Official: Home Office: Correspondence.

Reference code: CHAR 12/2

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CHAR 12/2/1-3 Letter from Lord Gladstone (Home Office) to WSC marked "confidential"concerning the Home Office and the position of Home Secretary. Subjects covered include: honours and staff appointments; recommendations and observations on staff issues including praise for Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office]; advice on the urgency of legislation; the Factory and Prison Departments and the Mines Commission. Lord Gladstone advises WSC of the value of supervising sentences "you will be repaid by being able to lift up not a few miserable creatures out of trouble and disgrace." The letter contains manuscript alterations and post scripts in Lord Gladstone's hand including a recommendation that a booklet summarising recent criminal legislation be compiled. Signed typescript with manuscript additions. Includes envelope marked confidential, addressed to WSC. 19 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/4 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for a letter about J Wren which provides a "full explanation of the case". Signed manuscript. 21 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/5 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC returning on behalf of the King papers on the case of an "unfortunate man". Signed manuscript. 21 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/6 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for his House of Commons letter and including the King's observation that "it is difficult to believe that the [Irish] nationalists would be so foolish as to turn out a government from whom they have almost certain expectations." Knollys adds that he has been asked by Lord Esher [earlier Reginald Brett] to send a copy of one of WSC's predecessor's [Lord Gladstone] House of Commons letters, and encloses an example [not present]. Signed manuscript. 22 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/7 Letter from Lord Esher [earlier Reginald Brett] (2 Tilney Street, Mayfair [London]) to WSC saying that he has asked Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] to send WSC a copy of one of Lord Gladstone's House of Commons letters and promising to send WSC some examples of letters. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/16. 22 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/8 Letter from Lord Alverstone [earlier Sir Richard Webster, Lord Chief Justice] (Hornton Lodge, Kensington [London]) to WSC congratulating him on his appointment as Home Secretary. Signed manuscript. 24 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/9 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for his House of Commons letter, adding that the King would be interested in any information about Party feeling and the effect created by speeches. Signed manuscript. 24 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/2/10 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King Edward VII] (Buckingham Palace) to [Sidney] Harris [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] thanking him on behalf of the King for answers to addresses from the two Houses of Convocation. Signed manuscript. 24 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/11 Letter from Walter Runciman (15 Great College Street, Westminster [London]) marked "personal" recommending "Sinclair" for a vacancy as Factory Surgeon for the South Shields [Durham] district. Signed manuscript. 02 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/12 Letter from Lord Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for his statement about the Police and the suffragettes. Signed manuscript. 02 Mar 1911
CHAR 12/2/13 Account of a declaration made by King Edward VII at Buckingham Palace on 5 March 1910 by which he authorised the Prince of Wales to hold the Privy Council during his absence from the kingdom and ordered WSC to prepare a Commission to this effect. Printed 25 February 1910. 25 Feb 1910 - 05 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/14 Letter from Charles Scott [editor of the Manchester Guardian] (The Guardian Office, Manchester) to WSC thanking him for his decision about the treatment of suffragettes which "needed courage and sense", expressing concern about the political outlook and asking to see WSC. Signed manuscript. 16 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/15 Letter from Charles Masterman, [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to [WSC] concerning current Home Office legislation. He recommends that the Shops Bill be given priority, unless uncontroversial legislation is required in which case he recommends the Check Weighing Bill or the Building and Engineering Bill. He points out that the Inebriates Bill is subject to the conditions of a Treasury grant and is also likely to create objections in Committee. Annotated by [Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] recording agreement with Masterman and suggesting that [WSC] seek an extension of the Treasury grant for the Inebriates Bill. Signed manuscript. 07 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/16 Letter from Lord Esher [earlier Reginald Brett] (Orchard Lea, Windsor Forest [Berkshire]) to WSC apologising for not providing any "specimen letters" [see CHAR 12/2/7], and commenting on public affairs "the clouds ahead seem pretty black". Signed manuscript. 07 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/17-19 Copy of letter from [WSC] to [?] Goldsworthy concerning prison conditions. Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise, [Chairman of the Prison Commission], is praised for establishing the borstal system and [WSC] says that he is sure that Ruggles-Brise is aware of the "external...power which your thoughts and actions provide" although he may feel irritated when "surpassed...by the airy and tenuous clouds of sentiment and opinion". [WSC] intends to explore the subject of prison administration. Unsigned typescript annotated "Goldsworthy". 11 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/20 Letter from Lord Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC congratulating him on behalf of the King for the carrying of the second reading of the Coal Mines Bill, which the King hopes will be passed in the present parliamentary session. Signed manuscript. 18 Mar 1911
