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CHAR 2/241A-B Public and Political: General: India Defence League.

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CHAR 2/241A/1

Printed pamphlet, "The Men Who Know - Prominent Supporters of the India Defence League" I.D.L. Pamphlet No.13.

1 Pamphlet 12pp
[1935]
CHAR 2/241A/11

Greetings telegram from Bhagwan Raja Dabi (Patna [India]) to WSC.

1 folio
01 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/12-14

Letter from J Archer Cowie, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing a copy of a letter from Rear-Admiral Reginald Parry, Chairman of the League's Portsmouth Group, dated 8 January 1935, on the possibility of WSC speaking on India in Portsmouth [Hampshire] in the spring, with a list of available dates.

3 folios
08 Jan 1935 - 09 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/15

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to J Archer Cowie, India Defence League, on WSC's speaking engagements; stating that he would not speak on India in Tunbridge Wells [Kent] as it was not a friendly constituency. [Carbon].

1 folio
10 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/16

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to David Woodford, [Press and Information Officer, India Defence League]; suggesting that one of WSC's articles on India for the Daily Mail be reused in the Bristol Evening World. [Carbon].

1 folio
10 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/17

Letter from J Archer Cowie, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], with thanks for her letter about WSC's speaking engagements on India.

1 folio
12 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/18

Letter from David Woodford, Press and Information Officer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], on the possibility of WSC writing an article on India for the Bristol Evening World; stating that Sir Louis Stuart [Honorary Secretary, Indian Empire Society] had written an article which would be published shortly, and that he would also adapt one of WSC's Daily Mail articles.

1 folio
12 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/19-20

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], commenting on letters on India received by WSC; stating that His Holiness Jagadguro Shri Shankarasharya was of importance to Hindus, and a letter from WSC congratulating him on his attitude would be of value, and that the Nawabzada Mohammad Azim Khan of Toru was "an enthusiastic and well educated Pathan" who had incurred the wrath of the Viceroy [of India, 1st Lord Willingdon, earlier Freeman Freeman-Thomas] by his activities in opposing the Government's reform schemes, suggesting that WSC should meet him.

2 folios
14 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/2-3

Circular from Sir Alfred Knox and Patrick Donner, India Defence Parliamentary Committee, on the Second Reading and Committee Stage of the India Bill; includes note to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC].

2 folios
02 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/21

Letter from Sir Henry Croft, (15 Southwell Gardens, Gloucester Road [London]) to WSC, on his intention to invite the Council of the India Defence League and sympathetic MPs to a tea party; asking if WSC would be willing to give a brief speech "by way of heartening the troops".

1 folio
14 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/22

Letter from WSC to Sir Henry Croft, (15 Southwell Gardens, Gloucester Road [London]) on Croft's intention to invite the Council of the India Defence League and sympathetic MPs to a tea party; stating that he hoped to attend, but would not be able to make a speech. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/23-24

Letter from Brigadier Lionel Fanshawe, Honorary Secretary of the India Defence League, South Kensington Group, to WSC, on an attack on WSC and the other India "rebels" in speeches by 1st Lord Hardinge [of Penshurst, former Viceroy of India] and Herbert Spender-Clay [MP for Tonbridge, Kent] at a meeting of the Conservative Secretaries Guild at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, enclosing a cutting from the [Tunbridge Wells] Courier.

2 folios
18 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/25

Letter from WSC to Brigadier Lionel Fanshawe, [Honorary Secretary of the India Defence League, South Kensington Group], with thanks for his letter [on the attack on WSC and the other India "rebels" in speeches by 1st Lord Hardinge [of Penshurst, former Viceroy of India, and Herbert Spender- Clay, MP for Tonbridge, Kent].

1 folio
21 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/26-27

Letter from Osborn Dan (Wateringbury Place, Wateringbury, Kent) to WSC, on a meeting of the India Defence League, which unanimously condemned the proposals contained in the India White Paper, enclosing a report of the meeting from the Tunbridge Wells Courier.

