Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence E - K.

Reference code: CHAR 20/26

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Sep 1937 - Dec 1941

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The majority of material in this file dates to 1941.

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CHAR 20/26/1 Letter from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC commenting generally on the war "On some date the war will be won, and you will have done more than any man in history to win it". 26 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/2 Letter from Sir Charles Edwards to WSC thanking him for his kind congratulations on his recovery. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/26/3-7 Letter from 2nd Lord Elibank to WSC on a motion he intended to raise in the House of Lords on the reorganisation of the propaganda service, encloses notes for speech suggesting that Britain needs to use propaganda more effectively to counteract German success overseas. 12 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/26/8 Letter from WSC to 2nd Lord Elibank thanking him for his letter and the notes. 15 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/26/9 Letter from Walter Elliot [Director of Public Relations, War Office] to WSC informing him of the future publication of a series of pamphlets entitled "The Army at War"; encloses a copy of "The Northern Garrisons" [not present] by Eric Linklater containing an account of WSC's recent meeting with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 20 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/10 Letter from WSC to Walter Elliot [Director of Public Relations, War Office] thanking him for his letter and the advance copy of "The Northern Garrisons". 25 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/11-16 Letter from Commander Reginald Fletcher [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Winster] to WSC offering explanations for his remarks about the Japanese Ambassador [Mamoru Shigemitsu]; with notes that WSC wishes to discuss the matter with the First Lord of the Admiralty [A V Alexander]. 31 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/26/16 Letter from WSC to Commander Reginald Fletcher [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Winster] thanking him for his letter. [Copy]. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/26/17 Newspaper cutting from the Evening Standard on comments by Commander Reginald Fletcher [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Winster] about a visit by Yosuke Matsuoka [Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs] to Berlin [Germany]. [Mar 1941]
CHAR 20/26/18-19 Letter from Lord Gibson to WSC thanking him for his kindness during Gibson's time as MP for Greenock [Renfrewshire, Scotland]; notes that he is now Chairman of the Scottish Land Court; includes filing note. 12 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/26/20-21 Letter from WSC to Lord Gibson thanking him for his letter and wishing him success in his new post [as Chairman of the Scottish Land Court]; drafted by Chief Whip [James Stuart]. [Draft and carbon]. 23 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/26/22 Letter from General Sir John Dill, Chief of Imperial General Staff to WSC requesting an interview for General Sir George Giffard, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief West Africa. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/23-24 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC enquiring whether he would like to send a telegram to 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker] whose only son has committed suicide; with draft telegram of condolence. 01 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/26/25 Telegram from 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker] to WSC thanking him for his message of sympathy. 03 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/26/26 Telegram from Edgar Granville to WSC: "My sincere congratulations on realistic and farseeing changes". 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/27-28 Memorandum from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on profiteering by Sir Arnold Gridley, chairman of Maudsley Limited, sub-contractors to Listers who provide alternators for electric generators; using personal friendship with Sir Andrew Duncan [Minister of Supply] and [Edward] Leslie Burgin [former Minister of Supply] to try and gain a position with the Ministry of Supply. 05 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/26/29-31 Note from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] that Major W Turner [Assistant Director of Public Relations, War Office] requested an interview for Ivor Halstead who is writing a book on tanks; with letter from Ivor Halstead to WSC. 30 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/32-33 Note from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC explaining Ivor Halstead's request [for interview on tanks]; annotated by WSC advising Halstead to see Brigadier-General Sir James Edmonds [Officer in charge of Military Branch of Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence]; with letter from WSC to Halstead declining an interview. 06 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/34-35 Letter from Samuel Hammersley [Ministry of Supply] to WSC advising that he is involved in a project of great importance which he would like to discuss with 1st Lord Cherwell [Personal Assistant to WSC, earlier F A Lindemann]; includes filing note. 25 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/36 Note from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to 1st Lord Cherwell [Personal Assistant to WSC, earlier F A Lindemann] asking if he would like to see Samuel Hammersley [Ministry of Supply] about an invention to do with night bombing. 