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CHAR 2/126/1-2 Letter from "Charley" [7th Lord Londonderry] (Mountstewart, Newtonards, County Down, [Ulster, Ireland]) to WSC explaining why he thinks the idea of the Irish Free State is unworkable, regretfully declining WSC's invitation to Cannes [France] and inviting him to Mountstewart for Whitsun. 17 Jan 1923
CHAR 2/126/3 Letter from Geoffrey Dawson [earlier Geoffrey Robinson] (23 Sussex Place, Regents Park, [London]) to WSC offering a time to see him at the Ritz and thanking him for his congratulations on his appointment as editor of the Times. 28 Jan 1923
CHAR 2/126/4 Letter from [WSC] (Ritz Hotel) to 7th Lord Londonderry reporting that he is very busy with the publication of his book [The World Crisis] and asserting that although Ireland will have to go through "a long and cruel apprenticeship" it will come through it all right. Carbon copy. 29 Jan 1923
CHAR 2/126/5-7 Letter from Sidney Reilly (D3, The Albany, [London]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/126/8-9 and CHAR 2/126/10 describing the grave financial difficulties being experienced by Boris Savinkov and his crucial role in maintaining opposition to the Bolsheviks in Russia, and appealing to WSC to see if something can be done to assist him. 05 Feb 1923
CHAR 2/126/8-9 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/126/10. Sent with CHAR 2/126/5-7. 03 Feb 1923
CHAR 2/126/10 Letter in French from Boris Savinkov (32 Rue de Lubeck, Paris, [France]) to [WSC] predicting that the Bolshevik government in Russia will soon fall because of the conflict between left and right wingers, and describing the activities of his anti-Bolshevik organisation. Sent with CHAR 2/126/5-7. 03 Feb 1923
CHAR 2/126/11 Letter from Louis Franck to WSC inviting him to give a lecture in Belgium on British colonial policy. 09 Feb 1923
CHAR 2/126/12 Letter in French from Louis Franck (Brussells, [Belgium]) to Sir Leslie Scott expressing the hope that WSC will accept the invitation to come to Belgium to lecture on British colonial policy and stating that his war memoirs have reminded people of the service he rendered Belgium during the war. Sent with CHAR 2/126/13. 23 Feb 1923
CHAR 2/126/13 Letter from Sir Leslie Scott (20 Egerton Terrace, [London]) to WSC enclosing and commenting CHAR 2/126/12 and reporting that the extracts from WSC's book "have been of absorbing interest.". 28 Feb 1923
CHAR 2/126/14-16 Letter from George Holt-Thomas (24 Portland Place, [London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) arguing that the shareholders of the Aircraft Manufacturing Company Ltd should receive compensation from the Government for their losses following the liquidation of the company after its amalgamation with Birmingham Small Arms Ltd. Encloses a suggested letter of support for WSC's approval [see CHAR 2/126/17]. 05 Mar 1923
CHAR 2/126/17 Letter from [WSC] to George Holt-Thomas testifying to the services rendered by the Aircraft Manufacturing Company Ltd during the war in the fields of aeroplane and airship manufacture and supporting the claim that the Government should pay compensation to the company's shareholders. Suggested draft by Holt-Thomas sent with CHAR 2/126/14-16. [Mar] [1923]
CHAR 2/126/18-19 Letter from Sir James Stevenson [later Lord Stevenson] (12 Smith Square, Westminster, [London]) to WSC praising his work as a minister, promising to employ Henry Beckenham and asserting that nobody trusts David Lloyd George, Sir John Simon [later Lord Simon] or Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] that WSC has a good chance of emerging as the leader of the anti-Labour forces. Comments on the passivity of the present Government, the position of France, Belgium and Turkey, the slight improvement in trade, his desire to be taken into WSC's political confidence, the apparent good health of CSC, and the excellent portraits done by Solomon Solomon. 14 Mar 1923
CHAR 2/126/20 Letter from General Sir Aylmer Haldane to WSC on the impression he was given that he would be found re-employment. 09 Apr 1923
CHAR 2/126/21 Letter from Admiral Sir Roger Keyes [later Lord Keyes] (Admiralty) to WSC correcting an impression his last letter may have given that the First Lord of the Admiralty [Leopold Amery] was not fighting for the department. 13 Apr 1923
CHAR 2/126/22 Letter from the 9th Duke of Devonshire (Colonial Office) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/126/23-24 and explaining that Britain's mandatory responsibility for Iraq [Mesopotamia] is to be reduced to four years from the date of ratification of peace with Turkey and that King Feisal and the Iraqi government have agreed to this. 02 May 1923
CHAR 2/126/23-24 Proposed government announcement of the agreement with the government of Iraq [Mesopotamia] that the period of Britain's mandatory responsibility for Iraq can be shortened to four years from the ratification of the peace with Turkey. Sent with CHAR 2/126/22. [May] [1923]
CHAR 2/126/25 Letter from [WSC] (2 Sussex Square) to the 9th Duke of Devonshire thanking him for CHAR 2/126/23-24 and commenting that although the agreement has been well received, Britain should secure a special interest in Iraq in return for the effort and cost of administering it. Carbon copy. 07 May 1923
CHAR 2/126/26 Letter from Sir Herbert Creedy (War Office) to WSC on the re-employment of General Sir Aylmer Haldane. 09 May 1923
