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CHAR 2/8/1-4 Letter from WSC to J.H. Lawton, setting out his opposition to protective tariffs [carbon]. 01 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/5 Letter from Colonel J. Mitford to WSC, on free trade, asking him for his alternative to Chamberlain's scheme for protective tariffs in favour of the colonies. 02 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/6-7 Letter from General Electric Co. to WSC, enclosing cutting from the Electrical Review, text of speech by G. Byng, Chairman, on British Industries. 04 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/8 Letter from S.H. Pollen to WSC, on the position of Lord Curzon in the "coming war" in the Conservative Party, suggesting that he would make a good recruit for the free trade cause. 08 Jul [1903]
CHAR 2/8/9 Letter from WSC to the 8th Duke of Devonshire, setting out case for debate on free trade [ms copy in WSC's hand] Part pub WSC II, p.67, CV II, Part 1, p.211. 13 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/10 Letter from Sir John Dickson-Poynder to WSC, congratulations on letter in The Times, on free trade. 13 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/11 Letter from G.S. Pawle to WSC on free trade. 13 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/12-13 Letter from Colonel J. Mitford to WSC, supporting Joseph Chamberlain's scheme for Imperial preferential tariffs. 13 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/14-15 Letter from WSC to Sir John Dickson-Poynder, offering sympathy on illness, advising him to take a complete rest, also on inauguration of the Unionist Free Food League, and electoral prospects, expressing his own preference for a "central" government under the 8th Duke of Devonshire [carbon]. 14 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/16-17 Letter from WSC to Colonel J. Mitford on free trade, particularly the question of how to arrive at a system of free trade if foreign countries refused to accept it [carbon]. 14 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/18 Letter from Lord Goschen to WSC on the formation of the Unionist Free Food League. 14 Jul [1903]
CHAR 2/8/19 Letter from Sir Francis Mowatt to WSC on free trade. 15 Jul [1903]
CHAR 2/8/20 Letter from John Beasley Thornhill to WSC, asking for help in obtaining post with the Colonial Service. 15 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/21-22 Letter from Frank Cowie to WSC, on Indian attitudes to free trade. 16 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/23-24 R.R. Millard, Postal Clerks' Association to WSC, on opposition to preferential tariffs, which would mean a rise in the cost of living. 17 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/25-27 Liberal Unionist Association list of publications for and against free trade. 18 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/28 Letter from T.R.R. Chambers to WSC, on his opposition to preferential tariffs. 23 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/29-30 Letter from the Wednesbury Institute to WSC, asking him to suggest possible President for 1903-04. 24 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/31-33 Letter from Sir Herbert Maxwell to WSC on his support for Chamberlain's scheme for Imperial preferential tariffs. 24 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/34 Letter from Sir Michael Hicks Beach [later Lord St Aldwyn] to WSC, suggesting question to be put to Joseph Chamberlain, Colonial Secretary, asking whether representatives of Canada had expressed the opinion that Britain was not sufficiently protecting the Empire against German discrimination and that Britain should retaliate by imposing duties on German goods. 25 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/35-36 Letter from Andrew Hogg, Edinburgh Conservative Working Mens' Association to WSC, cancelling his speech to the Association on 11 November because of his opposition to Chamberlain's tariff reforms. 30 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/37 Letter from WSC to Andrew Hogg, Edinburgh Conservative Working Mens' Association, on cancellation of speaking engagement, commenting on intolerance and prejudice among Conservatives in Edinburgh on the question of fiscal policy preventing them from discussing the subject freely [ts copy]. 04 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/38 Letter from W.J. Willis to WSC, asking how the introduction of preferential tariffs would raise prices in Britain and why Britain should not adopt preferential tariffs while other countries did so. 30 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/39 Letter from Sidney Low to WSC, congratulations on speech against the Sugar Convention Bill. 31 Jul 1903
CHAR 2/8/40 Letter from the 8th Duke of Marlborough, Colonial Office, to WSC, on postponement of Boer War compensation payments. 01 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/41-42 Letter from R. Malcolm, R. Sutherland, F.W. Cooper and J. Nelson to WSC, on complaining about the postponement of Boer War compensation payments to British subjects "our late enemy have been paid in full, so have the coolies and Kaffiers, why not us Britishers?". 29 Jun 1903
