Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence R - S.

Reference code: CHAR 20/29A-B

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Date: Sep 1940 - Dec 1941

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The majority of material in this file dates to 1941.

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CHAR 20/29A/1-2 Letter from 1st Lord Reith [Minister of Works and Buildings] to WSC enclosing a gift of coloured glass [not present] from the windows of the Houses of Parliament, gathered and assembled by George Hicks [Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Works and Buildings]; with letter of thanks from WSC. 10 Jun 1941 - 14 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/10 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC that Sir Roy Robinson's son has been posted missing. [1941]
CHAR 20/29A/11-16 Medical reports by Colonel George James [Consultant in Psychological Medicine, Middle East], on Major Kermit Roosevelt, recommending discharge from the service due to possible neurological damage of which the patient seems to be unaware; with arrangements by Major John Revans and Eric Speed, War Office, for transport back to Britain; with note that Kermit Roosevelt died in August 1943. 29 Sep 1940 - 13 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/29A/17-29 Letters from Major Kermit Roosevelt to WSC protesting at the doctors' decision and requesting assistance in gaining useful war work; replies from WSC regretting that in view of medical reports he cannot intervene; with memoranda from [Henry] David Margesson, Secretary of State for War, Lieutenant-Colonel [Edward] Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet] and John Colville and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretaries to WSC]. 04 Feb 1941 - 07 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/3-4 Newspaper cutting from Daily Mirror on comments by Wilfrid Roberts, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso], about the need for greater criticism of the Government; with letter of explanation from Roberts to George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]. 17 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/29A/30 Letter from Herschel Johnson [United States Minister in London] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] informing him of safe dispatch of message from WSC to James Roosevelt [son of Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States]. [See CHAR 20/27/130 - 131 for message]. Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/31 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC asking for his views on a proposed film about WSC's life to be produced by James Roosevelt and scripted by John Colton. [Copy]. 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/29A/32 Telegram from Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, to WSC replying to messages 927 (T.367/5) and 914 (T.298/5); refers to "Bernie" [? Bernard Baruch] as being an asset and wishes CSC success in her venture in the Soviet Union. [1941]
CHAR 20/29A/33-36 Letter from Stanley Rosenbaum to WSC enclosing a plan sent to the Foreign Office for a combined "British-American, Greek, Polish, and Swedish Air, Navy and Army Force". [See also CHAR 20/7/106 - 168 for further schemes and suggestions]. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/29A/37-40 Letter from Queen Elizabeth to WSC thanking him for the gift of a copy of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage and on her relief in being at Sandringham, Norfolk [manuscript]; with reply from WSC [typescript carbon]. 21 Jan 1941 - 03 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/29A/41 Letter from King George VI to WSC expressing concern over WSC's proposed trip to Bermuda to meet Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, and asking him to consider carefully its necessity. 26 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/29A/42-43 Letter from WSC to King George VI thanking him for his letter and proposing that some problems may be circumvented if Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] were to come to Iceland for his meeting with WSC; includes note by Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC]. [Typescript carbon]. 01 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/29A/44 Letter from Princess Elizabeth [later Queen Elizabeth II] to WSC thanking him and CSC for a birthday present. 23 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/29A/45 Telegram from Private Office to WSC conveying thanks from King George VI for WSC's birthday wishes. [Carbon]. 14 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/29A/46 Letter from WSC to King George VI thanking him for the invitation to dine. [Copy]. [1941]
CHAR 20/29A/47-53 Letter from Eric Seal [former Principal Private Secretary to WSC], member of British Supply Council in Washington [and Deputy Secretary of the Admiralty, United States] to WSC with observations on American attitudes to the war, and on the leadership of Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States; with letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty] requesting telegram of thanks be sent. 21 Oct 1941 - 04 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/29A/5-9 Prime Minister's Personal Minute M.1056/1 to the Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] suggesting that the behaviour of Wilfrid Roberts [Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sinclair] is not compatible with his position; response from Sinclair suggesting immediate sacking would only inflate the matter further, so he will be retained until Christmas; includes note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 18 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/29A/54-56 Prime Minister's Personal Telegram T.248 to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] commending Eric Seal [Deputy Secretary of the Admiralty in the United States]; includes notes by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. [Draft]. 30 May 1941 - 31 May 1941
CHAR 20/29A/57-63 Correspondence concerning forwarding the mail of Eric Seal [former Principal Private Secretary to WSC, member of British Supply Council in Washington and Deputy Secretary of the Admiralty, United States] and other unfinished business with Seal's security passes between Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC], Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty], Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], Andrew Innes, [Assistant Legal Secretary and Parliamentary Draftsman] and Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC]. 31 May 1941 - 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/64-67 Letter from 2nd Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer] to WSC congratulating him on the victories in Libya and suggesting Hitler's next move will be to invade Ireland; with reply from WSC and filing note by [? Martin Gilbert, 1960's]. 09 Jan 1941 - 12 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/29A/68 Note from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] requesting an interview for Major Shepherd to demonstrate his new design of sub-machine gun. 12 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/69-70 Letter from Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso] to WSC reporting on debates in the House of Commons: speeches by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, Alexander [? A V Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty] and Sir Kingsley Wood [Chancellor of the Exchequer]; discusses the air attack on Brest [France] and the latest casualty figures. Dec 1941
