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CHAR 2/53/1-2 Letter from William Royle [Chairman of the Manchester Liberal Federation] (Elmwood, Rusholme, [Manchester]) to WSC recommending Miss Lucy Witherington of Higher Crumpsall in Manchester to the position of postmistress. Returned with CHAR 2/53/3. 14 Jun 1911
CHAR 2/53/3 Letter from Kenelm Kerr (General Post Office) to Edward Marsh enclosing a minute to the Postmaster General about Miss Lucy Witherington's application for the position of postmistress [see CHAR 2/53/4]. Signed typescript. 03 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/4 Minute to the Postmaster General on Miss Lucy Witherington's application for the position of postmistress. Typescript. [Aug 1911]
CHAR 2/53/5 Envelope addressed to Edward Marsh which originally contained CHAR 2/53/1-4. [Aug 1911]
CHAR 2/53/6 Letter from Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres (22 North Audley Street, Grosvenor Square, [London]) to WSC expressing the wish to talk to him about his (French's) conversation with the German Emperor [Kaiser Wilhelm II]. 07 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/7 Letter from Colonel John Babington (Chapelgarth, Little Broughton, Stokesley, Yorkshire) to Edward Marsh enclosing his record of service [see CHAR 2/53/8]. 08 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/8 Record of service of Colonel John Babington. Annotated typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/53/7. [Aug 1911]
CHAR 2/53/9 Letter from George Wyndham (44 Belgrave Square, [London]) to WSC on a bet relating to Lord Halsbury and Lord Curzon. 11 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/10 Letter from Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres], Inspector General of the Forces (Horse Guards, Whitehall, [London]), to WSC on a memorandum WSC has sent referring to the need for six army divisions to be sent from India. 14 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/11 Letter from Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres], Inspector General of the Forces (Horse Guards, Whitehall, [London]), to WSC on secret communications from WSC which throw light on German [military] methods and aims. 17 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/12 Letter from Kenelm Kerr (Postmaster General's Office) to Edward Marsh reporting that temporary clerks in the Engineering Department of the Post Office are not eligible for established clerkships. Signed typescript. 28 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/13-14 Letter from Thomas P Skillings, secretary of the Temporary Clerks (Postal Telegraphs Engineering Branch) Association (Nottingham) to WSC pointing out that all employees of the National Telephone Company have been promised permanent Civil Service posts when the Company's plant is taken over by the Government and asking that the temporary clerks should be given the same promise in view of their good record of service. Signed typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/53/15. [Jun 1911]
CHAR 2/53/15 Letter from John Watson (Victoria Terrace, 135 Clepington Road, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland] to WSC (House of Commons) enclosing a petition from the temporary clerks of the Postal Telegraphs Engineering Branch [see CHAR 2/53/13- 14]. 01 Jul 1911
CHAR 2/53/16 Envelope addressed to Edward Marsh which contained CHAR 2/53/12-15. 28 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/17-18 Letter from R G Hickling (79 Carlton Terrace, Surrey Street, Norwich, [Norfolk]) to [WSC] claiming that recent astrological conjuctions have led to unrest but a more propitious alignment is approaching which WSC must make use of to pacify both sides [?in the railway and dock strikes.] Signed typescript. 16 Aug [1911]
CHAR 2/53/19 Letter from WSC ("in the train") to "Alick" [Alexander Murray, the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] stating that as a result of a conversation with Robert Harcourt he has decided not to address any meetings on Home Rule before Parliament meets again. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh. 31 Aug 1911
CHAR 2/53/20 Letter from Colonel John Babington (Harleyburn, Melrose, [Roxburghshire, Scotland] to WSC asking whether he should send in an official application for employment under the Colonial Office and expressing a preference for the governorship of New South Wales [Australia]. 10 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/21-22 Notes by WSC on conversations between the German Emperor [Kaiser Wilhelm II and Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres] in which the Emperor gave his views on: David Lloyd George's "provocative" speech at the Mansion House; the Agadir [Morocco] crisis; the "racial" nature of future great wars; the efficiency of the German army and the danger faced by any country which confronted it; the weakness of the French army; the hostility to Germany of the Daily Mail and the Times. Title in WSC's hand, the rest in the hand of Edward Marsh. 10 Aug [1911]
