Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence N - R.

Reference code: CHAR 20/7

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Date: 1932 - Jul 1947

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All items are manuscript unless otherwise described.

The majority of material in this file dates to May - December 1940.

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CHAR 20/7/1-2 Calling card and envelope of Hassan Nachat Pasha, Egyptian Ambassador to Britain, annotated by Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] "card returned". [16 May 1940]
CHAR 20/7/3-6 Letter from John Walton Newbold [author "How Europe Armed for War 1871-1914"] to CSC, asking for a job on WSC's staff; gives lengthy examples of his previous work. [Manuscript]. 18 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/7/7 Note from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to WSC on John Walton Newbold's request for employment; annotated by WSC. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/7/8-10 Letter from John Walton Newbold to WSC, on rumours WSC may be forced out of office; Newbold's previous involvement in politics; advice offered to Ramsay MacDonald [former Prime Minister] on foreign policy, especially with regard to the Soviet Union; encloses a copy of a doctor's note detailing his recent illness and latent tuberculosis; with Prime Minister's Office note summarising letter. [Manuscript]. 02 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/7/11 Letter from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC], on behalf of CSC, to John Walton Newbold thanking him for his letter but regretting there is no vacancy on WSC's staff. [Carbon]. 20 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/7/12 Letter from Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] to John Walton Newbold assuring him that rumours of WSC being forced out of office are false. 05 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/7/13-14 Administrative notes on John Walton Newbold, annotated "shown to Brendan Bracken" [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]. Aug 1940
CHAR 20/7/15-18 Letter from John Walton Newbold to WSC on the coming Preston [Lancashire] by-election; complex arguments about the rights of Catholics in Northern Ireland; a united Ireland as the best means of defence for Britain against overseas attack; why ministers and members of parliament opposed rearmament, allowing the nation to remain deficient in ground and air defences. Notes that copies sent to the press and Eamon de Valera [Irish Taoiseach (Head of Government) and Minister for External Affairs]. [Manuscript]. 09 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/7/19 Letter from John Walton Newbold to WSC "giving Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] and yourself ... the opportunity I have decided to afford you ... to meet the aspirations of all who seek a United Ireland"; links his work to that of James Douglas, United States Senate; chooses the Preston [Lancashire] by-election as the fighting ground. 10 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/7/20-21 Letter from John Walton Newbold to WSC recalling their common interest in rearmament in the 1930s; asks why he has not been given work despite being on the Central Employment Register for over six months and when men with less specialist knowledge are being utilised, such as Herbert Morrison [Home Secretary]. [Manuscript]. 29 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/7/22-23 Administrative notes between Brendan Bracken and Edith Watson [Parliamentary Private Secretary and Private Secretary to WSC] on John Walton Newbold's letters and how to acknowledge them. 03 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/7/24 Letter from Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] to John Walton Newbold informing him that his letter has been received. 10 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/7/25-29 Report by [Lieutenant-Colonel] Henry Newton ("Horsley Carr", Little Eaton, Derbyshire) on Blitzkreig and other warfare methods employed by the Germans, urging change in warfare and techniques to combat them. Typescript with manuscript addition dated 25 May 1940. 10-25 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/30 Copy of a covering letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to M Knott [Private Secretary to Deputy Secretary of the War Cabinet] marked secret enclosing a copy of CHAR 20/7/25-29. Carbon typescript signed with initials. 25 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/31 Copy of a letter from R Gilling (Air Ministry) to Eric Seal [Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing CHAR 20/7/32 [a copy of a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Newton] and explaining that Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] rates Colonel Newton's judgement highly. Typescript. 23 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/32 Copy of an unsigned letter [from Lieutenant-General Henry Newton] (Constitutional Club, Northumberland Avenue, London) on the possibility of the heaviest tanks and war material being landed without the use of wharves or cranes and warning of a Blitzkreig invasion of Britain. Typescript. 