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CHAR 20/98A/1 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith (44 Bedford Square, W C 1, London) to CSC stating that it was good of her to say that she would take WSC to see Puffin's [Anthony Asquith's] play at the Hammersmith Apollo, but that she should do so soon as the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg, believes that there may be another invasion and that this will mean that the play will be taken off Signed manuscript. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/98A/2 Letter from CSC to WSC informing him: that Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith (see CHAR 20/98A/1) has written to her to inform her that the play which they were intending to see Flare Bath written by Margot's son Puffin [Anthony Asquith], may soon be cancelled and suggesting that they go to see it next week Signed. Annotated by WSC. 08 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/98A/3 Letter from CSC to Margot Lady Oxford and Asquith, stating that she was sorry that WSC had to miss her son's play but that she had seen it and thought that it was beautiful Initialled. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/98A/4 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith (44 Bedford Square, W C 1, London) to WSC marked "Private" asking him to go and see her son's play "Flare Path" which she states is the finest of war propaganda and that every airman who has seen it has written to her praising it Signed manuscript. 21 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/98A/5 Transcript of CHAR 20/98A/4Copy. Annotated by Leslie Rowan that this would now rest on the letter by CSC. 21 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98A/6 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith (44 Bedford Square, W C 1, London) to CSC thanking her and Winston for coming to see her son's play "Flare Path" and stating that Sir Arcibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air] has defered the date on which one of the members of the cast Jack Watlington will be called up by ten weeks, but that this is not enough as the part cannot be played by anyone else Signed manuscript. 11 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/7 Letter from CSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air] marked "Private" informing him that Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith, would like the deferment of Mr Watlington to be extended but stating that she does not agree with her, as if it became known then it would take out the propoganda value of the play and adding that when WSC went to see the play he first wondered why these men were not in active service but later stated that he was glad that they had received deferment as the fact that they would be joining the services added to the value of the play and is asking him what she should say to Margot Initialled. Annotated "Pending". 16 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/8 Extract from CHAR 20/98A/6. Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/9 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith (44 Bedford Square, W C 1, London) to WSC asking him to assist them in obtaining a further extension on the date on which a member of the cast on her sons play "Flare Path" will be called up Signed manuscript. 17 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/10-11 Transcript of CHAR 20/98A/9. 17 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/12 Letter from Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] (Air Ministry) [Secretary of State for Air] to CSC informing her that it was contrary to the policy of the RAF to allow any deferment's, but explaining that on seeing the play "Flare Path" he felt that it was justifiable to allow Mr Watling a deferment but that this was agreed on the grounds that no other extension would be given and that despite this Anthony Asquith had continued to pester him, adding that he is pleased that both she and WSC agree with his decision and that she may wish to tell Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith that it is too late now to intervene Signed. 21 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/13 Letter to Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] on WSC's behalf informing her that WSC and the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] both agree that Mr Watling's deferment was justifiable but that an extension to this is impossible and that Mr Watling is to report to duty on the 26 January Initialled. 22 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/14 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith (44 Bedford Square, W C 1, London) to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] thanking him for his recent letter adding that a few weeks more would have made little difference and that she did not blame anyone Signed manuscript. 23 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/15 Letter from CSC to Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith stating that she did not ask WSC to intervene in the matter of Mr Watling as she knew that he was pleased that he had been granted a deferment but felt that his imminent entry into the war added value to the play and informing her that she wrote to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] Secretary of State for Air, but that he had said that nothing could be done Signed. 25 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/16 Copy of a message from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith to WSC on his 69th birthday and stating that she would love to see them soon and remembering the days when they stayed with her and her husband, Henry in Scotland before they were married Signature in typescript. Annotated that CSC had seen it. 29 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98A/17 Original of CHAR 20/98A/16 from Margot, Lady Oxford, and Asquith (Savoy Hotel, London). 29 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98A/18 Envelope from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith to WSC Manuscript. 30 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98A/19 Note marked "Pagutr, Cl. seo see 1944"//// Manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/98A/20 Note marked "P" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98A/21-22 Letter from Lord Reginald Herbert Pembroke (Wilton House, Salisbury) to WSC marked "Personal" asking him if he can influence the War Department to change their mind stating that when they took over the house it was agreed that one tower would remain as reidential for the officers but that they now want to use this tower for officers and fears that the constant weight will damage the ceiling underneath which he claims is the best painted ceiling in the staterooms Initials in typescript. Copy. 30 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/23 Original of CHAR 20/98A/21-22Annotated that a copy has been sent to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]. 