CHAR 12/2/21 Letter from Victor, [2nd] Lord Lytton (11, North Audley Street [London]) to WSC marked "private" concerning the treatment of his sister [Constance, Lady Lytton] who was imprisoned under the name of Jane Wharton for her support of womens' suffrage and subjected to forcible feeding in a Liverpool prison Lytton says that he was not satisfied with WSC's letter to him or with the Home Office enquiry; that the prison officials were to blame for not discovering his sister's medical condition as [Lord Gladstone] had publicly declared that a medical examination should precede forcible feeding. Signed manuscript. 18 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/22-23 Copy of letter from [WSC] to Lord Gladstone concerning [WSC's] decision [to improve the treatment of certain categories of prisoners] which he explains was independent. [WSC] adds that if he had foreseen the attitude which was taken by some of the press, he would have placed more emphasis on Lord Gladstone's views. Unsigned typescript. 21 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/24 Letter from Herbert Samuel, [Postmaster General] (General Post Office, London) to WSC concerning Free Trade in relation to Post Office policy on tenders for contracts from foreign manufacturers which is described in a minute by Austen Chamberlain, a copy of which he encloses [see CHAR 12/2/25-26], and which he recommends to WSC in view of the Prison Commission contract for canvas for mail bags. Signed typescript. 21 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/25-26 Copy of a minute by Austen Chamberlain [Postmaster General], concerning Free Trade in relation to Post Office policy on tenders for contracts from foreign manufacturers. He explains that the Post Office will only place orders with foreign firms with good reason and will support British firms; but that if the latter are unable to compete with foreign counterparts "it is not our business to bolster them up artificially". Chamberlain discusses specific contracts for screws and iron pipes for telephone work. Typescript. See CHAR 12/2/24 and CHAR 12/2/27-28. 27 Sep 1902
CHAR 12/2/27-28 Copy of a letter from WSC to Herbert Samuel [Postmaster General] concerning a minute by Austen Chamberlain concerning Free Trade in relation to Post Office policy on tenders for contracts from foreign manufacturers [see CHAR 12/2/24, and CHAR 12/2/25-26]. WSC says that he would need good strong reasons to place orders with foreign firms and that "little stupid attempts to save tuppence" discredit the concept of Free Trade with the working class electorate. Typescript initialled "WC". 22 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/2/29 Letter from Sir Hubert Llewellyn-Smith [Permanent Secretary, Board of Trade] (Oakfield Lodge, Ashtead, [Surrey]) to WSC thanking him for his letter of sympathy on his mother's death and apologising for not being able to discuss the issue of shop hours with WSC. Signed manuscript. c 1910
CHAR 12/2/30 Letter from Sir Arthur Thring (Office of the Parliamentary Counsel) to WSC concerning the differences between the "Polls on one day" provision brought in by the Liberal government in 1895 and the [Parliamentary] bill introduced in the current parliamentary session. Signed manuscript. 08 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/2/31 Letter from Sir Arthur Thring (Office of the Parliamentary Counsel) to WSC concerning two alternative amendments to the [Parliamentary Bill] [see CHAR 12/2/32] which would prevent safeguards being removed without the consent of the House of Lords. Signed manuscript. 08 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/2/32 Suggested amendments [to the Parliamentary Bill]. Typescript. Covering letter at CHAR 12/2/31. [08] [Apr] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/33 Letter from Lord Haldane (28, Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster [London]) to WSC informing him that he has recommended Major-General John Brabazon be made Knight Commander of the Bath; asking WSC to write to Robert Harcourt recommending Major-General Cecil Macready for Knight Commander of St Michael and St George; and requesting a copy of WSC's proposals concerning aliens in fortified places during wartime. Signed manuscript. 09 Apr 1911
