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CHAR 2/72 Public and political: general: letters from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher.

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CHAR 2/72/1

Letter from Admiral Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC enclosing a memorandum on his acquiesence in the Dardanelles operations [see CHAR 2/72/2-5]. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/40a.

1 folio
27 Aug 1916
CHAR 2/72/2-5

"Points that influenced Lord Fisher in his acquiescence in the Dardanelles Operation." Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/72/1.

4 folios
[Aug] [1916]
CHAR 2/72/6

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC asking him to put in writing [the argument which WSC suggested Fisher should use before the Commission of Inquiry to justify his hostility to the Dardanelles campaign]. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/41.

1 folio
11 Aug 1916
CHAR 2/72/7

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC on: the reactions of Lord Crewe and Lord Der admiration for WSC's recent speech; Fisher's belief that Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] is secure in his office and will ruin h his party. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/42.

1 folio
25 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/8

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC predicting a big political change and declaring that the "Balfourian letter to the Mayors ought to terrify the Empire!" Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/43.

1 folio
14 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/9

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC welcoming him back and criticising the response of Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] to the German raid on Lowestoft [Suffolk]. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/44.

1 folio
10 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/10-15

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC praising the speech WSC intends to make in the House of Commons attacking the naval policy of Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour and calling for Fisher's return to a position of authority at the Admiralty. Believes WSC should lead a vigorous opposition to the Government and in particular should demand why more has not been done to develop aircraft to combat the Zeppelins and should warn of the danger of the new big German submarines. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/47-50.

6 folios
06 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/16

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] to WSC praising [his speech in the House of Commons calling for Fisher to return to the Admiralty] and entreating him to entrench himself as leader of the Opposition.

1 folio
07 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/17-21

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (3 Cleveland Row, St James's, [London]) to WSC urging him to resign from the Government at once and to lead the opposition to it in the House of Commons rather than go out to the Front. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/55-56.

5 folios
08 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/22-24

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] to WSC urging him to attack the Government's mismanagement of the war in the forthcoming debate on the Army Estimates. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/72/57-58.

3 folios
11 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/25-27

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] to WSC urging him not to return to the Front but remain to oppose Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], otherwise the war will be lost. Typescript CHAR 2/72/59-60.

3 folios
12 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/28-29

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [later Lord Jellicoe] noting that Jellicoe agrees with him that Britain should not keep a fleet in the Mediterranean to do the job of the French and Italian fleets, complaining that the French fleet has been virtually rebuilt in Malta dockyard, attacking the passive war policy of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], noting the good performance of the Russian mines after the "mess" made of mining by Admiral Charlton, criticising the vote of credit to Britain's allies, recalling a meeting with Queen Alexandra, and referring to the good landing sites for the British army in Schleswig-Holstein [Denmark]. Typescript copy.

2 folios
25 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/30-31

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [later Lord Jellicoe] on: a request from Sir Maurice de Bunsen that Fisher put his name to a press interview praising the military conduct of the war [see CHAR 2/72/33-34]; the loss of valuable plant from the United States resulting from the sinking of the White Star vessel Cymric, which should have travelled in convoy; the stationing of British destroyers in the Mediterranean; the lending by Britain of mercantile shipping to Italy even though the latter has not declared war on Germany; the increasing prosperity of the poor and the high taxation of the rich; the "fleecing" of Britain by her allies; the waste of British manpower in non-combatant jobs. Typescript copy.

2 folios
30 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/32

Note to Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] referring to a letter from Sir Maurice de Bunsen [see CHAR 2/72/33-34] and conveying the wish of Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] that Fisher comply with the request in the letter [to put his name to an interview giving a positive view of Britain's conduct of the war]. Typescript copy.

1 folio
[25 May 1916]
CHAR 2/72/33-34

Letter from Sir Maurice de Bunsen, Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, to Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] explaining how Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon], Lord Robert Cecil [later Lord Cecil of Chelwood] and others have given interviews to foreign newspapers to counteract misrepresentations of Britain's war effort and asking Fisher to put his name to a similar interview to appear in the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" [United States]. Encloses a summary of a negative report in the "New York Tribune" [see CHAR 2/72/35]. Typescript copy.

2 folios
25 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/35

Summary in the Evening Standard and St James's Gazette of an article in the New York Tribune asserting that Britain has failed militarily and politically. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/72/33-34.

1 folio
26 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/36-37

Letter from R Miller, director of Elders and Fyffes Ltd (31-32 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London) to [WSC] on the service in the army of members of his firm and the sinking by a German submarine of the firm's unarmed steamship, "Zent". Typescript copy.

2 folios
17 Apr 1916
CHAR 2/72/38-39

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC on the failure of British submarines and mine layers to bar the German fleet's way home and on the need for WSC to quote in full [to the Dardanelles Commission of Enquiry] a letter to him from Fisher.

2 folios
21 Aug 1916
CHAR 2/72/40

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) to WSC explaining that he was originally drawn to WSC, against his convictions, by WSC's "war attributes" of "celerity, courage, audacity" and "imagination".

1 folio
16 Aug 1916
CHAR 2/72/40A

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/1.

1 folio
27 Aug 1916
CHAR 2/72/41

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/6.

1 folio
11 Aug 1916
CHAR 2/72/42

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/7.

1 folio
25 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/43

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/8.

1 folio
14 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/44

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/9.

1 folio
10 May 1916
CHAR 2/72/45-46

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] to WSC urging him to remain as the leading critic of the Government's war policy. Typescript copy.

2 folios
06 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/47-50

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/10-15.

2 folios
06 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/51

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/16.

1 folio
07 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/52-54

Letter from Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] (36 Berkeley Square, [London]) WSC urging him to continue as the main critic of the Government, which he believes will not last much longer, and then WSC will become Prime Minister.

3 folios
07 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/55-56

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/17-21.

2 folios
08 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/57-58

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/22-24.

2 folios
11 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/59-60

Typescript copy of CHAR 2/72/25-27.

2 folios
12 Mar 1916
CHAR 2/72/61

File cover for CHAR 2/72, letters from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher.

1 folio
1916