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Reference code: CHAR 2/56

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CHAR 2/56/1-2 Letter from "Alick" [Alexander Murray, Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (Grand Hotel de Genes, Genova, [Italy]) to WSC on the Government's approach to women's suffrage, [the wish of Sir Max Aitken, later Lord Beaverbrook, to be appointed one of the British members of the Imperial Commission to investigate the trade resources of the Empire], the desire of Sir Alfred Mond [later Lord Melchett] for a Government post and the possibility of his joining WSC at the Admiralty. 03 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/3 Letter from John Churchill (Warnford Court, Throgmorton Street, [London]) to WSC reporting the views of two German correspondents that the Socialists will gain seats at the forthcoming general election in Germany. 03 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/4 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Sir Ernest Cassel doubting the usefulness of his (WSC) joining the King [George V] on a visit to Germany and regretting the poor relations between Britain and that country resulting from the German naval build-up. Draft in WSC's hand. 07 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/5-6 Letter from Edwin Montagu (India Office) to WSC congratulating him on his reorganisation of the Admiralty and telling the story of a portrait of Napoleon I hanging in an India Office commitee room. Signed typescript. 08 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/7 Letter from Colonel Sir Percy Girouard, Governor of British East Africa [later Kenya] (Government House, British East Africa), to WSC on his wish to become managing director of Armstrong Whitworth & Company Ltd, arms manufacturers. 08 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/8 Letter from Sir Ernest Cassel (Brook House, Park Lane, [London]) to WSC thanking him for a letter and promising to translate what he has written [?a German document on naval expenditure]. 09 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/9 Letter from Lord Curzon (Hackwood, Basingstoke, [Hampshire]) to WSC thanking him for his letter [on women's suffrage] and asking for time to consult his friends. 09 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/10 Letter from ? (Grand Hotel Chateau Bellevue, Sierre, Switzerland) to WSC on: the proposed meeting in Belfast [Ulster, Ireland] to be addressed by WSC and John Redmond; the doubtful usefulness of platform speeches before the details of the Government's proposals on Home Rule are known; the difficulties of the Irish Nationalists' position; the advisability of WSC attending the Belfast meeting alone if John Redmond and Joseph Devlin are unable to attend; his belief that in Ulster if the Government is split "it will be by the Church of Rome and the Women.". 14 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/11 Letter from Lord Curzon (Hackwood, Basingstoke, [Hampshire]) pledging that he and his friends will not charge WSC with inconsistency or illogicality on women's suffrage but questioning his distinction between that measure and others such as Home Rule and pointing out the problems connected with a referendum. Signed typescript. 20 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/12 Telegram from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (Cap Martin) to Edward Marsh (Admiralty) referring to [?the announced intention of 6th Lord Londonderry of preventing WSC's Home Rule meeting in Belfast and suggesting that WSC defer his decision on whether or not to go.] Typescript. 15 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/13-15 Letter from Sir George Kemp (Beechwood, Rochdale, [Lancashire]) to the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] complaining that some Liberals in North-West Manchester are persistently urging him not to give up the seat despite his opposition to Home Rule. Typescript copy. 26 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/16 Telegrams between Sir George Kemp and the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] [referring to Kemp's desire to give up his North West Manchester seat]. Typescript copies. 05 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/17 Letter from J L Garvin (Pall Mall Gazette, Newton Street, Holborn, [London]) to WSC suggesting WSC might be the man to lessen party antagonism and therefore expressing regret about certain passages in his speech [?at the Guildhall on naval defence in November 1911]. Thinks the Conservatives may legitimately attack WSC as a supporter of Home Rule but that they will be fair to him as First Lord of the Admiralty. 29 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/18-19 Telegram from Sir Ernest Cassel (Berlin, [Germany]) to WSC (33 Eccleston Square) announcing his return to London and his wish to see WSC and Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon]. 29 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/20 Telegram from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (Embleton, [Northumberland]) to WSC (33 Eccleston Square) stating that he cannot be in London before Friday morning. 30 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/21 Letter from John Churchill (10 Talbot Square, Hyde Park, [London]) to WSC reporting that the new German government will proceed with its increased armaments programme but will find it difficult to introduce new taxes. Reports that the trading in the City [of London] is very bad. 31 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/22-23 Letter from "Alick" [Alexander Murray, Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (Stafford Hotel, St James's Place, London) to WSC urging him not to take CSC with him to the meeting in Belfast [Ulster, Ireland]. 31 Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/24 Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, [London]) to WSC enclosing a letter from Mary Crawshay conveying Pierre-Paul Cambon's denial that he intended to snub WSC at a recent dinner [see CHAR 2/56/25-26] and asking for a table of maps and any other things it would be useful for him to read. Jan 1912
