Literary: correspondence on the publication of WSC's "Secret Session Speeches".

Reference code: CHUR 4/5A-B

Part of: CHUR 4
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Date: Oct 1945 - Apr 1947

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Correspondents include: representatives of Time-Life International, including [London representative] Walter Graebner and Henry Luce [owner and editor of Time Magazine] (28); Charles Eade, [Editor] of the Sunday Dispatch (30); David Walker, [Foreign correspondent] of the Daily Mirror; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] on the official implications of publishing the speeches (3); representatives of Simon and Schuster, Incorporated (6); representatives of Cassell and Company Limited including directors Desmond Flower and Sir Newman Flower (10); Marshall Field (3); Prime Minister Clement Attlee on lifting the ban on the speeches (2); "Max", 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken]; Michael Foot; Henry Channon; John Dodd (3); Duncan McCallum; Sir Geoffrey Shakespeare; Maurice Petherick; Ellen Wilkinson; Henry Usborne; [Simon] Wingfield Digby; Lord Suirdale [later 7th Lord Donoughmore]; Sir Oliver Simmonds; Gerald Palmer; James Henderson-Stewart; Stephen Taylor; Ivor Thomas [later Ivor Bulmer-Thomas]; Sir [William] Patrick Spens; Thomas Hewlett (2). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Kathleen Hill, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph].

Other subjects include: matters concerning the publication of the speeches in Life magazine, including parliamentary questions by Adam McKinlay and Tom Driberg [later Lord Bradwell]; press reaction to the publication; matters concerning the content of the speeches, particularly the speeches on Admiral Jean Darlan [Minister for National Defence, Vichy French Government], shipping and Singapore; offers to publish WSC's war memoirs; matters concerning the publication of the speeches in book form, including the United States and Canadian rights, the price of the volume in Britain, and the presentation of complimentary copies to MPs; WSC's payment for the publications; matters concerning the publication of "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples" and "Victory"; Indian affairs.

Also includes: press cuttings; the text of a message by General Dwight Eisenhower on Darlan; details of corrections to the text; an account statement from Cassell's; copy of WSC's agreement with Cassell's; copy of WSC's notes for the secret session speech (20 June 1940) on Britain's vulnerability to air attack, preserving public morale, the battle in France, the attitude of the United States, and the possible German invasion of Ireland [Eire]; lists of acknowledgements from MPs for the book; copy of Hansard (19 December 1945).

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Physical: 2 files (363 loose folios)
Publication: Alternative format: Folios 68 and 85: Copyright holder (Daily Sketch and Trinity Mirror for Daily Mirror) has withheld permission for online publication. Available on microfilm at Churchill Archives Centre.
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Contained records

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CHUR 4/5/182 Letter from Marshall Field [President and Director of Field Enterprises Incorporated] (Chelsea Plantation, Ridgeland [United States]) to WSC on publication of his secret session war speeches. Field explains that he had already talked to Simon and Schuster who were very glad to publish the speeches, and asks WSC to send the manuscript to them. He thanks WSC for seeing him and hopes to have another opportunity at playing gin rummy with him again. Manuscript. 13 Feb 1946
CHUR 4/5/183 Letter from Marshall Field [President and Director of Field Enterprises Incorporated] (Chelsea Plantation, Ridgeland [United States]) to WSC on publication of his memoirs, explaining that he was just sending WSC his address in case he wanted to discuss the matter. Manuscript. 20 Jan 1946
CHUR 4/5/145 Letter from Richard Simon [co-founder of Simon and Schuster, publishers] (Simon and Schuster Incorporated, Rockefeller Center, 1230 Sixth Avenue, New York, 20 [United States]) to WSC on the publication of his Secret Session speeches. He encloses the proofs for WSC to read before his return to Britain and says what a privilege it was to meet him. He explains that Marshall Field [President and Director of Field Enterprises Incorporated] had shown a letter from WSC to both himself and [Max] Lincoln Schuster, and assures WSC that they understood it completely. He adds that he hoped to talk to him further on the matter at the proper time. Signed typescript. 19 Mar 1946
CHUR 4/5/147 Letter from Marshall Field [President and Director of Field Enterprises Incorporated] to WSC, regretting that they would not be able to talk about the immediate publication of his war memoirs, and assuring him that the publication of his Secret Session speeches would be held until Cassell and Company Limited were ready. He adds that Richard Simon [co-founder of Simon and Schuster] would make arrangements with Life Magazine in accordance with WSC’s wishes. He expresses his gratitude to WSC for his courtesy and his assurance that he would keep them in mind for future publishing possibilities. He also hopes that he would reconsider about publishing his war memoirs in the near future, as this would prove invaluable to many people. Signed typescript. 19 Mar 1946
CHUR 4/5/167 Letter from Henry Simon, of Simon and Schuster (Rockefeller Center, 1230 Sixth Avenue, New York, 20 [United States]) to WSC’s secretary, on the publication of Charles Eade’s compilation of WSC’s Secret Session speeches, asking for information on Eade for the book. Signed typescript. 05 Mar 1946
CHUR 4/5/196 Letter from [Max] Lincoln Schuster [co-founder and Chairman of Simon and Schuster] (The Inner Sanctum of Simon and Schuster, 1230 Sixth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, New York City [United States]) to WSC, informing him that they were sending him ten copies of his Secret Session speeches. He gives a provisional publishing date of 22 August for the American edition, but explains that they would need confirmation from Sir [Walter] Newman Flower, President of Cassell and Company Limited. The first print run would be for 6,000 copies, and Schuster tells WSC how privileged they felt at being entrusted with publication of his book. He ends by hoping that WSC would keep them informed of any new developments which could affect the plans which they had discussed. Signed typescript. 31 Jul 1946
CHUR 4/5/292 Letter from [Max] Lincoln Schuster [co-founder and Chairman of Simon and Schuster] (The Inner Sanctum of Simon and Schuster, 1230 Sixth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, New York City [United States]) to WSC on publication of his Secret Session speeches. He recalls that WSC had told them not to reproduce his notes of 20 June 1940 without the permission of 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara, earlier John Moore-Brabazon [former Minister of Transport], though WSC had not felt that Brabazon would be likely to object, as WSC had actually been praising one of his speeches. Schuster explains that he was sending WSC a reproduction of the notes, to await final approval, along with any corrections to the proofs which they had already sent. He adds that they were keeping in touch with Cassell and Company Limited, so that the British and American editions of the speeches could be launched at the same time, and once again states what a privilege it had been to meet WSC. Signed typescript. 22 Mar 1946
CHUR 4/5/306 Letter from [Max] Lincoln Schuster [co-founder and Chairman of Simon and Schuster] (The Inner Sanctum of Simon and Schuster, 1230 Sixth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, New York City [United States]) to WSC, asking if he would like the original manuscript of his Secret Session speeches to be returned to him [underlined and annotated “Yes”]. If not, Schuster explains that they would like to keep it as a historic document. He adds that in accordance with WSC’s wishes, they had kept the price of the published speeches at two dollars, and informs him that the American edition would be launched on 22 August. Signed typescript. 14 Aug 1946