2 folios
19 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/28-30

Letter from Guy DuBoulay, Assistant Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], on support for the work of the League in the Sevenoaks constituency [Kent], despite the opposition of the MP, Sir Edward Hilton Young [later 1st Lord Kennet]. Enclosing copy of a letter from Aileen Bonham Carter (Rousham, Westerham, Kent).

3 folios
25 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/31

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to J Eric Mordue, (Bricket Wood, Watford [Hertfordshire]), regretting that WSC would be unable to speak at his Social Club, stating that his request had been passed to the India Defence League, who might be able to provide a speaker. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/32

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to the Drafting Committee of the India Defence League, forwarding a letter from the Anglo-Indian Association of London, which might be useful for the Committee. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/33

Letter from Colonel C Alexander, Honorary Secretary of the India Defence League, Bristol Group, to WSC with congratulations on the success of his speech on the Government of India Bill, in Bristol on 25 January.

1 folio
28 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/34

Letter from Guy DuBoulay, Assistant Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC], acknowledging receipt of the forwarded letter from J Eric Mordue.

1 folio
29 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/35

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to the Drafting Committee of the India Defence League, forwarding a circular letter from the Bangalore Trades Association. [Carbon].

1 folio
31 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/36

Telegram from Lord Wolmer [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne] to WSC, with notification of a meeting of the Executive Committee [of the India Defence League].

1 folio
31 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/37

Telegram from WSC to Lord Wolmer [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne], agreeing to speak at the India Defence League meeting at the Royal Albert Hall [London] on 21 March. [Copy].

1 folio
01 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/38

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, asking if the India Defence League could publish his speech on the India Bill [annotated "Yes"].

1 folio
31 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/39

Circular letter from Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League] to members of the India Defence League Executive Committee, on the possibility of arranging a major rally at the Royal Albert Hall [London] on 21 March. Also on support for Randolph Churchill's by-election campaign in Wavertree [Liverpool].

1 folio
31 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/4-6

Letter from David Woodford, Press and Information Officer, India Defence League, to WSC, on an approach from the Bristol Evening Post for an article by WSC on the Indian question; reporting that the paper had been a supporter of the League in the past; includes note to WSC on the ownership of the paper.

3 folios
08 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/40

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to [Hugh Orr-Ewing], Chief Organiser, India Defence League, forwarding letters, mainly from possible recruits for the League. [Carbon].

1 folio
01 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/41

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Osborn Dan, with thanks for his letter [on the activities of the India Defence League in the Sevenoaks Division of Kent]. [Carbon].

1 folio
01 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/42

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC to [Hugh Orr-Ewing], Chief Organiser, India Defence League, forwarding letters, mainly from possible recruits for the League. [Carbon].

1 folio
02 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/43

Letter from Guy DuBoulay, Assistant Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] with thanks for letters, mainly from possible recruits for the League.

1 folio
04 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/44

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to [Hugh Orr-Ewing], Chief Organiser, India Defence League, forwarding letters, mainly from possible recruits for the League. [Carbon].

1 folio
06 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/45

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing [Chief Organiser, India Defence League], forwarding letters, mainly from possible recruits for the League. [Carbon].

1 folio
07 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/46

Circular letter from Sir Nairne Stewart-Sandeman and Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League], to members of the India Defence Parliamentary Committee, on the emptiness of the House of Commons during the debate on the Second Reading of the Government of India Bill; requesting that members be present when other members of the Committee were speaking on India; commenting that it was hard to deliver effective speeches to an empty House, and the "moral support afforded by supporters was greatly appreciated".

1 folio
07 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/47

Letter from Guy DuBoulay, Assistant Organiser, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC, with thanks for forwarding letters on India, stating that those who were not already members of the League would be sent details.

1 folio
07 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/48-49

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to WSC, with notification of a meeting at Caxton Hall [London], on 13 February.

2 folios
09 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/50

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Hugh Orr-Ewing [Chief Organiser, India Defence League], forwarding letters of support. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/51

Letter from David Woodford, Press and Information Officer, India Defence League, to WSC, sending a proof [not present] of the text of WSC's broadcast on the India Bill [30 January, "India: the Betrayal"], asking for comments and corrections.

