Official: Prime Minister: HRH the Duke of Windsor.

Reference code: CHAR 20/9A-B

Part of: CHAR 20
Next record: CHAR 20/10
Previous record: CHAR 20/8

Date: Jun 1940 - Dec 1940

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Correspondence on the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales], including his appointment as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas.

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CHAR 20/9A/1 Filing note on the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. Jun 1940 - Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/2 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC informing him that he has arrived in Spain to avoid capture, proceeding from Barcelona to Madrid. [Carbon]. 21 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/3 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] asking him to return to England. [Copy]. 22 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/4 Letter from John Peck to John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary and Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to confirm that the Foreign Office has been given explicit instructions to arrange the return of [the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. [Manuscript]. 22 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/5 Telegram from [?] WSC to Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] informing him of travel arrangements to Lisbon [Portugal] made for the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson]; asking him to send particulars of the party to Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] in Lisbon to arrange a suitable vehicle. [Copy]. 22 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/6 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC asking that some role be found for him in the Empire as his recent presence in England has caused only embarrassment. [Copy]. 24 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/7 Telegram from Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] to WSC asking for a decision on the request of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. [Copy]. 24 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/8 Telegram from Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] to WSC regretting that he was unable to persuade the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to hasten his departure from Spain. [Copy]. 26 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/9 Proposed reply from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] urging him to return to England as arranged. 28 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/10 Telegram from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] to WSC informing him that the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] does not expect to reach Madrid [Spain] until 1st July. 26 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/11-12 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC refusing to return until his status and that of his wife [Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, earlier Wallis Simpson] have been settled satisfactorily; annotated by WSC reprimanding the duke for failing to obey military authority, for doubt surrounding the circumstances in which he left Paris [France] and ordering him home [draft and final version]. [Copy]. 27 Jun 1940 - 28 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/13-14 Letter from Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI) to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] suggesting that the public do not want the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] to return to Britain and perhaps employment could be found for the ex-King with General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] in Egypt. 28 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/15 Telegram from Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] to WSC conveying the dissatisfaction of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] at the situation and desiring a 15 minute audience for himself and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with notice of the meeting appearing in the Court Circular. [Copy]. 28 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/16 Telegram from Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] to WSC conveying the desire of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] for clarification of his status and assurance of official backing which he felt was lacking in his job in France [message sent earlier than CHAR 20/9A/15]. [Carbon]. 28 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/17 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] suggesting that the Egyptian appointment for the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] be proposed to WSC and the message ordering the duke home should not be sent. 29 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/18 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC informing him of the latest correspondence on the situation of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and awaiting instructions on the idea of a posting to Egypt. 29 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/19 Letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC offering to consult P J [? Sir James Grigg, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War] about the possibility of posting the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Egypt; annotated by WSC "No". [Manuscript]. 29 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/20-21 Letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking for a telegram to be sent from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] chastising the duke for failure to follow orders and urging him to comply "with wishes of the Government". [Carbon]. 01 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/22 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC advising that as the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] is not leaving Lisbon [Portugal] until 1st August there will be plenty of opportunities for corresponding. [Carbon]. 01 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/23-24 Telegram from Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] to WSC advising that the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] are leaving Madrid; "Their visit has stimulated German propaganda but otherwise it has done good in extending our personal contacts ... I do not believe that they will return to England without further assurances". [Copy]. 01 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/25 Telegram [?] from the Air Ministry to Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] in Lisbon advising that as George, Duke of Kent arrived safely the Air Ministry need to know whether the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] intends to return to England on that plane or can it be recalled and another sent when appropriate. [Copy]. 02 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/26 Telegram from [Group-Captain Paul Chamberlayne] Air Attache, Lisbon [Portugal] to Air Ministry with particulars of the travel arrangements of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. [Copy]. 