Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence C - D.

Reference code: CHAR 20/25

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Mar 1941 - Dec 1941

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CHAR 20/25/1-3 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, to A M R Topham [Lord Privy Seal's Office] advising that WSC's comments on a speech by Sir Gerald Campbell [British Minister in Canada] were based on an inaccurate report; note that similar letters sent to: Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada]; Vincent Massey [High Commissioner for Canada in Britain]; Lord Privy Seal [Clement Attlee]; Chancellor of the Exchequer [Sir Kingsley Wood]; Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon]; Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley]; Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs [Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury]; Minister without Portfolio [Arthur Greenwood]. 22 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/25/4-5 Memorandum by Sir Edward Campbell [former British Vice-Consul in Java] to WSC warning that the War Cabinet should not underestimate Japanese air strength and determination and recommending that a bombing campaign of Japanese cities should be undertaken immediately otherwise the war will last for years. 08 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/25/6-7 Letter from 1st Lord Camrose [owner, Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, earlier William Berry] to WSC congratulating him on his choice of Frederick Leathers [as Minister of War Transport]; with draft telegram from WSC to Camrose thanking him for his letter. 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/25/8-10 Letter from Jenny, Lady Carr to WSC thanking him for his condolences on the death of her husband Sir Emsley Carr; includes transcript. 04 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/25/11-12 Telegram from General Georges Catroux [Commander- in-Chief of Free French in the Levant] to WSC extending admiration and thanks from the French in the Levant. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/25/13-15 Letter from "Bobbety" [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury] to WSC discussing his own ill-health and enquiring about WSC's recent illness. 10 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/16 Letter from Sir Robert Burton-Chadwick [Ministry of War Transport representative, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile] to WSC thanking him for bestowing upon him the rank of Counsellor in the diplomatic service. 12 May 1941
CHAR 20/25/17 Letter from WSC to Sir Robert Burton-Chadwick [Ministry of War Transport representative, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile] thanking him for his letter. [See CHAR 20/21A/309 for a further copy]. 25 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/25/18 Letter from Sir Weldon Dalrymple-Champneys, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, to WSC asking for an interview to discuss a confidential matter concerning foreign Royalty. 23 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/19-21 Letter from Sir Walter Citrine, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress and [President of the International Federation of Trade Unions], to Anthony Bevir, Private Secretary to WSC, protesting at censorship of his proposed broadcast to the United States and Canada on the indiscriminate character of German bombing; with a note by Bevir. 06 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/22-23 Letter from WSC to Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] explaining that the matter to which he wished to refer had been specifically considered by the Cabinet, and was not the responsibility of the censor or the Minister of Information [Brendan Bracken]; with a note to the Minister of Information asking if this response is satisfactory. 08 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/24-25 Letter from Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] to WSC thanking him for his explanation but protesting that nothing was being revealed and suppressing information would be treating the public like children. 10 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/26-29 Memorandum from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC reporting an angry conversation with Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] over the interference with his broadcast; as WSC was busy Bevir informed the Air Ministry and the Minister of Information [Brendan Bracken] of Citrine's intentions; annotated by WSC that he should have been informed. 12 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/30-32 Letter from WSC to Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions]: "We do not want to subject of land mines with parachute attachments discussed in the public press", if Citrine refers to them the Censor will be unable to maintain control. 12 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/33 Letter from Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] to WSC quoting passages from Life magazine of 13 January 1941 which refer to land-mines on parachutes. 18 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/34-35 Letter from Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] to WSC reiterating his feelings but expressing personal admiration for WSC's courage and capacity and pledging continued support; with draft telegram from WSC expressing thanks. 18 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/36 Prime Minister's Personal Minute M.318/1 to Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] asking for material to answer the letter by Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] [see CHAR 20/25/33] as it was on his initiative the original broadcast was censored. 