30 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/24 Note stating that General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] would be glad to take this up with the War Office. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/25 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to S Redman (War Office) [Private Secretary] informing him that WSC has received a letter from Lord Reginald Herbert Pembroke [see CHAR 20/98A/23] who has stated that the War Department want to commandere the South tower of his house to use as offices and that it was agreed that this part of the house was to be used for residence only as heavy furniture and constatnt use will damage the ceiling below and is asking him how WSC should reply Initialled. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/26 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to S Redman (War Office) [Private Secretary] asking him to inform him if there will be any considerable delay to his reply to his letter regarding Lord Reginald Herbert Pembroke [see CHAR 20/98A/25] so that he can send an interim answer Initialled. 12 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/27 Letter from S Redmon (War Office, Whitehall, S W 1) to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that they are waiting to hear from he General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, Sir Charles Loyd who is discussing the matter personally with Lord Reginald Herbert Pembroke and stating that a structural report is in the process of being drawn up Signed. 13 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/28 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Lord Reginald Herbert Pembroke stating that he believes that discussions are being held between himself and the General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, Sir Charles Loyd and that a structural report is soon expected and that WSC has been asked to be informed of the results of both Initialled. 14 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/29 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to S Redman (War Office) [Private Secretary] informing him that WSC has informed Lord Reginald, Herbert Pembroke that he understands that the matter is still being discussed and that they expect that Pembroke will inform them of the result of these talks Initialled. 14 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/30 Letter from Lord Reginald Herbert Pembroke (Wilton House, Salisbury) to the Prime Minister's Private Secretary asking him to inform WSC that he has received the structural report and that the General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, Sir Charles Loyd on seeing this report has decided not to requisition the tower and enclosing a copy of the report [see CHAR 20/98A/31] Signed. 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/31 Structural survey report by Mr Gardiner on the Wilton House, Salisbury, stating that the rooms surveyed are not suitable for use at the moment. 13 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/32 Letter from N G Morrison (War Office, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Assistant Private Secretary] to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that following the structural report by the Ministry of Works [see CHAR 20/98A/31] it has been decided that the tower will not be requisitioned Signed. Annotated. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/33 Note marked "Lady Polloch (Death of Adrian Polloch) " Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98A/34 Note from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating that Sir Adrian Pollock's death is announced in today's Times and that he was the father in law of Sis Asquith and that if WSC knew him he may like to send her a telegram and including a suggested message for him to consider Initials in typescript. Annotated. 24 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98A/35 Telegram form WSC to Lady Norah Pollock of condolence at the death of her husband and stating that he will always remember her husband's recent speech of welcome to him at the Guilhall (458). 28 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98A/36 Telegram from WSC to Lady Norah Pollock (Little Hallands, Bishopstone, Near Seaford, Sussex) same as CHAR 20/98A/35. 29 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98A/37 Letter from Lady Norah Pollack (Little Hallands, Bishopstone, Sussex) to WSC thanking him for his telegram of sympathy at the death of her husband Signed manuscript. [Aug 1943]
CHAR 20/98A/38 Transcript of CHAR 20/98A/37. [Aug 1943]
CHAR 20/98A/39 Letter from A J Sylvester to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] asking him to forward to WSC a letter from General Sir Henry ap Rhys Pryce (23 Linton Road, Oxford) containing a secret memorandum from his son Major W H ap Rhys Pryce regarding the transportation services of the army which was sent to David LLoyd George and which he now wishes to be passed on Signed. 10 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/40 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Brigadier Jacob asking for his advice about how to reply to this Initialled manuscript. 15 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/41 Letter from Brigadier Jacob (Offices of the War Cabinet and of the Minister of Defence, Great George Street, S W 1, London) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] marked "Secret" regarding the project for helicopters suggested by Major W H ap Rhys Pryce, informing him that The Director of Research has been in consultation with the War Office Scientists and that General Weeks [Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff] has written to General Macready to obtain the latest information on this matter in the United States and that they hope to have two prototypes in this country in a couple of months but that the problem with helicopters is that they can only carry small weights and suggesting that he replies to Brigadier ap Rhys Pryce to inform him that his proposal is being considered Signed. Annotated. 17 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/42 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to A J Sylvester returning the papers which he sent to him [see CHAR 20/98A/39] and informing him that the suggestions to which General ap Rhys Pryce refers to are being considered and that WSC is being kept informed of the developments Initialled. 18 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/43 Letter from A J Sylvester to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] enclosing a further memorandum relating to the papers enclosed in CHAR 20/98A/39 [see CHAR 20/98A/44] Signed. 21 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/44 Memorandum by General Henry E ap Rhys Pryce entitled "The Use of the Helicopter by the United States" which details the way in which the United States are getting ahead of Britain in using helicopters to alleviate road congestion and hasten Army Operations and stating that in the United States the helicopter is well on the way to replacing the motor car and the smaller lorry and that he hopes that Britain will not lag behind Signed. [Jun 1943]
