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CHAR 2/237 Public and political: general: correspondence.

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CHAR 2/237/1

Letter from Sir Stanley Machin (Granville Hotel, Bexhill-on-Sea [Sussex]) to WSC, arranging a date for him to address the City Carlton Club, and promising him a representative, appreciative and interested audience. Manuscript.

1 folio
02 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/2

Letter from Leo Amery (112 Eaton Square [London]) to WSC, congratulating him on his letter to [Sir Harry Goschen, Chairman of Epping Division Conservative Association, Essex] on India, while fearing that other troubles will soon relegate that question to one side. Amery expresses his concerns about Abyssinia [later Ethiopia]; there is to be a great demonstration about it in [the League of Nations] "not with any hope of really succeeding, but in order to impress our public at home with the sincerity of our attachment to the Geneva [Switzerland] delusion". He thinks that all this will achieve is humiliation in Europe and the resentment of Italy.

1 folio
02 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/3

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Leo Amery, thanking him for his letter, and suggesting that they should have a talk soon.

1 folio
14 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/4

Letter from Sir William Beveridge [Director, London School of Economics and Political Science] (University of London, Houghton Street, Aldwych, London) to WSC, asking him to accept the invitation of Peter Lingard, Chairman of the [University] Conservative Association, to address the Association.

1 folio
03 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/5

Letter from J L Garvin [Editor of the Observer] (Gregories, Beaconsfield [Buckinghamshire]) to WSC, commenting on the bleak solitary fight that he has been waging, and his fears for the country and Empire over the next few years. He has given Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister] a memorandum urging him to make WSC responsible for securing air parity [with Germany], and adds that a crisis has already occurred with Italy, commenting that "Never was Government in this country quite so blind. Never!". He has never had any illusions about Benito Mussolini, but thinks that "strength of means must go before strength of policy" on Italy. Garvin adds that he has urged Neville Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] to work with WSC, and believes that WSC alone can state the case for Defence, as Chamberlain has never had the chance to master such matters. Manuscript.

1 folio
03 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/6

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Sir Stanley Machin, agreeing to a date [for addressing the City Carlton Club].

1 folio
06 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/7-8

Letter from Sir James Babington (Pinnacle Hill, Kelso [Roxburghshire, Scotland]) to WSC, describing a conversation with Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Oliver in which they compared the current Navy with that of 1914, which, thanks to WSC, was ready for war. Babington hopes that WSC will restore Britain to its rightful position, and also wishes that he were Prime Minister. Manuscript.

2 folios
02 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/9

Letter from Sir Stanley Machin (Cleeve, Oatlands, Weybridge [Surrey]) to WSC, thanking him for his telegram, and looking forward to welcoming him to the City Carlton Club. Manuscript.

1 folio
07 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/10

Letter from H V Marrot (The Oaks, 59 Parkside, Wimbledon [London]) to WSC, asking for permission to include correspondence between WSC and John Galsworthy [see CHAR 2/237/11-13] in his official biography of Galsworthy. Manuscript.

1 folio
12 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/11-13

Proofs of correspondence between WSC [Home Secretary] and John Galsworthy on abolishing solitary confinement in prisons, [from H V Marrot's biography of Galsworthy]. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/10. Date of proofs 1935.

3 folios
24 Feb 1910 - 22 Jul 1910
CHAR 2/237/14

Letter from H V Marrot (The Oaks, 59 Parkside, Wimbledon [London]) to WSC, asking permission to include a further letter [see CHAR 2/237/15-16] from John Galsworthy to WSC, in his biography of Galsworthy, in addition to those which he had sent before. Manuscript.

1 folio
12 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/15-16

Copy of a letter [from H V Marrot's biography of John Galsworthy] from Galsworthy to WSC [Home Secretary], congratulating him for his backing of the [Parliamentary Franchise (Women) Bill], and deploring militant suffragism. Manuscript. Date of copy 1935. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/14.

2 folios
18 Jun 1910
CHAR 2/237/17

Letter from "Max" [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken, owner of the Daily Express] (Cherkley, Leatherhead, Surrey) to WSC, enclosing an article on WSC [see CHAR 2/237/18 and CHAR 2/237/19-27] which Beaverbrook wrote in 1915 for 1st Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth, owner of the Daily Mail] and which was never printed.

1 folio
14 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/18

Covering note by [Thomson, Secretary to 1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken, owner of the Daily Express] for Beaverbrook's 1915 article on WSC [see CHAR 2/237/19-27]. He notes that it is praise of WSC all the way, and that 2 people would be interested in it: Beaverbrook, for showing that he has not always been so good a journalist; and WSC, for showing that Beaverbrook was once a better judge. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/17.

