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CHAR 2/243 Public and Political: General: Defence.

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CHAR 2/243/1

Letter from WSC to Lord Londonderry, invitation to dine at Chartwell, to discuss "the Air". Stating that he would be paying a great deal of attention to the Air debates in the House of Commons "so you must not tell me anything that you do not want me to know" [typescript copy].

1 folio
01 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/2-3

Letter from F A Lindemann (later Lord Cherwell), Christ Church, Oxford, to WSC, enclosing draft letter from WSC and Austen Chamberlain to the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald], on the need for a Committee to discuss the problem of defence against night bombers.

2 folios
07 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/4

Letter from WSC to [Austen Chamberlain], on draft letter from WSC and Chamberlain to the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald], on the need for a Committee to discuss the problem of defence against night bombers [carbon].

1 folio
08 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/5

Letter from Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain (58 Rutland Gate [London]) to WSC, informing him that he had signed and sent a letter [jointly from himself and WSC, on the need for an enquiry on air defence] to the Prime Minister [James Ramsay MacDonald], with a covering note.

Chamberlain also says that the second volume of WSC's biography of the 1st Duke of Marlborough had formed his Christmas reading, and had fascinated him: "What a man!".

1 folio
09 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/6

Letter from F A Lindemann (later Lord Cherwell), Christ Church, Oxford, to WSC, on letter to the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald] on air defence.

1 folio
13 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/7

Letter from F A Lindemann (later Lord Cherwell), Christ Church, Oxford, to WSC, on letter to the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald] on air defence. Commenting that it was "hopeless the way Ramsay chops and changes", also that he had learned that Air Ministry was determined to "do everything to inhibit action of the sort we want".

1 folio
18 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/8

Letter from WSC to F A Lindemann, (later Lord Cherwell), on letter from the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald] on air defence. Describing Macdonald as a "hopeless twister" and stating that the only solution was a debate in the House of Commons [carbon].

1 folio
21 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/9

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Sir Austen Chamberlain, returning letter from Ramsay Macdonald on air defence [carbon].

1 folio
22 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/10-12

Letter from F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell], (Christ Church, Oxford) to WSC, sending further letters from the Prime Minister [James Ramsay MacDonald] and Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain on air defence. Particularly on the composition and terms of reference of the Air Defence Research Committee, commenting that Henry Tizard was a good man, but that both he and Harry Wimperis received salaries from the Air Ministry, and that neither of the other two members "have ever had anything to do with aeroplanes". Stating that what was required was a committee with instructions to find new methods of air defence, and power to carry out the necessary experiments. Includes letter from Chamberlain (58 Rutland Gate [London]) to Lindemann and WSC, enclosing a letter [not present] from MacDonald. Chamberlain states that he had provisionally replied to the Prime Minister informing him that he and WSC would ask for an interview after Parliament met. He had also told MacDonald that a new Committee [on air defence] should have a Chairman of the same character and standing as those appointed to the improvised air department, in order to have the co-operation of the departments concerned. Chamberlain had suggested 1st Lord Maclay, [?] Rhondda or Sir William Weir as examples, and said that the Committee should have the authority and funds to carry out research and enquiries; also that its work might require two or three years rather than two or three months. Finally he hopes that he, Lindemann and WSC could meet to talk it over in the week of 27th January. Annotated by WSC on 28th January, "I agree".

3 folios
22 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/13

Letter from The Private Secretary to WSC to Sir Austen Chamberlain, returning letter from the Prime Minister on air defence [carbon].

1 folio
31 Jan 1935
CHAR 2/243/14

Telegram from WSC to Austen Chamberlain (58 Rutland Gate, London SW7), regretting that he could not meet Prime Minister on Friday 15 Feb to discuss air defence. Asking Chamberlain to "speak in my name" [copy].

1 folio
13 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/243/15

Telegram from Austen Chamberlain (58 Rutland Gate, London SW7) to WSC, reporting that meeting with the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald] to discuss air defence had been postponed until 15 Feb at 11.00.

1 folio
13 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/243/16

Letter from Desmond Morton, (21 Queen Anne's gate, London SW1) to WSC, on letter from Air Commodore Peregrine Fellowes. Commenting that Fellowes had been one of the Air Ministry's experts on dirigibles, and that he might have a considerable personal bias towards "matters of air policy with which the Air Ministry would not be wholly in agreement".

1 folio
27 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/243/17

Letter from Air Commodore Peregrine Fellowes (Chester Street, London SW1) to WSC, asking for meeting to discuss air policy.

