Jack Lawson Papers
Introduction
John James (Jack) Lawson, Baron Lawson (1881-1965)
Contents
Arrangement
Related material - hereRelated material - elsewhere
Bibliography

Catalogue

Reference code: GB-0033-LAW
Title: Jack Lawson Papers
Dates of creation: 1894-1980s
Extent: 31 boxes; 2 portfolios (outsize items)
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Language: English; Chinese; French

John James (Jack) Lawson, Baron Lawson (1881-1965)

Jack Lawson was born in Whitehaven on 16 October 1881, but moved to Co. Durham at the age of nine. He left school aged 12 to work in the pits, beginning as a trapper at Boldon Colliery. After a short period at Ruskin College, Oxford, in his twenties, he returned to the pits and came increasingly to prominence as a miners' leader. In 1919 he was elected to Parliament. He was Labour MP for Chester-le-Street 1919-1949, was in the first Labour government, 1924, as Financial Secretary to the War Office, again held junior ministerial office from 1929-1931 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour, Margaret Bondfield, and was Secretary of State for War between August 1945 and October 1946, and lord lieutenant of Co. Durham 1949-1958. His died on 3 August 1965. He published several books, including A man's life (London, 1932), an autobiography of his early life, and numerous articles, partly supporting himself during his parliamentary career and afterwards by his journalism. He was created Baron Lawson in 1950.

Contents

The Lawson Papers contain: a variety of correspondence concerning Jack Lawson's public and personal life; diaries, scrapbooks and journals, including several detailed accounts of travels abroad on official missions; his political journalism; literary works, including continuations of the autobiography A man's life; drafts of publications, speeches, and broadcasts; and sermon notes. The collection also contains newspaper cuttings and photographs. However, little of significance is present from Lawson's periods of ministerial office.

Accession details

The papers were donated to Durham University Library by: Hon. Mrs Irene Lawson in two accessions, Misc.1992/93:2 and Misc.1994/95:7; Mrs Ruth Ross, Misc.2016/17:91 and Misc.2019/20:81.

Conditions of access

Open for consultation. Access to a few items will be limited under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

Copyright and copying

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Arrangement

Papers concerning public life and official duties

1/1 Correspondence
1/2 Papers and reports (including mining papers)
1/3 Constituency cases
1/4 Scrapbooks and diary (1949)

Papers concerning private life and personal affairs
2/1 Correspondence
2/2 Papers
2/3 Diaries and journals
2/4 Literary works and journalism
2/5 Scrapbooks
2/6 Religious writings
2/7 Financial papers

Graphic and printed material
3/1 Photographs
3/2 Cuttings
3/3 Other graphic material

Ephemera, and related material
4/1 Ephemera
4/2 Related material

Processing

Catalogued by Francis Gotto, January 2012.

Finding aids

Access to the collection was formerly through the use of two box lists, now superseded.

Related material - here

Copy birth and death certificates of Clive Lawson, Add.MS.1923.

Related material - elsewhere

British Library Letters to Albert Mansbridge, Add MS 65253.
Durham County Record Office Debate on Trades Unions, in The Listener, (1934): Headlam family of Holywell, D/He 116.
Publications, and public reception of, (1932, 1945): Miscellaneous Documents, D/X 94/156, D/X 1543/333.
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College, London Papers of Sir Arthur Wynne Morgan Bryant (1899-1985), D/4: letters from JJL to Bryant, early 1940s.

Bibliography

J. Lawson, A man's life, (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1932).
J. Lawson, Under the wheels, (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1934).
J. Lawson, Peter Lee, (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1936).
J. Lawson, Labour fights for workmen's compensation, (Labour Publications Department, London, 1939).
J. Lawson, The man in the cap : the life of Herbert Smith, (Methuen & Co., London, 1941).
J. Lawson, Who goes home? Broadcasts and sketches, (The Epworth Press, London, 1945).

Catalogue

Papers concerning public life and official duties
Correspondence
Dates of creation: 1914-1965
Extent: 2 boxes
LAW 1/1/1   10 February 1914
Letter from J. Turnbull, solicitor, Market Place, Durham, to JJL, 6 Twizell Lane, West Pelton, Co Durham: encloses the umpire Turnbull's award concerning Twizell Colliery, [not present].Note: for another award concerning Twizell Colliery, dated 5 March 1897, see LAW 1/2/4.

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/2   13 February 1914
Letter from J. Turnbull, solicitor, to JJL: clarifying detail of Twizell award; copy letter sent to Mr F.O. Kirkup.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/3   17 February 1914
Letter from Thomas Trotter, [Joint Committee], Miners' Association, 16 North Road, Durham, to JJL: concerning a clause in [an unidentified award], and the unlikelihood of securing payment of “winning price in cases where the wall has gone beyond the ordinary pillar distance”.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/4   25 January 1915
Letter, with enclosure, from R. Donald Bain, [Aykley-heads], Durham, to JJL: umpire in the Harton arbitration case; encloses award (see LAW 1/2/6).
Paper   1f; 3f
LAW 1/1/5   24 January 1916
Letter, with enclosure, from Norman Nisbet, Harperley Hall, Tantobie S.O., Co Durham, to JJL, 21 Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol: making a correction to the enclosed Ouston Winning award, and submitting the same for JJL's signature, (see LAW 1/2/8).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/6   [?1917]
Letter from C. Howe: provides prices agreed upon for mechanical coal cutting (flitters, coal cutters, drillers, coal fillers), with advice on negotiations. Endorsed with pencil sketch of a mechanical cutter/conveyor.[Note: a date of 1917 is suggested by LAW 1/1/7].

Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/7   4 August 1917
Letter from Thomas Carr, Miners' secretary, Chopwell Lodge, to JJL: concerning conveyor agreement; encloses book, [not present].Note: for another agreement concerning mechanical coal cutting, see LAW 1/1/6.

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/8   5 November 1919
Letter from Robert Smillie, 29 Miller Street, Larkhall, to JJL, c/o Jack Gilliland, 16 Fife Avenue, Chester-le-Street: illness prevents personal role at Chester-le-Street election campaign; outline of an election address, to the workers, the electors, and to the mothers, supporting JJL's candidacy. See also, LAW 1/2/23A.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/1/9-59   26 November - 27 December 1919
Congratulatory letters and messages upon JJL's election as MP for Chester-le-Street. Items are listed chronologically, and then alphabetically; noting the correspondent's name and address, and the extent of each item; other noteworthy content is also described.
Paper   62f
LAW 1/1/9   26 November 1919
Bart, [Ruskin College], Oxford.
1f
LAW 1/1/10   26 November 1919
[T. H.] Cann, Durham T., [General Secretary of the Durham Miners' Association].
1f
LAW 1/1/11   26 November 1919
Diamond, Royal Automobile Club.
1f
LAW 1/1/12   26 November 1919
Gray, East Boldon: JJL's old school.
1f
LAW 1/1/13   26 November 1919
Arthur Henderson, Jim Middleton, Egerton Wake, Marion Phillips, Ted Gill, Herbert Tracey, Will Henderson and all party staff, Cambridge Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/14   26 November 1919
Hodges, Southampton Row, London: sitting in London today.
1f
LAW 1/1/15   26 November 1919
Peter Lee, chairman, and vice-chairman Durham County Council, Southampton Row, [London].
1f
LAW 1/1/16   26 November 1919
Lindsay, Labour party, House of Commons: coal debate.
1f
LAW 1/1/17   26 November 1919
Alf Lowerson, Fence Houses.
1f
LAW 1/1/18   26 November 1919
[Egerton] Wake, Cambridge Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/19   26 November 1919
Weir, Northumberland Miners' Council, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/20   27 November 1919
J. Addison, Greenside.
1f
LAW 1/1/21   27 November 1919
Gomm, Oxford.
1f
LAW 1/1/22   27 November 1919
Kelly family, Stanley, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/23   27 November 1919
R. Lawson, Dawdon, Seaham Harbour.
1f
LAW 1/1/24   27 November 1919
Alice Lee, Wheatley Hill.
1f
LAW 1/1/25   27 November 1919
Steward, Tynedock.
1f
LAW 1/1/26   27 November 1919
Chairman of Woodford Labour party, Liverpool Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/27   27 November 1919
Dawdon Lodge, Seaham Harbour.
1f
LAW 1/1/28   26 November 1919
John Armstrong, checkweighman, Cambois Colliery, 3 Bridge Street West, Cambois, Blyth, Northumberland: a 1909 alumnus of Ruskin College.
2f
LAW 1/1/29   26 November 1919
William Bainbridge, 68 Croft Avenue, South Shields.
2f
LAW 1/1/30   26 November 1919
Mr and Mrs T. W. Bell, 8 Struan Terrace, East Boldon: “Joe & Mrs Armstrong join with me in a wireless of congratulation around the tea table at 3.50 pm”.
2f
LAW 1/1/31   26 November 1919
Saul Cullum, treasurer, Mainsforth Lodge, Durham Mining Association, Ferryhill.
1f
LAW 1/1/32   26 November 1919
George Davison, 170 Hornsey Lane, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/33   26 November 1919
W. How, Pelton Fell Workmen's Club Society Ltd, Glenside Terrace, Pelton Fell.
1f
LAW 1/1/34   26 November 1919
Ted Hutchinson, secretary, Felling Brotherhood, 13 Rowlandson Terrace, Felling: illness of JJL's friend Mr Rule; proposes speaking engagement.
1f
LAW 1/1/35   26 November 1919
Robert Richardson, House of Commons.
1f
LAW 1/1/36   26 November 1919
J. W. Taylor, Durham Colliery Mechanics' Association, Central Office, 3 Tenter Terrace, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/37   27 November 1919
G.J.S. Bott, 22 High Street, Ripley, Derbyshire: war veteran, served with JJL; old colonel, Henry Bentinck; “the attitude of the employer is going back to the old pre-war standard, if anything it is more aggressive”.
2f
LAW 1/1/38   27 November 1919
Ben Dodd, general secretary and agent, The Labour Party Darlington Branch, Post Office Chambers, Northgate, Darlington.
1f
LAW 1/1/39   27 November 1919
J. Errington, Friendly Society, Northumberland & Durham Miners' Permanent Relief Fund, 5 Queen's Square, Newcastle on Tyne: recalls stoppages at Boldon Colliery.
1f
LAW 1/1/40   27 November 1919
B.A. Gilmore, 4 Ardenvohr Street, Belfast.
1f
LAW 1/1/41   27 November 1919
George Green, Miners' secretary, Philadelphia Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Newbottle Fence Houses.
1f
LAW 1/1/42   27 November 1919
Ben Jackson, Council School Mixed, Dunston-on-Tyne: JJL's dispatch runner and typist during the Easington contest.
2f
LAW 1/1/43   27 November 1919
Lina [Laird], 7 Moore Avenue, Dunston on Tyne: quoting Burns' [ “Earnest cry and prayer ” to the Scotch Representatives], “In gath'ring votes...”.
1f
LAW 1/1/44   27 November 1919
J.A. Mills, Durham County Asylum, Winterton, Ferryhill.
1f
LAW 1/1/45   27 November 1919
The National Union of General Workers, Northern District, Unity Chambers, Atheneum Street, Sunderland.
1f
LAW 1/1/46   27 November 1919
J.A.L. Robson, 6 Victoria Terrace, Durham.
2f
LAW 1/1/47   27 November 1919
Henry Soones, honorary secretary, Wallsend and District Labour Party, 13 Burn Avenue, Wallsend-on-Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/48   27 November 1919
John Storey, insurance agent, Insurance Department, Northumberland & Durham Miners' Permanent Relief Fund, 6 Queen's Square, Newcastle on Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/49   27 November 1919
John Sutherland, Boldon Colliery.
2f
LAW 1/1/50   28 November 1919
J.G. Dunkerton, Hawthorn Bank, 4 St James' Road, Carlisle.
2f
LAW 1/1/51   28 November 1919
Dick Lawson, Dawdon Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Dawdon, Seaham Harbour.
1f
LAW 1/1/52   28 November 1919
Ralph Smith, secretary, Sailors and Soldiers Club, Middle Chare, Chester-le-Street: on behalf of local members of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers.
2f
LAW 1/1/53   29 November 1919
J. Hinde, 3 Gladstone Terrace, Boldon Fell.
1f
LAW 1/1/54   29 November 1919
W.P. Richardson, Durham Miners' Association, Red Hill, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/55   29 November 1919
M.F. Walsh, No. 254992, Chape[l]town Barracks, R.F.A., Leeds: encloses cuttings from Daily Mirror and Yorkshire Evening Post, [not present]; JJL taken his seat in the Commons; awaiting transit to India; Irish Home Rule.
1f
LAW 1/1/56   6 December 1919
Rev Walter H. Armstrong, Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/57   18 December 1919
John Barker, financial secretary, Cumberland Miners' Association, Miners' Offices, John Street, Workington: on behalf of Old St Helens and Siddick Lodges.
1f
LAW 1/1/58   15 December 1919
J. Gibson, secretary, Hanley House, Chester-le-Street: Chester-le-Street Methodist Circuit; also congratulating JJL on becoming an alderman of Durham County Council.
2f
LAW 1/1/59   27 December 1919
M.R. Roberts, 196 Charles Street, Boldon Colliery.
2f
LAW 1/1/60   26 January 1923
Letter from William Hogg, Burt Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: offers thanks on behalf of governors of Aged Miners Homes Association for JJL's waiving of his lecture fee.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/61   1 July 1923
Postcard from J.D. Robinson, 10 Oxborne Road, Chester-le-Street, to JJL, House of Commons: commends JJL's speech on pensions, reported in the Chester-le-Street Chronicle.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 1/1/62   10 August 1923
Letter from W. Gavazzi King, Entertainment Tax Committee, Broadmead House, Panton Street, Haymarket, London, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for JJL having joined the, defeated, vote to abolish Entertainment Duty, fulfilling an election pledge.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/63   14 August 1923
Lieutenant-Colonel A. Pownall, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Postmaster General, General Post Office, London, to JJL: opening hours of Birtley Sub Post Office.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/64   12 September 1923
Letter from R. Hobson, clerk, Birtley Parish Council, 6 Gladstone Terrace, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers thanks to JJL for restoring the midday opening hour at Birtley [Sub] Post Office.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/65   21 July 1924
Letter from Joseph William Walker, honorary secretary, Coundon Grange, Eldon and St Andrews Branch of the Bishop Auckland Labour Party, 19 Paddy's Row, Eldon Lane, Bishop Auckland, to JJL, House of Commons: requests JJL convey the branch's thanks to John Dawson MP for a “fighting” speech made at Eldon Lane Club Hall.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/66   21 November 1924
Letter from T. Wams, Gordon House, Cockfield, to JJL: suggesting JJL's candidacy for the Teesdale Division of the County Council.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/67   18 March 1925
Letter from D.B. Lawley, organizer, The National League of the Blind of Great Britain and Ireland, 5 Infirmary Road, Blackburn, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's attendance at a Shrewsbury meeting; requests JJL relinquish his adoption of Lowestoft Division, and adopt Shrewsbury in its place.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/68   17 April 1925
Letter from J.R. Carr, clerk, Urban District Council of Washington, Council Chambers, New Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for JJL's aid to a council deputation's negotiations with the Ministry of Health and the Public Works Loans Board.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/69   20 June 1925
Letter from T. Parkinson, Russell House, Waterhouses, Co. Durham, to JJL: commends JJL's speech on the Finance Bill, printed in this day's Durham Chronicle; compares newspaper pictures of Ascot [races] with Durham mining villages; four hundred men and boys at Waterhouses Colliery given 14-days notice.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/1/70   25 June 1925
Letter from Maggie M. Dollar, 9 Derby Buildings, Kings Cross, London, to JJL: offers thanks of the South East St Pancras Labour Party Women's Section for a tour of the House of Commons.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/71   28 June 1925
Letter from M. Ellen Wilson, secretary, Banbury Local Labour Party Women's Section, Tracey House, Bath Road, Banbury, to JJL: offers thanks to JJL for a tour of the House of Commons; Miss E. Wilkinson.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/72   7 July 1925
Letter from Mrs Elizabeth Flack, 3 Falshaw Street, Washington Station, Co Durham, to JJL: offers thanks re London race-week visit.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/73   8 August 1925
Letter from Harold Jevons, clerk, Durham County Council, Shire Hall, Durham, to JJL, Twizell Lane, West Pelton, Beamish, Co Durham: Ministry of Agriculture's land drainage schemes for the relief of unemployment to be continued this year, as previous four years; conditions to be circulated.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/74   9 December 1925
Letter from J. Robertshaw, president, and W. Adamson, secretary, Langley Park Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Langley Park Colliery, near Durham, to JJL: offers thanks to JJL for his support; Association to test the Lodge's evidence concerning an appeal that had formerly been turned down by the Court of Referees.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/75   3 January 1926
Letter from Cuthbert Headlam, Holywell, Durham, to JJL: Langley Park [appeal] case hearing on 13 January.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/76   4 January 1926
Typescript circular from W. P. Smith, 24 ½ Durham Road, Birtley, to JJL: solicits JJL's assistance in establishing a court of enquiry concerning the inadequate qualifications of marine wireless operators, citing the Board of Trade relaxation of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1919 and incidents concerning the ships “Coronado” and “Aguila”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/77   8 January 1926
Letter from L. G. Scorgie, deputy controller, H.M. Stationary Office, Princes Street, Westminster, to JJL: Land settlement in England and Wales, 1919-1924, and Report of the Chief Registrar (Part IV) on Trade Unions, dispatched; refers JJL to Oversea Settlement Department concerning emigration under a scheme for reduced fares.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/78   11 January 1926
Letter from A. Errington, secretary, Federation of Women's Sections, Chester-le-Street Divisional Labour Party, 100 Pitfield Street, Sacriston, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's assistance.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/79-82   4 February - 25 March 1926
Petition of Birtley Unemployed Organisation concerning a refused grant application for street improvements [as an unemployed worker scheme], with subsequent correspondence from T.S. Chegwidden on behalf of Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland [Minister of Labour], Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, and Birtley Unemployed Organisation. The petition bears the receipt stamp of the Ministry of Works. See also LAW 2/7/2/37.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/1/83-84   11 and 26 February 1926
Letters from Joseph Currey, 6 Alexandra Terrace, Sunniside, Co. Durham, to JJL: requests the men and boys of suspended Marley Hill coal mine might not be compelled to visit Dunston on Tyne Labour Exchange three times per week, complaining of the distance; with reference to a Ministry of Labour circular making certain concessions.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/85   3 March 1926
Letter from Norman Riddell, 15 Clifford Street, Chester-le-Street, to JJL: offers thanks for copy of Hansard.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/86   13 April 1926
Letter from A. Saunders, chairman of the Meeting and president of the National Conference of Friendly Societies, to JJL, House of Commons: offering the thanks of a list of Associations of Approved Societies for JJL's support concerning the Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/87   9 June 1926
Letter from Robert Hudson, clerk, Birtley Parish Council, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks to JJL for his action concerning the batoning of pickets in Birtley township.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/88   10 June 1926
Letter from Syd Lavers, Miners' secretary, Black Horse Lodge Birtley, Durham Miners' Association, to JJL: reporting progress concerning the purchase of four acres of land for Birtley Miners' Welfare Scheme; interview with Mr Endicott.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/89   18 July 1926
Letter from Norman Riddell, 15 Clifford Street, Chester-le-Street, to JJL: commending JJL's unparliamentary behaviour in his defence of the workers' standard of life and also his refusal, at Ramsay MacDonald's request, to apologise to the Speaker, as reported in the Sunday Worker.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/90   22 July 1926
Letter from Andrew Linn Nelden, The Englewood Sanitarium Inc., Lynwood Lodge, West Englewood, New Jersey, USA, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for JJL having given the writer's daughter a tour of the House of Commons.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/91   4 August 1926
Letter from George A. Bate, secretary, Waldridge Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, 2 Byron Cottages, Edmondsley, Co Durham, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's work concerning extended [unemployment] benefit.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/92   9 August 1926
Letter from Robert Hobson, clerk, Birtley Parish Council, 6 Gladstone Terrace, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL: [alternative] access road to cemetery; thanking JJL for his interest.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/93   29 August 1926
Letter from George A. Bate, secretary, Waldridge Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, 2 Byron Cottages, Edmondsley, Co. Durham, to JJL: thanking JJL for his successful representation of their cases.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/94   31 August 1926
Letter from R.V. Dickinson, clerk, Chester-le-Street Union, Union Offices, Chester-le-Street, to JJL: acknowledging receipt of the Board of Guardians (Default) Act, 1926.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/95-97   15 September 1926
Letter from Robert Hobson, clerk, Birtley Parish Council, 6 Gladstone Terrace, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: requesting JJL's aid in establishing a speed limit through Birtley, enclosing:
Paper   2f; 1f; 1f; stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/96   15 September 1926
Copy letter from Durham County Council to Hobson declining to move on the matter.
LAW 1/1/97   15 September 1926
Durham County Constabulary statistical report of road deaths and injuries at Birtley 1924-1926.
LAW 1/1/98   7 October 1926
Letter from Harold Jevons, clerk, Durham County Council, Shire Hall, Durham, to JJL: JJL's letter concerning speed limits to be submitted to the County Works Committee; reiterating and providing grounds for past decisions not to impose such limits in the county.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/99-103   26 November - 20 December 1926
Correspondence from William A. Horn, fuel officer, [Coal Control Committee], Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, Union Offices, Chester-le-Street, to JJL, House of Commons and Woodside, Beamish: concerning proceedings instituted by the District Council under the Coal (Emergency) Directions, and the Home Office's remission of certain fines; noting JJL's remarks in the House of Commons on the subject; and requesting the Home Office reconsider the decision; includes copy correspondence to Horn from the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Home Office.Note: see also LAW 1/3.

