Official: Prime Minister: Correspondence (copies).

Reference code: CHAR 20/94A-B

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Date: Jul 1943 - Dec 1943

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CHAR 20/94A/1 Folder marked "July 1943" Manuscript. Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/2 Letter from WSC to Lady Hester Bourne (Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party) accepting her resignation and thanking her for her services to the party Signed. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/3 Letter from WSC to Sir Samuel George Joseph the Lord Mayor of London thanking him for the great honour done to him at the Guildhall and the Mansion House on June 30th [Freedom of the City of London]. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/4 Letter from WSC to Jean Maisky [Soviet Union Ambassador in London] thanking him for his letter congratulating him on receiving the Freedom of the City of London. Signed. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/5 Letter from WSC to Squadron Leader R H Holland thanking him for sending the operational records of the 615 Squadron from October 1942 to May 1943 stating his grief for the losses to the squadron and at the news of the Commanding Officer's capture Signed. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/6 Letter from WSC to A Stirling Calder thanking him for the kind words he had written about him and stating that he looked forward to receiving the photographs of the bust and hoped to see it on his next visit to the United States Signed. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/7 Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Renwick marked "Secret" stating: that it has just a year since he charged him to make and distribute H2S instruments [device to guide bombers using ultra short waves] into the service as soon as possible and that now 2 squadrons had been fitted and that there were now 700 instruments; that this apparatus had increased the accuracy of bombing: that it will become more important as the radius of operations is extended; that its later developments Fishpond and A G L I will reduce bomber losses and that he was anxious that he should speed up the improved H2S at all costs Signature in typescript. Copy. 04 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/8 Letter from WSC to Lieutenant Colonel J B J Macnamara [Conservative MP for Chelmsford, Essex] thanking him for his letter regarding the 1939-43 Star and stating that when the Star is made public he will see how carefully all these matters have been considered Signed. 04 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/9 Letter from WSC to A H E Molson [Conservative MP for High Peak, Derbyshire] thanking him for his letter regarding the 1939-43 Star and stating that when the Star is made public he will see how carefully all these matters have been considered Signed. 04 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/10 Letter from WSC to Herbert Evatt [Attorney General and Minister for External Affairs, Australia] thanking him for the gift of a stuffed Duck-billed Platypus called "Splash" and a book about its life and habits given on behalf of the people of Australia Initialled. 05 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/11 Letter from WSC to Professor Harold Laski [Professor of Political Science at the University of London] thanking him for his letter and stating that although in his speech at the Guildhall referred only to the wrongs Hitler had inflicted upon the people of the Sovereign States he never forgets the sufferings of the Jews and is constantly thinking of ways in which he can alleviate them Initialled. 05 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/12 Letter from WSC to Madame Sikorski [Wife of General Sikorski, Polish Prime Minister in exile in London] of condolence at the death of her husband and daughter on their way back from their visit to the Middle East Initialled. 05 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/13 Letter from WSC to Thelma Cazalet Keir [Conservative MP for East Islington, London] of condolence at the death of her brother Victor Cazalet. Signed. 06 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/14 Letter from WSC to James Fitzalan Hope Lord thanking him for his letter concerning the possible bombing of Rome stating that these questions will be given due consideration. Signed. 08 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/15 Letter from WSC to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Sir Edward Stanley] declining his invitation to make two speeches, stating that he finds speeches a great burden and that he must reserve himself for an official farewell dinner for Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] and suggests that Lord Cranborne [earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords] would make a good government speaker Initialled. 12 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/16 Letter from WSC to Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] regarding his accommodation in London before taking up his Viceroyalty and suggesting that rather than taking a suite at the Dorchester Hotel, the government would take a suitable flat for him Signed. 12 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/17 Letter from WSC to the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] marked "Private" apologising for his jocular comment about King Peter's marriage and stating that in his opinion the union between the Yugoslav and Greek Royal Houses was not unfavourable to British interests in the Balkans Signed. 12 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/18 Letter from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [Minister of Aircraft Production] to urge him to take a week's holiday due to illhealth Signed. 13 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/19 Letter from WSC to General Dwight Eisenhower [Allied Commander in Chief of North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] congratulating him on his decision to introduce as obligatory practice the printing of both the names and numbers of the various aircraft and suggests; that "aircraft" and "airfield" are used instead of "aeroplane" and "aerodrome" and that the difference between "airfield" and "airport" should be that "airfield" is an ordinary station and that "airport" receives long distance or overseas traffic Signed. 13 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/20 Letter from WSC to the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] marked "Private" informing him that he has just read his paper on United States policy towards France and that he will send him a copy of his own paper on this subject and stating that both their points of view will have to be placed before the Cabinet and suggesting that their papers could be circulated tomorrow around the War Cabinet and to the leader of the Liberal Party [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso]. Signed. 13 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/21-22 Letter from WSC to Lord Simon [earlier Sir John Simon] agreeing with his proposal that Roland Oliver should become Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry into detention camps and asks him to invite Oliver to undertake this duty and encloses a copy of the terms of reference [See CHAR 20/94A/26]. Signature in typescript. 14 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/23 Letter from WSC to William Louis Anderson Bishop of Portsmouth stating: that due to the death of a soldier undergoing detention at Chatham detention barracks by two non-commissioned officers the government has decided to hold an independent inquiry in which he would like him to assist; that this inquiry will be chaired by a high court judge; that he has approached Justice Oliver and will also be inviting [1st] Lord Moran [earlier Sir Charles Wilson] (President of the Royal College of Physicians) and encloses a copy of the terms of reference [See CHAR 20/94A/26] Signature in typescript. 14 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/24 Letter from WSC to Lord Moran [earlier Sir Charles Wilson] [President of the Royal College of Physicians] stating: that due to the death of a soldier undergoing detention at Chatham detention barracks by two non-commissioned officers the government has decided to hold an independent inquiry with which he would like him to assist; that this inquiry will be chaired by Justice Oliver and that he would also be inviting William Louis Anderson bishop of Portsmouth to attend and encloses a copy of the terms of reference [See CHAR 20/94A/26] Signature in typescript. 14 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/25 Letter from WSC to Arthur Groom Parham, Bishop Suffragan of Reading, stating: that due to the death of a soldier undergoing detention at Chatham detention barracks by two non-commissioned officers the government has decided to hold an independent inquiry with which he would like him to assist; that this inquiry will be chaired by Justice Oliver and that the other member will be Lord Moran [earlier Sir Charles Wilson] and encloses a copy of the terms of reference [see CHAR/94A/26]. Signed. 16 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/26 Terms of reference for the independent inquiry into detention camps stating that the inquiry will report on the treatment of men under sentence in Naval and Military Prisons in Britain and whether they are in accordance with modern standards and that the investigation will cover the administration and supervision of discipline, training, medical care, welfare, accommodation, feeding and staff suitability. See also CHAR 20/94A/21-25. Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/27 Letter from WSC to Sir Walter Thomas Layton [Chairman of News Chronicle LTD] informing him, of his surprise at him having published the insulting Gallup Poll "Who's winning the war anyway?" featured in the News Chronicle stating that it will arm those hostile to Britain in the United States and claims "this is one of the worst things that has happened in the newspaper world since the war began" Signed. Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/28 Letter from WSC to King George VI returning his recent letter and informing him that he will discuss the matter at lunch on Tuesday Signed. 18 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/29 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Wedgwood thanking him for his letter concerning the safety of the Western approaches and the war and the South African native Initialled. 18 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/30 Letter from WSC to Mrs Somerset Maxwell asking her to become the successor to Lady Hestor Bourne as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party stating that he would appreciate her help in arousing women's support for the party and in "directing our work as it affects women" Initialled in typescript. 19 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/31 Letter from WSC to Sir Eustace Pulbrook [Chairman of Lloyds] thanking him for his recent letter Signed. 19 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/32 Letter from WSC to [6th] Lord Winterton [earlier Edward Turnour, Government representative on inter-governmental Committee on refugees] regarding his recent letter about cottages for agricultural workers informing him that he has discussed the matter with Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] the Lord President of the Council who is willing to see him at a convenient time. Signature in typescript. Annotated: "Of course I can always see you if you wish. But L P knows the whole story". 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/33-34 Letter from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air] marked "Secret" stating: that he hopes that he is not refusing to allow the War Cabinet to inquire into the use of manpower in the Royal Air Force; that a similar examination has already been carried out about eight months ago; that he has received a letter from A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough, the First Lord of the Admiralty] saying that the Admiralty would welcome an inquiry on this matter; that the committee are not doing his job for him, they are merely reporting to the War Cabinet; that if he wished the matter to be brought before the War Cabinet as a definite issue and that this did not mean that he had lost confidence in his ability to administer but that the needs of other departments had to be considered Signed. Annotated: "P S If you would prefer not to be a member of the Committee that can be arranged. But I thought my proposal wd be more agreeable to you". 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/35 Letter from John Martin [WSC's Private Secretary] to Major General Richard Henry Dewing marked "Private and secret" enclosing a copy of WSC's letter to General MacArthur [Commander in Chief Philippines; Supreme Commander S W Pacific see CHAR 20/94A/36-38]. 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/36-38 Letter from WSC to General Douglas MacArthur [Commander in Chief Philippines; Supreme Commander S W Pacific] marked "Private and secret" stating: that he was pleased to hear from General Richard Henry Dewing of his views about the Pacific situation and wished that they could be in closer contact; that he believes the process of ejecting the Japanese will be long and painful; that at their next meeting he will ask President Roosevelt and his staff to discuss the whole policy of the final combined attack upon Japan; that only a portion of Britain's military forces could be sent to the Far East due to lack of shipping; that if the operations continue to be successful and neutralise or destroy the Italian fleet then a powerful Eastern British fleet could exist in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal; that he believes that once Marshal Stalin has been relieved of the pressure of German Army he will most likely wage war against Japan which would open up the possibility of an air attack and congratulates him on the progress he is making against the Japanese Signature in typescript. 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/39-40 Copy of CHAR 20/94A/38. 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/41 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Horder [earlier Thomas Jeeves] thanking him for informing him about the health of Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] and agreeing that he should be encouraged to take a break Signed. 21 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/42 Letter from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air] marked "Secret" informing him that he will have the reference amended by the substitution for the previous form of the words "to enquire into" and will add Sir William Jowitt the Paymaster General to the Committee. He also stresses that the war office and the Admiralty are equally liable to cabinet enquiries and that there is nothing invidious in the Air Ministry being the first to come under scrutiny. Initialled. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/43 Letter from WSC to Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz [President of Poland] thanking him for his letter which thanked him and King George VI for their respect and sympathy to Poland on the death of their Prime Minister General Wladyslaw Sikorski. Signed. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/44 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Chatfield [ealier Sir Alfred Chatfield inviting him to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum for the term of seven years, the vacancy being due to the resignation of Admiral Tyrwhitt Signed. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/45-47 Letter from WSC to Colonel Henry Stimson [Secretary for War United States] marked "Most secret" stating that he had already mentioned his concern at the news of the withdrawal of two American Army Liberators Squadrons stationed in England and engaged in anti U boat war and that he had hoped that they would be joined by four more; that the United States Army and Navy have come to an agreement whereby the navy will assume sole responsibility for the anti U boat war which he believes will ruin Britain's prospects for beating the U boats decisively during the next few months; that he hoped that the American Navy would take over sole responsibility in all other spheres before doing so in the Eastern Atlantic and that the two army squadrons would continue with coastal command and that they would be backed up by four other army squadrons which would belong to General Eaker's Eighth Air Force [United States Army] and that all these points should be conveyed to the United States authorities Signed. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/48 Letter from WSC to Sir Percy Alfred Harris thanking him for his recent letter concerning his impressions of Canada and the United States Signed. 23 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/49 Letter from WSC to General Eaker [Commanding General of the United States Eighth Bomber Command] marked "Secret" inviting him to attend meetings of the Anti U boat Warfare Committee, held at regular intervals under his chairmanship in order to give them the advantage of his knowledge of the work done by the squadrons of the Eighth United States Air Force operating in the U boat war and informing him that Averell Harriman and Admiral Harold Stark attend these meetings Signed. 23 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/50 Letter from WSC to Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] informing him that the government will pay the £21 rent for his flat at The Dorchester Hotel until his departure for India Signed. 23 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/51 Letter from WSC to Ormond A Blyth (Chairman of the Devonshire Club) informing him that he would be delighted to be present at the Devonshire Club to accept his portrait painted by Frank Salisbury Signed. 23 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/52 Letter from WSC to Mr W Averell Harriman stating: that in Washington [United States] he had agreed to accept 2000 American tanks but that this would involve a cut in the Centaur programme of 1000 but since returning has decided to accept only 1000 tanks which would still cut the Centaur programme in 1944 by 700 and that in return he is asking him to accelerate the delivery of the special purpose machine tool to be used for the meteor engine programme which will speed the build up of the Cromwell tanks Signed. 23 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/53 Letter from WSC to Captain G S Elliston [Conservative MP for Blackburn, Lancashire] thanking him for the official report of the proceedings in the Guildhall on June 30 Signed. 25 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/54-55 Letter from WSC to Sir Andrew Duncan [Liberal Nationalist MP for the City of London] marked "Private" suggesting: that the Joint Parliamentary Under Secretary should act as his lieutenant with full authority over the whole of the tank organisation as far as the ministry of supply is concerned and be given a free hand to improve conditions in the branch which they had agreed was not successful; that Micklem should remain for the present and should continue to preside over the tank board; that the Joint Parliamentary Under Secretary should preside over the Ministry of Supply team and that he should represent him and the Ministry of Supply on a high level contact with General Weeks [Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff] Signed. 25 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/56 Copy of a letter from WSC to Queen [Elizabeth, wife of George V] enclosing a copy of a minute [not present] from the Lord Chancellor [1st Lord Simon] and noting that the Lord Chancellor is not in favour of a change to the Regency Act, although he thinks that legislation ought to be passed to allow Princess Elizabeth [later Queen Elizabeth II] to act as a Counsellor of State on reaching the age of 18. Typescript carbon, unsigned. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/57 Letter from WSC to Canon H C Robins informing him that King George VI has approved his appointment to the Deanery of Salisbury Signed. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/58 Letter from WSC to Bobbety [Lord Cranborne, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury] asking him, with the help of his committee, to formulate a list of the key issues on post-war civil aviation which will require a decision Initialled in typescript. Copy. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/59 Letter from WSC to Lord Munster [earlier Sir Geoffrey FitzClarence, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for India and Burma] thanking him for his letter, apologising and stating that he understands Signed. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/60 Letter from WSC to Ormond Blyth [Chairman of the Denvonshire Club] thanking him for the presentation of a portrait [See CHAR 20/94A/51]. 29 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/61 Letter from WSC to the Provost of Bradford informing him that King George VI has approved his appointment as Bishop Suffragan of Middleton [Lancashire] Signed. 29 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/62 Letter from WSC to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands inviting her to dine with him and CSC at Downing Street on the 3 August in order to discuss the important questions which she has raised Signed. 29 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/63 Letter from WSC to Sir Henry Tizard [a Development Commissioner] advising him to accept the invitation which he received through Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] to go to Australia for 3 months Signed. 30 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/64 Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] informing him that he has advised Sir Henry Tizard [a Development Commissioner] to accept the invitation to go to Australia for 3 months [see CHAR 20/94A/63] Signed. 30 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/65 Letter from WSC to Sir John Wardlaw-Milne [Unionist MP for Kidderminster, Worcestershire] enclosing a reply prepared by the Minister of Production and the Minister of Fuel and Power in answer to his secret memorandum from the select committee on national expenditure, dealing with the coal, gas and electricity industries [not present] Signed. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/66 Letter from WSC to Major General Sir Wyndham Childs to inform him that he has made enquiries at the War Office and at present there are no suitable vacant posts Signed. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/67 Letter from WSC to Ernest Bevin [Minister of Labour and National Service] informing him that A V Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Sir Dudley Pound, Admiral of the Fleet, will make all the arrangements for his visit to the fleet. Signed. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/68 Letter from WSC to Anne Maud the Dowager Duchess of Wellington thanking her for sending a copy of her play The Wife of Wellington" Signed. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/69 Letter from WSC to J S Hill, Lord Mayor of Manchester, thanking him for a recent letter which conveyed that he was now a Freeman of Manchester and that he looks forward to visiting the city for the ceremony at the earliest opportunity. Signature in typescript. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/70 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Bledisloe [earlier Charles Bathurst] informing him that they have not yet finalised any details regarding the proposed inquiry into the decline of the birth rate but assuring him that his qualifications will not be overlooked Signed. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/71 Letter from WSC to Averell Harriman marked "Most secret" stating that he had hoped that the increase in the United States production which followed Britain's increased acceptance would all be 76 mm tanks and that he had hoped that the addition of 1000 would have increased their share which was expected to be 60% of their programme of tanks with 76 mm guns and that now Britain's share of these tanks was now to be a matter of assignment he would have to accept the difficulty of segregating the last 1000 Initialled. 31 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/94A/72 Folder marked "August 1943" Manuscript. Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/73 Letter from WSC to Sir Alfred Johnson [Surgeon to HM Queen Mary] informing him that he regretted not being able to come the other night and that he will arrange another time to come and receive a deputation from the council and fulfil the necessary formalities for his entry into the body and also thanking him for sending him two unpublished volumes by Rudyard Kipling which he hopes he will allow him to present to President Roosevelt in his name Initialled. 01 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/74 Letter from WSC to [7th] Marquess of Londonderry [earlier Lord Castlereagh, Commandant Air Training Corps Northern Ireland] thanking him for his letter suggesting some form of recognition for Colonel John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Derbyshire] on his retirement but states that he is not yet in any position to put forward a definite suggestion Signed. 01 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/75 Letter from WSC to John Barbour [Minister of Finance Northern Ireland] declining his request that a special remainder might be granted giving the rights of his Baronetcy to the sons of his brother Signed. 01 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/76 Letter from WSC to Edward [10th] Duke of Devonshire [earlier Lord Hartington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Colonies] declining his invitation to accept an honorary degree from the University of Leeds stating that it is very difficult to draw distinctions between the many complimentary requests which he receives. Signed. 01 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/77 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Lloyd Greame and Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Minister Resident in West Africa] of condolence at the news that his second son has been reported as missing Signed. 01 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/78 Letter from WSC to H Mikolajczyk marked "Secret" to inform him that he cannot respond to his plea for Britain to intervene in the arrest by the Germans of General Rowecki, the General Officer Commanding the secret army in Poland Initialled. 01 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/79 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Mottistone [earlier John Seely] thanking him for taking the trouble of finding a quotation by Napolean Signed. 02 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/80 Letter from WSC to [1st Lord Rankeillour, earlier James Hope] thanking him for his recent letter Initialled. 02 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/81 Letter from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes stating that he could see very little difference between Varley's Sea Tank and the X Craft to warrant starting up a fresh [production] line and preferred his other suggestion of approaching the United States Navy to see if they would be interested in Varley's Sea Tank. 03 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/82 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Marchwood [earlier Sir Frederick Penny, Honorary Treasurer of the Conservative Party] in reply to his letter regarding the meaning of the word "lend-lease" stating: that its true meaning is not sufficiently known; that it started as a means by which the United States, as a neutral country, gave Britain arms as it deemed its defence vital to their own; that during the war it has developed into one aspect of the general principle of pooling resources so that countries both give and receive to ensure that all resources are efficiently distributed and that measures will shortly be taken to make this matter clearer Signed. 04 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/83 Letter from WSC to Henry Wall the Lord Mayor of Bristol accepting his offer of the Freedom of the City but stressing that it may not be possible for him to come to Bristol to receive this honour before the end of the war Initialled. 04 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/84 Letter from WSC to Sir Thomas Royden informing him that he will take his chairman's name into consideration when preparing his recommendations for the next honours list [Initialled]. 04 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/85 Letter from WSC to King George VI informing him that he will be proud to convey his message to all those concerned in the organization and planning of the invasion and conquest of Sicily and thanking him on their behalf for this "gracious message" Signed. 05 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/86-88 Copy of a letter from WSC to King George VI enclosing a draft of a bill to amend the Regency Act. He explains that the amendments would enable Princess Elizabeth [later Queen Elizabeth II], once she has reached the age of 18, to be included among the Counsellors of State in the event of the King's absence; and would also remove the obligation on the Queen to be a Counsellor of State in the King's absence if she is also absent from the country. WSC explains that if the King approves the bill he sould send a message to the Houses of Parliament recommending review of the provisions for delegating royal functions. Unsigned carbon typescript copy. 04 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/89 Letter from WSC to Captain Alan Hillgarth (British Embassy, Madrid, Spain) [Naval Attache at British Embassy, Spain] thanking him for his secret and personal letter Initialled in typescript. 