Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence N - P.

Reference code: CHAR 20/28

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Dec 1940 - Nov 1941

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CHAR 20/28/1-8 Correspondence between Colin Thornley [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] and John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] concerning an invention by Johnson Neale of Nairobi [Kenya] to detect and destroy submarines by night; with telegram from Sir Henry Moore [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Kenya] to Secretary of State for the Colonies [1st Lord Moyne, earlier Walter Guinness] requesting raw materials to construct the system, and correspondence. May 1941
CHAR 20/28/9-12 Letter from [John] Walton Newbold to WSC asking for his frank opinion on "Roosevelt's Cat & Mouse Act" [? the Lend-Lease Bill and Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States]; with acknowledgement from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] and filing notes, including note by [? Martin Gilbert, 1960's]. 13 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/28/13-14 Letters from [John] Walton Newbold to WSC and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] protesting at unchristian behaviour towards Catholics in Northern Ireland and workers on Good Friday, and about Quakers. [Copies]. 29 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/28/15 Letter from [John] Walton Newbold to [? Sir Maurice Hankey, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] accusing him of exploiting his office. [Copy]. 31 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/28/16-22 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Newton to Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso] enclosing plans for a new landing craft, with illustrations; with acknowledgement and forwarding letter from Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air] to WSC and a note from the Admiralty on the disadvantages of such a craft. 12 Apr 1941 - 25 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/28/23-24 Note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] giving details of the military career of Major-General Archibald Nye. 13 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/28/25-56 Correspondence between Basil Nicolls (BBC, Broadcasting House, London) John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC], and Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] proposing a programme on the Battle of Blenheim [Germany], based on WSC's book ["Marlborough: His Life and Times"]; permission for broadcast granted; with copy of script by Cyril Roberts. 11 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/28/57-64 Letter from Christine, Lady Oliphant [earlier Christine, Lady Churchill] to WSC informing him that the head of the Prisoners Department of the Foreign Office, Sir George Warner, admitted that he was "sick and tired of the whole thing" [arranging the release of Sir Lancelot Oliphant, British Ambassador to Belgium, from the Brussels Embassy]; includes note by Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] and note that Sir Lancelot Oliphant's papers about the evacuation housed with Magdalene Stenhouse [Secretary to WSC]. [Manuscript original with typescript copy]. 18 Jan 1941 - 20 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/28/65-67 Memorandum by Sir George Warner [head of the Prisoners Department of the Foreign Office] on the "Exchange of British and German Diplomatic and Consular Officers"; discussing naval arrangements for the safe passage of Herr Matthiessen from Curacao as negotiated by Herschel Johnson [United States Minister in, London] as part of the exchange deal. 26 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/28/68-74 Note from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] to WSC regretting that there may be some delay in securing the exchange of 50 British for 15 German diplomats; with draft replies from WSC to Christine, Lady Oliphant [earlier Christine, Lady Churchill] explaining that the release of her husband [Sir Lancelot Oliphant, British Ambassador to Belgium] will be delayed. 26 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/28/75-78 Letter from Christine, Lady Oliphant [earlier Christine, Lady Churchill] to WSC thanking him for his efforts [for the release of her husband, Sir Lancelot Oliphant] but deploring those of Sir George Warner [head of the Prisoners Department of the Foreign Office]; includes note by Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC]. [Manuscript original with typescript copy]. 09 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/28/79-81 Letter from Sir Lancelot Oliphant [British Ambassador to Belgium] to Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] reporting on his detention in Germany [2 printed copies]; annotated by WSC, with filing note. 06 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/28/82-87 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith], to WSC requesting a luncheon meeting for a personal friend, Dr Lothar, refugee and editor of the German newspaper Die Zeitung; [manuscript original and typescript copy] with note by Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] advising against a meeting. 19 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/28/88-89 Letter from John Peck, [Private Secretary to WSC], to Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith], regretting that WSC is too busy to meet Dr Lothar; includes note from WSC. 27 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/28/90 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith], to WSC suggesting he should utilise the talents of Sir Herbert Samuel and Marshal of the RAF 1st Lord Trenchard. 08 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/28/91-92 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith], to WSC asking to meet him and CSC for lunch. [Manuscript original with typescript copy]. 24 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/28/93-95 Letter from Clarence Dillon to WSC commending the work done by Sir Edward Peacock; with acknowledgement from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] and filing note by [? Martin Gilbert, 1960's]. 02 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/28/96-99 Telegram from David Kelly [British Minister in Berne, Switzerland] to Foreign Office regarding a proposed design for a submarine by Professor Auguste Piccard who would like to visit Britain to discuss his plans, forwarded to WSC. 30 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/28/100-102 Correspondence between Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary], John Colville and John Peck [Private Secretaries to WSC] and J M Butt, War Cabinet Offices, deciding not to support Professor Auguste Piccard's application. 04 Jan 1941 - 16 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/28/103-106 Letter from WSC to Hubert Pierlot [Prime Minister of Belgium] expressing condolences on the death of his two sons; with reply from Hubert Pierlot thanking WSC for his letter; also includes recent obituary notice on the death of Colonel Arthur Dugdale. Apr 1941 - May 1941
CHAR 20/28/107 Note from Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC requesting an interview for Air Chief Marshal Sir Ronald Brooke-Popham [Commander-in-Chief Far East]; annotated by WSC declining. 13 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/28/108-109 Note by [the Editor of the Yorkshire Post, [William] Linton Andrews] on a private audience by J B Priestley which proposed methods of restoring order at the end of the war. [Originally enclosed with CHAR 20/28/121]. [Feb 1941]
CHAR 20/28/110 Prime Minister's Personal Memorandum M.402 to the Minister of Information [Alfred Duff Cooper, later 1st Lord Norwich] drawing attention to J B Priestley's remarks in a BBC broadcast describing life in England as "wildly and solidly abnormal"; believes Priestley's popularity could be turned against the Government. 11 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/28/111-123 Correspondence and Cabinet report concerning broadcasts by J B Priestley [author] for the BBC, which despite an initial following declined in popularity; concern over anti-Government sentiments expressed with correspondents including: WSC; Martin Russell and 6th Lord Hood [Private Secretaries to the Minister of Information]; [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich]; John Peck and Edith Watson [Private Secretaries to WSC]; Rupert Beckett [Chairman, the Yorkshire Post]. 16 Dec 1940 - 22 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/28/124-125 Letter from 2nd Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer] to WSC enclosing a newspaper cutting from the Daily Herald of an attack on the Conservative Party by J B Priestley. 13 Mar 1941