Official: Admiralty: Letter book (includes Public and Political, and General Political Letters by WSC).

Reference code: CHAR 13/5

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Date: 21 Dec 1911 - 28 Oct 1914

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CHAR 13/5/1-4 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on women's suffrage, particularly on the danger of splits within the Cabinet, recommending a referendum on the subject. [Manuscript copy, in letter book]. 21 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/5/5-6 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Curzon on women's suffrage, recommending a referendum on the subject, provided that he could be assured that the argument would not be applied to Home Rule or other measures of a party nature; WSC asks if Curzon, and other prominent Conservative Anti-Suffragists (such as F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] and [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain) would be prepared to make it clear that there were great distinctions between a referendum on a non- party question and one on party questions and that support of one would not lead to charges of illogicality or inconsistency in regard to the other. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 07 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/5/7 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on the interchange of naval information with Germany, suggesting that the Government should reply to the German proposal [? for an interchange] after the German elections. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 11 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/5/8-10 Letter from WSC, to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, on cruiser design. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. [Jan] [1912]
CHAR 13/5/11-12 Letter from WSC to Field Marshal 1st Lord Roberts, on the Army's unpreparedness for war, stating that he was generally in favour of compulsory military service, but did not feel that it was necessary to introduce it at that time, also commenting on the Royal Navy's superiority over Germany. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 23 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/5/13-16 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] with an account of Sir Ernest Cassel's visit to Germany and meetings with Albert Ballin [naval adviser to Kaiser Wilhelm II], and Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg [Chancellor of Germany]; also giving his observations on the German Naval Law, which would require new and vigorous measures on Britain's part. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 13 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/5/17 Telegram from Sir Ernest Cassel to Albert Ballin [naval adviser to Kaiser Wilhelm II], Berlin [Germany] drafted by Cassel, WSC, 1st Lord Haldane [Secretary of State for War] and Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on the German Naval Law. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 03 Feb 1912
CHAR 13/5/18-22 Letter from WSC to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on the naval policy for the Dominions, proposing the establishment of a joint Imperial Squadron, consisting of three battle cruisers, and three light cruisers, provided by Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and India. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 14 Apr 1912
CHAR 13/5/23-24 Letter from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, defending the appointments of Rear-Admiral Sir [Archibald] Berkeley Milne as Commander-in-Chief to the Mediterranean Fleet and Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux [earlier Hedworth Lambton] as Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 27 Apr 1912
CHAR 13/5/25-26 Letter from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, offering him the Chairmanship of the Royal Commission on Oil Fuel. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 11 Jun 1912
CHAR 13/5/27-28 Letter from WSC to King George V, on the King's wish that two naval officers should not be advanced to the grade of KCB [Knight Commander of the Bath] in the Birthday Honours, asking him to reconsider, and putting forward the names of Vice-Admiral Stanley Colville and Lieutenant-General William Nicholls, Royal Marine Artillery [both men were awarded the KCB in 1912]. [1912]
CHAR 13/5/29 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on the exchange of naval information with Germany. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 02 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/5/30-32 Letter from WSC to David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer], on Ireland and the Land Question, also on the survival of the Government, stating that a breakdown would be fatal as Home Rule, the Welsh Church, the Franchise, the Insurance Act and the Parliament Act would all founder together. WSC states his feeling that the Government would survive if they could avoid quarrelling among themselves, they did not "play the fool" over women's suffrage, and did not come to bloodshed over Ulster. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 21 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/5/33 Letter from WSC to [Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], 1st Sea Lord, on the gunnery question. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 05 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/5/34-35 Letter from WSC (The Wharf, Sutton Courtney [Berkshire]) to David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer], objecting to the Cabinet decision not to raise naval pay, stating that he could be faced with the resignation of the Sea Lords as a body, making his position as First Lord of the Admiralty untenable. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 03 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/5/36 Letter from WSC to David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer], objecting to the Treasury decision to block construction of oil tankers. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 05 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/5/37 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on naval movements in the Mediterranean. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 08 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/5/38-39 Letter from WSC to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [British Agent and Consul-General in Egypt], on naval forces in the Mediterranean. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 13 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/5/40 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Morley of Blackburn [Lord President of the Council], on a donation from James Caird. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 21 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/5/41 Letter from WSC to Thomas Macnamara [Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty], with thanks for the "great aid you have given me in this Office". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 12 Apr 1912
CHAR 13/5/42 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] defending the Admiralty's decision to provide a ship to convey the Papal Legate [Cardinal Ferrata] from Sicily to Malta; WSC states that everything had passed of perfectly, though conceding that the Colonial Office should have been consulted. Annotated "All's well that ends well, HHA". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 29 Apr 1912
CHAR 13/5/43-44 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Crewe, [Secretary of State for India, earlier Robert Crewe-Milne and 2nd Lord Houghton], on his meeting with Sir Hugh Barnes, Director of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company [later the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company], asking about Barnes's dual position as a Member of the Council of India and as a Director of the Company. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 01 May 1913
CHAR 13/5/45-46 Letter from WSC to Admiral Sir George Callaghan [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet], on the forthcoming Naval Manoeuvres. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 29 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/5/47-49 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the naval building programme, expressing his loyalty to Asquith, and his "conviction of your superior judgement and superior record on naval matters", and stating that he would go to all possible lengths to prevent disagreement in the Cabinet, but that "no reduction or postponement beyond the year of the four ships is possible to me". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 18 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/5/50-52 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], urging him to support the naval building programme. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 25 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/5/53 Letter from WSC to Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], 1st Sea Lord, on paper by the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] proposing a reduction in the naval building programme, stating that he could not remain responsible if the declared programme of four ships were cut down. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 26 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/5/54 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the Naval Estimates. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 10 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/5/55 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the Naval Estimates for 1915-16; annotated "Not sent". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 16 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/5/56 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the Naval Estimates for 1915-16, commenting that his relations with the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] were "civil and sombre". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 19 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/5/57-58 Letter from WSC to Prince Louis of Battenberg, [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], 1st Sea Lord, on the Naval Estimates for 1914-15, stating that the Cabinet had decided that the increase in men should not exceed 4000 and the new cruiser programme should not exceed four, and that he felt both decisions were reasonable; annotated "not sent". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 12 Feb 1914
CHAR 13/5/59 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on a possible meeting with Grand-Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [Head of the German Admiralty]; annotated "[John] Redmond's communique is vy provocative". [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 08 May 1914
CHAR 13/5/60 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on the Irish question and the outbreak of war. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 22 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/5/61 Letter from WSC to Count Albert Mensdorff, Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Britain, on arrangements for his passage home. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 13 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/5/62 Letter from WSC to Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on his resignation as 1st Sea Lord, regretting the "termination of our work together" and stating that no incident in his public life had caused him so much sorrow. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/5/63 Letter from WSC to Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on his appointment as a Privy Councillor [following his resignation as 1st Sea Lord]. [Manuscript copy in letter book]. 28 Oct 1914