06 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/90 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Leathers [Minister of War Transport] thanking him for all the arrangements made during his journey Initialled in typescript. 09 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/91 Letter from WSC to Captain J G Bisset thanking him for all the arrangements made during his journey Signed. 09 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/92 Letter from WSC (The Citadel, Quebec, Canada) to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] proposing that the following monthly U boat statements should read "The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, after consultation with the British Admiralty, the United States Navy Department and the Canadian Department of National Defence for Naval Services, have issued the following monthly statement on the progress of the anti U boat war" Initialled in typescript. 11 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/93-94 Letter from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] marked "Most secret" informing him that President Roosevelt is in agreement with the introduction suggested for the monthly U boat statements [see CHAR 20/94A/92] and stating that he will show him the statements officially before submitting them to the United States authorities and that he will arrange for a question in the House of Commons making it clear that the Canadian Government is always consulted in these matters. He informs him that "PQ" is due to arrive on the 17th August, but is anxious that President Roosevelt should have a couple of days fishing before the proceedings start Initialled. 13 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/95-96 Letter from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] marked "Most secret" stating: that as a result of discussions held with the Lord President of the Council in Washington it was decided that draft articles of an agreement to govern collaboration on the "Tube Alloys" [Atom Bomb Research] project should be recommended jointly to President Roosevelt and himself; that these draft articles established a Combined Policy Committee; that given the role Canada is playing in this project he proposes that a Canadian member should be appointed to the committee; that he assumes he is in agreement with him asking President Roosevelt to invite Mr Howe, his suggested representative, to become a member of the committee Initialled. 11 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/97 Letter from WSC (Quebec, Canada) to Sir George Courthorpe [Conservative MP for Rye, Sussex] informing him that he has received his letter regarding the recent statement by the Minister of Agriculture and thanking him for informing him of the feelings of the Conservative Agricultural Committee on this subject Initialled. 14 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/98 Letter from WSC to Sir Roger Keyes, Admiral of the Fleet, marked "Private" stating that he was sorry to receive his letter and understands how he must feel about not having an active role to play but that he stands by his decision and adding that he does not agree that his services have not been recognized Signature in typescript. Copy. 14 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/99 Letter from WSC to Averell Harriman thanking him for his recent letter regarding the latest distribution between different types of gun in the tanks to be allocated to Britain in 1944 and stating that he is glad to see that Britain will be getting the 1,000 105 mm tanks without any reduction in the number of 76 mm tanks and adding how much importance Britain attaches to this latter type Initialled. 15 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/100-101 Letter from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "For you alone" stating: that he believes they should make a renewed final offer to U J [Marshal Stalin] to go to meet him at Fairbanks as soon as the military conference is over; that he is having a copy of the Tube Alloy Memorandum [Atom Bomb Research] made ready for their initials and that he hopes he is agreeable to Mr Howe joining them as a Canadian representative along with their two men, Field Marshal Sir John Dill and Colonel John Llewellin [British Minister Resident in Washington, United States]; that he is sure that the plan he has in mind regarding the question of commands is the best; that he was impressed with Gray's Irish message but suggests that he omits the section stating that they continue being nice to Eamon de Valera [Prime Minister of Ireland] and that regarding the French Committee he suggests that he goes as far as he can with his formula as there is no point in making a gesture of this kind in a grudging manner and that if he prefers separate documents can be used to convey their differing opinions Signature in typescript. 15 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/102 Letter from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] enclosing for his most secret information a copy of the signed Articles of Agreement governing collaboration between the authorities of the United States and Britain on the subject of Tube Alloys [Atom Bomb Research] and informing him that President Roosevelt has accepted his suggestion that Mr Howe joins them on the Combined Policy Committee as a representative of Canada Signature in typescript. Copy. 19 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/103 Letter from Felix Gouin to WSC thanking him for his letter on behalf of the Groupe Parliamentaire Francais Initialled. 27 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/104 Letter from WSC (The Citadel, Quebec, Canada) to Lieutenant-General B Somervell thanking him for a copy of the monthly Progress report on transportation which he received from Averell Harriman [United States Diplomat]. Signed. Annotated that he hopes to have a talk with him when he visits Washington, [United States]. 24 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/105 Letter from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] marked "Secret" informing him that the British, United States and Canadian Chiefs of Staff have discussed the importance of the construction of the large floating airbase known as Habbakuk and decided that a Habbakuk Board should be formed to push ahead with this development and is asking him to suggest members to sit on the Board Signature in typescript. 25 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/106 Letter from WSC to Mrs F Clarke (14 Hange Road, Ottawa, Canada) informing her of the wonderful time he and his family had on holiday at La Cabane de Montmorency and at the camp on the Lac des Neiges which he was told she was largely responsible for making. Signed. Annotated sending his sympathy at the news of her son being a prisoner of war. 31 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/94A/107 Folder marked "September 1943" on the front and inside marked "Mr Rowan (misc)" Manuscript. Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/108 Letter from WSC ("on the train") to Mrs Flora Guest thanking her for her beautiful letter of condolence on the death of Leonie [WSC's aunt Leonie, Lady Leslie, earlier Leonie Jerome]. 01 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/109 Letter from WSC to Alfred Wall (Kinnard House, 1 Pall Mall East, S W 1, London) marked "Private" thanking him for the kind words he said about him in his article in the Typographical Journal agreeing that it would be a great pity if they had to settle down to a Party fight immediately after the collapse of Hitler, stating that if he was at all concerned in these matters he would take a very advanced line and hoped the Conservative Party would follow him in this Signature in typescript. 01 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/110-111 Letter from WSC to General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] marked "Private" stating: that a marked distinction should be made between the propaganda on Algerian radio and the Supreme Commander's declarations; and that he agreed with his suggestion adding that there ought to be two signatures, General Dwight Eisenhower's [Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] Headquarters and a personal one distinguishing between those documents which carry his specific authority and the routine messages; and also remembering a time when he had a signature of Eisenhower's which disturbed him, checked by the British Chiefs of Staff and the Combined Chiefs of Staff but upon mentioning it to Eisenhower he claimed never to have seen the report. Initialled in typescript. 02 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/112 Letter from WSC to Spyros Skouras thanking him for his gift of cigars and for the kind remarks he made about him Initialled. 05 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/113 Letter from WSC to Senator Carter Glass (United States Senate, Washington D C, United States) thanking him for forwarding the gift of cigars from Samuel Kaplan and for his kind words of address Signature in typescript. Copy. 10 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/114 Letter from WSC ("On the train", Quebec, Canada) to President Roosevelt enclosing various notes and telegrams including one to "U J" ["Uncle Joe", Marshal Stalin, telegram not present] awaiting his okay and thanking him for his hospitality at the White House and at Hyde Park Initialled. 13 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/115 Letter from WSC to James Stuart [Conservative MP for Moray and Nairn, Scotland] enclosing a letter from Randolph Churchill [Conservative MP for Preston, Lancashire] to his Chairman at Preston [not present] and stating that it is not for him to interfere but he would prefer not to have a by-election there and asking him to watch discreetly over this business, suggesting he might talk it over with George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] Initialled. Annotated: "All has gone well". 