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CHAR 2/236/1

Covering note for "Short American Articles - Original Copy".

1 folio
[Jun] 1935
CHAR 2/236/2

Newspaper cutting from the New York Herald-Tribune, "Today and Tomorrow: the NRA and After", by Walter Lippman, on the United States National Recovery Administration.

1 folio
29 May 1935
CHAR 2/236/3-4

Letter from Bernard Baruch (597 Madison Avenue, New York [United States]) to WSC, enclosing notes on the New Deal [see CHAR 2/235/5 and CHAR 2/236/6-10] and commenting on the world-wide trend towards greater distribution of wealth, as in the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe. Annotated "In article box - new American articles".

2 folios
12 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/5

Letter from an unknown correspondent to Bernard Baruch, enclosing notes on the New Deal [see CHAR 2/236/6-10] in reply to correspondence relating to an article by WSC on the New Deal. [Covering letter CHAR 2/236/3-4]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
06 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/6-10

Notes on the United States New Deal and National Recovery Administration, in reply to correspondence relating to an article by WSC on the New Deal. [Covering letters CHAR 2/236/3-4 and CHAR 2/236/5]. Unsigned.

5 folios
[06] Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/11-14

Letter from "Bernie" [Bernard Baruch] (Georgetown, South Carolina [United States]) to WSC, on industrial mobilization, price freezing, and prevention of profiteering in case of war. Annotated "Material for American book".

4 folios
12 May 1935
CHAR 2/236/15

Letter from WSC to Rene Leon, thanking him for memoranda which Leon had forwarded to him. Annotated "Material for American book". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
24 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/236/16

Letter from Rene Leon (40 Wall Street, New York [United States]) to WSC, enclosing 2 memoranda on Britain and the United States, and the influence of silver and the yen on the American economy [see CHAR 2/236/17 and CHAR 2/236/18-19].

1 folio
10 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/236/17

Memorandum by Rene Leon on "Britain and the United States: The Urgency of Conciliating Their Opposed Monetary Concepts". [Covering letter CHAR 2/236/16].

1 folio
[Mar] 1935
CHAR 2/236/18-19

Memorandum by Rene Leon (40 Wall Street, New York [United States]) on "Silver and the Yen: Their Influence on the American Economy". [Covering letter CHAR 2/236/16].

2 folios
02 Jun 1934
CHAR 2/236/20

Complementary card from Robert Boothby (Chase, Henderson and Tennant, 56-60 New Broad Street [London]) to WSC, [enclosing a letter and memorandum on the United States, see CHAR 2/236/21 and CHAR 2/136/22].

1 folio
[28] [Jun] 1935
CHAR 2/236/21

Letter from Chase, Henderson and Tennant Stock and Share Brokers (56-60 New Broad Street, London) to WSC, enclosing a memorandum by their partner Robert Boothby, [on the United States, see CHAR 2/236/22]. Annotated "Material for American book?". [Covering card CHAR 2/236/20].

1 folio
28 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/22

Memorandum by Robert Boothby (Chase, Henderson and Tennant, 56-60 New Broad Street, London) on politics and economics in the United States. Printed. [Covering letters CHAR 2/236/20 and CHAR 2/236/21].

1 folio
Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/23

Letter from WSC to R Geoghegan [retired Treasurer, North West Hampshire Conservative Association] explaining that he is already interesting himself in the matter [of Conservative Head Office trying to put their own candidate for the seat of Basingstoke in ahead of the Association's candidate, Patrick Donner]. He adds that he thinks they should support Donner and "prevent the definite decision of the Selection Committee being overridden in this improper manner". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
01 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/24

Letter from WSC to Sir James Crichton-Browne, thanking him for having a book on aviation sent to him. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
03 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/25-26

Letter from WSC to Edward Fitzroy [Speaker of the House of Commons], explaining that he wants to have a debate in Parliament on the work of the Committee of Imperial Defence's sub-committee on defence against attack from the air, to emphasize the importance of the subject. Unsigned copy.

2 folios
04 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/27-28

Letter from John Morgan [ex-Counsel to the India Defence League, and Counsel to the Indian Chamber of Princes] (Priory Cottage, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire) to WSC, on a letter which he wrote to Lord Wolmer [later 3rd Lord Selborne], which has been passed on to WSC, about the arbitrary attitude taken up by the India Office regarding amendments to the India Bill on the position of the Indian Princes. The letter was only intended for circulation to certain members of the India Defence League, and Morgan would like it to be shown to Lord Carson. Morgan also asks WSC to write an introduction for his book "Germany in Arms" which is soon to be published, based on his article about the German avoidance of disarmament, and on an address about the de-militarization of the Rhineland; he encloses a leaflet of press notices on the original article [see CHAR 2/236/29].

2 folios
05 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/29

Leaflet of press notices on John Morgan's article "The Disarmament of Germany and After". [Covering letter CHAR 2/236/27-28]. Printed.

1 folio
Oct 1924
CHAR 2/236/30

Letter from [WSC] to Percy Groves, thanking him for the copy of his book "Our Future in the Air". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
05 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/31

Letter from Christopher Addison [Labour MP for Swindon, Wiltshire] (House of Commons Library) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [against the 3rd reading of the India Bill] as "an example of superb composition and splendid eloquence that will be quoted as a classic of parliamentary oratory". Manuscript.

1 folio
05 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/32

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Christopher Addison [Labour MP for Swindon, Wiltshire], thanking him for his congratulations on WSC's speech [against the 3rd reading of the India Bill].

1 folio
06 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/33

Letter from J Whittome (Eastmoor House, Doddington, March, Cambridgeshire) to WSC, enclosing his letter [on the disastrous results of the Government's agricultural policy, see CHAR 2/236/54-57]. Manuscript.

