Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence L - M.

Reference code: CHAR 20/6A-B

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Date: Jan 1940 - Jan 1941

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CHAR 20/6A/1-3 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC with the address of Sir John Lavery in Dublin [Ireland], annotated by WSC "All good wishes Winston", also draft telegram with the same message; with telegram of thanks from Sir John Lavery. 04 Oct 1940 - 11 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/6A/4-5 Deciphered personal message from Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] to the Secretary of State for War [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] suggesting air forces are already over- depleted following air losses at Gallabat [Sudan] and the action which has been planned would be crazy; also includes filing note. 09 Nov 1940 - 10 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/6 Draft telegram from Anthony Eden [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Avon] to Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] reassuring him that the planned military action following Gallabat [Sudan] is the best way of balancing conflicting demands. 12 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/7 Draft telegram from WSC to Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] reprimanding him for describing policy decisions made by the War Cabinet as "completely crazy", initialled. 12 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/8 Note from "H" [Lord Halifax, Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC advising that as the telegram sent by Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] was personal and not intended for circulation WSC should not interfere; annotated by WSC asking for his message to be sent: "nothing cd be milder or more well merited than my rebuke". 13 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/9 Letter from L Reed, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] to the Private Secretary to Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] enclosing Eden's reply to Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn]. 16 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/10-11 Letter from Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] to WSC apologising, particularly as he was proved wrong by subsequent events in Egypt and Greece; discusses his local situation with Egyptian leaders Hassan Sabri, Hussein Sirri and King Farouk. 09 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6A/12 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking for a telegram to be sent to Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] from WSC thanking him for his letter. 26 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6A/13-17 Letter from Oliver Locker-Lampson to [John Colville], Private Secretary to WSC apologising for a misunderstanding over his appointment to see Colville about anti-Nazi cartoons and leaflets he had had printed; refers to personal financial contribution to the war effort; with copy and note by Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization]. 03 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/18-20 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Oliver Locker-Lampson arranging for him to see Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization]; with letter from WSC to Sir Douglas Hacking asking him to report back afterwards. 04 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/21 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization] enclosing Oliver Locker-Lampson's leaflets. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/22 Note from [?] G Barker to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] conveying a message from the House of Commons that WSC "wants to see Lord Marchwood [1st Lord Marchwood, Honorary Treasurer, Conservative Party, earlier Frederick Penny] on Oliver Locker-Lampson's behalf". 04 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/23 Note from [?] G Barker to Charles Harris [Office of the Chief Whip] commenting on Oliver Locker-Lampson's strange behaviour. 04 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/24 Memorandum from Leo Amery to WSC asking him to intervene with 1st Lord Marchwood [Honorary Treasurer, Conservative Party, earlier Frederick Penny] and Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization] on behalf of Oliver Locker-Lampson, annotated by WSC. 04 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/25 Telegram from Oliver Locker-Lampson to WSC thanking him for his help. 05 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/26 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC arranging a meeting with Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization]; annotated "P M saw Sir D Hacking today". 06 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/27 Letter from Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization] to John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] agreeing with WSC that they cannot help Oliver Locker-Lampson. 07 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/28 Letter from Oliver Locker-Lampson to WSC expressing disappointment following his meeting with Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization] whom he found offensive. 12 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/29-32 Administrative letters between John Colville, Eric Seal [Private Secretary and Principal Private Secretary to WSC], [Henry] David Margesson [Government Chief Whip] and WSC on how to deal with Oliver Locker-Lampson whom Colville describes as "unbalanced". 