Public and political: general correspondence, Jan-Jun 1919. Includes three documents from 1914.

Reference code: CHAR 2/105

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CHAR 2/105/1 Letter from David Lloyd George (10 Downing Street) to WSC formally requesting him to resign as Minister of Munitions so that he (Lloyd George) can form a new government. Signed typescript. 03 Jan 1919
CHAR 2/105/2 Letter from David Lloyd George (10 Downing Street) to WSC formally offering him the post of Secretary of State for War and Air. Signed typescript. Annotated by Lloyd George: "of course there will be but one salary!". 09 Jan 1919
CHAR 2/105/3 Letter from WSC (Ministry of Munitions) to [David Lloyd George] accepting the post [of Secretary of State for War and Air]. Copy. 10 Jan 1919
CHAR 2/105/4 Telegram from Field-Marshall Lord French [earlier Sir John French, later Lord Ypres] (Dublin Castle) to WSC congratulating him on his appointment as Secretary of State for War and Air. 11 Jan 1919
CHAR 2/105/5-6 Letter from WSC (War Office) to Lord Curzon reporting a discussion between Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] and the Marquis de Soveral on the situation in Portugal and the political aims of King Manuel II. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh. 05 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/7 Note from WSC to James Masterton-Smith asking for the dates when Lord Jellicoe [earlier Sir John Jellicoe] was Director of Naval Ordnance, Third Sea Lord and Second Sea Lord and referring to his responsibility for the design of the 'Invincible' the 'Indomitable' and the 'Queen Mary'. 12 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/8-10 Note from James Masterton-Smith to [WSC] giving the dates when Lord Jellicoe [earlier Sir John Jellicoe] was Director of Naval Ordnance, Controller of the Navy and Second Sea Lord, assigning to Jellicoe the responsibility for the design of the 'Queen Mary' and stating the accepted reason for the loss of the 'Queen Mary', the 'Indefatigable' and the 'Invincible' at the Battle of Jutland. Annotated typescript. 12 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/11 Statement of the respective strengths of the dreadnought fleets of Great Britain and Germany at the outbreak of war and the subsequent actual and expected reinforcements of the fleets. Printed. Originally attached to CHAR 2/105/8-10. 01 Oct 1914
CHAR 2/105/12 "Comparison of the armour protection and principal characteristics of HMS "Queen Mary" and the German battle cruiser "Seydlitz"." Printed. Originally attached to CHAR 2/105/8-10. 14 Jan 1914
CHAR 2/105/13 Telegram in French from Georges Clemenceau (Paris, [France]) to WSC thanking him for his telegram. 20 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/14-15 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Auckland Geddes [later Lord Geddes] arguing that departments of state employing labour should be responsible for the day to day management of their own workforces but that general industry-wide conditions of service should be the province of the Ministry of Labour. Typescript copy. 22 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/16 Letter from Bernard Baruch (American Commission to Negotiate Peace, Hotel de Crillon, Paris, [France]) to WSC thanking him for his offer, expressing the wish to visit the Rhineland with WSC and reporting Louis Loucheur's wish that he, Baruch and WSC be photographed together in Paris. Signed typescript. 28 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/17 Letter from WSC (War Office) to [David Lloyd George] stating that he (WSC) had better see ? a committee of the House of Commons. 01 Mar 1919
CHAR 2/105/18-20 Letter from Major-General Tom Bridges (GHQ, Constantinople, [Turkey]) to WSC congratulating him on his appointment as Secretary of State for War and Air, describing the attitude of the Turks and reporting that Turkish officers he has spoken to believe that another naval attack on the Dardanelles would have succeeded. 10 Mar 1919
CHAR 2/105/21 Letter from John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] (Air Ministry) to WSC enclosing an extract from his diary on the Antwerp expedition [see CHAR 2/105/22-23] and congratulating him on his performance in the House of Commons on the previous night. 14 Mar 1919
CHAR 2/105/22-23 Extract from the diary of John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] justifying the Antwerp Expedition and praising the conduct of the Naval Volunteers. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/105/21. c 1914
CHAR 2/105/24 Letter from Henry Massingham (The Nation, 10 Adelphi Terrace, London) to Edward Marsh explaining why he had criticised WSC's warlike policy [in an article opposing British intervention in Russia]. 15 Mar [1919]
CHAR 2/105/25-26 Letter from Henry Massingham (Reform Club, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC explaining that his criticism of WSC [in an article in the Nation opposing British intervention in Russia] expresses a fundamental and irreconcilable difference between them on how peace is to be preserved in the post-war world. Assures WSC that no slight was intended on his personal valour. 16 Mar [1919]