1 folio
07 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/34

Note from J [? Tallens], WSC's secretary, to WSC, passing on a message from Osborn Dan, asking for WSC's advice on proposing Walter Monkton as the Conservative candidate for the seat of Sevenoaks [Kent].

1 folio
08 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/35

Letter from [WSC] to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [proprietor of the Daily Express, earlier Sir Max Aitken], enclosing a letter from J Whittome [on the state of agriculture, see CHAR 2/236/54-57], which WSC describes as "pretty hot stuff", and asks what Beaverbrook's experts think about it. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
11 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/36

Letter from Victor Raikes [Conservative MP for South East Essex] (Makeney Lodge, Derby) to WSC, explaining the absence of George Hartland [Conservative MP for Norwich, Norfolk] from the Division Lobby on India, in case WSC should think that Hartland had "ratted on the Bill". Manuscript.

1 folio
11 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/37

Letter from Lord Hailsham [the Lord Chancellor, earlier Sir Douglas Hogg] (Carters Corner Place [Hailsham, Sussex]) to WSC, on his feelings about taking the Lord Chancellorship, his pleasure at receiving WSC's letter, and the need for Conservatives to work together now that they have to put a policy before the country. Manuscript.

1 folio
12 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/38

Letter from Ebba, Lady Low (Ostermalmsgatan 97, Stockholm [Sweden]) to WSC, asking permission to publish some letters from WSC and Lady Randolph Churchill in the biography of her late husband, Sir Sidney Low.

1 folio
[Jun] 1935
CHAR 2/236/39

Letter from Desmond Chapman-Huston (Haus Angermair, Socking bei Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany) to WSC, enclosing copies of letters from WSC to Sir Sidney Low, [see CHAR 2/236/40-41] which Chapman-Huston wishes to use in his biography of Low.

1 folio
13 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/40-41

Copies of 4 letters from WSC (105 Mount Street [London], and Gopsall, Atherstone, Leicestershire) to Sidney Low, on Low's nomination as an Alderman on London County Council, WSC's wish that he could have accepted a nomination, and belief that if the Moderate Party on the Council are to do anything, they need a clear programme with 1 or 2 main principles; WSC's proof reading of Low's book ["Dictionary of English History" or "The Governance of England"]; WSC's support for 5th Lord Rosebery's position midway between the 2 political parties, "one of which cares nothing for the Empire abroad, and the other nothing for the people at home"; the need to know the precise details of Joseph Chamberlain [Secretary of State for the Colonies]'s plans [for tariff reform and Imperial Preference] before the general election, considering that if these are forced upon them in the autumn the Conservative Party will be utterly ruined, but that Chamberlain's best chance of getting the plans through will be to leave the issue vague; WSC's own determination not to support any tax on food now that the whole principle of Free Trade has been challenged. [Covering letter CHAR 2/236/39].

2 folios
23 Mar 1901 - 07 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/236/42

Letter from "Max" [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken] (Stornoway House, Cleveland Row, St James's [London]) to WSC, enclosing memoranda on the Colonial Case [see CHAR 2/236/43]. Annotated by Beaverbrook "Please do read it through. Dull but devastating to the soul".

1 folio
14 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/43

Memoranda sent by [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken] to WSC on: customs union with the crown colonies; colonial resources; India and Empire Free Trade policy. [Covering letter CHAR 2/236/42].

1 22 p, 4 p
[Jun] 1935
CHAR 2/236/44

Letter from [Violet Pearman] WSC's Private Secretary, to the Private Secretary of Sir Robert Vansittart [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], enclosing a letter [not present] which WSC had received. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
14 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/45-48

Letter from Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet] (Offices of the Cabinet, 2 Whitehall Gardens) to WSC, on the Cabinet's decision to invite all ex-Ministers to return their post-war Cabinet Papers, partly to avoid the risk of unauthorised persons gaining access to the papers, and using them to the grave prejudice of the public interest. This decision was based on the impossibility of ensuring in all cases the proper protection of the papers, but ex-Ministers would have full access to copies. Hankey adds that 90% of the ex-Ministers concerned have already agreed to surrender their papers; legally a Minister could keep them, but only during his own lifetime.

4 folios
15 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/49

Letter from "Max" [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken, owner of the Daily Express] (Cherkley, Leatherhead, Surrey) to WSC, enclosing the report [see CHAR 2/236/50-53] by K Pipe, Agricultural Correspondent for the Daily Express, on the letter from J Whittome [see CHAR 2/236/54-57] about the state of agriculture, which WSC passed on to him.

1 folio
15 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/50-53

Memorandum by K Pipe, [Agricultural Correspondent for the Daily Express] sent to A Whelan [Private Secretary to 1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken, owner of the Daily Express] on the letter from J Whittome [passed on by WSC] concerning the state of agriculture. Pipe agrees with much of what Whittome says, but adds that in many instances he speaks from an entirely local viewpoint, as in his figures for bankruptcy among farmers and the costs of beef production. Pipe comments on the opposition to marketing boards, particularly for potatoes and milk, and on the results of mechanisation. Unsigned. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/49.

4 folios
14 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/54-57

Copy of a letter from J Whittome (Eastmoor, Doddington, Cambridgeshire) to Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, thanking her for her stand for the preservation of the agricultural industry, and pointing out the terrible results of the current agricultural policy. He mentions the costs of beef production, which ruins the cattle industry, the chaos and injustice arising from the Potato and Milk Boards, the unemployment caused by mechanisation, and the unfairness of food prices. Covering letters CHAR 2/236/33 and 49.