13 Nov 1940- 20 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/33 Letter from [?] John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Oliver Locker-Lampson returning his leaflets. 20 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/34 Letter from WSC to Oliver Locker-Lampson regretting any dissatisfaction with the interview with Sir Douglas Hacking [Chairman, Conservative Party Organization] and proposing the matter be considered closed. [Copy]. 25 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/35-37 Letter from "Circe" [Edith, Lady Londonderry] to WSC asking him to arrange permits for relatives to come over to Northern Ireland for a family wedding between her daughter Lady Mairi Vane-Tempest-Stewart [later Mairi, Lady Bury] and Derek Keppel [Lord Bury]. [Typescript copy; see CHAR 20/6A/40 - 41 for manuscript original]. 08 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/38-39 Note from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC advising it would be both politically and socially inadvisable for permits to be granted to Edith, Lady Londonderry's guests. 25 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/40-41 Manuscript original of CHAR 20/6A/35 - 37 ; annotated by WSC "Who is it. Mrs. C [CSC] might know". 18 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/42-44 Administrative note by Grace Hamblin [Private Secretary to CSC] arranging for draft telegram to be sent to Edith, Lady Londonderry explaining that exceptions cannot be made to the permit regulations; with draft reply by WSC, annotated by CSC with a personal message. 27 Nov 1940 - 28 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/45 List of WSC's Private Secretaries: Eric Seal, John Martin, John Peck and John Colville, drawn up by Anthony Bevir. 08 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/46 Letter from Sir Rupert Howorth [Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] on an article to be published by 7th Lord Londonderry [former Secretary of State for Air, earlier Lord Castlereagh] on his pre-war warnings to the Government on superiority of German air power which were ignored; asks if WSC will allow the Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] to intervene. 07 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6A/47 Letter from 1st Lord Lloyd to WSC regretting having had to decline a lunch appointment. 31 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/6A/48 Letter from Geoffrey Lloyd [later Geoffrey Geoffrey-Lloyd] to WSC thanking him for his hospitality on Lloyd's first visit to Chequers [Buckinghamshire]. 12 Apr [1940]
CHAR 20/6A/49-52 Letter from Field-Marshal 1st Lord Birdwood to Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] recommending Major R M Lloyd and asking if useful employment can be found for him in a government department; with registry note, covering letter from [?] Arthur Rucker, [Private Secretary to Chamberlain] to [Edwin] Alan Hitchman [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Labour and National Service] asking if there are any vacancies there, and a letter to Birdwood thanking him for his letter. 26 Jan 1940 - 28 Jan 1940
CHAR 20/6A/53-55 Notes on the sale of Defence Bonds in the Colonies detailing the sales procedure of Bond Books being sent to each colony, which in turn would issue the bonds to itself then sell them on to the local public, thereby avoiding the 1000 pounds limit. [Typescript carbon] [no indication of authorship]. [1940]
CHAR 20/6A/56-62 Letter from R M Lloyd [Secretary of the British Expeditionary Force Wireless Entertainments Company] to Arthur Rucker [Private Secretary to Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister] seeking employment as his contract is ending, with memorandum on types of programmes for, and styles of broadcasting to, troops on active service. [Typescript originals and copies]. 31 Jan 1940
CHAR 20/6A/63-66 Correspondence between John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister], [Edwin] Alan Hinchman [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Labour and National Service], Field-Marshal 1st Lord Birdwood and Arthur Rucker [Private Secretary to Chamberlain] on employment for R M Lloyd. 01 Feb 1940- 19 Feb 1940
CHAR 20/6A/67-70 Letter from R M Lloyd to WSC enquiring about employment, enclosing a curriculum vitae and references from Field-Marshal 1st Lord Birdwood, Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones and 1st Lord Willingdon [earlier Freeman Freeman-Thomas]. 29 May 1940
CHAR 20/6A/71-72 Note from E H [Appleyard] [Secretary to WSC] to [Eric] Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing draft letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to R M Lloyd on possible employment with the National Savings Committee, following correspondence with Sir Kingsley Wood [Chancellor of the Exchequer]. [Carbon]. May 1940 - Jun 1940
CHAR 20/6A/73 Letter from R M Lloyd to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] declining the offer of a post in the National Savings Committee and asking if WSC could arrange a commission as major in the AMPS. [Manuscript]. 17 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/6A/74 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to R M Lloyd informing him that WSC is unable to involve himself further in Lloyd's search for a job. 19 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/6A/75 Letter from "George L", 1st Lord Lloyd to WSC congratulating him on his handling of the Altmark affair; annotated by WSC to send thanks. 20 Feb 1940
