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CHAR 2/45/1 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] (Archerfield House, Dirleton, [East Lothian, Scotland] to WSC inviting him to make an election address in East Fife [Scotland]. 01 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/2 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (Fallodon, Christon Bank, Northumberland] to WSC on negotiations relating to the Baghdad Railway [Iraq] and Professor Sieper and the German government. 02 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/3 Letter from Charles Crombie (Hogarth House, Richmond, [Surrey]) to [WSC] giving him permission to publish any letter he sends him. 05 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/4 Letter from Arthur Chamberlain (Moor Green Hall, Birmingham) to Hodder and Stoughton Limited, Publishers, thanking them for sending a copy of WSC's recent speeches. He asks them to convey his thanks to WSC, for all his help in the recent campaign, stating that his speeches were splendid, with a mixture of virility, sympathy and imagination. He adds that there was no one on their side who deserved more from their party than WSC. Signed typescript. 07 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/5 Letter from Sir John Gorst (84 Campden Hill Court, [London]) to WSC thanking him for his condolences on Gorst's defeat in the election for Preston [Lancashire] and congratulating WSC on his victory in Dundee [Angus, Scotland]. Analyses the reasons for his defeat in Preston and asserts that Tariff Reform has gained wider acceptance among the poorer classes than the Liberals supposed. 08 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/6 Envelope originally with CHAR 2/45/7. Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/7-8 Letter from Lord Morley [earlier John Morley] (Flowermead, Princes Road, Wimbledon Park, [London]) to WSC congratulating him on the "triumphant course" of his affairs, including his election victory in Dundee [Angus, Scotland] and suggesting that the Home Office would be available to him if he wanted it. Refers to the probable overall general election result and discusses a possible means of getting the Budget through parliament. 20 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/9 Envelope originally with CHAR 2/45/10-15. Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/10 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] (Chateau de Thorenc, Cannes, [France]) to WSC thanking him for his speeches during the election and offering him the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland. 01 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/11 Part of a letter from WSC (Board of Trade) to Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] declining his offer of the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland and expressing a preference instead for the Home Office. Draft in WSC's hand with an addition in Edward Marsh's hand. Annotated: "not sent". The final page of this draft is at CHAR 2/45/14. 05 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/12 Final page of the draft at CHAR 2/45/17. Signed and written by WSC. [05 Feb 1910]
CHAR 2/45/13 Final page of the draft at CHAR 2/45/16. Signed and written by WSC. [05 Feb 1910]
CHAR 2/45/14 Final page of the draft at CHAR 2/45/11. Signed and written by WSC. [05 Feb 1910]
CHAR 2/45/15 Envelope originally with CHAR 2/45/16-17. [Feb 1910]
CHAR 2/45/16 Part of a letter from WSC (Board of Trade) to Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] declining his offer of the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland and expressing a preference instead for the Home Office. Draft in WSC's hand. The final page of this draft is at CHAR 2/45/13. 05 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/17 Part of a letter from WSC (Board of Trade) to Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] declining his offer of the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland and expressing a preference instead for the Home Office. Draft in WSC's hand with an addition in Edward Marsh's hand. Annotated: "final". The final page of this draft is at CHAR 2/45/12. 05 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/18 Envelope originally with CHAR 2/45/19. [Feb 1910]
CHAR 2/45/19 Letter from Margot Asquith [later Lady Oxford and Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC saying she is glad WSC is going to the Home Office and reporting that the King [Edward VII] has accepted Herbert Asquith's tiredness as a reason for his not going to Windsor [Berkshire]. Advises that to improve his position in politics and society WSC should "thrive on being liked instead of loving abusive notice & rotten notoriety." Praises CSC's lack of vanity. 10 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/20 Letter from Margot Asquith [later Lady Oxford and Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC asserting that she has never divulged any details about the composition of the Cabinet and blaming "want of moderation and self control" for the reduction of the Liberal majority. 12 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/21 Letter from Sir John Gorst (84 Campden Hill Court, [London]) to WSC congratulating him on his appointment as Home Secretary and asking to be considered for a peerage so that he can continue his political work. 15 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/22 Letter from Lord Loreburn (8 Eaton Square, [London]) to WSC apologising if he has pushed his views too far. 16 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/23 Letter from Shane Leslie (Mount St Benedict, Gorey, County Wexford, [Ireland]) to WSC congratulating him [on his appointment as Home Secretary] and expressing confidence that he (Leslie) will be put in at the next by-election. Encloses and recommends an application by Joseph Alexander, "a good Protestant Liberal of the type who are likely to make peace in Ireland", to be a resident magistrate [see CHAR 2/45/24]. [Feb 1910]