19 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/37-40 Memorandum from Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso] to WSC on his censorship of Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions]: references were made to landmines on parachutes, of which one-third are duds; discussion in Press would alert the Germans into improving the device; suggests that Citrine is offended at not having received recognition for his broadcasts to the United States and praise from WSC would ease the situation. 31 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/41 Prime Minister's Personal Minute M.346/1 to Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] suggesting he explain personally to Sir Walter Citrine [General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and President of the International Federation of Trade Unions] the technical points involved. 23 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/42-43 Letter from Field-Marshal Sir John Dill [Chief of Imperial General Staff] to WSC on Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Clarke who was arrested in Madrid [Spain] dressed as a woman; advises that Clarke should be interviewed by 6th Lord Gort [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar, earlier John Vereker] to ascertain whether his story is reasonable then be sent on to the Middle East urgently if appropriate; annotated by WSC "As proposed". 31 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/25/44-46 Letters from Field-Marshal Sir John Dill [Chief of General Staff] to WSC explaining that Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Clarke was attempting to disseminate false information amongst German-controlled elements in Spain. 18 Nov 1941 - 21 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/25/47-52 Letter from Alan Hillgarth [Naval Attache at Madrid, Spain] to Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] with photographs of Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Clarke dressed as a woman and after he was allowed to change. 04 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/25/53-54 Note from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC informing him that Sir Robert Craigie [British Ambassador to Japan] is seeking leave to travel to the United States where Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] is happy to receive him; initialled by WSC and includes filing note. 23 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/55 Telegram from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] to Sir Robert Craigie [British Ambassador to Japan] in Tokyo giving permission for leave. 24 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/56 Letter from Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] to John Peck, [Private Secretary to WSC] on WSC's decision to reconsider granting leave to Sir Robert Craigie [British Ambassador to Japan]. 27 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/57 Note from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] that the Foreign Office was informed "The Prime Minister thinks it most undesirable that the Ambassador [Sir Robert Craigie] should leave his post at this most critical moment in our relations with Japan". 27 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/58-60 Letter from R Noel Cripps to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of State, earlier Max Aitken] urging a bombing campaign to destroy Italian communications; details which power stations and railway lines to target, possibly using fifth columnists; refers to dynamite laid in La Poretta tunnel by Captain Piercy in 1935 which was never detonated; includes filing note. [Typescript copy]. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/25/61 Letter from R Noel Cripps to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of State, earlier Max Aitken] suggesting that as the Soviet Union is now bombing Romanian oil fields, the RAF should add to the confusion by putting the Italian railways out of action. [Typescript copy]. 27 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/25/62-63 Letter from R Noel Cripps to WSC referring to his letters to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Supply, earlier Max Aitken] and asking for WSC to intervene and put his plan for the bombing of the Italian railways into action; with acknowledgement from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC]. 14 Jul 1941- 17 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/25/64 Letter from [Hubert] Gladwyn Jebb [Assistant Under-Secretary, Ministry of Economic Warfare, later 1st Lord Gladwyn] to John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] advising that R Noel Cripps's suggestions regarding fifth columnists have been noted, but his friend Captain Piercy is known and will not be used. 28 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/25/65 Newspaper cutting from the Daily Telegraph: "The Leader" by [Frederick] Seymour Cocks, a poem about WSC. 17 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/25/66-67 Letter from Louise Cross to WSC on her journey to the United States; reports the success in Canada of his speech of 10 June; thanks him for hospitality during their stay in Britain; includes filing note. 14 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/25/68-73 Correspondence between John Colville, Anthony Bevir [Private Secretaries to WSC] and Frederick Root [Private Secretary to the Minister of Works] with a message from CSC that Helen, Lady D'Abernon's house in St James's Place [London] is to be disposed of, and she wonders if any Government department might use it; the property is not currently of use but Lady D'Abernon's agents will be contacted if required. 10 Mar 1941- 31 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/74-75 Telegram from WSC to Clement Davies "Deepest sympathy in your grievous loss" [on the death of Davies's daughter]. [Drafts]. 06 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/25/76-77 Letter from Clement Davies to WSC thanking him for his message of condolence [on the death of Davies's daughter]. 