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CHAR 2/65 Public and political: general correspondence.

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CHAR 2/65/1

Letter from Cornelia, Lady Wimborne to King Alfonso XIII of Spain on: WSC's admiration for the King; the unfairness of the German ambassador's use of the wireless station at Madrid and the danger of Spain's neutrality being questioned; the possibility of Spain gaining a share of the Cameroons. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh.

1 folio
17 Jan 1915
CHAR 2/65/2

Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, [London]) to WSC on: the attacks made on Haldane in the press and the letters he has received blaming the deaths of soldiers on his misdeeds; the current quiet in the various theatres of war and his view that it will soon be disturbed by German "tricks".

1 folio
19 Jan 1915
CHAR 2/65/3

Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, [London]) to WSC accepting his invitation to a dinner party and reporting the praise of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] for WSC's work.

1 folio
23 Jan 1915
CHAR 2/65/4

Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, [London]) to WSC congratulating him [on the result of the naval battle off Dogger Bank in which the German battleship "Blucher" was sunk].

1 folio
24 Jan 1915
CHAR 2/65/5

Letter from Shah Murza Bey (11 Aberdeen Park, Highbury, [London]) to Edward Marsh accepting an invitation to lunch with WSC at Admiralty House.

1 folio
17 Feb 1915
CHAR 2/65/6-7

Statement by WSC rejecting as libellous the statements made by Colonel Gretton about himself and Philip Sarell, the Vice Consul at Dunkirk (France). Typescript copy.

2 folios
[1915]
CHAR 2/65/8-9

Letter from [WSC] to [F E Smith, later 1st Lord Birkenhead] enquiring about the possibility of WSC and Philip Sarell [Vice Consul at Dunkirk [France] prosecuting [Colonel Gretton] for libel. Complains that Andrew Bonar Law is "surrounded only by persons who wish to revive party bitterness" and mentions that he has spoken to Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres].

2 folios
07 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/10-11

Letter from Albert Larking, secretary of the Early Closing Association (3 Tudor Street, London) to Edward Marsh inviting WSC to chair a conference of London and provincial traders. Signed typescript. Annotated by Marsh that WSC cannot take up anything outside his Admiralty work.

2 folios
11 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/12

Note to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] asking whether he agrees to WSC sending a letter. [Possibly refers to CHAR 2/65/14]. Annotated by Grey: "yes".

1 folio
11 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/13

Letter from King Manuel II of Portugal (Marlborough Club, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC asking for an answer from WSC so that he (Manuel) can reply to a letter he has received from Lisbon.

1 folio
11 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/14

Letter from WSC to [King Manuel II of Portugal] assuring him that Britain would seek to procure a mutually agreed settlement should differences arise between Portugal and Spain. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh.

1 folio
11 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/15-19

Translation of an article by Pedro de Castilla in the Spanish newspaper La Tribuna describing the historical antecedents in favour of the Iberian Union and attacking British influence in Portugal. Typescript. Original article at CHAR 2/65/20.

5 folios
08 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/20

Page from the Spanish newspaper La Tribuna: marked article by Pedro de Castilla describing the historical precedents in favour of the Iberian Union and attacking British influence in Portugal. Translation at CHAR 2/65/15-19.

1 folio
08 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/21

Letter from King Manuel II of Portugal (Fulwell Park, Twickenham, Middlesex) to WSC thanking him for his assurance of Britain's support for Portugal, warning of anti-British agitation in Spain and enclosing a newspaper article to illustrate this [see CHAR 2/65/20].

1 folio
12 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/22

Letter from J H Loader, former sergeant of the Henley Troop of the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars (10 Blechynden Terrace, Southampton) to WSC asking him to support his application for a commission. Signed typescript. Annotated by WSC that he should ask the commanding officer of the regiment.

1 folio
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/23

Letter from F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] (France) to WSC advising on whether WSC or Philip Sarell [Vice Consul at Dunkirk] should start a libel action against Colonel Gretton and urging that the Treasury should not take away the parliamentary salaries of MPs serving at the front.

1 folio
15 Mar 1915
CHAR 2/65/24

Letter from Guglielmo Marconi (Marconi House, Strand, London) to WSC asking him to see Domenico Palazzoli, who wishes to express certain views of the Radical Party in Italy on the current European situation. Signed typescript.

1 folio
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/25

Letter from David Lloyd George (Treasury Chambers) to WSC complaining about WSC's attitude to Lloyd George's response to [an Admiralty paper alleging excessive drinking by workers engaged on Government contracts].

1 folio
07 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/26-27

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/65/28.

2 folios
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/28

Letter from Harold Laski (McGill University, Montreal, [Canada]) to WSC asking him to see Norman Hapgood, editor of Harpers Weekly, and urging him to have his Navy speeches printed as a pamphlet. A typescript copy of this letter is at CHAR 2/65/26-27.

1 folio
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/29

Note by Edward Marsh quoting the reply by the Minister of France to Alfred de Rothschild's telegrams concerning William de la Force. Annotated by WSC that this should be telegraphed to Sir ?T[revor] Dawson.

1 folio
25 Apr [1915]
CHAR 2/65/30

Letter from J W ?Smith (Bachelet Railway Company, 166 Piccadilly, London) to [WSC ] enclosing a pamphlet about the railway [see CHAR 2/65/31].

1 folio
27 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/31

Pamphlet: Particulars concerning the Bachelet Railway Company Sent with CHAR 2/65/30.