4 folios
30 May 1935
CHAR 2/236/58

Letter from Patrick [Donner], (22 Prince's Gardens [London]) to WSC, asking if he would approach anyone he knows at Sevenoaks [Kent] on the behalf of Charles Emmott, whom Donner has suggested might stand as the Conservative candidate for Sevenoaks. Donner himself has finally been adopted as Conservative candidate for Basingstoke [Hampshire], although there is a large minority of the local party hostile to him, and it will take him all his time to achieve some unity in the party before the general election. Donner adds that the Liberal candidate will be John Foot, and Donner hopes to make a good impression, as Foot has been promising the moon to the electorate, and Donner doesn't intend to make any promises at all.

1 folio
17 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/59

Letter from John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Staffordshire] (35 Belgrave Square [London]) to WSC, regretting that he missed a meeting with him, and arranging another for the following day. Manuscript.

1 folio
17 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/60

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to Ralph Wigram, enclosing a letter from [Augusta], Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill, with a further letter from the British Legion Paris [France] Branch [see CHAR 2/236/65, CHAR 2/236/66 and CHAR 2/236/67], and asking for Wigram's comments upon the matter [asking WSC to be guest of honour at the branch's annual dinner]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
17 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/61

Note from Osborn Dan (Cliffside, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville [Kent]) [to WSC], enclosing [a record of a meeting of Dan's local Conservative Association, see CHAR 2/236/62]. Unsigned.

1 folio
18 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/62

Record of a meeting of the Wateringbury [Kent] Conservative Association, and the passing of a resolution that any candidate selected in the impending by-election must keep in touch with local branches, press the need to strengthen the Forces in preference to any schemes for social reform, and support full protection for agriculture in place of marketing schemes. Unsigned copy Covering letter CHAR 2/236/61.

1 folio
[18] [Jun] 1935
CHAR 2/236/63

Letter from WSC to [Ebba], Lady Low, regretting that he cannot give permission for letters [from himself and Lady Randolph Churchill to Sir Sidney Low] to be published in Low's biography, as the letters were very private. He thanks her for sending copies of his own letters, and would also like to see copies of the letters from Lady Randolph Churchill. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
18 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/64

Letter from Ralph Wigram [Counsellor in the Foreign Office] (Foreign Office [London]) to WSC, assuring him that it would be a good idea for him [to be guest of honour at the annual dinner of] the British Legion in Paris [France]. Wigram adds that he fears the French are going to get excited about the Anglo-German naval agreement, but that anything which extricates Britain from the disarmament muddle is to be welcomed, (especially as Britain bears the brunt on the sea) and that France will not regret it in the end. Manuscript.

1 folio
18 Jun [1935]
CHAR 2/236/65

Letter from Augusta Churchill [Lady Edward Spencer- Churchill, Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section] (28 Grosvenor Street [London]) to WSC, enclosing a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Abbot, Chairman of the British Legion, Paris [France] branch [see CHAR 2/236/66 and CHAR 2/236/67] asking if WSC would be guest of honour at their annual dinner. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/60.

1 folio
12 Jun [1935]
CHAR 2/236/66

Copy of a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Abbot, Chairman of the British Legion, Paris [France] branch, to Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill, Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section, asking if WSC would be guest of honour at their annual dinner. Covering letters CHAR 2/236/60 and 65.

1 folio
[10] [Jun] [1935]
CHAR 2/236/67

Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Abbot, Chairman of the British Legion, Paris [France] branch, to Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill, Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section, asking if WSC would be guest of honour at their annual dinner. Covering letters CHAR 2/236/60 and 65-66. Manuscript.

1 folio
10 [Jun] [1935]
CHAR 2/236/68-70

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet], informing him that he means to exercise his legal right to retain his post-war Cabinet Papers, particularly those which WSC had dictated himself, including those which never went before Cabinet, and private letters from WSC to his colleagues, as a means of refreshing his memory. WSC adds that he could not undertake the labour of searching through his archives at the present time anyway, and that he thinks it "unbecoming of a Prime Minister with Mr Ramsay MacDonald's record ... to have Ministers of the part circularised in this fashion". Unsigned copy.

3 folios
18 [Jun] [1935]
CHAR 2/236/71

Note from Violet Pearman [WSC's Private Secretary] to WSC, with a list of reminders, to ring 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken], Alexander Korda, Professor John Morgan, and Osborn Dan, and to write to 1st Lord Carson.

1 folio
18 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/72

Letter from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] (House of Commons) to WSC, explaining that he has been asked to act as Secretary for the Other Club on the following night, but cannot be there from the beginning; he asks WSC, as Chairman, to appoint someone else to be Secretary.

1 folio
19 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/73

Letter from C B Lochner (United Service Club, Pall Mall [London]) to WSC, explaining that he has taken part in a series of unofficial talks with Eamon De Valera [President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State] and other politicians, and was glad to hear WSC suggest a special day for discussing the Irish situation. He encloses papers from his own private files [not present] which he thinks might be of interest. Manuscript.

1 folio
21 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/74

Letter from C B Lochner (United Service Club, Pall Mall [London]) to WSC, enclosing his report [not present] for 1st Lord Hailsham [earlier Sir Douglas Hogg, the Lord Chancellor] on the conversations which Lochner had with Eamon De Valera [President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State] when going over the draft Treaty of Reconciliation. Manuscript.

1 folio
22 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/75

Letter from Augusta Churchill [Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill, Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section] (Queensmead, Windsor [Berkshire]) to WSC, reminding him about his invitation to be guest of honour at the annual dinner of the Paris [France] branch of the British Legion, and asking if he will be able to meet the President of the branch, Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Abbot. Manuscript.

1 folio
20 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/76

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Lady Edward Spencer- Churchill, [Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section], regretting his delay, but assuring her that he is considering the invitation [to be guest of honour at the annual dinner of the Paris, France, branch of the British Legion].