15 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/25/78 Letter from Clement Davies to WSC informing him that he proposes to ask if the House of Commons can go into Secret Session to discuss the amount of aid which is being given to the Soviet Union; annotated by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] "for discussion with Chief Whip" [James Stuart]. 03 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/79 Letter from WSC to Clement Davies thanking him for his suggestion but proposing that what he intends to say can be discussed in Public Session. 04 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/80-81 Letter from Clement Davies to WSC asking for a fuller discussion on assistance being rendered to the Soviet Union; annotated that a short statement will be read in the coming week; with reply thanking him for his letter. 25 Sep 1941 - 28 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/25/82-83 Letter from A Laslett, Proprietor of Osborne, Rice and Company, Printers, to WSC, enclosing a pamphlet by Rhys Davies, "The Bombardment of Manchester. An Appeal to Reason" which suggests that a negotiated peace with Hitler is the only solution as outright victory is unobtainable [printed]; Laslett complains that the content is propaganda; annotated by WSC drawing matter to attention of Lord Privy Seal [Clement Attlee]. 06 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/84 Letter from John Martin, [Private Secretary to WSC], to A Laslett thanking him for his letter. 10 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/85 Letter from A M R Topham, [Private Secretary to Clement Attlee, Lord Privy Seal], to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] informing him that Attlee has already interviewed Rhys Davies on the matter [of his pamphlet on the bombardment of Manchester]. 20 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/86-88 Letter from Joseph Davies, Chairman of the President [Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States]'s Committee on War Relief Agencies, to WSC expressing admiration for WSC's speeches and commending the work being done by Roosevelt to bring about national unity of purpose; with telegram from Davies. 19 May 1941
CHAR 20/25/89-90 Letter from WSC to Joseph Davies thanking him for his letter of support, with note by John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC]. 03 Jun 1941 - 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/25/91 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] to WSC offering congratulations on the great British naval victory over the Bismarck [in French]. 28 May 1941
CHAR 20/25/92 Telegram from Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough] to WSC asking him to intervene with the British consul in New York [United States] to grant a visa to the Baron de Lagrange and Baronne de Lagrange who are having problems returning to France. 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/25/93-96 Correspondence between John Colville, [William] Ivo Mallett [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary], Maurice Jeffes [Passport Control service, Foreign Office] and WSC resulting in a visa being granted provided that the Baron de Lagrange and Baronne de Lagrange travel via Bermuda and agree to have their luggage examined for documents for the Vichy Government. 03 Jul 1941 - 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/25/97-99 Telegram and letter from 17th Lord Derby [Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, earlier Lord Stanley] to WSC assuring him of support in Manchester following a "first class speech" by Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon]; with telegram of thanks from WSC to Derby. [Carbon]. 25 Oct 1941 - 26 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/25/100 Note from CSC to Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] asking his opinion on a proposition from Sir Bernard Docker. 23 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/25/101-102 Note from Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] to CSC advising that Sir Bernard Docker's generous offer of a car would be too difficult to administer in the absence of a driver and would not be an economical use of petrol. 25 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/25/103 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC with a message from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich] asking for permission to accept an invitation from Sir Percy Harris [Chairman, House of Commons All-Parties panel] to address the All-Parties panel on the Far East. 05 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/25/104 Letter from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC advising that he has been spending evenings with his wife, Lady Diana Cooper [later Diana, Lady Norwich], in Bognor [Sussex] which has not interfered with his work to date but he will revise his plans if WSC objects. 17 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/25/105 Letter from WSC to [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Minister of Information, later 1st Lord Norwich] advising him to avoid spending so much time away from London as comments have been passed on his "trying to run the Ministry of Information from Bognor" [Sussex]. [See CHAR 20/21/203 for a further copy]. 19 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/25/106-107 Letter from 1st Lord Dunedin [earlier Andrew Murray] to WSC observing that Crete has fallen because there was no Air Force there to oppose the Germans; notes that the requests of Sir Ronald Storrs [former Governor and Commander- in-Chief of Cyprus] for an aerodrome were ignored by Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay Macdonald; includes transcript. 03 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/25/108 Letter from John Colville, [Private Secretary to WSC], to 1st Lord Dunedin [earlier Andrew Murray] thanking him for his letter. 09 Jun 1941