CHAR 2/53/23 Letter from [WSC] to [Colonel John Babington] reporting that he has written to Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies] setting out Babington's qualifications for a high colonial office. Typescript annotated with instruction from WSC to Edward Marsh to copy in manuscript. 13 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/24 Letter from [WSC] to Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth] asking for the Times to report his speeches at Dundee [Angus, Scotland] in October as these are the only ones he is giving during the parliamentary recess. Praises the line taken by the Times and the Daily Mail [over the Agadir crisis in Morocco.] Typescript. Preceded by instruction to Edward Marsh to write the letter out. 13 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/25 Letter from Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres] (22 North Audley Street, Grosvenor Square, [London]) to WSC on the arrangements for the sending and return of secret papers between them. Wonders whether they will soon be serving together in the field. 16 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/26 Letter from G Wallace Carter, general secretary of the Home Rule Council (Parliament Chambers, Great Smith Street, Westminster, [London]) to WSC (Home Office) reporting that the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray, later Lord Murray of Elibank] agrees with the Council's "secret plan of campaign". Signed typescript. Annotated by WSC: "I agree generally with the cogent reasons by wh. he supports his proposals.". 18 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/27 Letter from [Edward Marsh] to G Wallace Carter [general secretary of the Home Rule Council] stating that WSC agrees with the cogent reasons by which he supports his proposals [on the Council's plan of campaign.] Typescript copy. 29 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/28 Letter from Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth (Shire Donald Hotel, Newcastle, County Down, [Ulster, Ireland]) to WSC reporting that he has written to Printing House Square about the reporting of WSC's speeches [in Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]] and criticising the speeches of some of WSC's colleagues on the international situation because they betray a lack of awareness that Germany's army is unwieldy, bureaucratic and hidebound and that she really fears the French army. Asserts that his newspapers are not being provocative but are reporting the facts. Illustration of hotel on letter head. 18 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/29-31 Letter from Sir George Kemp (Beechwood, Rochdale, [Lancashire] to [?Charles Prestwich] Scott explaining that wishes to withdraw from his seat of North West Manchester because he does not feel able to give it the requisite attention. Suggests three possible successors. 20 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/32 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to WSC asking him to write to Oliver Locker-Lampson, MP for the Ramsey or Northern Division of Huntingdonshire, to bring about a settlement of the libel case between Locker-Lampson, Richard Winfrey and Alexander Boulton. Signed typescript. Annotated by WSC that he must know the facts of the case before he can meet the request, 29 Sep. 25 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/33-34 Letter from Sir Arthur Nicolson [later 1st Lord Carnock] (Foreign Office) to WSC on the threatened occupation by Italy of Tripoli [Libya] and the possible response of Turkey and Germany. Thinks the occupation will expedite the settlement of the Morocco question [the Agadir crisis] and that Britain shoud remain neutral. 28 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/35 Letter from [WSC] to Alfred Emmott [Chairman of Ways and Means] referring to a letter by Swift Macneill citing precedents concerning freedom of debate in the House of Commons. Typescript. Preceded by instruction to Edward Marsh to write the letter out. [Jun 1911]
CHAR 2/53/36 Letter from Henry Massingham (the Nation, 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London) to WSC explaining that he has not been fully superintending the Nation due to illness and giving his views on the army's role in the policing of the railway strike. 28 Sep 1911
CHAR 2/53/37-42 Letter from Richard Winfrey (Sutton House, Peterborough) describing how articles in the Huntingdonshire County News and the [Peterborough] Citizen (newspapers controlled by Winfrey) gave rise to the libel case between Oliver Locker- Lampson [MP for the Ramsey or Northern Division of Huntingdonshire] and his Liberal opponent Alexander Boulton and asking WSC to make use of his friendship with Locker-Lampson to help settle the matter. 05 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/43 Letter from Jeremiah MacVeagh (Bansha, 2 Upper Montague Street, Russell Square, London) to WSC reporting that the Daily Chronicle has asked for permission to republish "Home Rule in a nutshell" for distribution to every elector and asking to use WSC's comments as an introduction to subsequent editions. 07 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/44 Letter from J Cantwell (Greeves Stores, 39 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, [Essex]) to [WSC] enclosing a telegram announcing the birth of his son [see CHAR 2/53/45], who is to be called John Winston. Thanks WSC for his financial assistance. 12 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/45 Telegram from Nurse Peacock (Duncan Road, Gillingham, [Kent]) to J Cantwell (Greeves Stores, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, [Essex]): "all over" [announces the birth of Cantwell's son.] Sent with CHAR 2/53/44. 04 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/46 Letter from Oliver Locker-Lampson (The Bath Club, 34 Dover Street, [London]) to WSC reporting that negotiations to settle the libel case between himself, Richard Winfrey and Alexander Boulton have failed because Locker- Lampson refuses to agree that the payment to him of £1000 should not be publicised. 19 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/47 Letter from [Oliver Locker-Lampson] to Richard Winfrey promising not to divulge the terms of the settlement of the libel case between them and seeking an assurance that no unworthy criticism of Locker-Lampson's political conduct will again appear in newspapers circulating in northern Huntingdonshire. Copy. Probably the text of the letter which Locker- Lampson refused to sign. See CHAR 2/53/46. Typescipt copy at CHAR 2/53/53. 23 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/48 Letter from Richard Winfrey to Oliver Locker-Lampson thanking him for his promise not to divulge the terms of the settlement of the libel case between them [Locker- Lampson actually refused to make this promise] and assuring him that no unworthy criticism of his political conduct will appear in newspapers controlled by Winfrey. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/53/54. [Oct 1911]