CHAR 20/98A/45 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Brigadier Jacob attaching a copy of CHAR 20/98A/44 for his information Initialled. 23 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/46 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to A J Sylvester thanking him for enclosing a further note from General Sir Henry Pryce Initialled. 23 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/47 Compliment slip from Brigadier Jacob (Offices of the War Cabinet and of the Minister of Defence, Great George Street, S W 1, London) to John Martin (No. 10 Annexe) [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary]. 24 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/48 Letter from Brigadier Jacob to Major General A R Goodwin - Austen (War Office) marked "Secret" enclosing a copy of General Sir Henry ap Rhys Pryce's memorandum [see CHAR 20/98A/44] stating that according to the General the United States are more advanced in the subject of helicopter usage than they had thought, but that he thinks that this is largely based on hearsay Stamped signature. 24 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/49 Letter from Brigadier Jacob (Offices of the War Cabinet and the Minister of Defence, Great George Street, S W 1, London) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Secretary] marked "Most Secret" informing him that General ap Rhys Pryce's memorandum is very much ahead of the facts and that the situation in the United States regarding the usage of helicopters is still in the experimental stage, that trials are being made for military purposes but that they have not reached the stage whereby they may b used for commercial purposes Initialled. 07 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/50 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Brigadier Jacob thanking him for his recent information regarding the subject of helicopters [see CHAR 20/98A/49] and stating that he does not want to encourage correspondence with General Rhys Pryce but that if he contacts him again he will supply him with this new information Initialled. 07 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/51 Note marked "R-SA" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98A/52 Letter from Sir Alan Lascelles (Buckingham Palace) [The King's Private Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] asking him to forward an enclosed letter from King George VI to WSC Signed manuscript. 22 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/98A/53 Envelope from Buckingham Palace to WSC Manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/98A/54 Letter from Queen Elizabeth [wife of George VI] (Buckingham Palace [Windsor, Berkshire]) to WSC expressing her thanks for his offer to look over the "not very good" notes for her broadcast and asking him to be "ruthless with the extra bad bits." Signed manuscript. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98A/55 Copy of a letter from WSC to Queen [Elizabeth, wife of George VI] responding to notes which he has read with "agreement and admiration". He says that he has added a few notes to a page and that "The important thing is to have Your Majesty's own words and feeling." Carbon typescript, unsigned. Additional copy at CHAR 20/93B/125. 08 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98A/56 Letter from Queen Elizabeth [wife of King George VI] (Buckingham Palace [Windsor, Berkshire]) to WSC thanking him for his contribution to her broadcast to the women of the country, which she inserted verbatim. She apologises for not being able to attend his "Picnic" and expresses the wish that "conversation will flow unchecked by that incessant prowl round the table by attentive valets!" Signed manuscript. 13 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98A/57 Copy of a letter from WSC to Queen [Elizabeth, wife of George VI] thanking her for her letter. He expresses pleasure that his suggestions were acceptable and congratulates her on the "outstanding success" of her broadcast. Typescript, unsigned. Additional copy at CHAR 20/93B/142. 16 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98A/58 Letter from M Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz [President of Poland] to WSC welcoming him back from his epoch making journey and congratulating him his achievements Signed. Annotated. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/59 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to G Millard (Foreign Office) [Assistant Privvate Secretary, Foreign Office] enclosing a letter from the President of Poland, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz to WSC [see CHAR 20/98A/58] which WSC has asked for a suitable reply and is asking him if he can draft a response Signed. 25 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/60 Letter from G Millard (Foreign Office) [Assistant Private Secretary] to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] enclosing a draft reply for WSC to send to the President of Poland, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz [see CHAR 20/98A/61] Signed. 28 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/61 Draft letter by G E Millard [Assistant Private Secretary] for WSC to send as a reply to the President of Poland, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, thanking him for his letter and stating that we may all be able to draw encouragement from recent events, which are bringing us nearer to the demise of Germany which alone can restore Poland Annotated. [Sep 1943]
CHAR 20/98A/62 Letter from WSC to Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, President of Poland same as CHAR 20/98A/61 Signed. 30 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/63 Letter from 1st Lord Rankeillour [earlier James Hope] (Heron's Ghyll, Uckfield [Sussex]) to WSC, stating that some of his religious friends are concerned about the possible bombing of Rome [Italy], as they believe that the enemy might retaliate by bombing the Vatican City and would claim that the Allies had done it. Rankeillour adds that he does not believe that any military advantages can be worth this. Signed manuscript, marked "Confidential". 29 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/64 Transcript of CHAR 20/98A/63. 29 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/65 Letter from Major Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Secretary] to the Private Office enclosing a letter which he has received from Lord [see CHAR 20/98A/63] and stating that he will send him a letter acknowledging receipt of his letter but that he will not send him a reply until he has received direction Initialled. Annotated. 