Paper   5f
LAW 1/1/104   30 November 1926
Letter from Ernest J. G. Lockyear, Carlingford Villas, Radstock, to JJL, House of Commons: thanking JJL for his visit and complimenting his “discourses on Sunday”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/105   1 December 1926
Letter from J. Jackson Bell, St Matthews Vicarage, Salmon Lane, Stepney, to JJL: offers thanks for a tour of the House of Commons, and commenting upon the House's welcome [upon the return] of [Joseph] Kenworth of [Central] Hull.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/106   8 December 1926
Letter from Charles Robinson, Miners' Secretary, Vale Pit Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Springwell, via Gateshead, to JJL, House of Commons: listing “severity, indeed savagery” of management policies of John Bowes & Partners Ltd, owners of Vale Pit, [in the aftermath of the strike]: no priority for former employees over outsiders; Local Agreements and unemployed lodge officials not recognised; “the colliery agent brutally told a Lodge deputation that their side “had won”, & that the miners were “up against a brick wall””; “[w]e are beaten to the dust, & they mean to plant their feet on our necks”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/107   12 December 1926
Letter from William Kay, secretary, Harraton Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Fatfield, Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks to JJL for his prompt action concerning [Harraton Colliery] management policy not to employ ex-service men, the policy now withdrawn; Silksworth Colliery, pursuing a similar policy, being addressed by R. Richardson, MP.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/108   28 January 1927
Letter from P.J. Blundun, Ministry of Labour, Montagu House, Whitehall, to JJL: reporting action of the Ministries of Health and Labour, the [Labour] Exchange and the Poor Law Authorities to correct a benefit payments deficiency brought to the writer's attention via JJL; the problem having arisen “with the provision for the repayment to Poor Law Authorities out of unemployment benefit of excess relief”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/109   31 January 1927
Letter from William Johnson, Trench Hall, Ravensworth, Gateshead, to JJL: reporting Lord Ravensworth will now lease a site at Kibblesworth; valuation and report of whole Ravensworth Estate an immediate priority; Ravensworth to travel abroad. [See also LAW 1/1/111].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/110   1 February 1927
Letter from John H. Mole, Sanitary Surveyor etc., Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, to JJL, Beamish: revision of building byelaws, and JJL's efforts on the council's behalf.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/111   2 February 1927
Letter from Dave, The Green, Kibblesworth, to JJL: returns Ravensworth's letter [?LAW 1/1/109]; offers thanks for JJL's support in obtaining land for Lodge.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/112   14 March 1927
Letter from R.V. Dickinson, clerk, Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, to JJL, House of Commons: revision of Byelaws, Streets & Buildings; thanking JJL for his aid in the retention of certain clauses.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/113   4 April 1927
Letter from Joseph Cape, corresponding secretary, Craghead Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, 1 Pemberton Terrace South, Craghead, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers thanks re unemployment pay.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/114   5 April 1927
Letter from Miles Hardy, 26 Manor View, New Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL: requesting tour of House of Commons for Mrs and Miss Brandon, wife and daughter of a master blacksmith at Washington [Glebe] colliery; thanking JJL “for the fight you put up for the Guardians”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/115   16 May 1927
Letter from Joseph P. Corm, secretary, Chester-le-Street and District Licensed Victuallers Association, Butchers Arms, Chester-le-Street, to JJL: lobbying for licence tax reform, and removal of restricted hours for the sale of tobacco products.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/116   postmarked 23 June 1927
Postcard from [?James Ramsay MacDonald], The Hillocks, Lossiemouth, to JJL: thanking JJL for his news; returning [to London] on pressing business; “you did right with the letter”.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 1/1/117   11 July 1927
Letter from Syd Lavers, secretary, Pelaw Main and Ravensworth Collieries Local Federation Board, Durham Miners' Association, 1 New South Terrace, Birtley, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks to JJL for his efforts at the Ministry of Labour for the Lodge's members.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/118   25 July 1927
Letter from Horace Plunkett, The Horace Plunkett Foundation, 10 Doughty Street, London, to JJL, House of Commons: visit to Kibblesworth Colliery; political aspect of management; Mr Strong; “I have never known the position more difficult than it has been since the disastrous conflict of last year”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/119   30 September 1927
Letter from Syd Lavers, secretary, Pelaw Main and Ravensworth Collieries Local Federation Board, Durham Miners' Association, 16 Pine Street, Birtley, to JJL, Beamish: offers thanks to JJL for his efforts for the Lodge's friends at Bewick Main in their claim for unemployment benefit.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/120   19 January 1928
Letter, with additional note, from R. Richardson, general secretary, Birtley British Legion, Assembly Rooms, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: offers thanks for JJL's assistance for ex-servicemen; additional note reporting on the success of the Legion's annual meeting; trainees question.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/121   7 July 1928
Letter from Alex MacKenzie, deputy chief constable of Argyll, Lochgilphead, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for a tour of the House of Commons.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/122   27 November 1928
Letter from M. Jordan, The Anchorage, Washington Station, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for JJL's support concerning Geedan Automatic Safety Stop patent.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/123   1 February 1929
Letter from H.M. Office of Works, Storey's Gate, Westminster, to JJL, House of Commons: acknowledging receipt of correspondence between Chester-le-Street Rural District Council and JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/124-125   13 February 1929
Letter, with enclosure, from John M. Mole, Highways and Sanitary Surveyor, Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, to JJL, House of Commons: making up of a street at Birtley housing estate, property of H.M. Office of Works; returns letter from Office of Works.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/125   7 February 1929
Letter from [Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th marquess of] Londonderry, H.M. Office of Works, to JJL, House of Commons: delay to works caused by a change of plan concerning sewerage.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/126   [May 1929]
Letter from a “Labourite to the End”, Ouston, Co. Durham, to JJL: lyrics of an election song in support of JJL, “March along Jack Lawson, march along”.[Note: “another four years of misery”, the 1924-1929 Conservative Government inferred.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/127   Friday [1930s]
Letter from [Viscountess] Dorothy Downe, Hillington Hall, King's Lynn, to JJL: four sets of girls' clothing, made by Girl Guides at the instruction of cousin Miss [Honor] Elwes for the unemployed, directed by the writer to Northern miners.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/128   16 January 1931
Letter from Thomas Shaw, [chairman], Imperial War Graves Commission, 3 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, to JJL: invitation to JJL to become an ““unofficial”” member of the Imperial War Graves Commission, following the death of Harry Gosling; with a tribute to Gosling's unifying role on the Commission.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/129-130   17 January 1931
Copy letter, with duplicate, from E.A. Hitchman, to the private secretary to the Secretary of State for War: acknowledging receipt of LAW 1/1/128.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/131   20 January 1931
Letter from Sir Fabian Ware, [vice-chairman], Imperial War Graves Commission, 82 Baker Street, London, to JJL, Ministry of Labour: hopes JJL will accept appointment; encouraging involvement of Mr Charleton and Mr Ammon in arrangements for another parliamentary group's visit [to the continent], which JJL might accompany; departure to India; prospect of an interesting year ahead in France and Belgium.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/132   21 January 1931
Copy letter from JJL to Thomas Shaw, Secretary of State [for War], [chairman], Imperial War Graves Commission, 3 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London: acceptance of appointment to the I.W.G.C..
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/133-134   21 January 1931
Copy letter, with duplicate, from JJL to Sir Fabian Ware, [vice-chairman], Imperial War Graves Commission, 82 Baker Street, London: notifying Ware of his acceptance, and of his intention to join the parliamentary group on its visit in the Spring or Summer.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/135   22 January 1931
Letter from H.J.B. Clough, private secretary [of the Secretary of State for War], War Office, to JJL: acknowledging receipt of LAW 1/1/132.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/136   23 January 1931
Letter from Captain E.J. King, personal assistant to the vice-chairman, Imperial War Graves Commission, 3 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, to JJL, Ministry of Labour: notification that a royal warrant has been applied for.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/137   9 March 1931
Letter from Captain E.J. King, personal assistant to the vice-chairman, Imperial War Graves Commission, 3 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, to JJL, Ministry of Labour: notification of receipt of a royal warrant for JJL's appointment, and invitation to attend a meeting of the Commission on 15 April.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/138   10 March 1931
Copy letter from JJL to Captain E.J. King, [personal assistant to the vice-chairman], Imperial War Graves Commission, 3 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London: looking forward to meeting on 15 April and future work for the Commission.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/139-141   21 May 1931
Letter from Margaret Bondfield, [Minister of Labour], Ministry of Labour, Montagu House, Whitehall, to JJL, Montagu House: conveying the Prime Minister's strong disagreement with comments of the director of the International Labour Office, published in a report to the International Labour Conference, concerning UK ratification of the Washington Hours Convention; requesting JJL to convey this personally to the director. To this letter are attached:
Paper   1f; 1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/140   21 May 1931
Letter from Walter M. Citrine, general secretary, Trades Union Congress General Council, Transport House, Smith Square, London, to Margaret Bondfield, [Minister of Labour]: pressing for a date for the second reading of the Hours of Industrial Employment Bill, citing the Director's Report of the International Labour Office and an earlier indication by the minister and the attorney general to expedite the matter; Geneva conference.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/141   21 May 1931
Letter from Margaret Bondfield, [Minister of Labour], to Walter M. Citrine: re-emphasises commitment of the government to passing the Hours of Industrial Employment Bill as soon as possible, the parliamentary programme providing no opportunities, however, in this session.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/142A-B   4-5 June 1931
One page from a scrapbook [not present in the collection], to which are pasted a letter and a newspaper cutting relating to a speech made by JJL at the 15th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, defending the social reform programme of the British government and their intention to implement the Washington Eight-Hours Convention.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/142A   Friday [5 June 1931]
Letter from JJL, Les Bergues, Genève, to Bella Lawson: account of JJL's speech to the conference on Wednesday 3 June, noting reactions of Shinwell, Bondfield, the British delegation, and the press; interminable conference; climbs Mont Blanc on Sunday.[Note: for The Times' account of this speech, see Thursday, 4 June 1931, p.14; Issue 45840; col A.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/142B   [4 June 1931]
Daily News cutting: “Geneva plain speaking. British Ministers' protests”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/143   8 June 1931
Letter from G.H. Ince, Ministry of Labour, to JJL, Hotel des Bergues, Geneva: relays Prime Minister's commendation of JJL's conference speech and its positive reception in the UK.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/144   24 August 1931
Letter from J. Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall: statement of regret at the resignation of the government, explaining the reasons for having taken this course of action.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/145   3 September 1931
Letter from C. Pattinson, Legislative Assembly, Edson, Alberta, Canada, to JJL, House of Commons: letter of introduction for Rev W.H. Dickerson, former secretary of the Canadian Labour Party, now settling in England; comments on actions of MacDonald and Snowden.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/146   6 June 1934
Letter from John Turnbull, British Legion, Chester-le-Street Branch, Station Road, Chester-le-Street, to JJL, House of Commons: reaction to JJL's [declining] his appointment as vice-president of the branch.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/147   1 September 1934
Letter from T.J. Hogarth, Instructional Centre, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Training Department, Kielder, Northumberland, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: arrangements for JJL's visit, suggesting itinerary includes Kielder, Whickhope Summer Camp, Redesdale Camp, Carter Bar and Kershopefoot, and a farewell camp concert for a group of men concluding a 3-month course. Endorsed with pencil notes by JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/148   22 October 1934
Letter from F.C. Sillar, Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London, to JJL: visit [to France] a great success; encloses cutting from the Echo du Nord reprinting a letter from JJL to the mayor of an unidentified [French] town, [not present]; expenses; finance meeting.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/149   2 March 1935
Letter from Charles Splevins, secretary, Bewicke Main Miners' Lodge, 13 Elder Gardens, Eighton Banks, Wrekenton, Gateshead-on-Tyne, to JJL, House of Commons: offering thanks for JJL's spirited resistance to the Unemployment Act 1935; all unemployed.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/150   17 November 1935
Letter from Charlton Curry, Weetwood, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: congratulates JJL on his re-election; Curry unseated [?from Bishop Auckland]; thanks JJL for his past help.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/151   10 July 1936
Letter from Geoffrey Fry, [private secretary to the Prime Minister], 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, to JJL, House of Commons: enclosing, at Prime Minister's request, copy of Ashridge Journal, [not present].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/152   postmarked 15 July 1936
Postcard from A Weston-super-Mare Admirer, to JJL, House of Commons: supports JJL's “leadership against the means test”; urges local council membership or Labour Party affiliation to disqualify a person from chairing an appeals tribunal.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 1/1/153   21 July 1936
Letter from J.W. Sunderland, secretary, Great Harwood and District Weavers, Winders, and Beamers' Association, 8 Town Hall Street, Great Harwood, Blackburn, to Rhys Davi[e]s MP [for Westhoughton], House of Commons: makes case that Unemployment Assistance Board regulations exacerbate the conditions of cotton weavers, being ordinarily [of late] under-employed. See also, LAW 1/2/84.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/154   8 October 1936
Letter from F. Tynell, Imperial War Graves Commission , 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: encloses itinerary of JJL's joint inspection, with G.W. Klerck, of British war cemeteries in France and Belgium, 2-5 October 1936 (see LAW 1/2/113).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/155   3 December 1936
Letter from H.F. Chettle, Anglo-German-French Mixed Committee, Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: encloses draft minutes of the committee's first meeting, requesting any amendments (see LAW 1/2/112).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/156-158   1 March 1937
Letter, with enclosures, from John C.W. Reith, [director-general], BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: short history of the General Advisory Council, decision to reappoint with additional members; invitation that JJL join the council; encloses list of current members, and extract from a memorandum approved at the last council meeting, outlining its functions.
Paper   1f; 1f; 2f
LAW 1/1/157   [March 1937]
List of 26 members of the General Advisory Council.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/158   [1937]
Extract from Memorandum (G.A.C./57), “On the future of the General Advisory Council”.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/159   5 August 1937
Letter from Miss M.J. Scupham, secretary, on behalf of Mr Mason, Foreign Office, to D.C. Biggs: encloses laissez passers [travel documents] for JJL for Greece, Syria and Egypt; Turkish Embassy rarely issue such documents, but have notified the governor of Canakkale [of JJL's visit].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/160   22 November 1937
Letter from W. James, chairman, British Legion Club, Ypres Branch, 67 Chaussée de Bruges, Ypres, Belgium, to JJL, House of Commons: congratulates JJL on his promotion to the Opposition front bench; appeal for funds.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/161   26 January 1938
Letter from Leslie Hore-Belisha, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, to JJL: anticipating Army Annual Bill; invitation to JJL to serve on a committee to enquire into a Court of Appeal on decisions of courts-martial, providing terms of reference, and listing the intended members of the committee.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/162   28 January 1938
Letter from C.W. Allan Hodgson, clerk, County Council of Cumberland, The Courts, Carlisle, to W. Whiteley MP, House of Commons: encloses Cumberland County Council memorandum for the Royal Commission on the Geographical Distribution of the Industrial Population, for distribution among the Northern Group of Members of Parliament, (see LAW 1/2/135).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/163   2 March 1938
Circular from T.H. Howard, secretary, North-East Development Board, Northumberland House, Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne: enclosing Statement of Evidence submitted by the Board to the Royal Commission on the Geographical Distribution of the Industrial Population, (see LAW 1/2/136).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/164   18 March 1938
Letter from H.J. Creedy, War Office, to JJL, House of Commons: notification of JJL's appointment to the Committee on Courts-Martial, citing terms of reference, and membership.Note: Endorsed by JJL with pencil notes for an eulogy for an unidentified person.