CHAR 20/6A/76 Letter from 1st Lord Lloyd to WSC admiring a recent speech [? 4 July, on destruction of the French fleet]. 05 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/6A/77-79 Letter from Pamela, Lady Lytton [earlier Pamela Plowden] to WSC asking if a place could be found in broadcasting at the BBC for her husband 2nd Lord Lytton; with filing note. [Copy]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/6A/80 Letter from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC on finding employment for 2nd Lord Lytton: possible role as Chairman in reorganisation of the British Council which shares functions of Ministry of Information; suggests giving it authority over the arts to improve British cultural projects such as state-subsidised orchestras to compare with German operas. [Copy]. 22 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/6A/81 Memorandum from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on suggestions by [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich] for the Arts: "I believe the idea of state-aided and directed "culture" is abhorrent to most Englishmen"; noted as seen by WSC and minuted "Put by". [Copy]. 22 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/6A/82-83 Letter from 2nd Lord Lytton [Chairman, Foreign Office Council of Aliens] to WSC requesting an interview for a deputation from Parliament on the Far East; emphasizes they do not intend to criticize the Government decision to close the Burma Road, although they do not agree with it, but want to discuss constructive ways ahead; reply from WSC thanking Lytton for his committee work with aliens but regrets the Far East is Foreign Office business. 01 Aug 1940- 02 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/6A/84-87 Letter from Pamela, Lady Lytton [earlier Pamela Plowden] to WSC on personal matters, discusses films shown, particularly one of her husband 2nd Lord Lytton [former Chairman, League of Nations Mission to Manchuria, China] talking on his Manchurian Commission. [Manuscript with typescript copy]. [1940]
CHAR 20/6A/88-94 Correspondence circulating a letter [missing] from Sir Murdoch MacDonald to WSC suggesting that a "very earnest attempt be made to wipe up the Italians in Eritrea, Abyssinia and Italian Somaliland" [later Ethiopia and Somalia]; letters from Stewart Edwards and Vernon Bovenizer [Principal Private Secretary and Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War], Anthony Bevir and John Peck [Private Secretary and Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]. 16 Jul 1940 - 05 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/6B/95-101 Memorandum and covering letter from Sir Ian Malcolm to WSC on the dangers of allowing old men to decide policy without the advice of the young; the failure of the Treaty of Versailles, and warns against rushing into a final settlement of government for India; annotated that copies also sent to Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] and the Editor of The Times [Geoffrey Dawson], marked not for publication. Sep 1940
CHAR 20/6B/102 Personal minute M 280 from WSC to Sir James Grigg [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War] asking him to reprimand Lieutenant-General Gordon Macready, Assistant Chief of Imperial General Staff, for using disrespectful expressions about the Minister of Defence [WSC] "even when that Minister's handwriting was not entirely plain"; initialled. 07 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/103-105 Memorandum from Sir James Grigg [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War] to WSC conveying Lieutenant-General Gordon Macready's apologies; annotated by WSC, with notes by Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] and from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Nicholas Morrison [War Office]. 16 Nov 1940 - 17 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/106-110 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil L'Estrange Malone to WSC seeking employment; with filing note and notes by Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] and John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] sending particulars to Magdalene Stenhouse [Secretary to WSC] and 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Aircraft Production, earlier Max Aitken]. 14 May 1940 - 23 May 1940
CHAR 20/6B/111-114 Letter from Leah L'Estrange Malone to WSC asking for a position for her husband [Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil L'Estrange Malone] in the RNVR or the Fleet Air Arm; notes by John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Bernard Sendall [Additional Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty]. 31 Jul 1940 - 07 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/6B/115 Personal minute D 34 from WSC to Major-General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] requesting that employment be found in the Home Guard for the 10th Duke of Marlborough [earlier Lord Blandford] following the retirement of General Sir William Ironside; also suggests the cavalry regiment currently at Shorncliffe [Kent] be sent to train at Newmarket racecourse [Suffolk]. 20 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/6B/116-118 Note from CSC to John Martin, Private Secretary to WSC, asking for help over an enclosed memorandum [missing] from [? Mary], Duchess of Marlborough on the shocking insanitary conditions at No. 14 General Military Hospital in Oxford; with reply from Martin referring the matter to the War Office. 