03 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/27-29 Letter from Sir Samuel Hoare [British Ambassador to Spain, later 1st Lord Templewood] to WSC sending "gossip from the wings". Writes of rumours surrounding the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] such as he cannot return to England as WSC has ordered his arrest, and that he had come to Spain to make a separate peace; Hoare countered such stories by entertaining the duke daily at the Embassy, but urges that employment be found quickly as he fears the duke will not leave Spain otherwise and this is dangerous with the Germans in the Pyrenees. 27 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/9A/29 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] on behalf of King George VI and Cabinet, offering him the appointment of Governor and Commander- in-Chief of the Bahamas, to leave direct from Lisbon [Portugal]. [Copy]. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/30 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC accepting the posting to the Bahamas and asking him to receive his representative, Major Gray Phillips. [Copy]. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/31 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC conveying the Palace's acknowledgement of WSC's suggestion that King George VI send a personal message to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; asks if WSC wishes to receive Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor]; annotated by WSC "Yes". 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/32 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC arranging a meeting with Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. 05 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/33 Letter from [?] WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] expressing pleasure that the Duke has accepted the appointment; offers to arrange the details with [Major Gray Phillips, Comptroller to Windsor]. [Carbon]. 05 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/34-38 Memorandum from WSC to the Prime Ministers of Canada [Mackenzie King], Australia [Robert Menzies], New Zealand [Peter Fraser] and South Africa [Jan Smuts] on the embarrassment caused by the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to King George VI through his pro-Nazi activities on the Continent. Informs them of the duke's appointment as Governor of the Bahamas [manuscript original by 1st Lord Caldecote [Secretary of State for Dominions Affairs, earlier Sir Thomas Inskip], reworked draft with annotations by WSC and final carbon]. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/39 Letter from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to the Resident Clerk of the Dominions Office enclosing WSC's redraft of the circular telegram by 1st Lord Caldecote [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, earlier Sir Thomas Inskip]. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/40 Letter from 1st Lord Caldecote [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, earlier Sir Thomas Inskip] to WSC informing him that [?] 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] passed on the news about the appointment of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Caldecote would like the Prime Ministers of the Dominions to be informed in good time. [Manuscript]. 05 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/41 Telegram from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] in Lisbon to WSC asking when the appointment of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] will be announced as he would like to make plans [copy]; annotated by WSC. 07 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/42 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on announcement to the Press of the appointment of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; annotated by WSC to warn the Ministry of Information. 07 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/43-44 Letter from Sir [Arthur] Cosmo Parkinson [Permanent Under- Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing a copy of a letter to Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] on the announcement that Sir Charles Dundas [Governor of the Bahamas] will be appointed as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Uganda, in succession to Sir Philip Mitchell who will become Deputy Chairman of the Conference of East African Governors. 07 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/45 Letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking him to send a telegram to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] informing him that the announcement of his appointment will be made on 10th July. [Carbon]. 08 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/46 Letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir [Arthur] Cosmo Parkinson [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies] on the announcement of the appointment of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; in discussion with Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] feels the press should be informed that "there is nothing whatsoever about it deserving of special comment or headlining". [Carbon]. 08 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/47 Letter from [1st Lord] Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies](Colonial Office, Downing Street) to WSC marked "secret and personal" about a message from the Queen [not present] suggesting that WSC's Secretary should inform him what to do. Signed typescript. 8 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/48 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on request from the Colonial Office that a telegram be sent to Washington [United States] about the appointment of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; also 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] encloses a letter from Queen Elizabeth [not present]. [Jul 1940]
CHAR 20/9A/49 Copy of letter from Eric Seal [Private Secretary to WSC] to [1st] Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] returning [a letter from the Queen, not present] and informing him that WSC does not think it 'either necessary or desirable to send a special message to Washington' about the appointment of the Duke [of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII]. Carbon typescript signed with initials in pencil. 8 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/50 Note from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] on independent action taken by the Minister of Information [Alfred Duff Cooper, later 1st Lord Norwich] over the announcement of the appointment of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; suggests that such behaviour undermines authority. 09 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/51 Telegram from WSC to Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] conveying message of delight from the Bahamas for the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales], with the text of an article in The Times of 10th July; annotated "Hold" [missing]. 10 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/52 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign] asking him to arrange for CHAR 20/9A/51 to be sent; [carbon, annotated]. 13 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/53 Telegram from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] on behalf of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] observing that Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] has not informed the duke about his travel arrangements. [Copy]. 11 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/54 Notes on arrangements for the journey to the Bahamas by the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; the duke's desire to stop off in New York [United States], and dissatisfaction with the Colonial Office. [Manuscript]. [Jul 1940]
