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CHAR 2/177 Public and political: general correspondence.

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CHAR 2/177/1

Letter from Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] (29 Bury Street, St James's, [London]) to WSC informing that the "reject" from Stanley Baldwin's next Cabinet will be 4th Lord Salisbury, Austen Chamberlain, WSC, Sir Laming Worthington-Evans and [Lord Brentford, earlier Sir William Joynson Hicks]. Annotated by Beaverbrook: "from the horse's mouth or the donkey's".

1 folio
19 Jan 1931
CHAR 2/177/2

Letter from Stuart Atherley, literary editor of the London General Press (6 Bouverie Street, London) to WSC (Chartwell) enclosing and commenting on the version of Sidney Reilly's memoirs that is to be serialised [not present].

1 folio
02 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/3

Letter from [WSC] to Desmond Moreton stating that he has no objection to the publication of a letter from him [in Sidney Reilly's memoirs]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
05 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/4

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Stuart Atherley (London General Press, 6 Bouverie Street, London) thanking him for the manuscript of Sidney Reilly's memoirs which WSC hopes to read and return. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
05 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/5

Letter from Sir Vernon Kell (War Office) to WSC (Chartwell) returning the manuscript of Sidney Reilly's memoirs and asking him to ask [Stuart Atherley of the London General Press] to contact him about minor alterations which are desirable in the public interest.

1 folio
12 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/6

Letter from [WSC] to [Stuart Atherley] asking him to contact Sir Vernon Kell at the War Office about some minor amendments to Sidney Reilly's memoirs and raising no objection to the publication of a letter from him which is included in them. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
13 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/7

Letter from Stuart Atherley, literary editor of the London General Press (6 Bouverie Street, [London]) to WSC (Chartwell) noting that he does not object to the publication of a letter from him in Sidney Reilly's memoirs and stating that he is seeing Sir Vernon Kell about minor amendments to the memoirs.

1 folio
17 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/8

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Miss M Maxse (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) stating that WSC will consider the invitation to address a Conservative mass meeting in Halifax [Yorkshire] later on. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
18 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/9

Letter from Miss M Maxse (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to Violet Pearman (Chartwell) conveying an invitation to WSC to address a mass Conservative meeting in Halifax [Yorkshire].

1 folio
05 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/10

Letter from [Lord Glasgow] to WSC on arrangements for WSC's accommodation should he decide to address a meeting in Glasgow [Scotland] [on India].

1 folio
24 Feb [1931]
CHAR 2/177/11

Letter from Frank Morrish (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to WSC conveying an invitation to address the annual fete of the Swindon Conservative Association [Wiltshire].

1 folio
26 Feb [1931]
CHAR 2/177/12

Letter from [WSC] to Lord Glasgow promising to let him know if he decides to address a meeting in Glasgow [Scotland] on India. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
21 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/13

Letter from Lord Glasgow to WSC hoping that WSC will give a speech on India in Glasgow [Scotland] and offering his help if he does so.

1 folio
19 Feb [1931]
CHAR 2/177/14

Letter from O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business (Committee Office, House of Commons) to WSC conveying the Committee's request that he give evidence before them.

1 folio
02 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/15

Letter from Sir Patrick Gower (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to WSC enclosing a memorandum containing ammunition against the Government on its Russian policy [not present].

1 folio
03 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/16-17

Letter from Stephen Heald, secretary of the information department of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, St James's Square, London) to WSC (Chartwell) enclosing material relating to the Austro-German Union.

2 folios
26 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/18

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to the secretary of the Institute of International Affairs (St James's Square, [London]) asking on behalf of WSC for information on Austro-German union ('anschluss'). Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
26 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/19

Letter from Stephen Heald, secretary of the information department of the Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, St James's Square, [London]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/177/20-28 and promising further related material.

1 folio
28 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/20-28

Notes by the Royal Institute of International Affairs on political union between Austria and Germany ('Anschluss'). Sent with CHAR 2/177/19.