13 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/116 Letter from WSC to Jesse Merritt (PO Box 2, Farmingdale, Nassau County, Long Island, New York, United States) thanking him for the letter regarding Sir George Downing sent to President Roosevelt and informing him that he was very interested to learn of the connection between Downing Street and his new University Signed. 14 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/117 Letter from WSC to Bernard Baruch thanking him for a gift of some vests Initialled. 15 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/118 Letter from WSC to George Weston (Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) thanking him for his letter and informing him that he has, in his published works, recorded an opinion not dissimilar to that expressed by him in about the events in 1918 Signed. 16 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/119 Letter from WSC to Sir Arthur Salter [Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of War Transport] suggesting that he should leave the United States when he feels ready, and pay a farewell visit to Canada and inviting him on his return to come and discuss his future plans Signed. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/120 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Simon [earlier Sir John Simon, Lord Chancellor] thanking him for his letter about Campbell Initialled in typescript. 24 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/121 Letter from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air] informing him that he had both the men he mentioned in mind and informing him that he had been told that "Crinks" [Harcourt Johnstone] made a poor parliamentary performance at his last public appearance and suggesting that he should find his suitability out for himself. Initialled in typescript. 25 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/122-123 Letter from WSC to Jean Maisky [Soviet Union Ambassador to Great Britain] on his return to the Soviet Union stating that he has covered a decisive period in the history of their two countries and that he will have pleasant memories their meetings Signed. 25 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/124 Letter from WSC to Harold Balfour [Conservative MP for Thanet, Kent] thanking him for his letter and stating that all these matters are in flux and that he will consider the situation in light of what he has said Signed. 26 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/125 Letter from WSC to Sir Alan Lascelles [Private Secretary to the King] marked "Secret" suggesting that King George VI might be interested to see his minute to A V Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] First Lord of the Admiralty and his reply on the matter of the successor to Admiral Dudley Pound Admiral of the Fleet, admitting that it is a difficult choice and stressing that the Chiefs of Staff Committee is the central mechanism of the war and that the work of Admiral [Andrew] Cunningham [Commander in Chief Mediterranean] work is vital. Initialled. Annotated: "Sent". 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/126 Letter from WSC to [1st Lord Rankeillour, earlier James Hope] thanking him for his letter regarding the application of Article 3 of the Atlantic Charter and informing him that he will notify the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] of his opinions. Signed. 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/127 Letter from WSC to Camille Gutt [Belgian Minister of Finance, Communications and Economic Affairs] thanking him for his letter of condolence at the death of Sir Kingsley Wood [Chancellor of the Exchequer] Signed. 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/128 Letter from WSC to Clarence Streit thanking him for the letter which he sent regarding his Harvard speech Signed. 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/129 Letter from WSC to Archdeacon Thomas Crick, the Chaplain of the Fleet, informing him that King George VI has approved of his appointment as the Dean of Rochester Signed. 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/130 Letter from WSC to Robert Menzies [Leader of the Opposition, Australia] thanking him for sending a collection of his broadcast talks Signed. 28 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/131-132 Letter from WSC to J R Cairns, Town Clerk of Dover, Kent, informing him that he is greatly honoured by the proposal to grant him Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Dover, but asking if it would be possible for the conferment of it to take place after the end of the war as he has postponed his installation as Lord Warden until then and adding that he has declined a number of similar offers in the area Signed. 30 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/133 Letter from WSC to Reverend S Hughes [Secretary of the Free Church Federal Council] thanking him for sending the Resolution passed by the Free Church Federal Council Signed. 30 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/134 Letter from WSC to Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz [President of Poland] marked "Private" stating that recent events were bringing them nearer to a final victory over Germany Signed. 30 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/135 Letter from WSC to Sir Basil Brooke [later 1st Lord Brookeborough, PrimeMinister of Northern Ireland and Minister for Commerce and Production] marked "Private and Personal" thanking him for recommending Ernest Cooper [Industrial Adviser to the Government of Northern Ireland] for a Knighthood and explaining that such awards are usually confined to thehalf yearly lists but adding that he would bear this recommendation in mind when the time came Signed. 30 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94A/136 Letter from WSC to Lieutenant Colonel C Woodward informing him that he has received with thanks the ivory hammer sent by the people of Vancouver, Canada Signed. 30 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/94B/137 Folder marked with "October 1943" on the front Manuscript. Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/138-139 Letter from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [Minister of Air Production] marked "Private and Personal" stating that now he has a high executive office his position regarding the return of [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken, Lord Privy Seal] has changed; that it is not usual practice for a Prime Minister in this country to consult all his colleagues before advising the King on matters and that he is sure that Lord Beaverbrook will be anxious to work with him on friendly terms [see CHAR 20/95B/230] Signed. Annotated: "I hope we can have a meal together soon". 01 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/140 Letter from WSC (Chequers) to Agnes, Lady Wood expressing sympathy at the death of her husband Sir Kingsley Wood [former Chancellor of the Exchequer] Signature in typescript. Copy. 02 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/141-146 Letter from WSC to Chiang Kai-Shek [President of China] introducing [1st] Lord Mountbatten as his new Supreme Commander of the South East Asia front and Lieutenant General Adrian Carton de Wiart as his personal representative at Chungking [Szechwaw, China] and informing him of the new three fold plan of attack against Japan stating: that they plan to improve and expand the air routes into China aiding the transmission of supplies to General Chennault's Air Fleet and for the Chinese armies in Yunnan; that they will increase the troops of Major General Wingate which will join the Chinese forces at Yunnan, opening a broad land passage between India and China through which a repaired Burma road will be opened; that an Eastern Fleet will be based at Ceylon [Sri Lanka] and especially strong in sea-borne aircraft but that it has not been decided where the first blow will be; that Mountbatten will prepare an air umbrella; an inshore squadron; a fleet of assault landing ships and tank landing aircraft and sufficient transport to carry 50,000 to 60,000 men. Signed. See also CHAR 20/94B/206 . 02 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/147 Letter from WSC to Dr Nicholas Murray Butler [President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] informing him that he was sorry not to be able to see him during his last visit to Washington [United States] Signed. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/148 Letter from WSC to Baron de Cartier de Marchienne [Belgian Ambassador to Great Britain] asking him to thank Monsieur Ryckmans for his gift of cigars and thanking him for sending them to him Signed. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/149 Letter from WSC to Captain Hugh Frewen informing him that he has taken the matter up with Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] but stating that the age limit for employment in A M G O T are adverse Initialled. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/150 Letter from WSC to Sir Ernest Graham-Little [Independent MP for London University] thanking him for his letter and stating that these matters are always on his mind Signed. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/151 Letter from WSC to Captain Edward Spencer Churchill inviting him to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery on the resignation of [2nd Lord Bearsted]. Signed. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/152-155 Letter from WSC to the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] suggesting that Duff Cooper [Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, later 1st Lord Norwich] should be offered the position of Envoy or Charge d'Affaires in Italy and not that of Minister Resident at Allied Headquarters in Algiers and stating: that Allied policy towards Italy has been right and that they will eventually turn against Germany; that Italy should expect to lose Rhodes, the Dodecanese, Albania and all lodgements on the east side of the Adriatic and possibly Trieste and Fiume and that negotiations for this would be well handled by Duff Cooper; that Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] may resign from his position as Spanish Ambassador which should be filled by one of the "diplomates de carriere"; that he would like the [position of] Duchy [of Lancaster] at his disposal which would allow him to move Ernest Brown [Minister of Health] from the Ministry of Health. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/156-157 Letter from WSC to Sir Dudley Pound Admiral of the Fleet stating that he is sorry about his decision to resign his position due to ill health and praising him on his contribution and qualities Signed. 04 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/158-159 Letter from WSC to Colonel Lord Suirdale [later 7th Lord Donoughmore] supporting him in his decision to stand for the National Government candidate in the Peterborough [Northamptonshire] elections Signature in typescript. Copy. 04 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/160 Letter from WSC to [1st Lord] Quickswood [earlier Hugh Cecil] informing him that he cannot perform the tasks which he suggested and asking him to apologise on his behalf to those concerned Initialled. 04 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/161 Letter from WSC to The Commanding Officer (No 427 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force) stating that he was pleased to hear that the "Lion" Squadron had adopted "Mareth" a lion cub at London Zoo Signed. 04 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/162-163 Letter from WSC to King George VI suggesting that the Admiral of the Fleet Sir Andrew Cunningham should be offered the position of 1st Sea Lord and stating that if he is in agreement with this A V Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Hillsborough], the First Lord of the Admiralty will submit a new patent for the Board of Admiralty. Signed. 04 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/164 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Athlone [earlier Major General Sir Alexander Cambridge, Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada] thanking him for putting the Citadel [Quebec, Canada] at their disposal and informing him that he will look into the point about General Andrew McNaughton and keep him informed Signed. 05 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/165 Letter from WSC to Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser [Commander in Chief Home Fleet] marked "Private and Confidential" thanking him for his advice and wishing him success in his command Signed. 05 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/166 Letter from WSC to the President of the Foreign Policy Association congratulating them on their 25th anniversary stating that during this time they have endeavoured to explain the pattern of international relationships to the people of the United States Initials in typescript. Copy. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/167 Letter from WSC to Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley Lord President of the Council] marked "Personal and Private" stating that he has no objections to him returning to his house and that he has not yet returned to No 10 on the advice of the Civil Aviation Service as the building is so old that even a near miss by a heavy bomb may bring it down and informing him that trouble in Dudley's domestic affairs may lead to comment by the palace. Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/168 Letter from WSC to Professor Harold Laski [Professor of Political Science at the University of London] thanking him for sending a proclamation by Queen Anne Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/169 Letter from WSC to Nevil Beechman [Liberal Nationalist MP for St Ives, Cornwall] stating his delight at his appointment as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury Initialled. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/170 Letter from WSC to Sir Waldron Smithers [Conservative MP for Chislehurst, London] stating that he is sorry to hear of his ill health and hopes he will have a speedy recovery Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/171 Letter from WSC to Harry Macgragh thanking him for his recent letter Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/172 Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] explaining that although he was not permitted to be present at the War Cabinet meeting for United Kingdom Ministers the previous day he is hoping to arrange a meeting for him and the High Commissioners of the other dominions with the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] to discuss the issues which may arise at the Moscow conference [of foreign ministers] and the line he proposes to take. Signature in typescript. Annotated that copied have been sent to the Dominions Office and the Foreign Office. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/173-174 Letter from WSC to Maharaja Sir Joodha Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana [Sovereign of Nepal] thanking him for his recent letter of congratulations at the success of the Allied victories Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/175 Letter from WSC to General Sir Shingha Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana [Prime Minister of Nepal] asking him to forward his reply to the letter of the Maharaja of Nepal [see CHAR 20/94B/173-174] and thanking him for his recent expression of goodwill Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/176 Letter from WSC to William Thorne [Labour MP for Plaistow, London] stating that he is sorry to hear that he is in ill health Signed. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/177 Letter from WSC to Admiral Harold Stark (Commander, United States Naval Forces in Europe) thanking him for sending his merchant shipping report and stating that he was particularly struck by the figures of the number of ships turned back and by the tables of the Bolero [build up of forces for the second front] programme Signed. 07 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/178 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Ebbisham [earlier Sir George Blades, Chancellor of the Primrose League] informing him that he accepts his invitation to become Grand Master of the Primrose League and stating that he has no objection to being so described on the League's headed paper Signature in typescript. 07 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/179 Letter from WSC to Professor George Clark [Chichele Professor of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College] asking his permission to submit his name to King George VI for the position of Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. 11 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/180 Letter from WSC to General Sir Ian Hamilton thanking him for his recent letter and stating that it was lovely to hear about the calf but could not make any plans as yet "being tied by the leg and both ears". 11 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/181 Letter from WSC to Charles Ogden thanking him for his offer to allow a special investigator to spend some time with him and informing him that the Chairman of the Cabinet Committee, set up to consider the question of Basic English, has already been collecting material and stating that he will keep this suggestion in mind Signed. 11 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/182-183 Letter from WSC to John Winant [United States Ambassador to Great Britain] regarding Canada and the Combined Food Board, agreeing with the President Roosevelt's procedure but suggesting that the message to Canada be shortened omitting passages which may lead to comparisons with Canada and other countries and enclosing a proposed draft [see CHAR 20/94B/184 ] Signed. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/184 Draft message to Mr Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] stressing the importance of Canada's contribution to Allied food supplies and stating that due to the close interconnection of the food problems in North America, Canada should become a member of the Combined Food Board sitting in Washington and requesting a representative be named [see CHAR 20/94B/182-183 ]. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/185 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Crewe [earlier Robert Crewe-Milnes] informing him that he will consider his recommendations for the next honours list Signed. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/186 Letter from WSC to Sir Alfred Johnson [Surgeon to Queen Mary] thanking him for sending copies of two works by Rudyard Kipling to be sent on to President Roosevelt and asking him to write a letter of presentation which may be sent with this gift Signed. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/187 Letter from WSC to the Abbot of Downside [Somerset] informing him that the Sir Walter Womersley [Minister of Pensions] has decided to make ex gratia payments to cover expenses incurred by the parents and the school authorities as a result of a tragic accident Initialled. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/188-189 Letter from WSC to [17th] Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] marked "Confidential" suggesting a visit to Knowsley Hall [Prescot, Lancashire] which could be combined with his plan to visit Oldham and Manchester [Lancashire] in early December stating that if the party is any larger than one or two people then they could spend the night on his special train Signed. Annotated that also enclosed is CSC's letter to Lady Derby. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/190 Letter from WSC to Thomas Watson thanking him for sending him a picture of the first war time meeting between President Roosevelt and himself and enclosing a set of his book "Marlborough" [not present] Signed. 