CHAR 20/9A/55 See CHAR 20/9A/53 [copy]. 11 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/56 Letter from John Martin [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] asking him to arrange for Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to contact Windsor. 11 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/57 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC on his recent meeting with Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] and the issue of transporting the duke's party over the Atlantic. [Copy]. 12 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/58 Letter from John Martin to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] asking for observations on the arrangements for Windsor's journey to the Bahamas. 14 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/59-60 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] enclosing a letter from Sir Godfrey Thomas [Foreign Office] covering a letter [missing] from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] to Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] about the departure of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson]. [Carbon]. 14 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/61 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC informing him of Foreign Office objections to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] visiting New York [United States] on his way to the Bahamas; suggests that the onus of refusing be placed on the Americans so as not to have the British Government thwarting the duke. 16 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/62 Note from John Martin [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC informing him that a copy of a telegram [to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] has been sent to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] for observations. 14 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/63-64 Letter from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to WSC enclosing a draft telegram from the Foreign Office requesting the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] to go directly to the Bahamas and not via New York; Lloyd disagrees with this as they will end up so close to the United States there is little point in delaying the visit, and the duchess wishes to visit a specialist. 16 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/65 Draft telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] asking him to go directly to the Bahamas and informing him of arrangements between 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] with the United States Government to divert the ship they are booked on to Bermuda where a passage will be arranged to the Bahamas; asks for confirmation that flights have not been booked. [16] Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/66 Telegram from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] with enquiry from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] about a ship to New York [United States], as it is fully booked and he needs government intervention to secure a passage. [copy]. 17 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/67 Note from WSC to his Private Office asking if a letter can be sent to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; annotated. 17 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/68 Note from WSC to his Private Office asking to be informed of precise arrangements for the journey of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; annotated by WSC and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 17 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/69 Note from WSC to his Private Secretary asking whether the Admiralty can provide a cruiser to transport the party of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] from Bermuda to Nassau [Bahamas]. [Manuscript]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/70-71 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] with enclosures on the travel arrangements of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] from Lisbon [Portugal] to Bermuda, then on to the Bahamas by Canadian steamship; copies sent to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary], Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty], and Francis Keenlyside [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Shipping]. 17 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/72 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] informing him of arrangements for his travel. [Copy]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/73-74 Letters from the Private Secretary to WSC to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking for telegrams to be dispatched. [Carbon]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/75 Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] on distribution of information regarding the travel arrangements of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. [Carbon]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/76 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC objecting to his travel arrangements being "messed around" by the Colonial Office; urges that WSC "support arrangements I have made as otherwise I will have to reconsider my position". [Copy] [See also CHAR 20/9B/112 - 113 ]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/77 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on the telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] which crossed WSC's; informs him that a copy of Windsor's message has been sent to the Palace. 19 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/78-81 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] informing him that the Colonial Office tried to facilitate the duke's wishes in communication with 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] but were frustrated by American Neutrality Legislation, in which case he assumes the duke's objections are removed; includes forwarding letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary]. [Copy]. 19 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/82-84 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC insisting he be allowed to accompany Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] to New York [United States], so requires someone "to waive Colonial Office technicalities"; also asks for an audience for Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor]; letters from John Perowne, Foreign Office and Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] copying the message to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies]. [Copy]. 