Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence and papers on a number of immediate post-war issues (includes copies of wartime documents).

Reference code: CHUR 2/3

Part of: CHUR 2
Next record: CHUR 2/4
Previous record: CHUR 2/2

Date: Jan 1940 - Oct 1945


Correspondents include: Prime Minister Clement Attlee (15) on subjects including questions in Parliament about raw materials for atomic weapons and secret agreements with Belgium, Holland and Brazil, and also on decorations for wartime service ; Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] (2); Norman Tucker [Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Dalton]; Robert Brand [Representative of HM Treasury in Washington, United States] (2); Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to Attlee], Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States], John Colville (3) and Paul Beards [Assistant Private Secretaries to Attlee], and Henry Morgenthau [former United States Secretary to the Treasury] on Morgenthau's request for permission to publish the text of the Quebec [Canada] agreement on the post-war treatment of Germany; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann]; John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to Attlee]; Home Secretary [James Chuter-Ede]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Kathleen Hill, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], and Elizabeth Layton; and 1951 notes by Denis Kelly [literary assistant to WSC].

Subjects covered by the file include: the shutting down of "Lend-Lease" and the "Sterling gap"; the Potsdam Conference [Berlin, Germany]; the German-Polish border; the atomic bomb; atomic energy; publishing 1940 documents in relation to a case involving a US officer, Tyler Kent; the War Medal and Campaign Stars.

Also includes: details of Conservative ministers retaining and losing seats in the 1945 election; copy of a statement by Attlee on Lend-Lease; copy of relevant part of the Quebec Agreement initialled by President Roosevelt and WSC; copy of statement by WSC on the atom bomb; Attlee's report on Potsdam including details of agreements on Germany, Konigsberg [Germany, later Kaliningrad, Soviet Union], Austria, Poland, war criminals, and the United Nations; copies of 1940 telegrams from Roosevelt and WSC on the naval blockade of Britain; and confidential reports on war medals and stars.





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Physical: 1 file (160 loose folios)
Publication: Alternative format: Available on microfilm apart from folios 91,117-119, and 143-160 which are available as original documents.
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Contained records

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CHUR 2/3/42-50 Statement by WSC on the atomic bomb [01-07 Aug 1945]
CHUR 2/3/105 Copy of a message from WSC to Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "personal and secret" about the text of a draft message for [Harry Truman, President of the United States, from Attlee] in which he questions what [Attlee] wishes the Americans to do about sharing information about atomic weapons with the Soviet Union and a reference to an "Act of Faith"; discusses the importance of security in world policy and the timing of a United Nations conference; WSC's agreement with President Roosevelt which constitutes a "special relationship" and almost a "military understanding"; and his conviction that the Unites States should not share knowledge about the atomic bomb except in return for a system of inspection. He ends by sympathising with [Attlee's] anxieties. [Oct 1945]