1 folio
21 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/77

Letter from Augusta, Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill, [Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section], (Queensmead, Windsor, [Berkshire]) to WSC, regretting that he will miss meeting Lieutenant- Colonel Frederick Abbot [Chairman of the British Legion, Paris, France, branch], but glad that he is considering the invitation [to be guest of honour for the Paris branch's annual dinner]. She adds that all expenses for the visit would be covered. Manuscript.

1 folio
23 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/78

Letter from Dudley Colles, Secretary, HM Privy Purse (Privy Purse Office, Buckingham Palace [London]) to [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of her letter, with its enclosure of a letter sent to WSC by Joseph Booth.

1 folio
24 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/79

Letter from WSC to [? 1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken], thanking him for the memorandum [? on colonial affairs]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
25 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/80-82

Letter from Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet] (Offices of the Cabinet, 2 Whitehall Gardens) to WSC, regretting that WSC has decided to retain his Cabinet Papers, giving a definition of exactly which papers are involved, including which are official or unofficial, and detailing which copies of Cabinet Minutes are in WSC's possession. He encloses a note to confirm this, [see CHAR 2/236/83] and adds that he recognises the trouble which a search through WSC's archives for the papers would entail, and offers to send staff to help.

3 folios
27 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/83

Copy of a letter from [John] Donald Fergusson [Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer] (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall) to Sir Rupert Howorth [Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet], confirming which Cabinet Minutes are in WSC's possession. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/80-82.

1 folio
25 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/84

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to C B Lochner, thanking him for the letters and documents [on his unofficial talks with Eamon De Valera, President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State] and passing on WSC's regrets that he has not the time to go into the matter with Lochner. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
27 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/85

Letter from Sir Walter Williamson (16 The Boltons [London]) to WSC, congratulating him on his article in the Daily Mail on electoral reform [? "Election Ahead"], agreeing on the dangers of a Socialist victory in the general election, and urging WSC to lead a campaign for reform during the current Parliament.

1 folio
28 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/236/86

Letter from R A Butler [Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Essex] (16 North Court, Wood Street, Westminster [London]) to WSC, inviting him and CSC to the meeting [of the North Essex National Demonstration and Fete]. [see CHAR 2/236/87 and CHAR 2/236/88 for enclosed tickets].

1 folio
01 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/87

Ticket sent by [R A Butler, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Essex] (Stanstead Hall, Halstead [Essex]) to WSC and CSC, for the [North Essex National Demonstration and Fete]. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/86.

1 folio
[01] Jul [1935]
CHAR 2/236/88

Platform ticket sent by [R A Butler, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Essex] to WSC, for the North Essex National Demonstration and Fete. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/86.

1 folio
[01] Jul [1935]
CHAR 2/236/89

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], to WSC, explaining the difficulties in his attending [the North Essex National Demonstration and Fete], as he already has guests for that weekend.

1 folio
05 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/90

Letter from Arthur Bateman [former Conservative MP for North Camberwell, London] ("Mildenhall", 29 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent) to WSC, explaining that he has been put forward as a candidate for the Sevenoaks [Kent] constituency, and asking if WSC could put in a word for him.

1 folio
01 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/91

Letter from WSC to Sir Charles Robertson, explaining that there is to be a debate on the decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council about the Statute of Westminster and the Irish Treaty. As Robertson has arrived at his own conclusions on the issue, WSC asks if he would let him have a few notes, setting out the main points of the argument. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
02 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/92-93

Letter from WSC to John Morgan [ex-Counsel to the Indian Defence League, and Counsel to the Indian Chamber of Princes], agreeing to look through the proofs of Morgan's book ["Germany in Arms"] and then decide whether he is the best person to write its introduction. WSC adds that he doesn't think they can make any further headway over India and the Princes, and must now look forward not back, to "await the melancholy course of events comforted only by the fact that we have done our utmost to avert them". More urgently, WSC explains that he has secured a promise from Government that a day will be given to discussing the decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on the Statute of Westminster and the Irish Treaty. He asks if Morgan would let him have any notes which he has made on the issue, as he was concerned in the amendments to the Statute of Westminster Bill 4 years before, and adds that "we must collaborate together and with our friends of 1931 to make sure that our vindication is apparent to the public". Unsigned copy.

2 folios
02 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/94-95

Letter from John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Staffordshire] (35 Belgrave Square [London]) to WSC, asking if he will come to a meeting of MPs who are interested in Ireland to discuss whether a deputation should go to the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin], before the debate [on Ireland]. Manuscript.

2 folios
02 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/96

Letter from [WSC] to [Augusta], Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill, [Chairman of the British Legion, Women's Section], regretting that he cannot accept the invitation which she passed on, [to be guest of honour at the annual dinner at the British Legion's branch in Paris, France], as there may be a General Election at that time, or he may have to go to the United States. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
02 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/97

Letter from [WSC] to Arthur Bateman, explaining that he has little influence in the [Conservative] Association in Sevenoaks [Kent] [to support Bateman's candidature for the constituency], and that any influence which he might have is already bespoken for another candidate [? Charles Emmott]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
03 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/98

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to Sir Walter Williamson, thanking him for his letter to WSC. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
03 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/99

Letter from Sir Charles Robertson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham, to WSC, assuring him that he will send him a memorandum of the important points on Ireland [and the Statute of Westminster] arising out of the recent decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

1 folio
04 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/100

Copy of a telegram from WSC to [Sir Charles Robertson], Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham, asking him to send his memorandum [on Ireland and the Statute of Westminster, arising out of the recent decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council], by the Monday before the debate on the issue.