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/165   15 March 1938
Letter from Leslie Hore-Belisha, [Secretary of State for War], War Office, to JJL: commends JJL's speech on Army Estimates, noting requirement “to catch up the very serious arrears of material and man-power”; provides answers to points in JJL's speech concerning officer shortage, improvements in conditions of service, standards of accommodation, accounting for increases in expenditure on Territorial Army and Army Reserves, clothing costs, national security redactions in the bill concerning warlike stores, House oversight of Defence Services spending.
Paper   7f
LAW 1/1/166   19 May 1938
Letter from Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: notification that JJL's report of his tour in the East was circulated on 25 October 1937, and enclosing a copy (see LAW 1/2/117).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/167   21 July 1938
Letter from Oliver Holt, Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: enclosing photographs of a parliamentary group's visit to Etaples, a presentation ceremony, and Notre Dame de Lorette, (see LAW 3/1); notes wide press coverage of the visit.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/168   27 July 1938
Letter from Major W.R.F. Osmond, secretary, War Office, to JJL, House of Commons: encloses draft report for the next day's meeting of the Army and Air Force Courts-Marshal Committee, (see LAW 1/2/144).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/169   27 March 1939
Letter from [Sir] John Anderson, Home Office, to JJL: encloses memorandum on Civil Defence Regional Organisation; seeks approval to nominate JJL as Deputy Regional Commissioner for the Northern Region, under Sir Arthur Lambert, in the event of an emergency, (see LAW 1/2/153).
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/170   31 August 1939
Copy letter from JJL to Sir John [Anderson]: accepting appointment as Deputy Regional Commissioner, once a bill is passed sanctioning a sitting MP to do so; JJL declines a salary.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/171   30 September 1939
Letter from [?], Home Office, to JJL: confirming £150 allowance for the salary of JJL's secretary, and payment of expenses not in excess of £500.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/172   14 November 1939
Letter from J. Adams, King George's Jubilee Trust, St James's Palace, to JJL, House of Commons: forwarding JJL's (unidentified) enclosure to the National Playing Fields Association; looks forward to meeting JJL “when this racket is over”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/173-177   23 December 1939 - 22 January 1940
Correspondence from army servicemen, offering their thanks to Bella Lawson as secretary of the West Pelton Women's Labour Section for Christmas parcels.
Paper   6f; 4 stamped envelopes
LAW 1/1/173   23 December 1939
Lance-Corporal William Martin, C Company, 5th Battalion RTR [Royal Tank Regiment], Harpenden.
Paper   1f, with stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/174   postmarked 23 December 1939
Private W. Jackson, 4457285, 9th [Battalion] Durham Light Infantry, HQ Company Signals, Burt Terrace, Drill Hall, Gateshead.
Paper   1f, with stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/175   [December 1939 x January 1940]
Private Henry Sharp, 7258435, RAMC [Royal Army Medical Corps].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/176   postmarked 3 January 1940
Private W. Little, 4453225, B Company, 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Chadlington, Oxford.
Paper   2f, with stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/177   22 January 1940
Private T. Robson, 4457324, 9th [Battalion] Durham Light Infantry, HQ Company Signals, Burt Terrace, Drill Hall, Gateshead.
Paper   1f, with stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/178   [January 1940]
Notice of the annual meeting of Pelton Local Labour Party, from H. Theobald, secretary, 7 Mole Terrace, Perkinsville, [Pelton, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham], with agenda.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/179   19 November 1940
Letter from Thomas S. Blythe, director, Blythe & Sons (Birtley) Ltd, Brick Manufacturers, Birtley Station, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for JJL's support in the matter of releasing the firm's workmen from the army.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/180   28 November 1940
Letter from Herbert Morrison, Minister of Home Security, to JJL: invitation to JJL to serve on committee to oversee a scheme to supply woollen comforts for Civil Defence Services; committee membership; funding, in collaboration with the WVS; encloses circular to local authorities [not present].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/181   March 1941
Letter from Ernest Bevin, [Minister of Labour], Ministry of Labour and National Service, Montagu House, to JJL, House of Commons: acceptance of JJL's resignation from the King's Roll National Council; JJL's interest dating from his membership of the 1922 Select Committee [on Government training of disabled ex-servicemen].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/182   2 July 1941
Letter from Winston Churchill, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: acknowledges receipt of JJL's impressions of public speeches made by Admiral Sir Edward Evans.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/183   10 July 1941
Letter from B.B. [Brendan Bracken], 10 Downing Street, to JJL, House of Commons: in agreement with Attlee in advising against JJL's acceptance of an invitation to visit Canada as a representative of the British Labour Movement.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/184   31 October 1941
Letter from Teddy Evans [Admiral E.R.G.R. Evans], [London Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence], HQ London Civil Defence Region, PO Box 501, London, to JJL, Deputy Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence, Regional Headquarters, Newcastle: bombing in the North; JJL meeting with Attlee; Alfred Bossom; ““cheer-up” parties for London Civil Defence folk, and other worthy Londoners” .
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/185   25 November 1941
Letter from Anthony Eden, [Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], Foreign Office, to JJL: invitation to JJL to attend a lunch at the Foreign Office for five visiting American Congressmen on 28 November.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/186   26 November 1941
Telegram from Anthony Eden, [Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], Whitehall, to JJL, Grammar School, Newcastle on Tyne: repeats invitation to JJL to attend a lunch at the Foreign Office for five visiting American Congressmen on 28 November. Note: endorsed with acceptance.

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/187   4 February 1942
Letter from George Walden, secretary, Pelton Labour Party Men's Section, 2 Elm Street, Pelton, Co. Durham, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: acknowledges receipt of JJL's annual membership fee; welcomes a visit by JJL to the Men's Section, suggesting their next meeting on 4 March at the Miners' Institute at Ouston.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/188   13 August 1942
Letter from [Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th marquess of] Londonderry, Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down, to JJL: as chancellor of Durham University, invites JJL to join the Council of the Durham Colleges, the death of Alderman Smith making a vacancy.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/189   17 August 1942
Letter from Herbert Morrison, Ministry of Home Security, to JJL: following consultation with [Sir Arthur] Lambert, [Northern Region Commissioner for Civil Defence], permission for three-month leave of absence granted, for JJL's visit to China.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/190   18 September 1942
Vaccination certificate for JJL, issued by Dr W. Bruce Allan, Newfield, Pelton Fell, Chester-le-Street: typhoid, paratyphoid A and B, cholera, smallpox; JJL “vaccinated on several previous occasions”.[Note: these vaccinations were probably made in preparation for JJL's visit to China.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/191   14 November 1942
Letter from James Hilton, War Department, Services of Supply, Office of the Chief of Special Service, at 2225 Maravilla, Hollywood, California, USA, to JJL, House of Commons: envy at JJL's presence at the city of Chongqing, reported by the China News Service; making in Hollywood an instructional film for the US Army on China and it's war effort; recalls JJL's week-end with Hilton in London in 1935; admiration for Chinese people.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/192   18 January 1943
Letter from G.W. Clay, Main HQ 50 (M) Division, MEF, to JJL: at request of 10 Corps, informs JJL of the composition of 152 Brigade.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/193   15 February 1943
Letter from [Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, Viscount] Cranborne, Lord Privy Seal, Gwydyr House, Whitehall, to JJL, House of Commons: acknowledges receipt of JJL's letter and enclosure; congratulates JJL on success of mission to China.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/194   8 April 1943
Letter from Mary E. Sutherland, Chief Woman Officer, The Labour Party, Transport House, (South Block), Smith Square, London, to JJL, House of Commons: solicits an article for The Labour Woman, June issue, on JJL's visit to China; enquires about JJL's delivery to Madame Chiang Kai Shek of a message from the Standing Joint Committee of Working Women's Organisations; encloses draft paragraph reporting JJL's delivery of the same, for publication in a report to the National Conference of Labour Women. Cover slip, initialled D.C.B. and dated 10 August 1943, enquires “Has anything been done about this?”
Paper   1f; 1f; 1f; stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/195   17 April 1943
Letter from A[lan] Lascelles, [private secretary to the king], Windsor Castle, to JJL: JJL absence from the north during visit of the king and queen; shipyards; mining agreement; shortage of willing miners.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/196   5 July 1943
Letter from G.S. Fillingham, 70th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Westwick Camp No.3, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: offers thanks for a tour of the Houses of Parliament given by JJL to a party of non-commissioned officers.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/197   16 July [1943]
Letter from M.A. Oxford, 7 Cornwall Mews, London, to JJL: recently returned from China; wife the former secretary to the commercial counsellor at the British Embassy; the writer solicits a secretarial position of some kind; closure of American base at Hengyang.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/198   4 August 1943
Letter, with enclosure, from E.L. Hall, Directorate of Camouflage, Ministry of Home Security, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, to JJL: solicits JJL's assistance concerning an application for a direct commission in the RAFVR Administrative and Special Duties Branch; appointment to the Directorate of Camouflage terminated; encloses copy correspondence between the writer and the Air Ministry, and a résumé of the writer's technical qualifications and experience.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/199   17 September 1943
Letter from W.J. Noble, Methodist Missionary Society, 25 Marylebone Road, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: encloses five copies of The Atlantic Charter and the Pacific Races, by the Rev J.W. Burton, requesting its distribution to fellow members of parliament, (see LAW 2/2/19).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/200   15 October 1943
Letter from [?Harold B. Rattenbury], Methodist Missionary Society, 25 Marylebone Road, London, to JJL, Northern Regional Headquarters, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne: provides a précis of the Chinese poem “Cheng Ch'i Ko” [Zhengqige] by Wen Tien Chiang [Wen Tianxiang], and of an inscription by General Feng [Yuxiang] to JJL, dated at the Military Headquarters, 31st year of the Republic, 6 December [1942], (see LAW 1/2/175/9); compliments Feng's calligraphy and scholarship, when considered against his lack of formal training; writes to Dr Edwards at the School of Oriental Studies concerning any existing translations.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/201   17 November 1943
Letter from H.H. Kung, The Executive Yuan, Chungking, China, to JJL: impending visit of the Chinese People's Mission to Great Britain, reciprocating the British parliamentary mission's visit to China; emphasises Chinese government's democratic intentions, hitherto delayed by the war; stresses common struggle against “Fascist Japan” as well as Nazi Germany.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/202   19 November 1943
Letter from Major Alex H. Spalding, 5 Indian Infantry Brigade W/S Company, I.E.M.E., M.E.F., to JJL: recalls [?early 1943] meeting JJL visiting an Indian Division in the Benghazi area, enclosing three negatives of photographs taken on that occasion (see LAW 3/1); greets friends in the north east.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/203   22 February 1944
Letter from Sir John Maxwell, [Northern Regional Transport Commissioner], Ministry of War Transport, 41-45 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Northern Civil Defence Region, Northern Regional Headquarters, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne: workmen's bus service from the Ship Inn to Birtley; congratulates JJL on Sunday Postscript BBC broadcast.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/204   10 August 1944
Letter from Evert Barger, 8 Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: disappointment at not meeting prior to Barger's departure on the U.N.R.R.A. (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) Balkan Mission; notes the severance of the writer's connection with China; critical of British policy towards China; account of British Council activity in China, enclosing May 1944 memorandum, “Suggestions for the promotion of Sino-British cultural relations”, (see LAW 1/2/196); prospects for future council activity in China; Professor [Percy M.] Roxby of Liverpool University; poor relations between academia and the council, and the Foreign Office; work in China by Professors Hughes, Dodds, Needham; urges use by the council of academics with first-hand experience of China, namely, Hughes, Tawney, Margery Fry, A. D. Lindsay.
Paper   4f; 4f
LAW 1/1/205   22 August 1944
Letter from George Cruddas, The Dunes, Coast Road, Redcar, Yorkshire, to JJL: encloses photographs of the opening of a “Wings of Victory” campaign Industry and Trades Day, at Redcar, (see LAW 3/1).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/206   31 August 1944
Letter from H.W.A. Bleach, Ministry of War Transport, Regional Transport Commander, 41-45 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Northern Civil Defence Region, Northern Regional Headquarters, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne: approval of provision of a bus service to convey a Salvation Army Band between Newfield and Langley Moor.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/207   18 September 1944
Letter from Clement Attlee, Privy Council Office, Great George Street, London, to JJL: invitation to JJL to be appointed to the Court of Durham University.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/208   12 October 1944
Letter from Herbert W. Wadge, 99 Parsonage Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, to JJL: congratulates JJL on his appointment as vice-president of the British Council; headmaster of Enfield Technical School; invitation to address the school on British Council work; Chester-le-Street family roots.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/209   26 October 1944
Airmail letter from L.A.C. (Leading Aircraftman) R. Bone, 1122497, 159 Maintenance Unit, RAF, C.M.F., to JJL, House of Commons, redirected c/o Mr Colegrove, Nab End, Cumnor: following “a properly organised discussion on the proposed Demobilisation”, lobbies that a similar allowance be made for overseas service as has been proposed for length of service; Chester-le-Street resident.Note: endorsed with censor's approval for dispatch.

