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CHAR 2/251 Public and Political: General Correspondence.

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CHAR 2/251/1

Note from Lord Feversham to WSC, gift of booklet "The treatment of the Young Offender", "in memory of his most helpful speech two years before when the National Association of Probation Officers was appealing for funds.

1 folio
Dec 1935
CHAR 2/251/2

Letter from Samuel Hoare [later Lord Templewood], Hotel Castell, Zuoz, Switzerland to WSC, thanks for letter on his resignation as Foreign Secretary. Commenting that he was not prepared to risk a European War "with French opinion overwhelmingly opposed to it". Stating that he continued to be worried by the "indifference of the British world to the dangers that you and I foresee only too clearly".

1 folio
02 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/3

Letter from Lilian Buck, PS to Randolph Churchill to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, forwarding cuttings.

1 folio
04 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/4

Letter from Desmond Chapman-Huston, Carlton Club, London to WSC, on his memoir of Sir Sidney Low.

1 folio
04 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/5

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to The News Editor, Central News Ltd., thanks for letter. Stating that WSC hoped to hear from him at an early date an explanation of "the imposture" referred to in earlier letter [carbon].

1 folio
05 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/6-7

Telegram from the Clerk of the Privy Council to WSC, notification that Succession Council would be held that day at St James's Palace.

2 folios
21 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/8

Letter from O S Cleverley, Principal Private Secretary to he Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] to WSC, stating that the P.M. wished WSC to be one to the Privy Councillors to present the Address of the House of Commons to the King [Edward VIII].

1 folio
24 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/9-10

Letter from C E Geraghty , El Minzah Hotel, Tangier, Morocco to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, sending photographs. With note from WSC, reminding him that Geraghty has applied for post of Vice-Consul at Meknes, and that Lord Rothermere recommended that WSC "add a good word with the Foreign Office".

2 folios
Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/11

Letter from WSC to Lord Feversham, thanks for sending booklet "The Treatment of the Young Offender" [carbon].

1 folio
27 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/12-14

Letter from Admiral Sir William Goodenough, Parson's Pighte, Coulsdon, to WSC, praising book on the Battle of Jutland by Admiral J E T Harper. Also account of meeting a German Admiral at the funeral of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe.

3 folios
29 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/15

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to Lord Rothermere, forwarding letter from Randolph Churchill [carbon].

1 folio
30 Jan 1936
CHAR 2/251/16-18

Letter from Katherine, Duchess of Atholl, Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, to WSC, asking him to address a political fete in her constituency [Kinross and Western] in August.

3 folios
01 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/19

Letter from WSC to Admiral Sir William Goodenough, thanks for letter of 29 Jan. Inviting him to tea [carbon].

1 folio
01 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/20

Letter from Sir Robert Waley Cohen to WSC, writing on behalf of Charles Fletcher- Cooke, President, Cambridge Union Society, asking if he would be prepared to speak there.

1 folio
04 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/21

Letter from WSC to Katherine, Duchess of Atholl MP, regretting that he could not speak at her constituency fete in August "I do not know where I shall be in August, or how I shall feel about politics - or indeed where shall any of us be!" [carbon].

1 folio
04 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/22

Letter from M Morton, PS to Lord Queensborough to the PS to WSC, on pamphlet sent to WSC by Lord Queensborough.

1 folio
05 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/23

Letter from Captain Ernest Spooner RN, HM Navigation School, Portsmouth, to WSC, confirming that dinner on 3 Apr would go ahead, in spite of period of "Court Mourning" following the death of King George V.

1 folio
05 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/24

Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Waley Cohen, regretting that he was unable to speak at the Cambridge Union in March, as he hoped to be abroad at that time [carbon].

1 folio
05 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/25

Letter from WSC to Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, reporting that he was going to a dinner at the Navigation School in Portsmouth. Asking if it could be arranges for him to see the model of the Battle of Jutland and have a demonstration [typescript copy].

1 folio
06 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/26-27

Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Vansittart, reporting meeting with Cecil Geraghty in Morocco. Recommending him for the post of Vice-Consul at Meknes [carbon and draft].

2 folios
07 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/28

Letter from Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, Cranley Gardens, London SW7 to WSC, on WSC's forthcoming visit to the RN Navigation School at Portsmouth. Commenting that Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Oliver was a "King" there, "and very rightly so because he lifted Navigation in the Navy from a very low grade to a high pitch of efficiency, and founded the School". Stating that he would try to arrange for a full dress demonstration of the Jutland model, and hoped that Admiral of the Fleet Lord Beatty would attend.

