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Reference code: CHAR 2/132

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CHAR 2/132/1-6 Press statement by WSC proposing non-partisan alternatives to the installation of a Labour government, which, together with a continuation of the present party political strife, WSC believes would exacerbate Britain's problems at home and abroad. Annotated carbon copy. [Jan] [1924]
CHAR 2/132/7 Letter from C B Fernald (The London Play Company, 51 Piccadilly, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking whether he would be interested in giving a lecture tour in the United States to be organised by George Whipple, commenting that such a tour would be good for international relations and would be lucrative for WSC. Signed typescript. 02 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/8 Letter from Sir Richard Muir (30 Campden House Court, [London] to WSC reporting that Lord Alfred Douglas vowed at his trial to "give them hell" when he came out of prison. 02 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/9 Letter from J W Lomax, joint treasurer of the Bolton Liberal Association (Blair Athol, Heaton, Bolton, [Lancashire]) to WSC asserting his opposition to Socialism and arguing that Herbert Asquith [later Lord Oxford and Asquith] should consult Liberal opinion in the country before allowing a minority Labour government to take office. 06 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/10-13 Letter from [WSC] to Violet, Lady Bonham-Carter [earlier Violet Asquith, later Lady Violet Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] arguing that the Liberals should not keep a Socialist government in office because this in time would lead to a strengthening of the Conservatives. Carbon copy. 08 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/14 Letter from Evelyn Shaw, secretary to the Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851 (1 Lowther Gardens, Exhibition Road, [London]) to Clarice Fisher (2 Sussex Square) enclosing CHAR 2/132/15 and CHAR 2/132/16-17 and other items relating to the work of the Commissioners. 10 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/15 List of the Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851. Sent with CHAR 2/132/14. [1924]
CHAR 2/132/16-17 Notes on the activities of the Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851. Sent with CHAR 2/132/14. 04 Jun 1923
CHAR 2/132/18-20 Letter from Brigadier-General Frank Crozier (8 Devonport Street, London) to [WSC] reporting that a reward was offered for Michael Collins in Dublin [Ireland], reflecting on the way in which he has followed WSC around to different parts of the world, notably South Africa and Belfast [Ulster, Ireland], and on how WSC was defeated in Leicester and Crozier in Portsmouth [Hampshire]. 17 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/21 Letter from Sir Alfred Goodson (Waddeton Court, Brixham, Devon) to WSC opposing the policy of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and David Lloyd George of supporting the Labour party, arguing that the Liberals' success in the recent general election was due to their support for Free Trade and their opposition to Socialism, and assuring WSC of support if he takes a lead in this matter. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/22-25 Letter from W M Pressly (Hawthorn Bank, Scarcroft Road, York) to WSC outlining the policies of his proposed "Progressive Party",including penny postage, cheaper foodstuffs and reduced income tax funded by a tax on betting and national and Empire lotteries. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/26 Letter from Charles Townshend (Riviera Palace Hotel, Monte Carlo) to WSC hoping he will "lead us in a new party against Bolshevism", describing the trouble which he believes would follow in Egypt and India if a Socialist government were installed, and referring to his withdrawal from the North Norfolk election due to laryngitis. 23 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/27 Letter from James Ramsay Macdonald (10 Downing Street) to WSC thanking him for his letter and hoping that their good personal relations can continue despite their political differences. 27 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/132/28 Letter from Lord Darling [earlier Sir Charles Darling] (81 Albert Hall Mansions, [London]) to WSC thanking him for his letter, expressing astonishment at the cordiality of the press, and hoping that WSC will soon have the chance "to bring low these grotesque figures, now perched so high" [the Labour Government]. 30 Jan [1924]
