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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)AELAdd/7-17
TitleLetters from Anthony Eden to Sir Ivone and Lady Kirkpatrick
Extent11 items
Date1950-1959
DescriptionThese include both official and personal letters. The first four letters dated 1950-52 relate to the period when Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick (1897-1964, diplomatist) was High Commissioner to Germany and the correspondence concerns visits by Eden to Berlin in 1950 and 1952, the latter at the time of the Bonn Convention. The letter dated 4 Jun 1952, for example, is a lengthy accolade to Sir Ivone 'for the brilliant contribution which you have made to the success we have had so far in our relations with Western Germany and Berlin, culminating in the signature of the Agreements last week'.

Two letters relate to the award of honours: GCMG, awarded in 1953 and GCB in 1956.

The letter, dated 12 Jan 1957, is a proforma letter of thanks for messages Eden had received on his resignation as Prime Minister, but to which he had added a further note in his own hand.

The letter of 3 Jan 1958 offers Kirkpatrick his congratulations on 'taking up his new task', a reference to his appointment as chairman of the Independent Television Authority. He passes comment on the BBC -'it's lousy' and claims that 'politically it seems to me to have a steady leftward bias' and this comment has been highlighted by Kirkpatrick.
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