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CHAR 2/68/1 Letter from Sir Philip Watts (10 Chelsea Embankment, [London]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation from the Cabinet and praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. Annotated: "Sir Philip brought this himself & expressed himself very strongly.". 16 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/2 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (War Office) to WSC expressing regret at WSC's resignation from the Cabinet. 12 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/3-6 Letter from Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (17 Park Lane, London) to WSC blaming the military authorities, in particular General Sir Ian Hamilton, for the failure of the Dardanelles campaign. Signed typescript. 13 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/7 Letter from J L Garvin (9 Greville Place, [London]) to WSC reporting that he has had an excellent talk with C P Scott, who will see WSC before he leaves, and that WSC's letter is universally approved. Mentions that he has a two volume pocket edition of Thucydides for WSC. 14 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/8 Letter from James Caird (Belmont Castle, Meigle, Perthshire, Scotland) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation from the Cabinet. 14 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/9 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [later Lord Southborough] (Admiralty) to WSC asking for an autographed portrait. 14 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/10 Note from Lord Knutsford [earlier Sydney Holland] (Admiralty) to [WSC] asking him to see him with Lieutenant Colonel [Reginald] Cottell. [Nov] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/11 Letter from Venetia Stanley [later Venetia Montagu] (18 Mansfield Street, Portland Place, [London]) to WSC admitting that she feels she has been disloyal to [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and denying that he has sacrificed WSC. [22] [May] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/12-13 Letter from Lord Curzon (1 Carlton House Terrace, [London]) to WSC expressing the wish to see him before he leaves for France, noting that most of the papers have treated WSC's resignation fairly, and admitting to uneasiness about his own position. Recalls with satisfaction their six-month spell in government together. 14 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/14 Letter from Robert Herman-Hodge (Wyfold Court, Reading, [Berkshire]) to WSC assuring him that his work as First Lord of the Admiralty at the outbreak of war will never be forgotten. 15 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/15 Letter from Sir George Taubman Goldie (Naval and Military Club, Piccadilly, [London]) to WSC expressing pleasure that WSC has "at last been able to speak out and silence your detractors." Praises WSC for having established Britain's current naval mastery and thinks the change to an active life in the open air will do him good. 16 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/16 Letter from John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] (Canadian Cavalry Brigade) to WSC expressing anger that WSC does not direct the management of the war. 15 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/17 Letter from Ludwig ? (11 Grosvenor Square, [London]) to WSC wishing him luck in France and praising his reply to his critics. 16 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/18-19 Letter from Lord Curzon (1 Carlton House Terrace, [London]) to WSC enclosing papers [see CHAR 2/68/26-31] showing that in response to the General Staff's recommendation that Gallipoli should be evacuated, which was accepted by the War Committee, Curzon had drafted a memorandum stating the arguments against evacuation, which was supported in Cabinet by 5th Lord Lansdowne, Lord Selborne and Lord Crewe and opposed by Andrew Bonar Law and David Lloyd George. A decision has been postponed , which Curzon believes will make evacuation more difficult. Lord Kitchener, having decided against evacuation of Gallipoli, has returned to Britain to prevent what he sees as a conspiracy against him [to oust him from the War Office]. Lord Derby is to report the complete failure of his recruiting scheme but Curzon and others in the Cabinet are insistent that a bill for conscription be introduced and will resign if it is put off again. Mentions [the retreate of the Mesopotamain Expeditionary Force from] Ctesiphon near Baghdad [Iraq]. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/68/20-25. 30 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/20-25 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/68/18-19. Annotated: "printed". 