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/210   14 November 1944
Letter from J.K. Hope, clerk, Durham County Council, Shire Hall, Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: record of votes cast in 1919 election, 17838 for JJL, 5313 for [D.] Gilmore.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/211   29 December 1944
Letter from F.H. Rushford, Durham County Advertiser & General Printing Co. Ltd, Newspaper House, Durham, to JJL: SW Durham flooding threatening eastern coalfield; 70 million tons of coal submerged; pumping operations by Dorman Long and Co. Ltd; solicits a question in parliament to the Minister [?of Fuel and Power]; “if ever there was a case for nationalisation, this is it”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/212   23 February 1945
Letter from R. Sallon, Daily Herald, Editorial Office, 2-12 Endell Street, London, to JJL: encloses, at Ernest Jay's suggestion, original artwork of a caricature of JJL; suggests a personal sitting.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/213   22 March 1945
Letter from J. Smailes, Head Master, The Secondary School, Chester-le-Street, to JJL: commends JJL's address to pupils and parents at yesterday's Speech Day.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/214   16 May 1945
Letter from unidentified person, House of Commons, to JJL: providing address of “our pilot”, Warrant Officer J.A. Colegate, Middle East Command.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/215   4 June 1945
Letter from Winston Churchill, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: notification of JJL's appointment to the Privy Council, upon the dissolution of parliament.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/216   4 July 1945
Letter from Moelwyn Hughes, The Hospital, Sully, Glamorgan, to JJL: congratulates JJL on his elevation [to the Privy Council].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/217   31 July [1945]
Letter from Andrew T. Brown, Manor House, Ferryhill, Co. Durham, to [JJL]: requests a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/218-338   27 July - 27 August 1945
Correspondence to JJL in reaction to his re-election in the 5 July 1945 general election, and to his appointment as Secretary of State for War. In the following list, (in alphabetical order), correspondents' names and addresses are noted, with the extent of each letter; other noteworthy content is also described.
Paper   150f
LAW 1/1/218   5 August 1945
[?], 12 Evelyn Mansions, Carlisle Place, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/219   3 August 1945
[?], House of Lords.
1f
LAW 1/1/220   5 August 1945
Hester Alington, The Deanery, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/221   3 August 1945
[?Alan] Appleyard, Lambeth Bridge House, London: formerly of Birtley.
1f
LAW 1/1/222   3 August 1945
John Atkinson, clerk, City and County of Newcastle upon Tyne, Town Clerk's Office, Town Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/223   5 August 1945
W.H. Bartholomew, Garden House, Upper Woodford, Near Salisbury.
2f
LAW 1/1/224   4 August 1945
Pat Bartley, 79 Ings Road, Redcar, Yorkshire: written on 1945 Chester-le-Street stationary, Bartley being JJL's election agent, located at Central Labour Committee Rooms, 6-7 Ashfield Terrace, Chester-le-Street; Fr O'Hea, Oxford; comments on Labour appointments - Pethick-Lawrence peerage, Bevan, Shinwell; coal nationalisation; 18 August conference, proposes JJL address re “The Labour Government's Immediate Plans”.
3f
LAW 1/1/225   11 August 1945
R. Bell, clerk, Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, Union Offices, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/226   6 August 1945
Will Bell, 10 Selborne Grove, Bradford: former resident of Boldon; family news.
1f
LAW 1/1/227   8 August 1945
Tom Benson, Apple Tree Cottage, Toddington, Littlehampton, and 9 Rutland Court, New Church Road, Hove.
1f
LAW 1/1/228   5 August 1945
[Henry Betterton, 1st baron] Rushcliffe, Ballindarroch, Scaniport, Inverness.
1f
LAW 1/1/229   4 August 1945
[William] Birdwood, [1st baron] Birdwood of Anzac, House of Lords: “father of the Army”.
1f
LAW 1/1/230   5 August 1945
Sir Harry Brittain, Kirklands, Headley, Hants: William Wedgewood Benn, A.V. Alexander, Ernest Bevin; British Council.
1f
LAW 1/1/231   [July x August] 1945
Guy Burgess, Reform Club, Pall Mall, London: in Foreign Office for the past year; recalls the Week in Westminster BBC programme; suggests meeting; welcomes appointment of Hector MacNeile.
1f
LAW 1/1/232   7 August 1945
C. Harold [?Carter], Fenny Bridges, Honiton.
1f
LAW 1/1/233   5 August 1945
Sir Felix Cassel, Putteridge Bury, Luton: fellow member of the Oliver Committee [Courts-Martial].
1f
LAW 1/1/234   15 August [1945]
George Catlin, 2 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea: Arthur Greenwood; election speaking tour.
1f
LAW 1/1/235   14 August 1945
Chiang Kai-shek, Chungking: with triplicate reply.
1f; 3f
LAW 1/1/236   6 August 1945
Hugh P. [?Chider], USA: urges American visit by Labour leaders; assistant vice-president of the City Bank Farmers Trust Company.
1f
LAW 1/1/237   14 August 1945
Warrant Officer J.A. Colegate, 1334354, 56 P.T.C., RAF, C.M.F.: recalling a flight with JJL in Southern Italy; Sir Archibald James.
2f
LAW 1/1/238   8 August 1945
Colin R. Coote, The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, Fleet Street, London: former fellow member of the Select Committee on Pensions.
1f
LAW 1/1/239   3 August 1945
Rev. J.S. Corlett, 64 Kingsway, Pendlebury, Manchester.
1f
LAW 1/1/240   7 August 1945
Oliver [Baldwin, Viscount] Corvedale, No. 6, War Office Selection Board, The Officers' Mess, Brockham Park, Betchworth, Surrey.
1f
LAW 1/1/241   7 August 1945
J.R. Coxon, Chief Warden, Durham County Civil Defence, Wardens' Service, Chief Warden's Office, Birtley District Co-op Society, Spout Lane, Washington.
1f
LAW 1/1/242   28 July 1945
Colonel Crookshank, Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London: notes JJL's appointment to Privy Council.
1f
LAW 1/1/243   4 August 1945
Sir William Crosthwaite, Exchange Place, Middlesbrough.
1f
LAW 1/1/244   5 August 1945
Lionel Curtis, All Souls College, Oxford.
1f
LAW 1/1/245   3 August 1945
S.T. Divers, 4 Davies Avenue, Leeds: former Brigadier HQ 8th Army, recalls JJL's “cheering” visit.
1f
LAW 1/1/246   7 August 1945
Major F. Downie, 33 Stafford Court, Kensington, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/247   5 August 1945
J.F. Duff, Warden, Durham Colleges in the University of Durham, 38 North Bailey, Durham: Durham University to use Lumley Castle.
1f
LAW 1/1/248   5 August 1945
Herbert Ellissen, The Old Bakehouse, Horam, East Sussex: Imperial War Graves Commission.
1f
LAW 1/1/249   3 August 1945
Arthur Evans, Carlton Club, St James's Street, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/250   27 July 1945
G.S. Fillingham, United Service Club, Pall Mall, London.
2f
LAW 1/1/251   14 August 1945
James T. Fletcher, mayor, Borough of Redcar, Municipal Buildings, Redcar: invitation to speak at opening of Thanksgiving Week.
1f
LAW 1/1/252   3 August 1945
J.J. Gascoigne, Lyndhurst, Underhill Road, Cleadon, Sunderland.
1f
LAW 1/1/253   before 8 August 1945
W.S. Goodall, Dunelm, Carlton Avenue, Barrow-in-Furness.
1f
LAW 1/1/254   13 August 1945
R. Gordon-Finlayson, Pentlow Hall, Cavendish, Suffolk: fellow member of the Imperial War Graves Commission.
1f
LAW 1/1/255   8 August 1945
Edgar Granville, House of Commons: requesting a visit to the troops in France and Germany be arranged.
1f
LAW 1/1/256   8 August 1945
Mrs H. Grasset, 3 St John's Road, London: recalls JJL's meeting with Captain A. Grasset in Italy.
2f
LAW 1/1/257   30 July 1945
Ernest Green, general secretary, The Workers' Educational Association, 38a St George's Drive, Victoria, London, to JJL: 60 WEA students or tutors in the new House.
1f
LAW 1/1/258   3 August 1945
Tom Greenwell, Maycroft, Glentrammon Road, Green Street Green, Farnborough, Kent.
1f
LAW 1/1/259   4 August 1945
Gordon Grimsdale, 13 Gerald Road, London: ex-Army, recalls meeting in Chungking.
1f
LAW 1/1/260   7 August 1945
Han Lih-wu, Chungking.
1f
LAW 1/1/261   3 August 1945
J.W. Haswell, The Laurels, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/262   4 August 1945
J. Henderson-Stewart, House of Commons.
1f
LAW 1/1/263   4 August 1945
F. Higginson, Imperial War Graves Commission.
1f
LAW 1/1/264   6 August 1945
Major K.R. Hill, 110067, Medical Research Team, 37 General Hospital, Accra, Gold Coast, WAF [West Africa Force]: present at a JJL open air election meeting in Washington; West Africa a “pathologist's “paradise””; family news; recalls camping at Seaham.
2f
LAW 1/1/265   3 August 1945
James [Hilton], 1218 N. la Cienega, Hollywood, California: soothing Americans' reaction to the election result.
1f
LAW 1/1/266   8 August 1945
R. Percy Hodder-Williams, Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, Weald Place, Sevenoaks, Kent.
1f
LAW 1/1/267   29 July 1945
[?Reg Holmston], 132 Woodcote Valley Road, Purley, Surrey, and Ministry of Labour and National Service, 24 Sardinia Street, Kingsway, London, to JJL: offers assistance re Further Education and Training Scheme.
1f
LAW 1/1/268   6 August 1945
Daniel [?Hopkins], North London Magistrates Court, 82 Stoke Newington Road, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/269   9 August 1945
Leslie Hore-Belisha, 16 Stafford Place, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/270   4 August 1945
Thomas Hornsby, Ministry of Fuel and Power, Regional Controller, Northern B Region, Milburn House, Newcastle upon Tyne: war with Japan.
1f
LAW 1/1/271   4 August 1945
Arthur James, Brackley Grange, Brackley, Northamptonshire.
1f
LAW 1/1/272   14 August 1945
A.H. Johnston, Co-operative Wholesale Society Limited, 1 Balloon Street, Manchester: Robert Taylor.
1f
LAW 1/1/273   3 August 1945
G.H. Jones, secretary, Midland Miners' Federation, Lady Bank, Tamworth, Staffordshire.
1f
LAW 1/1/274   4 August 1945
Corporal Alan Kennaugh, 84 Group Provost and Security Unit, RAF, B.L.A.: German reaction to election result, and to Potsdam communique; journalist.
1f
LAW 1/1/275   5 August 1945
Jacqueline Killearn, British Embassy, Alexandria.
1f
LAW 1/1/276   9 August 1945
Harold King, (clerk of Somerset County Council), 2 The Drive, Batts Park, Taunton: former deputy clerk of Durham County Council, 1921-1927; Jack Gilliland.
1f
LAW 1/1/277   3 August 1945
V.K. Wellington Koo, [Ambassador], Chinese Embassy, 49 Portland Place, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/278   11 August 1945
V.K. Wellington Koo, [Ambassador], Chinese Embassy, 49 Portland Place, London: conveying a message from Dr T.V. Soong, president of the Executive Yuan, currently in Moscow; with duplicate copy reply to Dr Soong.
1f; 2f
LAW 1/1/279   6 August 1945
A. Lee, clerk, Little Lumley Parish Council, Castle Dene, Fence Houses, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/280   3 August 1945
Mackenzie Livingstone, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/281   5 August 1945
Canon H.K. Luce, headmaster, Durham School, School House, Durham: JJL speech day; urges visit by Ellen Wilkinson, Secretary of State for Education.
2f
LAW 1/1/282   3 August 1945
Rev. J. McManners, The Vicarage, Ferryhill, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/283   4 August 1945
Hamed and Mildred Mahmud, Toukh, [?Egypt].
1f
LAW 1/1/284   4 August 1945
[Sir] Adam Maitland, Beechland, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon.: former MP.
1f
LAW 1/1/285   6 August 1945
A. Mansbridge, Windways, Dartmouth Road, Paignton, S. Devon: Ruskin College.
1f
LAW 1/1/286   7 August 1945
A. Marsh-Roberts, c/o Salem Mansions, Salem Road, Bayswater, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/287   7 August 1945
Lieutenant-Colonel P.H.M. May, 1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry, C.M.F., DO/1.
1f
LAW 1/1/288   23 August 1945
Count Guido Memmo, and Lieutenant-Colonel McDougall, Rome: Imperial War Graves Commission.
1f
LAW 1/1/289   7 August 1945
H. Mensforth, The Red House, St John's Road, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire: former colleague at the War Office.
1f
LAW 1/1/290   5 August 1945
Michael Merry, 14 Kings Road, Wallsend on Tyne: enclosing copy letter, dated 22 April 1945, to Field Marshal Montgomery appealing for son's promotion.
1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/291   6 August 1945
E.C. Morris, Headquarters, Northern Command, York.
1f
LAW 1/1/292   9 August 1945
George Muff, Redlands, Woodhall Land, Stanningley: invitation to visit No.2 War Office Selection Board, Jaffa Lines, Catterick Camp, Colonel Waller, president; with triplicate copy reply, declining.
1f; 3f
LAW 1/1/293   3 August 1945
[M. Dunbar] Nasmith, Flag Officer in Charge, P.L.A. Building, Trinity Square, London: War Graves Commission.
1f
LAW 1/1/294   7 August 1945
Tom O'Brien, North London.
1f
LAW 1/1/295   7 August 1945
Charles P[ickering], Fawley Lodge, Henley-on-Thames.
1f
LAW 1/1/296   4 August 1945
Frank Pakenham, 8 Chadlington Road, Oxford: enclosing a letter detailing a case for JJL's attention.
1f
LAW 1/1/297   6 August 1945
H.E. Pitt, Waren House, Belford, Northumberland.
1f
LAW 1/1/298   7 August 1945
H.B. Porter, Dominion House, 110 Fenchurch Street, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/299   7 August 1945
T.B. Wilson Ramsay, 10 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London: MP for the Western Isles, 1929-1935.
1f
LAW 1/1/300   4 August 1945
[?Randall], [vice-chairman], [British Council], 3 Hanover Street, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/301   4 August 1945
John Derby [Alfred Edward John Rawlinson], bishop of Derby, Beadsall Mount, Near Derby: renews acquaintance; conveys a serving chaplain's observation of a degeneration of officers' and serving men's sexual morals, following the abandonment of “non-fraternisation” orders, urging speedier demobilisation and grants of leave.
2f
LAW 1/1/302   4 August 1945
William Redfern, The Institute of Journalists, 29 Brandling Place South, Newcastle upon Tyne: critical of press “mingling of news with comment” during the election; amalgamation of the Institute of Journalists and the National Union of Journalists; newspaper monopolies - “[w]e want freedom, not licence to abuse it”; demobilisation of son in India.
1f
LAW 1/1/303   6 August 1945
J. Stewart Reid, 4 Eslington Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/304   17 August 1945
David Robertson, House of Commons.
1f
LAW 1/1/305   3 August 1945
Lionel K. Robinson, William H. Robinson Ltd, 16 & 17 Pall Mall, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/306   4 August 1945
J.D. Rose, pharmacist, 18 Ormonde Street and 1 Bede Burn Road, Jarrow-on-Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/307   4 August 1945
D. & J. Russell, Crannoch, Carberry Park, Leven, Fife: resident at Sheffield.
2f
LAW 1/1/308   9 August 1945
W.D. Sainty, 25 Golden Noble Hill, Colchester, Essex: former fellow RFA driver.
1f
LAW 1/1/309   [July x August] 1945
Mrs M. Sanders, secretary, Birtley Labour Women's Section, 9 Neville Crescent, Birtley, Co. Durham: “bloodless Revolution” for the Labour Party.
2f
LAW 1/1/310   5 August 1945
Averil Sanderson, North Cottage, Cromer.
1f
LAW 1/1/311   7 August 1945
A.D. Saward, secretary, The British Air Line Pilots Association, 7 Park Lane, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/312   4 August 1945
Captain Sir G. Leighton Seager, Assistant Welfare Officer, Monmouthshire Territorial Army Association, Monmouthshire County Military Welfare Committee, St Mellons and District, Bryn Ivor Hall, Castleton, near Cardiff: acquainted with Sydney Walton and Lord Teviot.
1f
LAW 1/1/313   12 August 1945
Catherine Sellsirk, Score Farm, Ilfracombe.
1f
LAW 1/1/314   20 August 1945
T. Shaw, 4 Cleveland Crescent, North Shields: unacquainted since 1929.
2f
LAW 1/1/315   27 July 1945
William Shaw, secretary, Musselburgh Labour Party, Labour Club Rooms, 2 Bridge Street, Musselburgh: thanks JJL for addressing the electors in Musselburgh.
1f
LAW 1/1/316   4 August 1945
Henry Slack, Glasgow.
1f
LAW 1/1/317   7 August 1945
Ferdie Smith, Ruskin College, Oxford: eleven ex-students re-elected or elected as Members of Parliament, and two ex-members of staff, and a member of the governing council, enclosing list [fragment remains].
2f
LAW 1/1/318   5 August 1945
Sir Archibald Southby, House of Commons.
1f
LAW 1/1/319   4 August 1945
Speed, Greek Mil.
1f
LAW 1/1/320   9 August 1945
James R. Spencer, General Manager, The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd, Victoria Street, Liverpool.
1f
LAW 1/1/321   5 August 1945
William P. Spens, Chief Justice of India, 19 Akbar Road, New Delhi: war with Japan.
1f
LAW 1/1/322   5 August 1945
Joseph Staines, Wesley Manor, Ferndale, Glamorgan: formerly a messenger at JJL's first Council election.
1f
LAW 1/1/323   10 August 1945
T.S. Stephenson, St John's Chapel, Weardale.
1f
LAW 1/1/324   14 August 1945
Jack R. Sterling, Oakdene, Shipley Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
2f
LAW 1/1/325   27 August 1945
Edward [Turnour, 6th earl] Winterton, Stable Flat; Shillinglee Park, Chiddingfold.
2f
LAW 1/1/326   6 August 1945
Robin Turton, Upsall Castle, Thirsk: General [Douglas] Graham.
1f
LAW 1/1/327   4 August 1945
Stanley Unwin, 4 Oak Hill Park, Hampstead, London: shortage of persons skilled in book production, urging priority demobilisation for such persons; British Council.
1f
LAW 1/1/328   3 August 1945
Robin [Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Viscount] Castlereagh, The Mill House, Highcliffe, Hampshire: welcomes fair election result; critical of father's attitude to miners and the Londonderry Collieries ( “a sort of bank to finance his social and political activities elsewhere” ), disclaiming any involvement for more than ten years.