28 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/37 Note from J M B B [? Secretary to 1st Lord Cherwell] to Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] arranging a meeting between 1st Lord Cherwell [Personal Assistant to WSC, earlier F A Lindemann] and Samuel Hammersley [Ministry of Supply]. 29 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/38-39 Note by 1st Lord Cherwell [Personal Assistant to WSC, earlier F A Lindemann] on his meeting with Samuel Hammersley [Ministry of Supply]; discussed an invention "to increase the accuracy of high-altitude bombing, and consisting of an aeroplane bomb propelled by something of the rocket type". The invention met with mixed reactions at the Ministry of Aircraft Production but Cherwell felt he could not intervene as the benefits did not increase accuracy sufficiently; with note from [William] Bryan Hopkin [Statistical Branch]. 11 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/26/40-46 Letter from Ian Hannah to WSC enclosing an extract from a letter from his sister in Zurich [Switzerland] encouraging a full-scale bombing campaign of German cities; copied to the Air Ministry, with correspondence between Frank Wood [Assistant Principal, Air Ministry] and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC]. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/47-49 Letter from Sir Percy Harris [Deputy Leader, Liberal Parliamentary Party] to WSC suggesting that the 8 points agreed on in the United States [the Atlantic Charter] are put in the form of a motion and endorsed in the House of Commons after the recess; includes transcript. 18 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/50 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC informing him of the Chief Whip [James Stuart]'s desire to discuss the suggestion [for endorsing the Atlantic Charter in the House of Commons] by Sir Percy Harris [Deputy Leader, Liberal Parliamentary Party]; annotated by WSC that motion inadvisable as there will be amendments. 20 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/51 Letter from WSC to Sir Percy Harris [Deputy Leader, Liberal Parliamentary Party] thanking him for his suggestion but noting that the 8 points [the Atlantic Charter] were only a rough guide in an emergency and finer points are still to be worked out. 21 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/52 Letter from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] to WSC referring to an article of December 1940 by Basil Liddell Hart criticising Allied strategy leading up to the French collapse, but not making defeatist remarks as had been alleged. 13 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/26/53-55 Note from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] to WSC about an enclosed newspaper cutting from the New York Times of a letter from Basil Liddell Hart to the Editor criticising Allied strategy; with note that WSC minuted Liddell Hart's memorandum "It is out of date, and he seems more a case for a mental home than for more serious action". Dec 1941
CHAR 20/26/56 Letter from Sir Harold Hartley [Vice-President of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway] to WSC sending a precis [not present] of a paper delivered to the British Association asking "How can the standards of backward countries be raised, and how can they provide, with the aid of scientific development, the new outlets for world industry as the virgin countries did in the nineteenth century?". 29 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/26/57 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Harold Hartley [Vice-President of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway] thanking him for his letter and agreeing to Hartley's request for an interview when WSC is next travelling on the railway. 05 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/58 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Cyril Sanders [Board of Trade] forwarding the precis of the paper by Sir Harold Hartley. [Carbon]. 06 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/59-61 Letter from Cardinal Arthur Hinsley [Archbishop of Westminster] to WSC accepting the nomination to the Board of Trustees of the British Museum; encloses a joint declaration by himself, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York [Cosmo Lang and William Temple] and the Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council [Walter Armstrong] accepting Pope Pius XII's Five Peace Points calling for unity and a peace based on Christian values. [Printed]. 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/26/62 Letter from WSC to Cardinal Arthur Hinsley, Archbishop of Westminster, thanking him for his letter. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/63-64 Telegram from Jaime Font, Director, Action Argentina, to WSC [via Foreign Office] asking that Michel Holzmann's case be reconsidered as Font is sure of his pro-Allied and anti-Nazi sympathies. [in Spanish]. 05 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/65 Letter from Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking what reply should be made to the telegram from Jaime Font [Director, Action Argentina]. 