Official: Prime Minister: correspondence and papers on various matters, including the Churchill Family and Chartwell [Kent].

Reference code: CHAR 20/32

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Date: Jan 1941 - Nov 1941

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CHAR 20/32/1-2 Letter from [Frederick] Root [Private Secretary to Minister of Works and Buildings] (Lambeth Bridge House, London) to Eric Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) on their Surveyor's drawing for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Signed typescript preceded by file note. 09 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/32/3 Letter from [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] to [Frederick] Root [Private Secretary to Minister of Works and Buildings] on WSC's views of a modified scheme for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Carbon copy. 10 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/4 Letter from [Frederick] Root [Private Secretary to Minister of Works and Buildings] (Lambeth Bridge House, London) to [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] on time and costs for a modified scheme for an air-raid shelter [at Chartwell, Kent]. Signed typescript. 14 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/5-6 Notes from "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to [Eric] Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] on who will pay and time and costs for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Manuscript notes with Seal's annotated replies. 19 Feb [1941]
CHAR 20/32/7-8 Note from WSC (10 Downing Street) to [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] dated 12 January on an air-raid shelter for Chartwell [Kent]. Initialled. Typed reply from Thompson dated 23 January on proposed scheme and costs. Further annotated reply from WSC. Jan 1941
CHAR 20/32/9-11 Notes from "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC and [Eric] Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] on timing, costs, and payment for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Manuscript notes with WSC's annotated replies. 02 Feb 1941 - 25 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/12-14 Note by [Eric] Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] on a discussion with the Treasury over the scheme for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent] and commenting on WSC varying his whereabouts at weekends, followed by a carbon copy of a letter from Seal to [William] Douglas [Under-Secretary, Treasury] on the cost of the shelter, and a file note. 28 Feb 1941 - 01 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/15 Letter from William Douglas [Under-Secretary] (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall) to Eric Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] confirming the Treasury's approval of the plan for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Signed typescript. 03 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/16 Letter from "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to [Frederick] Root [Private Secretary to Minister of Works and Buildings] on WSC's approval and Treasury support for a modified scheme for an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Carbon copy. 05 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/17 Plan of the air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. 05 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/18-19 Notes from "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to [Eric] Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] and WSC on WSC turning down an air-raid shelter at Chartwell [Kent] and the suggestion of an Anderson shelter instead. Manuscript notes with brief annotated replies. 08 Mar 1941 - 11 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/20 Letter from "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to [Frederick] Root [Private Secretary to Minister of Works and Buildings] on providing an Anderson shelter at Chartwell [Kent]. Carbon copy. 12 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/21 Letter from [Frederick] Root [Private Secretary to Minister of Works and Buildings] (Lambeth Bridge House, London) to [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] (10 Downing Street) acknowledging Thompson's letter on the Chartwell [Kent] air-raid shelter. Signed typescript. 15 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/22-24 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] (Colonial Office) to [John] Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] sending on a copy of a telegram from the Governor of Aden [later Yemen, Sir John Hathorn Hall] showing Arab enthusiasm for WSC. Signed typescript annotated by WSC: "I have been one of the best friends the Arabs ever had". With carbon of Martin's reply sending on WSC's annotated message. 08 Jan 1941 - 11 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/32/25 Letter from Alexander Duckham (Duckham House, 16 Cannon Street [London]) to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) asking if he may add an appeal for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to gramophone recordings of WSC's broadcast to Italy: "One man and one man only". Signed typescript. 