1 folio
15 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/52

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to [Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer], India Defence League, forwarding letters on India. [Carbon].

1 folio
18 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/53

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], returning a telegram from His Holiness Jagadguro Shri Shankerasharya [see CHAR 2/241A/54-56]; stating that he was a Hindu of very great importance, and that it would be much appreciated if WSC wrote thanking him for his support.

1 folio
21 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/54-56

Telegram from His Holiness Jagadguro Shri Shankerasharya to WSC, supporting his opposition to the Government of India Bill.

3 folios
09 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/57

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing [Chief Organiser, India Defence League], acknowledging receipt of his letter of 21 February. [Carbon].

1 folio
25 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/58

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, reminding him to speak to 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] about the need for the Rothermere newspapers to support the forthcoming India Defence League meeting at the Royal Albert Hall [London].

1 folio
20 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/59

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organiser, India Defence League], forwarding a letter for his consideration. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/60

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League], asking if, on his last visit to Chartwell [Kent], he had mistakenly taken a volume of the Simon Report belonging to the League. [Carbon].

1 folio
25 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/61

Card from Charles Emmott to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], stating that, on his last visit to Chartwell [Kent], he had not taken any books and papers not belonging to him.

1 folio
01 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/62

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, on a missing volume of the Simon Report, belonging to the India Defence League.

1 folio
23 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/63

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to David Woodford [Press and Information Officer, India Defence League], returning proofs of WSC's broadcast speech on India [30 January, "India: the Betrayal"], with one minor correction. [Carbon].

1 folio
25 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/64

Letter from E J Butcher, Private Secretary to Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League], (22 Prince's Gardens [London]) to Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC, confirming that Donner had not taken the volume of the Simon Report belonging to the India Defence League; stating that he could remember it being taken from room to room at Chartwell [Kent], but that WSC had it all the time.

1 folio
26 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/65

Letter from Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League] to WSC, with thanks for his donation of 10 shillings towards the secretarial expenses of the India Defence Parliamentary Committee.

1 folio
26 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/66

Letter from I Mills, Private Secretary to Lord Wolmer [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne], (3 Chester Gate, Regent's Park [London]) to [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, with thanks for forwarding a letter.

1 folio
26 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/67

Letter from Sir Michael O'Dwyer [former Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal, India] (22 Prince of Wales Terrace, [London]) to [Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC], confirming that he had not taken WSC's copy of the Simon Report on India.

1 folio
28 Feb [1935]
CHAR 2/241A/68

Circular letter from the India Defence League to members residing in the Sevenoaks Division of Kent, urging them to attend Annual General Meeting of the National Unionist Association in Sevenoaks, to support a resolution proposed by Osborn Dan opposing the White Paper on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
28 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/69

Statement by the India Defence League giving wholehearted support to Randolph Churchill in the forthcoming Wavertree [Liverpool] by-election. [Carbon].

1 folio
[Feb] [1935]
CHAR 2/241A/7

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], enclosing telegrams on India addressed to WSC [at CHAR 2/241A/8-11].

1 folio
08 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/70

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organiser], India Defence League, forwarding a letter from S Morgan of Hampstead [London], asking for advice on WSC's reply. [Carbon].

1 folio
02 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/71-72

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] on the League's contention that the Statute of Westminster gave the right of secession to a Dominion, and returning letters from J D Collins and Sir Patrick Fagan [see CHAR 2/241A/73-75].

2 folios
02 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/73-74

Letter from John D Collins, (38 Salisbury Gardens, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne [Northumberland]) to WSC, on the Government of India Bill, on the intention of the canvassers and party workers in North Newcastle to resign from the local Conservative Association and start an Independent Conservative Association; asking if he or Randolph Churchill would be willing to speak at an "anti-White Paper" meeting under the auspices of the India Defence League.