CHAR 2/105/27 Letter from WSC (War Office) to Henry Massingham noting that Massingham intended no slight on his personal valour [in a recent article in the Nation criticising British intervention in Russia] and discussing the differences between them on general foreign and defence policy. Copy. 17 Mar 1919
CHAR 2/105/28 Letter from Samuel Hughes (House of Commons, Ottawa, [Canada]) to WSC enclosing a copy of a letter from him to Colonel David Carnegie paying tribute to Carnegie's work for the Imperial Munitions Board [see CHAR 2/105/29-30]. 17 Mar 1919
CHAR 2/105/29-30 Letter from Samuel Hughes (20 Nepean Street, [Ottawa, Canada]) to Colonel David Carnegie paying tribute to Carnegie's work at the Imperial Munitions Board. Typescript copy sent with CHAR 2/105/28. 26 Feb 1919
CHAR 2/105/31 Telegram from [WSC] to Major-General Tom Bridges thanking him for his letter [reporting that Turkish officers believe that another naval attack on the Dardanelles would have succeeded] and asking for more evidence from the Turkish general staff on the chances of the fleet passing the Straits in March 1915. Typescript copy. 25 Mar 1919
CHAR 2/105/32-38 Account by General Sir Ian Hamilton (1 Hyde Park Gardens, [London]) of a discussion between himself, Brigadier-General Cecil Aspinall, Walter Roch, Colonel Josiah Wedgwood and others on the discussions among British military commanders about evacuation of Gallipoli, General Sir William Birdwood [later Lord Birdwood] declining to become commander in chief of the operation and the enmity towards Birdwood of Lieutenant-General Sir Carmichael Monro and Major-General Sir Arthur Lynden-Bell. On folio 33 is a note on the danger of Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett's hatred for [WSC] becoming troublesome if Bartlett is given official recognition. Annotated typescript. 09 Jan 1919
CHAR 2/105/39-40 Letter from [WSC] to Lord Ernle [earlier Rowland Prothero] [President of the Board of Agriculture] asking whether there can be any national advantage to the regulations whereby he [WSC] has to buy hay from a dealer at a price much higher than that he would have to pay if he purchased from local farmers. Typescript copy. 07 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/41 Letter from Lord Ernle [earlier Rowland Prothero] (Board of Agriculture and Fisheries) to WSC referring his query about the regulation of the hay market to the Chief Administrative Member of the Forage Committee. 07 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/42 Letter from General John Pershing (American Expeditionary Forces, Office of the Commander in Chief) to WSC informing him that he is to be awarded the United States Government's Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of his work as Minister of Munitions. Signed typescript. Copy at CHAR 2/105/64. 08 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/43 Draft of CHAR 2/105/45 in the hand of Edward Marsh annotated to show that it was sent to the editors of the Daily News and the Yorkshire Observer. 11 Apr 1919 - 12 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/44 Cutting from the Yorkshire Observer criticising those who are calling for huge indemnity payments from Germany and reporting WSC as saying that the sum of 50,000,000,000 should be extracted. 09 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/45 Letter from [Edward Marsh] to the editor of the Yorkshire Observer [Charles Ogden] denying the recent report in that paper [see CHAR 2/105/44] that WSC had said 50,000,000,000 should be extracted from Germany in indemnity payments and listing the three conditions WSC has attached to the extraction of any indemnity. Typescript copy. Manuscript draft at CHAR 2/105/43. 12 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/46 Letter from [WSC] to J Aubrey Rees declining to attend the inaugural dinner of the League of Youth because he believes there is already "a redundancy of social organisations." Typescript copy. 12 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/47 Letter from Rear-Admiral William Sims (Office of the President, United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island) to WSC thanking him for his expression of good will on behalf of the British people. 14 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/48 Cutting from the Nottingham Guardian: article on: WSC's pre-war rejection of Imperial Preference and the present government's commitment to it; the opposition to the measure of the Asquithian Liberals; the large numbers of soldiers and others emigrating overseas and the benefits to be derived from economic measures to tie the Empire together more firmly. 16 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/49 Letter from [WSC] to [Lord Curzon] on the inconsistency of Britain both feeding and fighting the Bolsheviks and on Curzon's support for the recognition of Alexander Kolchak. Typescript copy. 22 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/50-51 Letter from Lord Drogheda (Foreign Office) to Herbert Creedy stating that Lord Kitchener was an exception to the rule which must apply to WSC that ministers of the Crown cannot accept foreign distinctions such as the United States Distinguished Service Medal if they intend to wear them. 25 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/52 Note from Herbert Creedy (War Office) to [WSC] referring to a letter from the Foreign Office [see CHAR 2/105/50-51] stating that WSC would not be able to wear the United States Distinguished Service Medal if he accepted it , offering to draft a letter on the matter and referring to earlier cases involving Lord Kitchener and Lord Milner, [earlier Sir Alfred Milner] (26 Apr). With reply in WSC's hand that he wishes Creedy to collect precedents and talk to Lord Milner rather than write a letter, (27 Apr). 