1 folio
07 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/29

Letter from Sir Robert Waley Cohen, Caen Wood Towers, Highgate, London, to WSC, on possible visit to Cambridge Union Society. Stating that the President, Charles Fletcher-Cooke would renew his invitation next term.

1 folio
07 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/30

Letter from Desmond Morton, Crockham Hill, Kent, to WSC, on Abyssinia.

1 folio
09 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/31

Letter from the PS to Duff Cooper [later Lord Norwich], War Office, to the PS to WSC, returning notes on William Donovan's visit to Abyssinia and Libya, with Cooper's comments that Donovan's claims were somewhat exaggerated.

1 folio
07 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/32-33

Notes on visit to Abyssinia and Libya by William Donovan, former United States Attorney General. Commenting that the Italian army and air force in Northern Abyssinia were "magnificent", and that the war would be a very short one. Also that the Italians had assembled a very powerful army in Libya, with an immense number of aircraft. [typescript].

2 folios
[Jan] 1936
CHAR 2/251/34

Visiting card of General-Oberst Furst von Schonburg-Kartenstein, Minister fur Landesvertiedidung a. D.

1 folio
1936
CHAR 2/251/35

Letterhead of the Pan-European Union, Vienna, President Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi [torn from letter addressed to WSC].

1 folio
Feb 1934
CHAR 2/251/36

WSC's Diploma of Admission as a Knight Imperial of the Primrose League.

1 folio
11 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/37-38

Letter from [ ], Dorset Street, London W1, to WSC, on critical article by C.G. [typescript copy].

1 folio
11 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/39

Letter from Robert Boothby MP to WSC, on Randolph Churchill's defeat by Malcolm Macdonald in the Ross and Cromarty By-election, "I feel that a little chastening at this particular juncture will not necessarily be to his ultimate disadvantage, enclosing letter from Blanche Dugdale on her "inspirational" idea that WSC should be Minister of Defence. Commenting that was a "clever old thing, with a good deal of influence with the younger ministers".

1 folio
12 Feb [1936]
CHAR 2/251/40

Letter from Blanche Dugdale to Robert Boothby, "I have had an inspiration - I want Winston to be Minister of Defence" Suggesting that WSC should make a speech stressing the need for economy of expenditure because of the "need to get four farthings worth of efficiency out of every penny we spend on re-armament. Commenting that there were many people who wanted WSC, but were frightened of him, and also frightened that the country would not trust him.

1 folio
11 Feb [1936]
CHAR 2/251/41

Letter from Alan Lennox Boyd MP [later Lord Boyd of Merton] to WSC, on behalf of Leslie Pym, President of the Land Agents' Association, asking if he would be willing to speak at their Annual Dinner in June [with note by Violet Pearman stating that he had already refused this invitation].

1 folio
12 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/42

Letter from [Violet Pearman], PS to WSC to the PS to Lord Queensborough, reporting that WSC had read pamphlet, and found it very interesting [carbon].

1 folio
13 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/43

Telegram from WSC to Robert Boothby, thanks for letter of 12 Feb [typescript copy].

1 folio
13 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/44-47

Letter from Inspector W H Thompson, Sydenham, Surrey to WSC, asking for meeting to discuss alien immigration. Enclosing cuttings from the "News of the World" and the "Sunday Dispatch" on the work of the Metropolitan Police Vice Squad against "Alien Vice Gangs".

4 folios
14 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/48

Letter from Captain Sir William Brass MP, Albany, London W1 to WSC, sending gift of volume commemorating tribute to King George V on his Silver Jubilee in 1936.

1 folio
11 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/49

Letter from Lady Ravensdale (Mount Street, London W1) to WSC, asking him to speak in support of her hospital charity appeal in "All Star Performance at the Coliseum".

1 folio
14 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/50

Telegram from Freddy, 2nd Lord Birkenhead to WSC, asking him to make principal speech at Licensed Victuallers Annual Dinner on 17 March.

1 folio
14 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/51

Letter from Sir Eric Geddes, Hassocks, Sussex to WSC, asking for meeting.