9 folios
[1931]
CHAR 2/177/29

Letter from [WSC] to Stephen Heald (The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, St James's Square, [London]) thanking him for the information he sent [on Austro-German political union]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
30 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/30

Letter from Stephen Heald, secretary of the information department of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, St James's Square, [London]) to WSC acknowledging the return of the information he sent on Austro-German political union and returning some papers which did not come from the Institute.

1 folio
31 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/31

Letter from Ivison Macadam, secretary of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, St James's Square, [London]) to [Violet Pearman] on WSC's [?membership application] form.

1 folio
10 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/32

Letter from Stuart Atherley, literary editor of the London Daily Press (6 Bouverie Street, London) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/177/33 and asking if he agrees to the "Evening Standard" publishing it with the memoirs of Sidney Reilly.

1 folio
14 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/33

Letter from Edward Marsh (Treasury Chambers) to the widow of Sidney Reilly stating that Reilly went to Russia on his own private affairs rather than at the request of any British official and that WSC cannot help her because Reilly reportedly died in Moscow after his arrest there. Copy sent with CHAR 2/177/32.

1 folio
1920s
CHAR 2/177/34

Letter from Miss M Maxse (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to Violet Pearman (Chartwell) asking for replies to invitations to WSC to speak at Bolsover Castle [Derbyshire] and Halifax [Yorkshire].

1 folio
15 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/35

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Stuart Atherley (London General Press, 6 Bouverie Street, London) asking on behalf of WSC for a copy of the letter from Sidney Reilly's widow to which CHAR 2/177/33 was the reply. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
16 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/36

Letter from Stuart Atherley (London General Press, 6 Bouverie Street, London) to WSC regretting that there is no copy of the letter from Sidney Reilly's widow to which CHAR 2/177/33 was the reply and assuming that the "Evening Standard" wish to publish the reply to illustrate Mrs Reilly's statement that the British government did not find itself in a position to take any action over the death of her husband.

1 folio
18 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/37

Letter from Percy Cohen (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to WSC enclosing some 1929 election cuttings [not present].

1 folio
20 Apr [1931]
CHAR 2/177/38

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Stuart Atherley (London General Press, 6 Bouverie Street, London) conveying WSC's acknowledgement of receipt of CHAR 2/177/36 and his belief that there is no reason why his letters should be published [to enable the widow of Sidney Reilly to illustrate the fact that the British government did not take action following the death of her husband]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
22 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/39

Letter from Leonard Reid, chairman of the London General Press (6 Bouverie Street, London) to WSC assuring him that those letters which WSC has deemed unsuitable for publication will not appear in the published memoirs of Sidney Reilly and inviting him to write a foreword to the memoirs when they are published in book form.

1 folio
24 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/40

Letter from Ivison Macadam, secretary of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, St James's Square, London) to WSC informing him that his name will be brought before the Institute's election committee and council at their next meeting.

1 folio
07 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/41

Letter from Percy Cohen (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, London) to [Violet Pearman] enclosing "Hints for Speakers" on the Representation of the People Bill and copies of related debates [not present].

1 folio
27 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/42-43

Notes by [Violet Pearman] to remind WSC about invitations to speak in Bolsover [Derbyshire] and Halifax [Yorkshire].

2 folios
[Apr] [1931]
CHAR 2/177/44

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to O C Williams (Committee Office, House of Commons) enclosing CHAR 2/177/45-47. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
07 Jun 1931
CHAR 2/177/45-47

Memorandum by [WSC to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business] proposing the formation of an "Economic Sub-Parliament". Annotated carbon typescript copy. Another copy at CHAR 2/177/48-50.

3 folios
05 Jun 1931
CHAR 2/177/48-50

Another copy of CHAR 2/177/45-47.

3 folios
05 Jun 1931
CHAR 2/177/51

Letter from O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business, to WSC asking for a preliminary statement of his evidence to the Committee.