1 folio
05 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/101

Letter from John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Staffordshire] (35 Belgrave Square [London]) to WSC, suggesting that contrary to WSC's opinion that there would be no division in the Irish debate, the Government's reply might be so unsatisfactory that they would have to go into the division lobby as a protest. Gretton adds that he has written to the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] about it, is sending a notice of the debate to all their friends, and hopes to get some of the press to mention it in their Parliamentary news, in order to call attention to the increasing importance of the Irish question.

1 folio
05 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/102

Copy of a telegram from WSC to John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Staffordshire], assuring him that he will certainly vote [after the Irish debate] if desired.

1 folio
06 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/103

Letter from Osborn Dan (2 Cliffside, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville [Kent]) to WSC, on the victory of his nominee, [Charles] Ponsonby, for adoption as [Conservative] candidate for [Sevenoaks, Kent], as being infinitely preferable to the other candidate, "who professed himself a blind follower of the present Prime Minister" [Stanley Baldwin].

1 folio
07 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/104

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], passing on a message to WSC from the North American Newspaper Alliance, who want to employ him as their representative in Abyssinia [later Ethiopia]. Annotated 09.07.35, "Telephoned regretting unable accept offer".

1 folio
08 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/105

Letter from Arthur Bateman [former Conservative MP for North Camberwell, London], ("Mildenhall", 29 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent) to WSC, explaining that he is having great difficulty in finding another seat, especially as those who do find seats are those who have not supported the Government on India, such as Patrick Donner. He understands that a lot of candidates will follow David Lloyd George on the next occasion. Bateman then adds that if [Randolph Churchill] was responsible for a recent article in the Sunday Dispatch, then WSC should be Prime Minister, and Randolph leader of the House of Commons.

1 folio
08 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/106

Letter from Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister] (10 Downing Street, Whitehall) to WSC, saying how glad he is that WSC is willing to serve on the [Air Defence Research Sub-Committee], as he "may be of real help in a most important investigation". He adds that WSC would be free to debate all the general issues connected with the Air Services, as the "invitation was not intended as a muzzle but as a gesture of friendliness to an old colleague". Manuscript.

1 folio
08 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/107

Letter from WSC to Osborn Dan, congratulating him on the victory of his candidate [Charles] Ponsonby, who has been adopted as [Conservative candidate for Sevenoaks, Kent], and offering his help to Ponsonby in Westerham [Kent]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
09 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/108

Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] assuring him that he recognizes his gesture of friendliness [inviting WSC to join the Air Defence Research sub-committee], especially considering their disputes about various things. He adds that Baldwin has gathered to himself "a fund of personal goodwill and public confidence which is indispensable to our safety at the present time", but warns that there is a period of strain and peril ahead, unequalled even in the First World War, which will never fail to govern WSC's own actions. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
09 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/109

Letter from Maud Hodson, Personal Private Secretary to R A Butler [Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Essex] (16 North Court, Wood Street, Westminster [London]) to the Conservative Agent for the Epping [Essex] Division, enclosing material about the forthcoming Fete [North Essex National Demonstration and Fete, see CHAR 2/236/110 and CHAR 2/236/111-114]. She hopes that the agent will add any details about WSC, as Butler wants anyone participating in the Fete to benefit as much as possible from the publicity. Annotated: "do nothing" 10.07.35.

1 folio
09 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/110

List of local East Anglian newspapers which have received publicity material for the [North Essex National Demonstration and Fete]. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/109.

1 folio
[09] [Jul] 1935
CHAR 2/236/111-114

Publicity material for the [North Essex National Demonstration and Fete], including: an account of the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin's forthcoming speech at the fete; a history of the career of R A Butler, Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, and host for the event; notes on Stanstead Hall, Butler's home, where the fete is to be held. Covering letter CHAR 2/236/109.

4 folios
[09] [Jul] 1935
CHAR 2/236/115

Letter from "Bob" [Robert Boothby] (House of Commons) to WSC, asking if he would give [Nicolas] Mayorski, London correspondent of Pravda, an interview, for Mayorski's book on contemporary men of letters.

1 folio
09 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/116

Letter from [WSC] to [Robert Boothby], declining to give an interview to [Nicolas] Mayorski, [London correspondent of Pravda], for the time being. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
10 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/117

Letter from John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Staffordshire] (35 Belgrave Square [London]) to WSC, enclosing copies of Hansard and the Times of 7 June [not present], and adding that WSC will find the Privy Council decision [? on the Statute of Westminster and Ireland] in the Law Reports. Manuscript.

1 folio
10 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/118

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, asking how he wishes the envelope to be addressed [to Pierre Flandin, Minister of State, France], so that [Joyce] Tallents [Secretary to WSC] can type it. Annotated: "Show Mrs Churchill letter and ask her about address".

1 folio
23 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/119

Letter from Pierre Flandin, Minister of State, France (Domecy-sur-Cure, Yonne [France]) to WSC, thanking him for his invitation to stay for a weekend, and regretting that because of his broken arm, he won't be able to come to England until October or November. He particularly wants to see WSC, as events are unfolding so fast and alarmingly regarding peace and Anglo-French relations, and he comments that WSC's brave political stand has been justified by events. Flandin also mentions the new crisis in internal French politics, which he would like to discuss with WSC, and asks him to pay a visit, if he should be in France. Manuscript.

1 folio
11 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/120

Letter from Sir John Simon [former Foreign Secretary] (House of Commons) to WSC, thanking him for his kind reference [to Simon's work as Foreign Secretary] in the previous day's debate, and saying that "your generous retort was a solace". Manuscript.