30 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/66 Letter from WSC to Lord thanking him for his letter and assuring him that his questions will be considered Signed. 08 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/67 Letter from Lord (Heron's Ghyll, Uckfield, Sussex) to WSC stating that great care and precaution were used in the [Roman] operation and although the United States were primarily responsible he was sure that WSC had asserted some influence Signed. Annotated. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/68 Transcript of CHAR 20/98A/67Annotated. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/69 Letter from WSC to Lord Rankeillour thanking him for his recent letter Initialled. 02 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98A/70 Note marked "Ad. Richmond, (Sea-Power)" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98A/71 Envelope to Major Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] Manuscript. 26 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98A/72-74 Letter from Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond (Master's Lodge, Downing College, Cambridge) [Master of Downing College, Cambridge] to WSC encosing a paper on "The Modern Conception of Sea Power" [see CHAR 20/98A/75] stating that the term Sea Power is being misused and that it fails to take into account the objective of war at sea, which is to control the flow of communications accross the sea's and that unless the sea power is regarded as one force it will become impossible for the Admiralty to plan the defence of the sea communications Signed. 19 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98A/75-82 Paper by Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond [Master of Downing College, Cambridge] entitled "The Modern Conception of Sea Power" and marked "For Private Circulation Only" stating that the modern concept of the meaning of the term sea power is to see it as separate from air power arguing that this narrows its meaning making it merely the instruments by which the object is attained rather than the object that is being achieved and supplying examples of recent speeches by individuals using this term in the wrong manner and then concluding with a history of the achievements and developments in sea power and included a summary of the proceeding the discussion. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/98A/83 Letter from the War Office to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] agrees that no further action is necessary Signed. 01 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/98A/84 Note marked "Franklin Roosevelt" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98A/85 Note to Lieutenant Franklin Roosevelt, Junior from the White House suggesting that he contact Wing Commander Warburton (Officer Commanding the P R Squadron in Malta) as he is a close freind of Elliott and will be glad to entertain him whilst he is in Malta Manuscript. Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/86 Telegram from WSC to Lord Gort [Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] marked "Personal and Private" asking him to forward a message to Lieutenant Franklin Roosevelt, Junior, whose destroyer is in Malta being repaired, stating that his brother suggests that whilst he is in Malta he should look up Wing Commander Warburton (Officer Commnding the P R Squadron at Malta) who is agood friend of his, and asking him hospitable to Lieutenant Roosevelt as he was his Aide de Camp in Iceland a couple of years ago (619). 05 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/87 Same as CHAR 20/98A/87 (T1292/3). 06 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/88 Telegram from Lord Gort [Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] to WSC informing him that his message has been forwarded to Lieutenant Franklin Roosevelt and that he has recently attended a show put on by the Lieutenant in Malta in aid of the Relief Fund, which has made a record profit (T1300/3). 07 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/89 Letter from WSC to Sir Arthur Salter [Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of the War Transport] stating that he thinks that he should go to the United States to wind up his business there and to pay a farewell visit to Canada and asking him to see him on his return as he will not be able to see him tomorrow Signed. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/90 Letter from Sir Arthur Salter (Berkely Square House, London, W 1, London) [Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of War Transport] to WSC stating that he was asked to return from Washington to take Lord Leathers place [Minister of War Transport] and that he has now made arrangements to leave for the United States and asking to see him before he leaves Signed. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98A/91 Note from J R C [John Colville] to WSC informing him that General Scott has arrived in England and that if he wishes to see him he could ask him to luncheon this weekend Initialled. Annotated by WSC "No hurry". 07 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98A/92 Note from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Major Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] asking him if he has seen this as it may have got mixed up. Endorsed is Morton's reply stating that he has not heard of this affair Signed manuscript. 07 May 1943
CHAR 20/98A/93 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Alan Harris stating that he cannot find any evidence to support Major W P Scott's claim that WSC had said that the expenses that he incurred were unavoidable and is therefore asking him to specify the time and date on which any of these instructions were given to him Initialled. 13 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98A/94 Letter from Alan Harris (The War Office, Whitehall, S W 1) to Anthony Bevir stating that they were concerned that WSC's name had been linked to a matter that was concerning them and explaining that when Major W P Scott was in command of the troops aboard the HMT Dunera he spent vast amounts of money on hospitality and claimed that WSC had said that this expenditure was unavoidable and is asking him if he knows anything about this Signed. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98A/95 Financial account of the Commanding Officer Major W P Scott whilst he was at sea, which amounts to £115-13-3. 1941