2 folios
17 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/75

Letter from Sir Patrick Fagan [former Member of the Imperial Legislative Council of India], (73 Canfield Gardens, Hampstead [London]) to WSC, on his memorandum to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
26 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/241A/76

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], forwarding a letter from Katherine Mayo asking for photographs. [Carbon].

1 folio
09 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/77

Letter from Katherine Mayo, (2 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington [London]) to WSC, on her new book on India ["The Face of Mother India"], dealing with present- day conditions, particularly the "reality of the Hindu-Muslim cleavage" and the "reality and nature of terrorism in India"; asking if he had any photographs that she could use.

1 folio
06 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/78

Letter from WSC to Katherine Mayo, expressing pleasure that she was writing a book on conditions in India ["The Face of Mother India"]; promising to look for photographs and that he would also ask the India Defence League for help. [Carbon].

1 folio
09 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/79

Letter from Major C Lestock Reid, Assistant Organiser, India Defence League, to WSC, reporting on a meeting to inaugurate the Brighton and Hove [Sussex] Branch of the League, at which the Reverend S E Terry proposed a resolution expressing deep gratitude to WSC for his fight against the India Bill.

1 folio
08 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/8-10

Telegram from the Calcutta Bar Council to WSC, suggesting that the British element in the Indian High Courts should be further eliminated, and that the post of Chief Justice should not be open to members of the Indian Civil Service.

3 folios
04 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/241A/80

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], on photographs of India for Katherine Mayo.

1 folio
11 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/81

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organiser, India Defence League], forwarding a postcard WSC had received from Mrs J V Thompson, sister of the late 1st Lord Birkenhead, earlier F E Smith. [Carbon].

1 folio
12 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/82

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to the Secretary of the Drafting Committee, India Defence League, forwarding a copy of a letter from the Nizam's Palace, New Delhi, to Sir Bertrand Glancy; asking if he could comment on the proposed amendments to the India Bill. [Carbon].

1 folio
13 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241A/83-126

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing a confidential note prepared for the Committee of the Indian Civil Service Association (Bengal) on the Joint Parliamentary Committee Report on Indian Constitutional Reform, including a preliminary forecast of the future in India, proposed safeguards for the Civil Service and an analysis of the report.

44 folios
13 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/127

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] on the possibility of re-printing the speeches of the Indian Princes in opposition to the Government of India Bill.

1 folio
14 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/128

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], sending 200 pamphlets of the speeches of the Indian Princes in opposition to the India Bill; asking him to distribute them to leading newspapers, and also possibly to members of the India Defence League. [Carbon].

1 folio
15 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/129

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League, to WSC, with notification of a meeting of the League] at Caxton Hall [London] on 22 March.

1 folio
15 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/130

Letter from D Johnstone, Secretary of the Amendments Committee, India Defence League, to [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of a letter from Sir Akbar Hydari to Sir Bertrand Glancy on the Government of India Bill.

1 folio
15 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/131

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to [D Johnstone], Secretary of the Amendments Committee, India Defence League, forwarding a letter from A J Robertson, Barrister, of Karachi [India, later Pakistan]. [Carbon].

1 folio
16 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/132

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to WSC, with thanks for the notification that WSC would not be present at the League meeting on 17 March.

1 folio
20 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/133-134

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to WSC, enclosing a note from [Henry] Victor Raikes on Norrie Miller, the prospective National Government candidate for Perth [Scotland].

2 folios
21 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/135

Letter from C Lestock Reid, Assistant Organiser, India Defence League to WSC, sending letter and cuttings, [not present] asking for them to be returned when WSC had finished with them.

1 folio
21 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/136

Letter from D Johnstone, Secretary of the Amendments Committee, India Defence League, to [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of her letter.

1 folio
25 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/137

Letter from Katherine Mayo, (2 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington [London]) to WSC, on his speech at a mass meeting of the India Defence League, and on her book on India ["The Face of Mother India"].

1 folio
25 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/138

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Katherine Mayo, with thanks for her letter on WSC's speech at a mass meeting of the India Defence League, and on photographs for her book on India ["The Face of Mother India"]. [Carbon].