CHAR 2/132/29-31 Letter from Algernon Moreing, formerly MP for Camborne [Cornwall] and George Jarrett, formerly MP for the Dartford Division of Kent (62 London Wall, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) describing the difficult position into which National Liberals in the country have been put by the support for Labour by the Liberals in parliament, asserting that many of them look to WSC for leadership and asking for an interview to discuss these matters. 05 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/32 Letter from D C Robertson (The Homestead, Neeld Crescent, Hendon, [London]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/132/33-35 and asking to know the meaning of an article in the Evening Standard of 1 Feb 1924. 05 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/33-35 Letter from D C Robertson to [WSC] proposing that unemployment should be relieved by the provision of Government money to set up a school for the training of tradesmen and to facilitate emigration of "our surplus population" to the colonies. Refers to Japan's need to expand and expresses opposition to Protection. Copy sent with CHAR 2/132/32. 28 Nov 1923
CHAR 2/132/36 Letter from [WSC] to H Abell, manager of the Bristol Guardian and Gazette Associated Newspapers Ltd, thanking him for sending a copy of the "Bristol Guardian and Gazette" and expressing the wish to see Featherstone Witty, [the editor]. Carbon copy. 05 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/37 Letter from H Abell, manager of the Bristol Guardian and Gazette Associated Newspapers Ltd (23 Bridge Street, Bristol) sending a copy of the "Bristol Guardian and Gazette" [not present] and asking whether he will grant an interview to the editor, Featherstone Witty, a member of Bristol City Council and President of the Bristol Consular Corps. 04 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/38-39 Letter from [WSC] to H G Tanner, chairman of the Bristol West Liberal Association, explaining that he could only accept the offer to stand for the constituency if it was on a Free Trade and anti-Socialist platform without Conservative opposition. Carbon copy. 05 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/40-41 Letter from H G Tanner, chairman of the Bristol West Liberal Association (45 Downleaze, Stoke Bishop, Bristol), to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking whether he would be willing to be considered as a Liberal candidate for the constituency and explaining why, despite its Conservative tradition, he thinks the Liberals can win it. 04 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/42-43 Letter from H G Tanner, chairman of the Bristol West Liberal Association (45 Downleaze, Stoke Bishop, Bristol), to WSC (2 Sussex Square) expressing confidence that WSC could win the seat for the Liberals even against Conservative opposition. 06 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/44-45 Letter from Lieutenant-General Sir Travers Clarke, deputy chairman of the British Empire Exhibition (1924) Incorporated (16 Grosvenor Gardens, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking for his suggestions for the opening ceremony of the exhibition. 13 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/46 Letter from the managing editor of the "Jiji Shimpo" (Tokyo, Japan) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) thanking him for his autographed portrait, which is displayed in their editorial room, and thanking the British people for their aid [following the earthquake in Japan]. 18 Feb 1924
CHAR 2/132/47 Letter from T W Batty, honorary secretary of the Leicester and County Liberal Club (City Hall Square, Leicester) to WSC conveying the thanks of the club for his efforts to secure the seat. 01 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/48 Letter from A J Sylvester (18 Abingdon Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/132/49-57. 22 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/49-57 Letter from David Lloyd George (10 Downing Street) to Austen Chamberlain complaining that the authority and prestige of the Coalition Government has been undermined by some of those who are reckoned its supporters and stating his belief that it would be better for him to resign as Prime Minister and for the Liberals to give "independent and loyal support" to a government formed by Chamberlain or Andrew Bonar Law in order that Britain may enjoy that stable government the absence of which has hindered post-war recovery in other parts of the world. Copy sent with CHAR 2/132/48. 27 Feb 1922
CHAR 2/132/58 Letter from Edith, Lady Londonderry (Mount Stewart, Newtonards, County Down, [Ulster, Ireland]) to WSC on WSC's political position. 25 Mar [1924]
