration about the Empire", that Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] is "running amok" but has split from "Max" [Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken] and asking for news about Sherwood's. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
17 Sep 1930
CHAR 2/169/61

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square, [London]) to WSC praising his speech [on India and Egypt] but asserting that it was not quite strong enough on Imperial policy, that the people are yearning for strong leadership, that India is not against Britain, that successive repudiation of debts by various countries will lead to financial anarchy and the need for a strong leader, and that the next few years could see the English-speaking races combine.

1 folio
16 Sep 1930
CHAR 2/169/62

Letter from [WSC] to [Sir Abe Bailey] expressing no confidence in a policy of "trust Irwin and tax food", asserting that India could become the most important issue in British politics and commenting on the Bromley by election [Kent]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
27 Aug 1930
CHAR 2/169/63

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (Serlby Hall, Bawtry, Yorkshire) to WSC disagreeing with him over India, describing Mahatma Gandhi as "a wonder", and expressing trust in Lord Irwin [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Halifax].

1 folio
25 Aug 1930
CHAR 2/169/64

Letter from [WSC] to [Sir Abe Bailey] on the pictures of statesmen [which Bailey gave to the National Portrait Gallery] and WSC's intention to persist with his views on India, despite the abuse he is receiving for his latest speech. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
19 Dec 1930
CHAR 2/169/65

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (Muizenberg, [South Africa]) to WSC on his plan to hold a dinner for the surviving statesmen (including WSC) who appear in pictures Bailey gave to the National Portrait Gallery. Comments that "the world is in an awful mess.".

1 folio
23 Nov 1930
CHAR 2/169/66

Letter from A M Chaffey (The May Fair Hotel, Berkeley Square, London) to WSC describing his convalescence, praising ["My Early Life"] and inviting him to California.

1 folio
12 May 1930
CHAR 2/169/67-69

Letter from Admiral Sir Roger Keyes [later Lord Keyes] (Admiralty House, Portsmouth, [Hampshire]) to WSC recalling a talk he had with Vice-Admiral Paul Guepratte at the time of the Dardanelles campaign.

3 folios
13 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/70

Letter from [WSC] to Admiral Sir Roger Keyes [later Lord Keyes] (Admiralty House, Portsmouth, [Hampshire]) enclosing CHAR 2/169/71 and CHAR 2/169/72-74. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
09 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/71

Letter from [WSC] to Vice-Admiral Paul Guepratte (5 Rue de Neptune, Brest, Finisterre [France]) agreeing with his praise of Vice-Admiral John de Robeck and praising the French naval squadron which fought in the Dardanelles campaign. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
09 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/72-74

Letter in French from Vice-Admiral Paul Guepratte (5 Rue de Neptune, Brest, Finisterre, [France]) to WSC thanking him for his reply to Guepratte's letter criticising his article on the Dardanelles campaign [see CHAR 2/169/76-77 and 79-82] and regretting the vehemence of his first letter.

3 folios
06 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/75

Envelope which contained CHAR 2/169/72-74.

1 folio
Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/76-77

Letter from [WSC] to Vice-Admiral Paul Guepratte (5 Rue de Neptune, Brest, Finisterre, [France]) responding to his critical letter [see CHAR 2/169/79-82] by inviting him to read volume two of "The World Crisis" for the full story of the naval attack on the Dardanelles and asserting that the telegram sent by Vice-Admiral John de Robeck on 10 May 1915 invited a negative answer to the question of renewing the naval attack on the straits. Carbon typescript copy.

2 folios
24 Sep 1930
CHAR 2/169/78

Letter from [WSC] to Admiral Sir Roger Keyes [later Lord Keyes] enclosing CHAR 2/169/76-77 and 79-82. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
24 Sep 1930
CHAR 2/169/79-82

Letter in French from Vice-Admiral Paul Guepratte (5 Rue de Neptune, Brest, Finisterre, [France]) to WSC criticising a recent article by WSC on the Dardanelles campaign in which WSC asserted that the telegram sent by Vice-Admiral John de Robeck on 10 May 1915 invited a negative answer to the question of renewing the naval attack on the straits.

4 folios
17 Sep 1930
CHAR 2/169/83

Letter from Sir Laming Worthington-Evans (6 Eaton Place, [London]) to WSC urging him not to leave [the Conservative Party] over Protection and food taxes (which are "unavoidable") and praising "My Early Life".

1 folio
27 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/84

Letter from 17th Lord Derby (Knowsley, Prescot, Lancashire) to WSC thanking him for sending a copy of ["My Early Life"] and expressing despair about the state of the Conservative Party: "if only we were united we should sweep the country.".

1 folio
23 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/85

Letter from Christabel Pankhurst (The Lafayette, Buffalo, New York, [United States]) to WSC offering to arrange for Kathleen Pepper to deliver Pankhurst's book to WSC, thanking him for his reference to the help she gave at Coventry and expressing the wish to be of service to the country "at this time of stress and difficulty.".

1 folio
27 Oct 1930
CHAR 2/169/86-87

Letter from [WSC] (113 Eaton Square, [London]) to Aileen, Lady Roberts on the attitude of 1st Lord Roberts [earlier Sir Frederick Roberts] to the sending of the British Expeditionary Force to Antwerp [Belgium]. Carbon typescript copy.

2 folios
19 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/88

Letter from Aileen, Lady Roberts (Englemere, Ascot, [Berkshire]) to WSC asking if she can use WSC's letter [CHAR 2/169/86-87] to refute the assertion by Basil Liddell Hart that 1st Lord Roberts [earlier Sir Frederick Roberts] strongly advocated the sending of the British Expeditionary Force to Antwerp [Belgium] in August 1914.

1 folio
21 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/89-90

Letter from Aileen, Lady Roberts (Englemere Club, Ascot, [Berkshire]) to WSC asking whether he can confirm her belief that, contrary to the assertion by Basil Liddell Hart, 1st Lord Roberts did not strongly advocate the sending of the British Expeditionary Force to Antwerp [Belgium] in August 1914.

2 folios
15 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/169/91

Letter from Lord Southborough [earlier Sir Francis Hopwood] (12 Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill, [London]) to WSC noting that 1st Lord Inchcape [earlier Sir James Mackay] has "fixed matters up" with WSC and praising "My Early Life".

1 folio
08 Nov 1930
CHAR 2/169/92

Letter from Jan Smuts (House of Assembly, Cape Town, [South Africa]) to WSC commenting on the unsettled state of British politics, noting the support for David Lloyd George in Conservative circles, and arguing that the British Empire is not holding its own "in the industrial war which is going to settle our fate".

1 folio
21 Feb 1930
CHAR 2/169/93-94

Letter from J A Spender (Chantry Place, Marden, Kent) to WSC recalling the attitude of various members of the Cabinet to Britain entering the war in defence of Belgium.

2 folios
16 Aug 1930