1 folio
03 Jun 1931
CHAR 2/177/52

Letter from [WSC] to O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business asking if the Committee could meet a little earlier and promising to send his proposals for an Economic Sub-Parliament. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
18 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/53

Letter from O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business (House of Commons), to WSC asking whether it will not be possible for WSC to give further evidence to the Committee as it cannot meet on 1 June.

1 folio
15 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/54

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business (House of Commons), stating that WSC has an engagement on 8 June and would be ready to come before the Committee on 1 June instead. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
14 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/55

Letter from O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business (House of Commons), to WSC inviting him to give evidence to the Committee on the scheme of an "Industrial Parliament" on 8 June.

1 folio
12 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/56

Letter from O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business (House of Commons), to WSC asking him to send a preliminary statement of his proposal for an "Industrial Parliament".

1 folio
05 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/57

Letter from O C Williams, clerk to the Select Committee on Procedure on Public Business (Hotel Stucki, Mount Pelerin, Vevey, Switzerland) to WSC suggesting he give evidence before the Committee on 10 June.

1 folio
25 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/58-60

Telegram from Bernard Baruch (New York, [United States]) to WSC (Londonderry House, [London]) expressing admiration for Britain's courage "in her hours of trial".

3 folios
21 Sep 1931
CHAR 2/177/61

Telegram from Bernard Baruch (120 Broadway, New York, [United States]) to WSC: "think election will be alright will afford guarantee future stability." Typescript copy.

1 folio
12 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/177/62-63

Telegram from Bernard Baruch (New York, [United States]) to WSC on the damaging effect on national unity of editorials in Britain and the United States.

2 folios
09 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/177/64

Letter from Edward Marsh (Dominions Office) to Violet Pearman asking him to thank WSC for a copy of [? CHAR 2/177/65-69].

1 folio
04 Nov 1931
CHAR 2/177/65-69

Letter from Lewis Grant (61 Chiltern Court, Baker Street, [London]) to WSC attacking what he sees as the weakness of Sir Ronald Storrs as Governor of Cyprus, which has hampered his efforts to stamp out anti-British behaviour and impose discipline in the Turkish Lycee in Nicosia of which he is director, and explaining what must be done to restore British prestige.

5 folios
28 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/177/70

Letter from ? (EVCAF Office, Nicosia, [Cyprus]) to Lewis Grant commenting on the hot weather in Cyprus and the changing fashion in women's skirts and expressing shame for the way his countrymen behaved.

1 folio
06 Aug 1931
CHAR 2/177/71

Letter from ? (EVCAF Office, Nicosia, [Cyprus]) to Lewis Grant welcoming the news that Grant is returning to Cyprus and hoping that the present constitution of Cyprus can be amended.

1 folio
20 Aug 1931
CHAR 2/177/72-73

Letter from Cecil Aspinall-Oglander (42 Rutland Gate, [London]) to WSC asking to see him to discuss the fact that, although the Foreign Office have praised the final volume of his history of the Gallipoli campaign, which vindicates WSC, the Army Council believe that it would show the generals in a bad light and should not be published in its present form.

2 folios
23 Nov [1931]
CHAR 2/177/74-75

Letter from [WSC] to 1st Lord Hailsham [earlier Sir Douglas Hogg] reporting that the Army Council think that the final volume of Cecil Aspinall-Oglander's history of the Gallipoli campaign would show the generals in a bad light if it were published in its present form and asking him to ensure that the truth is not suppressed. Carbon typescript copy.