CHAR 12/2/34 Letter of sympathy to King George V from the House of Commons on the death of King Edward VII remembering the late King's efforts towards peace and the alleviation of human suffering and offering congratulations on the King's accession. Manuscript in hand of Edward Marsh. See CHAR 12/2/37. [May] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/35 Letter of sympathy to the Queen Mother from the House of Commons on the death of King Edward VII. Typescript. See CHAR 12/2/36. [May] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/36 Draft letter of sympathy to the Queen Mother from the House of Commons on the death of King Edward VII. Manuscript in the hand of WSC. See CHAR 12/2/35. [May] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/37 Draft letter of sympathy to King George V from the House of Commons on the death of King Edward VII remembering the late King's efforts towards peace and the alleviation of human suffering and offering congratulations on the King's accession. Manuscript in the hand of WSC. See CHAR 12/2/34. [May] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/38 Letter of sympathy to King George V from the House of Commons and the House of Lords on the death of King Edward VII. Typescript. [May] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/39 Letter from Sir George Askwith ([Board of Trade]) to [WSC] responding to his suggestion that there should be Trade Union representation at the funeral of King Edward VII. He recommends that no special provision should be made to avoid the appearance of political bias; that WSC seek advice concerning the presence of Friendly Societies; and observes that any scheme for the inclusion of the working classes could create resentment. Signed typescript. 10 May 1910
CHAR 12/2/40 Letter from Sir Hubert Llewellyn-Smith [Permanent Secretary, Board of Trade] (Board of Trade) to [WSC] responding to his suggestion that there should be Trade Union representation at the funeral of King Edward VII. Although Llewellyn-Smith considers the idea attractive, he recommends that it should not be implemented due to the impossibility of creating a representative selection of Trade Unions and other workmen's associations. Signed manuscript. 13 May 1910
CHAR 12/2/41 Envelope addressed to WSC (in the hand of Sir Hubert Llewellyn-Smith) on the back of which there is a suggestion in the hand of WSC that workmen from various industries, corporations and Friendly societies attend the Coronation, and a note "wrote to Sir H. Ll. Smith accordingly". Manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/40. [May][1910]
CHAR 12/2/42 Letter from Sir George Murray [Permanent Secretary, Treasury] to Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] in which he says that King George V and Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to the King], have the power to make appointments to the Companion of Imperial Service Order, but that he does not think that Mr Nutt should be given this honour. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/43 and CHAR 12/2/44. 16 Jun 1910
CHAR 12/2/43 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V], (Frogmore House, Windsor [Berkshire]) to Sir George Murray, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, asking on the King's behalf that Mr Nutt be appointed to the Companion of Imperial Service Order. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/42 and CHAR 12/2/44. 16 Jun 1910
CHAR 12/2/44 Letter from [Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to [WSC] recording agreement with Sir George Murray [Permanent Secretary, Treasury] concerning recommendations to the Companion of Imperial Service Order. Manuscript signed with initials. See CHAR 12/2/42 and CHAR 12/2/43. 17 Jun 1910
CHAR 12/2/45 Letter from Sydney Brooke (80 Addison Road, Kensington [London]) to WSC to arrange an appointment to discuss a bill for the restriction of the press in wartime and enclosing an article from the Fortnightly Review [see CHAR 12/2/46] which illustrates the attitude of some journalists who are "just as dissatisfied with the present state of affairs as the Admiralty itself". Signed manuscript annotated by WSC and Edward Marsh. 17 Jun 1910
CHAR 12/2/46 Pamphlet entitled "The Press in Wartime" outlining the conflicts between the press and secrecy in wartime, and stressing the need for regulations restricting the freedom of the press. Printed. Covering letter at CHAR 12/2/45. [1906]
CHAR 12/2/47 Letter from P Rose, Private Secretary (Scottish Office) to Edward Marsh concerning the Temperance Bill, which has passed through the Scottish Grand Chamber but has not been appointed a day to be taken to the House of Commons. He returns unanswered letters (which Marsh or [Sidney] Harris have sent him) commenting that letters from the industry demanding that the bill should be abandoned are contrary to the wishes of the Committee, and that those which demand a stronger measure are unreasonable and therefore cannot be supported. Signed typescript annotated "thanked". 21 Jun 1910
CHAR 12/2/48 Letter from Sydney Buxton (Board of Trade) to WSC concerning WSC's idea to use people associated with the Labour movement as Home Office representatives in industrial negotiations and enclosing the names of candidates suggested by his son, a former Vice-Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford [see CHAR 12/2/49-50]. Signed typescript annotated "thanked". 11 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/49-50 Biographical details and recommendations for the following candidates [who might be suitable to act as representatives for the Home Office in industrial negotiations]: John Lawson, F Maclochlan, Edward Gill, George Brown and R Bowman. Typescript. Covering letter at CHAR 12/2/48. [11] [Jul] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/51 Letter from Charles Hobhouse [Financial Secretary, Treasury] to WSC saying that he regrets that WSC is not satisfied with Hobhouse's proposal (accepted by Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise) and that he cannot place more than o5,500 at WSC's disposal in view of the discrepancy between estimates approved by the House of Commons and estimated revenue for the year; and the future discussion of the Budget and Finance Bill. See CHAR 12/4/33-35. Signed manuscript. 