19 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/85 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC with the opinion of 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] that the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] should be humoured or he might "break" with the government; Lord Lascelles [later 7th Lord Harewood] and Sir Walter Monckton advise he be "treated as a petulant baby"; annotated by Peck that WSC would not alter his decision. 20 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/86 Note from John Peck to Eric Seal [Assistant Private Secretary and Principal Private Secretary to WSC] on latest Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] developments with message from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] that it would be very expensive to divert a ship to the Bahamas. 22 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/87-88 Letter from Alan Ker [Admiralty] to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] with information from Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips, Vice Chief of Naval Staff on the lack of available cruisers for the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and his party due to the presence of raiders in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. [Copy]. 22 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/89-90 Letter from Francis Keenlyside [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Shipping] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] with August sailings between Bermuda and New York [United States]. [Carbon]. 24 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/91-94 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] informing him that he will depart on 1st August by American export vessel for Bermuda and thence on the Canadian ship "Lady Somers" to Nassau [Bahamas], accompanied by his party including his servant Alastair Fletcher; "His Majesty's Government cannot agree to your Royal Highness landing in the United States at this juncture" [Draft annotated by WSC, with copy]. 23 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/95 Telegram from Colonial Office to the Governor of Bermuda [Lieutenant-General Sir Denis Bernard] informing him of the arrival of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]'s party of seven. [Copy]. 24 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/96-98 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Francis Keenlyside [Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Shipping] asking him to make the necessary reservations for the party of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; encloses a letter to Alan Ker [Admiralty] on security measures for the duration of the journey. [Copy]. 25 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/99 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC agreeing to the arrangements and "seeking confirmation that it is not to be policy of his Majesty's Government that I should not set foot on American [United States] soil during my term of office in the Bahamas". [Copy]. 26 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/100 Telegram from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] to "Secretary of State" [? for the Colonies, 1st Lord Lloyd] explaining that the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] appreciates the reasons for not visiting the United States at the moment but would like to visit in future, also would prefer to delay departure until 8th August. 25 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/101-102 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] suggesting that he should travel as planned on 1st August; regarding a future trip to the United States, refers to the standing Royal Instructions to Colonial Governors which require the Governor to discuss any vacation from the Colony with the Secretary of State for the Colonies [1st Lord Lloyd]. [Copy]. 27 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/103-104 Telegram from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] asking him to adhere to the original plan of travelling on 1st August. [Copies]. 27 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/105 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC informing him that Sir Walter Monckton has arrived in Lisbon [Portugal], and agreeing to travel on 1st August as arranged. [Copy]. 29 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9A/106 Telegram from Secretary of State for the Colonies [1st Lord Lloyd] to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] with an offer from the Governor of Bermuda [Lieutenant- General Sir Denis Bernard] of accommodation during his party's stay. 29 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/107 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Alan Ker [Admiralty] informing him that the ship of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales], "Excalibur", will arrive at Bermuda on 9th August and any security arrangements for escorting the "Lady Somers" can be made by Naval authorities; letter copied to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC], John Perowne [Foreign Office] and to Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI]. 02 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/108 Telegram to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] on the arrival of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] at Bermuda on 9th August. [Copy]. 31 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/109 Telegram from Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] in Lisbon on the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] sailing [for Bermuda]. [Copy]. 02 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/110-111 Telegram from Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] on difficulties of arranging travel and sufficient linen; asks that Government arrange adequate police protection in the United States; includes filing note. [Copy]. 16 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/112-113 Telegrams between the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] on CHAR 20/9A/76 ; discussing whether Alastair Fletcher will accompany the duke, and other arrangements for servants. [Copy]. 18 Jul 1940- 20 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/114 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] on concern of Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] that the duke would create problems if he did not get his own way. [Manuscript]. 21 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/115 Telegram from Captain Drury to Captain George Wood via Sir Walford Selby [British Ambassador to Portugal] (in Lisbon) asking for confirmation of sailing [of the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] on 10th August. [Copy]. 