CHAR 2/45/24 Letter from Joseph Alexander, solicitor (Castle Street, Londonderry, [Ireland]) to Shane Leslie (Mount St Benedict, Gorey [County Wexford, Ireland]) asking him to ask WSC to see Augustine Birrell [Chief Secretary for Ireland] about Alexander's wish to be appointed as a resident magistrate. 16 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/25 Letter from Alexander Porter (Norwood, Prestwich, [Lancashire]) to WSC congratulating him on his appointment as Home Secretary and suggesting that Sir George Kemp, the MP for North-West Manchester, be made a member of the Government. 17 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/26 Letter from Leslie Scott (Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Brackley, Northamptonshire) to WSC congratulating him [on his appointment as Home Secretary] and expressing regret that he will not be at the Board of Trade to oversee Scott's maritime law scheme. 20 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/27 Letter from Margot Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC expressing confidence in the Liberals' political position despite the mistake of Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith]. 21 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/28 Letter from Vaughan Nash [secretary to Herbert Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC on a passage [?in a speech by Asquith] and a leader in the Westminster Gazette which Asquith thinks "takes the right line". 22 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/29 Letter from Alfred Bellis (R Hayworth & Co, sanitary engineers, 39 Mosley Street, Manchester) to the chairman of [the executive committee] of the Manchester Liberal Federation [William Royle] demanding a meeting of the Federation to insist that the Government pursue a policy of "redress before supply". Sent with CHAR 2/45/30. 23 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/30 Letter from William Royle, chairman of the executive committee of the Manchester Liberal Federation (Elmwood, Rusholme, Manchester) to WSC enclosing a letter demanding a meeting of the Federation [see CHAR 2/45/29] as representative of many he has received. Reports that local Liberal opinion is against the full-scale reform of the House of Lords because it would take too long. Urges instead that the Government should renew its supporters' enthusiasm by dealing first with the Budget and the veto of the House of Lords. 24 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/31 Letter from ? Austin (Liverpool Steam Ship Owners' Association, 10 Water Street, Liverpool) to WSC thanking him for the acknowledgement of the help rendered by the advisory committee of the Association when he was President of the Board of Trade and congratulating him on his appointment as Home Secretary. 24 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/32 Letter from C P Scott (The Firs, Fallowfield, Manchester) to WSC asserting that the Government's supporters feel betrayed by its apparent complete change of policy on the veto of the House of Lords. 24 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/33 Letter from Ivor Guest [later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and Lord Wimborne (2nd baron, 1st viscount)] (Marlborough Club, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC stating that he [Guest] "had better not interfere with the intended action with regard to myself" [his creation as Lord Ashby St Ledgers] and that the political situation is too uncertain for him to re-enter the House of Commons. 27 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/34 Letter from C P Scott (The Guardian Office, Manchester) to WSC approving a proposal [? on the veto of the House of Lords] but fearing that Irish MPs would oppose it fearing its application to a Home Rule Bill. Hopes the "anti-Lords combination" can be kept together. 27 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/35 Letter from Edwin Montagu (House of Commons) to WSC regretting that he may have caused any difficulty to the Government [by saying that an early general election was irresistible] but asserting that too much importance had been attached to his statement. 28 Feb 1910