2f
LAW 1/1/329   6 August 1945
Captain S. Keell Walenn, 10 Kingswear Road, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/330   13 August 1945
Corporal R.L. Walker, 111 Supply Depot, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia: cottages for Old Age Pensioners in NSW.
1f
LAW 1/1/331   6 August 1945
Sir John Wardlaw-Milne, Grayswood Place, Haslemere, Surrey.
1f
LAW 1/1/332   10 August 1945
Sam Watson, Durham Miners' Association, Red Hill, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/333   5 August 1945
Leading Aircraftman William Watson, 1037908, 612 Squadron Orderly Room, RAF Station Langham, Near Holt, Norfolk: resident of Chester-le-Street, and former election campaign helper alongside Jack Gilliland and Mrs Bruce; Grigg ““the enemy of the forces””; appointment of Fred J. Bellenger [as Financial Secretary to the War Office] approved of; surprise at Viscount Lambton's votes tally; Alma [Lawson], nursing at Relton Hospital, then ATS; Alan Kennaugh; dissatisfaction at speed of demobilisation.
4f
LAW 1/1/334   4 August 1945
Myers Wayman, 41 Thames Street, Windsor, Berks: Sunderland resident.
1f
LAW 1/1/335   4 August 1945
William Westwood, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/336   6 August 1945
B.C. Wheston, Soudan, Beach Road, Jersey: 1929 Salisbury [general] election; underwent German occupation with wife and two daughters.
2f
LAW 1/1/337   5 August 1945
R. Whigham, Bradbury Private Hotel, North Berwick, East Lothian.
1f
LAW 1/1/338   27 July 1945
J.S. Wilson, Chester-le-Street Urban District Council.
1f
LAW 1/1/339   1 August 1945
Request slip from Charles Howard, Serjeant at Arms, to JJL, concerning the return of JJL's Military Identity card, Army Form B.2606.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/340   3 August 1945
Letter from Charles D [?], Bourne House, Bath Road, Chippenham, to JJL, House of Commons: JJL deserving of a good post in the new Government.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/341   6 August 1945
Letter from Mary Williamson, 44 Southbrook Road, Lee, London, to JJL: argues for earlier demobilisation for her son, now posted to the Far East; service record.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/342   14 August 1945
Letter from Tom Hopkinson, Editor, Lilliput and Picture Post, 43-44 Shoe Lane, London, to JJL, Secretary of State for War, War Office: encloses pictures, one of which is featured in the current issue of the Picture Post.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/343   20 August 1945
Letter from Barnett Janner, House of Commons, to JJL, War Office: offers thanks for JJL's note about the New Park housing estate in Leicester; and his, [Herbert] Bowden, and [Terence] Donovan's thanks for JJL's time.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/344   19 October 1945
Letter from Lieutenant Commander Len Jackson RNVR, Editor, SEAC, Daily Newspaper of South East Asia Command, Statesman House, Calcutta, to JJL, War Office: encloses photographs of JJL's tour; meeting at Dum Dum airfield [Kolkata], after a fifteen-year lapse in their acquaintance.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/345   26 November 1945
Draft letter from JJL, War Office, to the Prime Minister [Clement Attlee]: referencing a second cabinet decision to release a number of doctors from the armed forces, “violating ... the principal of Age & Service”, tenders his resignation as Secretary of State for War; affirms support for all other Government policies, and reaffirms personal friendship.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/346   [1946]
Letter from T.W. Hardy, 73 Gordey Lane, Warrington, Lancashire, to JJL: recounts demobilisation experience, commending speed and quality of suit of clothes.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/347   1 January 1946
Letter from G.H. Jones, secretary, Midland Miners' Federation, Lady Bank, Tamworth, Staffordshire, and W.E. Jones, secretary of the Yorkshire Mineworkers' Association, to JJL, War Office: delegates of the National Union of Mineworkers tasked to contact in Italy representatives of the recently formed Mineworkers Union of Italy; letters of credit declined by Italian banks; commend assistance of Major Dow, Army Paymaster, and Private Harrison at the Commercial Bank, Naples.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/348   26 January [1946]
Letter from [General Sir] R.F. Adam, Viceroy's House, Delhi, to JJL: report of first part of tour of troops in India, Burma, Malaya and Java; repatriation and release less egregious issues; “younger army”, the inexperience of NCOs a concern to their commanders “if faced with an emergency”; JJL's visit “saved what might have been a difficult and unpleasant situation”; Army education, resistance to the establishment of a Formation College in India; irregular mails; departs for Middle East tomorrow.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/1/349   1 February 1946
Letter from [Field Marshal] B.L. Montgomery, [1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Commander-in-Chief], Tactical Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, to JJL: encloses unidentified document [not present] on a “highly important subject” requiring robust handling else “we shall do no good in Germany”; recovering from influenza in Switzerland; offers thanks for his appointment as Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/350   3 July 1946
Letter from [Field Marshal] B.L. Montgomery, [1st Viscount] Montgomery of Alamein, CIGS, War Office, to JJL: encloses unidentified pamphlet [not present], intending to initiate training in the army on the same subject.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/351   8 August 1946
Letter from [Field Marshal] B.L. Montgomery, [1st Viscount] Montgomery of Alamein, CIGS, War Office, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: hopes for JJL's speedy return to office, his health recovered.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/352   9 August 1946
Letter from E.B.B. Speed, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War, Fort Cottage, Solva, Pembrokeshire, to JJL: reaction to news of JJL's move to a nursing home; reassurance that War Office business will be sustained, the writer returning on 19 August.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/353   17 August 1946
Letter from William Whiteley, Hamburg, to JJL: hopes for JJL's quick return; regrets JJL's absence from the writer's “interesting although distressing” tour of the troops; accompanied by [Frederick J.] Bellenger [Financial Secretary to the War Office] and [A.C.W.] Drew [principal private secretary to the Secretary of State for War]; inspection of Hamburg, then Ruhr and Berlin.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/354   18 August 1946
Letter from James Callaghan, 13 Ashford Road, Maidstone, to JJL: hopes for JJL's speedy recovery; prospect of tough October parliamentary session; case correspondence passed to Bellenger; dissatisfaction among troops at speed of demobilisation.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/355   21 August 1946
Letter from E.B.B. Speed, War Office, to JJL: wishes for JJL's full recovery, JJL having been discharged from the nursing home; acceptance of Lord Justice Lawrence's invitation to attend the judgement of the Nuremberg Court in September.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/356   22 August 1946
Letter, on House of Commons stationary, from Owen Rattenbury, 68 Grosvenor Road, Muswell Hill, London, to JJL: wishes for JJL's recovery; reports on the financial position of the Workers' Temperance League, listing major donors, and requesting further donation; suggesting greater role for the League in Chester-le-Street, noting existing work of the Sons of Temperance, Rechabites etc., but emphasising JJL's constituency's particular amenability to the League, stressing its requirement for members to also be Labour Party, Trades Union or Co-operative Society members.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/357   10 September 1946
Letter from M.D. Methven, Close House Farm, Coach Road, Ravensworth, Co. Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: outlines industrial development within JJL's parliamentary division, including at Team Valley Trading Estate, Chester-le-Street and Birtley.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/1/358   2 October 1946
Letter from Clement Attlee, 10 Downing Street, to JJL, War Office, redirected to 84 Claverton Street, London: recalls JJL's request “last summer” to retire from the government; a new organisation for defence having been made, JJL can now be released; commends JJL's handling of demobilisation at the War Office; recalls close working relationship since 1924.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/359   2 October 1946
Draft letter from JJL to Clement Attlee, Prime Minister: acknowledges Attlee's letter (LAW 1/1/358); pride of his membership in the government and in its achievements, and in the conduct of the army under his charge; looks forward to working on the back benches; personal friendship.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/360   5 October 1946
Letter from Charles Pickering, Fawley Lodge, Henley-on-Thames, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: response to newspaper report [of JJL's retirement from the government]; JJL to visit Norfolk; visits troops at Brancepeth and Morpeth.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/361   5 October 1946
Letter from Henry MacGreagh, Judge Advocate General, to JJL: regret at JJL's resignation.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/362   5 October 1946
Letter from William [Jowitt], Lord Chancellor, House of Lords, to JJL: hoping JJL might soon return to [parliament].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/363   10 October 1946
Letter from Ernest Bevin, United Kingdom Delegation, Paris, c/o Foreign Office, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's handling of the demobilisation scheme, “with which I was so closely associated”; pressure of work.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/364   31 October 1946
Letter from Fred Bellenger, Secretary of State for War, War Office, to JJL: urges careful management for JJL's complete recovery; visit to Chequers.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/365   3 December 1946
Letter from R. Hurst Mather, Alderman Smith Grammar School, Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: arrangements for a visit to the Houses of Parliament.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/366   3 January 1947
Letter from Oliver [Baldwin, parliamentary secretary to the Secretary of State for War], War Office, to JJL: invitation to attend, and, at Attlee's request make the only speech, at a House of Commons lunch to celebrate the Attlees' silver wedding anniversary, given by those Labour Members of Parliament who were re-elected in the 1931 election.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/367   3 January 1947
Letter from Carol Johnson, Parliamentary Labour Party, House of Commons, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: arrangements for the Attlee silver wedding anniversary dinner.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/368   6 January 1947
Letter from R. Hurst Mather, Alderman Smith Grammar School, Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: arrangements for a visit to the Houses of Parliament, and the senior prefects' attendance at Question Time or an evening session.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/369   10 January 1947
Letter from R. Hurst Mather, Alderman Smith Grammar School, Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: re-arrangement of a visit to the Houses of Parliament.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/370   29 January 1947
Letter from Hugh Gaitskell, Ministry of Fuel and Power, 7 Millbank, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: replies at the Minister's request; for stated policy reasons, the Ministry declines to support new types of stretcher designed by Councillor Cullinan and Dr McLaren, demonstrated at Usworth Colliery in 1945.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/371   28 February 1947
Letter from Fred [Bellenger], Secretary of State for War, War Office, to JJL: concern for JJL's health; cites cases of ill-health of Herbert [Morrison] and Ellen Wilkinson as examples not to follow.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/372   7 March 1947
Letter from James Chuter Ede, Home Secretary, Whitehall, London, to JJL: in response to JJL highlighting the award of the British Empire Medal to two employees at Ravensworth Colliery, cites war arrears as causing delays in issuing of medals.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/373   25 August 1947
Letter from Councillor E. Farbridge, chairman, Stanley Urban District Council, 4 North Thorn, Stanley, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's intention to mention the Morrison Colliery Disaster Distress Fund, chaired by the writer, in an appeal to be broadcast by JJL on Wednesday afternoon.[Note: the Louisa Colliery (including Morrison Old Colliery) disaster occurred on 22 August 1947.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/374   30 October 1947
Letter from [?], Privy Council Office, to JJL, House of Commons: encloses order re-appointing JJL to the Court of the University of Durham, (see LAW 1/2/229).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/375   19 December 1947
Letter from Aveline Renwick, County of Durham Education Committee, Clarence Terrace School, Nursery Department, to JJL: offers thanks for a visit by JJL to the school.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/376-380   24 December 1947
Letter (a-b) and duplicate copy letter (A-B etc.), with enclosures, from F. Anderson, W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, 51 & 53 Hatton Garden, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: factory at Newtown, Birtley; enclosing copy letters setting out the technical and general aspects of the business; export potential; offers thanks for JJL's practical support.
Paper   2f; 6f; 2f; 6f
LAW 1/1/377   23 December 1947
Copy and duplicate copy letter from S.E. Goodall, chief engineer, [W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited], to The Regional Controller, Ministry of Supply, Northern Area, Clarendon House, Clayton Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne: detailed representation why a Civil Building Licence should not be withdrawn, as proposed, and why work on the new factory at Newtown, Birtley, might not be suspended without incurring expensive, time-consuming and damaging losses.
Paper   2f; 2f
LAW 1/1/378   23 December 1947
Copy and duplicate copy letter from S.E. Goodall, chief engineer, [W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited], to Mr Wake, The Regional Controller, Ministry of Supply, Northern Area, Clarendon House, Clayton Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne: providing reasons why work on the new factory at Newtown, Birtley, might not be suspended as proposed by the Ministry's Engineering Industries Division; war damage limiting output of North Woolwich Works; new factory to replace existing smaller factory at Birtley; Newcastle Zinc Oxide Company; output and employment projections; export market; technical improvements.
Paper   2f; 2f
LAW 1/1/379-380   16 December 1947
Copy and duplicate copy letters from C.J. Newbery, Ministry of Supply, Engineer Industries Division, Shell Mex House, Strand, London, to W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, Newtown, Birtley, Co. Durham: notifications that the company's building licence application for a new factory [at Birtley] has been selected for indefinite suspension, citing a policy decision to prioritise capital investment in 1948, announced 23 October 1947, and noting steel erection stage proviso.
Paper   2f; 2f
LAW 1/1/381   29 December 1947
Letter from S.E. Goodall, Chief Engineer, W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, 51 & 53 Hatton Garden, London, to JJL, 84 Claverton Street, Westminster: JJL to meet with the Minister [of Supply], and Mr Wake, Regional Controller for the Northern Area; supplies contract completion percentages in preparation for JJL's meeting; classifies JJL's representations as being made for his constituents, rather than for the firm.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/382   12 April 1948
Letter from Anthony Bevin, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: invites JJL to contribute a book to the Cabinet Room Library, started in 1931 by Ramsay MacDonald.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/383   27 May 1948
Letter from John Freeman, House of Commons, to JJL: having conferred with his brother, provides history of a flag presented to JJL at Insein [Myanmar], formerly property of a Company that fought at Kohima [India], and one of a number used to mark the position of the Company's Headquarters, but probably not at that battle.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/384   3 June 1948
Letter from Ida J. Tinkler, House of Commons, to JJL, House of Commons: encloses typescript copies of extracts from an unidentified official report; typescripts of JJL's questions to follow.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/385   17 February 1949
Letter from Mrs Margaret Gibb, Woman Organiser, The Labour Party, Northern Region, 5-8 Percy Chambers, 33 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: invitation to walk with the women of Chester-le-Street Division at Durham Women's Annual Gala; Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee, chief guest speakers. See LAW 1/2/232.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/386   23 March 1949