21 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/33 Letter from M Knott [Private Secretary to Deputy Secretary of the War Cabinet](Richmond Terrace, Whitehall) to [Anthony] Bevir reassuring him that the methods by which the Germans might land in England (see CHAR 20/7/32) had been considered. Signed typescript. 26 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/34 Copy of a letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to R Gilling referring to a letter from Lieutenant-Colonle [Henry] Newton (see CHAR 20/7/32) informing him that the authorities have considered the possibility of the Germans adopting the methods outlined. Carbon typescript signed with initials. 27 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/35-36 Note from [Lieutenant-Colonel Henry] Newton (Horsley Carr, Little Eaton, Derbyshire) enclosing calculations about establishing and maintaining a 'belt of fire' using petrol bombs as defence against a German invasion. Signed typescript. 28 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/37 Letter from R Gilling (Air Ministry) to [Anthony] Bevir (Private Secretary to WSC) enclosing two notes from Lieutenant-Colonel [Henry] Newton (see CHAR 20/7/32 and CHAR 20/7/35-36) together with Newton's suggestion that Major [Desmond] Morton should see them. Signed typescript annotated with information about circulation. 28 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/38 Copy of a letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to R Gilling acknowledging communications from Lieutenant-Colonel [Henry]Newton (see CHAR 20/7/32 and CHAR 20/7/35-36) asking him to pass on reassurances that they will be forwarded. He notes that [Frederick] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell] had commented on the practical difficulties of obtaining 2,000 aeroplanes. Carbon typescript signed with initials. 29 May 1940
CHAR 20/7/39-40 Letter from Frederick Ogilvie [Director-General, BBC] to WSC congratulating him on a recent French broadcast [21 October, "Dieu protege la France"] and on bombing suffered by the BBC; reply expressing thanks. 22 Oct 1940- 26 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/7/41-43 Administrative notes from individuals including Sir James Grigg to WSC accompanying a photograph of Judge Sir Roland Oliver. 09 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/44 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sarah Oliver [earlier Sarah Churchill, later Sarah Beauchamp and Sarah, Lady Audley] assuring her that a telephone will be installed at her cottage as soon as military priorities, mostly restoration of services in Coventry [Warwickshire], have been dealt with. [Carbon]. 07 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/45-46 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith] to WSC asking him to allow 2nd Lord Lytton [Chairman, Foreign Office Council of Aliens] and Sir Cyril Asquith to manage internment of aliens as both WSC and Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] are overworking; criticises Anderson's suitability as Home Secretary. [Manuscript]. 02 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/7/47-49 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith] to WSC asking for promotions for Sir Walter Monckton [Director-General, Ministry of Information] and Cyril Radcliffe [Ministry of Information]. [Manuscript and copy]. [Oct 1940]
CHAR 20/7/50-51 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith] to WSC on personal matters, mentions a [?]Georges Bain. [Manuscript]. 04 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/7/52-54 Letter from Margot, Lady Oxford and Asquith [earlier Margot Asquith] to WSC on troops being left idle; says half could have been sent to aid General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] who should have been better supported; annotated "some quite intelligent views from 'Margot' WSC" [manuscript]; extract forwarded from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Vernon Bovenizer [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War]. 05 Oct 1940 - 10 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/7/55-62 Correspondence concerning the visit of Sir George Paish to the United States to deliver a lecture tour at the request of the Carnegie Peace Foundation; justification by American Division of the Ministry of Information for granting him a visa; note by "H" [Lord Halifax, Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC, letter from Martin Russell, [Private Secretary to the Minister of Information to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], notes by Martin and letters from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Paish ordering him to return home as he is embarrassing the British Government by spreading propaganda in a neutral country; annotated by WSC. 28 Aug 1940 - 04 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/7/63 Note from Lieutenant-Commander M Knott [War Cabinet Offices] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], asking what reply was sent from WSC to Sir Bernard Pares. 03 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/64 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], to Lieutenant- Commander M Knott [War Cabinet Offices] informing him there is no trace of a recent letter from Sir Bernard Pares to WSC. [carbon]. 