CHAR 2/132/59 Letter from Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson, chairman of the Blackpool Parliamentary Borough Conservative and Unionist Association (Wainwright Conservative Club, 40 Victoria Street, Blackpool, [Lancashire]) to WSC inviting him to stand for the constituency. 26 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/60 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson, chairman of the Blackpool Conservative and Unionist Association [Lancashire], asking leave to discuss his possible candidacy for Blackpool with Francis Jackson and stating that he would only stand as a Liberal co-operating with the Conservatives against Socialism. Carbon copy. 02 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/61 Letter from Walter Grant Morden (The People, 49 Wellington Street, Strand, London) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) on an an annoying article in "John Bull" by Alfred Gardiner. 31 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/62 Letter from Sir Archibald Salvidge, chairman of the Liverpool Constitutional Association (2 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) on the need for preliminary discussions to secure an invitation to WSC from the Liverpool Working Men's Conservative Association. 31 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/63 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Archibald Salvidge inviting him to dine with him to discuss the proposed Liverpool demonstration and asking whether [1st Lord Birkenhead, earlier F E Smith] should also be invited. Carbon copy. 01 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/64-65 Letter from [WSC] to Stanley Baldwin [later Lord Baldwin] (93 Eaton Square, [London]) referring to Sir Martin Conway's talk with Baldwin and others and stressing the need for Liberal MPs to be assured that if they act consistently in opposition to the Labour government they will not be attacked by the Conservatives. Encloses a copy of CHAR 2/132/49-57. Carbon copy. 01 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/66-69 Letter from [WSC] to Lord Balfour [earlier Arthur Balfour] on: the steps being take towards greater electoral co-operation between the Liberals and Conservatives; the imminent invitation to WSC to address as a Liberal the Liverpool Conservative Working Men's Association; the more sympathetic attitude being taken by David Lloyd George to the efforts to recreate the National Liberal wing; the help given to WSC in the Westminster election by Balfour's letter. Carbon copy. 03 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/70-73 Letter from Sir Ernley Blackwell (Home Office) to WSC on WSC's decision in 1911 to respite the sentences of the alleged murderers of Leon Beron. 03 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/74 Letter from "Sunny" [9th Duke of Marlborough] (Blenheim Palace) to WSC approving the success of a luncheon and expressing the belief that WSC will remain detached from the Conservative party until he can command his terms. 03 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/75 Letter from [WSC] to George Law (Villa Rose, Weston-super-Mare, [Somerset]) promising to study the Sherman Act. Carbon copy. 08 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/76-77 Letter from George Law (Villa Rosa, Weston-super-Mare, [Somerset]) to WSC arguing that legislation along the lines of the Sherman anti-trust law in the United States should be introduced in Britain. 05 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/78 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson, chairman of the Blackpool Conservative and Unionist Association, stating that it is unlikely that he will be able to accept the offer to stand for the constituency. Carbon copy. 11 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/79 Letter from Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson, chairman of the Blackpool Conservative and Unionist Association (Wainwright Conservative Club, 40 Victoria Street, Blackpool, [Lancashire]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking if he would like to see him and the Association's secretary and agent, W H Fox [to discuss WSC's possible candidature]. 03 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/80 Letter from Sir Archibald Salvidge, chairman of the Liverpool Constitutional Association (2 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/132/81 and describing the meeting which led to the issuing of this invitation. 11 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/81 Letter from Sir Archibald Salvidge, chairman of the Liverpool Constitutional Association (2 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) conveying the invitation of the Liverpool Workingmen's Conservative Association and the Women's Unionist Federation to address a mass meeting in Liverpool on the "present dangers of the Socialist Movement." Sent with CHAR 2/132/80. 11 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/82 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Archibald Salvidge reporting that he has given their correspondence [on the invitation to WSC of the Liverpool Workingmen's Conservative Association and the Women's Unionist Federation to address a mass meeting in Liverpool on the "present dangers of the Socialist Movement"] to the press, where it received quite good publicity, particularly from the "Daily Mail" [see CHAR 2/132/83-85]. 