05 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/66-67 Letter from Ralph Henderson [Foreign Office] to [John] Flint Cahan, Ministry of Economic Warfare, about including Michel Holzmann in the Statutory List; with telegram from Ministry of Economic Warfare to [? Sir Esmond Ovey, British Ambassador to Argentina] with a message for Jaime Font, Director, Action Argentina, that 90,000 pounds worth of jewels were found in Holzmann's possession and as he has a criminal record in several countries his case is under consideration. 21 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/26/68-70 Letter from Thomas Horabin to WSC explaining that his criticisms of the Government are not aimed at WSC, whom he admires, but are levelled at other ministers who still occupy posts despite being "proven failures". 13 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/71 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Thomas Horabin informing him that WSC has read his letter and would like to meet next time Horabin is in London. 19 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/72-74 Correspondence between Thomas Horabin and John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] arranging a meeting on 11 September 1941; annotated by WSC. 25 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/75 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Bernard Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken] inviting Bracken to lunch with WSC to meet Thomas Horabin. 28 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/26/76 Letter from Thomas Horabin to John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] accepting the invitation to lunch. 01 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/26/77-78 Letter from Sir Kenneth Clark [Director of the National Gallery] to Anthony Lousada [Ministry of Economic Warfare] explaining that the paintings being exported from Germany to the United States are worth 2.5 million pounds and the only way of frustrating the deal is to ask the dealers, Knoedlers to drop the sale. [Copy] [See also CHAR 20/26/83 ]. 24 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/26/79-80 Telegram from Benjamin Guinness to Francis Howard suggesting that pictures [sold by Germany] should be pronounced contraband to discourage buyers and possibly attainted after the sale. 23 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/26/81 Letter from Francis Howard to WSC complaining that the lay-dominated Board of the Tate Gallery is losing pictures to overseas competitors through delaying too long. 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/82 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Kenneth Clark [Director of the National Gallery] asking him to comment on the letters from Francis Howard and Benjamin Guinness. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/83 Letter from Kenneth Clark [Director of the National Gallery] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] about control of contraband pictures; refers him to a letter from Clarke to the Ministry of Economic Warfare [see CHAR 20/26/77 - 78 ] and advises that he does not take Benjamin Guinness's letter too seriously. 15 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/84 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Hugh Gaitskell [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Economic Warfare] forwarding Francis Howard's letter. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/85 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Francis Howard informing him that his letter has been forwarded to the proper quarter. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/86 Letter from Hugh Gaitskell [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Economic Warfare] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] thanking him for his letter but disparaging Francis Howard's suggestion that they use German marks to buy the pictures, as the Germans are selling works of art purely to get foreign currency. 24 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/87 Note from the Ministry of Defence to WSC requesting an interview for Brigadier Lindsay Inglis recently returned from Crete; annotated by WSC. 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/26/88-91 Letter from General Sir George Jeffreys to WSC explaining that WSC had misinterpreted a passage of speech referring to Crete and supplying his actual words; with acknowledgement and thanks from WSC. 17 Jun 1941 - 24 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/26/92-93 Letter from Sir William Jowitt [Solicitor-General, Royal Courts of Justice, London] to WSC explaining that he has been taken ill and so will be absent from his post for three weeks; with letter of sympathy from John Colville, [Private Secretary to WSC]. 08 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/26/94-95 Letter from Joseph Jones, Coal Mines Commission, to WSC offering his services on CSC's Red Cross aid mission to the Soviet Union as he has already been there as a representative of the miners; needs permission to be released from his duties at the Coal Mines Commission for 6 months. [Copy]. 18 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/96 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Cyril Sanders [Private Secretary to the President of the Board of Trade] asking for comments on the letter from Joseph Jones [Coal Mines Commission]. 20 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/97-98 Note to WSC informing him that the Board of Trade has no objections to Joseph Jones [Coal Mines Commission] visiting the Soviet Union, however the Ministry of Health note that there are problems with the Municipal accounts at Barnsley [Yorkshire] where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee; with letter to Jones by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] saying his request to visit the Soviet Union has been noted. 21 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/99-101 Letter from Major-General John Kennedy [Director of Military Operations, War Office] to WSC justifying his position on the Middle East, explaining that he does believe they will be victorious but he is worried about the cost; with reply from WSC agreeing to disagree. 28 Apr 1941 - 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/26/102-103 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC thanking him for gift of framed and autographed signed photographs. 03 May 1941