CHAR 2/8/43-44 Letter from Sir Michael Hicks Beach [later Lord St Aldwyn] to WSC, congratulations on speech against the Sugar Convention, enclosing copy of question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the amount of the cost of the Pacific Cable to be borne by the Colonies. 02 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/45 Letter from Sir Sidney Low to WSC, thanks for sending copy of speech against the Sugar Convention. 04 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/46 Letter from J. Moore Bailey to WSC on free trade. 05 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/47 Letter from R.P. Bradbury to WSC, asking for admission tickets for House of Commons debate on free trade. 06 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/48 Letter from C.J. Balaam to WSC, asking for help in obtaining post as Assistant Paymaster in the Royal Navy. 06 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/49 Letter from Lord Hardwicke, War Office, to WSC, on award of South African Medal to one of WSC's constituents, E. Sherer, late Royal Army Medical Corps. 08 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/50 Letter from Rev. J.H.A. Law to WSC, asking him to speak at annual meeting of the London Police Court Mission at the Mansion House. 10 Sep 1903
CHAR 2/8/51 Letter from Lord Rosebery to WSC, asking for reports on the political situation in Britain, advising businesslike organisation and mapping out of the autumn campaign. 10 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/52 Letter from Lord James of Hereford to WSC on free trade. 10 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/53 Letter from R. Just Boyd, Secretary, Manufacturing Confectioners' Alliance to WSC, thanks for the able way in which he contested the passing of Sugar Convention Bill. 11 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/54 Letter from Edgar Andrews, Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes, to WSC, asking him to speak at public meeting in Barrow on 25 Sept. 13 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/55 Letter from G.S. Pawle to WSC, congratulations on campaign of opposition to the Government on free trade, also on the taxation of foreigners trading in Britain, also commenting on meeting John Churchill [WSC's brother] at the Stock Exchange. 15 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/56 Iain Hogg, Unionist Free Food League, to WSC, on the work of the league. 15 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/57 Letter from Joseph Chamberlain (40 Princes Gardens [London]) to WSC, assuring him that he had not consciously regarded him with reproach since WSC had announced his position on fiscal policy. Chamberlain explains that his short-sightedness was probably at fault, if he had passed WSC in the House of Commons without acknowledging him, as he bore no malice for political opposition. He adds that he had felt for a long time that WSC would never settle as a loyal Government supporter, and although there wasn't much room for a dissentient Tory, the Liberals were much in need of new talent, and WSC would probably "drift there before very long". Chamberlain makes no pretence of being able to foresee the future, with regard to the next election, but does predict that when the "natural change" from prosperity to commercial depression took place, there would be an irresistible demand for reform of the fiscal system, assuring WSC of his good-will if he fought his battle fairly and squarely. In a postscript, he asks if it was necessary for WSC to be quite so personal in his speeches, reminding him that one could attack a policy, without also attacking its author, and holding up Gladstone as a model to follow. Signed manuscript. 15 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/58 Letter from Sir Ian Malcolm to WSC, thanks for putting his name forward for the Presidency of the Wednesbury Institute, also commenting on the by-election campaign in Argyllshire [where the Liberal free-trader defeated the sitting Conservative candidate. 16 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/59-60 Letter from Sir Sidney Low to WSC, on Canadian desire for an English Preference Party, also commenting that if free traders wanted good press coverage one of their millionaires should buy or start a newspaper, listing the likely attitudes of the press, most of whom would be hostile to the cause. 17 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/61 Letter from F. Maddison, Cobden Club, to WSC, on the Co- Operative Society's opposition to preferential tariffs. 17 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/61a Cutting from the Evening Standard, report of interview with John Charlton, Canadian High Commissioner in London, on Canadian views of preferential tariffs. 17 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/62 Letter from Lord Hardwicke, War Office, to WSC, on difficulty in compiling Boer War medal rolls for the Royal Army Medical Corps, confirming that medals were now being distributed, hoping that WSC's correspondent, E. Sherer would soon receive his medal. 17 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/63 Letter from Lord Rosebery to WSC, on the Opposition's failure to capitalise on the Government's weakness over tariff reform, also on the position of the 8th Duke of Devonshire "... a very bad resigner. He has more than once been in the position when he should I think have resigned, but he is easily persuaded to stay". 19 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/64 Letter from John T, Coles, Secretary, Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes, to the P.S. to WSC [Annette Anning], on the cancellation of public meeting in Barrow, due to be addressed by WSC. 21 Aug 1908
