Public and political: correspondence concerning WSC's published letter advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown.

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Date: Jan 1924

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CHAR 2/137/1-4 Letter from Violet, Lady Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith, later Lady Violet Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] (Dorset House, Dorset Street, [London]) to WSC regretting that WSC's published letter [advocating the passage of an anti- Socialist address to the Crown] is a public definition of his differences with the rest of the Liberal Party, considering the position of the Labour Government and the Liberal attitude towards it, praising the recent speech by Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], which was also admired by Labour members like Philip Snowden [later Lord Snowden], and arguing that the Labour Government "will suffer for the timidity & inefficiency of its members not for their violence.". 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/5 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Robinson (The Homestead, Neeld Crescent, Hendon [Middlesex]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/137/6-8, arguing that WSC's warning about the Liberals supporting a Socialist government was a few days too late, declaring himself a Liberal Unionist and predicting that the country may wish for Protection in four years time. 22 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/6-8 Letter from [Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Robinson] (The Homestead, Neeld Crescent, Hendon [Middlesex]) to [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] stating that he would be prepared to support Protection if it could be proved that it would benefit the country, which Stanley Baldwin [later Lord Baldwin] failed to do, and arguing that since the Liberals cannot form a government themselves they should support the Conservatives in order to promote moderate policies. Copy sent with CHAR 2/137/5. 03 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/9-12 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel ? (East India United Service Club) arguing that the Communists are the dominant Jewish group in Palestine, that Jewish communists are influencing British workers and that action must be taken to meet the threat. 21 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/13-18 Letter from Albert G Cooke, honorary secretary of the Kidderminster St Mary's Ward Conservative Committee (2 Baxter Avenue, Kidderminster, [Worcestershire]) to WSC urging him and 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith] to join a Conservative government under Stanley Baldwin [later Lord Baldwin]. 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/19 Letter from Nestatt Webster (84 Cadogan Place, [London]) to WSC congratulating him on his letter published in that day's "Times": "you have saved England!". 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/20 Letter from Ernest Law (27 Brunswick Gardens, Kensington, [London]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/137/21, drawing WSC's attention to his suggestion that the House of Commons should consider the right of a Prime Minister to advise a dissolution of Parliament and regretting that WSC argued in his letter that the House of Commons could debate any amendment to the Address "irrespective of whether a new Government has or has not at that moment assumed office.". 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/21 Cutting from the "Times": letter from Ernest Law to the editor arguing that the Prime Minister should not have the right to advise a dissolution of Parliament in any circumstances or to advise the sovereign who his successor should be. Sent with CHAR 2/137/20. [18] [Jan] [1924]
CHAR 2/137/22 Telegram from "Lomax, Blair, Atholl, Bolton" (Oldham, [Lancashire]) to WSC: "your courageous and wise letter will be welcomed by many thousands of Liberals today.". 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/23 Telegram from Frederick Murray Baillie to WSC: "stout fellow stick to it" [refers to WSC's published letter advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown]. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/24 Letter from Frank ?Chalcans (Dacre Lodge, Plashet Road, London) to WSC hoping that he will soon return to the House of Commons to sort out the present difficult political situation. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/25 Letter from Sara Horne, mother of Claude Horne (Glebe Cottage, Goring on Thames, [Oxfordshire]) to WSC congratulating him on his letter published in that day's "Times" [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown] and mentioning that Claude is in India. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/26 Telegram from George Gillespie, director of Gillespie Ltd Glasgow, [Scotland]) to WSC congratulating him [on his letter published in the "Times" of 18 Jan] and urging him to "save the nation from disaster and Liberalism from its betrayers" by forming and leading "a progressive, moderate and constitutional party". 21 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/27 Letter from G M Okley (Lanark, Halliford Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, [Middlesex]) urging him to leave the Liberals and join the Conservatives. 21 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/28 Letter from Sir Frederick Milner (Taplow Lodge, Maidenhead, [Berkshire]) to WSC arguing that if the House voted no confidence in the Labour Government all the King could do would be to ask Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith]to form a government, but Asquith has "queered his pitch" by putting the Labour Government in. Reports that he (Milner) is "a sorry cripple" and is very deaf, and expresses the wish that Lord Randolph Churchill was still alive. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/29-30 Letter from Mrs J Vince (Wickhambrooke, Suffolk) to WSC urging him to "put your foot down ones [sic] for all and whip all the Labour Members right out" and denying that there is any need for a third party. [Jan] [1924]
