Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence B.

Reference code: CHAR 20/24

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

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CHAR 20/24/1 Note from CSC to WSC suggesting that the house which Jacques Balsan says holds "450 German airmen might be used as a hospital in which case of course it could not be bombed". 11 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/2-3 Newspaper cutting from the Evening News reporting that Beverley Baxter [Canadian by birth] has appealed to Canada to enforce conscription; with a note from Kathleen Hill to Leslie Rowan [Secretary and Private Secretary to WSC] that WSC would like to see Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] to discuss this. 20 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/4 Message from the Minister of Information [Brendan Bracken] that Beverley Baxter had permission to visit Canada but that he had said he was going to visit Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, by invitation, which has since been found to be false; instead of ordering Baxter straight home WSC suggests "There seems to have been no row - so we need not make one". 21 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/5-6 Letter from H G Parker to WSC enclosing an editorial from the Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper on Beverley Baxter, and suggesting that whilst Baxter is well known in Canada and largely disregarded, the British Government does itself a disservice by allowing him to travel abroad. 03 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/24/7 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Bernard Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] asking for his opinion on what should be done about Beverley Baxter. 03 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/24/8 Letter from Bernard Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] to Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] explaining that comment on Beverley Baxter's tour was not entirely unfavourable nevertheless he will not be given permission to return to Canada for some time. 06 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/24/9 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC], to H G Parker thanking him for his letter. 08 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/24/10-11 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC resigning from his position as Minister of Aircraft Production; includes filing note. 15 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/24/12 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC asking whether documents should be put by. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/24/13-16 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] inviting him to assume control of the proposed Ministry of Fuel, Power and Light, thereby remaining as a member of the War Cabinet, or take over as Minister of Agriculture from Robert Hudson; the nature of war time government and his view of Beaverbrook's role in the executive. Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/17 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC declining to take responsibility for food. 02 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/18-26 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC complaining about the limitations placed on his power and influence as Deputy Chairman of the Defence Committee (Supply), gives examples such as curbs on his attempts to boost aircraft production and anti-tank weaponry, and refusals by other ministers to listen to his suggestions on supply. 03 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/27 Letter from David Peirson, Principal Private Secretary to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of State, earlier Max Aitken], to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] on alleged disparaging comments on his Labour colleagues made by Beaverbrook at a luncheon for Labour and Industrial Correspondents; encloses statements from the Chairman and the Secretary of the group [V Brodsky and Ian Mackay] supporting his protest. 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/28 Copy of a letter from V Brodsky (Labour and Industrial Correspondents' Group, News of the World Office, Bouverie Street [London]) to [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken, Minister of State] in which he expresses astonishment at reports that Beaverbrook had been disparaging about his Labour colleagues in Cabinet at a luncheon of the Labour and Industrial Correspondents' Group. He recalls that Beaverbrook had been complimentary about [Ernest] Bevin, [Clement] Attlee and Herbert Morrison and says that he is contacting other members of the group. Unsigned typescript. 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/29 Copy of a letter from Ian Mackay (News Chronicle, Bouverie Street [London]) to [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken, Minister of State] expressing agreement with a letter from V Brodsky [see CHAR 20/24/28]. He says that he plans to visit Llandudno [Wales] where he will meet colleagues from the Labour and Industrial Correspondents' Group whom he feels will agree that "the alleged accounts of your talk [a reference to reports that Beaverbrook had made disparaging remarks about his colleagues in the Labour Cabinet] to us are lying and malicious." Unsigned typescript. 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/30 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to David Peirson [Principal Private Secretary to 1st Lord Beaverbrook, Minister of State, earlier Max Aitken] thanking him for the letter explaining Beaverbrook's situation. 15 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/31-32 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC accepting the office of Minister of Supply, provided he will receive support when his own methods prove different from those of his predecessor, Sir Andrew Duncan; discusses his desire to retire and his own interpretation of "urgency". 27 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/33-35 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Beaverbrook discussing: private opinions of Sir Andrew Duncan [Minister of Supply]: "I merely reported to you that he had obtained the impression that you thought he was "complacent""; Beaverbrook's desire to retire in January 1942, and ministerial appointments. [For copy see CHAR 20/21A/312 - 314]. 28 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/36-37 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Supply, earlier Max Aitken] to WSC apologising for any falling out between them, and assuring WSC that he appreciates the support he has received. 30 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/24/38 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Supply, earlier Max Aitken] to WSC on the repeal of the Neutrality Act in the United States. 14 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/24/39 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [? Minister of Supply, earlier Max Aitken] to WSC on a recent broadcast he feels won over United States opinion. [Nov 1941]