1 folio
11 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/121

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to H A Gwynne [Editor of the Morning Post], enclosing 2 documents from Ireland [not present] which WSC thinks will be of interest. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
12 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/122-124

Letter from Desmond Morton (Earlylands, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on the Anglo-German Naval Agreement], "recalling attention to the fact that Germany remains the true menace to European peace", and remarking on how those ministers previously mildly opposed to the anti-German attitude have reversed their positions. He also points out the Foreign Secretary [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood]'s sudden change of attitude, the lunacy of the current policy on Italy and Abyssinia [later Ethiopia] and the need for a restatement of the situation with Germany. Manuscript.

3 folios
12 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/125

Letter from R A Butler [Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Essex] (16 North Court, Wood Street, Westminster [London]) to WSC, regretting that WSC cannot come to [the North Essex National Demonstration and Fete], as it would have been pleasant "to show Essex that despite our many differences we can all rally in support of the Prime Minister". He asks WSC for a short letter in support of the fete, instead.

1 folio
17 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/126

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, checking if he wants to go to [? the North Essex National Demonstration and Fete].

1 folio
18 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/127-128

Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Villiers (Folly Court, Wokingham [Berkshire]) to WSC, on the stupidity of supporting Abyssinia [later Ethiopia]. He describes the failure of a project of his own in Abyssinia, the weakness of the Emperor Ras Tafari, the lack of civilization in Abyssinia, and the need to support Italy in civilizing the country, which should be kicked out of the League of Nations. Manuscript.

2 folios
17 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/129

Letter from Sir Howard d'Egville [1st Secretary of the Empire Parliamentary Association] (Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament) to WSC, enclosing a diary of arrangements [for the Imperial Parliamentary Conference, not present], so that WSC can follow the exact movements of the delegates.

1 folio
17 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/130

Letter from WSC to Sir Howard d'Egville [1st Secretary of the Empire Parliamentary Association], thanking him for the diary of arrangements for the Imperial Parliamentary Conference, and for the trouble which he has taken over the event. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
18 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/131

Letter from [Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell, First Lord of the Admiralty], (Admiralty, Whitehall) to WSC, apologizing for the complete breakdown of the catering arrangements on the Maine, on which WSC was a guest [for the Naval Review]. Unsigned.

1 folio
18 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/132

Letter from [Nicolas] Mayorski, London correspondent of Pravda (Room 314, East Wing, Bush House, London) to WSC, asking for an interview [? for Mayorski's book on contemporary men of letters] as the approaching anniversary of the First World War would be an appropriate occasion for such a talk.

1 folio
19 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/133-134

Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Abbot, [Chairman] of the Paris [France] branch of the British Legion (Villa Saint Vallier, Boulevard Franck Pilatte, Nice [France]) to WSC, asking him to be guest of honour at their branch's annual dinner. Abbot describes his previous contact with WSC, including the British Empire Service League dinner when 1st Lord Haig spoke about WSC; he mentions the hardships of the many British Legion members in France, WSC's influence in the country, and how he would be helping the ex-soldiers merely by his presence at the dinner. Manuscript.

2 folios
19 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/135

Letter from [WSC] to R A Butler [Conservative MP for Saffron Walden, Essex], wishing him success in his [North Essex National Demonstration and Fete]. He pays tribute to Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister, speaking at the Fete], affirming the need to support him during the anxious years ahead, and the ruinous effects which a Socialist victory in the coming General Election would have on the economy, defence and foreign policy. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
20 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/136

Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (Tingewick House, Tingewick, Buckinghamshire] to WSC, regretting that he will miss hearing him speak on the Navy, and perhaps miss speaking himself. He is sending WSC a copy of his [? Naval Memoirs, volume 2] on Jutland, and asks for his opinion. [1st Lord] Beatty, [Rear-Admiral Tufton] Beamish and [Admiral William] Reginald Hall say that he shouldn't let anyone persuade him to alter it, but Keyes fears that [1st Lord] Jellicoe won't like it; he then describes the illustrations. Manuscript.

1 folio
20 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/137-138

Letter from Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly (Fawns, Wellington Avenue, Virginia Water, Surrey) to WSC, explaining that although 20 years before he had hoped never to see or hear from him again [after WSC's report blaming him for the loss of the Formidable in 1915], having recently met him at the Naval Review, he is now writing to pay tribute to WSC for his role in forming the Fleet. He deeply regrets that the great part which WSC "played in bringing the Navy up to its splendid strength in 1914, was not more fully recognized in this so called naval review". Manuscript.

2 folios
21 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/139-140

Copy of a letter from Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly (Fawns, Wellington Avenue, Virginia Water, Surrey) to WSC, explaining that although 20 years before he had hoped never to see or hear from him again [after WSC's report blaming him for the loss of the Formidable in 1915], having recently met him at the Naval Review, he is now writing to pay tribute to WSC for his role in forming the Fleet. He deeply regrets that the great part which WSC "played in bringing the Navy up to its splendid strength in 1914, was not more fully recognized in this so called naval review".

2 folios
21 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/141-142

Copy of a letter from WSC (Chartwell, Westerham, Kent) to Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, assuring him of his sincere respect and admiration, and of his pleasure in knowing how well- regarded Bayly was by the officers and men of the United States Navy whom he had under his command. WSC adds that he particularly appreciates his reminder of the Naval Review of 1914, and was glad to see all the old ships again; he hopes that those now responsible for naval design will do as well as they did, "so that all will be ready if danger comes".