14 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/83-85 Copy of CHAR 2/132/81. Letter from WSC [2 Sussex Square] to Sir Archibald Salvidge accepting the invitation from the Liverpool Workingmen's Conservative Association and the Women's Unionist Federation to address a mass meeting in Liverpool on the dangers of Socialism. [Copies prepared for submission to the press. See CHAR 2/132/82]. 11 Apr 1924 - 12 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/86 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Edward Manville (3 Whitehall Court, [London]) promising to see whether he can suggest anyone to him [to stand for Coventry [Warwickshire] if invited by the Conservative Association there]. Carbon copy. 14 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/87 Letter from [WSC] to [Sir Edward Manville] explaining that he is solely associated with the Liberal wing [of the movement towards inter-party co-operation against Socialism], which he thinks should remain distinct from the Conservative wing, and reporting that he has given Manville's letter [about finding a Conservative candidate for Coventry [Warwickshire]] to Conservative friends of his. Typescript draft. Although this letter is actually addressed to "Granville", the context suggests it was meant for Manville. [03] Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/88 Letter from Sir Edward Manville (3 Whitehall Court, [London]) to WSC stating that if WSC can name some one who shares his views and would be willing to stand for Coventry [Warwickshire] if invited by the Conservative Association there he (the candidate) would receive substantial support. Annotated: "Captain Guest's advice". 03 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/89 Letter from [Clarice Fisher] to Frank Birdwood stating that WSC cannot see any use in giving Birdwood an interview about his idea for a movement ["to formulate some plan whereby fair play may, as far as possible, be secured to those who want to carry on their work in security."] Carbon copy. 15 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/90 Letter from Frank Birdwood to WSC asking for an interview about his idea for a movement "to formulate some plan whereby fair play may, as far as possible, be secured to those who want to carry on their work in security." Mentions that his father, Sir George Birdwood, inaugurated Primrose Day and was associated at the India Office with Lord Randolph Churchill. 06 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/91 Note from Frederick Guest to Clarice Fisher suggesting how CHAR 2/132/90 should be answered. [Apr] [1924]
CHAR 2/132/92 Letter from Clarice Fisher to T R Threlfall reporting that WSC will consider [Threlfall's suggestion of an anti-Socialist "Freedom League"] when he returns from his Easter holidays. Carbon copy. 16 [Apr] 1924
CHAR 2/132/93 Letter from T R Threlfall (19 Adelaide Road, Hampstead, [London]) to [WSC] giving reasons why the formation of a "Freedom League", of which WSC would be the natural leader, would help to combat Socialism. 14 [Apr] 1924
CHAR 2/132/94 Letter from C I Blackburne, honorary secretary of the West Kent Branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Valence, Westerham, Kent) to [Clarice] Fisher noting that WSC has agreed to become a vice-president of the branch. 19 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/95 Letter from C I Blackburne, honorary secretary of the West Kent Branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Valence, Westerham, Kent) to [Clarice] Fisher (2 Sussex Square) stating that his branch would greatly value WSC's interest and that the position of vice-president would involve him in no work. Annotated: "yes". 07 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/96 Letter from C I Blackburne, honorary secretary of the West Kent Branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Valence, Westerham, Kent) to WSC (Chartwell) inviting him to become a vice-president of the branch. 31 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/97-98 Letter from Adeline Bourne (52 Lower Sloane Street, [London]) to [WSC] arguing that the Liberals and Conservatives will never be able to co-operate with eachother and suggesting the formation of a unifying "People's Party". 01 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/99 Letter from Sir Archibald Salvidge, chairman of the Liverpool Constitutional Association (2 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) informing him that the Liverpool Conservative Club have resolved to invite him to a luncheon after the mass meeting. 24 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/100 Letter from [WSC] to the Bishop of Winchester [Theodore Woods] regretting that he is too busy to accept the invitation to speak at the annual meeting of the National Council of Public Morals. Carbon copy. 24 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/101 Letter from Theodore Woods, Bishop of Winchester (Farnham Castle, Surrey), to WSC describing the work of the National Council of Public Morals and inviting WSC to speak at its annual meeting. 