Public and Political: General: Free Trade: Notes and correspondence.

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Date: 1910-14 Dec 1911

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CHAR 2/54/1 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) enclosing final reports and financial statement of the lectures [see CHAR 2/54/5-6] Signed and annotated typescript. 15 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/2 Letter from John Gulland (12 Downing Street) to Mr Harris recommending that Macrae of the Free Trade paper the "Northern Weekly" should receive funding. 04 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/3 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC thanking him for a copy of his life of Lord Randolph Churchill and noting that the 'magic lantern' lectures have not been as successful as was hoped. Asks for a report on the usefulness of "the carpet bags from Germany" [bags of goods used to demonstrate the effect on prices of Free Trade] and refers to his telegram enquiring about the Northern Weekly. 06 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/4 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC reporting that he has sent money to Macrae of the "Northern Weekly" to help him promote the cause of Free Trade in Dingwall [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland] and elsewhere in the north of Scotland. 09 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/5-6 Reports and financial statement for 1910 on the National Free Trade Lectures. Typescript. Two slightly different copies, one of 55 leaves, the other 53. Sent with CHAR 2/54/1. Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/7-8 Letter from [WSC] to [James Caird] reporting on the success of the bill-posting campaign carried out on behalf of the Budget League and accepting the invitation to tour Caird's mills. Typescript copy. Erroneously dated 1901. 16 Jan [1911]
CHAR 2/54/9 Letter from [WSC] to G Wallace Carter thanking him for his reports on the National Free Trade Lectures and praising his work. Annotated typescript. 17 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/10 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) offering to provide more copies of the reports on the lectures, listing outstanding sums from the accounts, mentioning arrangements for the audit and referring to a report he wishes to make on the constituency of Horncastle [Lincolnshire]. Signed typescript. 19 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/11 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) enclosing the financial statement for the lectures [see CHAR 2/54/12-13] and noting that the Free Trade lecturers addressed more meetings than Tariff Reform League speakers. Signed typescript. 20 Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/12-13 Financial statement for 1910 of the National Free Trade Lectures. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/54/11. Another copy at CHAR 2/54/15-16. [Jan 1911]
CHAR 2/54/14 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) enclosing a cheque for the balance on the lecture accounts and suggesting that Sir Arthur Lever should audit the accounts. Signed typescript. Jan 1911
CHAR 2/54/15-16 Financial statement for 1910 of the National Free Trade Lectures. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/54/14. Another copy at CHAR 2/54/12-13. [Jan 1911]
CHAR 2/54/17 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC urging that the 'magic lantern' lectures on Free Trade should continue [despite the favourable general election results] to convert "the well to do classes" who are "heterodox" on the issue. Praises WSC's "The River War" and mentions that he had the continuation of the story from General Sir Reginald Wingate [later Bart.] in Khartoum [Sudan] in 1901. 15 Feb 1911
CHAR 2/54/18 Letter from James Caird (Dundee, [Scotland]) to WSC instructing him to spend the £1800 left from the National Free Trade Lecture funds on lectures in 1911 and approving WSC's gift to G Wallace Carter. 22 Feb 1911
CHAR 2/54/19 Letter from G Wallace Carter (Free Trade Union, 8 Victoria Street, [London]) to WSC (33 Eccleston Square) thanking him for his gift of a copy of his life of Lord Randolph Churchill, remembering his boyhood admiration for Lord Randolph and expressing pleasure that he should now be working with Lord Randolph's son. 28 Feb 1911
CHAR 2/54/20 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) announcing that he has closed the lectures account and enclosing the final financial statement [see CHAR 2/54/21-22]. Points out that the outstanding balance has been boosted by the sale of exhibits. Signed typescript. 04 Mar 1911