Letter from Clement Attlee, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: JJL's lord-lieutenancy proposed.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/387   31 March 1949
Letter from A. Lascelles, Buckingham Palace, to JJL: offers congratulations on JJL's appointment as lord-lieutenant of Co. Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/388   1 April 1949
Letter from Anthony Bevin, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: notification of JJL's appointment as lord-lieutenant.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/389   11 May 1949
Letter from Herbert Morrison, Privy Council Office, Great George Street, London, to JJL: reassuring JJL that a lord-lieutenant may remain a member of the Court of the University of Durham, indeed many lord-lieutenants are ex-officio members of such courts.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/390   11 May 1949
Letter from Oliver Whitfield, honorary general secretary, The Durham County Association of Teachers, Dunbritton, Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: invitation to attend an inaugural tea and meeting of the Durham County Refresher Course at Durham, to be addressed by David Hardman, MP; encloses 1948 inaugural programme, [not present]; congratulates JJL on lord-lieutenancy.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/391   19 July 1949
Letter from Austin Kirkup, Morton House, Fence Houses, Co. Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: notes JJL's reference to pit heaps in a report of a speech at Jarrow; urges a crusade against such pit heaps; heaps attributed to use of mechanical conveyors; German custom of storing waste material in the pit itself, as used to be the practice in Co. Durham, deemed too expensive; disqualifying “active, growing, burning heaps”, others might be planted with gorse, broom and “other humble but green and flowering shrubs”; South West Durham Improvement Association active in such work until 1939; County “so used to ugliness that we don't feel or recognise it”.
Paper   3f; stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/392   25 July 1949
Letter from Sam Watson, National Union of Mineworkers, Durham Area, Red Hill, Durham, to JJL, House of Commons: arrangements for miners' service at Gateshead.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/393   28 July 1949
Letter from Austin Kirkup, Morton House, Fence Houses, Co. Durham, to JJL, [Woodside, Beamish]: welcomes JJL's intention to address active as well as inactive pit heaps, anticipating powerful resistance; presents detailed analysis for the growth of pit heaps and the growing cost of the practice, using statistics from Lambton and Hetton pits between 1938 and 1949 and the Reid Report [1945]; argues for storage of such waste in pit workings [underground]; the writer a former Collieries Agent.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/1/394   29 July 1949
Letter from Austin Kirkup, Morton House, Fence Houses, Co. Durham, to JJL: proposing meeting.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/395   5 August 1949
Letter from G.S. McIntire, honorary secretary, The County Borough of Sunderland Savings Committee, Town Hall, Sunderland, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: acknowledging JJL's acceptance of an invitation to launch the National Savings Week.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/396   18 October 1949
Letter from Robert Chapman, Undercliff, Cleadon, near Sunderland, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: invitation to present awards to the Tyne Dock Ambulance Class, to provide a needed boost in public interest in their work; enclosing letter of James Burrows, honorary secretary of the class, providing a history of the class's achievements, [letter returned by JJL to Chapman].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/397   24 October 1949
Letter from Robert Chapman, Undercliff, Cleadon, near Sunderland, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: notes JJL acceptance of invitation (LAW 1/1/396); Advisory Committee.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/398-568   26 February-20 May 1950
Congratulatory correspondence upon JJL's appointment to the peerage as Baron Lawson of Beamish. Items are listed chronologically, and then alphabetically; noting the correspondent's name and address, and the extent of each item; other noteworthy content is also described.
Paper   197f
LAW 1/1/398   26 February 1950
Sarah Wilson, 5 Bethany Terrace, Catchgate, Annfield Plain: sister Mrs Gibbon.
2f
LAW 1/1/399   27 February 1950
W. [?], Tees Conservancy Commission, Chairman's Room, Middlesbrough.
2f
LAW 1/1/400   27 February 1950
Hester Alington, The Deanery, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/401   27 February 1950
W. Appleby, 86 Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne: former representative of the British Legion on the King's Roll Council, with JJL.
1f
LAW 1/1/402   27 February 1950
Joe and Andrew Armstrong, Boldon Colliery.
1f
LAW 1/1/403   27 February 1950
William Armstrong, 8 Dilston Terrace, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/404   27 February 1950
John Atkinson, clerk, City and County of Newcastle upon Tyne, Town Clerk's Office, Town Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/405   27 February 1950
Colonel Richard Atkinson, 80 Moorside, Newcastle upon Tyne: writes as chairman of the Durham Army Cadet Committee, Chairman of the Pre-Services Committee of the Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association for the County of Durham, and as Commandant of Army Cadets in the County of Durham; JJL the Honorary Colonel of the 9th Battalion during his tenure at the War Office.
1f
LAW 1/1/406   27 February 1950
Avie, Torquay.
1f
LAW 1/1/407   27 February 1950
Pat Bartley, Barwood, 15 Oxford Avenue, Washington, Co. Durham.
2f
LAW 1/1/408   27 February 1950
[Wentworth Beaumont, 2nd Viscount] Allendale, Bywell Hall, Stocksfield-on-Tyne, Northumberland: doubts of lords-lieutenant concerning appeal, proposed by the Lord Mayor of London, to re-build Mechlenberg Square in London, “in gratitude for food parcels from abroad”.
1f
LAW 1/1/409   27 February 1950
Will Bell, 10 Selborne Grove, Bradford: recalls Boldon Colliery and Oxford, 1900-1914.
2f
LAW 1/1/410   27 February 1950
Denis G. Berry, Director, Newcastle Chronicle & Journal Ltd, Kemsley House, G.P.O. Box 101, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/411   27 February 1950
Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London: Authors' Society.
1f
LAW 1/1/412   27 February 1950
John W. Cassels, School of Agriculture, Houghall, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/413   27 February 1950
[William Cecil, 5th marquess of] Exeter, Burghley House, Stamford, to JJL: with stamped envelope; encloses resolution concerning Lord Mayor of London's [proposed Mechlenberg Square appeal]; objection against lords-lieutenant appearing as ““licensed beggars””.
1f
LAW 1/1/414   27 February 1950
C. W. Clarke, Clovelly, Owton Manor Lane, West Hartlepool: former Engineer and Surveyor of Easington, and “the creator of the new town of Peterlee”; the new town's name “decided upon by me after I had read your delightful book “Peter Lee””.
1f
LAW 1/1/415   27 February 1950
Jack Cohen, Mayor, Mayor's Chamber, Town Hall, Sunderland.
1f
LAW 1/1/416   27 February 1950
Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Treasury Chambers, Great George Street, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/417   27 February 1950
Cumbers, Etworth Press, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/418   27 February 1950
Tom Dixon, Kopriva, 25 Park Terrace, Dunston.
1f
LAW 1/1/419   27 February 1950
James Duff, Elvet Garth, Durham: invitation to the installation of G. M. Trevelyan as Chancellor of the university.
1f
LAW 1/1/420   27 February 1950
A. E. Edwards, Chief Constable, County Borough of Middlesbrough.
1f
LAW 1/1/421   27 February 1950
David Gammans MP, 19 Buckingham Palace Mansions, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/422   27 February 1950
Garment, Falkirk.
1f
LAW 1/1/423   27 February 1950
Jack Gilliland, Winterton Hospital, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees: quickening evolution of Socialism.
1f
LAW 1/1/424   27 February 1950
Jack Gordon, Thornley, York Avenue, Jarrow.
1f
LAW 1/1/425   27 February 1950
Mary and Albert Gowland, Blanchland, Via Shotley Bridge, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/426   27 February 1950
Alan J. Gray, 3 Manor Place, Sunderland: formerly a returning officer at Seaham in 1918; recollects hearing speak Hardie, Crooks, Blatchford, Snowden, and “the perspiring orator” Grayson; involvement with Friendly Societies, presiding over a recent international conference in Sweden; accountant for British Transport Commission, now agreeing terms of compensation for road hauliers.
1f
LAW 1/1/427   27 February 1950
A. E. Grundy, 21 Far West Street, East Stanley, Co. Durham: a miner's wife; disappointment at election result, and hopes the Government will fight on.
1f
LAW 1/1/428   27 February 1950
Fred and Lizzie Haram, 172 Harton Lane, Tyne Dock, South Shields.
1f
LAW 1/1/429   27 February 1950
Tom Harker, County Council of Durham, Head Master, The Modern School, Bullion Lane, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/430   27 February 1950
Tom and Annie Hepple, Bythorne, Lyndhurst Crescent, Low Fell.
1f
LAW 1/1/431   27 February 1950
John G. Herron, 54 Esplanade, Whitley Bay.
1f
LAW 1/1/432   27 February 1950
F. Higginson, Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/433   27 February 1950
[John Hindley, 1st Viscount] Hyndley, [Chairman], National Coal Board, Hobart House, Grosvenor Place, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/434   27 February 1950
R. Paul Hodder-Williams, Weald Place, Sevenoaks, Kent.
1f
LAW 1/1/435   27 February 1950
Ralph Hodder-Williams, Chairman, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, St Paul's House, Warwick Square, London: recommends parts of Exmoor, JJL having been appointed [vice-chairman] to the National Parks Commission.
2f
LAW 1/1/436   27 February 1950
T. J. Hogarth, 10 Town Bank Road, Ulverston, Lancashire: retired from Ministry of Labour; recalls JJL visit to Kielder Camp and Whickhope.
1f
LAW 1/1/437   27 February 1950
Bill Hoines, 5 Willow Cott, Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex: JJL's support for Sunderland A.F.C..
3f
LAW 1/1/438   27 February 1950
Sir Montague Hughman, Milton Court, Dorking, Surrey.
1f
LAW 1/1/439   27 February 1950
[William] Jowitt, Lord Chancellor, House of Lords.
1f
LAW 1/1/440   27 February 1950
Ken Johnstone, Kemsley Newspapers Ltd, Kemsley House, London: foundation of 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry; former Conservative candidate for Wallsend.
1f
LAW 1/1/441   27 February 1950
Alan Kerr, 21 Falcourt Close, Sutton, Surrey: reviews miners' struggle for Socialist goals in Co. Durham during 20th century, contrasting with more Conservative south; requests information to support a public debate on coal.
4f
LAW 1/1/442   27 February 1950
Stanley Leyland, 4 Pages Hill, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/443   27 February 1950
[Major] George M. Long, Secretary, Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association of the County of Durham, 53 Old Elvet, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/444   27 February 1950
S. Riley Lord, Newbus Grange, Neasham, Near Darlington: appearance of “a reprieve from the consequences of the proposed wild and unreasonable schemes of the present Government”.
1f
LAW 1/1/445   27 February 1950
A. C. Lothian, Royal Northern Club, Aberdeen.
1f
LAW 1/1/446   27 February 1950
Colonel G. G. Mallinson, 24/32 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/447   27 February 1950
Colonel G. G. Mallinson, 24/32 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne: recalls chats in 13 Group RAF mess, and on journeys from London.
1f
LAW 1/1/448   27 February 1950
Albert Mansbridge, 296 Dartmouth Road, Paignton, Devon: quoting (freely) from letter from JJL, “work work ... is in ... [my] system”; met at Ruskin College.
1f
LAW 1/1/449   27 February 1950
R. Hurst Mather, Headmaster, Alderman Smith Grammar School, County Council of Durham, Washington, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/450   27 February 1950
M. D. Methven, North Eastern Trading Estates Ltd, Team Valley, Gateshead-on-Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/451   27 February 1950
Billy Moore, 6 Garthlands, Darlington: former canvasser for [the Labour Party] in Co. Durham, 1906-1914.
1f
LAW 1/1/452   27 February 1950
Frank Nicholson, Southill Hall, Near Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/453   27 February 1950
W. P[?], County of Durham Education Committee, North Western Division, Divisional Education Office, Derwent Street, Blackhill, Consett, Co. Durham: writing on behalf of the Governors of Consett Grammar School.
1f
LAW 1/1/454   27 February 1950
Fred Porter, 313 Preston Old Road, Blackburn: regret at death of Joseph Henderson; curriculum vitae enclosed, suggesting personal qualification and suitability for a seat in the House of Lords.
1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/455   27 February 1950
Fred Porter, 313 Preston Old Road, Blackburn.
1f
LAW 1/1/456   27 February 1950
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Philip Richardson, Aldenholme, Ellesmere Road, Weybridge: former MP [for Chertsey], 1922-1931, and Chairman of the National Rifle Association; recalls JJL presenting prizes at Bisley in 1946; repeats call that the “unpaid patriotic service” of N.R.A. members might by publicly recognised, noting no member had been honoured for such service since 1860.
2f
LAW 1/1/457   27 February 1950
Denys Kilham Roberts, Secretary-General, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London: two dramatic sketches by JJL presently being considered by Gilliam, B.B.C. Features Department.
1f
LAW 1/1/458   27 February 1950
E. J. Robinson, Vicarage Cottage, Kingsdown, Deal.
1f
LAW 1/1/459   27 February 1950
Jack Robinson, Lyncroft, Leadgate, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/460   27 February 1950
Elsie M. Royston, Feltham, Low Row, Near Richmond, Yorkshire: formerly of Spennymoor; observations on conservatism of local area, inviting good speakers.
1f
LAW 1/1/461   27 February 1950
E. Shinwell, Secretary of State for War, War Office.
1f
LAW 1/1/462   27 February 1950
Waldron Smithers MP, Shelleys, Knockholt, Kent.
1f
LAW 1/1/463   27 February 1950
James R. Spencer, General Manager, The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd, Victoria Street, Liverpool.
1f
LAW 1/1/464   27 February 1950
Edith M. Steel, Willis Vean, Mullion, Helston, Cornwall: recalls JJL's kindness to Sinclair Steel when in hospital.
1f
LAW 1/1/465   27 February 1950
Jack Stirling, Oakdene, Shipley Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
1f
LAW 1/1/466   27 February 1950
Eric St Johnston, County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham: invitation to a dinner on Friday.
1f
LAW 1/1/467   27 February 1950
John Swinney, 2 Osbaldeston Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/468   27 February 1950
T. B. Tate, Sea View, Alnmouth, Northumberland: former colleague in the Regional Commission for Civil Defence.
1f
LAW 1/1/469   27 February 1950
Tom and Connie Temple and Andrew [?Temple], 16 East Walk, East Barnet, Hertfordshire: Tom Bell; Pat Bartley; death of Ralph Barrass; Henry Bainbridge; election support for the defeated Dr Taylor at Barnet.
1f
LAW 1/1/470   27 February 1950
Tom Thompson, 4 Hedworth Lane, Boldon Colliery, Co. Durham.
2f
LAW 1/1/471   27 February 1950
Harold Tuff, The Vicarage, Sacriston, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/472   27 February 1950
H. Hampton Vick, 2 Queen's Square, Saville Row, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/473   27 February 1950
Spencer Wade, The Rectory, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/474   27 February 1950
Sydney Walton, 3 St James's Square, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/475   27 February 1950
Sir Angus Watson, Whitewell, Adderstone Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/476   27 February 1950
Sir Myers Wayman, Chairman and Managing Director, The Mayfair-Dunn Group, Mayfair Building, Sunderland: colleague in the National Savings Movement.
1f
LAW 1/1/477   27 February 1950
Rev. Dr Robert F. Wearmouth, Featherstone Bungalow, Balcombe Road, Horley, Surrey.
1f
LAW 1/1/478   27 February 1950
A. P. Willey, Holly Mount, Highbury Avenue, Springwell, Gateshead: fellow local preacher.
1f
LAW 1/1/479   27 February 1950
James R. Wilson, 11 Jamaica Street, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire: recalls JJL's donation to the Methodist Church at Peterhead; family history, recalling visit of William Booth to Peterhead.
2f
LAW 1/1/480   27 February 1950
Nellie Wilson, Lindisfarne Hotel, Holy Island.
1f
LAW 1/1/481   28 February 1950
H. Bradley, Headmaster, The Grammar School, Consett, Co. Durham: extends invitation for 10 March event to Bella Lawson.
1f
LAW 1/1/482   28 February 1950
D. H. Brown, Cob Cottage, Warwick: former Deputy County Surveyor of Co. Durham, prior to appointment as County Surveyor for Warwickshire in 1920.
1f
LAW 1/1/483   28 February 1950
R. P. [?Care], Judicial Office, House of Lords: Secretary of the Lords-lieutenant Association.
1f
LAW 1/1/484   28 February 1950
Sir William Cartwright, Heather Royd, Alwoodley Gates, Leeds: Lord Ammon; [Thomas] Benfold, deputy-lieutenant.
1f
LAW 1/1/485   28 February 1950