26 Apr 1919 - 27 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/53-54 Letter from [Edward Marsh] to the editor of the Nottingham Journal correcting the impression given in a recent article in that paper [see CHAR 2/105/48] that before the war WSC had declared against Imperial Preference rather than specifically against the Imperial taxation of food, which David Lloyd George and Andrew Bonar Law have excluded from their declaration of policy. Typescript copy. 28 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/55 Cutting from the Sunday Times attributing to WSC the belief that David Lloyd George could fall as a result fo recent press attacks on him and that the "Central" party composed of young Tories and Liberal Imperialists under WSC's leadership could become the strongest in Parliament. 27 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/56 Letter from WSC (War Office) to [David Lloyd George] asking whether he should ignore a recent article in the Sunday Times claiming that he foresees the fall of Lloyd George and his own assumption of the leadership of a powerful "Central" party [see CHAR 2/105/55]. Believes that in the peace talks President Woodrow Wilson "having quarrelled with Italy will have to be extra-civil to the British Empire", and notes the good progress of Alexander Kolchak's cause in Russia. Copy. 28 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/57-60 Letter from [WSC] to [Walter Long, later Lord Long] criticising the report of the court of inquiry into the conduct of Commodore Wilfred Henderson during the Antwerp expedition and arguing that documents relating to the general responsibility for the expedition should be published before reports relating to specific incidents. Typescript copy. 29 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/61 Note to Herbert Creedy on Lord Milner's agreement [with WSC's response to the offer of the United States Distinguished Service Medal]. 29 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/62-63 Letter from WSC to King George V enclosing a letter from General John Pershing offering WSC the United States Distinguished Service Medal [see CHAR 2/105/64], citing precedents for the acceptance of foreign decorations by Ministers of the Crown and asking for permission to accept and wear the medal. Signed typescript copy. 29 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/64 Letter from General John Pershing (American Expeditionary Forces, Office of the Commander-in-Chief) to WSC informing him of the award of the United States Government's Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of his work as Minister of Munitions. Copy sent with CHAR 2/105/62-63. Original at CHAR 2/105/42. 08 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/65 Letter from Lord Milner [earlier Sir Alfred Milner] to Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge] asking him to get the King to agree to Milner's acceptance of the United States Distinguished Service Medal despite the Foreign Office regulation that Ministers of the Crown cannot accept foreign decorations. Argues that military co-operation with the United States during the war was an exceptional case. Typescript copy. 30 Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/66 Letter from WSC (War Office) to King George V thanking him for giving permission for him to accept the United States Distinguished Service Medal. Typescript copy. [May] [1919]
CHAR 2/105/67-68 Letter from [WSC] to General John Pershing announcing that the King has given him permission to accept the United States Distinguished Service Medal and expressing gratitude for its having been awarded. Typescript copy. 01 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/69 Telegram from [WSC] (War Office) to [David Lloyd George] (Astoria, Paris, [France]) asking whether there is any point he should bring out when replying on behalf of the government at the Academy banquet. Typescript copy. 01 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/70 Letter from Walter Long [later Lord Long] (Admiralty) to WSC informing him that the report of the court of enquiry into the conduct of Commodore Wilfred Henderson during the Antwerp expedition will not be published and that the court has no power to reprimand officers criticised in its report. 01 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/71 Note from James Masterton-Smith (War Office) to Edward Marsh referring to CHAR 2/105/70. 03 May [1919]