1 folio
[Sep] [1935]
CHAR 2/237/19-27

Draft of an article, "Exit Churchill", by Sir William Aitken [later 1st Lord Beaverbrook], on WSC's contribution to the war effort, and his resignation from Cabinet over the Dardanelles Campaign. Covering letters CHAR 2/237/17 and CHAR 2/237/18. Manuscript.

9 folios
28 May 1915
CHAR 2/237/28

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to H V Marrot, thanking him for his letters and enclosures [proofs of correspondence between WSC and John Galsworthy]; WSC gives permission for the correspondence to be included in Marrot's biography of Galsworthy. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
14 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/29

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Sir Stanley Machin, thanking him for his letter, and asking him to inform the Press [of WSC's forthcoming speech at the City Carlton Club], and to state that WSC will be speaking on the state of Britain's national and imperial defences. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
14 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/30

Letter from [WSC] to Sir William Beveridge [Director, London School of Economics and Political Science], regretting that he will not be able to accept Beveridge's and Peter Lingard [Chairman of the School's Conservative Association]'s invitation to address the Association. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
14 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/31

Letter from [WSC] to Sir James Babington, thanking him for his letter. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
14 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/32

Letter from Charles Montag (72 Rue de Paris, Meudon, Seine et Oise, France) to WSC, arranging a date for himself and Paul Jameau to meet WSC, in order to discuss the exhibitions of works by Paul Cezanne and Camille Corot, for which WSC, CSC and the national museums of France will be acting as patrons.

1 folio
15 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/33

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Charles Montag, assuring him that he would be delighted to see him, and asking him to fix a date for a meeting.

1 folio
18 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/34

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square [London]) to WSC, commenting on his painting, and asking him to write to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] in order to "square things with him". Bailey adds that he doesn't see anything but trouble for Italy and Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], as Benito Mussolini will have trouble climbing down. Manuscript.

1 folio
17 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/35

Letter from WSC (Chartwell, Westerham, Kent) to Sir Abe Bailey, assuring him that he has no ill-feeling against 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley], and was deeply grieved at the breach between them [over WSC's claim before the Committee of Privileges that Derby had suppressed evidence in the Joint Select Committee on Indian constitutional reform]. WSC maintains that he was acting in accordance with his public duty, but would like to know what Derby's attitude is. Postscript: "Deeper and deeper waters!".

1 folio
[17] [Sep] 1935
CHAR 2/237/36

Letter from WSC to Vice-Admiral Cecil Usborne, thanking him for sending him a copy of his book "Blast and Counterblast". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
17 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/37

Letter from WSC to Lord Wolmer [later 3rd Lord Selborne, Chairman, Cement Makers' Federation], assuring him that he is all for cement, but would rather not have his "extravagances" [? building work at Chartwell, Kent] photographed for public display. He adds that he would like to see Wolmer, Henry [2nd Lord Melchett, earlier Sir Henry Mond] and others, and suggests meeting at the Bournemouth [Conservative Party] Conference [Hampshire], where he will probably be speaking about armaments. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
20 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/38-39

Letter from [William] Howard Gritten [Conservative MP for the Hartlepools, County Durham] (15 Kensington Park Gardens, Notting Hill [London]) to WSC, letting him know how Parliament is seen by the public, as a debating society. Gritten adds that public opinion is against warfare, the League of Nations, Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] as Foreign Secretary, and Ramsay MacDonald [President of the Council] and Stanley Baldwin [Prime Minister]. Manuscript.

2 folios
22 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/40

Letter from [WSC] to [William] Howard Gritten [Conservative MP for the Hartlepools, County Durham], thanking him for his letter, and letting him know that he will be speaking at the City Carlton Club that week. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
24 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/41

Letter from Charles Taylor [Conservative MP for Eastbourne, Sussex] (85 Sloane Street [London]) to WSC, passing on the Eastbourne and District Chamber of Commerce's invitation for WSC to be guest of honour at their annual dinner.

1 folio
24 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/42

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Charles Taylor [Conservative MP for Eastbourne, Sussex], regretting that he is too busy [to accept the Eastbourne and District Chamber of Commerce's invitation for WSC to be guest of honour at their annual dinner].

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/43

Letter from Frederick Allday, Secretary, Bournemouth [Hampshire] Conservative Association (8a Richmond Hill, Bournemouth) to WSC, detailing available accommodation in Bournemouth for the [Conservative Party] Conference.