CHAR 20/26/104-107 Letter from William Kirkpatrick [Mission to China for Board of Trade Export Credits] to the Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain], supplying impressions gained on his recent trip to China; visited Japan at the invitation of Prince Fumimaro Konoye, the Prime Minister, and believes the general population are very hostile to the Chinese; includes filing notes. 15 Sep 1937
CHAR 20/26/108-109 Letter from Osmund Cleverly [Principal Private Secretary to Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister] to William Kirkpatrick [Mission to China for Board of Trade Export Credits] thanking him for his letter; with note from Cleverly that Sir William Brown [Permanent Secretary, Board of Trade] had advised against an interview being granted to Kirkpatrick as he should report through his department. 21 Sep 1937 - 22 Sep 1937
CHAR 20/26/110 Letter from William Kirkpatrick [Mission to China for Board of Trade Export Credits] to the Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain], to discuss his trip to China. 19 Jan 1938
CHAR 20/26/111 Note from Cecil Syers [Private Secretary to Neville Chamberlain] to the Prime Minister [Chamberlain] reporting the request by William Kirkpatrick [Mission to China for Board of Trade Export Credits] for an interview and advising an informal luncheon; annotated by Chamberlain that he will grant an interview when the House of Commons is next in session. 20 Jan 1938
CHAR 20/26/112 Letter from Cecil Syers [Private Secretary to Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister] to William Kirkpatrick [Mission to China for Board of Trade Export Credits] advising that Chamberlain would be happy to grant an interview. 24 Jan 1938
CHAR 20/26/113-114 Letters from William Kirkpatrick to Cecil Syers [Private Secretary to Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister] and Chamberlain proposing himself for the post of Chairman of Imperial Airways. Mar 1938 - May 1938
CHAR 20/26/115 Letter from Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] to William Kirkpatrick informing him that the chairmanship [of Imperial Airways] requested is not the Prime Minister's gift however he will forward Kirkpatrick's application to the appropriate quarter. 18 May 1938
CHAR 20/26/116-162 Correspondence between William Kirkpatrick [Mission to China for Board of Trade Export Credits] to Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] and Cecil Syers [Private Secretary to Chamberlain] on visits to Japan and China, and on his aspirations to be re-elected as a Member of Parliament or be appointed as Minister to a small South American country; with less favourable references from government departments, including Frederick Hoyer Millar [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Inchyra], Frank Nixon, General Manager, Export Credits Guarantee Department, Board of Trade, [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC]. Jun 1938 - Sep 1941
CHAR 20/26/163-166 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Offices of the War Cabinet] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] thanking him for his help in dealing with an awkward misunderstanding with WSC; enclosure [missing], note from Grace Hamblin [Secretary to CSC] to Martin and filing notes. 05 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/26/167-170 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to WSC enclosing the foreword [printed] to his book "Fight for Gallipoli" and referring to a conversation with General Sir John Dill [Chief of Imperial General Staff] querying WSC's neglect of Keyes's services and his insistence that Keyes is too old. [Copy]. 04 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/171-172 Notes from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and Charles Barker [Chief Clerk, 10 Downing Street] that: WSC's reply held in operational files; Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes's secretary phoned asking whether WSC had any comment on the foreword to "Fight for Gallipoli". 05 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/26/173-174 Letter from Captain Bertie Kirby, MP for Everton, Liverpool, to WSC requesting advice on how to obtain a discharge from the army to concentrate on his parliamentary duties; includes filing note. 18 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/26/175 Letter from WSC to Captain Bertie Kirby [MP for Everton, Liverpool] advising him to write to [David Margesson], the Secretary of State for War about his discharge from the army. 22 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/26/176 Prime Minister's personal Minute M223/1 forwarding Captain Bertie Kirby's letter to the Secretary of State for War [David Margesson]. 22 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/26/177-179 Letters from Eric Speed [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War, David Margesson], to WSC advising that Captain Bertie Kirby [MP for Everton, Liverpool] has been released from military duty as requested. Feb 1941 - Apr 1941