1 folio
25 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/139

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC, to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], forwarding a letter and enclosures from H P Lambert of Newton Abbot, Devon, whom WSC had advised to join the League. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/140-142

Letter from Harold Robinson, Chairman, India Defence League, Lancashire Group, (Royal London House, Deansgate, Manchester) to WSC, enclosing a cutting of his article from the Oldham Chronicle, "Lancashire Demands a Square Deal - Remove the Surcharges in Indian Tariff on Cotton Goods" and a pamphlet "Lancashire and India - The Manchester Chamber of Commerce's Policy on Indian Constitutional Reform - A Full Account of the Extraordinary General Meeting on 23 July 1934". Also commenting on a meeting with Randolph Churchill, who was looking far from well.

3 1p letter, cutting and 36p pamphlet
30 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/143

Letter from David Woodford, Press and Information Officer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], acknowledging receipt of a letter and enclosures from H P Lambert. [Carbon].

1 folio
02 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/144

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Harold Robinson, [Chairman, India Defence League, Lancashire Group], with thanks for his letter and enclosures on the India Bill; also reporting that Randolph Churchill was "laid up with a bad attack of jaundice and would be out of action for some time". [Carbon].

1 folio
03 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/145-147

Circular letter from Lord Wolmer [later 3rd Lord Selborne], Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, on the future policy of the League, proposing a change of name to the Imperial Defence League; with envelope. [Printed].

1 folio
03 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/148

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, forwarding a letter from the Nawabzada Mohammad Azim Khan of Toru, asking for comments. [Carbon].

1 folio
03 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/149

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], forwarding a letter. [Carbon].

1 folio
03 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/150-151

Letter from Harold Robinson, [Chairman, India Defence League, Lancashire Group], enclosing his letter to the Morning Post on suppression of evidence from the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform; particularly on the description by Leo Amery of the charges brought forward as a "Mare's Nest".

2 folios
08 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/152

Note from Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, on a request from an "Indian gentleman" [the Nawabzada Mohammad Azim Khan of Toru], asking WSC to speak at a meeting in May.

1 folio
19 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/153

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League to Violet Pearman [Private Secretary to WSC], on a letter from the Nawabzada [Mohammad Azim Khan] of Toru to WSC; describing him as a "most estimable young man" and recommending that WSC should see him.

1 folio
13 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/154

Letter from the Nawabzada Mohammad Azim Khan of Toru, (The Muslim Future, Buckingham Street, Strand [London]) to [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC; asking if WSC would be willing to speak at a meeting on India in May.

1 folio
12 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/155-157

Circular letter from Lieutenant-Colonel B A Thornton, Honorary Secretary of the St John's Wood and Marylebone Branch [London], India Defence League, enclosing a copy of a letter to Lord Wolmer [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne], objecting to the proposed name change of the League [to the Imperial Defence League].

3 folios
18 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/158

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to C Lestock Reid, [Assistant Organizer, India Defence League], with thanks for sending bundles of cuttings, and returning them with thanks. [Carbon].

1 folio
19 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/159

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], forwarding a letter from M Abdul Latheef, (Bangalore), asking for comments [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/160

Letter from C Lestock Reid, Assistant Organizer, India Defence League, to WSC, acknowledging receipt of bundles of cuttings.

1 folio
23 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/161

Notification (Three Line Whip) from Patrick Donner, India Defence Parliamentary Committee, that the Committee State of the Government of India Bill would be continued on 29 April; urgently requesting members to be present throughout the sitting.

1 folio
24 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/162

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to the Nawabzada Mohammad Azim Khan of Toru, regretting that WSC was unable to speak at his meeting on India due to pressure of work. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/163-164

Letter from WSC to Lieutenant-Colonel B A Thornton, [Honorary Secretary, St John's Wood and Marylebone Branch, London, India Defence League]; acknowledging receipt of his letter to Lord Wolmer [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne] on the future policy of the League; expressing regret at the "hectoring and ill-natured character" of the letter, and stating that he did not consider that any contribution made by the Branch to the opposition to the Bill justified such criticisms; suggesting that he should have more respect for MPs like Lord Wolmer, "whose abilities and exertions deserve the gratitude of every member of the India Defence League"; also includes covering letter to Lord Wolmer, asking him to send the letter to Thornton if he approved.