1 folio
10 Feb 1935
CHAR 2/243/18

Letter from WSC to Air Commodore Peregrine Fellowes (Chester Street, London SW1) to WSC, regretting that he was unable to meet to discuss air policy [carbon].

1 folio
01 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/243/19

Letter from Major General Henry Rowan-Robinson (Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London) to WSC, suggesting that he should read proof of his book "Efficiency and Economy through a Ministry of Defence" before defence debate in the House of Commons.

1 folio
08 Mar [1935]
CHAR 2/243/20

Letter from Desmond Morton (Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1) to WSC, on Major General Henry Rowan-Robinson's book "Efficiency and Economy through a Ministry of Defence". Describing it as an able and compelling statement, and a valuable contribution to the subject, particularly the proposal for a single Ministry of Defence.

1 folio
13 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/243/21

Letter from WSC to Major-General Henry Rowan-Robinson, thanks for sending proof of his book "Efficency and Economy through a Ministry of Defence" Commenting that the book promised to be a work of great interest [carbon].

1 folio
16 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/243/22-26

Letter from James A Petrie, Estoril, Portugal, to WSC, on German military aviation. Stating that the Germans had 1500 new aircraft, and in time of war could put into the air 4000 machines. Suggesting that Britain should start to re-arm immediately, and that to pay for it, Super-Tax should be increased by 6d or 1s in the pound.

5 folios
22 Mar 1935
CHAR 2/243/27

Letter from Robert Dele, Geneva, Switzerland (Geneva Correspondent of the Manchester Guardian) to WSC, on the German Air Force, drawing attention to an article on enormously increased consumption of aluminium in Germany in "Das Neue Tage-Buch" published on 6 Apr. Commenting that it showed that there was every reason to believe that the German Air Force was much larger than the British or the French.

1 folio
07 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/28

Letter from Lord Winterton (Eccleston Square, London SW1) to WSC, on the possibility of an Adjournment Debate on air policy. Stating that the Speaker [Captain Edward Fitzroy] had advised against, as the Government would be compelled to give a whole day debate after the Easter Recess.

1 folio
12 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/29

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, forwarding letter from Robert Dell on the German Air Force, asking for comments [carbon].

1 folio
10 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/30-31

Letter from Desmond Morton (Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1) to WSC, commenting on letters from James Petrie and Robert Dell on German rearmament. Commenting that the figures for increased aluminium consumption in Germany were not entirely attributable to increased aircraft production, and that one could not calculate the number of aircraft built from these figures.

1 folio
12 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/32

Letter from the Private Secretary to Lord Rothermere, Stody Lodge, Melton Constable, Norfolk, to WSC, sending article [not retained] from the "Investors' Chronicle" on Germany's Economic Fitness for War. Annotated by WSC, asking his Private Secretary to say that he had read the article with great interest and to send the article to Desmond Morton.

1 folio
13 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/33

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to the Private Secretary to Lord Winterton MP, sending copies of letters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Prime Minister, on debate on the Air situation [carbon].

1 folio
15 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/34

Letter from WSC to Edward Fitzroy, Speaker of the House of Commons, on Fitzroy's conversation with Lord Winterton on the possibility of an Adjournment Debate on the relative air strengths of Britain and Germany [carbon].

1 folio
15 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/35-36

Letter from WSC to Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, on the possibility of a House of Commons Debate on the relative air strength of Britain and Germany. Asking for debates on defence and the foreign situation on one of the earliest Supply Days after the Easter recess. Giving notice of question on the subject at Prime Minister's Questions [carbon].

2 folios
15 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/37

Letter from WSC to Robert Dell, thanks for letter on German re-armament [carbon].

1 folio
15 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/38

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to D Middleton, Private Secretary to Lord Rothermere, thanks for cutting from the "Investors' Chronicle" on German rearmament [carbon].

1 folio
16 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/39

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, sending cutting from the "Investors' Chronicle" on Germany's Economic Fitness for War, asking for comments [carbon].

1 folio
16 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/40

Letter from Audrey Maclean, Private Secretary to Lord Winterton, (Eccleston Square, London SW1) to the Private Secretary to WSC, thanks for letter of 15 Apr, on House of Commons debate on German Air re-armament, which had been shown to Lord Winterton.

1 folio
16 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/41-42

Letter from Lord Londonderry (Secretary of State for Air), Londonderry House, Park Lane, London, to WSC, on debate on German air re-armament. Suggesting meeting to discuss the situation after Easter.

2 folios
17 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/43

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to F A Lindemann (later Lord Cherwell), forwarding papers on defence and asking for comments [carbon].