1 folio
25 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/44

Printed letter from George Godwin, Secretary, National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (Palace Chambers, Westminster) to [WSC], giving the agenda for the annual Party Conference, and enclosing a letter [see CHAR 2/237/45] asking for prompt replies.

1 folio
07 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/237/45

Letter from George Godwin, Secretary, National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster) to WSC, asking for prompt replies to invitations to attend the annual Party Conference. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/45.

1 folio
07 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/237/46

Printed letter from George Godwin, Secretary, National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (Palace Chambers, Westminster) to [WSC], enclosing a Conference handbook [not present] for the annual Party Conference.

1 folio
18 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/47

Note from Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC] informing him that 1st Lord Stonehaven [earlier Sir John Baird, Chairman, Conservative Party Organization] had called to say when the subject which WSC wishes to speak on [at the Conservative Party Conference] will come up, so that WSC can arrive there in time.

1 folio
26 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/48

Letter from Stanley Baldwin [Prime Minister], (10 Downing Street, Whitehall) to WSC, thanking him for sending him a copy of his letter to [Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, earlier Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame, later 1st Lord Swinton, Secretary of State for Air, on air defence]. Baldwin comments on the atmosphere, which no one could have foreseen a year ago, and adds that they are going to need "some pretty riding" both at home and abroad, to win through. Manuscript.

1 folio
24 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/49

Letter from Dino Grandi [Italian Ambassador to Great Britain] (Italian Embassy, 4 Grosvenor Square [London]) to WSC, suggesting that they meet for lunch.

1 folio
26 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/50

Letter from Sir Charles Mallet (Millbrook House, Guildford [Surrey]) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [at the City Carlton Club] on Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], and adding that he has also wanted to congratulate him before, on his speeches against the India Bill. Manuscript.

1 folio
26 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/51

Copy by [? Violet Pearman, Secretary to WSC] of a telegram from WSC to Frederick Allday, [Secretary, Bournemouth Conservative Association, Hampshire], asking him to reserve accommodation in Bournemouth [for the Conservative Party Conference].

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/52

Telegram from George, 1st Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran] (Sevenoaks, Kent) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club].

1 folio
26 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/53

Copy by Joyce Tallents [Secretary to WSC] of a telegram from WSC to 1st Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran], thanking him [for his congratulations on WSC's speech on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club].

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/54-57

Letter from Sir Leo Chiozza Money (The Old Quarry, Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey) to WSC, on his speech on Abyssinia [later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club]. He explains his own position, as part-Italian, and wonders why there should be a quarrel with Italy at all. He did appreciate the tone of WSC's speech, and adds that Italian friends tell him that Britain's position has only made the Fascist government stronger. He appeals to WSC to support a mandate for Italy in Abyssinia, as the easiest solution; otherwise he fears that Benito Mussolini will want more, or be driven into an alliance with Germany.

4 folios
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/58

Copy by Joyce Tallents [Secretary to WSC] of a telegram from WSC (Chartwell, Westerham, Kent) to Joseph Kennedy, suggesting a meeting once Kennedy has arrived in Britain.

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/59

Telegram from Bernard Baruch (New York [United States]) to WSC, informing him that Joseph Kennedy, former Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission, is sailing to Britain. He suggests that WSC should make an appointment to see him, as good relations between them might have far reaching results. Blank reply form enclosed at CHAR 2/237/60.

1 folio
25 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/60

Blank telegram reply form. Covering telegram at CHAR 2/237/59.

1 folio
[25] [Sep] 1935
CHAR 2/237/61-62

Letter from Count Edward Raczynski, Polish Ambassador to Great Britain, (Polish Embassy, London) to WSC, asking him if he would allow the Polish artist Stefan Mrozewski to do a woodcut portrait of him for Time and Tide.

2 folios
30 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/63

Letter from Sir Clive Morrison-Bell (49 Montagu Square [London]) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia] at the City Carlton Club. "The Times - dirty dogs - have for once given you a fairly decent report". Manuscript.

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/64

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Sir Clive Morrison-Bell, thanking him for his congratulations [on WSC's speech on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club].

1 folio
30 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/65

Letter from Arthur Bateman [Conservative MP for North Camberwell, London] ("Mildenhall", 29 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia] at the City Carlton Club. He describes the admiring reaction in Beckenham to the speech, and the sarcastic comments made generally about David Lloyd George, Stanley Baldwin [Prime Minister] and Ramsay MacDonald [Lord President of the Council], which he thinks it would do them good to hear. Annotated: WSC's telegraphed reply, "Thank you so much". Enclosed past election results for Bateman's proposed new seat at Everton, Liverpool, at CHAR 2/237/67.