2 folios
23 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/143

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Nicolas Mayorski [London correspondent of Pravda], passing on WSC's regrets that he doesn't have time to give him an interview [? for Mayorski's book on contemporary men of letters] before Mayorski leaves the country. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
22 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/144

Letter from [WSC] to Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Abbot, thanking him for his letter explaining his admirable work [as Chairman of the branch of the British Legion in Paris, France]. WSC would very much like to serve him, if possible, but the General Election is likely to take place on the date which he mentions [when inviting WSC to be guest of honour at their annual dinner], so he cannot make any engagements for that time at present. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
23 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/145

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to the Private Secretary to Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [earlier Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame, later 1st Lord Swinton, Secretary of State for Air], enclosing V M Yeates's book "Winged Victory" [not present], which WSC thought might be of interest to Cunliffe-Lister. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
23 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/146

Letter from [WSC] to Pierre Flandin, [Minister of State, France], thanking him for his letter, describing how he has watched Flandin's heroic struggle against unfair political odds, and rejoices that his calm strength is now in the service of France. WSC says that he fears greatly the dangers menacing both their countries, "and indeed what is still called civilisation", but still thinks, as he has for the last 25 years, "that England and France will somehow or other come through them together". He asks Flandin to visit him on any weekend, and will let him know if he should be in France himself. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
23 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/147

Letter from [WSC] to Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Villiers, thanking him for his letter on Abyssinia [later Ethiopia]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
26 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/148

Letter from Helen Murray (Sailors Lane, Bridgeport, Connecticut [United States]) to WSC, congratulating him on his changed attitude to war, recalling how her father and Lady Randolph Churchill were cousins, and what "heroic stuff" WSC's last lecture in Chicago was. She encloses press cuttings [not present] on WSC's more peace-making attitude, and says that England and the United States should remember that they are one family. Manuscript.

1 folio
27 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/149

Letter from Brendan Bracken (20 Bishopgate, London) to WSC, explaining that Freda Ward [Mrs Dudley Ward], wishes to become a member of the Central Housing Advisory Committee; he asks WSC to put this to Sir Kingsley Wood [Minister of Health].

1 folio
30 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/236/150

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Kingsley Wood [Minister of Health], recommending Mrs Dudley Ward as a suitable woman representative for membership of the Central Housing Advisory Committee. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
01 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/151

Letter from J W Williams, Private Secretary to Sir Kingsley Wood [Minister of Health], acknowledging receipt of WSC's letter recommending Mrs Dudley Ward for membership of the Central Housing Advisory Committee; he adds that Wood already has Mrs Ward's name under consideration for the position.

1 folio
03 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/152

Letter from Osborn Dan (Wateringbury Place, Wateringbury, Kent) to WSC, passing on the thanks for WSC's offer of assistance from [Charles] Ponsonby, the new [Conservative] candidate for [Sevenoaks, Kent]. Dan asks if WSC would like to meet Ponsonby, and hear his views.

1 folio
03 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/153

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Brendan Bracken, enclosing a letter [not present] from Sir Kingsley Wood [Minister of Health], which WSC had received in answer to his recommendation of Mrs Dudley Ward [for membership of the Central Housing Advisory Committee]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
05 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/154

Telegram from unknown correspondent to WSC, informing him that 1st Lord Weir will be away until 27th August, and then visiting the United States. Unsigned.

1 folio
06 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/155

Letter from WSC to "Hopie", 2nd Lord Linlithgow [earlier Lord Hopetoun], congratulating him on his appointment as Viceroy of India, remarking that "If anyone could bring the new constitution into effect without a disaster, you are the one". WSC fears that there will be increasing ill-will in India and deterioration of services, for which the Imperial Power will be blamed. He adds, however, that "As long as the Princes are not nagged and bullied to come into Federation, you need not expect anything but silence or help from us", and that "We shall count more in the new Parliament than in this fat thing". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
08 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/156

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to [WSC], reminding him to write to Osborn Dan and arrange a lunch meeting with the new MP [Charles Ponsonby] for Sevenoaks [Kent].

1 folio
09 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/157

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to [WSC], explaining that as Colonel Charles Ponsonby [the new MP for Sevenoaks, Kent], is moving about a good deal, any letter which WSC might send to him will have to be forwarded by the House of Commons post office.

1 folio
09 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/158

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square [London]) to WSC, advising him that if he is going to write to Benito Mussolini, now is the time to do it. He adds that " H E [?] is very unhappy &all Italy is against him". Manuscript.

1 folio
12 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/159

List of names [? of guests for a dinner party on 26 September, requested by Sir Abe Bailey].

1 folio
[12] [Aug] 1935
CHAR 2/236/160-162

Letter from Sir Ian Hamilton (Lennoxlove, Haddington [East Lothian] Scotland) to WSC, on the publication of 1st Lord Haig's memoirs. Hamilton expresses his anxiety about how an argument between himself, Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres] and Haig, at a Cabinet meeting in August 1914, over postponing landings on the Western Front, will be represented in the memoirs.

3 folios
15 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/163

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square [London]) to WSC, thanking him for his letter and hoping that "D" [? Diana Churchill, earlier Diana Bailey, later Diana Sandys, recently divorced from Bailey's son John Bailey] will be happy. He also wants a copy of a letter, which he is anxious to have published in "S A" [? South Africa], adding that "Going for the big thing is what we must always aim at". In a postscript he writes "I am a funny person when once I have liked a person whatever he or she may do my love and affection remain". Manuscript.

1 folio
16 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/164

Letter from Sir Roger Keyes (Tingewick House, Tingewick, Buckinghamshire) to WSC, asking for the proofs of his book on Jutland back, [his Naval Memoirs] as the Daily Telegraph is going to start a serial of volume 2; he knows that WSC will approve generally, and promises to send him a copy when it is published. Manuscript.