CHAR 2/8/65 Letter from Lord James of Hereford [earlier Henry James] to WSC, on the need to recruit Houldsworth for the Free Trade campaign in Lancashire. 21 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/66-68 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC, on his inclination to give up politics, advising him not to trust Sir Alfred Harmsworth [later Lord Northcliffe] and the Daily Mail over free trade, listing possible future events in order of preference (his favoured solution was for Joseph Chamberlain to resign as Colonial Secretary. 31 Aug 1903
CHAR 2/8/69 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC, reporting statement by Sir Michael Hicks Beach [later Lord St Aldwyn] to the Unionist Free Food Committee that he had reason to believe that Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] and Joseph Chamberlain, had split over the preferential tariff issue. [Aug 1903]
CHAR 2/8/70 Letter from John Morley [later Lord Morley of Blackburn] to WSC on free trade. 21 Sep 1903
CHAR 2/8/71 Letter from Lord James of Hereford [earlier Henry James] to WSC, on the 8th Duke of Devonshire's decision to withdraw his resignation as Lord President of the Council following the resignation of Joseph Chamberlain (Colonial Secretary) and George Ritchie [later Lord Ritchie] (Chancellor of the Exchequer). 22 Sep 1903
CHAR 2/8/72 Letter from Goldwin Smith to WSC, on the failure of the Canadian harvest, and on opposition to protective tariffs in Canada. 23 Sep 1903
CHAR 2/8/73 Letter from Lord James of Hereford [earlier Henry James] to WSC, asking him to visit. 23 Sep 1903
CHAR 2/8/74 Letter from Goldwin Smith to WSC, enclosing cutting from the Toronto Globe, on attitude of Canadian woollen manufacturers to protective tariffs. 29 Sep 1903
CHAR 2/8/75-76 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC on ministerial resignations, particularly expressing surprise at the resignation of George Ritchie [later Lord Ritchie] as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the 8th Duke of Devonshire's decision not to resign as Lord President, also discussing future tactics of the Unionist Free Food League. [19][Sep][1903]
CHAR 2/8/77 Letter from J. Moore Bayley to WSC on free trade. 05 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/78 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC on the resignation of the 8th Duke of Devonshire as Lord President, confessing that his sympathies were for the Prime Minister, Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour], even though he had to publicly support the Duke. 06 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/79 Letter from Sir John Stirling Maxwell to WSC on free trade. 08 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/80 Letter from Lord Rosebery to WSC on Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] and Joseph Chamberlain, and ministerial resignations. 10 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/81 Letter from L.A. Lucas to WSC on free trade. 11 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/82 Letter from J.W. Bradley to WSC, suggesting formation of an Imperial Federal Council, enabling the "free trade" party to appeal on popular lines to the Colonies and the "man in the street" annotated by WSC ack - a valuable suggestion". 12 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/83 Letter from J.J. Bisgood to WSC on Army reform. 12 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/84 Letter from E. Rose to WSC, on the need for Unionist free traders to organise Free trade#. 12 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/85 Letter from Joseph O'Dell to WSC, expressing support for free trade. 12 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/86 Letter from J.J. Bisgood to WSC, on free trade. 13 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/87 Letter from Alfred Harmsworth, [later Lord Northcliffe] to WSC, denying responsibility for coverage of letter by WSC against protective tariffs in the Daily Mail. 13 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/88 Letter from Thomas Marlowe, Editor, Daily Mail, to WSC, apologies for coverage of letter by WSC against protective tariffs. 13 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/89 Letter from E. Lawrence Levy to WSC, invitation to attend 21st anniversary dinner of Midland Conservative Club. 15 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/90 Letter from Herbert Vivian to WSC, on possibility of standing for Parliament, offering to come up to Oldham "on the stump" in the autumn. 15 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/91 Letter from Arthur Lee [later Lord Lee of Fareham] to WSC, thanks for letter of congratulation on appointment as Civil Lord of the Admiralty, expressing disappointment that they were on opposite sides in the free trade debate and confidence that he would lose neither his temper, nor his friends over it. 15 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/92 Letter from Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] to WSC, on Unionist Free Food meeting in Birmingham. 