CHAR 2/105/72 Letter from WSC (War Office) to Lord Curzon enclosing a note from Sir Henry Wilson [not present] asking whether it is not possible to recognise Alexander Kolchak as "the Russian Government" without defining its actual territorial scope. Typescript copy. 01 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/73-74 Letter from Lord Curzon (1 Carlton House Terrace, [London]) to WSC reporting that the title "The Provisional Government of Siberia" is preferred to the Russian Government or the Russian National Government as the designation for Admiral Alexander Kolchak's regime. 02 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/75 Letter from ? Dalton (12 Downing Street) to [WSC ] enclosing a copy of a letter from the National Liberal Federation to Frederick Guest on efforts to promote the unity of the Liberal Party [see CHAR 2/105/76]. 02 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/76 Letter from Frank Barter, assistant secretary of the National Liberal Federation (42 Parliament Street, London) to Frederick Guest (12 Downing Street) conveying a resolution of the Executive Committee of the Federation welcoming the efforts being made to promote the unity of the Liberal Party and re-affirming the right of Liberal constituency associations to the free choice of their parliamentary candidates. Typescript copy sent with CHAR 2/105/75. [May] [1919]
CHAR 2/105/77 Note of a telephone message from Paris [France] via 10 Downing Street that [David Lloyd George] thinks that WSC should not mention Italy in a forthcoming speech and that he (Lloyd George) has nothing to add about the peace terms to what he said in the House of Commons. 03 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/78 Letter from J C C Davidson (11 Downing Street) to [Edward Marsh] asking on behalf of Andrew Bonar Law for WSC's observations on the private notice question addressed to Bonar Law by Commander Carlyon Bellairs on the need for a minister of Cabinet rank to be present when important matters are being discussed in Standing Committee [see CHAR 2/105/80]. 16 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/79 Letter from Frederick Guest (11 Downing Street) to Frank Barter, assistant secretary of the National Liberal Federation (42 Parliament Street, [London]), noting that the Executive Committee of the Federation have reaffirmed the right of Liberal Associations to the free choice of their candidates so that Liberalism will remain a strong force after the Coalition Government has done its work, and arguing that the Committee should have given equal emphasis to the fact that the Liberal Parliamentary Party is composed of all the Liberal Mps who were adopted by properly constituted Liberal Associations. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/105/75. 01 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/80 Questions and answers arising from the House of Commons Private Notice question put by Commander Carlyon Bellairs to Andrew Bonar Law on the need for Ministers of Cabinet rank to be present when important matters, such as the Women's Enfranchisement Bill, are being discussed in Standing Committee. Sent with CHAR 2/105/78. 14 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/81 Note by WSC [in response to a request for views made on behalf of Andrew Bonar Law] that it would be difficult to promise that in every case a minister of Cabinet rank would be present at a Grand Committee. Typescript copy. 18 May 1919
CHAR 2/105/82 Letter from Frederick Guest (12 Downing Street) to WSC enclosing a letter from Lord Chelmsford [earlier Frederic Thesiger] on reform of the government of India [see CHAR 2/105/83-93]. 03 Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/83-93 Letter from Lord Chelmsford [earlier Frederic Thesiger] (Viceroy's Camp, India) to [Frederick Guest] giving details of the proposals of his Executive Council for the reform of the government of India. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/105/82. Apr 1919
CHAR 2/105/94 Telegram from WSC to [David Lloyd George] offering to come over [to Paris] to talk to him. Typescript copy. 15 Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/95 Telegram from WSC to Austen Chamberlain asking for a memorandum containing the points it is right to make in his speech in Ipswich [Suffolk] on the Victory Loan. Typescript copy. 20 Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/96 Letter from Austen Chamberlain (Treasury Chambers) to WSC asking him to address a meeting to promote the Victory Loan. Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/97-98 Letter from [WSC] to Walter Long [later Lord Long] praising the work at the Admiralty and in the Mediterranean of Rear-Admiral Thomas Jackson and noting that he has received no formal recognition of his war service. Thanks Long for his support that morning. Typescript copy. 27 Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/99 Letter from J M ?Boraston (GHQ the Forces in Great Britain, Horse Guards, London) to WSC enclosing a copy of the rectorial address by Field-Marshall Sir Douglas Haig [later Lord Haig] at St Andrews University [Fife, Scotland] [not present]. 28 Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/100-101 Letter from Walter Long [later Lord Long] (Admiralty) to [WSC] thanking him for his testimonial to the services of Rear-Admiral Thomas Jackson and noting that there is evidence for the existence of "a concerted action amongst the extreme labour people against intervention in Russia.". 28 Jun 1919
CHAR 2/105/102 Letter from [WSC] to Field-Marshall Sir Douglas Haig [later Lord Haig] thanking him for a copy of Haig's rectorial address at the University of St Andrews [Fife, Scotland]. Typescript copy. 30 Jun 1919