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Reference code: CHAR 2/57

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Date: 15 Dec 1911 - 29 Nov 1922

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CHAR 2/57/1 Letter from Lord Nicholson [earlier Sir William Nicholson] (The Mythe, Simla, [India]) to WSC thanking him for his congratulations [on his ennoblement] and describing his work as chairman of the Commission on Indian Army Expenditure. Thinks WSC will need to revise the existing naval arrangements in the Mediterranean. 03 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/2 Letter from R G Hickling (10 Davey Place, Norwich, [Norfolk]) to WSC advising him to take advantage of the imminent favourable astrological conditions for the settlement of the dock strike. 11 Jul [1912]
CHAR 2/57/3 Letter from Sir Frederick Milner (91 Lancaster Gate, [London]) to WSC fondly remembering Lord Randolph Churchill and describing how he (Milner) disapproved of WSC's earlier radicalism but now respects him because he has become more statesmanlike and has done good work at the Home Office and the Admiralty. 11 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/4-5 Letter from Sir Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] (Hotel Meurice, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, [France]) to WSC urging him and Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to visit Canada. Annotation by WSC showing Asquith saw the letter. 27 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/6 Letter from Edward Marsh (Admiralty) to William Tyrrell enclosing a letter from Francis Grenfell to WSC [see CHAR 2/57/7] and asking whether it is worth showing it to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon]. Annotated with thanks from Grey. 29 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/7 Letter from Francis Grenfell (Esplanade Hotel, Berlin, [Germany]) to WSC congratulating him on his speech on the navy estimates and the German Navy Law and describing reaction to it in Germany. Encloses a copy of the Berliner Zeitung reporting the speech [see CHAR 2/57/8] and reports on the keenness in Germany for war with France. 27 Jul [1912]
CHAR 2/57/8 Edition of the Berliner Zeitung [Germany] reporting WSC's speech on the navy estimates and the German Navy Law. Sent with CHAR 2/57/7. 23 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/9 Letter from Lionel Curtis (Uplands, Ledbury, [Herefordshire]) to Edward Marsh enclosing a copy of a letter he has sent to John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] on Colonel Sam Hughes [the Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence] [see CHAR 2/57/12-15] and suggesting Hughes be given a knighthood and an acknowledgement of his services in the Boer War. 30 Jul [1912]
CHAR 2/57/10 Note by WSC: "Prime Minister to see". 31 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/11 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] (4 Carlton Gardens, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC returning the papers WSC sent him and reporting the news from Major O'Gorman that the Germans are making more progress with dirigibles than Reginald McKenna supposed. 30 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/12-15 Letter from [Lionel Curtis] (Uplands, Ledbury, Herefordshire) to John Seely [Lord Mottistone] (War Office) describing the character of Colonel Sam Hughes, the Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence, and advising on how he should be treated when he visits Britain. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/57/9. 30 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/16-17 Letter from P H Kerr (York Club, Toronto, [Canada]) to Lionel Curtis on efforts in Canada to reach agreement on naval policy. Incomplete typescript copy. 31 Jul 1912
CHAR 2/57/18 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Oliver Locker-Lampson accepting his invitation to visit him at Cromer [Norfolk] during WSC's tour of naval establishments on the east coast. Typescript copy. 11 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/19 Letter from John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] (Prydown, Seaford, [Sussex]) to WSC announcing that the King has agreed to Louis Botha being gazetted as an honorary general in the army. 11 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/20-22 Letter from Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Aflfred Harmsworth] (The Times) to WSC explaining why he thinks WSC should visit Canada. Signed typescript. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/23 Letter from [WSC] to Wilfrid Scawen Blunt provisionally accepting his invitation to visit and looking forward to meeting ? Napier and George Wyndham. Typescipt copy. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/24 Letter from [WSC] to Miss Fanny Mildenhall urging her not to let newspaper reports in the United States make her depressed about the future of the British Empire. Typescript copy. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/25-26 Letter from [WSC] to Lord Morley [earlier John Morley] suggesting an itinerary [on the Admiralty yacht Enchantress] taking in Hull [Yorkshire], shipyards on the River Tyne, Rosyth [Fife, Scotland], Dundee [Angus, Scotland], St Andrews [Fife, Scotland], Cromarty [Scotland], Glasgow [Scotland], Criccieth [Carnarvonshire, Wales] and Barrow-in-Furness [Lancashire]. Reports that the health of the former Lord Chancellor [Lord Loreburn] is better but his enthusiasm for the Government has cooled. Typescript copy. 13 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/27 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] suggesting an itinerary [on the Admiralty yacht Enchantress] taking in Newcastle-on-Tyne, Rosyth [Fife, Scotland], Dundee [Angus, Scotland], St Andrews [Fife, Scotland] and Cromarty [Scotland]. Typescript copy. 13 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/28 Letter from [WSC] to J A Spender inviting him to join the Admiralty yacht Enchantress from Chatham [Kent] to Shoeburyness [Essex], Sheerness [Kent] and Harwich [Essex]. Typescript copy. Annotated: "he wouldn't". 13 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/29 Letter from [WSC] to Alexander MacCallum Scott on Scott's recent dispute with the Speaker of the House of Commons. Typescript copy. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/30-32 Letter from [WSC] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] reporting the view of Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth] that Liberal journalists have not been as well rewarded with honours as their Conservative counterparts and agreeing with Northcliffe that men like J A Spender, Henry Massingham, C P Scott, Robert Donald and Drysdale (of the Yorkshire Daily Observer) should be rewarded. Reports that Northcliffe believes Spender is danger of being turned out of the Westminster Gazette by Sir Alfred Mond. Incomplete typescript copy. Sheets filed in wrong order. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/33 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (The Wharf, Abingdon, [Oxfordshire]) to WSC rejecting the assertions of Lord Northcliffe [earlier Sir Alfred Harmsworth] that J A Spender is in danger of being turned out of the Westminster Gazette and that Liberal journalists should be given more honours. Reports that Sir Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] is a little less confident in his ability to do what he wishes and congratulates WSC on the "trouncing" he gave to Andrew Bonar Law. 16 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/34 Letter from C F Ray (Board of Trade) to WSC enclosing a memorandum on labour exchanges and unemployment insurance [see CHAR 2/57/35-41]. Signed typescript. 31 Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/35-41 Memorandum on labour exchanges and unemployment insurance. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/57/34. Aug 1912
CHAR 2/57/42-44 Letter from [WSC] to Percy Illingworth [Liberal Chief Whip] explaining that the possibility of his visiting Canada and his work at the Admiralty mean that he cannot commit himself to speaking engagements. Recommends Lionel Yexley, editor of the "Fleet", to be the candidate for Portsmouth [Hampshire] and stresses the importance to the Government of the forthcoming parliamentary session. Suggests reviving the system of dinners introduced during the Budget of 1909 to enable ministers to keep in touch with their supporters. Typescript copy. 01 Sep 1912
CHAR 2/57/45 Letter from S W Harris (Home Office) to WSC on the work being done to answer WSC's letter about the Shops Act. 07 Sep 1912
CHAR 2/57/46 A bill to amend the Shops Act, 1912, in its application to premises for the sale of refreshments. 1912
CHAR 2/57/47 Letter from [?Edward Marsh] (Dundee [Angus, Scotland]) to the editor of the Yorkshire Observer [Mr Drysdale] explaining that an advance copy of WSC's speech could not be sent to him because it was not ready in time. Typescript copy. 12 Sep 1912
CHAR 2/57/48 Letter from [?WSC] to the secretary of the National Health Insurance Commission asking for information to deal with a point raised by [?James Ramsay] Macdonald. 14 Sep 1912
CHAR 2/57/49 Letter from [?Edward Marsh] to E H Kenney conveying WSC's belief that the points made by Kenney about the Insurance Act are small in comparison with the problems with which the act is intended to deal. Asserts that sacrifices are necessary if Britain is to compete with Germany. Typescript copy. 17 Sep 1912