30 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/32/26 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Ronald] Melville [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air] on adding an appeal for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to gramophone recordings of a broadcast by WSC, enclosing a letter from Alexander Duckham [CHAR 20/32/25]. Carbon copy. 04 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/27 Letter from Brigadier-General W B Caddell (Duckham House, 16 Cannon Street [London]) to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) following up Alexander Duckham's letter on adding an appeal for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to gramophone recordings of WSC's broadcast, "One man and one man only". Signed typescript. 13 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/28 Letter from [Ronald] Melville [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air] (Air Ministry, King Charles Street) to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) on Alexander Duckham adding an appeal for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to gramophone recordings of a broadcast by WSC. Signed typescript. 13 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/29 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Brigadier-General W B Caddell stating that WSC has no objection to Alexander Duckham adding an appeal for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to gramophone recordings of a broadcast by WSC. Carbon copy. 14 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/30 Letter from W B Caddell (Duckham House, 16 Cannon Street [London]) to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) on Alexander Duckham adding an appeal for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to gramophone recordings of a broadcast by WSC. Signed typescript. 17 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/31-32 Letter from Alfred Clark, Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited, (Hayes, Middlesex) to Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] sending on records of WSC's speeches packed for transportation to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States]. Signed typescript with carbon copy of Thompson's reply. 06 Mar 1941 - 12 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/33-38 Correspondence between Prime Minister's Office and Alfred Clark, Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited (Hayes, Middlesex) on the issue of further gramophone records of WSC's speeches. Includes note and carbon of letter from Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary, along with details of the broadcasts to be included. 03 Mar 1941 - 15 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/39-40 Letter from Alfred Clark, Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited (Hayes, Middlesex) to Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary, on the charity to receive royalties from the sales of records of WSC's speeches and presenting WSC with an album of the records. Signed typescript with carbon copy of Bevir's reply. 07 Apr 1941 - 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/32/41-42 Letter from Alexander Duckham (Duckham House, 16 Cannon Street [London]) to [Anthony] Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] sending copies of a record of WSC's speech "One Man and One Man Only". Signed manuscript with carbon copy of Bevir's reply. 10 Apr 1941 - 16 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/32/43-46 Minute from "C R T" [Commander Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC with notes on various matters concerning Chartwell [Kent]: accommodation, an air-raid shelter, a guard, a "Jim Crow Party", and telephones. Annotated with instructions by WSC. 25 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/32/47-50 Correspondence between Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] and [Eric] Speed (War Office) on arrangements for a guard to be mounted at Chartwell [Kent] during WSC's residence. Carbon copies and signed manuscript. 05 Mar 1941 - 12 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/51 Minute from Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] to General [Sir Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] on the camouflage of a monument north-east of Chequers [Buckinghamshire], an oddly ploughed field near the house, and provision of "mobile guns" to protect WSC. Copy. 26 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/52-53 Minute from Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC on withdrawing the Chequers [Buckinghamshire] guard "during, or immediately preceding, active operations in this country" and WSC's reply agreeing to this if he gets "definite prior notice". Copies. 17 Jun 1941 - 18 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/32/54 Letter from "C R T" [Commander Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] to [Vernon] Bovenizer [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War] (War Office) stating that WSC has no objection to the guard being withdrawn from Chequers [Buckinghamshire] in circumstances of "imminent active operations". Copy. 23 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/32/55-56 Letter from Colonel A T McGrath (Headquarters, South Eastern Command, Home Forces) to Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] (10 Downing Street) on 43 Division taking over the guard duty at Chartwell [Kent] and Thompson's acknowledgement. Signed typescript and carbon copy. 12 Aug 1941 - 20 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/32/57-59 Letter from Colonel A T McGrath (Headquarters, South Eastern Command, Home Forces) to Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] (10 Downing Street) on withdrawing the guard at Chartwell [Kent], with minute from Thompson to WSC and Thompson's reply to McGrath sending approval. Signed and initialled typescripts and carbon copy. 05 Sep 1941 - 10 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/32/60-61 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel [Stephen] Lamplugh (Headquarters, Anti-Aircraft Command, "Glenthorne", Stanmore, Middlesex) to Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] (10 Downing Street) on withdrawing into store for the winter the tent gear at Chartwell [Kent] and Thompson's reply. Signed typescript and carbon copy. 23 Oct 1941 - 25 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/32/62-66 Correspondence between Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] (10 Downing Street) and [Stewart] Crawford [Private Secretary to Chief of Air Staff] (Air Ministry, King Charles Street, Whitehall) on providing arrangements for the warning of possible air attack at Chartwell [Kent]. Carbon copies and signed typescript preceded by file note. 05 Mar 1941 - 24 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/32/67-71 Note and minute from Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC on camouflaging the lakes at Chartwell [Kent] and a monument at Chequers [Buckinghamshire], attaching a note from Captain John [G] Churchill, Camouflage Officer, Anti-Aircraft Command. Manuscript note and signed typescripts. 28 Apr 1941 - 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/32/72-73 Minute from "J M M" [John Martin, Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC on WSC's next visit to "Ditchley" [Dytchley Park, Oxfordshire]. Initialled typescript with later annotations by WSC, Martin and Commander [Charles] Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC]. Preceded by file note. 01 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/32/74-75 Letter from [Vernon] Bovenizer [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War] (War Office) to [John] Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] explaining the delay over the ordering of the guard for "Ditchley" [Dytchley Park, Oxfordshire] the previous weekend. Signed typescript followed by a carbon copy of Martin's enquiry. 08 Sep 1941 - 11 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/32/76 Note from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) to [Eric] Seal [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] on WSC's interest in Ronald Tree's house [Ditchley, Dytchley Park, Oxfordshire]. Initialled manuscript. 20 Nov [1940]
CHAR 20/32/77 Letter from Ronald Tree (Dytchley [Ditchley], Enstone, Oxfordshire) to WSC hoping he will come to Ditchley as often as he wishes. Signed manuscript. [11] [Nov] [1940]
CHAR 20/32/78-81 Letters from Alfred Clark, Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited, (Hayes, Middlesex) to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] and WSC (10 Downing Street) on issuing an album of WSC's speeches (27 April, 22 June, and 24 August), asking WSC for suggested titles. Signed typescript with details of the album and preceded by file note, annotated by individuals including WSC and Leonard Smith. 01 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/32/82 Minute from "B B" [Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information] to WSC suggesting he give permission for records of his broadcasts [for details see CHAR 20/32/81] to be issued to the public. Typescript annotated by WSC asking advice on which charity should benefit. 08 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/32/83-84 Correspondence between [John] Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] and [Bernard] Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] on titles and charity beneficiaries of records of WSC's broadcasts [for details see CHAR 20/32/81]. Carbon copy and signed typescript with later annotation by WSC. 10 Sep 1941 - 12 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/32/85-86 Letters from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to the Chairman, Gramophone Company Limited [Alfred Clarke], and [Bernard] Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] on WSC's permission for the issue of a further volume of records of broadcast speeches, giving details of the charity to benefit. Carbon copies. 16 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/32/87-88 Correspondence between Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) and Herschel Johnson [United States Minister in London] (US Embassy) on forwarding a letter from Mary Churchill [later Lady Soames] to President [Franklin] Roosevelt. Carbon copy and signed typescript. 18 Aug 1941 - 20 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/32/89 Letter from J H Church [Private Secretary] (Ministry of Aircraft Production) to [John] Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street) enquiring whether Mary Churchill [later Lady Soames] would christen a Spitfire, "Dorothy Mary" on behalf of the Canadian donors. Signed typescript annotated by WSC: "Mrs C" [CSC]. 09 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/32/90-92 Typed notes between "G H" [Grace Hamblin, CSC's secretary], [John] Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary], and CSC on Mary Churchill [later Lady Soames] being unable to "christen" a Spitfire. 15 Oct 1941 - 22 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/32/93-99 Letter from [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Supply] (Shell-Mex House, London) to WSC (10 Downing Street) seeking permission to send President [Franklin] Roosevelt a copy of a letter written by WSC to [Andrew] Bonar Law in 1915 on his time as First Lord of the Admiralty [enclosed]. Initialled typescript annotated by WSC granting permission and letter from "E M W" [Edith Watson, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Robert] Burns [Private Secretary to Minister of Supply] conveying WSC's instructions. 02 Nov 1941 - 04 Nov 1941