13 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/191 Letter from WSC to King George VI accepting his invitation to dinner that evening to discuss with the Field Marshal the strategic scene and stating that there is no possibility of reversing the agreement as the United States Staff and Marshal Stalin would oppose this and highlighting that it is only in Britain that the Metropolitan Fighter Air Force can have full effect Signature in typescript. 14 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/192-195 Letter from WSC to Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancter] marked "Private" regarding his future position as British representative with General Charles De Gaulle's committee of national liberation and stating that it would be disastrous if he accepted this position if he was following decisions with which he did not agree, promising an alternative position if this was the case. He refers to papers relating to General De Gaulle and his relationship with Britain and the United States [not present] and promises access to all material relating to this subject. The creation of a strong France is described as being possible only with the aid of Britain and the United States. General De Gaulle is viewed with suspicion by the United States and therefore the image of France being impersonal and collective should be encouraged. Signed. Annotated "My unchanging goal is a strong France friendly to Gt Britain and the U S A". 14 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/196 Letter from WSC to Augustus John [Fellow of University College London] enclosing a copy of the statement made by the Secretary of State for War [Sir James Grigg] in the House of Commons which he hopes will allay his fears Initialled. 16 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/197 Letter from WSC to Lord Alfred Douglas thanking him for forwarding a copy of his sonnets and for its courteous terms Signed. 16 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/198 Letter from WSC to Philip Reed asking him to attend meetings of the Anti U boat Warfare Committee on an informal basis Signed. 16 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/199 Letter from WSC to Lord Cranborne [earlier Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords] marked "Private" stating that he hopes that the Cabinet conclusions and the Ministerial speeches in the House including his own speech today, will allay his fears regarding the coal industry. Signed. 16 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/200 Letter from WSC to Sir Wyndham Portal [1st Commissioner of Works and Public Buildings] marked "Personal and Confidential" informing him of his appreciation for the speed in which his department carried out some construction work at Bletchley Park [Buckinghamshire] Signed. 16 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/201 Letter from WSC to Harry Crookshank [Postmaster General] "Personal and Confidential" informing of his appreciation for the assistance of his department in supplying the communication needs of the establishment at Bletchley Park [Buckinghamshire] Initialled. 16 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/202 Letter from WSC to General Douglas MacArthur [Commander in Chief Philippines; Supreme Commander S W Pacific, United States Army] commending Lieutenant-General Lumsden to him, recently appointed as his personal Liason Officer, and reminding him of his recent telegram [T 1479/3] in which he informed him of Lumsden's history Initialled. Annotated that the letter was given to Lumsden by WSC on the 17th October. 17 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/203 Letter from WSC to Chiang Kai-Shek [President of China] introducing Lieutenant General Adrian Carton de Wiart as his personal representative at Chungking and informing him that he is now on his way to join him [see CHAR 20/94B/141-146 ] Initialled. Annotated that the letter was given to De Wiart by WSC on the 17th October. 17 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/204 Letter from WSC to Dr Herbert Evatt [Attorney General and Minister of External Affairs, Australia] introducing Lieutenant General Lumsden, recently appointed as his personal Liason Officer with General Douglas Macarthur [Commander in Chief Philippines; Supreme Commander South West Pacific, United States Army] Signed. 18 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/205-206 Letter from WSC to Sir Samuel Steel [President of the Scottish Unionist Association] regarding the Association's next conference, informing him that the government are making preparations for post-war Britain and that he is glad that these matters are being considered Signed. 19 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/207 Letter from WSC to James Christie [Conservative MP for South Norfolk] stating that he is pleased to hear that the new Bishop has made such a good impression Signature in typescript. 19 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/208-212 Letter from WSC to Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] marked "Personal and Secret" regarding his future position as British Representative to General Charles De Gaulle's Committee of National Liberation, stating that he should try to win De Gaulle's confidence and try to play down his prominence in the committee in order to gain more support from the United States. Syria is seen to be an area where problems may arise as Major-General Sir Edward Spears [First Minister to the Republics of Syria and the Lebanon] has strongly held the British policy there of not wishing to supplant French interests but supporting Syrian independence. Ends with opinions on General Alphonse Georges, Rene Massigli [French Ambassador to Great Britain], Jean Monnet, General Georges Catroux and General Henri Honore Giraud. Signed. 19 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/213 Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] assuring him that along with the other Domonion representatives he will be kept informed by the Secretary of State for War [Sir James Grigg] of any developments in the Moscow Conference [of foreign ministers] and informing him that he there will be no changes to the usual practices regarding War Cabinet attendance Signed. 21 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/214 Letter from WSC to John [9th] Duke of Marlborough [earlier Lord Blandford] thanking him for his statement which he promises to bring to the notice of the War Office Initialled. 22 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/215 Letter from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] enclosing a memorandum [not present] showing the government's feelings regarding a letter from the High Commissioner for Canada to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs which sets out the recent proposals of the Canadian Government concerning the 1939-43 Star. No conclusions have yet been reached by the British Government who are awaiting the results of the Debate Signed. 22 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/216 Letter from WSC to Brigadier General [1st] Lord Croft [Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for War] thanking him for his recent letter Signed. 24 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/217 Letter from WSC to Lord Hinchingbrooke [later 10th Lord Sandwich, then Victor Montagu, Conservative MP for South Dorset] thanking him for sending a copy of the statement of policy issued by the Tory Reform Committee and stating that he was pleased that his broadcast in March 1942 did not conflict with the view expressed in the statement Signed. 24 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/218-220 Letter from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air] marked "Secret" informing him that he regretted receiving his letter and hoped that he would still be willing to carry out his wishes. He sees the suggestion that Air Chief Marshal Sir Sholto Douglas [Air Officer Commanding Fighter Command] could become Allied Air Commander in the Mediterranean if Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder were to move as impossible and states that the position would probably go to General Carl Spaatz [Commanding General United States 8th Army Air Force; Commanding General North West African Air Force]. Similarly disagreeing with the opinion that Pierse should go at the beginning of the campaign. Douglas he believes should be given a British position and suggests the post of Vice Chief of the Air Staff, when vacant, and that all these appointments should be made when the changes are announced of those concerned in the High Command of the Mediterranean and Overlord [codename for the invasion of Normandy] Signed. 30 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/221 Letter from WSC to Colonel Arthur Evans [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] stating that it would be impossible for such a step to be taken at present but that it would be a good subject for a peace time discussion and therefore there would be no point in him receiving the deputation Initialled. 30 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/222 Letter from WSC to Professor A V Hill [Independent Conservative MP for Cambridge University] sending his good wishes to Indian Men of Science and to the 6 Indian Fellows of the Royal Society and stating that it is a tragedy that science has now to be used for destructive purposes Signed. 30 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/223 Letter from WSC to Pierre Vienot thanking him for his recent letter which on behalf of the French Committee of National Liberation to express their gratitude for the British armies on the occasion of the anniversary of the Battle of Alamein Initialled. 31 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/94B/224 Folder marked "November 1943" Manuscript. Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/225 Letter from WSC to Vice Admiral Sir John Edgell [Hydrographer of the British Navy] thanking him for sending a copy of his book "English Channel Handbook" Signed. 