27 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/116 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] asking if arrangements can be made for the duke's party to sail on 8th August as this causes less inconvenience to the United States export agent and to passengers being displaced from voyage; also will give the Windsors time to reclaim possessions from La Croe. [Copy]. 26 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/117 Telegram from Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Windsor informing him of reservations to sail on 1st August as per telegram from WSC. [Copy]. 26 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/118 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to [?] Thomas Carter [Privy Purse Office] requesting that the inventory of furniture at Frogmore [Hampshire] be returned. [Copy]. 27 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/119 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Captain Drury on travel arrangements. [Copy]. 30 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/120-122 Telegram from Wallis, Duchess of Windsor to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] upset at 'red tape' over travel arrangements and servants; "Technical point obviously last winter's game stop if treatment persists ... am afraid of outcome"; annotated [copy]; with covering letter from Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] thanking him for sending the enclosed to the Palace and advising that "we never forget the power that she can exert over him". [Manuscript]. [09 Jul 1940]
CHAR 20/9B/123 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC requesting an interview for Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] who will explain the "red tape" problems the Windsors face. [Copy]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/124 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC asking if he wishes to see Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; suggests the "red tape" alluded to may be over the Colonial Office and the War Office both refusing to allow the release of two men from the army as personal servants for the duke. [Manuscript]. 19 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/125 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] on finding servants; insists on Alastair Fletcher being released from the Army, Webster less important. [Copy]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/126 Telegram from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] informing him that William Heape is Colonial Secretary in the Bahamas; proposes that instead of using two Guardsmen as chauffeur and valet the duke accepts men over military age or unfit for service. [Copy]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/127 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] insisting that Piper Alastair Fletcher, Scots Guards, be released from service to resume his position as the duke's servant. [Copy]. 19 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/128 Message from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to WSC on the problem of the servants of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]: Sir Walter Monckton [Director-General of the Press and Censorship Bureau] and Lord Lascelles [Lloyd's brother-in-law, later 7th Lord Harewood] worried by the telegram of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson], believe the duke should be placated; Lloyd wants WSC's opinion; annotated by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] that WSC will contact duke direct. 20 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/129-130 Telegram from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] regretting "that there can be no question of releasing men from the army to act as servants ... Such a step would be viewed with general disapprobation"; initialled by WSC annotated by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] [copy]; covering letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Ivo Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] asking for a copy to be sent to Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs]. 20 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/131 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Edward Edwards [War Office] on enquiry from a Captain Alleyn [War Office] who had been instructed to arrange passages for two soldier servants for the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. [Carbon]. 23 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/132-133 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] arranging matter of servants; still hopes to go to New York [United States]. 23 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/134 Telegram from Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] with names of possible maids, and butler; "[Alastair] Fletcher definitely disallowed". [Copy]. 23 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/135 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to Windsor] on travel arrangements for servants. [Copy]. 24 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/136 Letter from Major Gray Phillips [Comptroller to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] conveying thanks from Windsor to WSC for releasing Piper Alastair Fletcher from service to be his servant. [Manuscript]. 24 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/137 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Sir Walter Monckton asking him to expedite granting of exit visas for servants. [Copy]. 24 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/138-140 Correspondence between Edward Edwards [War Office] and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] on passage of Alastair Fletcher [servant to the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to join Windsor. 25 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/141-145 Letter form WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] expressing confidence that the Windsors "will lend a distinction and dignity to the Governorship" [of the Bahamas]; advises the duke not to visit the United States until after the Presidential election; counsels that a public servant may not express personal opinions about the war which differ from those of His Majesty's Government, recalls rumours surrounding the duke in Lisbon [Portugal]; includes filing note. [Copy]. 27 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/146 Letter from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to WSC: "I naturally do not consider my appointment as one of first class importance"; remarks on King George VI and Queen Elizabeth not wishing "to bring family differences to an end"; expresses intention to visit the United States, Canada and adjacent islands when possible; "I shall bear your word of counsel in mind". [Typescript, signed]. 31 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/147-148 Telegram from Sir Walter Monckton to 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] requesting a detective to be sent to accompany the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] on their voyage to Bermuda; [copy] annotated by WSC to action and get further report from Monckton on return; includes filing note. 29 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/149-150 Telegram from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Sir Walter Monckton arranging for Detective- Sergeant Harold Holder to travel with the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson]; includes note from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC. [Copy]. 