1 folio
20 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/44-46

Letter from Desmond Morton (Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1) to WSC, commenting on article in the "Investors' Chronicle" Germany's Economic Fitness for War. Stating that the general thesis of the article was very sound, and that Germany would probably not be ready for war until the second half of 1936 "though that is early enough in all conscience". Also stating that the article was correct that Germany's principal aim was to become as far as possible self-supporting. Commenting that the figures in the article were inaccurate - and in some cases the correct figures would support the author's arguments better than the ones he quoted.

3 folios
24 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/47-48

Cutting from the "Investors' Chronicle and Money Market Review" - article by "Anglo-European" on "Germany's Economic Fitness for War", predicting that Germany would be ready for war by the second half of 1936 [the article was sent to WSC by Lord Rothermere - for comments on the article by Desmond Morton see CHAR 2/243/44-46].

2 folios
13 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/49

Letter from WSC to Lord Rothermere - thanks for sending article from the "Investors' Chronicle" on Germany's Economic Fitness for War - commenting that his sources confirmed that the article was generally correct - subject to certain discrepancies in detail [carbon].

1 folio
25 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/50

Note of telegrams sent by WSC to Sir Robert Horne, Sir Austen Chamberlain, Lord Winterton, Lord Wolmer [later Lord Selborne], Sir Henry Page-Croft, John Seely (later Lord Mottistone], Freddie Guest. David Lloyd George and Sir Archibald Sinclair (later Lord Thurso), asking them to read article in the "Daily Telegraph" on German air strength.

1 folio
26 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/51

Letter from Sir Henry Page-Croft (Southwell Gardens, Gloucester Road, London SW7) to WSC, thanks for telegram suggesting that he should read Daily Telegraph article on German air strength - describing it as a complete vindication of the warnings WSC had given on German air preparations.

1 folio
27 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/52-53

Letter from WSC to Edward Fitzroy, Speaker of the House of Commons, asking for permission to ask Parliamentary Question on the scope of forthcoming debates on Foreign Policy and Defence [carbon].

1 folio
28 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/54

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC, on enquiry from Commander Edwards, Naval Correspondent of the Morning Post on the forthcoming defence debate in the House of Commons.

1 folio
28 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/55

Letter from WSC to Stanley Baldwin, Lord President of the Council, sending copy of memorandum of his case on forthcoming debate on the Air Estimates. Commenting that he feared that Germany was ahead of Britain, not only in actual air power, but also in the momentum which their air industry had acquired [carbon].

1 folio
28 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/56

Letter from WSC to Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, giving notice that he intended to ask the Speaker about the procedure for the two forthcoming debates on Foreign Policy and Defence [carbon].

1 folio
28 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/57-58

Letter from WSC to Lord Wolmer (later Lord Selborne), sending copy [not retained] of memorandum on German air strength - with note that it had also been sent to Freddie Guest, Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso], Sir Henry Page-Croft, Lord Lloyd, Lord Winterton, Leo Amery, Sir Robert Horne, Ramsay Macdonald, Sir Robert Vansittart, Sir Maurice Hankey, Lord Londonderry, Stanley Baldwin, Sir Austen Chamberlain, John Gretton, Duff Cooper [later Lord Norwich] and David Lloyd George.

2 folios
29 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/59

Letter from WSC to Lord Londonderry, Secretary of State for Air, sending memorandum on German air strength. Suggesting that they should meet [carbon] [there is a copy of the memorandum in CHAR 21/419].

1 folio
29 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/60

Letter from Lord Rothermere Stratton House, Piccadilly, London, to WSC, commenting that it looked as if "war will be here soon after the end of the summer", and that he had heard via a Swiss banker that Germany had considerably more than 20,000 aircraft.

1 folio
29 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/61-62

Letter from Lord Rothermere Stratton House, Piccadilly, London, to WSC, reporting conversation with Captain Norman Macmillan, President of the National League of Airmen. Stating that the League had obtained information that Germany had 441 aerodromes, nearly 20,000 aircraft and over 18,000 pilots.

2 folios
30 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/63

Letter from Lord Londonderry, Secretary of State for Air to WSC, thanks for memorandum on German air strength. Stating that he was well aware of the dangers. Commenting that he recognised the determination of Germany to make themselves powerful enough to challenge the rest of the world as soon as possible. Stating that his paramount duty was to accelerate Britain's rate of development, and he was "leaving o stone unturned" to put policy into effect.

1 folio
30 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/64

Pamphlet - Volkerbund - The Journal of the German Association for League of Nations Questions - on "The Red Army".