02 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/226 Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] stating that little more can be done on the matter and suggesting that he wait until John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] is able to come to Britain and in the meantime he will be kept fully informed by Lord Cranborne [earlier Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords] of any progress. Signed. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/227 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grigg [later 1st Lord Altrincham, Conservative MP for Altrincham, Cheshire] thanking him for sending a copy of his book "The British Commonwealth" and also the terms of the resolution passed by the trustees of the Westminster Fund Signed. Copy. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/228 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Ebbisham [earlier Sir George Blades, Chancellor of the Primrose League] thanking him for informing him that the Grand Council of the Primrose League have elected him Grand Master Signed. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/229 Letter from WSC to Reverend Cyril Alington of condolence at the death of hi son who was killed on active service Initialled. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/230-231 Letter from WSC to Major Francis Beech supporting him in his campaign to win the West Woolwich elections [London]. Signed. Annotated that copies were sent to Mrs Stelling at the Conservative and Unionist Central Office. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/232 Letter from WSC to Sir Malcolm Robertson [Conservative MP for Mitcham] thanking him for informing him about the story told to him by Professor Hamley and of the impressions he received after his recent visit to Egypt, Palestine, Transjordan [later Jordan], Iraq and Turkey. Signed. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/233 Letter from WSC to [7th] Lord Londonderry [earlier Lord Castlereagh, Commandant of Air Training Corps Northern Ireland] declining his invitation to attend a function to be given by Air Vice Marshal Sir Basil Embry [Aide De Camp to King George VI] to allow bomber leaders to meet the leaders of the fighter escort due to pressures of work Signed. 03 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/234 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Fitz Alan [of Derwent, earlier Lord Edmund Fitzalan-Howard] asking him not to press for an interview with him due to pressures of work. He explains that a meeting is unnecessary as the Board of Education will presently discuss the matter Signed. 04 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/235 Letter from WSC to Peter Beresford thanking him for sending a print of the John, 1st Duke of Marlbrough Signed. 05 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/236 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Mottistone [earlier John Seely, Vice President of the National Savings Committee] returning the letter and print which he received of the John, 1st Duke of Marlborough [not present] sent by Peter Beresford [see CHAR 20/94B/235] Signed. 05 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/237 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Broadbridge [earlier Sir George Broad-bridge, Conservative MP for the City of London] marked "Private" informing him that he will bear his recommendation about Captain Elliston in mind Initialled. 06 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/238 Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] thanking him for his letter and stating that he is pleased to hear that the visit by Sir Henry Tizard [a Development Commissioner] had been so successful. Signed. Annotation that copies of Bruce's letter and the reply have been sent to Clark at the Dominions Office, Rickett, Production. 06 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/239 Letter from WSC to Richard Law [later 1st Lord Coleraine, Parliamentary Under Secretary, Foreign Office] marked "Private" thanking him for his letter and asking him to think no more of it as pressures of work have meant that he can get easily annoyed. [See CHAR 20/97A/13 ] Signed. Annotated that this letter was handed to Mr Law by Mr Peck at No 10 Downing Street on the 8 November 1943. 08 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/240 Letter from WSC to 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Sir Frederick Marquis, Minister of Food] informing him that King George VI has granted the proposal to offer him the position of Minister of Reconstruction and that the actual scope, form, powers and staff have yet to be decided Initialled. 10 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/241-242 Letter from WSC to Ernest Brown [Minister of Health] informing him that he has decided to make some changes in the Ministry of Health and is offering him the position of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which at present includes supervision of M I 5 Signature in typescript. Copy. 10 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/243 Letter from WSC to Princess Alexandra of Greece thanking her for her letter asking his help and advice regarding the question of her marriage to King Peter of Yugoslavia but stating that he should first consult with the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon]. Signed. 10 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/244 Letter from WSC to Sir William Jowitt [Paymaster General] accepting his offer to serve as Minister Without Portfolio in the position of Deputy Minister of Reconstruction Initialled. 10 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/245 Letter from WSC to Professor Reginald Coupland [Member of Sir Stafford Cripps' Mission to India 1942] thanking him for sending a copy of his Indian Report Signed. 11 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/246 Letter from WSC to Sir Samuel Joseph thanking him for his letter and stating that his year of duty as Lord Mayor of London will be long remembered Signed. 11 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/247 Letter from WSC to Ernest Brown [Minister for Health] stating that he will be on the look out to find him suitable work and that it has been decided that responsibility for M I 5 should no longer rest with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster but should become the concern of the Foreign Secretary. Signature in typescript. 12 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/248-250 Letter from WSC to Canon Alan Don marked "Confidential" asking him to become the Crown representative on the Advisory Committee, associated with the selection of candidates, due to recent difficulties appointing a Diocesan Chaplain to St Jude's, Birmingham and lists the qualifications required by any man nominated Signed. 13 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/251 Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [Australian High Commissioner] stating that he is glad that he is content to leave matters as they are Signature in typescript. Annotated that a copy of Bruce's letter and WSC's reply has been sent to Miss Emery at the Dominions Office on 13 November 1943. 13 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/252 Letter from WSC to Marshal of the RAF 1st Lord Trenchard [earlir Sir Hugh Trenchard] thanking him for the paper which he sent and stating that he is pleased that the question of the tartan flash for the Royal Scots Fusiliers has been settled Signed. 27 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/94B/253 Folder marked "December 1943" Manuscript. Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/254 Letter from WSC (Casey Villa, Cairo, Egypt) to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to President Roosevelt] asking him to inform him of any obstacles which may be preventing the progress of a conference on civil aviation as Britain is anxious that such a meeting should take place Initialled in typescript. 05 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/255 Letter from WSC (Casey Villa, Cairo) to King Peter of Yugoslavia thanking him for sending a birthday present and asking him to convey his congratulations to Svetozar Puric on the work he has produced Initialled in typescript. Copy. 05 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/256 Letter from WSC (Casey Villa, Cairo, Egypt) to King George II of the Hellenes on behalf of Sukru Saracoglu [President of Turkey] to convey his regret at not being able to meet him Signature in typescript. Copy. 08 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/257 Letter from WSC (Cairo, Egypt) to Reverend Francis Spellman thanking him for sending a copy of his book "Action This Day" Signature in typescript. Copy. 20 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/258 Letter from WSC (Cairo, Egypt) to [5th] Lord Lonsdale [earlier Lord Lowther] informing him that he will consider the name which he recommends Signed. 20 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/259 Letter from WSC (Africa) to Colonel Douglas Brown [later 1st Lord Ruffside, Conservative MP for Newbury, Berkshire, and Speaker of the House of Commons] stating that he understands that he has said that he will not be embarrassed if Diver's name is not included in the New Year's honours list and that he will consider him again when he makes his next recommendations to King George VI Signature in typescript. 27 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/260 Letter from WSC [North Africa] to John Curtin [Australian Prime Minister] thanking him for sending a record of the speeches delivered in Canberra at the official luncheon to Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt Signature in typescript. Copy. 31 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/94B/261 Letter from WSC [Africa] to Harold Ickes [United States Secretary of the Interior] thanking him for his letter regarding his harmonious relationship between himself and Sir Arthur Salter [Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the War Department] Signed. 31 Dec 1943