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CHUR 2/500 Public and Political: General: Various: Correspondence concerning historical events and documents.

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CHUR 2/500/93

Copy of a letter from [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall [London]) to WSC, thanking him for his letter of sympathy on the death of his brother, Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain, and explaining Austen Chamberlain's great admiration and sympathy for WSC. Chamberlain writes that the death was a great blow, as he had no premonition of such a thing, but that it was the end they would have wished for his brother. He writes that Austen Chamberlain had done what seemed almost impossible, by adding to the reputation of their father [Joseph Chamberlain] "something all his own, arising out of the shining nobility of his character". Typescript.

1 folio
18 Mar 1937
CHUR 2/500/94

Copy of a letter from Ivy, Lady Chamberlain (24 Egerton Terrace [London]) to WSC, thanking him for his letter on the death of her husband, Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain. She writes that she knew WSC loved Chamberlain and would feel his loss greatly, while Chamberlain had a great affection and admiration for WSC, even when they did not agree. Lady Chamberlain adds that the death was swift and peaceful, and comments on the world-wide tributes to her husband as being a great solace, while saying that "After 31 years of perfect happiness &companionship I must not complain". She thanks WSC for his help, which made it possible for them to have a home, and writes about how happy Chamberlain was in this home, and about his plans for the garden. Finally Lady Chamberlain asks WSC to come and see her so that she could show him the house and garden before she had to leave it, and sends her thanks to CSC for her letter. Typescript.

1 folio
20 Mar 1937
CHUR 2/500/95

Copy of a letter from Ivy, Lady Chamberlain (24 Egerton Terrace, London) to WSC, thanking him for sending her a letter from 1st Lord Hirst. She also explains that she was in great anxiety as her youngest son was in a nursing home for an operation on his good eye for a detached retina. Lady Chamberlain writes that they did not yet know how much he would be able to see, but he would be in the home for another three weeks, and she stayed with him all day. She adds that he was so courageous that it made her ashamed. Typescript.

1 folio
09 Apr 1937
CHUR 2/500/99-101

Copy of a letter from [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall [London]) to WSC, on his suggestion for the National Defence Contribution [that firms receiving contracts from the Admiralty, War Office or Air Ministry should be classified as Armament firms and pay the appropriate tax contributions]. Chamberlain explains that he could not adopt WSC's suggestion because it would imply that armament profits were excessive; and he believed that the contribution should come from increased industrial profits. Secondly, he states that WSC's proposal was unfair to the main armament contractors, as the whole of their profits would be taken, compared with sub-contractors who would be exempt from the contribution. Finally, Chamberlain adds that he could not see how it would be possible to extract taxable profits from such contracts in cases where firms produced goods both for the services and the general public. He ends by saying that he was sure the growth in profits was the thing to tax, as no one would then be worse off. Typescript.

3 folios
06 May 1937
CHUR 2/500/102

Copy of a letter from [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister (10 Downing Street [London]) to WSC, saying that he was sorry if WSC had found his remarks [following the Munich debate] offensive, but adding that WSC was very sensitive for a man who so constantly attacked others. Chamberlain says that he found WSC's remarks highly offensive, both to himself and to those whom Chamberlain worked with. He adds that he had not considered these remarks, wounding as they were, as requiring a breach in personal relations between them, but tells WSC that he could not expect Chamberlain to let him do all the hitting and never hit back. Typescript.

1 folio
06 Oct 1938
CHUR 2/500/103

Copy of a note by [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] saying that he wanted to sound out opinion on whether it would be desirable to alter the position of the Speaker of the House of Commons, if opposition persisted, as seemed certain to be the case. Chamberlain suggests that the Speaker could be made a nominal MP "for St Stephens", with the House of Commons as constituents, but admits that this move could be criticised in a new Parliament, as the Speaker could not then be re-elected. Chamberlain notes that opinion was very divided on the subject. Typescript.

1 folio
05 Dec 1938
CHUR 2/500/106

Copy of a note by [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] to WSC thanking him for his note [suggesting that air defences should be placed in full readiness]. Chamberlain explains that he had been spending a lot of time on the subject, and it wasn't as simple as it seemed. He adds that he would have a word with WSC when they next met. Typescript.

1 folio
21 Mar 1939