Isobel Cripps, 11 Downing Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/486   28 February 1950
Sir John Smedley Crooke, Hopwood, Alvechurch, Worcestershire: grateful for JJL's words upon a presentation made to Crooke by the House of Commons Branch of the British Legion; former MP for Birmingham Deritend, 1922-1929, 1931-1945]; admiration for JJL since 1922, “for the way in which you stood up to your Party!”.
1f
LAW 1/1/487   28 February 1950
A. A. Denholm, Long Garth, Whitesmocks, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/488   28 February 1950
Marie Duberley, Plawsworth Cottage, Chester-le-Street: stamped envelope; born 1877; seeks protection from the Coal Board stealing her water, citing 99-year lease made in 1903, and annual sums for several collieries.
2f
LAW 1/1/489   28 February 1950
W. Errington, Clyde Vale, Smailes Lane, Rowlands Gill, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/490   28 February 1950
B. Ifor Evans, Principal, Queen Mary College, University of London, Mile End Road, London: notes JJL's friends in America.
1f
LAW 1/1/491   28 February 1950
Hugh Gaitskell, Ministry of Fuel and Power, 7 Millbank, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/492   28 February 1950
Cuthbert Headlam, Holywell, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/493   28 February 1950
J. M. Herring, Mayor of Durham, 26 Silver Street, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/494   28 February 1950
Austin Kirkup, Morton House, Fence Houses: bee keeper, to send honey for the grandchildren.
1f
LAW 1/1/495   28 February 1950
Jack Lawson, Travellers Rest Hotel, 91 Regent Street, Blyth.
1f
LAW 1/1/496   28 February 1950
George E. Meachim, 5 Heather Road, Welford Road, Leicester: with JJL at Woolwich.
1f
LAW 1/1/497   28 February 1950
Alderman J. R. S. Middlewood, 2 Dent Street, Tindale Crescent, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/498   28 February 1950
Thomas Murphy, General Secretary, The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain, 230-231 Abbey House, Victoria Street, Westminster, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/499   28 February 1950
W. D. Parry, Cartref, Northumberland Avenue, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: recalls voting from overseas in 1918 election, and later by-election victory.
1f
LAW 1/1/500   28 February 1950
Charles S. Perkins, clerk, Gosforth Urban District Council, Council Chambers, Gosforth, Northumberland.
1f
LAW 1/1/501   28 February 1950
J. Metcalf Philipson, The Church of the Divine Unity, Durant Hall & Minor Hall, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne: renews invitation to preach at Newcastle, enclosing letter from Rev. Herbert Barnes, [not present].
1f
LAW 1/1/502   28 February 1950
Eugene Ramsden, The Wheatleys, Gomersal, Near Leeds.
1f
LAW 1/1/503   28 February 1950
John Derby [Alfred Edward John Rawlinson], bishop of Derby, Beadsall Mount, Near Derby.
1f
LAW 1/1/504   28 February 1950
J. Arthur Rodwell, Highfield House, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/505   28 February 1950
Dr J. Main Russell, Wemyss, 1 Stockarth Lane, Oughtibridge, Sheffield.
1f
LAW 1/1/506   28 February 1950
Rev. Dr W. E. Sangster, The Methodist Church, Westminster Central Hall, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/507   28 February 1950
Hugh L. Swinburne, Staward Hall, Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland.
2f
LAW 1/1/508   28 February 1950
S. J. Tate, 43 Low Willington, Co. Durham: recalls reading JJL's memoirs in the Sunday Sun.
2f
LAW 1/1/509   28 February 1950
Frank & Lizzie Tombleson, 14 Atkinson Road, Fulwell, Sunderland.
2f
LAW 1/1/510   28 February 1950
John Troup, Headmaster, Hookergate Grammar School, High Spen, Rowlands Gill: Labour Party supporter at Spennymoor since 1920
1f
LAW 1/1/511   28 February 1950
John Turnbull, Springfield, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/512   28 February 1950
Robin [Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th marquess of Londonderry], Wynyard Park, Billingham on Tees, Co. Durham: received commission as deputy-lieutenant of Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/513   28 February 1950
Bob Whisling, 3 Struan Terrace, East Boldon, Co. Durham.
2f
LAW 1/1/514   1 March 1950
Lieutenant-Colonel T. H. Birkbeck, 17th Parachute Battalion (D.L.I.) T.A., T.A. Centre, Burt Terrace, Gateshead.
1f
LAW 1/1/515   1 March 1950
George Catlin, 2 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London: speaking tour; working in consultation with William Whiteley.
1f
LAW 1/1/516   1 March 1950
Reginald J. Davis, St Paul's House, Warwick Square, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/517   1 March 1950
H. W. Dawson, 46 Garden Avenue, Langley Park, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/518   1 March 1950
Ann and William Errington, Ermelo House, Sacriston.
1f
LAW 1/1/519   1 March 1950
Mr and Mrs Finley, 36 Shiney Row.
1f
LAW 1/1/520   1 March 1950
D. Follows, The British Air Line Pilots Association, 9-10 Marble Arch, London: JJL formerly vice-president of the Association.
1f
LAW 1/1/521   1 March 1950
Hardie M. B. Henderson, 40 Oxford Road, Peterborough, Northamptonshire: in the 1945 election spoke for [Stanley] Tiffany [MP for Peterborough], losing by 144 votes; recalls encounters with Tom Summerbell, Peter Curran, Cunninghame Graham.
2f
LAW 1/1/522   1 March 1950
R. C. McLean, University of Wales, University College, Newport Road, Cardiff.
1f
LAW 1/1/523   1 March 1950
T. T. J. Sheffield, 87 Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough: deputy-lieutenant for Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/524   1 March 1950
Mrs M. E. Trewhitt and A. J. L. Findley, 36 Eleanor Street, Cullercoats.
1f
LAW 1/1/525   1 March 1950
Ada and Ted Walker, 18 Plantation View, Twizell Beamish, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/526   2 March 1950
J. Bowman, [Chairman] National Coal Board Northern Division, Chairman's Office, Fourth Floor, Collingwood Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/527   2 March 1950
J. T. Charlton Deas, 20 Humbledon View, Sunderland.
1f
LAW 1/1/528   2 March 1950
H. F. Chettle, Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury, Wiltshire.
1f
LAW 1/1/529   2 March 1950
Sir John Dodd, 230 Royal Exchange, Manchester, as from The Rock Hotel, Gibraltar.
1f
LAW 1/1/530   2 March 1950
Eric Hall, City of Leicester Education Committee, Leicester College of Art, School of Drawing and Painting.
1f
LAW 1/1/531   2 March 1950
Mark Hodgson, Chairman, Northern Regional Board for Industry, Claredon House, Clayton Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/532   2 March 1950
Right Honourable Leslie Hore-Belisha, 16 Stafford Place, London.
1f
LAW 1/1/533   2 March 1950
Charles and Eileen Pickering, Gosport.
1f
LAW 1/1/534   2 March 1950
Charles Pickering, 10 The Crescent, Alverstoke, Hampshire: JJL's son-in-law a candidate in an East Riding constituency in the 1950 election.
1f
LAW 1/1/535   2 March 1950
W. J. Slim, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, War Office.
1f
LAW 1/1/536   2 March 1950
Arthur Swinnerton, postmarked London N.W.1.
1f
LAW 1/1/537   2 March 1950
T. Augustus Toote, Chambers, Nassau, Bahamas: recalls a tour led by JJL of the House of Commons in August 1949.
1f
LAW 1/1/538   2 March 1950
Mrs Ruby Watson, Secretary, Council of the Order of St John for Co. Durham, 2 Osborne Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne: on behalf of Lord Gort, chairman, and Council members.
1f
LAW 1/1/539   2 March 1950
J. Willis, Honorary Secretary, Chester-le-Street Labour Party, 15 The Green, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/540   3 March 1950
Tom Brown, Secretary, Sunderland & District Trades Council, 37 Dene Lane, Fulwell, Sunderland: recalls JJL's actions for the Council at the last May Day celebrations.
1f
LAW 1/1/541   3 March 1950
G. F. McDougal, Durham County Bowling Association, 20 Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead.
1f
LAW 1/1/542   3 March 1950
Professor A. Victor Murray, President, Cheshunt College, Cambridge: George Borrow, John Clare; Will Lawther.
1f
LAW 1/1/543   3 March 1950
Adolf Schmidt, 176 Carmel Road, Darlington: Alligator Leather goods, Bishop Auckland.
1f
LAW 1/1/544   4 March 1950
Lady Laetitia N. Hutchison, Thurle Grange, Streatley-on-Thames: daughter of the Dean of Worcester; Ernest Bird; sees Chuter Ede at Epsom College meetings.
1f
LAW 1/1/545   4 March 1950
James Hilton, 1218 N. La Cienega, Hollywood, California: sends latest novel in a few months; successful radio show.
1f
LAW 1/1/546   4 March 1950
Clyde Lawson, Lawson's Appliances, 89-91 on the Square, Monmouth, Illinois: provides and seeks genealogical information, father's Durham roots, coal mining in America.
2f
LAW 1/1/547   4 March 1950
L[eon] Usher, 6 Ivanhoe Terrace, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/548   5 March 1950
Teddy [Edward R.G.R. Evans, 1st baron] Mountevans, Andvord, Golå, Harpefoss St., Norway: arrives Newcastle 27 March on S.S. Bretagne, too late to sponsor JJL at his induction to the House of Lords; ill-health, recovering; urges additional autobiography.
2f
LAW 1/1/549   5 March 1950
Mark Hodgson, Bellfield, 31 Kenton Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne: invitation to attend Men's Anniversary Service at Woodbine Road Methodist Church, Rev. Clipson of Whitechapel preaching.
1f
LAW 1/1/550   5 March 1950
Albert and Isabel Sayes, and Graham, 96 Princes Road, Middlesbrough: Perkinsville.
1f
LAW 1/1/551   5 March 1950
Win and Ralph, 373 Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
2f
LAW 1/1/552   6 March 1950
W. M. and S. A. Clark, 2 East View, Fishburn, Stockton-on-Tees.
2f
LAW 1/1/553   4 March 1950
Rosalind Stopford, President, The Durham County Branch of the National Gardens Guild, Hallgarth House, Hallgarth Street, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/554   8 March 1950
T. W. Bell, clerk, Consett Urban District Council, Medomsley Road, Consett, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/555   8 March 1950
R. M. Percival, Secretary, North Eastern Trading Estates Ltd, Team Valley, Gateshead-on-Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/1/556   8 March 1950
John Polwarth, Canadian Representative, B.B.C., 354 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: R. S. Lambert, and JJL's past association with the Film Institute.
1f
LAW 1/1/557   8 March 1950
J. J. Shipston, clerk, Urban District of Stanley, Council Offices, Stanley, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/558   13 March 1950
George Minto, Circuit Secretary, 6 Cookson Terrace, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/1/559   17 March 1950
M. Dunbar Nasmith, Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London: JJL a member for seventeen years.
1f
LAW 1/1/560   22 March 1950
Bill Cully, Little House, Cavesham, Norwich.
1f
LAW 1/1/561   22 March 1950
Harold Neal, House of Commons: on behalf of the Miners' Parliamentary Group.
1f
LAW 1/1/562   24 March 1950
S. Holgate, Secretary, The Durham Colleges, 38 North Bailey, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/563   27 March 1950
Mrs Parr, 24 Leckford Road, Oxford: formerly of Medomsley.
1f
LAW 1/1/564   5 April 1950
Bob [Coxon], 5 Westfield Crescent, Springwell, Gateshead: with invitation to Women's Section Victory Social.
1f
LAW 1/1/565    [February x April 1950]
Alice [Colegrove], Nab-End, 115 Cumnor Hill, Oxford.
1f
LAW 1/1/566    [February x April 1950]
S. A. Gibbons, Honorary Secretary, Federation of Labour Women, Jarrow Division, 7 Shelley Avenue, Boldon Colliery, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/567    [February x April 1950]
Lance Grindle, Society Steward West Pelton Methodist Church, 21 Plantation View, West Pelton, Beamish, Co. Durham.
2f
LAW 1/1/568    [February x April 1950]
Catherine Trotter, The Lodge, 57 The Avenue, Cheam , Surrey.
2f
LAW 1/1/569   2 March 1950
Letter from Clement Attlee, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: election, and children's part in it; feelings concerning appointments and rejects.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/570   25 March 1950
Letter from G. L. Tossell, District Organiser and Honorary Secretary, Darlington and District Branch B.P. Guild of Old Scouts, 28 Langholm Crescent, Darlington: as JJL unable to attend personally, requests personal message to all Durham County Scouts for the Darlington Gang Show Souvenir Programme.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/571   29 March 1950
Letter from W. Barne, Secretary-General, The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Chancery, St John's Gate, Clerkenwell, London, to JJL: notification of JJL's appointment by the King, on 3 March 1950, as a knight in the Order of St John; encloses memorandum of instructions, and latest annual report of the Chapter-General [not present]; envelope addressed to the Accountant of the Order, for remittance of £3 fee for insignia; 2" black grosgrain silk swatch of the riband of the Order, and note.
Paper   3f; envelope; textile swatch
LAW 1/1/572-573   6 April 1950
Letter from R. B. Thorogood, National Parks Commission, Devonshire House, Mayfair Place, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: funding Norfolk and Suffolk Broads restoration, an estimate requiring more detailed phasing, and enclosing letter from H. Oswald Brown; Mr Mobbs.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/573   31 March 1950
Copy letter from H. Oswald Brown, Norfolk County Council, County Offices, Thorpe Road, Norwich, to R. B. Thorogood, National Parks Commission, Devonshire House, Marfair Place, London: V. I. Gaster, Mr Mobbs, Sir Patrick Duff, R. I. Maxwell, and delay in provision of more detailed Mobbs report, [with phasing].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/574/1-2   22 September 1950
Letter from Miss K. E. Gilbert, Private Secretary, W. T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, Milton Court, Dorking, Surrey, to JJL, 16 Forthbridge Road, Clapham Common, London: encloses notes of Sir Montague Hughman, chairman, made for a speech at the opening of the company's Birtley Works, and requesting a copy of JJL's notes for his reply.
Paper   1f; 3f
LAW 1/1/574/2   [March 1950]
Copy notes of Sir Montague Hughman, Chairman, made for a speech at the opening of the company's Birtley Works on 16 October 1950.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/1/575   [Christmas-tide], [February 1950 x 1965]
Letter from [Lieutenant-Colonel] Mark Leather, 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Barnard Castle: offers thanks for JJL's visit and talk to the battalion.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/576   28 April 1951
Letter from A. Lascelles, Buckingham Palace, to JJL, House of Lords: notification of the King's permission for JJL to travel abroad on 15 May, part of a parliamentary delegation to Yugoslavia.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/577   20 January 1951
Letter from Arthur Street, National Coal Board, Hobart House, Grosvenor Place, London, to JJL: recalls, when Permanent Secretary to John Hynd, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in charge of German and Austrian affairs, attending a meeting with JJL at the War Office, and his “agreeable” and “understanding” attitude; encloses for distribution copies of the writer's Rhoose address, and which quotes from A man's life.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/578   7 January 1952
Letter from Martin Charteris, Private Secretary to the Princess Elizabeth, Clarence House, St James's, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: Colonel Greenwell; declines request that Princess Elizabeth open the new dry dock at Sunderland on 4 September 1952.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/579   22 January 1952
Letter from E. Russell-Jones, Honorary Area Secretary, British Legion Northern Area, 34a Coney Street, York, as from 14 Alexandra Road, Harrogate, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: invitation to attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall on 8 November.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/580   24 January 1952
Letter from Rob Chapman, Undercliff, Cleadon, Near Sunderland, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: submits for consideration to be appointed deputies-lieutenant of Co. Durham, Sir Andrew Common, Lieutenant-Colonel Macgowan Chapman, Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald M. Percival, and Major Aubone Surtees; dinner on 25th January.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/581   21 August 1952
Letter from Winston Churchill, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's recommendation concerning Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner, for his services to the County Territorial Association, noting, however, that Ropner's baronetcy was conferred only last January.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/582   29 October 1952
Letter from W. G. Agnew, Privy Council Office, Whitehall, to JJL, Beamish: encloses Order in Council, dated 21 October, reappointing JJL to the Court of the University of Durham, (see LAW 1/2/244).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/583   23 January 1953
Letter from Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick A. M. Browning, [Treasurer, Office of the Duke of Edinburgh], Buckingham Palace, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: acknowledging receipt of letter from the County Borough of Sunderland offering Freedom of the City to the Duke of Edinburgh, and requesting a visit by the Duke in September.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/584   22 October 1953