1 [2], 24, [2]p
Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/32

Letter from Augustine Birrell (Irish Office) to Edward Marsh enclosing and commenting on a letter from "George Birmingham" asking for advancement for his son [not present] and referring to the death of Rupert [Brooke].

1 folio
27 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/33

Letter from Harold Laski (McGill University, Montreal, [Canada]) to WSC giving the address of Norman Hapgood.

1 folio
27 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/34

Letter from Captain Ralph Glyn (War Office) to WSC expressing the wish to talk to him about Russian and Balkan affairs and referring to the Dardanelles as the place "where the only real movement to smash Germany via Austria now finds its beginning".

1 folio
30 Apr [1915]
CHAR 2/65/35

Letter from E L Macnaghton (Meadowside, Deal, [Kent]) to Edward Marsh reporting that Lord Emmott's secretary has written to say that Macnaghton cannot be offered employment at present.

1 folio
30 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/36-37

Letter from P W Wilson (The Red Gable, Meadway, Hendon, [London]) to WSC inviting him to become a patron of the People's Palaces Association, which aims to establish well-run refreshment houses for the sale of tea and coffee to workers, and enclosing a statement of the aims of the association [see CHAR 2/65/38]. Signed typescript. Annotated by WSC: "no".

2 folios
02 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/38

Printed statement of the aims of the National People's Palaces Association Limited, established by temperance societies to provide refreshment houses for the sale of tea and coffee to workers. Sent with CHAR 2/65/36-38. A typescript copy at CHAR 2/65/40-42.

1 folio
May 1915
CHAR 2/65/39

Letter from members of the advisory council of the People's Palaces Association (1 Albemarle Street, Piccadilly, London) to WSC asking for his patronage for the Association, which has been established by temperance societies to provide refreshment houses for the sale of tea and coffee to workers, particularly those engaged at armament works and dockyards. Signed typescript.

1 folio
21 Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/40-42

Statement of the aims of the People's Palaces Association Limited, which has been established by temperance societies to provide refreshment houses for the sale of tea and coffee to workers, particularly those engaged at armament works and dockyards. Typescript. Printed copy at CHAR 2/65/38.

3 folios
Apr 1915
CHAR 2/65/43-44

Letter from James Kendall (Corn Exchange, Fennel Street, Manchester) to WSC reporting on the widespread support in the country for the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to help the war effort.

2 folios
03 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/45-53

Letter from "a representative tax-payer" to [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] accusing the Government of carrying on its war administratrion in a party rather than a national spirit and challenging them to justify their failure to introduce compulsory military service and to tackle the disruption of the war effort caused by excessive consumption of alcohol by some munitions workers. Condemns David Lloyd George's increase of the duty on wine because it penalises the wrong class of people. Typescript copy. Copies also sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George], the Secretary of State for War [Lord Kitchener], the First Lord of the Admiralty [WSC] and the Foreign Secretary [Sir Edward Grey, later Lord Grey of Fallodon].

9 folios
04 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/54

Letter from J L Garvin (9 Grevill Place, [London]) to WSC assuring him that he will recover from [the resignation of Lord Fisher, earlier Sir John Fisher, as First Sea Lord and the imminent end of WSC's term as First Lord of the Admiralty].

1 folio
18 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/55

Letter from Moreton Frewen (United Empire Club, 117 Piccadilly, London) to WSC praising his record at the Admiralty.

1 folio
19 May [1915]
CHAR 2/65/56

Letter from Andrew Bonar Law (Pembroke Lodge, Edwardes Square, Kensington, [London]) to WSC promising to show WSC's letter to his (Bonar Law's) friends beginning with Austen Chamberlain and stating that "what I said to you last night is inevitable.".

1 folio
21 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/57

Letter from WSC to Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] hoping that the press campaign against Haldane will be ineffective. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh.

1 folio
21 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/58

Letter from WSC to Lord Kitchener regretting the attacks in the press on Kitchener, expressing confidence that the Dardanelles campaign "will come out all right" and noting that Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] "went mad".

1 folio
21 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/59

Letter from Lord Kitchener (War Office) to WSC stating that the attempts in the press to create bad feeling between himself and Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres] will fail and mentioning the "cheerful" telegrams received from the Dardanelles.

1 folio
May 1915
CHAR 2/65/60

Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, [London]) to WSC stating his intention of devoting himself to work which political life has hitherto interrupted and praising WSC's mobilisation of the Fleet and his efforts to inspire the Belgian government to save Antwerp.

1 folio
22 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/61-62

Letter from Augustine Birrell (The Pightle, Sheringham, [Norfolk]) to WSC on the resignation of Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] [as First Sea Lord] and the failure of the Dardanelles campaign. Believes WSC will recover from this set-back and criticises "this twopenny-halfpenny Coalition", advocating instead the formation of a war council from members of both parties to concern itself solely with war business whilst the existing Cabinet continued to manage its various departments.

2 folios
[24] [May] 1915
CHAR 2/65/63

Letter from Lord Curzon (1 Carlton House Terrace, [London]) to WSC saying he is glad that WSC is to stay in the Cabinet and suggesting that they meet for a talk.

1 folio
26 May [1915]
CHAR 2/65/64

Letter from Reginald Coupland (Trinity College, Oxford) to WSC sending him a copy of Thucydides and an introduction to his work by Coupland's old tutor.

1 folio
26 May 1915
CHAR 2/65/65

Letter from Sarah, Lady Wilson (Brighton, [Sussex]) to WSC urging him to stay at the Admiralty and condemning the press attacks on the conduct of the war as encouraging to the Germans.

1 folio
21 May 1915