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/66

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, enclosing a letter [see CHAR 2/237/67] from Arthur Bateman [Conservative MP for North Camberwell, London], which was attached to another letter from him, and which she doesn't think WSC has seen.

1 folio
02 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/67

Letter from Arthur Bateman [Conservative MP for North Camberwell, London], (Mildenhall, 29 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent) to WSC, giving the election results from 1923 for his proposed new seat at Everton, Liverpool, and asking for WSC's advice. Covering letters at CHAR 2/237/65 and CHAR 2/237/66.

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/68

Letter from Frederick Allday, [Secretary, Bournemouth Conservative Association], (Central Offices, 8a Richmond Hill, Bournemouth [Hampshire]) to WSC, confirming his accommodation in Bournemouth [for the Conservative Party Conference].

1 folio
27 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/69

Note from Joyce Tallents [Secretary to WSC], to WSC, detailing the accommodation reserved for him and CSC [at the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth, Hampshire].

1 folio
30 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/70

Letter from Sir Harry McGowan (40 Park Street, London) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on Abyssinia, later Ethiopia] at the City Carlton Club. He feels strongly that if the Cabinet had taken the same line before, Benito Mussolini "would have paused in his isolated action", and fears that now he must go on. He comments on the pertinence of WSC's remarks on Britain's unpreparedness, and cannot understand why WSC is not in the Cabinet and Minister of Defence. Manuscript.

1 folio
28 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/71

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Sir Harry McGowan, thanking him for his letter.

1 folio
02 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/72

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Charles Mallet, thanking him for his letter, commenting on what Mallet wrote to the Times, and asking when he will be in the House of Commons again. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
28 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/73

Letter from Charles Montag (72 Rue de Paris, Meudon, Seine et Oise, [France]) to WSC, saying how pleasant his stay with him was, and how pleased he will be to come back. He needs to discuss the Paul Cezanne exhibition with WSC, and has already arranged to open the exhibition in London, then take it to Paris. Manuscript.

1 folio
02 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/237/74

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Charles Montag, explaining that he has mislaid his letter, but will be delighted to receive Montag and [Paul Jameau] to discuss the Paul Cezanne exhibition.

1 folio
30 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/75

Telegram from Charles Montag (72 Rue de Paris, Meudon, Seine et Oise [France]) to WSC, asking to see him, either in France or Britain, on a very important matter.

1 folio
06 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/237/76

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Charles Montag, explaining that his movements are uncertain, but asking Montag to write.

1 folio
08 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/237/77

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square [London]) to WSC, enclosing a telegram [from 17th Lord Derby, earlier Lord Stanley, see CHAR 2/237/78]. He suggests that WSC might drop David Lloyd George a hint about the need for them all to work as a team, and to ask him to stop going for Neville Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer], or any other member of Government. Manuscript.

1 folio
29 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/78

Telegram from 17th Lord Derby, [earlier Lord Stanley], to Sir Abe Bailey, accepting [? a dinner invitation] and explaining that he is also writing to him.

1 folio
29 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/237/79

Copy by Joyce Tallents [Secretary to WSC] of a telegram from WSC to 17th Lord Derby, [earlier Lord Stanley], thanking him for his generous letter.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/80

Letter from 17th Lord Derby, [earlier Lord Stanley], (Knowsley, Prescot, Lancashire) to WSC, thanking him for his letter, and welcoming the opportunity to resume their friendship and bury the hatchet; he looks forward to seeing WSC at Sir Abe Bailey's dinner. Manuscript.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/81

Letter from WSC to 17th Lord Derby, [earlier Lord Stanley], assuring him that he has often said publicly that Derby acted from the highest sense of public duty, [despite WSC's allegation before the Committee of Privileges, that Derby had suppressed evidence to the Joint Select Committee over Indian constitutional reform], and that the controversy has now been settled. WSC explains that he was deeply grieved to sever cordial relations with Derby, and that it would be a great pleasure to let bygones be bygones. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
[27] [Sep] 1935
CHAR 2/237/82

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Abe Bailey, explaining that he has had a charming letter from 17th Lord Derby, [earlier Lord Stanley]; he adds that there is no possibility of the Italians invading Egypt from Eritrea, because of the difficulty in crossing the desert. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/83

Letter from WSC to Sir Austen Chamberlain, thanking him for sending a copy of his book ["Down the Years"]. WSC is glad that Chamberlain agrees with his line on Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], but expresses his fears that smashing Italy is a mistake, and that Benito Mussolini ought to have been shown the strength of British feeling months before. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/84