2 folios
26 Nov 1931
CHAR 2/177/76

Letter from [WSC] to Cecil Aspinall-Oglander reporting that he has written to 1st Lord Hailsham [earlier Sir Douglas Hogg] [on the desire of the Army Council that the final volume of Aspinall-Oglander's history of the Gallipoli campaign should not be published in its present form]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
26 Nov 1931
CHAR 2/177/77

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Cecil Aspinall-Oglander (42 Rutland Gate, [London]) enclosing a copy of CHAR 2/177/74-75. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
08 Dec 1931
CHAR 2/177/78

Letter from Edward Marsh (Dominions Office) to WSC reporting that Cecil Aspinall-Oglander is hurt that WSC did not send a fuller reply to his letter about the wish of the Army Council that the final volume of his history of the Gallipoli campaign should not be published in its present form and suggesting that, since Aspinall-Oglander is a great supporter of WSC's, he should write more fully to him.

1 folio
02 Dec [1931]
CHAR 2/177/79-80

Letter from Freddy, 2nd Lord Birkenhead, Charlton, Banbury to WSC, on biography of his father, F E Smith, 1st Lord Birkenhead.

2 folios
21 Sep 1931
CHAR 2/177/81

Letter from Gertrude, Lady Worthington-Evans, Doghurst, Limpsfield, Surrey to WSC, thanks for his tribute to her late husband, Sir Laming Worthington-Evans.

1 folio
[Feb] [1931]
CHAR 2/177/82

Letter from Shirley Worthington-Evans, Melbury Court, London to WSC, thanks for his tribute to her late father, Sir Laming Worthington-Evans.

1 folio
16 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/83-88

Letter from WSC to William Worthington-Evans, sending tribute to his father, Sir Laming Worthington-Evans, for publication in "The Times" [carbon].

6 folios
14 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/89

Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, Lowndes Street, London, to WSC, thanks for his advice to "stay out of the political arena".

6 folios
14 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/90-91

Letter from W Mackenzie King, Laurier House, Ottawa, Canada to WSC, thanks for gift of "My Early Life", and commenting on Canadian political affairs.

2 folios
07 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/177/92

Letter from the Marques de Merry de Val, Former Spanish Ambassador to Britain to WSC, on his "former Master", King Alfonso XIII of Spain, who had been deposed by the Republicans. He was "wonderful in his self-control, detachment, clear sightedness and patriotism. He wishes no obstacle to be put in the way of a Government which might easily be compelled to give ground to something far worse".

1 folio
26 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/177/93

Offprint from "The African World", guest list for a dinner for "Great Statesmen and Leaders of the fighting forces serving the Empire in the Great War", given by Sir Abe Bailey.

1 folio
03 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/177/94

Letter from Neville Butler, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ramsay Macdonald, stating that the Prime Minister would be delighted to accept a copy of the "Life of Lord Randolph Churchill" and the "World Crisis" for the Library at 10 Downing Street.

1 folio
22 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/95

Letter from Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister to WSC, stating that he had been trying to put together a Library at 10 Downing Street to remain a permanent part of the official equipment of the Cabinet Room. Stating that apart from a collection of Hansards and a few technical and annual volumes 10 Downing Street did not possess a single standard work of English Literature or book of reference". Asking if he would be willing to give one of his books to the Library [WSC offered "Lord Randolph Churchill" and the "World Crisis"].

1 folio
14 May 1931
CHAR 2/177/96

Letter from WSC to the Duke of Portland, thanks for enjoyable and interesting stay at Welbeck Abbey, and for brochure about St Simon [carbon].

1 folio
06 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/97-98

Letter from the Duke of Portland, Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Nottinghamshire to WSC, on WSC's stay at Welbeck, sending brochure about St Simon.

2 folios
02 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/177/99

Letter from Archie Sinclair [later Lord Thurso], Robin Hood farm, Kingston Vale, London, to WSC, sympathy on motor accident in New York. Also commenting on success of his speech on India "I wonder if you ever spoke better...", and on the progress of the National Government "Like a char a banc without brakes, we go tearing round awkward corners, but we cling patriotically to our seats. None of us has been flung out yet".

1 folio
16 Dec 1931
CHAR 2/177/100

Letter from [ ], Alloa House, Alloa to WSC, thanks for letter of sympathy on the death of "Jumbo".

1 folio
28 Feb 1931