CHAR 2/56/25-26 Letter from Mary Crawshay to Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] conveying the denial of Pierre-Paul Cambon [French Ambassador in London] that he intended to snub WSC at a recent dinner. Sent with CHAR 2/56/24. [Jan 1912]
CHAR 2/56/27 Letter from Sir Ernest Cassel (Brook House, Park Lane, [London]) to WSC on the awaited reply to the British offer to the German government of negotiations on the question of naval expenditure. 04 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/28 Letter from Henry Comyns (Local Government Board) to Edward Marsh enclosing an estimate [see CHAR 2/57/93-94] by the General Register Office of the number of persons aged 25 and over on the parliamentary electoral register for England and Wales. Signed typescript. Annotated with letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] asserting that the estimate shows that the restriction of the franchise to those aged 25 and over "wd not be a violent reduction, but a perfectly reasonable improvement of our representation.". 05 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/29 Letter from Sir George Kemp (Arthur's, St James's Street, [London]) to the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] announcing that he has sent in his resignation to the chairman of the Liberal Association [of North-West Manchester]. Typescript copy. 05 Feb [1912]
CHAR 2/56/30-32 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to Sir George Kemp explaining why he (Elibank) and the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] feel it would be damaging to the Government if Kemp does not postpone his resignation from his North-West Manchester seat. Hopes that when the Home Rule bill becomes public Kemp may be able to support it. Typescript copy. 07 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/33 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to C P Scott enclosing a copy of a letter he has sent to Sir George Kemp [urging him to delay his resignation from his North-West Manchester seat] and asking him to show it to Sir Arthur Haworth. Typescript copy. 07 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/34 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to Mr Record asking him to deliver a letter to Sir George Kemp [urging him to delay his resignation from his North-West Manchester seat]. Typescript copy. 07 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/35 Letter from Sir Ernest Cassel (Hotel Adlon, Berlin, [Germany]) to WSC on the success of Lord Haldane's [earlier Richard Haldane] mission to Berlin and of WSC's trip to Belfast [Ulster, Ireland]. 09 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/36 Letter from Lord Roberts (Buckland's Hotel, Brook Street, [London]) to WSC referring to an earlier letter and congratulating him on his speech in Glasgow [Scotland]. 10 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/37 Letter from Sir George Kemp (Beechwood, Rochdale, [Lancashire]) to the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] asking him to explain his letter [urging Kemp to postpone his resignation from his North-West Manchester seat]. 11 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/38-41 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] to Sir George Kemp explaining again why the time is not ripe for him to resign his North-West Manchester seat and receive a peerage and asking Kemp to meet him and WSC to discuss the matter. Typescript copy. 12 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/42 Letter from Sir George Kemp (Beechwood, Rochdale, [Lancashire]) to the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murary, later Lord Murray of Elibank] agreeing to see WSC [to discuss Kemp's desire to resign from his North-West Manchester seat]. Typescript copy. 20 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/43 Letter from [Alexander Murray, the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] to Sir George Kemp approving his decision to talk to WSC [about his desire to resign from his North-West Manchester seat] and assuring him that he is trying to balance Kemp's interests with those of the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith]. Typescipt copy. Annotated by WSC: "remind to speak to Master and P.M. on this.". 15 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/44 Letter from Francis Hirst (The Ecomomist, 3 Arundel Street, Strand, London) to WSC expressing trust in the Liberalism WSC has acquired and the respect for public money which he has inherited. 15 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/45 Letter from F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] (45 Elm Court, Temple, [London]) to WSC reporting that he has seen Woburn and has made an arrangement. Encloses copies of an article and a speech of his on Home Rule [not present] and pointing out that they are not offensive to WSC. 22 Feb 1911
CHAR 2/56/46 Letter from 2nd Lord Esher (2 Tilney Street, [London]) to WSC urging that if Rear Admiral Sir Charles Ottley should resign as secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence he should be replaced by Maurice Hankey. Annotated by WSC that he believes it is all right for Hankey and that a letter should be written to Ottley expressing regrets. 17 Feb 1912
