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CHAR 2/64/1 Letter from General Sir Ian Hamilton (Winchester House) to WSC enclosing a letter from Charles a Court Repington on the European situation [see CHAR 2/64/2]. 28 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/2 Letter from Charles a Court Repington (Naval and Military Club, 94 Piccadilly, [London]) to General Sir Ian Hamilton reporting the views of "L" [? a high-ranking German] on the European situation, in particular the keenness of [?Kaiser Wilhelm II] to avoid war, Germany's ignorance of the wording of the Austrian ultimatum [to Serbia] (which is clearly the work of Count Forgach) before it was issued, the nature of the Russian ultimatum to Austria when Austria invades Serbia, "the sin of England siding with the Slavs against the Teutons", and the perceived weakness of France and Russia. Sent with CHAR 2/64/1. 27 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/3 Letter from Arthur Ponsonby (House of Commons) to WSC reporting the strong feeling among Liberal MPs that Britain should not be drawn into war. Typescript copy of this letter at CHAR 2/64/4. 31 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/4 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/64/3. 31 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/5 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Arthur Ponsonby agreeing that Britain should remain neutral as long as her own interests or treaty obligations are not involved but adding that a German attack on France or Belgium would change the current position. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh. A typescript copy at CHAR 2/64/6. 31 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/6 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/64/5. 31 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/7 Letter from Lord Robert Cecil [later Lord Cecil of Chelwood] (Hatfield House, Hertfordshire) to WSC assuring him of the support of the Unionist Party if the Government decide to despatch an expeditionary force to Europe. Typescript copy of this letter at CHAR 2/64/8. 01 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/8 Typescript copy of CHAR 2/64/7. 01 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/9 Note from WSC to Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] stating that if he (WSC) left after the end of September he would "hit off the auspicious dates" [identified by the astrologer, R G Hickling] and that he [Hickling] has been right every time so far. With reply in Latin by Asquith. 03 Aug [1914]
CHAR 2/64/10 Letter from John Redmond (House of Commons) to WSC suggesting that the Home Rule Bill be given the royal assent and a pledge be given that it will not be put into operation until an Amending Bill has been passed. 04 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/11-12 Letter from John Redmond (House of Commons) to Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] reporting the intransigent position of Sir Edward Carson [later Lord Carson] on the Home Rule Bill and warning of dire consequences in Ireland should the Government give in to Carson's threats. Carbon typescript copy. 05 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/13 Page from printed report of proceedings in the House of Commons including statement by Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the postponement of consideration of the Government of Ireland (Amendment) Bill so that Britain can present a united front in the current European crisis. 30 Jul 1914
CHAR 2/64/14 Letter from Sir Edward Carson [later Lord Carson] (5 Eaton Place, [London]) to WSC praising his "patriotic and courageous" conduct in the present crisis. 04 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/15 Letter from Lord Robert Cecil [later Lord Cecil of Chelwood] (25 Grove End Road, [London]) to WSC warning that the Opposition will regard the placing of the Home Rule Bill on the statute book as a breach of faith. 05 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/16 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] (28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster) to WSC apologising for a hasty reply. 11 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/17-20 Memorandum [by Mr Cox] on the increase in insurance premiums payable by service personnel as a result of the outbreak of war. Typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/64/21. 25 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/21 Letter from [WSC] to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] enclosing and commenting on a memorandum by Mr Cox on the increase in insurance premiums payable by service personnel as a result of the outbreak of war [see CHAR 2/64/17-20]. Typescript copy. 28 Aug 1914
