Official: Prime Minister: correspondence on appointments to office.

Reference code: CHAR 20/11

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Date: May 1940 - Jan 1941

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CHAR 20/11/1 Letter from Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] to WSC suggesting James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin] for the Chief Whip appointment, in preference to Thomas Dugdale [later 1st Lord Crathorne] or James Stuart. [manuscript; incorrectly dated "1940"]. 08 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/11/2-3 Letter from "Rosie" [Lady Ridley] to WSC recommending her son, Matthew [3rd] Lord Ridley [Chairman of Committee in Mines Department and of Northumberland County Council] for a place in the reconstructed government. 09 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/4-5 Letter from WSC to Neville Chamberlain on the composition of the new War Cabinet: [Clement] Attlee and [Arthur] Greenwood both want to be included; WSC wants A V Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Hillsborough], [Herbert] Morrison and [Ernest] Bevin; [Hugh] Dalton and [Sir Archibald] Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] must be considered; asks Chamberlain to be Lord President of the Council; adds that British and French Forces are already on the Antwerp-Namur line [Belgium]. [draft carbon; annotated by WSC at a later date "Bk.3 ch.1"]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/6 Letter from Edward, Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to WSC congratulating him on a recent broadcast; asks if he would see [1st] Lord Trenchard. 21 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/7 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford [and Asquith, earlier Margot Asquith] (44, Bedford Square, London) to WSC asking him to find work for [1st] Lord Trenchard. Pencil manuscript. 27 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/11/8 Telegram from Margot [Lady] Oxford [and Asquith, earlier Margot Asquith] to WSC informing him that [1st Lord] Trenchard would be a great help "in your new construction." Typescript. 3 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/11/9 Letter from Sir Murdoch MacDonald MP to WSC proposing James Henderson-Stewart for Under-Secretary of State for Scotland; adds that he urged [Clement] Attlee and [Arthur] Greenwood to serve under WSC's premiership. [manuscript]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/10-11 Letter from Richard Morris, former Liberal MP, to WSC proposing Thomas Horabin MP for an under-secretaryship because of his organisational skills [signed typescript]; with acknowledgement from [Prime Minister's Private Secretary, John] Peck. 12 May 1940-15 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/12 Letter from Sir Francis Fremantle MP to WSC offering himself for government service, possibly as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health. [manuscript]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/13 Letter from Sir John Reith [Minister of Transport] to [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary Eric] Seal suggesting that Robert Bernays MP might be appointed as his under-secretary. 17 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/14 Letter from [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary Eric] Seal to [Sir] John Reith [Minister of Transport] thanking him for his suggestion which arrived after Frederick Montague [later 1st Lord Amwell] had already been appointed [as Under-Secretary]. 19 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/15-16 Old file covers: "Letters & draft lists . . . Formation of coalition". May 1940
CHAR 20/11/17-18 Letter from King George VI to WSC advising him to reconsider his choice of [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] for Aircraft Production in the Air Ministry; feels there will be repercussions, especially in Canada where the Air Training Scheme will take place. [manuscript]. 10 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/19 Letter from Edward, Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to WSC offering to help with the foreign side of WSC's workload in any way he can; declines to lead the House of Lords as he feels unable to attend sittings every day. [manuscript]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/20-23 Letter from Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] to WSC thanking him for his offer of a post in the Air Ministry but preferring not to leave the Liberal Party without representation in the War Cabinet; suggestions for appointments: [1st] Lord Samuel, Sir Percy Harris, Harcourt Johnstone, Graham White, Dingle Foot and Clement Davies. [typescript]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/24-25 Letter from [Valentine] Lawford [Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to [John] Higham [Private Secretary] (Admiralty) enclosing a letter from Arthur Mann [former editor of the Yorkshire Post] to Halifax warning that Labour leaders will not serve under [Neville] Chamberlain and oppose a government containing Sir John Simon or Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] but would serve under Halifax or WSC; Labour members favoured for office are Herbert Morrison, [Hugh] Dalton, [Ernest] Bevin, Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] and [Clement] Attlee. 10 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/26-27 Letter from Neville Chamberlain to WSC accepting the role of leading the Commons as Lord President of the Council; cautions on Labour personalities in the War Cabinet, suggesting [Arthur] Greenwood "would be amiable and agreeable enough [but] I do not think he could contribute much else". [signed typescript]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/28-31 Notes by WSC on composition of War Cabinet, and Ministers outside War Cabinet with names, offices and salaries. [manuscript]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/32 Note reading: "David Grenfell". [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/33-34 List of Ministerial posts and suggested names. [carbon]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/35-38 Typed list of ministries and available posts. [with WSC's manuscript additions of possible names]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/39 List by WSC of names and ministerial posts. [manuscript]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/40-41 List of names on envelope and "Humble suggestions" of names for office. [manuscript, in the hand of Brendan Bracken]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/42 List by WSC of ministerial offices and names. [manuscript]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/43 List by WSC of under-secretary posts available and names. [manuscript]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/44-45 List of "Offices still to be filled". [typescript annotated by WSC]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/46-47 List of Under-Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries, with names, "certs". [typescript annotated by WSC]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/48-52 Lists of offices and names. [typescript and manuscript annotated by WSC]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/53 Letter from John [1st] Lord Stonehaven [earlier Sir John Baird] to Edward, Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] proposing that [1st] Lord Weir be made Secretary of State for Air in preference to Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood]. [typescript] Forwarded to WSC by Halifax. 