CHAR 2/137/31 Letter from Brigadier-General Edward D'Ewes Coke (Eton End, Datchet, Buckinghamshire) to WSC asserting that "the decent elements in England" should express their determination that the Socialists should not govern until they can command a real majority of votes, otherwise Britain may go the way of Russia in succumbing to revolutionaries. Thanks WSC for his "warning" in his letter published in that day's "Times" [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address tothe Crown]. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/32-33 Letter from Annie R Sprake (8 Ranger Mansions, Upper Norwood, [London]) to WSC describing how her involvement in local political activity has led her to believe that Socialists are unfit to govern. 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/34-36 Letter from A C Kean (Lavant, Friern Barnet Road, London) to WSC accusing him, along with the rest of his class, of lacking real political vision and denying WSC's claim that the installation of a Labour government will be disastrous. Argues that the Labour Party would not have emerged had the Conservatives not diluted the Liberals' reforming measures and predicts that the Conservative party will soon disappear. Pleads for equality of opportunity. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/37 Letter from James Benchley, supporter of Ronald McNeill [later Lord Cushenden] (Belmont, Avenue Road, Herne Bay, [Kent]) to WSC congratulating him on his stand against Socialism and commenting that WSC's recently published letter "came to the country as a Great Relief.". 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/38 Letter from A J Pope (171 Great Britain Street, Dublin, [Ireland]) to WSC hoping that he will be able to advise some of the Liberals "to think of our King, our Country and Empire, before they vote for the "Reds" and "wait and see".". 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/39 Letter from "some women" (Edinburgh, [Scotland]) criticising Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] for putting the Socialists into power and denying that the Socialists represent Labour. 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/40 Letter from H R Colbeck, "just a plain retired City man" (33 Walpole Road, Bournemouth, [Hampshire]) to [WSC] approving his letter in the previous day's "Times" [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown], dismissing the idea of giving the Labour Party "fair play" and predicting that Socialism will have to be fought. 19 Jan [1924]
CHAR 2/137/41 Letter from Edith Dar??st-Smith (62 Rutland Gate, [London]) to WSC urging him to form a party consisting of Conservatives and moderate Liberals who differ from the former only on "the now unimportant issue of Protection", the existence of which would make James Ramsay Macdonald's position as Prime Minister untenable. 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/42 Letter from ?A F Purton (13-15 Bishopsgate Avenue, Camomile Street, London) urging him to follow up his published letter [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialst address to the Crown] by practical action. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/43 Letter from "a good canvasser and member of [the] Primrose League" (Princes Square, Bayswater, [London]) to [WSC] urging him to join the Conservatives. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/44 Letter from Charles A Salmond (Allanvale, Dunblane, [Perthshire, Scotland]) to WSC praising his letter published in that day's "Times" [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist Address to the Crown] but expressing little hope of its being accepted by [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith, and David Lloyd George]. Calls for a return to the two-party system and hopes WSC will become a leading member of a constitutional anti-Socialist party. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/45 Letter from "a 40 year worker for the Conservative cause" to [WSC] reporting that he heard WSC praised in a Conservative club for the first time in some years, urging him to join with 17th Lord Derby to form a new constitutional movement, and describing Stanley Baldwin [later Lord Baldwin] as "a washout", Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] as "a trickster" and David Lloyd George as "an opportunist". 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/46 Letter from an anonymous correspondent (Westminster, [London]) to [WSC] praising him and suggesting that Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] is being paid by Russia or Germany "to betray our beloved country". 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/47 Letter from Daniel Noel (Noel Brothers, enamelled ware and general hardware merchants, 51 High Street, Kingsland, [London]) to WSC expressing support, as a lifelong Liberal, for his anti-Socialist movement and asserting that most rank and file Liberals do not support the stance adopted by [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith, and David Lloyd George]. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/48 Letter from J Allen Jones (Llanyblodwell Vicarage, Oswestry, [Shropshire]) to WSC describing WSC as the strong leader for whom the country has been waiting and asking whether he would give a guinea for a portrait of 1st Duke of Marlborough owned by a poor lady. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/49-50 Telegram from Robert Lee Summers [United States] to WSC calling him "the foremost statesman in British politics". 20 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/51 Letter from G Turquand (Squires House, 13 Stratford Place, Oxford Street, [London]) to WSC offering his voluntary political help. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/52 Letter from I Illingworth to WSC urging him to form a separate party to combat Socialism. 24 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/53 Letter from J S Phillpotts (The Ousels, Tunbridge Wells, [Kent]) to WSC thanking him for his letter published in that day's "Times" [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown] and his opposition to Herbert Asquith's intention of placing a Labour Government in power, and expressing disgust at the attacks on WSC by Lord Alfred Douglas. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/54 Letter from Harry Roberts (107 Hinckley Road, Leicester) to WSC expressing the hope that he will contest the West Leicester constituency at the next election. 19 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/55-56 Letter from A Grosvenor Deeny (Madresfield, 95 Wentworth Road, Harborne, Birmingham) to WSC urging him to form a new constitutionalist and anti-Socialist party and to remember the stress by Australian Prime Minister Stanley Bruce [later Lord Bruce] on the importance of trade within the Empire and the construction of a naval base in Singapore. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/57 Letter from ?Minnie Hughes (7 Hyde Park Square, [London]) to WSC thanking him for his published letter [advocating the passing of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown]. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/58 Letter from A E Clarke [president of the Bible Brotherhood] (Oaklawn, Anerley Road, [London]) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/137/60 and stressing the atheistical aspect of Socialism. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/59 Visiting card of A E Clarke, president of the Bible Brotherhood. [1924]
CHAR 2/137/60 Pamphlet: "Socialism shattered by Robert Blatchford. Correspondence and comments compiled by A E Clarke" [president of the Bible Brotherhood]. Sent with CHAR 2/137/58. [1924]
CHAR 2/137/61 Letter from 6th Lord Arran (Thoby Priory, Brentwood, [Essex]) to WSC congratulating him, "as a very humble Liberal and Free Trader", on his published letter [advocating the passing of an anti-Socialist Address to the Crown]. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/62 Letter from F W Gregory (13 Grove Road, Hoe Stree, Walthamstow, [London]) to WSC arguing that a national co-operative system, whereby employers and workers shared in the profits of a business, would remove the root causes of Socialism. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/63 Letter from Cornwallis Baily (6 Dane Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, [Sussex]) to WSC praising his published letter [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown] and hoping that it will be followed by practical action. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/64 Letter from Haydn Sanders (Elmwood, Stoke Park, Slough, [Buckinghamshire]) to WSC praising his published letter advocating the passing of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown and describing how he (Sanders) supported the Socialism of John Ruskin, Leo Tolstoy and others until the war and events in Russia showed that it was impractical to try to put their ideals into practice. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/65 Letter from ?M Wittering (56 Broxholm Road, West Norwood, [London]) to WSC expressing agreement with his published letter [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown] and asking for advice as to which candidate in the City by-election he should vote for. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/66 Letter from Harry Dykes (Dykes and Sons, art experts, 84 New Bond Street, [London]) to WSC approving of his published letter [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown] and urging him to contest a parliamentary seat solely as an anti-Socialist. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/67 Letter from J Venables (Hardene, St Philips Road, Leicester) to WSC urging him to become leader of the Conservatives. 17 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/68 Letter from H T Pearson to [WSC] congratulating him on his published letter [advocating the passage of an anti-Socialist address to the Crown], criticising the Liberals for placing the Socialists in power, having gained the votes of the "poor struggling business man" and regretting that WSC was not returned for West Leicester. [18] [Jan] [1924]
CHAR 2/137/69-71 Letter from P J King (149 Cambridge Street, [London]) to WSC asking for an interview in order that he might make suggestions as to how existing commerical institutions could be used to unify anti-Socialist forces. 18 Jan 1924
CHAR 2/137/72 Envelope with note referring to the contents of this file. [Jan] [1924]