18 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/102 Letter from [WSC] to ? agreeing with his praise of the Viceroy of India [Lord Reading, earlier Sir Rufus Isaacs] and reflecting on the election for the Abbey Division of Westminster. Carbon copy. 25 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/103 Letter from ?(Vice Regal Lodge, Delhi, [India]) to WSC regretting WSC's defeat in the election for the Abbey Division of Westminster, a contest which aroused great interest in the East and Far East, praising the Viceroy of India, Lord Reading [earlier Sir Rufus Isaac] for the way he is tackling his "thankless job", and praising "The World Crisis". 20 Mar 1924
CHAR 2/132/104-105 Letter from Theodore Maunder (65 Orchard Terrace, [London]) to WSC enclosing and summarising CHAR 2/132/106-109, mentioning that it has been approved by 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith] and others, suggesting that WSC's support would "balance" Birkenhead's Toryism, and summarising his own journalistic career. 27 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/106-109 Proposals by Theodore Maunder for a national organisation against Socialism. Sent with CHAR 2/132/104-105. [1924]
CHAR 2/132/110-111 Letter from [WSC] to Captain Edward Altham (United Service Club, Pall Mall, [London]) agreeing with his view of the result of the election for the Abbey Division of Westminster [see CHAR 2/132/114-115] and adding that if the Conservatives cannot command a majority good government can only be ensured by Liberal co-operation, and that the Conservatives would be damaged if constituencies like Westminster are treated as pocket boroughs. Carbon copy. 29 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/112 Letter from Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson, chairman of the Blackpool Conservative and Unionist Association (Wainwright Conservative Club, 40 Victoria Street, Blackpool, [Lancashire]) to WSC (2 Sussex Square) asking for an answer to the Association's invitation to stand for the constituency. 30 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/113 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson declining the offer from the Blackpool Conservative and Unionist Association [Lancashire] to stand for the constituency. Carbon copy. 30 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/114-115 Letter from Captain Edward Altham (United Service Club, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC explaining that at a forthcoming debate staged by the newly-formed Conservative Training Association he is going to argue that the return of WSC for the Abbey Division of Westminster would have heralded an new era of concerted action against Socialism and arguing that young Conservatives are receptive to the idea of co-operating with Liberals. 28 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/116 Letter from Paddy Longfield (Longueville, Mallow, County Cork, [Ireland]) to WSC stating that he has no desire to get involved in politics in Ireland but is willing "to fight an English seat as a Winstonian or whatever your party is to be named". Discusses the supply of polo ponies and race horses. 27 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/117 Letter from [Clarice Fisher] to G S H Smith, honorary secretary of the Cudham, Biggin Hill and District Horticultural and Fanciers Association [Kent] stating that WSC has not yet properly installed himself at Chartwell and must therefore decline for the present the invitation to become a vice-president of the Association. Carbon copy. 30 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/118 Letter from G S H Smith, honorary secretary of the Cudham, Biggin Hill and District Horticultural and Fanciers Association (Holmwood, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent) to WSC inviting him to become a vice-president of the Association. 24 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/119 Letter from [WSC] to W W Ritchie, Postal Commissioner (Harbin, Manchuria, [China]) thanking him for his letter [see CHAR 2/132/121] which he found most encouraging. Carbon copy. 30 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/120 Business card of W W Ritchie, postal commissioner of the Chinese Government Service. [1924]
CHAR 2/132/121 Letter from W W Ritchie (Postal Commissioner's Office, Post Office, Harbin, Manchuria, [China]) to WSC on: the rapid development of Harbin thanks to its position on the Trans-Siberian railway; the group of Englishmen and Americans in Harbin who greatly admire WSC and follow his fortunes closely; Ritchie's job as postal commissioner. 10 Apr 1924
CHAR 2/132/122 Letter from [WSC] to 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith] on the McKenna duties, the Ulster boundary situation and the Budget. Carbon copy. 30 Apr 1924