30 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/151-153 Letter from Sir Walter Monckton to WSC on subjects including: the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] wishing to visit the United States after the Presidential elections in November; whether Windsor can be persuaded to declare his dollar securities; Windsor's reluctance to leave Lisbon [Portugal] as "a distinguished Spaniard" had reported a plot against his life by members of the British Government. Monckton suggests the report could be of German origin although along with 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] and Sir Philip Game [Commissioner of Metropolitan Police] expresses scepticism [typescript, signed]; with letter of thanks from WSC. 08 Aug 1940 - 09 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/154 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Sir Walter Monckton informing him of arrival in Bermuda and desiring communication before continuing further. [Copy]. 09 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/155-156 Messages between WSC and Sir Walter Monckton on suitably reassuring reply to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]. 11 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/157-158 Telegram from Sir Walter Monckton to 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] asking him to convey the thanks of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to the Governor, Legislative Council and the Honourable House Assembly of the Bahamas for their messages of welcome. [Copy]. 02 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/159 Telegram from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Sir Walter Monckton enquiring if the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] wishes to reply to the messages of welcome sent to him from the Bahamas on 20th July. [Copy]. 31 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/160-163 Telegrams from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to the Foreign Office expressing concern at the proposal of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to stay in the United States; would prefer him to go to Bahamas via Bermuda rather than New York to avoid "publicity ... of ... an icy character"; includes filing note. [Copies]. 16 Jul 1940 - 17 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/164-166 Draft telegram from the Foreign Office to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] on diplomatic implications raised by the party of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] travelling by United States vessel and by 360 mile diversion to call at Bermuda [copies]; annotated. [17 Jul 1940]
CHAR 20/9B/167-168 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Foreign Office suggesting that whilst the United States Under-Secretary of State [Sumner Welles] had allowed passages to be secured for the party of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and was willing to divert the ship to Bermuda the cost might be as much as 100,000 dollars. [Copy]. 20 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/169-172 Telegrams between from the Foreign Office and 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] about the cost of the diverting the ship for the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales]; final figure 7,500 dollars. [Copies]. 22 Jul 1940 - 26 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/173-174 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] reporting that the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] has informed the United States Under-Secretary of State [Sumner Welles] that he wishes the sailing to be postponed until 7th August; assumes that the Government will not sanction huge inconvenience and expense; annotated by WSC "Yes". [Copy]. 29 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/175 Telegram from Foreign Office to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] "His Royal Highness [the Duke of Windsor, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] will sail as arranged on August 1st". [Copy]. 30 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/176 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] "Date of arrival [of the Duke of Windsor, [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] at Bermuda is August 9th". [Copy]. 31 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/9B/177 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Foreign Office on unfavourable United States newspaper reports that the ship of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] will be accompanied by a convoy in breach of United States neutrality; Lothian will maintain that "I have no precise knowledge about His Royal Highness's plans or arrangements". [Copy]. 01 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/178 Telegram from Foreign Office to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] enquiring about the desirability, from a United States perspective, of the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] travelling to Canada and the United States very shortly. 22 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/179 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Foreign Office advising that a visit by the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to the United States would attract undesirable publicity and commercial interest, and place pressure on the President to receive him in Washington; advises waiting until after November Presidential elections. [Copy]. 24 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/180-181 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander- in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] asking for money from the Crown for repairs to Government House. Until work is carried out Windsor will rent property at Prospect Ridge from [Frederick] Emslie Sigrist [copy]; also includes filing note. 26 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/9B/182-185 Draft telegram from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander- in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] refusing to authorise a blank cheque for expenditure from public funds on redecoration of Government House as Crown Funds could better be "used to buy a fighter"; suggests he will approach the House of Commons on Duke's behalf for an extra 2,000 pounds [copy]; with covering letter to WSC asking for support, annotated by WSC "comment is needless". [27 Aug 1940 - 29 Aug 1940]