1 folio
16 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/165

[WSC]'s comments on the proofs of Sir Roger Keyes's [Naval Memoirs, volume 2, on Jutland]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
[16] [Aug] 1935
CHAR 2/236/166

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Ian Hamilton, assuring him that he clearly remembers what occurred [at a Cabinet meeting in August 1914, when there was an argument between Hamilton, Sir John French, later 1st Lord Ypres, and 1st Lord Haig], and certainly does not endorse the version [in Haig's memoirs] of Haig's contribution. However, he thinks that they should wait and see until the memoirs are published. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
17 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/167

Letter from [WSC] to Osborn Dan, suggesting a time when he might be able to meet the new MP [Charles Ponsonby, Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Kent] for lunch, and asking Dan to join them. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
17 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/168

Letter from Osborn Dan, (Wateringbury Place, Wateringbury, Kent) to WSC, thanking him for his invitation to himself and [Charles Ponsonby, Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Kent] to come to lunch. He hopes that WSC will find Ponsonby in sympathy with his views, and adds that as he is paying his own election expenses and contributing money to the local [Conservative] Association, "he should be comparatively free to express his opinions".

1 folio
21 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/169

Letter from [WSC] to [Sir Roger Keyes], explaining that he has read [the proofs of] Keyes's book on Jutland [? Naval Memoirs, volume 2], and has noted a few points which occurred to him; he looks forward to reading the book as a whole. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
22 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/170-171

Letter from "Almeric" [1st Lord Queenborough, earlier Almeric Paget, former President of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations] (Camfield Place, Hatfield, Hertfordshire) to WSC, congratulating him on his letter in the newspaper [on India], addressed to Sir Harry Goschen [Chairman of Epping Division Conservative Association, Essex]. Queenborough hopes it will make an impression on those Conservatives "who have a habit of sticking their toes in the ground when they once make up their minds as to the soundness of their views", and considers that it is essential that they close ranks, in the light of the urgent problems ahead in Britain, the Empire, and Europe as a whole. He also mentions the uncertain outlook in the United States, as affecting Canada, imagines from the warnings of the American Secretary of State [Cordell Hull] that the Soviet Union must have been carrying out intensive propaganda there, and believes that the English-speaking races must work together.

2 folios
26 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/172

Copy of a telegram from WSC to 1st Lord Queenborough, thanking him for his letter.

1 folio
30 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/173

Letter from Sir Samuel Hoare [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Templewood] (Foreign Office) to WSC, thanking him for his letter [on the readiness of the Navy in the event of war with Italy], and assuring him that all the points which he mentioned are being discussed. He asks WSC to send any suggestions that he thinks necessary, as he knows the risks of such a situation, and also knows "as well as anyone, at least outside the Government, the present state of our Imperial Defences". In a manuscript postscript, Hoare congratulates WSC on the discovery of 3rd Lord Salisbury's observations on the Reform Bill. Covering note: added from Public Record Office, 10 April 1964.

1 folio
27 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/174-175

Letter from Frederick Guest [Conservative MP for Drake Division, Plymouth, Devon] (19 Berkeley Street [London]) to WSC, commenting on his letter to the Press Association, [? and to Sir Harry Goschen, Chairman of Epping Division Conservative Association, Essex, on India] and hoping that he is "extending the 'glad hand' even to those junior Conservatives [? such as Guest himself] who were not able to support you over the Indian debate. It would be nice to get back on to the old alignment of political and cousinly intimacy". Guest also thinks the international situation humiliating, and wonders why [the League of Nations] cannot make a definite statement indicating that Benito Mussolini must keep his hands off Egypt and the Blue Nile. He also encloses letters from his wife, Amy Guest [not present] asking WSC to go and see Mussolini, and an introduction to the Duke of Spoleto, which he thinks "friendly if futile".

2 folios
27 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/176

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Sir Abe Bailey, thanking him for his cranes.

1 folio
28 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/177

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square [London]) to WSC, saying how proud he is of WSC and of a letter written by him: "the letter is truly wonderful - it will do good throughout the world - such a noble sentiment expressed in wonderful language". Bailey also predicts that Benito Mussolini will be able to attack Egypt from Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], although he has heard that it will take Italy 5 years to conquer the Abyssinians; he thinks it will actually take 6 months. He also hopes that his cranes arrived safely, and passes on his son John Bailey's congratulations [? on Diana Churchill, earlier Diana Bailey, announcing her engagement to Duncan Sandys]. Manuscript.

1 folio
27 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/178

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, informing him that Charles Ponsonby, the new MP for Sevenoaks [Kent] will be abroad until mid-September, and making a note of his new address.

1 folio
27 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/179

Letter from Cecil Battine (Normanhurst Court, Catsfield, near Battle [Sussex]) to WSC, recalling when they were subalterns together at Aldershot [Hampshire] and sending his congratulations on the engagement of Diana Churchill [earlier Diana Bailey] to Duncan Sandys. He also congratulates WSC on his letter to [Sir Harry Goschen, Chairman of Epping Division Conservative Association, Essex, on India] and the press, and expresses his fears for the future of Europe and the Empire. He thinks that Sir Oswald Mosley has killed "Fascism", but doesn't see why such right wing groups should not achieve their ends if concentrated in the Conservative Party, and is certain of the patriotism of the electorate, even if it is not too pleased with the current administration. Battine recalls how when serving on Lord Randolph Churchill's committee in South Paddington [London], he and his colleagues initiated the "Movement" which resulted in Conservative supremacy from 1886 to 1905, and hopes that the next House of Commons will reform the Party, and check the tendencies which are breaking up the Empire. Manuscript.

1 folio
29 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/236/180

Letter from [WSC] to [Amy], Mrs Frederick Guest, thanking her for her letter and introduction to the Duke of Spoleto. He explains that if he intruded [by going to see Benito Mussolini] as she wishes, he would only be exposing himself "to public snub in Italy, and abuse here for my officiousness"; he adds that he feels as she does about "the disastrous consequences of this threatened war". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
30 Aug 1935