Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence A.

Reference code: CHAR 20/23

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Jan 1941 - Jan 1942

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CHAR 20/23/1-3 Letter from Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC enclosing an extract from a letter from his son Julian Amery, engaged in intelligence work in the Middle East: Julian suggests a Government representative of ministerial status should be sent out to deal with the problems of all three services; also includes filing note. 09 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/23/4 Letter from WSC to M J Clauson [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for India, Leo Amery] asking him to thank Amery for his letter and the extract from his son [Julian Amery]'s letter. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/23/5 Letter from Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC with an amusing anecdote from Northern Rhodesia [later Zambia]. 20 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/23/6 Letter from Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC thanking him for the loan of a copy of "Strafford"; feels that 2nd Lord Birkenhead [earlier Lord Furneaux] does not have enough experience for the post WSC has suggested. 10 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/23/7a Letter from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to M Kendrick [Private Secretary to the Postmaster- General] forwarding a sample of WSC's signature for copying onto the salver to be presented to [Sir John Anderson, President of the Council, later 1st Lord Waverley]. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/23/7b-12 Correspondence between Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC], M Kendrick [Private Secretary to the Postmaster-General], WSC, Charles Harris [Chief Whip's Office] and James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] about arrangements for the presentation of a silver salver to Sir John Anderson [President of the Council, later 1st Lord Waverley] as a wedding present. 26 Nov 1941 - 28 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/23/13-82 Papers on possible gas attack, particularly by a phosgene bomb or mustard gas, including: notes by Private Secretaries to WSC on files in the possession of Group Captain Charles Anderson [former Personal Assistant to the Minister of Aircraft Production] including minutes on Anti-Gas Protection belonging to the Ministry of Aircraft Production [enclosed] and confidential files from the Air Ministry; also papers on the Assessment of a Gas Attack, phosgene or mustard gas, and suggested precautions for staff and civilians at MAP factories. Jan 1941 - May 1941
CHAR 20/23/83 Letter from Clement Attlee [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC on the success of the recently broadcast statement [? on Attlee's visit to the United States]; suggests trying to arrange a meeting of Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth, but advises against having a Dominion representative in the Cabinet. 14 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/23/84 Letter from Clement Attlee [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC discussing recent debates in the House of Commons on coal, the war, the Far East and information leaks on projects in Northern Waters. 08 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/23/85-94 Notes by Clement Attlee [Lord Privy Seal] on his proposed visit to the United States to meet with Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, at the ILO [International Labour Organization]; draft speech based on the Atlantic Charter, calling for trade agreements "to further in every possible way the greatest possible exchange of goods and services throughout the world"; includes minute from WSC and covering letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to A M R Topham [Lord Privy Seal's Office]. Oct 1941 - Nov 1941
CHAR 20/23/95-99 Letter from A M R Topham [Lord Privy Seal's Office] to R M Harris [Office of the War Cabinet] enclosing details for Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] of the movements of the Lord Privy Seal [Clement Attlee] whilst in the United States; includes note from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC. Oct 1941 - Nov 1941
CHAR 20/23/100-106 Letter from Malcolm MacDonald [British High Commissioner in Canada] to Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, later 5th Lord Salisbury] [copy] with details from various sources (including Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] and A M R Topham [Lord Privy Seal's Office]) of the movements of the Lord Privy Seal [Clement Attlee] in Canada. Nov 1941
CHAR 20/23/107 Letter from Clement Attlee [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC on recent debates in the House of Commons: "Events in the Far East have rather disturbed public, press and MPs most of whom seem to have been oblivious of the danger of which we have been conscious for months"; speakers: Emanuel Shinwell, 6th Lord Winterton [earlier Lord Turnour], Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, Alexander [? A V Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty]; press agitation by the [London] Evening Standard, the Daily Mail and the Daily Herald about the defence of India. 20 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/23/108 Letter from David Peirson [Private Secretary to the Minister of Supply] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], enclosing a letter [missing] found among the papers of 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Supply, earlier Max Aitken]. 26 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/23/109-110 Letter from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC with information as requested advising that the air route between Takoradi [Gold Coast, later Ghana] and Khartoum [Sudan] should be made a permanent passage; praises Indian troops. 19 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/23/111-112 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] thanking him for his letter; copied to Major-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Deputy Secretary (Military) to the War Cabinet] for the Chiefs of Staff Committee. [Draft]. 17 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/23/113 Personal telegram T410 from WSC to Minister of State [in the Middle East, Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] on recent comments by General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]; WSC sent a telegram reprimanding him about his remarks and has not had a reply. [Copy]. 19 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/23/114 Personal telegram T379 from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] expressing concern about references reported by the press on Auchinleck's desire for United States manpower in the fight against Germany; John Winant [United States Ambassador to Britain] feels that at a time of delicate negotiations remarks could be exploited by isolationists, and also contradict reassuring comments made by WSC. [Copy]. 08 Jul 1941