13 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/52 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for his House of Commons letter, adding that the King found his account of the debate amusing. Signed manuscript. 13 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/53 Letter from Adolphus Liddell [Private Secretary to Lord Chancellor] (House of Lords) to Edward Marsh enclosing Henry Stanger's letter [see CHAR 12/2/54] and reporting that the Lord Chancellor [Lord Loreburn, earlier Sir Robert Reid,] can do nothing regarding the case, as Judge Stanger "does not seem inclined to go". Signed manuscript. 14 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/54 Letter from Judge Henry Stanger (New Court, Temple [London]) to WSC saying that although he would like to serve the Home Office, he wants to retain the positions of Recorder for Nottingham and County Court Judge which he will hold until June 1911. Signed manuscript annotated "Stanger". Covering letter at CHAR 12/2/53. 12 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/55 Note from [Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to WSC enclosing notes on the principles of political franchise and suggestions for the enfranchisement of women [see CHAR 12/2/56-59]. Manuscript signed with initials, annotated by WSC "Put by among my private papers: but keep handy" (25 August). 17 Jul 1910 - 25 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/56-59 Notes from [Sir Edward Troup, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office to WSC] on the principles of political franchise including the following suggestions for categories of women suitable for enfranchisement: those with certain educational qualifications; those who have served a local authority for at least three years; or those with a property qualification who have raised two or three children (who are "neither mentally defective, criminal, nor pauper"). These suggestions are recommended as democratic and because they would not enfranchise large numbers of women. Manuscript signed with initials. Covering letter at CHAR 12/2/55. [17] [Jul] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/60 Copy of letter from WSC (Home Office) to Sir Charles Darling concerning the actions of the Court of Appeal in the case of R. versus Smith. WSC asks that the Court of Appeal make recommendations privately to the Home Office so as not to prejudice the Royal Prerogative. Unsigned typescript. See CHAR 12/2/62. 21 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/61 Copy of letter from WSC (Home Office) to the Lord Chief Justice [Lord Alverstone, earlier Sir Richard Webster] concerning "the Dickman case" and enclosing a petition [not present] signed by thousands of people. Unsigned typescript. 21 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/62 Letter from Sir Charles Darling (Birmingham) agreeing with WSC's opinions [see CHAR 12/2/60] about the actions of the Court of Appeal and the Royal Prerogative in the case of R. versus Smith. He explains the reasoning of the Court of Appeal, expresses approval for WSC's proposals [concerning the administration of justice] and suggests an informal meeting with his colleagues to discuss them. Signed manuscript. 24 Jul [1910]
CHAR 12/2/63 Letter from George Greenwood (House of Commons) to WSC saying that unless WSC informs him to the contrary, he will consider himself free to repeat what WSC had told him about the renewal of [Dr] Shatlock's license, adding that the names of those who transgress the Cruelty to Animals Act should be made public. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/64. 25 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/64 Draft letter from WSC (House of Commons) to George Greenwood marked "private" requesting that Dr Shatlock's name should not be disclosed, and adding that it is a factor he will have to consider when considering the renewal of Dr Shatlock's license. Manuscript in the hand of (?) WSC. See CHAR 12/2/63. 25 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/65 Letter from a Home Office official to Edward Marsh with instructions from [WSC] to write a letter on his behalf to Sir Charles Darling postponing a dinner meeting between [WSC] and Sir Charles' fellow judges to 12 October, by which time [WSC's] plans [for the administration of justice] should be further developed. Unsigned typescript. [1910]
CHAR 12/2/66 Letter from Sir Francis Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V] (Marlborough House, Pall Mall [London]) to WSC requesting, on behalf of the King, an account of the present position of the House of Commons, and thanking him for the many interesting letters he has written on this subject. Signed manuscript. 01 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/67 Letter from Sir Charles Darling (18, Princes Gardens [London]) to WSC concerning possible dates for a dinner meeting between WSC and Sir Charles' fellow judges. Signed manuscript. 26 Jul [1910]