05 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/65 Note from Brendan Bracken [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal [Chief of Air Staff] whom his colleagues believe to be overworking. [Manuscript]. 20 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/66-67 Personal Minute M 427 from WSC to Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal [Chief of Air Staff] asking him to take a few days rest as so much depends on him and overworking will not help [copy]; with reply from Portal thanking him for his concern. 20 Dec 1940 - 21 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/68 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC advising him that Rear-Admiral Herbert Pott, the new British Naval Attache in Washington [United States], will shortly be leaving to take up his post and would WSC like to send any messages by him; annotated by WSC "No". 06 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/7/69-70 Letter from John Profumo to [Eric Seal] Principal Private Secretary to WSC advising that the matter he had wished to discuss with WSC has been settled by the Chief Whip [David Margesson]. [Manuscript]. 14 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/7/71-74 Letter from 1st Lord Queenborough [earlier Almeric Paget] to John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC], asking him to show enclosure to WSC; encloses a copy of a letter from Arthur Meighen [Leader of the Government in the Canadian Senate] with opinions about war expressed in Canada and the United States; annotated; with acknowledgement from Colville. Jun 1940
CHAR 20/7/75-82 Letters from 1st Lord Rankeillour [earlier James Hope] to WSC offering advice on the conduct of the war, with acknowledgements from Kathleen Hill, Eric Seal and Anthony Bevir [Secretary, Principal Private Secretary and Private Secretary to WSC]. May 1940 - Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/83-85 Memorandum from 1st Lord Rankeillour [earlier James Hope] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC], advising that an Allied compromise with revolutionary elements in Eastern Europe would both disastrous and immoral; notes that memorandum was sent to two leading newspapers who declined to publish. Aug 1940
CHAR 20/7/86-87 Letter from J M B Butt [War Cabinet Office] to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] on inventions sent to WSC by an E Yeoman Robinson; refers to letter [carbon enclosed] from F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell] to Brigadier [?] Arthur Harker of MI5 asking him to look into Robinson's activities as "he describes in considerable detail methods of the highest secrecy which have been used or are about to be used". 10 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/7/88 Telegram from Harry Morison [Bermuda] to WSC informing him of the death of 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth]. 26 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/7/89-91 Letter from WSC to 2nd Lord Rothermere [earlier Esmond Harmsworth] offering condolences on the death of 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth [copy]; with reply. Nov 1940 - Dec 1940
CHAR 20/7/92-93 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] on the death of Lieutenant-Commander Ryan who was killed whilst on bomb disposal duties; encloses a draft letter of sympathy to Rear-Admiral Frank Ryan for WSC to send. 11 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/7/94-95 Letter, annotated, from WSC to Rear-Admiral Frank Ryan offering condolences on the death of his son, Lieutenant- Commander Ryan [carbon]; [see CHAR 20/2B/104 for a copy of WSC's letter to Rear-Admiral Ryan]; with reply expressing thanks. 14 Nov 1940- 16 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/7/96-105 Correspondence (May - June 1940) between WSC and Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] and a draft letter from WSC to the King on WSC's request for Brendan Bracken [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] to be made a Privy Councillor; the King refused as such positions were reserved "for those who have attained high office in, or rendered long service to, the State"; WSC persuaded him that Bracken had avoided high office by remaining as Private Secretary to WSC and not spreading false assurances about the British Air Force; cites precedent of Private Secretary to Arthur Balfour, Sanders, who was made a Privy Councillor in 1902; includes notes by Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford, Secretary to WSC] and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] on filing the correspondence (1947). May 1940 - Jul 1947
CHAR 20/7/106-168 Correspondence, newspaper cuttings and pamphlets, from Stanley Rosenbaum to Stanley Baldwin, Ramsay MacDonald, Neville Chamberlain, WSC and various public figures giving advice on foreign policy and suggesting public appointments; warning about domestic and international conspiracies; passing on information from imagined 'contacts' in European government; includes pamphlet by Leslie Weatherhead, Minister of the City Temple, London, "Think Before You Fight". 1932 - Oct 1940