2 folios
24 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/165

Letter from I Mills, Private Secretary to Lord Wolmer, [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne] (3 Chester Gate, Regent's Park [London]), acknowledging receipt of WSC's letter to Lieutenant-Colonel B A Thornton [Honorary Secretary, St John's Wood and Marylebone Branch, London, India Defence League].

1 folio
27 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/241B/166

Letter from Lord Wolmer, [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne], (3 Chester Gate, Regent's Park [London]), approving the draft of WSC's letter to Lieutenant-Colonel B A Thornton [Honorary Secretary, St John's Wood and Marylebone Branch, London, India Defence League] on the future policy of the League [see CHAR 2/241B/163-4]; also on his "deal" with [Henry] David Margesson, Government Chief Whip, on the timetable for the Committee Stage of the Bill.

1 folio
01 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/167

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC], returning a "rejoinder" from the Musulmans [Muslims] of the Civil and Military Station at Bangalore, with a letter from Sir Louis Stuart [Honorary Secretary, Indian Empire Society], giving his opinion on the rejoinder.

1 folio
02 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/168

Letter from Sir Louis Stuart, Honorary Secretary, Indian Empire Society, to Hugh Orr-Ewing [Chief Organizer, India Defence League] commenting on the "rejoinder" of the Musulmans [Muslims] of the Civil and Military Station at Bangalore [India], [see CHAR 2/241B/169], stating that the facts were probably "all right", but that it would not make very good material in the House.

1 folio
01 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/169

Letter from M Abdul Latheef, (22 Thumboo Chetty Road, Cox Town, Bangalore [India], to WSC, forwarding the "rejoinder" [not present] by the Musalmans [Muslims] of the Civil and Military Station to the Memorial submitted by the Central Mohammedan Association of Mysore. Stating that the Musalmans had met all of the charges levelled against them.

1 folio
30 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/241B/170

Letter from Lord Wolmer [Chairman, Executive Committee, India Defence League, later 3rd Lord Selborne], (Blackmoor, Liss, Hampshire) to WSC with thanks for sending him a "most damning" document; stating that he had taken the liberty of sending it to 4th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne].

1 folio
05 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/171

Letter from WSC to H Cecil Vickers, with thanks for sending a booklet on India. [Carbon].

1 folio
05 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/172-173

Letter from Harold Robinson, [Chairman, Lancashire Group, India Defence League], to WSC, enclosing a reprint of his article from the Oldham Chronicle, 30 March 1935, "Lancashire Demands a Square Deal - Remove the Surcharges in Indian Tariff on Cotton Goods"; reporting that the article had been issued to all Lancashire MPs.

2 folios
09 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/174

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC, to Harold Robinson, [Chairman, Lancashire Group, India Defence League], with thanks for his letter and enclosure.

1 folio
15 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/175

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], forwarding a letter and enclosures from W G Roberts of Bryndeulyn, Carnarvon [Caernarfon, Wales], asking for comments. [See CHAR 2/241B/178]. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/176

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC] acknowledging receipt of the letter and enclosures from W G Roberts.

1 folio
20 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/177

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC], on a letter from W G Roberts, [on the case of 2,500 Christians in Manipur, Assam, India, who had been prohibited by the Political Agent from assembling together for worship, see CHAR 2/241B/178].

1 folio
23 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/178

Letter from W G Roberts, Bryndewlyn, Caernarvon [Caernarfon, Wales], to WSC, on a petition from 2,500 Christians in Manipur, Assam, India, who had been prohibited from worshipping by the Political Agent.

1 folio
[May] [1935]
CHAR 2/241B/179

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to W G Roberts, regretting that WSC was unable to help him.