09 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/54-55 Letter from [1st] Lord Greenwood [in capacity as acting President of the Steel Federation] to WSC asking him to keep Sir Andrew Duncan at the Board of Trade; put Sir John Reith at the Air Ministry, "Max" [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken] or Beverley Baxter at the Ministry of Information, Ernest Bevin at the Ministry of Supply, and keep [Leo] Amery in mind. [manuscript]. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/56 Telegram from [Gordon] Hall Caine MP to WSC offering to stand aside in his constituency if WSC requires a seat for someone in the new government. 11 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/57 Letter from [4th] Lord Salisbury to WSC declining the suggestion that he could be of use on the Front Bench, and pleading old age as his reason; as an alternative he proposes [2nd] Lord Zetland [earlier Lord Ronaldshay], with [1st] Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Lloyd Greame and Philip Cunliffe Lister], Sir Patrick Hastings and [11th] Lord Balfour of Burleigh [earlier George Bruce] for substantial office. [manuscript]. 12 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/58 Letter from [1st] Lord Cadman to WSC suggesting that coal and oil should be dealt with by different departments as coal relates to labour matters while petroleum deals with supply, shipping and world-wide distribution. 13 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/59-60 Letter from Ernest Bevin (Transport House) to WSC accepting Office of Minister of Labour and National Service and explaining his aspirations for the position. 13 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/61 Letter from Sir John Simon to WSC on the appointment of [1st] Lord Caldecote [earlier Sir Thomas Inskip] to lead the Lords, cautioning him not to neglect the Liberal Nationals in the Commons. 13 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/62-64 Letter from Oliver Stanley to WSC declining the offer of a ministerial post in the Dominions Office as "the obvious antipathy of mind and outlook, which has led to increasing tension between the two of us . . . would make a proper relationship between a minister and his chief almost impossible". [manuscript, endorsed with prime ministerial seal]. 13 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/65 Letter from Herbert Morrison [Minister of Supply] to WSC suggesting that John Llewellin remain in his current position [Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply] rather than being moved to the Ministry of Aircraft Production. 14 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/66 Letter from Herbert Morrison [Minister of Supply] to WSC agreeing to [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Aircraft Production] having John Llewellin if Morrison can take Richard Law [later 1st Lord Coleraine]. [manuscript]. 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/67 Letter from Josiah Wedgwood to WSC suggesting that he follow the practice of World War I and allow MPs to work in departments and take up civilian roles. [manuscript]. 14 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/68-70 Letter from Leo Amery to WSC asking for Sir Hugh O'Neill [later 1st Lord Rathcavan] as his Under-Secretary of State; refers to [Harold] Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton], "Dick" [Richard] Law [later 1st Lord Coleraine], [Robert] Boothby, [Lord] Cranborne [earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury], [Paul] Emrys-Evans, and [Clement] Davies. [typescript] Encloses letter from Norman ?[Robotham; page damaged] on WSC's popularity in San Francisco [United States]. [manuscript]. 14 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/71 Letter from "Bobbety" [Lord Cranborne, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury] to WSC accepting the offer of a job [Paymaster-General]. [manuscript]. 14 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/72 Letter from WSC to Oliver Stanley MP regretting that Stanley does not feel able to accept the position offered. [carbon]. 14 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/73 Letter from George [1st Lord Lloyd of Dolobran, Secretary of State for the Colonies] to WSC asking if he can have "Dick" [Richard] Law [later 1st Lord Coleraine] as his Under-Secretary. 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/74 Letter from George [1st Lord Lloyd of Dolobran, Secretary of State for the Colonies] to WSC thanking him for everything he has done. [manuscript]. 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/75 Letter from [Lord] Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to WSC on problems with appointing Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] to Spain because he has aspirations to be Viceroy [of India] and Max's [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Sir Max Aitken] suggestion that he stay with Aircraft Production. 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/76-77 Letter from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to WSC on the leadership of the House of Lords: [4th Lord] Salisbury is too old to deal with the stress, Jim [7th Lord] Stanhope [earlier Lord Mahon] not worth considering, [2nd Lord] Zetland [earlier Lord Ronaldshay] "does not fit into your whole bill" so [1st Lord] Caldecote [earlier Sir Thomas Inskip] or [1st Lord] Snell would be the best choice. [typescript]. 12 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/78-81 Letter from WSC to Leslie Burgin offering him the Chairmanship of the Cultivator committee as WSC's replacement; with reply from Leslie Burgin to WSC expressing disappointment at not being included in the government and declining the chairmanship as he feels better able to serve organised industry as a free agent. [typescript]. 