CHAR 20/29A/71-74 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to [Joseph] Saville Garner [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs] enclosing Prime Minister's Personal Telegram T.183 to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] discussing: the offensive in the Western Desert by General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East], and possible action in North Africa and Suez [Egypt]; the western Mediterranean and Gibraltar; the Battle of the Atlantic, and anticipated aid from the United States; massing of German forces against the Soviet Union. 16 May 1941
CHAR 20/29A/75-78 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC on probable German fronts for the summer: he believes Hitler will attack Britain before Ukraine or Caucasus [Soviet Union]; to invade Britain requires prior bombing of ports, aerodromes, munitions and industrial centres; war of attrition in Atlantic and heavy attack on Mediterranean basin. [Copy]. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/29A/79-82 Letter from J Alfred Spender [author; former Editor of the Westminster Gazette] to WSC expressing concern over relations between the younger journalists in the National Press and the Government, quarrelling with the Ministry of Information. [Manuscript and typescript copy]. 18 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/83-84 Notes from George Steward [Government Chief Press Liaison Officer] and [1st Lord Beaverbrook], Minister of State, commenting that suggestions by J Alfred Spender [former Editor of the Westminster Gazette] [on relations between the younger journalists in the National Press and the Government] are out of date. 19 Jun 1941 - 23 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/29A/85-86 Letter from WSC to J Alfred Spender thanking him for his letter; with note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 29 Jun 1941 - 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/29A/87-91 Correspondence between Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC], WSC and the Ministry of Information, including Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information], discussing an appropriate response to J Alfred Spender [former Editor, Westminster Gazette] and how to deal with press issues raised by him. 22 Jul 1941 - Aug 1941
CHAR 20/29A/92 Telegram from WSC to Major-General Edward Spears [Head of Spears Mission to Syria and the Lebanon] enquiring after his health. [Draft]. 01 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/29A/93-98 Correspondence between John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC], Thomas Padmore, Treasury and C Eric Staddon, Town Clerk and Solicitor of Beckenham, Kent concerning official documents found in the ruins of the bombed house of the late 1st Lord Stamp; Staddon returns the account of ministerial changes of January 1941 to the Treasury and WSC. 19 Apr 1941 - 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/29B/111-117 Letters from 1st Lord Stonehaven [earlier Sir John Baird] to WSC praising a recent speech made in the House of Commons by [John] Moore-Brabazon [later 1st Lord Brabazon, Minister of Aircraft Production] and enclosing a newspaper cutting from the Times of German propaganda against WSC; replies to Lord Stonehaven by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and comments forwarded to 6th Lord Hood [Private Secretary to the Minister of Information, [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich]. 11 Jul 1941 - 23 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/29B/118-120 Letter from Sir Henry Strakosch to WSC on his marriage and a proposed visit; with notes about Strakosch's health by Magdalene Stenhouse [Secretary to WSC] and [1st Lord Simon]. 05 Mar 1941 - 21 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/29B/121-122 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on an article by George Strauss in the Tribune [enclosed] commenting on WSC's refusal to expand on the Atlantic Charter. 12 Sep 1941 - 24 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/29B/123-124 Letter from James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] to WSC thanking him for his letter [carbon enclosed] offering congratulations on the remarkable lobby resulting from his first day in the House of Commons. 08 May 1941
CHAR 20/29B/125-185 Letter from Millicent, Dowager Duchess of Sutherland, to Drummonds Bank with financial instructions [copies]; correspondence between representatives of Drummonds Bank, 5th Duke of Sutherland [earlier Lord Stafford], Ernest Rowe-Dutton [Assistant Secretary, Treasury], Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], Henry Wilson-Smith [Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer], Alexander Hutcheon [Foreign Office], Francis McCombe [Controller], Trading with the Enemy Branch, Treasury, and Nicholas Murray Butler on the problem of sending sterling to the duchess in the United States; with suggestions from Lord Ivor Churchill and notes by John Martin and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretaries to WSC]. 26 Nov 1940 - 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/29B/186-194 Correspondence on a letter from Eric de Normann [Ministry of Works and Buildings] to the 5th Duke of Sutherland [earlier Lord Stafford] on the proposed requisitioning of his home in Sutton Place, London; with appeal from the Duke to WSC, listing his other properties already in State use, copies of letters by John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] and a retraction by de Normann who was being pressured by the P I D. 03 May 1941 - 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/29B/195-196 Letter from Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] to Bernard Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] forwarding a telegram from Millicent, Dowager Duchess of Sutherland to WSC complaining about interference with the mail in Bermuda. [Copies]. 04 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/29B/99-110 Letters from Sir Malcolm Stewart to WSC with drawings and plans for improvements for cargo capacity of ocean-going vessels and for a gas-operated twin-barrelled anti-aircraft weapon; with reports, including one from Major-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] who believes ideas are impracticable; with response to Stewart. 23 Apr 1941 - 09 Jun 1941