CHAR 12/2/68 Letter from James Middleton (387 Manchester Road, Hollinwood, Oldham [Lancashire]) [a Justice of the Peace] to WSC marked "private" saying that he has got into trouble with the Home Office through signing vaccination certificates and would be grateful if WSC would examine the relevant correspondence. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/69 and CHAR 12/2/70. 31 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/69 Letter from Alfred Emmott (House of Commons) to WSC concerning one of his constituents, James Middleton, a Justice of the Peace, who has signed vaccination certificates for children who are more than four months old. Emmott recommends that WSC should not punish him severely in view of Middleton's good work for the [Oldham] Town Council and School Board. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/68 and CHAR 12/2/70. 03 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/70 Transcript of correspondence between W P Byrne (Home Office) and James Middleton, a Justice of the Peace, who has signed vaccination certificates for children who are more than four months old. Byrne requests an explanation for this transgression of the Vaccination Act and Middleton replies that he had explained to the parents involved that the exemption forms would not be legally binding but that it would be a method of recording their objection to vaccination. Manuscript in the hand of James Middleton. See CHAR 12/2/68 and CHAR 12/2/69. 27 Jul 1910 - 31 Jul 1910
CHAR 12/2/71-74 Letter from Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to [WSC] marked "secret" concerning his discussions with [David] Shackleton about a new Home Office post as Labour Advisor to the Factory and Industrial Department. Masterman reports that Shackleton would be likely to accept the position if it were offered to him as he feels that he could do "good work" in view of his influence with the textile industry, but warns that the Home Office would have to increase the proposed salary. Typescript and manuscript in the hand of Charles Masterman, signed with initials. Annotated "File with secret official papers. WC". 19 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/75 Letter from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading] (Grand Hotel Klinger, Marienbad [Germany, later Marianske Lazne, Czechoslovakia]) to WSC recommending H H Haldinstein for appointment to the Recordership of Kingston-upon-Thames [Surrey]. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/76. 31 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/76 Copy of a letter from a Home Office official to Sir Rufus Isaacs (later Lord Reading) acknowledging receipt of his letter [see CHAR 12/2/75] recommending H H Haldinstein for the post of Recorder of Kingston-upon-Thames [Surrey], and pointing out that the power to make this appointment lies with the local authority. Unsigned typescript. 07 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/77 Letter from Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] (Selsey, West Sussex) to WSC marked "private" containing details of correspondence between Masterman and [David] Shackleton concerning the latter's possible appointment as Labour Advisor to the Home Office. Signed manuscript. 07 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/78 Letter from [Sidney Harris, Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to Edward Marsh asking him to write a letter on behalf of [WSC] "putting this man off". Manuscript signed with initials. 11 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/79 Letter from [Captain Charles] Fitzclarence (41 Ovington Square, Pont Street [London]) to WSC asking him to "give... favourable consideration" to his application for the post of Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/80. 22 Aug 1910
CHAR 12/2/80 Letter from Nellie Melba (Ritz Hotel [London]) to WSC asking him to help Captain [Charles] Fitzclarence with his application for the post of Chief Constable [Commissioner] in the Metropolitan Police. Signed manuscript. See CHAR 12/2/79. 12 Aug [1910]
CHAR 12/2/81 Letter from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading] Attorney General (Fox Hill, Earley, Near Reading [Berkshire]) to WSC saying that he has received WSC's report on imprisonment for debt and will consider the issue before contacting WSC. Signed manuscript. 19 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/82 Letter from Charles Masterman [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] (Selsey, [West Sussex]) to WSC saying that when he is in London they can discuss "the problems of the coming session", reminding WSC that they must speak to [David] Shackleton [about his possible appointment as Labour Advisor to the Home Office] and expressing concern about general politics, especially the serious problem of labour unrest. Signed manuscript. Annotated by WSC "put among my private papers". 21 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/83 Note to [Sidney] Harris instructing him to have a section of a letter from Sir Hubert Llewellyn-Smith [Permanent Secretary, Board of Trade, see CHAR 12/2/84-85] typed and to file it with other opinions on the proposal to abolish imprisonment for debt. Typescript annotated by WSC and Sidney Harris. 21 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/84-85 Letter from Sir Hubert Llewellyn-Smith [Permanent Secretary, Board of Trade] (Board of Trade) to [WSC] covering various issues including; the reception given to his speech on unemployment insurance; his opinion of proposals by the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] to combine legislation on unemployment and invalidity insurance; and consideration of suggestions for altering the law on imprisonment for debt. Signed manuscript. 