1 folio
15 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/52

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC, message from Lord Winterton's secretary that Sir Edward Grigg [later Lord Altrincham] and Herbert Spencer-Clay wished to be associated with deputation to Anthony Eden, [later Lord Avon], Foreign Secretary.

1 folio
15 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/53

Letter from Ivan Maisky, Soviet Union Ambassador to Britain to WSC, on invitation for him to see special showing of film of the Red Army Manoeuvres.

1 folio
15 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/54-55

Letter from Desmond Chapman-Huston, Carlton Club, London to WSC, asking for permission to publish extract from Diary of Sir Sidney Low, for 13 Jan 1905, in which Low declined WSC's request to help him finish and revise Life of Lord Randolph Churchill.

2 folios
15 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/56

Letter from WSC to Lady Ravensdale, regretting that he was unable to help support her hospital appeal, due to a heavy programme of work [carbon].

1 folio
16 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/57

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to the PS to Lord Winterton,sending copy of letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [carbon].

1 folio
16 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/58

Letter from WSC to Alan Lennox Boyd MP (later Lord Boyd of Merton), regretting that he was unable to address annual dinner of the Land Agents' Society [carbon].

1 folio
16 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/59

Telegram from WSC to Freddy, 2nd Lord Birkenhead, regretting that he was unable to speak at Annual Dinner of Licenced Victuallers Association [copy].

1 folio
16 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/60

Letter from Sir Percy Loraine, British Ambassador, Ankara, Turkey to WSC, on press telegram that WSC was to undertake a Special Mission to announce King Edward VIII's accession in several capitals including Ankara. Asking when he was likely to arrive in Turkey, and asking if he required any information. [WSC was given no such mission, or any other task connected with the accession].

1 folio
17 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/61

Letter from Reginald Leigh, PS to Sir Robert Vansittart, Foreign Office, to the PS to WSC, thanks for letter and enclosure of 18 Feb.

1 folio
17 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/62

Letter from Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain (the Goring Hotel, Ebury Street [London]) to Duncan Duncan-Sandys, thanking him for his kind letter on Chamberlain's contribution to a debate in the House of Commons [on the need for a Ministry of Defence]. Chamberlain states that he felt Stanley Baldwin [Prime Minister] had become complacent, and needed convincing that the situation was serious, adding that he had chosen to speak in that debate because it was conducted on non-party lines, so could not be turned into a Vote of Censure. Chamberlain hopes that the speech had done some good, and thinks that there would be changes, but is anxious that Baldwin's selection for the post [of Minister of Defence] would not be adequate. Signed manuscript, annotated, "Mrs Churchill to see. Please keep and return".

1 folio
17 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/63

Presscutting on British collaboration with Egypt.

1 folio
1936
CHAR 2/251/64

Letter from Anthony Eden, Foreign Office to WSC, thanks for letter on question of British troops in Cairo, Egypt. Stating that he was unable to give the assurance that WSC was seeking, and that there would shortly be negotiations for placing relations with Egypt on a "more satisfactory and enduring basis".

1 folio
17 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/65

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC , reporting that the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] would receive deputation on question of removing British troops from Cairo, Egypt, and that he would like to have a private word with WSC before he decided on the composition of the party.

1 folio
17 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/66

Note of telegrams received by WSC, from: 1. Lord Winterton, on deputation to see the Prime Minister on British troops in Egypt 2. Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, accepting lunch invitation.

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/67

Letter from Audrey Maclean, PS to Lord Winterton, to the PS to WSC [Violet Pearman], acknowledging receipt of copy of WSC's letter to the Prime Minister on British Troops in Egypt. Reporting that Lord Winterton might not be able to be part of deputation to the Prime Minister as he would be out of London.

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/68

Letter from Lord Winterton, Eccleston Square, London, to WSC, on attendance at deputation to the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] on British troops in Egypt.

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/69-72

Letter from WSC to John Gretton, Sir Robert Horne, Freddie Guest, and Lord Wolmer [later Lord Selborne], stating that the Prime Minister, [Stranley Baldwin] had agreed to receive a deputation of MPs on the question of removing British troops from Cairo, Eqypt, asking them to join the deputation, which consisted of WSC, Lord Winterton, Georhe Lambert, Herbert Spender-Clay, Sir Edward Grigg [later Lord Altrincham] and Sir Roger Keyes [typescript copy].