CHAR 2/126/27 Letter from [WSC] (2 Sussex Square) to General Sir Aylmer Haldane (Garibondy Villa, Cannes, [France]) quoting CHAR 2/126/26 in full and concluding that not much more can be done at present. Carbon copy. 12 May 1923
CHAR 2/126/28 Letter from John Rees, secretary of the Caerphilly Divisional Liberal Association (28 Station Terrace, Caerphilly, [Glamorgan, Wales]) to [WSC] asking whether he would be prepared to stand as a candidate for the constituency. 26 May 1923
CHAR 2/126/29 Letter from Sir Walter Stirling (50 Lennox Gardens, London) to [WSC] arguing that all the anti-socialist societies should amalgamate into one large one to combat the growing threat of "sedition". May 1923
CHAR 2/126/30 Letter from Count Paul Metternich (Dell Park, Englefield Green, Surrey) to WSC thanking him for his book and asking him to use his influence [in the matter of the status of Metternich's property under the Treaty of Versailles]. 01 Jun 1923
CHAR 2/126/31 Letter from [WSC] (2 Sussex Square) to John Rees, secretary of the Caerphilly Divisional Liberal Association (28 Station Terrace, Caerphilly, [Glamorgan, Wales]) thanking him for enquiring whether he would be prepared to stand for the constituency but adding that he does not feel that it is yet time for him to consider returning to the House of Commons. Typescript copy. 09 Jun 1923
CHAR 2/126/32 Letter from Sir Edward Hilton Young (18 Abingdon Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (2 Sussex) inviting him on behalf of Sir Norman Rae to give an address in Rae's constituency of Shipley [Yorkshire] and giving the voting figures in the constituency in the last election. 15 Jun 1923
CHAR 2/126/33 Letter from Walter Popplestone, secretary of the education committee and director of education of the Urban District of Shipley (Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley, [Yorkshire]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) expressing the hope that he will be able to accept the invitation from the Governors of the Salt Schools to give an address there. 12 Jul 1923
CHAR 2/126/34 Letter from William Bridgeman (Home Secretary) to WSC stating that Madame Pahud will receive a certificate of naturalisation when she can satisfy the Home Office that she is re-established in the United Kingdom and intends to stay there. 31 Jul 1923
CHAR 2/126/35 Letter from Shirley Carson Jenney (2150 Vista del Mar, Hollywood, California, [United States]) to WSC on spiritualist messages received by her for WSC. 02 Aug [1923]
CHAR 2/126/36 Letter from Gerald Christy (The Lecture Agency Ltd, Outer Temple, Strand, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking whether he would consider going on a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand. 13 Aug 1923
CHAR 2/126/37 Letter from Alexander Maxwell (Home Office) to WSC acknowledging receipt of his letter on Madame Pahud's application for naturalisation. 15 Aug 1923
CHAR 2/126/38-39 Letter from 12th Lord Dundonald (Lochmell Castle, Ledaig, Argyllshire, [Scotland]) to WSC on "the secret plans" relating to marine fortifications. 05 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/126/40 Letter from Laird Bell, president of the Chicago branch of the English Speaking Union (Hotel Jules, 85 & 86 Jermyn Street, [London]), to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking him to consider a lecture tour of the United States. 06 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/126/41 Letter from Walter Popplestone, secretary of the education committee and director of education of the Urban District of Shipley (Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley, [Yorkshire]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking him to give a prompt reply to the invitation to give the Salt Schools Presidential Address. 07 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/126/42 Letter from Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Miles (Earl Soham, Framlingham, Suffolk) to WSC giving his views on the administrative structures of the Admiralty and the War Office arising from his experience as a member of the Weir Committee, remembering the events described in ["The World Crisis"] from his time at the War Office between 1904 and 1912, and approving the appointment of Sir John Chancellor [as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Southern Rhodesia]. 14 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/126/43-44 Letter from Major-General Sir Hugh Tudor (General Headquarters, Bir Salem, Palestine) to WSC on: the use of RAF armoured cars to quell a revolt against the Emir of Transjordan [later Jordan] by the Adwhan tribe; the need to devote resources to making the police and gendarmerie in Palestine efficient; the drastic reduction by Tudor of the garrison in Palestine and the question of whether Tudor's presence is still required; the need for Tudor's successor to have unified command of the troops, RAF, gendarmerie and police; Tudor's own future; Arab feeling against [Sir John Simon, later Lord Simon]; the need for Jewish investment in Palestine; the resistance of the Alsace-Lorraine combine to the exploitation of the large potash deposits in the Dead Sea valley. 21 Sep 1923