CHAR 20/9B/186-189 Letter from John Balfour [Foreign Office] to Harold Beckett [Colonial Office], with telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] on the reaction by President Franklin Roosevelt to a visit by the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to the United States "in no circumstances ... before the election" however the President intended to visit Eleuthera Island [Bahamas] himself to see the site of the future United States base. Foreign Office annoyed as Britain had not yet agreed to a United States base, and the President should be asking if he might visit; copies sent to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] and Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty]; also includes letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Balfour. Annotated by WSC. 24 Sep 1940 - 26 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/9B/190-191 Letter from 1st Lord Lloyd [Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] expressing annoyance at 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] stirring up the matter of the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander- in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] being allowed to visit the United States; includes covering letter from Ralph Stevenson [Counsellor, Foreign Office] to John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC]. [Copy]. 28 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/9B/192 Letter from Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty] to John Perowne [Foreign Office] with an observation from the First Lord of the Admiralty [A V Alexander] that as it was 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] who raised the issue of the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander- in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] going to the United States and not the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] "there seems a good deal to be said for not standing too much on ceremony". [Copy]. 03 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/9B/193 Telegram from Foreign Office to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] suggesting that Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] should give notice of his desire to visit the Bahamas and that the subject of the visit by the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to the United States be dropped. [Copy]. 03 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/9B/194-195 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Foreign Office with reassurance on intentions of Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] in visiting the Bahamas and the visit of the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to Washington [copy]; annotated by WSC "this seems all right and I think Lothian should be so informed"; includes covering letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to Ralph Stevenson [Counsellor], Foreign Office. 11 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/9B/196 Telegram from the Foreign Office to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] with an extract from a German English-language broadcast, including: "President Roosevelt [Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States] will try to bring about peace negotiations between Great Britain and the Axis Powers ...The Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] may also play a part in this attempt ... He will shortly leave the Bahamas for the United States of America in order to talk with the President". [Copy]. 13 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/9B/197 Telegram from Foreign Office to R A Butler [Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Washington, United States] offering approval of the attitude of 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] in dealing with the proposed visits of the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. [Copy]. 17 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/9B/198 Telegram from R A Butler [Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] on an invitation to the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to visit Miami [United States] to present a cup for the Bahamas handicap at a Christmas race meeting as is customary for the Governor; Butler has warned the promoters that the duke may not be able to attend, but seeks to inform the Colonial Office. 22 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/9B/199 Telegram from Foreign Office to 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] on a proposed Presidential cruise of the Caribbean; the Foreign Office has asked the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to ascertain the itinerary of Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] especially for visits to Antigua and the Bahamas; Colonial Office is anxious to discourage a meeting between the duke and the president [copy]; annotated by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] asking if WSC has seen this, answer "No". 29 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/9B/200 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Foreign Office with the (secret) itinerary of the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] around the Caribbean: Jamaica, Antigua, Mayaguana [Bahamas]; Roosevelt has invited the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] to dine if convenient. [Copy]. 26 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/9B/201 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to Foreign Office with message from the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] who proposes to accompany Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] to Miami on 10th December where she has to undergo a dental operation; assumes that the duke will not be able to meet Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] at Mayaguana [Bahamas]. [Copy]. 01 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/9B/202 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to the Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of Jamaica [Sir Arthur Richards, later 1st Lord Milverton] asking him to inform Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] that the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] regrets being absent in Miami during the President's visit but invites the president to Nassau and offers to change his plans and meet him first in Mayaguana [Bahamas]. [Copy]. 04 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/9B/203 Telegram from 11th Lord Lothian [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Philip Kerr] to the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] with a message from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regretting to hear of the forthcoming operation of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson], and assuming that it will prevent them meeting; offer from Lothian to send S L Childs, Press Counsellor of the British Embassy at Washington, to Miami to assist the duke. [Copy]. 03 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/9B/204-206 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing: an extract from the Daily Mail on the Duke of Windsor [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales] and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor [earlier Wallis Simpson] travelling to Miami [United States] in the yacht of Axel Wenner-Gren [Swedish financier] for the Duchess's dental operation [carbon]; a telegram from the Duke of Windsor: "Duchess and I leaving for Miami 9th December but I have arranged to fly to Mayaguana [Bahamas] 12th December to meet the President" [Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States]. 07 Dec 1940- 09 Dec 1940