CHAR 20/98A/96-99 Letter from Eric Seal (British Admiralty Delegation, P O Box No 165, Benjamin Franklin Station, Washington D C, United States) [Secretary to the British Delegation] to WSC informing him: that the British Delegation in North America is now adequately organised and equipped; that they are having a more direct influence over the provisions for landing crafts and of escort vehicles; that shipbuilding in the United States has rapidly increased, but that he expects that there will be teething problems due to their inexperience; that he is concerned about the provision of adequate repair facilities for escort vessels and merchant ships on the eastern seaboard of Canada and Newfoundland; that he has recently attended a conference at St John's, Newfoundland, which is owned by the Admiralty and as it is half way between Britain and New York, its development is of the utmost importance; that the American's are not enthusiasic about British aid or intervention and that he hopes that he has fully recovered from his illness Signed. Annotated by WSC asking John Martin to advise him. 21 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98A/100 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC summarising a letter he has received from Eric Seal [Secretary to the British Admiralty Delegation in the United States, see CHAR 20/98A/96-99] and stating that the letter is purely informative and does not require a reply and suggesting that a short note of thanks is sent Initialled. Annotated. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98A/101 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to C G Jarrett (Admiralty) [Principal Private Secretary] asking him to despatch a message to Eric Seal (Secretary to the British Admiralty Delegation in the United States) which thanks him for his recent letter Signed. 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98B/102 Note marked "SO-SU" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/103 Letter from Brigadier General S Sochaczewski (4 Clarence House, 204a, High Holborn, London, W C 1) [Polish Army] to WSC stating that he feels duty bound to inform him of a potential danger that may threaten the outcome of the war and that he is only informing those responsible for preventative measures for security purposes Signed. 17 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/104-106 Paper entitled "Is Hitler's Secret Weapon A Bogy?" based on an article from The Daily Telegraph and The Morning Post on 7 August which claimed that Germany has a new weapon, due to be used in November, which will destroy the Allies in a matter of weeks and stating that the weapon is probably the use of bacterial warfare, using an epidemic such as the Black Plague to destroy the Allies and suggesting ways in which there attempts to achieve this can be thwarted. 1943
CHAR 20/98B/107 Registry form summarising a paper from Brigadier General S Sochaczewski (4 Clarence House, 204a High Holborn, London, W C 1) [Polish Army] see CHAR 20/98B/104-106Annotated. 17 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/108 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Brigadier General S Sochaczewski [Polish Army] thanking him for his recent letter and informing him that WSC has passed it on to the relevant government authorities Initialled. 25 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/109 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Philip Allen (Offices of the War Cabinet) enclosing a letter which was sent to WSC from Brigadier General S Sochaczewski [Polish Army, see CHAR 20/98B/104- 106] and asking him to send it to the relevant department Signed. 25 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/110 Letter from Philip Allen (Offices of the War Cabinet, Great George Street, S W 1, London) to F D Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that he has received Brigadier General S Sochaczewski's letter [Polish Army, see CHAR 20/98B/104-106] and that he was having it looked at by some experts in this field and that he would write again when he had received their report Signed. 25 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/111 Letter from Philip Allen (Offices of the War Cabinet, Great George Street, S W 1, London) to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] marked "Secret" informing him that Brigadier General S Sochaczewski's also sent a copy of his letter [see CHAR 20/98B/104-106] to the Minister of Health and that it has been examined by experts and that the use of bacterial warfare was the subject of a special committee and protective steps were established by the Police and the Emergency Public Health Services Signed. 14 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/112 Letter from Sir Patrick Spens (22 Addison Court Gardens, Kensington, London) [Chief Justice of India] to WSC informing him that he is about to leave for India and expressing his good wishes for the future Signature in typescript. Copy. 02 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/113 Original of CHAR 20/98B/112. 02 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/114 Draft of a telegram from WSC to Sir Patrick Spens [Chief Justice of India] thanking him for his recent letter Signature in typescript. Annotated. 05 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/115 Same as CHAR 20/98B/114. 06 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/116 Letter from David Stelling (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, S W 1, London) to George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] enclosing a pamphlet [see CHAR 20/98B/117] stating that those who have read it at the Central Office liked it and belived it would be useful for members of the Party Signed. 01 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/117 Pamphlet by David Stelling entitled "Why I Am A Conservative" which details his opinions on institutions and traditions, the empire, social services, industry and employment and education Published by Conservative Headquarters, 24 Old Queen Street, Westminster, S W 1, London, [4,[27],[1]p]. Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/118 Note marked "Sir Henry Strakosh" Maniscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/119 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to D Parker Bowles (Ministry of Information) marked "Immediate" informing him that they have received news from Lady Strakosch that Sir Henry Strakosch [Financial Consultant to the Seceretary of State for India] has recently undergone an emergency operation which went well but that he is still very ill and stating that he has informed WSC of this Initialled. 28 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/120 Telegram from Lady Strakosh to the Private Office stating that she would like WSC and the Minister of Information to be informed that Sir Henry Strakosch [Financial Consultant to the Secretary of State for India] has recently undergone an emergency operation which went well but that he is still very ill and that she will keep us informed of his developments. 28 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/121 Note to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing that he has received a message from Lady Strakosch [see CHAR 20/98B/120] Signed. 28 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/122 Telegram to the Private Office asking them to forward a message to Lady Strakosch of sympathy from WSC and CSC (475). 30 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/123 Telegram to the Private Office asking them to foreard a message to Sir Henry Strakosch [Financial Consultant to the Secretary of State for India] which states that he is looking forward to hearing reports of his progress (476). 