16 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/82 Letter from Robert Boothby to WSC accepting the offer of a position in a department so closely connected to the war effort [Ministry of Food]. [manuscript]. 16 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/83 Letter from Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Secretary of State for War, to WSC on Sir Edward Grigg [later 1st Lord Altrincham] who is anxious to stay in the War Ministry and avoid going to the House of Lords; would prefer a Privy Counsellorship to a peerage. [manuscript]. 17 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/84-85 Letter from Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Secretary of State for War, to WSC with details about "Jim" [James] Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin], suggesting him for Government Whip, enclosing a note from Thomas who has been classified unfit for military service. [typescript and manuscript]. 17 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/86 Letter from Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] to WSC thanking him for allowing him to convey the offer of 1st Commissionship of Works to George [1st Lord] Tryon who is pleased to accept. [manuscript]. 18 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/87 Letter from [1st] Lord Trenchard to WSC requesting an interview. 21 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/88-89 Letter from [1st] Lord Trenchard to WSC apologising for his remark about "numerous conferences" and any offence caused by his frankness at requesting more power in the role of GOC [General Officer Commanding]. [manuscript]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/11/90-93 Letter from Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] (Privy Council Office) to WSC agreeing to withdraw his objection to [David] Lloyd George being included in the War Cabinet, on two conditions: 1) Lloyd George's personal assurance that "he will drop his personal feud and prejudice against me and will work with me for the national interest" and; 2) that the anti-Conservative campaign being carried out in the Daily Herald, in the News Chronicle and by some members of Parliament shall be stopped. [manuscript]. 06 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/11/94-96 Letter from WSC to Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] thanking him for his co-operative attitude over [David] Lloyd George which will best serve the country and the "general cohesion of the Government". [copy]. 06 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/11/97-98 Letter from WSC to David Lloyd George acknowledging the complaints he made in his letter; refers to the loyalty he owes to [Neville] Chamberlain after his kindness and help; assures Lloyd George that his plans for the organisation of food supplies were only set aside after he declined to join the administration. 30 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/99-101 Letter from David Lloyd George to WSC thanking him for the invitation to join the War Cabinet, but refusing to accept until the offer is not qualified by [Neville] Chamberlain's personal feelings; adds that his proposals for intensive food production have been ignored. [signed typescript]. 29 May 1940
CHAR 20/11/102-103 Note from "J M M" [Prime Minister's Private Secretary John Martin] to WSC on the functions of Sir Hugh Elles as Chief of the Civil Defence operational staff: concentrating on operations ratther than training, acting as a link between the Minister of Home Security [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] and the Service Departments, and leading the Home Security War Room. 21 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/11/104 Letter from Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] to WSC supporting Sir Hugh Elles' adequacy as Chief of Civil Defence operational staff; stating that his work is satisfactory according to John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] and General Sir William Bartholomew who work with him. 25 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/11/105-107 Letter from WSC to Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] asking him to consider the enclosed letter to Sir John Anderson MP [later 1st Lord Waverley, Home Secretary] expressing doubts about Sir Hugh Elles in the light of his recent "foolish broadcast" and failure to inspire confidence; WSC suggests [John] Moore-Brabazon [later 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara] as a replacement but has not decided whether appointment should be ministerial or non-ministerial. [copy]. 22 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/11/108-109 Letter from WSC to Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] advising he build up his health before returning to London; discusses future ministerial changes: Max [1st Lord] Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Aircraft Production] to become Chairman of Production Committee, [Arthur] Greenwood [Minister without Portfolio] could then assist [Clement] Attlee [Lord Privy Seal], Herbert Morrison [Home Secretary] is "quite agreeable" to such an arrangement, and [John] Moore-Brabazon [later 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara] could take over at "M.A.P." [Ministry of Air Production] with Beaverbrook's supervision. [carbon]. 21 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/11/110 Letter from Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Secretary of State for War, to WSC advising him to wait before choosing the future Viceroy [of India, 2nd Lord Linlithgow's replacement] as there are no suitable candidates amongst [Leo] Amery's [Secretary of State for India and Burma] submissions, that "Sam" [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood] is not up to the job, but one might emerge. [manuscript]. 09 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/11/111-113 Draft letters and final version from WSC to Edward [Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] asking whether he would undertake the posting of Ambassador to the United States of America. [manuscripts in WSC's and Prime Minister's Private Secretary John Martin's hands]. 18 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/11/114-116 Letter from "Bobbety" [Lord Cranborne, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury] to WSC accepting the promotion to the House of Lords; expresses doubts about a position at the Dominions Office due to too many recent staffing changes, and at the India Office as his views are so different from [Leo] Amery's [Secretary of State for India and Burma] it will be thought to indicate a change of policy. [manuscript]. 21 Dec 1940