CHAR 2/57/50-52 Letter from [the 9th Duke of Marlborough] (Blenheim Palace) to WSC: praises his work at the Admiralty; refers to F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] and "politicians who clothe the results of calculation in the language of enthusiasm"; cites the religious wars in sixteenth-century France as a warning against provoking religious passion in Ulster [Ireland]; complains about having to assess the site value of his land; describes his efforts to re-house his labourers through a co-operative and industrial society, giving this as an example of a landowner working to solve problems whilst radical elements in the Libeal party [such as David Lloyd George] devise schemes to attack the "hapless owners of the soil." Typescript and manuscript. Some text missing. 01 Oct 1912
CHAR 2/57/53 Envelope marked "D. of Marlborough". [Oct 1912]
CHAR 2/57/54 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (Foreign Office) to WSC referring to a form of words [concerning Anglo-French naval co-operation] suggested by Pierre-Paul Cambon [French Ambassador in London] for exchange between the two governments. 10 Oct 1912
CHAR 2/57/55 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC enclosing a cheque for £1000 [not present] for the relief of the wounded in the war between Turkey and the Balkan states. Annotations: WSC asks for advice about the money; Edward Marsh replies that the only organisation recognised by the Foreign Office and the War Office is the British Red Cross Society. 01 Nov 1912
CHAR 2/57/56-58 Letter from Arthur ? (c/o the British Embassy, Constantinople, [Turkey]) to WSC on the scarcity of reliable information about the war between Turkey and the Balkan states and the local unrest in which the Kurds have been involved. Expresses a desire to be appointed to a command in the East Indies when his current posting ends. 01 Nov 1912
CHAR 2/57/59 Letter from Arthur ? (Constantinople, [Turkey]) reporting that a [?Turkish] battleship which was recently sunk had no gun on board and that bread is unobtainable on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus [Karadeniz Bogazi, Turkey], probably because it has been commandeered for the hospitals or the army. 02 Nov 1912
CHAR 2/57/60 Letter from R G Hickling (79 Surrey Street, Norwich, [Norfolk]) to WSC warning him of three imminent dates which, because of "immense electric forces of an opposition character", could produce an emergency, and mentioning two other dates as the best ones on which to arrange peace. Annotated by WSC: "Prime Minister, Sir E. Grey, Ch of Exchequer.". 11 Nov 1912
CHAR 2/57/61 Letter from Mark Sykes (9 Buckingham Gate, [London]) to WSC assuring him that he disapproved of an incident in the House of Commons on the previous night in which something was thrown across the floor or table. 14 Nov 1912
CHAR 2/57/62 Letter from R G Hickling (79 Surrey Street, Norwich, [Norfolk]) to WSC on the unfavourable astronomical conditions for the carrying of a certain motion in the House of Commons, for peace in the Balkans, for banking, industrial peace and everything else. Deleted annotation by WSC listing the Prime Minister, Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. 17 Nov [1912]
CHAR 2/57/63 Letter from W Fynch (British Delegation, Hotel Beau Rivage, Lausanne, [Switzerland]) to WSC apologising for a delay in dealing with a letter of WSC's, commiserating with him on his defeat in Dundee [Angus, Scotland] and expressing his loathing of conferences. 29 Nov 1922
CHAR 2/57/64-68 Letter from Irene Noel (Hotel Continental, Athens, [Greece]) to WSC reporting that Eleutherios Venezelos of Greece is to visit Britain for talks. Outlines the Greek position on Salonika and on self-government for Albania and urges the British government not to give too much support to Bulgaria as opposed to Greece. Asks that Admiral Tufnell be replaced by a more efficient man to command the navy in Greece. 07 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/69 Letter from James Caird (Roseangle, Dundee, [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC asking for advice on how best to spend a sum for a project with a scientific basis in Scotland. 13 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/70 Note from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (Foreign Office) to [WSC] returning an astological letter from R G Hickling [see CHAR 2/57/71] and commenting: "parts of the prophecy have come true, but the Peace Delegates held no formal meeting today.". 18 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/71 Letter from R G Hickling (79 Surrey Street, Norwich, [Norfolk]) to WSC asserting that the astrological conditions are favourable for peace negotiations [between Turkey and the Balkan states]. Returned by Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] with CHAR 2/57/70. [Dec 1912]