05 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/86-88 Letter from Francis Wellesley, a Justice of the Peace, (Westfield Common, Near Woking [Surrey]) to WSC praising WSC's measures to exclude petty offenders from prison for their effect on the juveniles with whom he works. He encloses a letter from one of his colleagues at Wandsworth prison [see CHAR 12/2/89] and a newspaper cutting from the Times (dating to 30 August 1910) of a letter he has written to the editor on the reforms. Signed manuscript. 30 Aug 1910 - 22 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/89 Copy of a letter from a Home Office official to Francis Wellesley on behalf of WSC, thanking him for his letter and returning a letter which was included with it [not present]. Unsigned typescript. See CHAR 12/2/86-88. 27 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/90 Copy of a telegram sent by Sidney Harris, Under Secretary of State, Home Office to David Shackleton suggesting a date for a meeting with WSC. Manuscript. [Sep] [1910]
CHAR 12/2/91 Letter from [?] Suffield Mylius (New Scotland Yard) to Edward Marsh concerning a telegram sent to [WSC] by a Miss Clark who is described as "more or less insane". Assurances are given that she is under observation by the Devon Police. Signed manuscript. 23 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/92 Letter from Sidney Harris [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to Alexander Murray, Master of Elibank [Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury] marked "private" writing on behalf of WSC concerning the petition by Sir Alfred Mond for a Royal Licence to use supporters to his armorial bearings. Harris encloses Home Office papers [not present] concerning the use of this privilege and asks for Murray's opinion on the issue. Signed manuscript. 24 Sep 1910 - 25 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/93-98 Draft letter from [WSC] (Home Office) to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith ] about Home Office business for the following year and two Home Office Bills. The first proposes amendments to the Coal Mines Regulations Act to improve safety through technical regulations. The second Bill (or group of Bills) covers the punishment of offenders. [WSC] expresses satisfaction with reaction to his administrative prison reforms, and suggests that a "scientific and benevolent measure" would be well-suited to Coronation year. [WSC] aims to reduce the large numbers of petty offenders through the following measures: reducing the numbers of juvenile adults imprisoned for "merely mischievous" offences; abolishing imprisonment for debt (with certain exceptions); and establishing a period of grace for the payment of fines. [WSC] also advocates that there should be different treatment given to habitual and occasional petty offenders with suspensory sentences for those who have committed offences "not involving violence, cruelty or the wilful destruction of property" and who have been sentenced to a period of imprisonment of less than a month. Having effected these reforms, [WSC] would implement a complete administrative re-organisation which would involve "one complete series of carefully graded specialised institutions" and a central Board of Classification to consider the cases of all offenders after sentencing. Typescript with manuscript corrections in the hand of WSC. See CHAR 12/2/99-112. 24 Aug 1910 - 26 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/99-112 Copy of letter from [WSC] ([Home Office]) to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] about Home Office business for the following year and two Home Office Bills. The first proposes amendments to the Coal Mines Regulations Act to improve safety through technical regulations. The second Bill (or group of Bills) covers the punishment of offenders. [WSC] expresses satisfaction with reaction to his administrative prison reforms, and suggests that a "scientific and benevolent measure" would be well-suited to Coronation year. [WSC] aims to reduce the large numbers of petty offenders through the following measures: reducing the numbers of juvenile adults imprisoned for "merely mischievous" offences; abolishing imprisonment for debt (with certain exceptions); and establishing a period of grace for the payment of fines. [WSC] also advocates that there should be different treatment given to habitual and occasional petty offenders with suspensory sentences for those who have committed offences "not involving violence, cruelty or the wilful destruction of property" and who have been sentenced to a period of imprisonment of less than a month. Having effected these reforms, [WSC] would implement a complete administrative re-organisation which would involve "one complete series of carefully graded specialised institutions" and a central Board of Classification to consider the cases of all offenders after sentencing. Unsigned typescript, annotated "Copy of letter sent to PM 27/9/10". See CHAR 12/2/93-98. 27 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/113 Letter from David Shackleton (55 Belgrave Road, Darwen [Lancashire]) to WSC marked "private" suggesting a date for a meeting with WSC to discuss his possible appointment as Labour Advisor to the Home Office. Signed manuscript, annotated "Tuesd. wd suit me better. WSC.". 22 Sep 1910
CHAR 12/2/114 Draft letter from WSC to King George V enclosing a draft address [not present] to be given by the King to both Houses of Parliament and seeking the King's approval for this draft. Manuscript in the hand of (?) WSC, written on the notepaper of the First Lord of the Treasury. 10 May 1910