CHAR 20/24/40 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of State, earlier Max Aitken] to WSC asking his opinion on a recent conversation; adds that he will be concentrating on gun production for a few weeks. [1941]
CHAR 20/24/41-42 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC asking to retire; suggests he be sent abroad on a mission, perhaps to Egypt, where he should exercise "real authority". [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/24/43-45 Letters from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC asking to retire as Minister of Aircraft Production in order to escape from the complicity of Ministers. 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/24/46-48 Letter from Henry Montague Bell to WSC asking for help in securing a passage east to put into operation a scheme to create a federation of Arab states by persuading Iraq to absorb displaced Palestinians; has support of the Colonial and Foreign Offices and Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma], but no official recognition; includes filing note. 21 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/49-51 Letters from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] and [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] enquiring about Henry Montague Bell; with acknowledgement of Bell's letter. 22 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/52 Note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], following a conversation, relating Henry Montague Bell's scheme for settlement of land in Iraq; explains that Bell does not require official recognition but asks only for help securing a passage. 26 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/53-54 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], recommending that WSC should reply that he does not believe Henry Montague Bell's project merits a priority passage and "that he sees no reason to set aside the decision already taken ... by the Colonial Office and the Foreign Office"; also a note on Bell's activities, as sponsored by a United States financier, E A Norman, and commenting on the unfeasibility of the scheme. 28 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/55 Letter from Henry Montague Bell to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], expressing confidence following their recent conversation that WSC will favour his application. 03 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/56 Letter from [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], agreeing that Henry Montague Bell should not receive any support. 04 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/57 Letter from John Martin to Anthony [Bevir] [Private Secretaries to WSC] expressing regret that Henry Montague Bell was turned down "because I liked him and think there may be something in his scheme". 05 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/58-59 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC explaining that Henry Montague Bell has requested that WSC should see his letter himself; annotated by WSC "Civil disengage". 06 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/60 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Henry Montague Bell explaining that WSC cannot intervene on his behalf. 08 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/61-67 Correspondence between Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] and Laurence Rushbrook-Williams [Adviser on Middle Eastern Affairs, Ministry of Information] in which Bevir asks if any unofficial work can be found for Henry Montague Bell who is now without income, and Rushbrook- Williams misunderstands the request repeatedly. 12 Mar 1941- 28 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/68 Administrative note "Hon Arthur Bertie". [Jan 1941]
CHAR 20/24/69-70 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] enclosing a further letter from Henry Montague Bell asking for assistance in travelling to Iraq [missing]; with letter to Montague Bell informing him that his letter has been forwarded to the Foreign Office. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/24/71-79 Letters concerning Arthur Bertie, brother of WSC's sister-in-law Lady Gwendeline Churchill ["Goonie", earlier Lady Gwendeline Bertie], who was in danger of losing his post in South African intelligence, including: a personal telegram and letter from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] asking him to investigate without showing any favour secured Bertie's appointment as Censor of Military matters; notes from John Peck and Kathleen Hill [Private Secretary and Secretary to WSC] and a letter from Sidney Waterson [High Commissioner for South Africa in London]. Jan 1941 - Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/80 Memorandum from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC with a request from Henri Reichenbach and Philip Noel-Baker to use a telegram dated 14 April 1938 from WSC to Leon Blum congratulating him on the success of his premiership in France and flourishing relations between the two countries; Noel-Baker hopes the message will impress the Vichy government. 