30 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/124 Telegram from the Private Office to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] informing him that Lady Strakosch has asked him to thank WSC and CSC on her behalf for their telegrams [see CHAR 20/98B/122 and CHAR 20/98B/123] and to inform them that Sir Henry Strakosch is dying as the operation was too late and that he has about a month to live, but that he is unaware of how ill he is and that Lady Starkcosch does not want him informed of this (650). 30 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/125 Letter from John Simon (House of Lords) to WSC stating that Sir Henry Strakosch [Financial Consultant to the Secretary of State for India] is dying, that he is hardly conscious now and suggesting that he might send him a message which may give him a little relief Signed manuscript. Annotated that WSC has made some enquiries and that he sends his best wishes. 28 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/98B/127 Draft message from WSC and CSC to Lady Strakosch (Claridges Hotel, W 1, London) of sympathy and asking her to keep them informed Signature in typescript. 30 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/128 Same as CHAR 20/98B/124. 1943
CHAR 20/98B/129 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] informing him that they have received a telephone call from Lady Strakosch's Secretary who has asked them to pass on a message from Sir Henry Strakosch to WSC, thanked him for his kind wishes and stating that he is making satisfactory progress Initialled. 31 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/130 Note to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating that he has heard from Lady Strakosch's Secretary has asked them to pass on a message from Sir Henry Strakosch to WSC, thanking him for his kind wishes and stating that he is making satisfactory progress Initialled. 31 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/98B/131 Note from N S ["Jo" Sturdee, later Lady Onslow, Secretary to WSC] to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that Lady Strakosch telephoned them this morning, thanking WSC and CSC for the flowers which they sent to Sir Henry Strakosch [Financial Consultant to the Secretary of State for India] and stating that the article in today's newspaper which revealed that Sir Henry Strakosch's health was improving was inserted for the benefit of Sir Henry, as he must not know how ill he is nd that although he is not supposed to live much more than a week, the doctors have said that it will probably drag on for a long time Initialled. Annotated. 01 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98B/132 Press notice comprising of a letter from Air Marshal Sir Bertine E Sutton (Air Ministry, Adastal House Kingsway, W C 2, London) (Air Member for Personnel) informing him that the Air Council are awarding him the Flying Badge of the Royal Air Force stating that he has done so much to promote the Royal AIr Force that this has qualified him for this award Signature in typescript. Annotated that this letter is not to be published until 2 April 1943. 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/133 Letter from WSC to Air Marshal Sir Bertine Sutton stating that he is delighted to be awarded honorary wings and inorming him that he sees Sir Hugh Trenchard [Marshal of the RAF] as the founder of the Royal Air Force as it was he who proposed in 1919 that Mesopotamia should be held by air power and claiming that Britains's Air force is the best in the world Signature in typescript. 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98B/134-135 Same as CHAR 20/98B/133 Signed. 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/98B/136 Letter contained in the press release Char 20/98B/132 Signed. 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/137 Note marked "Short Snorter Club" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/138 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt asking him to send a short snorter dollar bill, signed by himself and Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] for King George VI so that he can join the club and stating that repayment and subscriptions will be made in due course apart from lend lease Initialled (T909/3). 29 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/139 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that Averil Harriman [United States Diplomat] has informed them that King George VI is fully gratified after his recent trip Initialled manuscript. 29 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/140 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC informing him that the short snorter dollar is being sent to him and asking him to welcome King George VI into the club with adequate initiation and to tell him that he hopes to see him without his certificate one day (T917/3). 30 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/141 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] informing him that his short snorter dollar will be on its way tonight and stating that they would like a cash repayment Annotated. Copy. 30 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/142 Letter from Harry Hopkins (the White House, Washington, United States) [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] enclosing the short snorter dollar [not present] and stating that he is pleased that he was asked to sign it Signed. 30 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/143 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "Personal and Most Secret" informing him that the initiation ceremony has taken place and that the new member [King George VI] has been instructed as to his responsibilities and that he brought three dollars in cash which he is now enclosing [not present] Initialled (T 981/3). 08 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/144 Note from Kathleen Hill [Prime Minister's Secretsry] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] informing him that WSC would like three dollars to be sent, specially sealed and by air mail to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] Initialled in typescript. Annotated by Desmond Morton that the best way to be delivered would be to send them to the United States Embassy. 08 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/145 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Jacob Beam [Second Secretary, United States Embassy in London] marked "Immediate" asking him to despatch a telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt and to send by air mail a letter to Harry Hopkin's [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] containing the dollar bills referred to in the telegram Signed. 08 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/146 Letter from John Martin to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] enclosing three dollar bills Signed. 