17 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/119-122 Correspondence on fine of 100 pounds imposed on Mr Leighton- Morris for removing a bomb from a flat in Jermyn Street [London] in defiance of police instructions; letters between Kathleen Hill, Eric Seal, John Martin and Anthony Bevir [Secretary, Principal Private Secretary and Private Secretaries to WSC], and [Henry] Austin Strutt [Private Secretary to the Home Secretary]. 09 Nov 1940 - 13 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/123-124 Personal Minute M 304 from WSC to the Home Secretary [Herbert Morrison] advising that WSC had thought of awarding the George Medal for bravery to Leighton-Morris, in response to Josiah Wedgwood's Private Notice Question in the House of Commons. [Typescript and printed extract from Hansard]. 13 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/125-126 Letters from Philip Allen [Assistant Private Secretary to the Home Secretary] and Jennifer Williams [Home Office] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] explaining that Leighton-Morris acted in defiance of police instructions and possibly under the influence of alcohol and his intervention endangered a greater number of people. 14 Nov 1940 - 16 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/127 Draft press release on the Leighton-Morris case giving the circumstances of the incident and remitting the fine from 100 pounds to 5 pounds. [16 Nov 1940]
CHAR 20/6B/128-167 Memorandum from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on request for an interview from 1st Lord Maugham [former Lord Chancellor] on his book, "Lies and Allies or Hitler at War", on German aggression in Europe; deals with each invaded country in turn, quoting from Hitler's publications to demonstrate a deliberate policy [with enclosed draft chapter and conclusion from the book and filing note]. 23 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/168 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Ralph Stevenson [Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking whether 1st Lord Maugham had received any official encouragement from R B Bennett [? Richard Bennett, former Prime Minister of Canada] and the Foreign Office for his book ["Lies and Allies or Hitler at War"]. 26 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/169-170 Letter from Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] explaining that 11th Lord Lothian [late British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] was to arrange for publication of 1st Lord Maugham's book "Lies and Allies or Hitler at War" in the United States; following his death, Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] had agreed to forward it to Washington in the diplomatic bag; advises that WSC should not write a foreword; also includes filing note. 27 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/171-173 Letter from 1st Lord Maugham to WSC asking him for a short foreword to his book "Lies and Allies or Hitler at War" which is intended to raise awareness in the United States of facts about Hitler; with memorandum by Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] annotated by WSC saying he cannot write foreword. 27 Dec 1940 - 31 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/174-177 Administrative notes from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on a dictated reply to 1st Lord Maugham, returning his manuscript and declining to write the foreword; with letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] advising him of the decision. 30 Dec 1940 - 05 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/6B/178 1st Lord Maugham's calling card, annotated. Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/179 Pamphlet "Lies as Allies or Hitler at War" by 1st Lord Maugham [Oxford University Press, 1941]. Jan 1941
CHAR 20/6B/180-182 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore to WSC on international law stating that belligerent ships may seek refuge in neutral ports, so British ships of war should put into Irish ports thus allowing the local population to grow accustomed to British sailors and their spending power; also that in view of Greek defiance of the Axis powers Britain should offer Greece the reward of dominion status, for "nothing would arouse greater gratitude and enthusiasm amongst the Greek civilians and fighting men"; annotated by WSC; with acknowledgement and note. 02 Dec 1940- 05 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/183 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore to WSC with suggestions for "commonwealth of free peoples" with the British Empire as its focus, to be promoted after the war; intends this to counteract the inevitable swing of opinion against Britain which he feels will follow Britain's winning of the war. 14 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/184-185 Memorandum from Edith Watson to John Martin [Private Secretaries to WSC] suggesting there is no need for WSC to see Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore's most recent letter; with letter of thanks from Edith Watson to Moore. 16 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/6B/186 Letter from Herbert Morrison, Home Secretary, to WSC thanking him for his letter and approval of his speech [of 21 November]. [Manuscript]. 21 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/6B/187 Letter from WSC to Herbert Morrison [Home Secretary] congratulating him on his remarks [made in Parliament] about Italy, and his response to Joseph Kennedy [United States Ambassador to Britain]. 21 Nov 1940