CHAR 2/45/36 Letter from C P Scott (The Firs, Fallowfield, Manchester) to WSC noting WSC's role in the events of the previous night [in the House of Commons whereby the confrontation with the House of Lords was postponed] and asserting that the Government can hold power for years if it maintains its opposition to the Lords and cultivates Free Trade interests in the north of England. 01 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/37 Letter from C P Scott (The Firs, Fallowfield, Manchester) to WSC acknowledging that the Liberals are right to address the hereditary basis of the Second Chamber provided that it does not interfere with the immediate issue of the veto of the House of Lords. 03 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/38 Letter from Philip Morrell (44 Bedford Square, [London]) to WSC on the scheme for forming a joint committee of the Gladstone League and the Budget League. 06 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/39-58 Speeches on the formation and work of the Budget League given at a dinner to Sir Henry Norman in the House of Commons. Typescript. 10 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/59 Letter from Sir Henry Norman (Honeyhanger, Haslemere, [Surrey]) to WSC suggesting the speeches on the work and formation of the Budget League made at a dinner to Sir Henry in the House of Commons be published. Invites WSC and CSC to visit him in Antibes [France]. Annotated that WSC feels the time for publication has gone by and that a reply was given to this effect, 23 Mar. 14 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/60 Notes by WSC on the formation of a joint committee of the Gladstone League and the Budget League. [Mar 1910]
CHAR 2/45/61-62 Letter from William Royle, chairman of the executive committee of the Manchester Liberal Federation (20 York Street, Manchester) to WSC thanking him for agreeing to address a demonstration in the Free Trade Hall and assuring him of the loyalty of the Liberal Party to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and their approval of their strong attitude towards the veto of the House of Lords. 08 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/63 Letter from George Barnes (House of Commons) to WSC asking him to use his influence to get a day set apart for the introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Bill. 09 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/64 Letter from Edwin Montagu (House of Commons) to WSC endorsing WSC's attack on the inactivity of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries and pointing out that in south- west Norfolk and West Cambridgeshire the Small Holdings Acts were successful and therefore nurtured Liberalism. Argues against the resignation of the Government. An annotated typescript copy of this letter is at CHAR 2/45/65. 14 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/65-67 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/45/64. Annotated that WSC has read the letter and meditated upon it. 14 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/68 Letter from [3rd Lord] Delaware (Gil Gil, British East Africa [later Kenya]) to WSC praising the work of Sir Percy Girouard as governor of British East Africa and noting the opposition to him of some of his officials. Annotated with WSC's instruction to reply expressing satisfaction. 16 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/69 Letter from Herbert Gladstone [later Lord Gladstone], to WSC defending his (Gladstone's) policy on the suffragettes when he was Home Secretary in response to implied criticisms in a reported statement by WSC. 18 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/70 Letter from H O D Davidson (Elmfield, Harrow-on-the-Hill, [Middlesex]) to WSC asking him to see if an ecclesiastical post can be found for Dr Joseph Wood, the out-going headmaster of Harrow School. 23 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/71 Letter from Edward Marsh (Home Office) to H O D Davidson reporting that WSC has found that it has been denied that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman promised an ecclesiastical post to Dr Joseph Wood, the out-going headmaster of Harrow School. Draft in WSC's hand. 05 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/72 Letter from R S Meiklejohn (10 Downing Street) to WSC enclosing and commenting on two letters relating to the claim to ecclesiastical preferment of Dr Joseph Wood [the out-going headmaster of Harrow School [Middlesex]] [see CHAR 2/45/73-74]. Misdated March. 05 [Apr] 1910
CHAR 2/45/73 Letter from ?Jeune Herbert (Liberal Central Association, 41 Parliament Street, London) to R S Meiklejohn describing the extreme Toryism of Dr Joseph Wood [the out-going headmaster of Harrow School [Middlesex]] and stating that the Liberals in Harrow would be displeased if he was given ecclesiastical preferment. Sent with CHAR 2/45/72. 05 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/74 Letter from Henry Higgs (Treasury Chambers) to R S Meiklejohn denying that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman had had any intention of giving ecclesiastical preferment to Dr Joseph Wood [the out-going headmaster of Harrow School [Middlesex]]. Sent with CHAR 2/45/72. 04 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/75 Letter from H O D Davidson (Elmfield, Harrow-on-the-Hill [Middlesex]) to WSC repeating that it was promised in 1906 that ecclesiastical preferment would be given to R Joseph Wood [the out-going headmaster of Harrow School] and asking WSC to do what he can. Signed typescript. 07 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/76 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC praising his speech [in the House of Commons on the Government's proposals on the veto of the House of Lords] except for the sentence associating the Crown with the people. 31 Mar 1910