1 Pamphlet - pp.1-40
30 Apr 1935
CHAR 2/243/65

Parliamentary question from WSC to the Prime Minister [Ramsay Macdonald], asking if he could state the actual figures of British first line air strength, to which Hitler referred when making his admission that Germany already had parity with Britain [carbon].

1 folio
[Apr] 1935
CHAR 2/243/66

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC, request from Freddie Guest for the return of the "Revue Hebdomadaire", if WSC had finished with it.

1 folio
02 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/67-77

Letter from Lord Londonderry, Stratton House, Piccadilly, London, to WSC, enclosing memorandum by Captain Norman Macmillan - "An Analysis of Possible German Air Strength Today".

11 1 page letter and 10p memorandum
05 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/78

Letter from John Gretton, (35 Belgrave Square, London SW1) to WSC, thanks for memorandum on British and German air strength.

1 folio
08 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/80

Letter from WSC to Robert Dell, thanks for information about German consumption of aluminium. Commenting that there were reassuring explanations for the figures, but agreeing that there was a grave danger from the growth of German aviation [carbon].

1 folio
13 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/81-82

Letter from Lord Rothermere, Stratton House, Piccadilly, thanks for memorandum on German air strength. Commenting that he did not trust Hitler as a statesman, that he and his "group" had the full intention of making Germany "the world Power". Also commenting that Britain's position was tragic, and that once Hitler felt strong enough he would challenge "all three powers" and from "what one knows of their respective armaments he would have an easy win". "Germany is a great armed camp. Never before in history have the energies of an indefatigable, gifted nation of 67,000,000 people been directed to the sole purpose of waging war". Stating that he was sure that Hitler was telling him the truth about the size of his air force as "he has a strange sentimental regard for me", as in 1930 Rothermere had written an article in the Daily Mail, predicting that Hitler would be the eventual ruler of Germany.

2 folios
13 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/83-85

Letter from Desmond Morton to WSC, commenting on memorandum by Norman Macmillan on German Air Strength [CHAR 2/243/68-77].

3 folios
13 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/86

Letter from WSC to H A Gwynne, on his comments in the Morning Post on German re-armament. Stating that there was no doubt that Germany was considerably stronger that Britain in the aim, and had the power to add to that lead indefinitely [carbon].

1 folio
14 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/87-88

Letter from H A Gwynne, The Morning Post, Tudor Street, London, EC4, to WSC, thanks for letter and memorandum on German air strength.

2 folios
15 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/89-90

Letter from H A Gwynne, The Morning Post, Tudor Street, London, EC4, to WSC, on British and German air strength. Agreeing that the Germans had greater power of expansion and that Britain should not "lose a day" in increasing the Air Force. Criticising the lack of enterprise shown by the Air Ministry, and commenting that he would like a man of WSC's calibre placed in charge. Also commenting on the way the India Office were "playing about" with the consultation with the Indian Princes over the India Bill.

2 folios
21 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/91

Letter from WSC to H A Gwynne, The Morning Post, Tudor Street, London, EC4, on British and German air strength. Stating that there was no doubt that the German air force was already substantially stronger than the Royal Air Force at home, and that Britain was falling further and further behind every month. Also commenting on the definition of "first line air strength" and "military machines", and stating that by both tests the German strength in numbers and modernity was already greater [carbon].

1 folio
16 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/92-95

Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel G Pennefather Evans, (Broomfield, Ardleigh, Essex) to WSC, praising his stance on re-armament.

4 folios
26 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/96

Telegram from WSC to Ava Wigram (later Lady Waverley), regretting that he could not make "excursion" until after the Whitsun recess [copy].

1 folio
27 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/97

Letter from Ava Wigram (later Lady Waverley), (4 North Street, London SW1), to WSC, stating that the French Minister of War, General Maurin would welcome a visit from WSC, to see the Maginot Line, but that he was only in office until 1 June. So that if WSC was unable to visit before then, the visit would have to be postponed until after the formation of the new Government.

1 folio
[May] [1935]
CHAR 2/243/98

Letter from WSC to Lt-Colonel G Pennefather Evans, thanks for letter of support on rearmament policy [carbon].

1 folio
29 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/99-100

Foreign Office memorandum on speech by Adolf Hitler, claiming that the former allied Governments were responsible for German rearmament, due to their own failure to disarm in accordance with their treaty obligations [Printed paper C 44676/55/18].

1 12p pamphlet
30 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/101

Letter from Desmond Morton, Crookham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent, to WSC, congratulations on speech in defence debate in the House of Commons.

1 folio
31 May 1935
CHAR 2/243/102

Draft proposal for post of Minister for Defence Coordination.