4 folios
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/73

Telegram from Sir Roger Keyes to WSC, accepting invitation to lunch before joining deputation to the Prime Minister to discuss the question of British troops in Egypt.

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/74

Telegram from Lord Winterton to WSC, declining invitation to lunch before joining deputation to the Prime Minister on British troops in Egypt.

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/75

Letter from WSC to Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, thanks for leaving choice of deputation [to discuss British troops in Egypt] to him [carbon].

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/76

Letter from WSC to Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to Britain. Thanks for inviation to see film of Red Army manoeuves. Stating that he hped t see it on one of the two nights, and that he had heard that it was "deeply interesting".

1 folio
18 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/77

Letter from WSC to Desmond Chapman-Huston on extract from Sidney Low's diary, in which he declined invitation to help WSC with the "Life of Lord Randolph Churchill". Stating that there was no foundation for this, that Frank Harris had read the proofs, but no-one else helped him. Asking him to omit the reference [carbon].

1 folio
19 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/78

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC, on dates for dinner at the 1900 Club, at which he had promised John Gretton he would speak.

1 folio
20 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/79

Card from Duncan Sandys to WSC, sending letter from Sir Austen Chamberlain, on Ministry of Defence [Chamberlain's letter is at 2/251/62].

1 folio
[Feb] 1936
CHAR 2/251/80

Letter from Harold, 1st Lord Rothermere, Monte Carlo to WSC, thanks for sending cutting from the Evening Standard. Reporting that he had descended on the Editorial Department "like a hundred of bricks" and that he did not think that there would be a similar indiscretion for a very long time. Congratulating himself on his prediction that the Abyssinian War would be a very short one and commenting that in May or June a victorious Italy would be "demanding explanations from the British Government".

1 folio
21 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/81

Letter from WSC to John Gretton MP, on speech at dinner of the 1900 Club [carbon].

1 folio
21 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/82-83

Letter from Sir Abe Bailey. Capetown, South Africa to WSC, on recent House of Commons debate on the need for a Ministry of Defence, praising speech of Sir Austen Chamberlain. Also commenting on Randolph Churchill "(He) must be a bit of a worry to you. He will do your stock no good". Enclosing cutting from the Cape Times, 18 Feb 1936, letter by Bailey "The White Man's Duty in Africa".

2 folios
21 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/84

Letter from Admiral Sir Sydney Fremantle, Church Street, London W8 to WSC, invitation to address meeting of Navy League (Chelsea Branch) on national defence.

1 folio
22 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/85

Letter from E Gerald French, Courtfield Gardens, London SW5 to WSC, on his intention to publish a selection of his father's letters [John French, 1st Lord Ypres]. Asking if WSC could provide copies of his correspondence with Lord Ypres.

1 folio
23 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/86

Letter from WSC to Sir William Brass MP, thanks for sending handsome mememto of the Silver Jubilee of King George V [carbon].

1 folio
24 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/87

Letter from WSC to Sir Percy Loraine, British Ambassador to Turkey, stating that he knew nothing about proposed visit to Turkey on connection with the accession of King Edward VIII [carbon].

1 folio
24 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/88

Letter from Sir John Gretton, Belgrave Square, London SW1 to WSC, on his proposed speech to the 1900 Club.

1 folio
25 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/90-91

Letter from Admiral Sir Roger Keyes MP to WSC, reporting conversation with the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin on the possible appointment of WSC as Minister of Defence.

2 folios
28 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/92

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC, on conversation with Inspector W H Thompson [WSC's former personal detective], who wished to discuss the "alien trouble" with WSC.

1 folio
29 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/93

Letter from Edward, 6th Lord Winterton, Edmondthorpe Hall, Oakham to WSC, invitation to dine at 61 Eccleston Square, London, to discuss defence debate.

1 folio
29 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/94

Letter from WSC to Cecil Graves, BBC, stating that he was to busy for a meeting, and suggesting that Graves write to him in the first instance [carbon].

1 folio
29 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/95

Letter from WSC to Gerald French, reporting that he had very few letters from his father [Sir John French, 1st Lord Ypres], as most of theiir contacts were by conversation [carbon].

1 folio
29 Feb 1936
CHAR 2/251/96

Letter from WSC to Admiral Sir Sydney Fremantle, regretting that he was unable to address the Chelsea Branch of the Navy League due to pressure of work [carbon].

1 folio
29 Feb 1936