Official: Prime Minister: correspondence on applications for employment.

Reference code: CHAR 20/12

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Date: Sep 1939 - Oct 1940

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CHAR 20/12/1 Note: "There is another 'miscellaneous' folder in the Personal Correspondence for Mr. [Neville] Chamberlain's government". [May 1940]
CHAR 20/12/2-3 Letter from William Beveridge [Master, University College Oxford] to WSC offering to help in any way with economic planning or devising new Government machinery; has arranged meeting with Edward, Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to discuss a proposed trip to America. 23 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/4-5 Letter from [Anthony] Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to William Beveridge [Master, University College Oxford] thanking him for his letter and offer of help which will be borne in mind. [carbon]. 25 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/6-9 Letter from Field-Marshal [1st] Lord Birdwood to [Prime Minister] Neville Chamberlain offering his services in any capacity, suggesting Under-Secretary of the War Office as a result of experience gained as Commander-in-Chief in India. [manuscript and copy]. 22 Mar 1940
CHAR 20/12/10 Letter from [Prime Minister] Neville Chamberlain to [1st] Lord Birdwood thanking him for his letter. 25 Mar 1940
CHAR 20/12/11-12 Letter from Neville Chamberlain [Lord President of the Council] to WSC forwarding an extract from a letter from [1st] Lord Birdwood to Chamberlain requesting to serve as Under-Secretary to the War Office. 14 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/13 Letter from [Admiral of the Fleet 1st] Lord Chatfield to WSC offering his services and hoping for some large project rather than small tasks such as he has performed for the Foreign Office and Ministry of Health. [manuscript]. 12 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/14 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Chatfield assuring him that an attempt is being made to find "something that would give you the scope you need". [carbon]. 12 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/15-18 Letter from [John] Colville [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Ronald Harris [Offices of the War Cabinet] enclosing correspondence between WSC and Sir Robert Waley Cohen [formerly of Shell Oil] with WSC's instructions that Cohen's job application should be noted. 21 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/12/19-44 Correspondence between [Sir] Eustace Fiennes [Sir Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes] (6 letters) and WSC: Fiennes asking for war work; recalls his previous experience in intelligence and as Principal Private Secretary to WSC; asks to be made head of a new department to deal with interned aliens or sent as an emissary to [Adolf] Hitler. [manuscripts, with typescript copies and carbon replies]. Mar 1940 - Dec 1940
CHAR 20/12/45-48 Letter from Sir William Garthwaite [Oil Well Engineering Company] to WSC detailing his previous services in South America and the Pacific to HM Government over the preceding 25 years; asks if there is any mission he might undertake. [typescript]. 07 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/12/49-50 Letter from "J C" [John Colville] to [John] Perowne [Foreign Office] asking him to reply to Sir William Garthwaite. [carbon]. 15 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/12/51 Telegram from Foreign Office to Consul General (New York) [United States, Godfrey Haggard] asking him to inform [Sir William] Garthwaite that there is no mission currently available. [carbon]. 22 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/12/52-53 Letter from [Sir] William Garthwaite to WSC describing a trip to Berlin in 1935 where he met [Hermann] Goering, von Duerckheim and [Joachim] von Ribbentrop, and asked them about France, Italy and attitudes to German Jews. 11 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/54 Letter from [John] Colville [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [John] Perowne (Foreign Office) asking if he wants to take any further action about Sir William Garthwaite. [carbon]. 25 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/55 Letter from Frank Roberts (Foreign Office) to [John] Colville [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that Sir William Garthwaite's daughter recently married a Frenchman at Vichy following the French collapse. 03 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/12/56 Letter from "H J W" [Sir Horace Wilson, Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury and official Head of HM Civil Service] to Sir James Grigg (War Office) conveying the favourable opinion of [?Sir] Warren [Fisher, Regional Commander for Civil Defence, North-West Region] of [Lieutenant-General] Robert Haining as "a born Chief of Staff and would be first rate in that capacity to armies in the field". [carbon]. 29 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/57-58 Letters from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Alan] Hitchman [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Labour] and [Thomas] Padmore [Principal Private Secretary to Chancellor of Exchequer] conveying Sir Patrick Hastings' request for work, not in an office, but "where his great organising ability and drive could be properly used"; asks if they need assistance as WSC has no suggestions. [carbon]. 26 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/59 Note from [Anthony] Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC on Sir Patrick Hastings' offer of his services for WSC's use; annotated by WSC: "But I don't know how to use him". 