08 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/147 Letter from Harry Hopkins (The White House, Washington, United States) [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] thanking him for sending the dollar bills Signed. 14 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/98B/148 Note from George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that the speech made by General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] at a private meeting of the Empire Parliamentary Association in the House of Commons has been published in the British press [see CHAR 20/98B/152] and on the radio and that many members of parliament are anxious about its publication, as many of the comments are suitable for a private meeting but not for publication and that the Field Marshal agreed to the publication of the speech and that neither the Ministry of Information or the Foreign Office were informed Initialled. 03 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/149 Annotated version of CHAR 20/98B/148 Signed. 03 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/150-151 Telegram containing the same message as CHAR 20/98B/148. Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/152 Press cutting of an extract of a speech given by General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] at a private meeting of the Empire Parliamentary Association in the House of Commons commenting on Britains colonial empire and her relationships with the Soviet Union and the United States. 03 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/153 Press cutting of the extract which preceeds CHAR 20/98B/152. [Dec 1943]
CHAR 20/98B/154 Extract from a letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] stating that Field Marshal Jan Smuts' [Prime Minister of South Africa] speech [see CHAR 20/98B/152 and CHAR 20/98B/153] has caused a great deal of discussion and that it is too early to comment on whether he has done any damage but that the general feeling at the moment is that it has blown away the cobwebs. [Dec 1943]
CHAR 20/98B/155-156 Telegram from Clement Attlee, Deputy Prime Minister to WSC informing him that a question will be raised in the house as to whether the comments of General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa. See CHAR 20/98B/152 and CHAR 20/98B/153] regarding the status of Britain and France reflects those of the government and suggesting that he repy by stating that this was a speech given at a private meeting and that although it is a valuable contribution to post war problems it does not reflect government policy, which remains the same as that declared in the King George's speech on 28 November (500). 06 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/157-158 Extract of the "Parliamentary Debates" official Report Vol. 395, No.7, Col. 773/5, regarding General Jan Smuts' speech [Prime Minister of South Africa. See CHAR 20/98B/152 and CHAR 20/98B/153] and the extent to which this reflected government policy with Clement Attlee replying on behalf of WSC stating that Smuts was not speaking for the government and including opinions on whether the speech should have been published. 07 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/159 Telegram from General Jan Smuts (Pretoria) [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC congratulating him on his success of the Italian campaign Annotated. 09 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98B/160 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts (Pretoria) [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "Most Secret & Personal" thanking him for his recent telegram and stating that the main Italian Fleet is coming over to surrender and that they were bombed on the way by the Germans and that his new aim is to see the Italians fighting the Germans (T1317/3). 10 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98B/161 Telegram to the Private Office asking them to transmit CHAR 20/98B/159Annotated (1317/3). 10 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/98B/162 Note marked "France-Field Marshal Smuts' speech". c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/163 Pamphlet entitled "Parliamentary Debates" Vol. 393, No.122, containing Sir Oswald and Lady Mosley's question to the minister's on the subject of equal pay for women, secret session and King George's speech Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, [1,[33],[1]p]. 23 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98B/164-165 Telegram containing the same message as CHAR 20/98B/148 (803). 03 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/166-167 Telegram from Clement Attlee to Anthony Eden informing him: that Vienot is unhappy about General Jan Smuts' [Prime Minister of South Africa] comment about the declining power of France; that Germany has published this speech in France which has caused much anxiety in the resistance movement as no one believes that these are not the views of the government; that Vienot is suggesting that WSC and President Roosevelt visit Algiers during their return journey (868). 04 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/168 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee stating that he thinks it unlikely that Admiral Q will visit Algiers and that if he did he would not receive General De Gaulle, adding that the great obtacle to the rehabilitation of France is the personality of De Gaulle but that he will talk matters over with Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] and informing him that at Teheran they were all surprised to discover how much Marshal Stalin distrusted France and subsequently commenting on De Gaulle's stupidness at trying to play the Soviet Union off against Britain and the United States (33). 05 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/169 Telegram same as CHAR 20/98B/168 (340). 05 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/170 Telegram same as CHAR 20/98B/155-156Annotated (500). 06 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/98B/171 Note to WSC informing him that Field Marshal Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] has arranged to stay with Queen Mary this weekend which he feels he cannot postpone and therefore cannot accept the invitation Initialled manuscript. 15 Jun [1944]
CHAR 20/98B/172 Note stating that General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] is leaving as soon as he expected and that he will give them two or three days notice Initialled manuscript. [16 Jun 1944]
CHAR 20/98B/173 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] is leaving in a couple of days time and that CSC suggests that he is invited to Chequers for a farewell visit Initialled manuscript. Annotated: "Yes". [15 Jun 1944]