CHAR 2/126/45 Letter from Downer and Johnson, solicitors (426 Salisbury House, London Wall, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking him on behalf of Captain D J Munro, the designer of the boom defence against submarines, to give evidence in support of Munro's claim to the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors. 03 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/46-47 Letter from Leo Weinthal (801 Salisbury House, London Wall, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) enclosing the first three volumes of the history of the Cape to Cairo railway and river route [Africa] [not present] and asking WSC to contribute to the fourth volume and to grant him an interview. 12 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/48 Letter from Captain Albert Larking, secretary of the Early Closing Association (34-40 Ludgate Hill, London) to WSC inviting him to chair a luncheon to mark the Association's campaign to make the adoption of Summer Time permanent and for six months of the year. 12 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/49 Letter from Sir Stanley Johnson (Downer and Johnson, solicitors, 426 Salisbury House, London Wall, London) to WSC describing the objections of the Admiralty to the claim before the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors of Captain D J Munro, the designer of the boom defence against submarines, and expressing the hope that WSC will give evidence in support of the claim. 17 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/50-51 Letter from Giles Eyre to WSC (2 Sussex Gardens) arguing that WSC was influenced in his wartime efforts to develop the tank by the proposal of John Corry in 1911 and suggesting that WSC should therefore help to get Corry's claim before the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors reopened. 23 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/52 Letter from Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] (2 Garden Court, Temple, [London]) to WSC urging him to meet Lancelot Smith. 23 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/53 Letter from Sir John Chancellor (Government House, Salisbury, [Southern Rhodesia]) to WSC on: Sir Charles Coghlan's gratitude to WSC for his support when at the Colonial Office; the establishment of the Responsible Government in Rhodesia and the need for Coghlan to rally all the best people in the country to its support; Chancellor's expectation that WSC will return to political prominence if Free Trade and Protection become a major issue again; the disagreeableness of having Princess Marie Louise as a guest. 27 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/54 Letter from Andrew Gibb (Caledonian Club, St James's Square, [London]) to WSC asking whether WSC can give him an introduction to "one of the saner spirits" in the Labour Party. 28 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/55 Letter from [WSC] to Andrew Gibb explaining why he does not wish to give him an introduction to a leader of the Labour Party. Carbon copy. 29 Oct 1923
CHAR 2/126/56-57 Letter from Denton, Hall and Burgin, solicitors (3 Gray's Inn Place, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking him to give information for a case relating to "It is for England", a film made in 1916 under the auspices of the Navy League for the making of which it is alleged that the Admiralty provided facilities. 03 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/58 Circular letter from George Springfield, executive chairman of the Institute of Journalists and H M Richardson, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (The Institute of Journalists, Tudor Street, London) to WSC asking him, as a member of the executive of the English Speaking Union, to support the claim to compensation of Mrs Stan Harding, a journalist who was imprisoned for espionage by the Soviet government in Russia as a result of a false charge by Marguerite Harrison, a treacherous agent of the United States government. 06 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/59 Letter from Alfred Johns, executive secretary of the English Speaking Union (Trafalgar Buildings, 1 Charing Cross, London) to WSC returning CHAR 2/126/58 and commenting that it is not proved that Marguerite Harrison is a United States Government agent and that if she is it becomes a political matter which is outside the scope of the Union. 09 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/60-61 Letter from E Crosfield Pearson (March, Pearson and Yates, solicitors, 46A John Dalton Street, Manchester) to WSC asking whether he would be interested in standing as a candidate for the Exchange Division of Manchester and describing the advantages and disadvantages which the constituency offers. 13 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/62-63 Telegram from 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] to WSC promising that, although he is inclined towards tariff reform, his papers will support WSC's candidature in Manchester [the press reports of this were incorrect] and those of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], Ernest Simon and Sir Donald Maclean. 14 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/64-65 Telegram from the secretary of the Rusholme Liberal Association [Manchester] to WSC (2 Sussex Square) inviting him to stand for the constituency. 