Letter from "Van" [Sir Robert Vansittart, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] (Foreign Office) to WSC, thanking him for his letter. He assures him that he thinks WSC spoke very wisely to Dino Grandi [Italian Ambassador to Great Britain], and hopes that his words will have as good an effect as WSC's speech [on Abyssinia], of which Vansittart hears nothing but praise.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/85

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Leo Chiozza Money, explaining that although he supports the Government [on Italy and Abyssinia, later Ethiopia], he does so "with most profound regret"; he also thanks Money for the book "The Last Stronghold of Slavery". Unsigned copy.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/86

Note in shorthand [of a telephone conversation with 1st Lord Lloyd of Dolobran].

1 folio
[01] [Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/87

Note of a telephone conversation between [Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC] and 1st Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran], on [WSC's amendment to Sir Edward Grigg's resolution at the Conservative Party Conference, on the adequate provision of the Armed Forces].

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/88

Draft of WSC's amendment to Sir Edward Grigg's resolution [at the Conservative Party Conference], on the Government's duty to provide adequate Armed Forces for defence.

1 folio
[01] [Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/89

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] on 1st Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran]'s telephone call to arrange WSC's amendment to Sir Edward Grigg's resolution [at the Conservative Party Conference], on the Government's duty to provide adequate Armed Forces for defence.

1 folio
01 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/90

Note of the statement to the Press Association on WSC's amendment to Sir Edward Grigg's resolution [at the Conservative Party Conference], on the Government's duty to provide adequate Armed Forces for defence. Annotated: "Given over telephone to P A. 2.10.35".

1 folio
02 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/91

Draft of WSC's amendment to Sir Edward Grigg's resolution [at the Conservative Party Conference], on the Government's duty to provide adequate Armed Forces for defence.

1 folio
[01] [Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/92

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to F A Lindemann, enclosing a letter [not present] received by WSC from the 1st Sea Lord [Sir Ernle Chatfield]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
02 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/93

Letter from [WSC] to [Count Edward Raczynski], Polish Ambassador to Great Britain, regretting that he does not have time to [have his portrait done in a woodcut] by Stefan Mrozewski. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
02 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/94-95

Letter from Osbert Sitwell (2 Carlyle Square [London]) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on Italy and Abyssinia, later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club], wishing that the Government had taken the same line with Italy, and regretting his own criticism of WSC in the past. Manuscript.

2 folios
[02] [Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/96

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Osbert Sitwell, thanking him for his letter.

1 folio
03 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/97

Letter from [WSC] to Arthur Bateman [Conservative MP for North Camberwell, London], commenting on past election results [for Bateman's proposed new seat at Everton, Liverpool], as giving Bateman a fighting chance. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
04 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/98

Note from "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow, Private Secretary to WSC], to WSC, enclosing extracts from the Times [see CHAR 2/237/99-100] recording Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister]'s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, 1935.

1 folio
09 Sep 1947
CHAR 2/237/99-100

Extract from the Times recording Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister]'s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, on Britain's obligations to the League of Nations. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/98.

2 folios
05 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/101

Letter from Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister] (10 Downing Street, Whitehall) to WSC, thanking him for his tribute at the Conservative Party Conference. Manuscript.

1 folio
06 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/102

Letter from WSC (Chartwell, Westerham, Kent) to Stanley Baldwin [the Prime Minister], assuring him that his tribute to Baldwin [at the Conservative Party Conference] was no more than the truth, and that "it is a blessing to have at the head of affairs a man whom people will rally round". WSC adds that he thinks Baldwin should call an election as soon as possible, and promises to do what he can to help. Manuscript.

1 folio
07 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/103

Letter from Sir Harry McGowan, Chairman, Imperial Chemical Industries Limited (Millbank, London) to WSC, confirming their date for lunch.

1 folio
08 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/104

Letter from Sir Robert Gower [Conservative MP for Gillingham, Rochester, Kent] (Sandown Court, Tunbridge Wells [Kent]) to WSC, asking him to address a Conservative Demonstration at Gillingham.

1 folio
09 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/105

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Robert Gower [Conservative MP for Gillingham, Rochester, Kent], explaining that he will be too busy with the election in his own constituency to make plans for addressing Gower's constituency. WSC adds that he will have to consult Conservative Central Office to find out where he would be most useful. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
10 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/106-108

Letter from [?] S C Thomas (Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch [London]) to WSC, regretting that they won't have time to meet, and describing his interview with the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Malcolm MacDonald] about the sugar industry in Barbados, and the plan to introduce worldwide sugar quotas.