CHAR 2/54/21-22 Final financial statements of the National Free Trade Lectures. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/54/20. 04 Mar 1911
CHAR 2/54/23 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to Sir Arthur Levy Lever thanking him for auditing the accounts of the National Free Trade Lectures. Typescript copy. 13 Mar 1911
CHAR 2/54/24 Letter from Sir Arthur Levy Lever (20 Hans Crescent, [London]) to WSC enclosing the audited balance sheet of the National Free Trade Lectures [see CHAR 2/54/25] and commending their organisation. 11 Mar 1911
CHAR 2/54/25 Audited balance sheet of the National Free Trade Lectures. Typescript signed by the auditor, Sir Arthur Levy Lever, 10 Mar. Sent with CHAR 2/54/24. 04 Mar 1911
CHAR 2/54/26 Letter from the statistical department of the Free Trade Union (25 Victoria Street, Westminster, London) to WSC (Home Office) reporting "that there are no recent official statistics of the cost of living in European countries which throw any light on the revolt of the consumers against protection." Encloses information on the "revolt" in Milan [Italy], Vienna [Austria-Hungary] and Berlin [Germany], on Tariff Reformers' reports on the standard of living in Germany, and on child labour in the United States [see CHAR 2/54/27-42]. Typescript. 31 Mar 1911
CHAR 2/54/27 Annual report for 1910 of the Free Trade Union. Printed. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1911
CHAR 2/54/28-30 Extracts from press reports on distress and discontent caused in Austria-Hungary by the high prices of food and other items resulting from protection. Printed. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1910-1911
CHAR 2/54/31-32 Reprint of an article in the Free Trader criticising reports on the standard of living in Germany made by Tariff Reformers. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1911
CHAR 2/54/33-35 Extracts from press reports of agitation in Italy for the abolition of taxes on food. Printed. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1910-1911
CHAR 2/54/36-39 Extracts from press reports of a turning away from protectionism among chambers of commerce in Germany and of discontent over rising prices there. Printed. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1910-1911
CHAR 2/54/40 Article on the comparison between the imports and exports of Britain, the United States, Germany and France in 1903 and 1910. Printed. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1911
CHAR 2/54/41-42 Remarks on a report on the poor conditions for child labourers in the textile industry in the United States. Annotated typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/54/26. 1911
CHAR 2/54/43 Resolution [to be moved by WSC] of a meeting [to be chaired by the Lord Beauchamp] upholding Free Trade and condemning Tariff Reform. Typescript. [1911]
CHAR 2/54/44 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC noting Sir Arthur Lever's approval of the organisation of the National Free Trade Lectures and asking what will be done when the lecture campaing finishes at the end of April. Mentions that he has been helping the infirm poor in Dundee. 02 Apr 1911
CHAR 2/54/45 Agenda of a Free Trade demonstration to be chaired by the Lord Beauchamp. Typescript. 07 Apr 1911
CHAR 2/54/46 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) enclosing a memorandum on a proposed scheme of Free Trade instruction classes [see CHAR 2/54/47-50] and giving the cost of the scheme. 05 May 1911
CHAR 2/54/47-50 Memorandum by G Wallace Carter on a proposed scheme of Free Trade instruction classes followed by examinations and public demonstrations for the award of prizes and certificates. Signed typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/54/46. 05 May 1911
CHAR 2/54/51-58 Memorandum by G Wallace Carter to WSC on the continuation of the National Free Trade Lectures until the end of 1911. Signed typescript. Originally attached to CHAR 2/54/59- 63. 27 Apr 1911
CHAR 2/54/59-63 Memorandum from W E Dowding to G Wallace Carter on proposals for Anglo-American exhibitions illustrating how protection has increased the prices of certain items in the United States. These are to be made available to every branch office of the Free Trade Union. Signed typescript. Originally attached to CHAR 2/54/51- 58. 27 Apr 1911
CHAR 2/54/64 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) promising to prepare a definite scheme for Free Trade instruction classes and examinations to be controlled by Eliot Crawshay Williams. Signe typescript. 12 May 1911