1 folio
25 May 1935
CHAR 2/241B/180-181

Letters from Harold Robinson, [Chairman, Lancashire Group, India Defence League], to WSC, on his speech in the House of Commons [? 5 June] criticising the lack of Lancashire support for his efforts to save the cotton industry; also commenting that he had heard that the Bury Conservative Association had applied to Conservative Central Office for WSC or 1st Lord Lloyd to address the Association, and had been told that neither was on the list of available speakers; asking if this was Central Office spite? [2 letters].

2 folios
07 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/241B/182

Letter from Sir Alfred Knox, (40 North Audley Street [London]) to WSC, reporting that Conservative opponents of the Government of India Bill polled 84 votes on the Third reading; stating that during the Committee Stage, Miss Don, Sir Nairne Stewart-Sandeman's Private Secretary did an immense amount of voluntary work; suggesting that they should make a small gift to her of an inscribed silver inkstand; asking him to send 5 shillings towards such a gift to Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League]. [Annotated "sent 28.6.35"].

1 folio
20 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/241B/183-187

Memorandum by John Gretton on the future policy of the India Defence League, proposing that it be continued, as a core of the Conservative Party, particularly to support MPs who had steadily supported the opposition to the India Bill.

5 folios
03 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/241B/188-194

Letter from Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, to WSC, enclosing notes on the future of the India Defence League, proposing a merger with the Liberty Restoration League, run by Captain Bernard Acworth.

7 folios
10 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/241B/195-197

Circular letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League, reporting on the League's Council Meeting, proposing that the League be continued in its present form until after the General Election.

3 folios
02 Aug 1935 - 07 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/241B/198-206

India Defence League Monthly Bulletin on subjects including: chairmanship of the executive committee; the Indian National Congress; communal tension in India; and results achieved by the League.

9 folios
Sep 1935
CHAR 2/241B/207-212

India Defence League Monthly Bulletin on subjects including the financial enquiry into India; the Indian Army and Communist activities in India.

6 folios
Oct 1935
CHAR 2/241B/213

Letter from Patrick Donner [Honorary Secretary, India Defence League] (22 Prince's Gardens, [London]) to WSC, listing the 20 members of the League who had been defeated or retired at the General Election.

1 folio
28 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/241B/214-216

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League to WSC, enclosing a list showing how MPs supporting the League fared in the General Election.

3 folios
28 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/241B/217-218

List of MPs voting against the Third Reading of the Government of India Bill: omitting those not re-elected in the 1935 General Election.

2 folios
Nov 1935
CHAR 2/241B/219

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to Hugh Orr-Ewing, [Chief Organizer, India Defence League], on a card from K K Lalkaka, [Indian Empire Society] (Bombay) to WSC. [Carbon].

1 folio
02 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/220

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League, to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC] on WSC's correspondence with Colonel Barton.

1 folio
03 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/221

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organizer, India Defence League to Violet Pearman, [Private Secretary to WSC] on WSC's correspondence with K K Lalkaka; commenting that Lalkaka was a Bombay Parsee, who spoke on behalf of the India Defence League at a number of meetings.

1 folio
03 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/222

Letter from [Violet Pearman], Private Secretary to WSC to the India Defence League, on a forthcoming meeting of the League Executive Committee on 12 December; regretting that WSC would be unable to attend, but was in general agreement with the proposal. [Carbon].

1 folio
08 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/223-224

Notification of a meeting of the Executive Committee of the India Defence League, with a memorandum on the organisation and structure of the League, and its future policy.

2 folios
06 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/225

Letter from [Violet Pearman] Private Secretary to WSC to John Gretton, sending WSC's subscription of 25 pounds to the India Defence League. [Carbon].

1 folio
09 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/226

Letter from John Gretton, (35 Belgrave Square [London]) to WSC, acknowledging receipt of his cheque for 25 pounds, as subscription to the India Defence League.

1 folio
11 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/241B/227-229

Report by Hugh Orr-Ewing, Chief Organiser, India Defence League, on the Council Meeting of the League held on 12 December, which approved the proposal for a change of name to the Imperial Defence League.

3 folios
14 Dec 1935 - 18 Dec 1935