3 folios
09 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/109

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey (38 Bryanston Square [London]) to WSC, describing a letter he has received from 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley], saying how pleased Derby is to be friends with WSC again. Bailey regrets that he cannot dine with WSC, but remarks what good form he was in at a dinner on the previous night. Manuscript.

1 folio
10 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/110

Telegram from Oliver [? Locker-Lampson] to WSC, congratulating him on his speech on Abyssinia [later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club] and on another speech on 9 October, [on foreign policy].

1 folio
10 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/111

Letter from Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough] (2 Rue du General Lambert [Paris, France]) to WSC, remarking on how well his sane, rational speech on [Italy and Abyssinia, later Ethiopia, at the City Carlton Club] was received in France, and how all idealists such as 1st Lord Cecil [of Chelwood, earlier Lord Robert Cecil] and the Archbishop of Canterbury [Cosmo Lang] have achieved is to bring Hungary, Austria and Germany on to Italy's side. Balsan comments on rumours of war within the next 10 years, and urges WSC to try and make it understood that the League of Nations was not "formed as an instrument to create war". Manuscript.

2 folios
12 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/112-113

Letter from [WSC] to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley], giving an account of the negotiations between Randolph Churchill and Sir Thomas White [member of Liverpool City Council, and Chairman and Managing Director of Bents' Brewery Company Limited] for finding Randolph a seat in Liverpool, and assessing his chances. Unsigned copy.

2 folios
12 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/114

Letter from "Archie" [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso, Leader, Liberal Parliamentary Party] (Dalnawillan, Altnabreac, Caithness [Scotland]), to WSC, regretting that he is unable to accept WSC's dinner invitation. He comments on his admiration for WSC's speeches, and his delight at seeing WSC's "stock soaring!", but thinks that "a November election would be a rotten trick to play", particularly unfair on the Labour Party and also the Liberals, as they have been supporting the Government foreign policy, against their own interests. Manuscript.

1 folio
13 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/115-116

Letter from 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] (Derby House, Stratford Place [London]) to WSC, giving an account of his meeting with Sir Thomas White [member of Liverpool City Council, and Chairman and Managing Director of Bents' Brewery Company Limited] over Randolph Churchill and Peter Shaw contesting a seat in Liverpool.

2 folios
14 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/117

Letter from Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman [Conservative MP for Middleton and Prestwich, Lancashire] (61 Tufton Street, Westminster [London]) to WSC, explaining that he will be on leave for medical reasons during the election, and asking if WSC will address some of his constituents near Oldham.

1 folio
14 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/118

Letter from 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] (Derby House, Stratford Place [London]) to WSC, thanking him for his letter on Randolph Churchill and Sir Thomas White [member of Liverpool City Council, and Chairman and Managing Director of Bents' Brewery Company Limited]. Derby gives the latest details on Randolph Churchill and Peter Shaw both contesting a seat in Liverpool.

1 folio
15 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/119

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman [Conservative MP for Middleton and Prestwich, Lancashire], explaining that he will be busy campaigning during the election in his own constituency, and going to a few large centres for Conservative Central Office; possibly he will be able [to speak to Stewart-Sandeman's constituents] from Manchester. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
15 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/120

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to Sir Robert Vansittart [Permanent Under- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], enclosing a letter from WSC [see CHAR 2/237/121] to Vansittart, and conveying his apologies for not having signed it. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
15 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/121

Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Vansittart [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], enclosing an article [by Bertrand de Jouvenel, on an interview with WSC, see CHAR 2/237/132-138], and asking for Vansittart's opinion. Unsigned copy. Covering letter at CHAR 2/237/120.

1 folio
15 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/122

Letter from Desmond Morton [Director of Industrial Intelligence Centre] (Committee of Imperial Defence, 2 Whitehall Gardens) to WSC, enclosing a War Office map of Abyssinia [later Ethiopia, not present]. Manuscript. Annotated: "Map taken into library and put on screen".

1 folio
15 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/123

Copy by Joyce Tallents [Secretary to WSC] of a telegram from WSC to Desmond Morton, thanking him [for a map of Abyssinia, later Ethiopia].

1 folio
17 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/124-126

Letter from Amy Guest [wife of Frederick Guest] (8 Lygon Place, Grosvenor Gardens [London]) to WSC, on her distress about Italy and Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], and the need for Britain to take the lead on making peace. She recalls the settlement of the Boer War, begs WSC to use his influence for peace, and encloses a letter from the Duke of Spoleto [see CHAR 2/237/128]. Manuscript.