CHAR 2/54/65-67 Letter from G Wallace Carter, secretary of the National Free Trade Lectures (8 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) enclosing and commenting on estimates of the costs of carrying out the scheme of Free Trade instruction classes and examinations [see CHAR 2/54/68-69] and suggesting that Eliot Crawshay Williams be made honorary secretary to the National Lectures. Signed typescript. 20 May 1911
CHAR 2/54/68-69 Estimates of the costs of carrying out the scheme of Free Trade instruction classes and examinations in districts throughout Britain. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/54/65-67. [May 1911]
CHAR 2/54/70 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC congratulating him on the birth of his son [Randolph] and mentioning his visit to Karlsbad [Germany] and Rotterdam [the Netherlands] with Sir James Bell; also his purchase of a house and garden in Dundee for the benefit of the infirm poor, which will not prevent the Free Trade lectures from continuing should that be thought necessary. Praises David Lloyd George's recent speech and hopes to meet him some day. 29 May 1911
CHAR 2/54/71 Letter from W W Champness (Free Trade Union, 25 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]) to Edward Marsh (Home Office) asking on behalf of G Wallace Carter whether anything has been heard from James Caird about Carter's recent memorandum on the proposed scheme of Free Trade instruction classes and examinations. Signed typescript. Annotated that a reply was sent approving the scheme and that Eliot Crawshay Williams is to undertake it. 15 Jun 1911
CHAR 2/54/72-74 Letter from James Caird (Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC approving the scheme for Free Trade instruction classes and examinations to be undertaken by Eliot Crawshay Williams. Encloses a report from Dr Robert Caird on the Glasgow Unionist Free Trade Club [not present], which shows that Free Trade does not always mean Liberalism, even in Scotland. Expresses interest in the idea of local parliaments under the general control of the Imperial Parliament. 04 Jun 1911
CHAR 2/54/75-76 Letter from Eliot Crawshay Williams (5 Aubrey Road, Holland Park, [London]) to WSC enclosing Free Trade pamphlets and articles by George W Gough [see CHAR 2/54/79-86] and asking WSC to write a preface to the book now being printed which brings them all together and which will be used in the Free Trade instruction classes. Refers to the death of his (Williams's) father. Signed typescript. Annotated by WSC that he has too much else to do. 15 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/54/77-78 Letter from Eliot Crawshay Williams (House of Commons) to WSC reporting on progress with the arrangement and financing of the scheme of Free Trade instruction classes, examinations and prizes, in which WSC is to give his particular attention to London and Birmingham. Signed and annotated typescript. 10 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/54/79 "Five fiscal fallacies" by George W Gough. [Published by the Free Trade Union.] 2,63,[3]p. Sent with CHAR 2/54/75-76.]. [c 1910]
CHAR 2/54/80 "Five more fiscal fallacies" by George W Gough. Published by the Free Trade Union. 2,87,[3]p. Sent with CHAR 2/54/75-76.]. 1910
CHAR 2/54/81-85 Proof sheets of fallacy 15 of "Five further [fiscal] fallacies", a series anti-Tariff Reform articles by George W Gough. [Published by the Free Trade Union.] Sent with CHAR 2/54/75-76. [c 1910]
CHAR 2/54/86-89 "Five further fiscal fallacies": articles by George W Gough published in the "Free Trader". Sent with CHAR 2/54/75-76. 22 Jun 1911-31 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/54/90-91 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC agreeing that the National Free Trade Lectures should be continued for 1912 and asking if WSC would approve his giving £10000 to help the Liberal campaign for Irish Home Rule. Caird will also be glad to help on the issue of Home Rule for Scotland. 03 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/54/92-93 Letter from James Caird (Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC thanking him for his assurance that the Government is moving towards a plan granting a limited measure of Home Rule to Ireland and offering to send £10000 towards this cause straightaway. Thinks Britain should build as many warships as are necessary to maintain naval superiority over Germany and notes that if it was true that the appeal to the patriotism of the railway directors during the recent rail strike arose from the perceived imminence of war it would falsify his belief that Germany was more anxious for commerce than for conquest. 14 Dec 1911