Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)ACLAdd/220-225
TitleLetters from Austen Chamberlain to J[ames] L[ouis] Garvin (1868-1947, journalist and biographer of Joseph Chamberlain), Gregories, Beaconsfield: 27 December 1918, 4 November 1926, 1 February 1927, 12 June 1926, 18 June 1936 (with enclosure)
Extent6 items
DescriptionThese comprise 5 letters. The letter dated 1918, is a letter of sympathy to Garvin written from Thornhill House, East Grinstead, Sussex.

The two letters of 1926 and 1927 are written from 2 Morpeth Mansions [London], SW1. The first of these refers to the Life of Joseph Chamberlain which Garvin is writing and asks for access to the index to his father's correspondence in order to trace any letters from Sir Michael Hicks- Beach to Joseph Chamberlain, 1897-1900 at the request of Lady Victoria Hicks-Beach, Sir Michael's daughter. The second thanks Garvin for his letter of support: 'appreciative words from so careful a student of foreign affairs as yourself are a real help'; and promises a ticket for the unveiling ceremony of Joseph Chamberlain's memorial

The two letters of June 1936 are written from The Goring Hotel, Ebury Street [London], SW1. The first expresses his regret that Garvin had not completed the final volume of the 'Life of Joseph Chamberlain' in time for the centenary [of his birth]. The second requests Garvin's permission to publish an extract from his letter to [Arthur James] Balfour (1848-1930, 1st Earl of Balfour, statesman) dated 20 October 1910, in 'his story of the years 1906-14' [published as 'Politics from inside. An Epistolary Chronicle 1906-1914' by Austen Chamberlain, 1936]. This extract, a typescript copy of which accompanied Chamberlain's letter to Garvin of 18 June 1936, was officially sent to Chamberlain at the time of writing in October 1910. The extract relates to Garvin's appeal for a reconsideration of the Unionist position on the Irish question
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