3 folios
16 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/127

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Amy Guest [wife of Frederick Guest], thanking her for her letter.

1 folio
19 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/128

Letter from [the Duke of Spoleto] (Rome [Italy]) to Amy Guest [wife of Frederick Guest], thanking her for her efforts for peace [over Italy and Abyssinia, later Ethiopia], and explaining that he has taken up a post in the Admiralty in Rome. Manuscript. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/124-126.

1 folio
13 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/129

Letter from Sir Robert Vansittart [Permanent Under- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], (Foreign Office) to WSC, commenting on the draft of an article by Bertrand de Jouvenel, describing an interview with WSC. Vansittart thinks that the foundation and direction of the article are wrong, and that WSC should dictate something himself.

1 folio
16 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/130

Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Vansittart [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], enclosing an article [by Bertrand de Jouvenel, on an interview with WSC, see CHAR 2/237/132-138], and asking for Vansittart's opinion. Unsigned. Covering letter at CHAR 2/237/120.

1 folio
15 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/131

Letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel (Carlton Hotel, London) to WSC, enclosing a draft of his article on an interview with WSC, [see CHAR 2/237/132-138], explaining that he has steered a middle course between the colourful American style and sedate British journalism, which he fears WSC will not like; he asks WSC to strike out anything that he doesn't approve of.

1 folio
[Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/132-138

Draft of an article by Bertrand de Jouvenel, on an interview with WSC, on the possibility of an Anglo- German understanding, WSC's past career, Britain's attitude to Italy's invasion of Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], and the importance of establishing the power of the League of Nations in such international disputes. Covering letters CHAR 2/237/130 and CHAR 2/237/131.

7 folios
[Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/139

Letter from Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman [Conservative MP for Middleton and Prestwich, Lancashire] (61 Tufton Street, Westminster [London]) to WSC, thanking him for his letter and saying how grateful he will be if WSC has time to [address his constituents].

1 folio
17 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/140

Letter from Henry Guest (3 Queen Anne Street [London]) to WSC, asking him to speak at the Mansion House dinner in aid of the Dockland Settlements charity, and enclosing a precis of the charity's work [see CHAR 2/237/141-143]. Manuscript.

1 folio
17 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/141-143

Description of the work of the Dockland Settlements charity, for the workers and children from the London, Dagenham [Essex], Southampton and Bristol Docklands. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/140.

3 folios
[17] [Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/144

Letter from 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] (Derby House, Stratford Place [London]) to WSC, enclosing a telegram from Sir Thomas White [member of Liverpool City Council, and Chairman and Managing Director of Bents' Brewery Company Limited, see CHAR 2/237/144]. Manuscript.

1 folio
18 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/145

Telegram from Sir Thomas White [member of Liverpool City Council, and Chairman and Managing Director of Bents' Brewery Company Limited] to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] on negotiations [for finding Randolph Churchill a seat in Liverpool]. Covering letter CHAR 2/237/144.

1 folio
18 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/146

Letter from [WSC] to [? Henry Guest], regretting that he does not have time because of the General Election [? to speak in aid of the Dockland Settlements charity]. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
19 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/147

Copy of WSC's statement to the Press Association on the death of Lord Carson, describing their friendship and the respect in which Carson was held in Ireland. Covering envelope at CHAR 2/237/148.

1 folio
22 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/148

Envelope for Lord Carson's obituary [see CHAR 2/237/147 for obituary].

1 folio
22 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/149

Letter from the Reverend William Geikie-Cobb [Chairman, Marriage Law Reform League] to CSC, regretting that he cannot come to her reception, and adding that he has also written to WSC, asking him to become President of the Marriage Law Reform League. He explains that the reform of the marriage laws will mean a hard fight, and that WSC "is the very man to conduct it". Manuscript.

1 folio
[23] [Oct] 1935
CHAR 2/237/150

Letter from the Reverend William Geikie-Cobb, Chairman, Marriage Law Reform League (1 Broad Street Buildings, Liverpool Street, London) to WSC, inviting him to become President of the League, in place of the late 1st Lord Buckmaster. He admits the unpopularity of public dealing with questions of marriage, but cites 1st Lord Hewart [Lord Chief Justice]'s recent articles on the need for reform.

1 folio
23 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/151

Letter from [WSC] to Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough], apologising for having been so long in answering her letter, and explaining that he thinks he understands the French position [on Italy and Abyssinia, later Ethiopia]. He encloses a copy of Hansard [not present] so that she can read his speech [on the international situation] which he made on the previous day in the House of Commons. Unsigned copy.

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/152

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Frederick Guest, thanking him for his telegram [congratulating WSC on a speech].