CHAR 2/57/72 Letter from Colonel Sam Hughes, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence (Minister's Office, Ottawa, [Canada]) to WSC encouraging him not in his plans for Home Rule but in his work "for a great British Empire." Asks WSC to tell him the probable time of the arrival in Canada of his mother (whom he erroneously calls "Mrs Sackville-West"). 20 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/73 Letter from Lord Morley [earlier John Morley] (Flowermead, Princes Road, Wimbledon Park, [London]) to WSC referring to a "benignant prospect" and approving WSC's idea of a dinner. 23 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/74 Letter from J Davies (Treasury Chambers) to Edward Marsh enclosing for WSC's perusal a copy of a letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] to David Lloyd George [see CHAR 2/57/75]. 23 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/75 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (14 Sloane Gardens, [London]) to David Lloyd George reporting on the meeting of European ambassadors and on peace negotiations between Turkey and the Balkan states. Copy. Sent with CHAR 2/57/74. 21 Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/76 Letter from R G Hickling (79 Surrey Street, Norwich, [Norfolk]) to WSC on imminent favourable and unfavourable astrological conditions for the successful conclusions of negotiations in London between Turkey and the Balkan states. 30 Dec [1912]
CHAR 2/57/77 Letter from [WSC] (Admiralty) to Mr Smith thanking him for his best wishes on his birthday and agreeing that the domestic and foreign policy of the Government would have been approved of by Lord Randolph Churchill. Typescript copy. Dec 1912
CHAR 2/57/78 Letter from "Sunny" [the 9th Duke of Marlborough] (15 Great College Street, [London]) to WSC asking whether he will reply to his articles in the Daily Mail, which he has written in anticipation of a speech by David Lloyd George. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/79 Letter from "Sunny" [the 9th Duke of Marlborough] to WSC hoping that WSC will not show Marlborough's Daily Mail articles (written in anticipation of a speech by David Lloyd George) to his colleagues, since he is unable to reply to them. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/80 Letter from Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] (4 Carlton Gardens, Pall Mall, [London]) to WSC on arrangements for their visit to Portland [Dorset]. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/81 Letter from Captain Hugh Watson (Naval and Military Club) to WSC approving the lead WSC is taking on Germany. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/82 Letter from "Sunny" [the 9th Duke of Marlborough] (Blenheim Palace) to WSC on the disunity between Liberal leaders and some of their followers and the need to for the leaders to take up a clear position. Thinks WSC would be wrong to go to Canada and comments on a recent article on WSC. [Apr 1912]
CHAR 2/57/83-84 Letter from Henry Massingham (The Nation, 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London) to WSC explaining why he criticised WSC's speech in Glasgow [Scotland] on naval defence and why he wishes WSC held a government post other than First Lord of the Admiralty. [Feb 1912]
CHAR 2/57/85 Note [?written whilst in Cabinet] from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] to WSC asking how the date (April 6) of the unexpectedly favourable decision of the Miners' Conference fitted with the astrological prediction [of R G Hickling]. Grey himself thinks Easter is a more likely explanation. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/86 Letter from Geoffrey Robinson (Printing House Square, [London]) to WSC commending the suggestion in the "Times" that Parliament be asked to endorse the proposal to include a regular Canadian representative on the Committee of Imperial Defence. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/87 Letter from Geoffrey Robinson (Printing House Square, [London]) to WSC on how WSC's memorandum [?on an emergency naval contribution by Canada] and the speech of Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] are to be covered in the "Times". [Aug 1912]
CHAR 2/57/88 Note by ? [Hotel Ritz, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, [Spain] expressing the wish to meet WSC and perhaps other leading men in Kiel [Germany] and referring to Grand-Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz's desire to reach a workable compromise with Britain over the naval question. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/89-92 Letter from ? to ? acquitting Lord Selborne of any dishonesty when he was both a member of the Government and the director of a company negotiating with the Government for a contract. Typescript copy. [1912]
CHAR 2/57/93-94 Letter from A C Waters (General Register Office, Somerset House) to Henry Comyns [Local Government Board] giving tentative estimates of the numbers of electors in England and Wales who are under and over 25 years of age. Typescript copy. Sent with CHAR 2/56/28. [Feb 1912]
CHAR 2/57/95 Written reply by John Burns, President of the Local Government Board, to a parliamentary question on the estimated figures of the male and female population at the ages of 25 and 21 years. Printed. Affixed on Local Government Board paper. 15 Dec 1911