30 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/26 Cabinent memorandum by Lord Curzon arguing against the evacuation of Gallipoli. Sent with CHAR 2/6/18-19. 25 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/27 A further Cabinent memorandum by Lord Curzon arguing against the evacuation of Gallipoli. Sent with CHAR 2/6/18-19. 30 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/28 Recommendation of the General Staff on the question of the action to be taken at Gallipoli. Sent with CHAR 2/68/18-19. 22 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/29-31 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss later Lord Wester Wemyss] to the First Lord of the Admiralty [Arthur Balfour, later Lord Balfour] arguing against the evacuation of Gallipoli and in favour of a renewed combined attack by the Army and Navy. Copy circulated at Balfour's request for consideration by the War Committee on 29 November. Sent with CHAR 2/68/18-19. 28 Nov 1915
CHAR 2/68/32 Note by Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on a scheme relating to dyes which continues "the worst features of Collectivism and Protection" and is supported in the House of Commons by no one who does not sit on the Treasury bench. [Nov] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/33 Notes on Admiralty paper on Rev Thomas Cook, Rural Dean of Hastings [Sussex] and Major Pratt Barlow. [Nov] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/34-35 Letter from J L Garvin (9 Greville Place, [London]) to WSC assuring him that his luck will turn and comparing WSC's forthcoming military service in Belgium with that of his ancestor John Churchill [later 1st Duke of Marlborough]. Considers: the political prospects of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and David Lloyd George [with particular reference to the issue of conscription]; the situation on the eastern front and the vital importance of holding Salonika [Greece]; the evacuation of the ANZAC troops. 20 Dec 1915
CHAR 2/68/36 Letter from Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland (St Serf's House, Priory Lane, Roehampton, [London]) to "Mr Eddy" [?Edward Marsh] enclosing a letter [?requesting help in obtaining a post] from a man known to her in the north of Scotland [not present]. 27 Dec [1915]
CHAR 2/68/37 Letter from Mary Curzon (Portsmouth, [Hampshire]) to Edward Marsh asking to be told whether the Queen Elizabeth will come to Portsmouth or Portland [Dorset], so that she can see Francis [?Curzon], and asking to be informed by telephone of any action in which the Queen Elizabeth may be involved. [Dec] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/38 Letter from David Lloyd George (11 Downing Street) to WSC apologising for getting angry during their recent conversation and explaining that he was reacting to a "most disappointing interview with K " [Lord Kitchener]. [Dec] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/39-40 Letter from Josiah Wedgwood (National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London) to Oliver Locker Lampson enclosing a memorandum defending WSC against various criticisms of his policies as First Lord of the Admiralty [see CHAR 2/68/41-45]. Copy. [10] [Aug] [1915]
CHAR 2/68/41-45 Memorandum by Josiah Wedgwood defending WSC against criticisms of his policies as First Lord of the Admiralty, including the Antwerp expedition, the battle of Coronel [Chile] and the Dardanelles campaign. 10 Aug 1915
CHAR 2/68/46-47 Letter from [WSC] to [?a newspaper] pointing out that Sir Edward Carson [later Lord Carson] left the Liberal Party when it changed its policy on Home Rule and he should therefore not criticise others who have changed their party because of disagreement on an important point of policy. Typescript. [1915]
CHAR 2/68/48-50 Extract from John Stuart Mill's "Principles of Political Economy" on the ability of economies to recover from the damage inflicted by war and other disasters. Typescript. [1915]
CHAR 2/68/51 Red card marked "urgent". [1915]
CHAR 2/68/52-59 Memorandum by WSC (General Headquarters, British Army in the Field) on various offensive tactics that could be used on the western front. Typescript copy. 03 Dec 1915
CHAR 2/68/60-62 Comments on WSC's memorandum on various offensive tactics that could be used on the western front [see CHAR 2/68/52-59]. Typescript copy. Dec [1915]
CHAR 2/68/63-65 Comments by 10th Lord Cavan on WSC's memorandum on various offensive tactics that could be used on the western front [see CHAR 2/68/52-59]. Typescript copy. Dec [1915]
CHAR 2/68/66 Business card of J T Grein of the Sunday Times. Annotated by WSC: "Thanks - much pleasure", 9 June. Jun [1915]
CHAR 2/68/67 Letter from King Manuel II of Portugal (Fulwell Park, Twickenham, Middlesex) to WSC expressing regret that WSC is no longer in the Government and thanking him for his help. 16 Nov 1915