16 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/93 Letter from A. Brockie to WSC asking for help in obtaining information about the fate of his son, who was missing after the Boer War. 17 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/94 Letter from C.E.G. Webb to WSC, asking him to talk to Harrow Liberal Club [Middlesex] on the fiscal question. 18 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/95 Letter from WSC to C.E.G. Webb, declining invitation to address Harrow Liberal Club [Middlesex] on the fiscal question, "while I am a Conservative Member it would be obviously improper of me to appear on a Liberal platform", setting out his "duty" as a Unionist free trader to fight the battle within his own party, 18 Oct 1903 [carbon]. 18 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/96 Letter from J. Moore Bayley to WSC on Unionist Free Food meeting in Birmingham. 18 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/97 Letter from J. Moore Bayley to WSC on Unionist Free Food meeting in Birmingham. 19 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/98 Herbert Grover to WSC, giving his opinion of Lord Randolph Churchill's views on free trade. 19 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/99 Samuel Duncan to WSC, giving his opinion of Lord Randolph Churchill's views on free trade. 19 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/100 Letter from David Allen & Sons Ltd., Printers, London. asking for photograph for reproduction as a post card. 19 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/101 Letter from F.G. Tadman to WSC on free trade. 20 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/102 Letter from Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce [Staffordshire] to WSC, on his speech to their annual dinner, asking him to avoid controversial subjects, particularly the fiscal question, upon which the Chamber was divided. 21 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/103-104 Letter from WSC to F. Willson, advocating the use of "Most Favoured Nation" treaties, rather than protective tariffs typed copy, with ms annotations by WSC. 22 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/105-106 Letter from WSC to Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood], on his reasons for leaving the Conservative Party "I am an English Liberal. I hate the Tory Party, their men, their words and their methods" [ms copy, marked "not sent". 24 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/107 Copy of a letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to Hugh Arnold-Forster [Secretary of State for War] about the position of Captain Stuart Duncan [captured by the Boers at the Battle of Nicholson's Nek, 1899, and subsequently cleared of misconduct by a Court of Inquiry, but compulsorily retired from the Army] who had been ruined by the "stigma of dishonour" although he has not been properly tried in court. WSC argues that the military authorities should decide whether or not to prosecute and hopes that Arnold-Forster will give the matter his personal attention. 24 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/108 Letter from E. Sherer to WSC, thanks for help in obtaining Boer War campaign medals. 25 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/109 Letter from Charles J. Bartlett to WSC on the Unionist Free Food League. 25 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/110 Letter from Herbert Vivian to WSC, on attempts to secure parliamentary seat as a Unionist Free Trader. 27 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/111 Letter from 5th Lord Rosebery to WSC, asking about the position of Sir Michael Hicks Beach [later Lord St Aldwyn] and WSC with his constituency party in Oldham [Lancashire]. 27 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/112 Letter from P.A. Shaw to WSC, on the Free Church Council scheme for national education. 27 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/113 Letter from C.H. Russell to WSC, on the decline of the cotton industry. 28 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/114 Letter from Harold Cox to WSC, asking if he would be prepared to address meeting in Dublin [Ireland] on free trade. 28 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/115-116 Letter from James Berry to WSC on free trade. 28 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/117-118 Letter from Gerald Christy, the Lecture Agency Ltd., to WSC, asking if he would be prepared to give lectures or speeches on the fiscal question for a fee, stating that there was a man in Lincoln anxious to book him for a fee of 25 gns "but other towns would doubtless pay more". 28 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/119 Letter from WSC to P.A. Shaw, on the need for amendment of the 1902 Education Act [carbon, with ms annotations]. 29 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/120 Letter from Sir Ian Malcolm to WSC, on the need to keep the Unionist free trade party together. 30 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/121 Letter from S.S. Soffard to WSC on free trade. 30 Oct 1903
CHAR 2/8/122 Letter from Sir Michael Hicks Beach [later Lord St Aldwyn] to WSC on free trade. 31 Oct 1903