CHAR 2/45/77-78 Letter from E Crosfield Pearson (22 Booth Street, Manchester) to Edward Marsh (Home Office) recommending that J C Grime, manager of the Manchester Billposting Company, be made a magistrate. Signed typescript. 01 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/79 Letter from Joseph Pease (Duchy of Lancaster Office) to WSC stating that he will be glad to favourably consider the claims of J C Grime of Manchester to be a magistrate. Annotated by Edward Marsh that Grime be notified, 28 Dec, and with note of this being done, 31 Dec. 23 Dec 1910
CHAR 2/45/80 Letter from Lord Morley [earlier John Morely] (India Office) to WSC on the division of labour between himself and Lord Crewe and his (Morley's) clash with WSC in the Cabinet over Government policy on the veto of the House of Lords. 05 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/81 Letter from H Hesketh Bell, governor of Northern Nigeria (Government House, Northern Nigeria, [Africa]) to WSC expressing the view that Northern Nigeria has less potential for development than Uganda and that its capacity for cotton-growing has been exaggerated. Reports good progress with the building of the railway line there. Congratulates WSC [on his appointment as Home Secretary]. 07 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/82 Letter from William Royle [Chairman of the executive committee of the Manchester Liberal Federation] (Elmwood, Rusholme, Manchester) to WSC congratulating him on his speech in the House of Commons on the previous night [on the veto of the House of Lords]. 13 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/83 Letter from David Lloyd George (House of Commons) reporting that the Irish Nationalist MPs will be asked to vote for the Government and will join a demonstration in Hyde Park [London] against the House of Lords. Expresses confidence about the Government's prospects. 15 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/84 Letter from Lord Islington [earlier Sir John Dickson Poynder] (8 Chesterfield Gardens, [London]) to WSC on his appointment as Governor of New Zealand and the Inebriate Reformatory Bill. 20 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/85 Letter from R V Vernon (Colonial Office) to Edward Marsh returning and commenting on a telegram received by WSC from the mayor of Larnaca [Cyprus] [see CHAR 2/45/86-87] on the Government's rejection of proposals for a railway between Larnaca and Nicosia, and enclosing a copy of a related despatch by Lord Crewe [see CHAR 2/45/90]. Signed typescript. 15 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/86-87 Telegram from the mayor of Larnaca [Cyprus] to WSC conveying the disappointment in Larnaca over the Government's rejection of proposals for a railway between Larnaca and Nicosia. Returned with CHAR 2/45/85. 23 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/88 Letter from Sir Charles Hardinge (Foreign Office) to WSC thanking him for his kind words and pledging himself to carrying out the policy of the Government. 21 May 1910
CHAR 2/45/89 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] (Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire) to WSC on Harold Cox's defection from the Liberal Party and the law on indecent publications. [05 May] 1910
CHAR 2/45/90 Despatch from Lord Crewe (Colonial Office) to [the High Commissioner of Cyprus] explaining why the Governmnent cannot support a scheme for a railway between Larnaca and Nicosia. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/45/85. 28 Jan 1910
CHAR 2/45/91 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to WSC enclosing extracts from the life of William Gladstone by Lord Morley [earlier Lord Morley] [see CHAR 2/45/93-96]. Annotated by WSC: "not vy illuminating", 27 Apr. 26 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/92 Note from "WB" (House of Commons) to the Master [of Elibank] [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] enclosing extracts from John Morley's life of William Gladstone [see CHAR 2/45/93-96]. 04 Apr 1910
CHAR 2/45/93-96 Extracts from the life of William Gladstone by Lord Morley [earlier John Morley on Gladstone's election for Leeds [Yorkshire] and his campaign in Midlothian [Scotland], 1878-1879. Annotated typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/45/91. [Apr 1910]
CHAR 2/45/97 Letter from Robert Chalmers (Board Room, Inland Revenue, Somerset House) on the differences in punctuation between the Budget Bill of 1909 and that of 1910. 03 May 1910
CHAR 2/45/98 Summons to WSC to a meeting of the Privy Council. Part printed. 07 May 1910
CHAR 2/45/99 Letter from General Sir Ian Hamilton (War Office) to WSC enclosing a letter from him about the Yeomanry bands on Salisbury Plain [Wiltshire] [see CHAR 2/45/100-101]. Signed typescript. 12 May 1910
CHAR 2/45/100-101 Letter from General Sir Ian Hamilton (War Office) to ? Douglas suggesting that the Yeomanry bands on Salisbury Plain [Wiltshire] could play to the soldiers in civilian dress without contravening the Army Mourning Order [arising from the death of King Edward VII]. Signed typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/45/99. 12 May 1910
CHAR 2/45/102 Letter from J A Toole (Assize Court, Dorchester [Dorset]) to WSC on the court hearing relating to Frederick Guest's election for East Dorset. 14 May 1910
CHAR 2/45/103 Letter from Henry Massingham (The Nation, 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London) to WSC enclosing and commenting on a document [not present] which he suggests should be published. 19 May [1910]