CHAR 2/53/49-51 Statement of Alexander Boulton's position regarding the two libel actions brought by Oliver Locker-Lampson [MP for the Ramsey or Northern Division of Huntingdonshire] against the Huntingdonshire County News and the Peterborough Advertiser Company [arising from material published during the last election]. Typescript. Annotated: "perhaps a mutual withdrawal would meet the case". [Oct 1911]
CHAR 2/53/52 Report that the libel action brought by Oliver Locker- Lampson against the Huntingdonshire County News and the Peterborough Citizen has been settled. Imputations against Locker-Lampson's political conduct are withdrawn on behalf of the Peterborough Advertiser Company. Typescript. [Oct 1911]
CHAR 2/53/53 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/53/47. [Oct 1911]
CHAR 2/53/54 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/53/48. [Oct 1911]
CHAR 2/53/55-59 Letter from Sir Henry Lunn (3 Upper Woburn Place, Tavistock Square, London) to WSC (33 Eccleston Square, [London]) on his efforts to secure a settlement of the libel case between Oliver Locker-Lampson and Richard Winfrey. Signed and annotated typescript. 25 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/60 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to WSC reporting that Richard Winfrey thinks he will be seriously harmed by having to publish the amount he has paid to Oliver Locker-Lampson to settle a libel action. Asks WSC to get Locker-Lampson to agree to a less specific statement being published. Signed typescript. 25 Oct 1911
CHAR 2/53/61 Letter from Andrew Bonar Law (Pembroke Lodge, Edwardes Square, Kensington, [London]) to WSC thanking him for his letter [congratulating him on his election as leader of the Conservative Party] and hoping to see him at the Other Club. 18 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/62 Letter from Edwin Arrowsmith (1 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, London) to [WSC] stating that he is a Conservative but that he supports WSC's determination to maintain Britain's naval supremacy. Reports that his nephew, Professor Douglas Savory of Belfast University [Ulster, Ireland] has encountered strong anti-British feeling on his visits to Germany. 22 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/63 Letter from ? G S Clarke, Governor of Bombay, [India], to WSC expressing pleasure that he has become First Lord of the Admiralty and recommending him to seek the advice of Admiral Sir Reginald Custance. 24 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/64 Letter from Lord Morley [earlier John Morley] (Privy Council Office) to WSC on [?German] antagonism and mankind's tendency to avoid scrapes until they are inevitable and uncontrollable. 24 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/65-70 Speech by in the House of Commons by Joseph Compton-Rickett on the need to maintain Britain's naval supremacy against a possible German threat and the "civilising" effects of a French presence in Tunis, Algeria and Morocco. Annotated typescipt. 27 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/71-75 Cuttings from Canadian newspapers: WSC's explanation of the resignation from the Admiralty of three Sea Lords. Sent with CHAR 2/53/81-82. 29 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/76-77 Letter from Alexander Murray [the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to WSC on the use to be made of James Caird's donation towards the work of the Home Rule Council. 11 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/78 Letter from James Caird (Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC enclosing a cheque for £1500 [not present] for the Free Trade campaign in 1912. 13 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/79 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] (Whittingehame, Prestonkirk, [East Lothian, Scotland]) to WSC thanking him for his letter and assuring him that he has never let political differences destroy private friendships. Expresses pleasure at WSC's appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty and refers to the changes brought about by the rapid advances in naval technology, including submarines. 16 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/80 Letter from Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth] (The Times) to WSC quoting a passage on the danger of war between France and Germany and the need for Britain to be prepared. Signed typescript. 16 Nov 1911