14 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/66 Telegram from Mr Worsley, honorary secretary of the West Salford Liberal Association [Lancashire], to WSC (2 Sussex Square) conveying the Association's invitation to stand for the constituency. 14 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/67-69 Letter from Edward Whitehead (The Lodge, Failsworth, Manchester) to WSC inviting him on behalf of the Mossley Division Liberal Association to become their candidate and describing the electoral history of the constituency. Annotated: "declined". 15 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/70 Page from the Daily Telegraph: article by Archibald Hurd on the official history of the Battle of Jutland by Sir Julian Corbett. 15 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/71 Telegram from the secretary of the Aberavon Divisional Liberal Association [Glamorgan, Wales] to WSC inviting him to be their candidate. Annotated that WSC declined. 15 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/72 Letter from Lord Gladstone [earlier Herbert Gladstone] (Liberal Central Association, 21 Abingdon Street, London) to WSC on a Roman Catholic question and the enthusiasm of Gladstone's wife for volume two [of "The World Crisis"]. 26 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/73 Letter from Adrian Keith-Falconer (The Garth, Bicester, Oxfordshire) to WSC asking for information about the operations of Naval Division for his history of the regiment during the war. Nov 1923
CHAR 2/126/74-78 Article from the "Contemporary Review" by George Young on the Rhine-Ruhr question [Germany] and British policy. [Nov] [1923]
CHAR 2/126/79 Letter from "Charley" [7th Lord Londonderry] (Wynyard Park, Stockton-on-Tees [County Durham] to WSC on: the "topsey-turveydom of politics" and their continuing friendship despite being in opposing camps; the fact that Londonderry and [1st Lord Birkenhead, earlier F E Smith] have in common their adherence to WSC. 02 Dec [1923]
CHAR 2/126/80 Letter from J F J Fitzpatrick (Royal Societies Club, St James's Street, [London]) to WSC's election agent in Leicester enclosing CHAR 2/126/81-83 and hoping WSC will win the election. 03 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/81-83 Article by J F J Fitzpatrick (Royal Societies Club, St James's Street, [London]) recommending WSC to the electors of Leicester by praising WSC's courage during the Boer War and his continuing prowess at polo. Sent with CHAR 2/126/80. 03 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/84 Letter from James Gerard, chairman of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia (1 Madison Avenue, New York, [United States]) to WSC enclosing a collective memorandum against ratification by the Senate of the Treaty of Lausanne [not present]. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/85 Letter from Sir William Tyrrell (Foreign Office) to WSC regretting his defeat at Leicester but approving his continued opposition to extremists on both sides, and arguing that WSC is well out of this parliament, which has a short and inglorious future. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/86 Letter from 3rd Lord Dufferin and Ava (Carlton Club, [London]) to WSC expressing regret at his defeat in Leicester and stating that "most of us Northern Ireland people" hoped he would win. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/87 Letter from Sir William Beveridge [later Lord Beveridge] (the London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, Aldwych, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) expressing regret at his defeat in Leicester and attributing it to ingratitude for his wartime services. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/88 Letter from Walter Faber (Welford Grange, Rugby, [Warwickshire]) to WSC expressing regret at his defeat in Leicester, despite their political differences. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/89 Letter from ? (Royal Naval College, Greenwich, [London]) to WSC sympathising with him on his defeat in Leicester. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/90 Letter from Lord Inchcape [earlier Sir George Mackay] (4 Seamore Place, Mayfair, [London]) to WSC expressing regret at his defeat [in Leicester] but suggesting that at least Free Trade is safe. Thinks that Stanley Baldwin [later Lord Baldwin] must be cursing his advisers. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/91 Letter from Douglas Jerrold (10 Cornwall Gardens, London) to CSC thanking her for her hospitality in Leicester and regretting the election result there. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/92 Letter from Alexander Shaw [later Lord Craigmyle] (24 Prince's Gate, [London]) to WSC congratulating him on the fight he put up in the Leicester election, which has damaged the cause of Protection and attracted the esteem of Free Traders everywhere. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/93 Letter from Lord Weir [earlier Sir William Weir] (Holm Foundry, Cathcart, Glasgow, [Scotland]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) expressing regret at his defeat in Leicester and inviting him to talk about "a real opportunity of doing useful work" if he gets tired of politics. 07 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/94 Letter from Charles Masterman (46 Gillingham Street, [London]) to WSC congratulating him on [the result of the criminal libel proceedings against Lord Alfred Douglas] and expressing regret at his defeat in Leicester. [Dec] [1923]