CHAR 2/64/22 Letter from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (10 Downing Street) to WSC asking him to give to the press an "appreciation" of the events of the week. 05 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/64/23 Letter from [WSC] to Lord Northcliffe [later Sir Alfred Harmsworth] attacking the "panic-stricken stuff" written by the war correspondent of the "Times" and sending paraphrases of the telegrams being received by the Government [not present]. Typescript copy. 05 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/64/24-26 Message [for a recruiting rally in Acton] by WSC calling for an army of at least a million men to be sent to Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres]. 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/64/27 Telegram from the Chairman of Acton Council asking WSC for an inspiring message for a recruiting rally in Acton Park [Middlesex] [see CHAR 2/64/24-26]. 2 other copies at CHAR 2/64/28-29. 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/64/28 Another copy of CHAR 2/64/27. 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/64/29 Another copy of CHAR 2/64/27. 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 2/64/30 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Charles a Court Repington on: arrangements for providing information about the war to the press; the fall of Antwerp [Belgium]; the prospect of a hard struggle on the Western Front. Copy in WSC's hand. 15 Oct 1914
CHAR 2/64/31 Letter from David Lloyd George (11 Downing Street) to WSC complaining about the attitude of Lord Kitchener and the War Office to the raising of a Welsh-speaking army corps. 28 Oct 1914
CHAR 2/64/32 Note by WSC (Admiralty) to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] rejecting a Swiss complaint about British aircraft crossing their territory, 27 Nov. With reply by Grey that the aviators be given a chance to reply to the complaint., 30 Nov. 27 Nov [1914] - 30 Nov 1914
CHAR 2/64/33 Letter from [WSC] to Sir Edward Grey [later Lord Grey of Fallodon] reporting that Lady Lister Kaye has told Lady Randolph Churchill that Sir Eyre Crowe of the Foreign Office has been making defeatist statements. Typescript copy. 17 Oct 1914
CHAR 2/64/34 Letter from J L Garvin (9 Greville Place, [London]) to WSC on the attitude of Waldorf Astor [later 2nd Lord Astor of Hever Castle] and 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] to the advocacy of a "vigorous, broad, independent national policy" in the "Observer". 04 Dec 1914
CHAR 2/64/35 Letter from J L Garvin (9 Greville Place, [London]) to WSC on the improved prospects of ?[William] Waldorf Astor [later 1st Lord Astor of Hever Castle] retaining ownership of the "Observer". 07 Dec 1914
CHAR 2/64/36 Letter from Alice, Lady Ashby St Ledgers [earlier Alice Guest, later later Lady Ashby St Ledgers] (Ashby St Ledgers, Rugby, [Warwickshire]) to WSC thanking him for his efforts to obtain a Government post for Ivor Guest [Lord Ashby St Ledgers, later Lord Wimborne (2nd baron, 1st viscount)]. [Dec] [1914]
CHAR 2/64/37-39 Letter from [King Alfonso XIII of Spain] to Alice Guest [Lady Ashby St Ledgers, later Lady Wimborne] on the tendency of Spanish public opinion to favour Germany in the war and his efforts to promote the cause of Britain and France, with which he hopes to have WSC's help. Typescript copy. 12 Dec 1914
CHAR 2/64/40 Letter from Walter Long [later Lord Long] (Rood Ashton, Trowbrige, [Wiltshire]) to WSC on the naval action off Coronel [Chile] and the German bombardment of Scarborough [Yorkshire] and Hartlepool [County Durham]. 20 Dec 1914
CHAR 2/64/41 Letter from F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] (Royal Courts of Justice) to WSC referring to events of the previous night in the House of Commons [? relating to the Home Rule Bill]. [Dec] [1914]
CHAR 2/64/42 Letter from J L Garvin (9 Greville Place, [London]) to WSC on: the wish of "my young officer" [his son] to meet WSC and get his autograph; the way in which Andrew Bonar Law and "the whole frondeur-press have swung round to our line"; the possibility of 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Harold Harmsworth] or Waldorf Astor [later 2nd Lord Astor of Hever Castle] acquiring the "Observer". 22 Dec 1914
CHAR 2/64/43-45 Draft memorandum in WSC's hand on the Irish question. [1914]
CHAR 2/64/46-47 Part of a speech by WSC in the House of Commons accusing the opposition of not wishing to see the Irish question settled. Typescript. [1914]
CHAR 2/64/48 Letter from H de V Habakkuk-Scrubbs to "the Editor-in-Chief" sarcastically approving the appointment of Colonel John Seely [later Lord Mottistone] to the command of an army brigade and making the satirical suggestion that a "politicians brigade" be formed to include WSC. Typescript copy. c 1914
CHAR 2/64/49 Page from the Public Ledger (Philadelphia, [United States]) including article and photograph on the sinking of HMS "Audacious". 15 Nov 1914