|Description||Letters from 'L' [Stewart, Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest- (1878-1949) 7th Marquess of Londonderry, politician], Londonderry House, Park Lane, London to Neville Chamberlain. |
The file contains the following items:
/34: Letter regarding: Austen Chamberlain's speech saying that the Government had been misinformed about the strength of the German air force which Londonderry says is not true and they are well informed; Londonderry trying to dispel Rothermere's 'fantastic suggestions' that the Germans had 10,000 aircraft; says that 'the muddle in the Debate...has done irreparable harm'; says the Germans are 'faced with the same difficulties with which we are confronted'; says that a definite arrangement needs to be made with Germany on limitation of aircraft; and regarding his feelings on the Government's foreign policy saying 'we do nothing but oscillate between two policies' - 'one is closing up our ranks with Frances and Italy for fear of antagonising them and at the same time alienating the Germans and the other is adopting the fair-minded view towards the Germans and causing mistrust and anxiety to the French and Italians'. 4 May.
/35: Letter saying he did not disagree with most of a letter; and says he is 'sick of the intriguing' [regarding a plot to remove Londonderry from his post as Secretary of State for Air]. 20 May.