CHAR 2/126/95 Letter from George Lambert [later Lord Lambert] (Reform Club, [London]) to WSC expressing regret [at his defeat in Leicester] and adding: "your speeches were the finest in the Campaign - something to bite at - they were not pap or slosh.". [07] [Dec] [1923]
CHAR 2/126/96 Letter from Lady Sarah Wilson (23A Bruton Street, [London]) to WSC expressing the wish that WSC had stood for Manchester instead of Leicester and reporting the regret of Lord Midleton [earlier St John Brodrick] at WSC's defeat. 08 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/97 Letter from Herbert Fisher (Thursley, Godalming, Surrey) to WSC congratulating him on his fight for Liberalism and Free Trade at Leicester, regretting that he (Fisher) did not help in the constituency and stressing the need for the Liberals to create an efficient national electoral machine because it is clear that most of the country supports Free Trade and is anti-Socialist. 09 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/98 Letter from Cornelia, Lady Wimborne (Merly House, Wimborne, [Dorset) to WSC expressing regret at his defeat in Leicester and confidence that he will soon return. Thinks Stanley Baldwin [later Lord Badlwin] "has smashed the Tory party.". 09 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/99 Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, [London]) to WSC expressing regret that he was not returned to Parliament but assuring him that he still has a prominent position in the public eye. 09 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/100 Letter from William Buist (Richard Buist & Sons, cabinet makers, upholsterers and carpet warehousemen, 100-108 Commercial Street, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) regretting his defeat in Leicester, blaming the narrow defeat of the Liberal candidate in Dundee on members of the liquor trade and referring to the "magnificent" Liberal meeting on the eve of the poll. 10 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/101-103 Letter from H Hackett (354 Fosse Road North, Leicester) to WSC expressing regret at WSC's defeat in Leicester and stating that it did not surprise him because the Liberals, unlike Labour, have done little or no educational work in the constituency. Deplores the fact that public men like WSC should be open to such scandalous accusations as that made by [Lord Alfred Douglas]. 14 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/104 Letter from Major D Cope Harris (144 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, [Glamorgan, Wales]) to WSC congratulating him on the result [of the libel proceedings against Lord Alfred Douglas over his accusations about the Battle of Jutland] and asserting that WSC was right about Gallipoli and is being unjustly criticised. 14 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/105 Letter from ? Broughton (37 Park Street, Grosvenor Square, [London]) to WSC regretting that he (WSC) will not be in the House of Commons and congratulating him on his defeat of "a noble degenerate" [Lord Alfred Douglas]. 18 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/106 Letter from [WSC] to James Gerard, president of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia (1 Madison Avenue, New York, United States) promising to pay careful attention to the memorandum against the ratification of the Lausanne Treaty which Gerard sent him [see CHAR 2/126/84]. Carbon copy. 24 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/107-111 Letter from Lady Violet Bonham-Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] (The Wharf, Sutton Courtney, Berkshire) to WSC on: the danger of a reaction towards Labour if the Liberals moved closer to the Tories, which is what Labour would like to happen; the grave difficulties James Ramsay Macdonald would have with his own supporters if he got into office; Herbert Asquith's belief that it is not in any party's interests to go into office at the moment; Bonham-Carter's belief that the second ballot, proportional representation and the alternative vote would ruin the Liberals. [24] [Dec] 1923
CHAR 2/126/112 Letter from W A Sibly, headmaster of Wycliffe College (Springfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire) to WSC assuring him that, despite his defeat in Leicester and the attacks on him in the press, he still has a large and growing following. 28 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/113 Letter from Aubrey Roberts, honorary secretary of the Aberdare Liberal Association (33 Broniestyn Terrace, Aberdare, [Glamorgan, Wales]) to [WSC] asking him to give an address in the constituency to combat "the perils of Socialism". 28 Dec 1923
CHAR 2/126/114-117 Letter from WSC (2 Sussex Square) to Violet, Lady Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith, later Lady Violet Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] arguing that if the Liberals let a Labour government into power it would strengthen the Conservatives and weaken the Liberals, who would be blamed for any misgovernment and disturbance that might arise, and suggesting instead that the present government be allowed to remain in office if it agrees to drop Protection, and in due course more favourable conditions for the Liberals will arise. Annotated by Clarice Fisher: "not to be sent.". 28 Dec 1923