CHAR 2/53/81-82 Letter from "Alick" [Alexander Murray, the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] (12 Downing Street) to WSC enclosing Canadian newspaper cuttings on WSC's speech on the resignation of three Sea Lords [see CHAR 2/53/71-75] and reporting that the speech has also been sent to other parts of the Empire. Offers to publicise WSC's forthcoming speech in Belfast [Ulster, Ireland] in the same manner and asks him to accept James Caird's offer [of a donation towards the work of the Home Rule Council]. Announces that he is going to Algiers. Signed and annotated typescript. 18 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/83 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to "Alick" [Alexander Murray, the Master of Elibank, later Lord Murray of Elibank] warning that the Government (and with it the cause of Home Rule) will fall if it tries to push through women's suffrage and expressing incomprehension at David Lloyd George's opposition to a referendum on the issue. Copy in WSC's hand. 18 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/84 Letter from ? Wright (Head Quarters, Ottoman Army, Dehibat [Tunisia] via Nallent, Tripoli, [Libya]) to WSC describing: the excellence and toughness of Arab and Turkish soldiers; the great value of aircraft for reconnaisance; the massacre committed by the Italians. 18 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/85 Letter from William Royle (Elmwood, Rusholme, [Manchester]) to WSC reporting dissatisfaction among Liberal ranks with the Government's hostile attitude towards Germany and its subservient policy towards Russia with regard to Persia. 18 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/86-87 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to William Royle citing the growth of German naval power as the reason why Britain should not antagonise Russia in Persia. Warns that France may be forced into war with Germany to avoid national humiliation, but hopes that the rise of democratic forces in Germany and the recovery of Russia after her disasters in Manchuria [China] will lessen the threat of German aggression. Signed and annotated typescript copy. 20 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/88 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] expressing disquiet at the ardent championing of women's suffrage by Grey and David Lloyd George and urging that a referendum be held on the issue. Typescript copy. 20 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/89 Letter from R C Hawkin (3 Hare Court, Temple, [London]) asking for permission to submit his name for election as president of the Eighty Club for 1912 and asking him to preside at a club dinner to be attended by John Redmond. Recalls that in 1888 and 1889 Charls Stewart Parnell, John Morley and Lord Spencer attended club dinners. 20 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/90-91 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (Archerfield House, Dirleton, [East Lothian, Scotland]) to WSC reporting that Sir Francis Hopwood [later Lord Southborough] has declined his (Asquith's offer) and, whilst acknowledging the force of what WSC has written about the danger to the Government posed by the issue of women's suffrage, defending the Government's conduct and reserving judgement on WSC's idea of a referendum. Thinks the recent by-election results in Scotland show that [?National] Insurance is at present unpopular and asserting that the Government must reduce its legislative programme for the coming year. 23 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/92 Notes [whilst in Cabinet] by [WSC, David Lloyd George and Sir Edward Grey] on WSC's suggested voting qualifications for women. [c 1910]
CHAR 2/53/93 Letter from Sir Max Aitken [later Lord Beaverbrook] (Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, [Sussex] to WSC saying how he appreciated a recent dinner party attended by WSC and Louis Botha. [c 1910]
CHAR 2/53/94 Notes by WSC of a conversation in which support was expressed for the Government's introduction into Parliament of [Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman's resolutions on the limitation of the House of Lords' veto]. [c 1910]
CHAR 2/53/95 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (Foreign Office) to WSC returning a draft [?of a letter by WSC defending the Government's foreign policy; see CHAR 2/53/86-87], agreeing with the point about German naval expenditure and asserting that the Manchester Guardian and others have incorrectly assessed the increase in Britain's political responsibility in northern Persia following the Anglo-Russian agreement. 20 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/96 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [later Lord Southborough] (Queen Anne's Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to WSC asking whether WSC can make a speech before the elections in Germany to help the "advanced party" there counter the anti-British feeling stirred up by their militarist opponents. 24 Dec 1911
CHAR 2/53/97-98 Letter from Sir Max Aitken [later Lord Beaverbrook] to WSC offering to arrange a political tour of Canada for him. Asserts that had Joseph Chamberlain gone on such a tour he would have won the country over to Imperial Preference. Points out that his (Aitken's) involvement in big trusts in Canada has made him unpopular among western farmers, but this need not affect WSC on his tour. [c 1911-12]
CHAR 2/53/99 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (House of Commons) to WSC congratulating him on a speech. [c 1910]
CHAR 2/53/100 Printed circular from Harman Grisewood, secretary of the Anti-Socialist Union of Great Britain (58-60 Victoria Street, Westminster, [London]), giving extracts from the Socialist Standard satirising the Coronation as a mere front for the power of capitalism, describing how the campaigning of the Socialists is outstripping that of their opponents and asking for a donation to the Union's funds. [1911]
CHAR 2/53/101 Printed membership application form of the Anti-Socialist Union of Great Britain. [1911]
CHAR 2/53/102 Printed synopsis of the work to June 1911 of the Anti- Socialist Union of Great Britain. [1911]