21 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/60-61 Letter from "A N R" [Arthur Rucker, Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain] to Sir Patrick Hastings on his suggestion of raising finance by compulsory subscriptions to a National Loan, stating that there was considerable objection to the scheme when raised in 1916 as "a fixed percentage of income with no abatements" would not be equitable. [carbon]. 21 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/62-64 Notes by [Herbert] Brittain, Sir Frederick Phillips, and [Ralph] Hawtrey [of HM Treasury] discussing a reply to Sir Patrick Hastings' suggestion to Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain] of raising finance by compulsory subscriptions to a National Loan. [typescript and manuscript]. 19 Sep 1939-20 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/65 Letter from [Arthur] Rucker [Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain] to John Woods (Treasury) asking for his opinion of Sir Patrick Hastings' proposal. [signed]. 18 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/66 Letter from "A N R" [Arthur Rucker, Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain] to Sir Patrick Hastings thanking him for his letter and promising to have the proposal carefully examined. [carbon]. 18 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/67-72 Memorandum and covering note from Sir Patrick Hastings to Prime Minister's [Neville Chamberlain] Private Secretary setting out his proposal for a scheme to "effect a form of compulsory investment in a National Loan without confiscation and . . . without the disadvantage of direct taxation", as devised at the request of [1st] Lord Reading [earlier Sir Rufus Isaacs] and presented to the Cabinet in 1916, but abandoned as a result of opposition by Arthur Henderson [later Lord Rowley, Labour MP]. Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/73-81 Letter from Sir Patrick Hastings to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain recalling a scheme he proposed in 1916 for raising money; with notes and copies of correspondence from [Arthur] Rucker, [Principal] Private Secretary to Prime Minster, and [?Christopher] Hankey, [Herbert] Brittain, [Thomas] Padmore, and Sydney Turner of HM Treasury asking if anyone including [1st] Lord Hankey recalls details of the scheme and why it was rejected. [typescript with carbons and manuscript notes]. Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/82-85 Letter from Sir Claud Schuster (House of Lords) to [Arthur] Rucker [Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minster] returning the enclosed letter from Sir Patrick Hastings, and declining the offer of his services. [with carbon reply and filing slip]. 28 Aug 1939-13 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/86 Telegram from Sir Stephenson Kent to WSC (Admiralty) offering good wishes and desiring to help. May 1940
CHAR 20/12/87-88 Letter from "J H P" [John Peck, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Sir Stephenson Kent thanking him for his kind offer. [carbon]. 21 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/89 Letter from Sir [Walter] Layton to WSC requesting his "marching orders". [manuscript]. 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/90-93 Letter from Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy to [Prime Minister] Neville Chamberlain reporting his retirement from the Territorial Army and Air Force Association after 32 years as Chairman of the Warwickshire division; with newspaper cutting and [carbon of] reply from Chamberlain expressing thanks. 09 Nov 1939-10 Nov 1939
CHAR 20/12/94-95 Letter from Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain offering his services for war work; details his previous experience as Inspector of Quartermaster Services, President of the Civilian Advisory Board and chairman of the Volunteer Service Committee; with covering note by "C G L S" [Cecil Syers, Prime Minister's Private Secretary]. Jan 1940
CHAR 20/12/96 Letter from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy promising to forward his request for work to the Secretary of State for War [Oliver Stanley] and the Minister of Supply [Leslie Burgin]. [carbon]. 25 Jan 1940
CHAR 20/12/97-98 Letter from Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain repeating his request for an administrative appointment; with reply from Chamberlain regretting there is nothing he can do. [signed typescript and carbon]. 04 Apr 1940-05 Apr 1940
CHAR 20/12/99-102 Letter from Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy to WSC criticising the economic situation ("percentage increases for the cost of living") and agricultural policy (ploughing up of grazing land resulting in slaughter of Dairy cattle); encloses copy of letter to Captain Harry Crookshank MP [Financial Secretary to Treasury] and a newspaper article from the Warwick Advertiser. 28 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/12/103 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to F C Newton (Treasury) advising that they do not propose to take any action regarding Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy's letter. [carbon]. 04 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/12/104 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy acknowledging receipt of his letter. [carbon]. 04 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/12/105 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to H Meadows (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) asking if he wishes to reply to Sir Henry Fairfax-Lucy. [carbon]. 