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/153

Copy of a telegram from WSC to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley], thanking him for his letter and adding that he has told Randolph Churchill [Derby's news].

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/154

Telegram from Frederick Guest [Conservative MP for Drake Division, Plymouth] (Plymouth [Devon]) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech [on the international situation which he made on the previous day in the House of Commons], and adding that he has been trying to say the same things in his constituency.

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/155

Letter from Kathleen, Lady Simon (71 Addison Road [London]) to WSC, congratulating him on his speech on Abyssinia [later Ethiopia] and Italy and on his point that although they must sympathise with the Abyssinians, it is impossible to justify the conditions of slavery and oppression prevalent there, as recorded by Lady Simon in her book ["Slavery"], which the League of Nations has done nothing to combat. Manuscript.

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/156

Copy of a telegram from WSC to Kathleen, Lady Simon, thanking her for her letter [congratulating WSC on a speech].

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/157

Letter from Leo Amery (112 Eaton Square, London SW1) to WSC, sending copy of book [? The Forward View], explaining his opposition to the League of Nations as a coercive body.

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/158

Telegram from WSC to Leo Amery (112 Eaton Square, London SW1), thanks for copy of book [? The Forward View] [copy].

1 folio
01 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/237/159

Note from Louis Raemaekers, Avenue de l'Hippodrome, Brussels, Belgium to WSC, thank you note.

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/160

Telegram from WSC to Louis Raemaekers, Avenue de l'Hippodrome, Brussels, Belgium, thank you note [copy].

1 folio
01 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/237/161-162

Letter from Desmond Morton, Beaufort Gardens, London SW3 to WSC, on the possibility of Stanley Baldwin offering WSC a Cabinet post in the New Year.

2 folios
26 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/163-165

Letter from Desmond Morton, Crookham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent, to WSC, congratulations on speech in the House of Commons on German re-armament, commenting that Germany had not liked the speech "but resentfully admired it in private". Also commenting that League of Nations sanctions were becoming a mockery, and that although Britain should continue to support the League it should not overrate the League's power "when opposed to that of Germany whose strength and cunning, compared with Italy, are the attributes of a Bengal tiger compared with those of a common tom-cat (and not even a ginger one either!)".

3 folios
26 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/166-167

Letter from Captain Gerald Muirhead-Gould, Naval Attache, British Embassy, Berlin, (sent from Warsaw, Poland) to WSC, praising his speech of 24 Oct in the House of Commons on German re-armament. Commenting that he had to wait until he left Germany before sending the letter, as the Germans were so annoyed with WSC for telling the truth that no letters addressed to WSC would have got out of the country. Also commenting that the Germans feared that WSC would become First Lord of the Admiralty or Minister of Defence.

1 folio
28 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/168

Letter from Edward, Prince of Wales, (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor), St James's Palace, London SW1 to WSC, asking if he would be willing to help with speech to the Great Western Railway Centenary Dinner.

1 folio
25 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/169-174

Letter from WSC to Edward, Prince of Wales, (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor), St James's Palace, London SW1 to WSC, enclosing draft of speech to the Great Western Railway Centenary Dinner [carbon].

6 folios
28 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/175

Letter from Admiral Sir William Goodenough, Parson's Pightle, Coulsdon to WSC, on rearmament.

1 folio
29 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/176

Telegram from WSC to Admiral Sir William Goodenough, thanks for letter of support [copy].

1 folio
01 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/237/177-178

Letter from Emile de Cartier, Baron de Marchienne, Belgian Embassy, London, to WSC, enclosing cartoon of WSC from "Le Soir", Brussels by the Dutch caricaturist, Louis Raemaekers.

2 folios
30 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/179-180

Letter from WSC to Sir Abe Bailey, on Bailey's subscription to Conservative Party funds, asking if he would be willing for a portion of his donation to be used to support the campaign of Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, who was standing as an independent Conservative in North Portsmouth [carbon].

2 folios
31 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/181

Note from Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC to WSC, on request from Robert Boothby that WSC should give an interview to the journalist, Frederick Kuh, who had information about discussions between oil companies on cutting off oil supplies from Italy.

1 folio
31 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/237/182-184

Letter from Roy Harrod, Christ Church, Oxford, to WSC, on the international situation, particularly the need to offer "something reasonable, even generous, to Italy". Also commenting on the Oxford Union's "won't fight" debate, stating that the "won't fight" brigade were "precisely all that is best in the country. They are willing to fight and die - more willing than any generation has been - but not for outworn causes".

3 folios
31 Oct 1935