CHAR 2/56/47 Letter from Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane] (War Office) to WSC explaining why Guy Brooke is ineligible for a military attacheship and reporting that Sir George Kemp's eligibility for a military honour is being investigated. 01 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/48-64 Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne to [?] on: Germany fomenting trouble in the Balkans and using Austria as an instrument to promote her designs on Turkey; the German desire to use Corfu [Greece] as a naval base; the expectation among the Germany "Military Party" that war will come next spring; the building of a road, evidently for military purposes, between Berlin and Hamburg; the spying activities of German officers; German scorn for what is seen as British weakness and the consequent need for Britain to be perceived as being fully prepared for war and for France to resist German claims; the desire of the German emperor [Kaiser Wilhelm II] for good relations with Britain and the decline of his influence; the rise of a rich and aggressive class in Germany. Typescript. 17 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/56/65 Letter from Henry Wilson (War Office) to Edward Marsh stating that a document leaves him cold. 14 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/66 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC thanking him for his letter. 09 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/67-68 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] urging that the Government should not introduce a bill which, whilst coercing the coal mine owners, does not satisfy the miners or give the Government the necessary powers to end the strike. Two drafts in the hand of Edward Marsh, both annotated: "not sent". 15 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/69 Letter from R C Hawkin (Eighty Club, 3 Hare Court, Temple, [London]) to Edward Marsh enclosing copies of letters on the Eighty Club and single-issue campaigning organisations set up by Liberal headquarters [see CHAR 2/56/70-72]. 20 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/70-71 Letter from Sir John Simon (57 Kensington Court, [London]) to the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (Treasury) reporting the dissatisfaction among members of the Eighty Club about the relationship between their club and single-issue campaigning organisations, such as the Liberal Insurance Commitee and the Home Rule Council, set up by Liberal headquarters. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/56/69. 04 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/72-73 Letter from R H Davies (12 Downing Street) to Mr Bramall conveying the best wishes of the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] to the Liberal Association of the Wilton Division of Wiltshire and conveying Elibank's view that the activities of the Eighty Club can exist alongside those of single-issue campaigning organisations set up by Liberal headquarters. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/56/69. 06 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/74-75 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] (4 Carlton Gardens, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC deploring the fact that, in view of Germany's apparent intention of restoring the empire of Charlemagne in a modern form, it should be possible to talk of war as inevitable "when there is no quarrel, and nothing to fight over!". 22 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/76 Letter from 2nd Lord Esher (The Roman Camp, Callander, [Perthshire, Scotland]) to WSC congratulating him on his speeches [on naval policy]. 26 Mar 1912
CHAR 2/56/77 Letter from [WSC] (Admiralty) to John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] giving his views on the training and equipping of the yeomanry. Typescript copy. 16 Apr 1912
CHAR 2/56/78 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (Ewelme Down, Wallingford, [Berkshire]) to WSC on their forthcoming discussion of war plans. Hopes WSC will speak on the second reading of the Home Rule Bill. 21 Apr 1912
CHAR 2/56/79 Letter from James Caird (Grand Hotel, Rudolf Lotz, Nuremberg, [Germany]) to WSC on the large and expensive educative task of the Home Rule Council. 28 Apr 1912
CHAR 2/56/80 Letter from Lord Crewe (India Office) to WSC on the difficulty of finding a government post for Sir Charles Eliot. 30 Apr 1912
CHAR 2/56/81 Letter from Reginald McKenna (Home Office) to WSC acknowledging WSC's recommendation that Major Atcherley, who has done excellent police work in the West Riding [of Yorkshire], should be considered for a post in the Home Office. 01 May 1912
CHAR 2/56/82 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] (23 Bruton Street, [London]) to WSC thanking him for a pencil and praising the style but not the substance of WSC's speech [on the Government of Ireland Bill]. Cecil does not think the congestion of business in the House of Commons is as important as the dangers of Home Rule and is cheered by his belief that all the Government "look rather ill". 03 May 1912
CHAR 2/56/83-84 Letter from [WSC] to John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] suggesting changes to the new yeomanry drilling manual. Typescript copy. 03 May 1912
CHAR 2/56/85 Letter from Lord Morley [earlier John Morley] (Flowermead, Princes Road, Wimbledon Park, [London]) to WSC thanking him and promising to follow his instructions. 04 May 1912
CHAR 2/56/86 Letter from Lord Marchamley [earlier George Whiteley] (Home Counties Liberal Federation, 42 Parliament Street, London) to WSC asking whether WSC's brother [John Churchill] would consider standing for Christchurch [Hampshire]. Annotated: "very civil regret". 09 May 1912
CHAR 2/56/87 Letter from John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] (29 Chester Square, [London]) to WSC [on his appointment as Secretary of State for War]. 11 Jun 1912
CHAR 2/56/88 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] (4 Carlton Gardens, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC stating that he has written to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] [about the European situation]. 13 Jun 1912
CHAR 2/56/89 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] (4 Carlton Gardens, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC returning his memorandum [on the naval situation at home and in the Mediterranean] and expressing anxiety that Britain and France may be left without eachother's assistance in the first fortnight of a war. Annotated by WSC with the names of the Prime Minister and Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon]. 20 Jun 1912