04 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/12/106 Registry slip for letter from [1st] Lord Perry [Director of Ford Motor Company] to Ministry of Labour offering his services and those of his staff to the Government. 08 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/107-110 Letter from [David] Roseway [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War] to [Cecil] Syers [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] suggesting [1st] Lord Perry [Director of Ford Motor Company] for the Ministry of Supply or the Food Defence (Plans) Department as during World War I he was Director of Food Production Department, of the Agricultural Machinery Department (Ministry of Munitions), and of Traction (Ministry of Munitions); encloses copy of letter to Perry promising to alert suitable branches of the War Office; with [carbon of] Syers' reply. 18 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/111 Letter from "C G L S" [Cecil Syers, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Alan] Hitchman [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Labour] on [1st] Lord Perry's [Director of Ford Motor Company] offer of assistance. [carbon]. 19 Sep 1939
CHAR 20/12/112-116 Letter from [1st] Lord Perry to WSC [annotated by WSC] enclosing [copy of] a letter to [1st] Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis] (Minister of Food) resigning from his position as Business Advisor due to problems adapting to government bureaucracy and the feeling that he is no longer of any assistance; with registry slip and acknowledgement from WSC. 01 Oct 1940-28 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/12/117-118 Letter from [1st] Lord Woolton [Minister of Food] to WSC on [1st] Lord Perry's resignation: considers Perry temperamentally unsuited to an advisory role and keen only to pursue matters which were of personal interest, however he would be effective when running a situation his own way [annotated]; with acknowledgement from WSC. 01 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/12/119-120 Letter from Lady Ursula Filmer-Sankey to WSC on behalf of her father [2nd Duke of Westminster] asking if work can be found for him; annotated by WSC: "Put by". [manuscript with typescript copy]. 21 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/12/121-122 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Hugh Protheroe Smith [retired Chief Constable of Cornwall] to WSC, his old colleague, asking to be recommended for a position in the army, enclosing his service record. [manuscript annotated by WSC]. 02 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/123 Letter from WSC to Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Hugh Protheroe Smith [retired Chief Constable of Cornwall] regretting he cannot help with finding a war appointment. [carbon]. Sep 1940
CHAR 20/12/124 Letter from Commander Sir Walter Windham to WSC repeating his request of May 1940 begging to be allowed to travel to Canada and the United States to conduct a press campaign to gain more aeroplanes for the war effort; has conducted similar "rousing" missions in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. [typescript]. 22 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/12/125 Letter from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Valentine] Lawford (Foreign Office) enquiring about Sir Walter Windham. 27 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/12/126 Letter from [Valentine] Lawford (Foreign Office) to [Edith] Watson [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] suggesting that she draw the matter to the attention of [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Aircraft Production], otherwise send a "soothing reply" to Sir Walter Windham emphasising the difficulty of raising awareness in America "without infringing U.S. regulations and bringing discredit and suspicion on their cause and their Government". 28 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/12/127 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Folliott] Sandford [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air] enclosing correspondence [copy of a letter from Sir Walter Windham and Bevir's reply, see CHAR 20/12/128-130]. [carbon]. 27 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/128-130 Letter from Sir Walter Windham to WSC offering his services to go to the United States and Canada to conduct a press campaign to gain more aeroplanes for the war effort; with [carbon of] a reply from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] that the letter will be forwarded to the Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso]. 25 May 1940-27 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/131-132 Letter from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Frank] Wood [Assistant Principal] (Air Ministry) forwarding a letter from Sir Walter Windham [not included in file] enclosing a device to damage aeroplanes on take-off. [carbon; with registry slip]. May 1940
CHAR 20/12/133 Letter from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Sir Walter Windham acknowledging receipt of his letter which will be forwarded to the Air Ministry. [carbon]. 02 May 1940
CHAR 20/12/134 Letter from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Miss B M Power (Ministry of Labour and National Service) enclosing a letter from Sir Walter Windham offering his services to the Government. [carbon]. 06 Oct 1939
CHAR 20/12/135-136 Letter from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Sir Walter Windham acknowledging receipt of his letter. [carbon; with registry slip]. 06 Oct 1939