29 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/81-86 Correspondence concerning Philip Noel-Baker's request to quote a telegram from WSC to Leon Blum [former Prime Minister of France] in 1938 which is reproduced in full; John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] seeks advice of Foreign Office [? William Ivo Mallet, Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, and Sir Alexander Cadogan, [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] who suggest the endorsement of Blum's leadership in 1938 might be used out of context by German propagandists to influence French opinion; Martin finally informs Noel-Baker that WSC would prefer the private nature of the letter to be respected. 03 Apr 1941 - 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/24/87-92 Letter from Rear-Admiral Maitland Boucher to WSC describing his previous naval and air experience which has been neglected during the war following an unfavourable report by a Flag Officer; requests WSC's personal intervention. 17 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/93 Note from WSC to A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] enquiring about Rear-Admiral Maitland Boucher's case. [Manuscript]. 21 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/94 Letter from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] to WSC regretting that he should have been bothered with the matter; Rear-Admiral Maitland Boucher has been the subject of adverse comments from several Flag Officers "but as a Retired Officer it had been intended to make use of him during the war as opportunity offered". 26 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/95 Prime Minister's personal minute M.366/1 to A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] hoping that Rear-Admiral Maitland Boucher will not suffer for having written to WSC. 29 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/96-98 Letter from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] to WSC enclosing a draft reply to Rear-Admiral Maitland Boucher's letter for WSC to sign; "I am unable to deal with personal complaints of unjust treatment ... which should be made to the Admiralty". 31 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/99-100 Letter from T Blackburn, Divisional Organiser, Amalgamated Engineering Union, to Sir Ernest Simon, Chairman, Manchester Area Supply Committee, complaining about a private speech made by the Minister of Aircraft Production [John Moore-Brabazon, later 1st Lord Brabazon] in which he implied that "he hoped the Germans and the Russians would continue to exterminate each other ... then victory would be ours and we would dictate the peace" [copy]; includes filing note. 03 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/24/101 Letter from John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] to T Blackburn [Divisional Organiser, Amalgamated Engineering Union], apologising for the misunderstanding and explaining what he had intended to say. [Copy]. 07 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/24/102 Note from [John] Eaton Griffith, Principal Private Secretary to [John Moore-Brabazon, later 1st Lord Brabazon], Minister of Aircraft Production, to Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] asking him to inform WSC of the situation, and enclosing copies of correspondence with T Blackburn [Divisional Organiser, Amalgamated Engineering Union]. 02 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/24/103 Letter from [John] Eaton Griffith, Principal Private Secretary to John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] to Sir Walter Monckton, Director-General, Ministry of Information, explaining the situation so that he can talk to the Press "to soften the unfortunate interpretation which has been placed on the Minister's remarks". 02 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/104 Telegram from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] to Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] warning him of the indiscretion by John Moore- Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] before it appeared in the Press. [Draft]. 02 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/105 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] to Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] with the text of an explanation of remarks by John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] to be offered to Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Foreign Minister], apologising for any misunderstanding and affirming British support for their joint efforts. [Copy]. 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/106 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] to Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] thanking him for the warning; as John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] is a member of the Cabinet [he was in fact a minister of Cabinet rank, but not a member of the Cabinet] the matter must be taken seriously so a statement has been prepared in explanation. [See CHAR 20/24/105]. 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/107 Statement for the press explaining the views on the Soviet Union expressed by John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] in a speech made at Chertsey [Surrey] on 9 August 1941. 02 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/108-110 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] to Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] advising that some explanation must be made and asking for advice and further details of the context in which John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] made his remarks; with note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC appraising him of the situation. 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/111-113 Newspaper cuttings from the Daily Herald and the Daily Mirror speculating on the possible resignation of John Moore-Brabazon, Minister of Aircraft Production, [later 1st Lord Brabazon] following allegations made public by Jack Tanner, President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, at the Trades Union Congress. 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/114-115 Letter from "Brab" [John Moore-Brabazon, Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] to WSC explaining his remarks which were subsequently taken out of context; apologises for any embarrassment caused but emphasises that his conscience is clear on the matter. 