CHAR 20/98B/174 Note marked "Gen. Smuts' Birthday May 1943 (a mention of possible message from P M on occasion of South Africa Union Day) Manuscript. May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/175 Telegram from the Private Office to Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating that WSC may like to be reminded that General Jan Smuts' [Prime Minister of South Africa] birthday is on the 24 May (319). 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/176 Letter from Bernard Sendall (Ministry of Information, Malet Street, W C 1, London [Private Secretary] to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that the Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken has had a letter from the London representative of the South African Press Association which suggested that WSC send a message to them marking the occasion of General Jan Smuts' [Prime Minister of South Africa] birthday and the anniversary of the founding of the Union of South Africa and stating that WSC would not wish to send a message of this kind to a single agency but that he may wish to be reminded of these anniversaries and that he may like a message to be sent to Smuts Signed. 11 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/177 Telegram from the Private Office asking for the enclosed message to be despatched [see CHAR 20/98B/178] (177). 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/178 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] sending him his best wishes for his birthday (T710/3). 22 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/179 Letter from John Peck [Prime minister's Private Secretary] to W Clark (Dominions Office) [Principal] asking him to despatch the enclosed telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] Initialled. 22 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/180 Telegram with the same message as CHAR 20/98B/178 (T710/3). 22 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/181 Telegram from General Jan Smuts (South Africa) [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC thanking him for his recent message of warm wishes [see CHAR 20/98B/178] (T716/3). 26 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/182 Note stating that a message from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] has been recieved [see CHAR 20/98B/182]. May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/183 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating that Arthur Clark (Dominions Office) [Principal] has telephoned to inform them that they are arranging for a suitable message to be sent on South Afican Union Day and that WSC need no longer be troubled Initialled. 27 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/184 Telegram, message same as CHAR 20/98B/181 (T716/3). 27 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/185 Note to Captain Clifford informing him that the incoming telegram from South Africa is in code and that therefore he may think that one time plan should be employed for repetition. 27 May 1943
CHAR 20/98B/186-187 Letter from Lord Harlech (High Commissioner's Office, Cape Town) to Clement Attlee marked "Very Private and Personal" informing him that Mrs Smuts has suffered from a stroke and that she must remain bedridden for at least a month that attempts are being made to find their guests, the Crown Prince and Princess of Greece, alternative accomodation, and describing the great burdens that are on General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] Signature in typescript. Copy. 11 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/98B/188 Note from C R C to WSC enclosing CHAR 20/98B/186-187 Initialled. Annotated. 12 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/189 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] of sympathy for his wife's illness Signature in typescript (Not registered). 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/190 Telegram, message same as CHAR 20/98B/189. 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/191 Telegram, message same as CHAR 20/98B/189. 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/192 Telegram from General Jan Smuts (South Africa) [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC thanking him for his message of sympathy [see CHAR 20/98B/189] and informing him that she has greatly improved and will soon attend a public ceremony (Not registered). 16 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/193 Note marked "to be returned to Mr Brown when Mrs Churchill has read" Annotated Mrs Smuts Illness. 1943
CHAR 20/98B/194 Telegram, message same as CHAR 20/98B/192Annotated (Not registered). 16 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/98B/195 Note marked "O" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/196 Note marked "Mr Peck" Annotated by CSC asking him to look at her letter to Lady Oxford. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/197 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC informing him that as his war work has eased he has decided to travel to Egypt on the 2 December Annotated. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/198 Letter from the Private Secretary (South Africa House, Trafalga Square, London, W C 2) to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] enclosing a telegram and stating that as it is of a personal nature that it may be better if it is not circulated Signed. 24 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98B/199 Telegram, message same as CHAR 20/98B/197. 24 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98B/200 Telegram, message same as CHAR 20/98B/197. 24 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98B/201 Letter from Leslie Rowan to Captain J C Smuts marked "Most Secret" enclosing a copy of a the telegram which he sent over with the requested amendments Initialled. 25 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/98B/202 Note marked "F M Smuts, Capt. Japie Smuts (Really Jannie) Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/98B/203 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to W Clark (Dominions Office) [Principal] asking him to despatch a message of congratulations through the Acting High Commissioner in South Africa to Captain Japie Smuts from WSC and CSC Initialled. 22 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/204 Telegram from the Dominions Office to South Africa asking them to forward a message from WSC and CSC to Captain Jamie Smuts congratulating him (839). 23 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/205 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC thanking him for his telegram to his son Japie and informing him that he is having it forwarded to the wife of his younger son Jannie, who is the father and stating that both his sons are in active service (Not registered). 26 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/98B/206 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to CSC stating that The Times has misled them by stating that it was Japie and that he had consulted the Dominions office but that they had no further information, adding that he had not shown this telegram [see CHAR 20/98B/206] to WSC Initialled. 28 Jun 1943