1 folio
[May] [1935]
CHAR 2/243/103-104

Letter from Lord Rothermere, (Stratton House, Piccadilly, London) to WSC, sending article from "Marianne" [not retained] summarising the German air position. Describing it as a modest statement, and stating that according to his sources German air preparations were much greater. Commenting that in air preparations the influence of Hermann Goering was decisive, and that at a meeting with journalists he had stated that he would build aeroplanes against a constellation of the powers.

2 folios
01 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/105

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, forwarding book "Hitler's Luftflotte", published by Editions du Carrefour, Paris, at the request of Prof. F A Lindemann [later Lord Cherwell]. Asking if Morton knew of an English version which could be shown to WSC, who did not understand German [carbon].

1 folio
03 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/106

Letter from WSC to Lord Rothermere, thanks for sending article from "Marianne" on German air power [carbon].

1 folio
04 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/108

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, sending article from "Marianne" on German air strength for comment [carbon].

1 folio
04 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/109

Letter from Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, forwarding letter on defence for comment.

1 folio
05 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/110-111

Letter from Desmond Morton, (21 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1) to Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC, thanks for book "Hitler's Luftflotte" edited by Dorothy Woodman. Stating that there was no English translation of the book. Describing Woodman as being "very red" in her views, though she was more interested in hating Germany than hating capitalism. That her London house was a meeting place for a "gang of young communists from London University, and that she was one of the London Secretaries of the German Relief Committee, set up by anti Nazis to assist refugees from Germany. Commenting that the book was well informed and accurate.

2 folios
05 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/112-113

Letter from Charles Watney, Watney &Powell, Courtfield Road, London SW7 to WSC, enclosing press cutting containing report of meeting of Wednesbury Town Council, demanding that the Government make provision for the protection of the civilians in the event of air attack.

2 folios
05 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/114

Parliamentary question from WSC to the Prime Minister, Ramsay Macdonald, asking if the Air Defence Research Committee had been appointed, and how many meetings it had held [carbon].

1 folio
06 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/115

Parliamentary question from WSC to the Prime Minister, Ramsay Macdonald, asking when the Report of there Select Committee on Sessional Orders would be considered by the House of Commons [carbon].

1 folio
[Jun] 1935
CHAR 2/243/116

Letter from A G Hopkins, (Norfolk Hotel, Southampton) to WSC, supporting his stance on the need for air defence. Sending scheme for consideration [not retained by WSC].

1 folio
09 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/117

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to A G Hopkins, (Norfolk Hotel, Southampton), thanks for letter on air defence, returning his scheme, and suggesting that it should be sent to the Air Ministry for consideration [carbon].

1 folio
12 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/118

Letter from Clifford Norton, Private Secretary to Sir Robert Vansittart, Foreign Office, to the Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter of 14 June. Stating that Vansittart would discuss the matter with WSC at their next meeting.

1 folio
17 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/119

Letter from John Willis, (Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk) to WSC, on Italy's acquisition from France of a small strip of coastline, and the island of Dumeira at the southern gateway to the Red Sea. Stating that if Italy gained control of Abyssinia she would be "directly astride our sea highway to India", and could cut Britain off from every garrison east of Aden.

1 folio
09 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/120

Letter from J H Dickinson, Ennismore Gardens, London SW7 to WSC, asking for interview to discuss scheme for gas proofing houses.

1 folio
17 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/121

Letter from WSC to Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [later Lord Swinton], Secretary of State for Air, on the number of letters he received on the subject of air defence. Asking if he could forward them to Cunliffe-Lister's Private Office [carbon].

1 folio
19 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/122

Letter from Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [later Lord Swinton], Secretary of State for Air, to WSC, on letters received by WSC on the subject of air defence. Confirming that WSC should send them to his Private Office, and he would arrange for them to be examined.

1 folio
25 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/123

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to George Long, stating that his letter on air defence had been forwarded to the Air Ministry [carbon].

1 folio
27 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/124

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to the Private Secretary to Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister (later Lord Swinton), Secretary of State for Air, forwarding letters from members of the general public on air defence [carbon].

1 folio
27 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/125-127

Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Horne [later Lord Horne of Slamannan], on the need for a special parliamentary organisation to promote the need for defence and rearmament. Commenting that David Lloyd George was evidently trying to organise an active campaign against rearmament, enlisting all pacifist and League of Nations Union forces in the country [carbon].

3 folios
29 Jun 1935
CHAR 2/243/128

Visiting card of Henry M Alleyn, Richmond Road, Earls Court, London SW5.

1 folio
[1935]