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/116-118 Note from Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] to WSC drawing the matter of handling the Press in the issue of John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] to his notice on the recommendation of Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information]. 02 Sep 1941 - 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/119-123 Letter from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] to John Addis [3rd Secretary, Foreign Office] asking for the comments of Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on the enclosed Prime Minister's Personal telegram T540 to Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] backing John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon] and suggesting that matter should only be referred to in passing to Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Foreign Minister] if it should happen to come up; emphasises that Moore-Brabazon is not a Cabinet Minister. 04 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/124-125 Official parliamentary report from the House of Commons reporting on the remarks of the Minister of Aircraft Production [John Moore-Brabazon, later 1st Lord Brabazon]; speakers: William Gallacher, WSC and Emanuel Shinwell. 11 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/126-127 Letter from T Blackburn, Divisional Organizer, Amalgamated Engineering Union to WSC advising that he did not publicise the matter through "mischievous" spirit as suggested, but because he truly believed that matter to be serious and feared others in the Government might share John Moore-Brabazon [Minister of Aircraft Production, later 1st Lord Brabazon]'s disregard for the Soviet ally; annotated by WSC; with acknowledgement from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 16 Sep 1941 - 20 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/24/128-130 Letter from Rupert Brabner to WSC on his maiden speech in the House of Commons which aroused controversy by references to Crete; with note by Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] attached passing the message on to the Government Chief Whip [James Stuart] for comment. 18 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/24/131 Letter from WSC to Rupert Brabner thanking him for his explanation. 27 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/24/132-133 Letter from James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] agreeing it was "tiresome" of Rupert Brabner to refer to Crete but not a serious error; with note from Bevir advising WSC. 21 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/24/134 Letter from "Crinks" [Harcourt Johnstone] to WSC expressing concern that Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] is working too hard and should be made to take a rest. 13 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/135 Letter from WSC to Harcourt Johnstone thanking him for his letter and advising him that Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] is awaiting medical advice from Sir Charles Wilson [President, Royal College of Physicians, later 1st Lord Moran]. 13 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/136 Letter from General Sir Alan Brooke [Commander-in- Chief Home Forces, later 1st Lord Alanbrooke] to WSC thanking him for a most enjoyable stay at Chequers [Buckinghamshire] and the opportunity of meeting the Australian Prime Minister [Robert Menzies]. 10 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/24/137 Letter from General Sir Alan Brooke [Commander-in-Chief Home Forces, later 1st Lord Alanbrooke] to WSC thanking him for a most enjoyable stay at Chequers [Buckinghamshire] where he finds their informal discussions of great use and enjoyment. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/24/138 Letter from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] with a warning from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] that T Lonsdale Bryans is "a crank, possibly a crook" and an associate of 2nd Lord Brocket [earlier Ronald Nall-Cain] and Lord Lymington [later 9th Lord Portsmouth] and should not be granted an interview. 09 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/24/139 Note indicating that the Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] is still in correspondence with [Edward] Leslie Burgin. 19 May 1941
CHAR 20/24/140-141 Registry slip for letter from [Edward] Leslie Burgin to WSC giving "his views on the relations between the people and the State, and suggests certain changes in the administration" [letter missing]; with reply from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] thanking him for his letter. 28 Jan 1941 - 29 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/24/142 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Norman Brook [Personal Assistant to Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Normanbrook] asking for advice from the Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] on [Edward] Leslie Burgin's letter. 29 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/24/143 Letter from Norman Brook [Personal Assistant to Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Normanbrook] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing a minute [missing] by the Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley]. 07 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/144 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC informing him that he has re-drafted the reply by the Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] to [Edward] Leslie Burgin. 11 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/145 Letter from WSC to the Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] suggesting "There is too much truth in what Dr [Edward Leslie] Burgin says for him to be put off by the usual official grimace"; feels this offers an opportunity for a "stirring up of these Departments". 12 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/24/146-147 Letter from WSC to [Edward] Leslie Burgin assuring him that the Government have done much to improve the lot of anyone in need of distress and that Burgin exaggerates the inhumanity of the State. Feb 1941