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

Reference code: CHAR 20/59

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Aug 1941 - Dec 1942


The majority of material in this file dates to 1942.

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CHAR 20/59/1-10 Correspondence between Henry Nimmo, Chief Engineering Inspector, Electricity Commission, John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air], [?] Reginald Maudling [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air] and WSC on Nimmo's suggestion that German electricity generating stations would be prime targets for bombers. 31 Jul 1942 - 05 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/59/11-14 Telegram from Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to Roosevelt] for WSC on information from Madrid [Spain] on allegations that Montagu Norman [Governor, Bank of England] and the United States are establishing contacts for exploring peace with Germany; with messages from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC and Hopkins on the falsity of the story, and covering letter to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] by Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to Eden]. 25 Jul 1942 - 07 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/59/15-17 Letter from 3rd Lord O'Hagan to Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Ralph Verney apologising for making notes during secret session; with notes between Verney and Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]. 29 Apr 1942 - 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/59/18-25 Letters [with transcripts] from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith], to WSC advising on appointments: on making better use of General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India], Sir Frederick Leith-Ross [Chief Economic Adviser to the Government], Stafford Cripps and Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of State, Middle East, later 1st Lord Chandos]; with acknowledgements. 26 Jan 1942 - 05 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/59/26-37 Correspondence between Sir Earle Page [Special Australian Envoy to War Cabinet] and WSC on the former's recent illness, an invitation to dine at Downing Street and on WSC's assistance during negotiations on behalf of Australia; includes by John Martin, Francis Brown and Edith Watson [Private Secretaries to WSC] and Joseph Garner [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs]. 13 May 1942 - 23 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/59/38-40 Letters from Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Paget [Commander- in-Chief, Home Forces] to WSC thanking him for his hospitality at Chequers [Buckinghamshire]; with covering note by Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC]. 01 Nov 1942 - 05 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/59/41-42 Copy of telegram from General George Marshall [United States Chief of Staff] to Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Paget [Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces] thanking him for his hospitality during his visit to Salisbury Plain [Wiltshire]; with covering note to WSC by Lieutenant- General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC]. 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/59/43 Filing note on Brigadier-General George Paynter: "see 1944". 1942
CHAR 20/59/44 Message from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, passing on a request from William Godfrey [Apostolic Delegate to Britain] asking WSC to send a telegram to the Pope on his Jubilee. 11 May 1942
CHAR 20/59/45-47 Letter from Osbert Peake [Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, later 1st Lord Ingleby] to WSC, quoting a passage of Burke; with acknowledgement. 18 Feb 1942 - 01 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/59/48-57 Letter from Rear-Admiral Ross McIntire, Surgeon General, United States Navy, to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] introducing Captain John Poppen, representative of the United States Naval Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; referred by Martin and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air, Sir Charles Wilson [President, Royal College of Physicians, later 1st Lord Moran]; 1st Lord Cherwell [Personal Assistant to WSC, earlier F A Lindemann], Group-Captain Geoffrey Keynes, with replies. 18 Jan 1942 - 03 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/59/58-65 Letter from "Edward" [Lord Halifax, British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC on writing to Margaret Purvis with condolences on the death of her husband Arthur Purvis [late Chairman, British Supply Council in the United States] and to Miss Brady, his secretary, praising her work for the Supply Council; also includes draft letters of condolence from WSC with Margaret Purvis's reply, and notes by Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC and Robert Burns [Private Secretary to Minister of Supply]. 29 Aug 1941 - 28 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/59/66-69 Letters from [James] Moir Mackenzie, Federation of British Industries, to Leslie Rowan and Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Private Secretary and Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] on arranging a visit to the House of Commons for Margaret Purvis [widow of Arthur Purvis, late Chairman, British Supply Council in the United States]; includes reply and note from Rowan to Harvie-Watt. 21 Jul 1942 - 07 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/59/70-71 Letter from 1st Lord Portal, Minister of Works and Planning, to WSC requesting permission to visit the United States to institute a new allocations system; annotated by WSC with note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 02 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/59/72-73 Note from "J S" [? 1st Lord Simon, Lord Chancellor] to WSC with poem on a speech by Captain Alec Cunningham- Reid in the House of Commons; includes filing note. 29 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/59/74-75 Letter from 1st Lord Rankeillour [earlier James Hope] to WSC enquiring whether Egypt could be flooded deliberately, and the Gulf of Akaba used for communications with Syria and Palestine; with acknowledgement by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]. 27 Jun 1942 - 02 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/59/76-82 Letter from Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond, Master, Downing College, Cambridge, to WSC on the threat to Trincomalee [Ceylon, later Sri Lanka] and need to improve its defences; also includes note to Richmond by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], notes by Colonel Leslie Hollis [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and WSC, and draft reply from WSC explaining that Trincomalee must be defended by British troops rather than Dutch, Australian or New Zealanders. 11 Feb 1942 - 28 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/59/83-98 Text of speech by David Robertson to Communist Party mass meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow [Scotland], on establishing a Second Front in Europe and improving production for the Front by copying the Soviet Emulation Movement, with note of Party resolutions; includes second copy and covering letters from Robertson to Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of Production, later 1st Lord Chandos], WSC and Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]. 31 May 1942 - 08 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/59/99 Registry slip for letter [not present] from Sir Malcolm Robertson. Aug 1944
CHAR 20/59/100-106 Letter from John Ryle, Regius Professor of Physic, Cambridge University, to WSC on a campaign to boost national morale, output and the Home Front and also advice allegedly given to a special constable not to retaliate in case of invasion, with reply by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]; letter forwarded by Peck to Arthur Poynton [Private Secretary to Minister of Supply and Minister of Production] and Henry Strutt [Principal Private Secretary to Home Secretary], with replies by Peter Hayman [Assistant Private Secretary to Home Secretary] and Poynton; with poster for measuring ammunition production. 14 Mar 1942 - 07 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/59/107-112 Telegrams between Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, WSC and King George VI exchanging Christmas greetings and welcoming WSC's return [from Washington, January 1942]. 25 Dec 1941 - 25 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/59/113-114 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] passing on WSC's thanks for the King's message [see CHAR 20/59/111]; also includes letter from Sir Alan Lascelles [Assistant Private Secretary to King George VI] to Martin, acknowledging his letter and welcoming them back to Britain [from the United States]. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/59/115-125 Letters and telegram from King George VI to WSC congratulating him on successful talks with Stalin [at Moscow, Soviet Union] and inviting him to Balmoral [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]; with replies and letters between Sir Alan Lascelles [Assistant Private Secretary to the King], Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to the King], Francis Brown and John Martin [Private Secretaries to WSC]. 17 Aug 1942 - 25 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/59/126-130 Letter from King George VI to WSC congratulating him on the success of the 8th Army in Egypt [at El Alamein]; with WSC's reply on the value of the King's support and the progress of "Torch" [codename for the Allied invasion of North West Africa] and notes by John Martin and Francis Brown [Private Secretaries to WSC] ascertaining that the King's letter will not be published. 05 Nov 1942 - 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/59/131-134 Letter from King George VI to WSC thanking him for lending him both the speech [? 10 December, "Admiral Darlan and the North African Landings"] on French politics and a letter from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] and also sympathizing over WSC's concerns over [the failure to capture] Tunisia; includes filing notes. 30 Dec 1942