Letter from Anthony [Eden], Foreign Office, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's note; back at work, and “beginning to feel really fit again”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/585   27 November 1953
Letter from A. Lascelles, Buckingham Palace, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's letter [upon Lascelles' retirement]; recalls with gratitude JJL's support in 1943; A man's life frequently loaned, “a masterpiece”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/586-609   22 February - 29 October 1954
Correspondence, papers and ephemera received by JJL concerning a visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Tyneside, South Shields and Sunderland, 29 October 1954. Items are listed in chronological order, with the extent; any other noteworthy content is also recorded.
Paper   43f
LAW 1/1/586   22 February 1954
Edward Ford, [Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen], Buckingham Palace: reading A man's life.
2f
LAW 1/1/587   11 March 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/588   16 March 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/589   16 March 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/590   19 March 1954
Alec Muir, [Chief Constable], County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham.
1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/591   22 March 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/592   30 March 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/593   8 April 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace: presentation of Mr Luxmoore, clerk to the lieutenancy.
1f
LAW 1/1/594   23 April 1954
Edward Ford, Buckingham Palace.
2f, with envelope
LAW 1/1/595   27 April 1954
Alec Muir, [Chief Constable], County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham: invitation to JJL to inspect County Parade of the Special Constabulary on 23 May in Durham.
1f; 1f; 1f
LAW 1/1/596   1 May 1954
Alec Muir, [Chief Constable], County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/597   15 June 1954
Edward Ford, Windsor Castle: Queen to be attended by Sir Michael Adeane.
1f
LAW 1/1/598   18 June 1954
Edward French, Chairman, Hebburn Urban District Council, Chairman's Parlour, Council Offices, Argyle Street, Hebburn.
1f
LAW 1/1/599   30 June 1954
Alec Muir, [Chief Constable], County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/600   2 July 1954
M. R. Adeane, [Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen], Buckingham Palace.
1f, 1f, with envelope
LAW 1/1/601   6 July 1954
M. R. Adeane, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/602   7 July 1954
Alec Muir, [Chief Constable], County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/1/603   30 August 1954
M. R. Adeane, Balmoral Castle.
1f
LAW 1/1/604   postmarked 16 September 1954
Envelope from the office of the Private Secretary to the Queen, Balmoral Castle.
1f
LAW 1/1/605   18 September 1954
M. R. Adeane, Balmoral Castle: enclosing lists of personal recommendations for presentations at Jarrow, South Shields and Sunderland; also found enclosed, tickets and invitations to the reserved enclosure and platform on Tyne Bridge, and the programme for events at Gateshead Town Hall, 29 October 1954.
1f, 2f, 5f; with envelope
LAW 1/1/606   25 October 1954
M. R. Adeane, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/607   25 October 1954
M. R. Adeane, Buckingham Palace.
1f
LAW 1/1/608   [October 1954]
Route and timetable for the royal visit, in triplicate.
2f (x3)
LAW 1/1/609   29 October 1954
M. R. Adeane, Buckingham Palace: enclosing second letter to JJL officially conveying the Queen's thanks, marked up for public release in pencil.
1f, 1f; with stamped envelope
LAW 1/1/610-613   29 March - 6 April 1954
Correspondence concerning a teacher's failure or inability to satisfy the terms of his professional probation, petitioning JJL for assistance, on the strength of an old acquaintance.
Paper   2f, 2f, 1f; 1f
Access to items LAW 1/1/610-613 will be limited under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
LAW 1/1/610   3 April 1954
Letter seeking assistance from JJL, and enclosing LAW 1/1/611-612.
2f
LAW 1/1/611   [April 1954]
Curriculum vitae.
2f
LAW 1/1/612   29 March 1954
Letter from Florence Horsbrugh, Minister of Education, Curzon Street, London, to David Llewellyn MP, House of Commons.
1f
LAW 1/1/613   6 April 1954
Reply from JJL, undertaking to speak with persons involved.
1f
LAW 1/1/614/1-2   3 April 1954
Letter, with enclosure, from Alderman Harry Hodgson, 2 Stevenson Street, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham, to JJL: recommending Francis Craggs for a public honour, to mark fifty-two years working for the Country's Transport, with North Eastern Railway, Sunderland District Omnibus Company and (formerly) Sunderland District Electric Tramway; a Boer War veteran; cutting enclosed.
Paper   2f; 1f;
LAW 1/1/614/2   2 April 1954
Newspaper cutting, Durham Chronicle and Chester-le-Street Chronicle: article by Francis Craggs on tramways in the Houghton-le-Street area.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/615   6 April 1954
Letter from JJL to Alderman Harry Hodgson, 2 Stevenson Street, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham: to consider Hodgson's recommendation of Francis Craggs, (see LAW 1/1/614).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/616   30 March 1954
Letter from G. J. Malpass, Personnel Manager, Birtley Company Limited, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL, Beamish: invitation, at the National Savings Committee Commissioner for Northern Region D. A. Worgan's suggestion, to address the Company's workers on 7 April, on the subject of National Savings.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/617   7 April 1954
Letter from JJL to G. J. Malpass, Personnel Manager, Birtley Company Limited, Birtley, Co. Durham: apologises for inability to attend a meeting, (see LAW 1/1/616).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/618   30 July 1954
Letter from W. C. V. Addiscott, National Parks Commission, 3 Chester Gate, Regent's Park, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: encloses, for approval, draft of address by JJL to the National Conference of the National Housing and Town Planning Council at Scarborough on 27 October.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/619   15 November 1954
Letter from [Giles S. H. Fox-Strangways, 6th earl of] Ilchester, 14 Montagu Square, London, to JJL: case of Bowes Museum, raised by JJL, not within remit of the Standing Commission on Museums, but supported there by Professor A. E. Richardson, and the writer; offer of a meeting.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/620   1 February 1955
Letter from Clement Attlee, House of Commons, to JJL: congratulates JJL on his re-appointment to the vice-chairmanship of the National Parks Commission.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/621-661   2 February - 29 November 1955
Correspondence and other papers concerning a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to Gateshead and Darlington, 15 November 1955; opening of the Technical Institute at Gateshead and the Girls High School at Darlington. Includes correspondence from: Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick A. M. Browning, [Treasurer, Office of the Duke of Edinburgh]; [Lieutenant-Commander] Michael Parker, [Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh]; H. Hopkins, Darlington Town Clerk; C. D. Jackson, Gateshead Town Clerk; Alan Muir, Chief Constable, Durham County Constabulary; Brigadier R. G. W. Melsome; Major-General J. M. K. Spurling; Diana Lyttelton; J. H. Miller; Alderman J. R. S. Middlewood; S. Riley Lord. Noteworthy items:
Paper   55f
LAW 1/1/623   19 February 1955
H. Hopkins, Town Clerk, County Borough of Darlington, 11, Houndgate, Darlington: encloses information on Darlington Girls' High School, Patons & Baldwins Ltd, and The Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills.
1f; 2f
LAW 1/1/633   8 September 1955
Alan Muir, Durham County Constabulary, Chief Constable's Office, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham: Brigadier Melsome, General Evans; opening of Washington Old Hall, Mr Nicholson of Sunderland.
1f
LAW 1/1/661   29 November 1955
Michael Parker, Buckingham Palace: JJL the only lord-lieutenant to have flown in the [Queen's Flight] helicopter to date.
1f
LAW 1/1/662   23 February 1955
Letter from J. T. Roberts, Assistant Secretary of Commissions, Lord Chancellor's Office, House of Lords, to JJL: notification of the Lord Chancellor's approval of the appointment of 24 persons to the County of Durham Commission of the Peace, also appointing ex-officio Justices C. F. C. Lawson, and John Brown.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/663   24 February 1955
Letter from J. K. Hope, County Clerk, County of Durham, Shire Hall, Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: political neutrality of the Advisory Committee to the lord-lieutenant, enclosing extracts from the 1948 Report of the Royal Commission on Justices of the Peace; resignation of Matthew Tate from the Commission.
Paper   1f, 1f;
LAW 1/1/664   18 March 1955
Letter from Clement Attlee, House of Commons, to JJL: unspecified meeting dissatisfactory, only Percy Collick speech worthy of the occasion; commends JJL's speech in the Defence Debate.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/665   10 April 1955
Letter from Anthony Eden, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's letter.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/666   13 June 1955
Letter from Dr R. Rutherford, The Firs, Langley Park, Durham, to JJL: encloses photograph of JJL taking the salute and inspecting the parade of the South Durham Area St John Ambulance Brigade, 8 May 1955, (see LAW 3/1).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/667   14 June 1955
Letter from Miss M. E. Fawcett, Matron, Shotley Bridge General Hospital, Shotley Bridge, Consett, Co. Durham, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: encloses photographs of the Nurses' Prize giving; Nurse Wilson, gold medallist.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/668   1 October 1955
Letter from Nancy Astor, Rest Harrow, Sandwich, Kent, to JJL: apologises for having missed the opening of Washington Old Hall, noting a family connection to the Washington family in Virginia.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/669   3 October 1955
Letter from Winthrop W. Aldrich, [Ambassador], Embassy of the United States of America, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: offers thanks for hospitality at Durham Castle and Washington Old Hall; visit to Durham Cathedral.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/670   27 February 1956
Letter from J. R. Kayll, Waldridge Lane House, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, to JJL, Beamish: offers thanks for appointment as deputy-lieutenant for the County of Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/671-684   10 May - 1 October 1956
Correspondence and other papers concerning a visit by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to the Bowes Museum and St Mary's College, University of Durham, 1 November 1956. Includes correspondence from: M. J. Gilliat, Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Thomas Wake, Curator, The Bowes Museum and Park; Hugh Dalton; W. Watson; E. T. Close; Alan Webster; H. J. Boyden; H. E. Birkbeck; [Christopher Vane, 10th baron] Barnard; J. Allison; J. Smith; A. A. Luxmoore; [Standish Vereker, 7th Viscount] Gort. Noteworthy items:
Paper   15f
LAW 1/1/683   24 September 1956
A. A. Luxmoore, Wilson & Co., 5 North Bailey, Durham: Brigadier Melsome; presentations, and deputy-lieutenants in Barnard Castle region; Durham Assizes and absence of the High Sheriff prevent the writer, as Under-Sheriff, from attending at Bowes.
2f
LAW 1/1/684   1 October 1956
[Standish Vereker, 7th Viscount] Gort, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg: accepting Bowes invitation; Mr S. Bird, Boston.
1f
LAW 1/1/685   21 September 1956
Letter from Michael Adeane, [Private Secretary to the Queen], Balmoral Castle, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: notification of the extension of JJL's appointment [as lord-lieutenant of Co. Durham] for two years.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/686   [September x December 1956]
Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel S. W. Warwick, 2 Holmlands Park, Chester-le-Street to JJL: welcomes the extension of JJL's term of duty as lord-lieutenant.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/687   3 December 1956
Letter from G. A. Lawson, Headmaster, Ford Modern School, Hylton, Sunderland, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's attendance and inspirational speech at an unspecified evening event.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/688   11 February 1957
Letter from Major-General J. H. N. Poett, Colonel, The Durham Light Infantry, The Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: celebrations of the bi-centenary of the raising of the Durham Light Infantry in 1958; good reports from the 1st Battalion at Aden.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/689   20 March 1957
Letter from Michael Adeane, [Private Secretary to the Queen], Buckingham Palace, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: JJL's letter, concerning plans for “a great youth demonstration” in Co. Durham during the summer of 1958, forwarded to the Duke of Edinburgh's Treasurer.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/690   8 June 1957
Letter from S. Bloomfield, 23 Valley View, Longshanks Lane, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL: royal recognition of the diamond wedding anniversary of the writer's wife's parents, Mr and Mrs Frank Allison.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/691   15 June 1957
Letter from S. Bloomfield, 23 Valley View, Longshanks Lane, Birtley, Co. Durham, to JJL: enclosing marriage certificate [of Mr and Mrs Frank Allison].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/692   16 September 1957
Letter from Major-General J. H. N. Poett, Colonel, The Durham Light Infantry, Commandant's Office, Staff College, Camberley, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: offers thanks for JJL's attendance and speech at [D.L.I.] re-union the previous day.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/693-696   26 September - 4 October 1957
Correspondence and other papers concerning a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to shipbuilding and engineering yards on the River Tyne, 20 December 1957: Hawthorn Leslie, Swan Hunter, Wigham Richardson, Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company, Pametrada. Includes correspondence from: [Hugh Percy, 10th duke of] Northumberland [and lord-lieutenant of Northumberland]; James Orr, [Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh]. Noteworthy item:
Paper   5f
LAW 1/1/696   26 September 1957
[Hugh Percy, 10th duke of] Northumberland [and lord-lieutenant of Northumberland], Alnwick Castle, Northumberland: inclusion of Hawthorn Leslie in Hebburn, Co. Durham, brings the visit also within JJL's remit; encloses timetable of visit.
2f
LAW 1/1/697   2 October 1957
Letter from Quintin Hogg [2nd Viscount Hailsham], [Lord President of the Council], Privy Council Office, Whitehall, to JJL: “I will respect your wishes, since, with your deep sense of public duty, you are the best judge in such matters”.
Paper   1f; envelope
LAW 1/1/698   7 October 1957
Letter from Major-General J. H. N. Poett, Colonel, The Durham Light Infantry, Commandant's Office, Staff College, Camberley, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: JJL, already the president of the Durham Light Infantry Old Comrades Association; invitation to be the Association's Patron.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/699   10 October 1957
Letter from Major-General J. H. N. Poett, Colonel, The Durham Light Infantry, Commandant's Office, Staff College, Camberley, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: acknowledges JJL's acceptance of the office of Patron.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/700   5 September 1958
Letter from [Christopher Vane, 10th baron] Barnard, Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, Co. Durham, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: anticipating taking up the duties of the lord-lieutenancy from JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/701   6 September 1958
Letter from W. L. Burn, Bombay House, Wolsingham, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers his appreciation for JJL's term as lord-lieutenant.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/702   20 September 1958
Letter, with enclosures, from [Thomas Corbett, 2nd baron] Rowallan, Chief Scout, The Boy Scouts Association, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London, to JJL: invitation to JJL to continue as president of the Co. Durham Scout Council.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/703   15 October 1958
Letter from Paul Williams, House of Commons, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: regret at JJL's retirement [lord-lieutenancy].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/704   16 October 1958
Letter from E. Shinwell, House of Commons, to JJL: commends JJL's seven-year lord-lieutenancy.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/705   16 October 1958
Letter from Robert Chapman, Undercliffe, Cleadon, Near Sunderland, to JJL: congratulates JJL on the completion of his lord-lieutenancy.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/706   17 October 1958
Letter from Harold [M. Abrahams], National Parks Commission, 3 Chester Gate, Regent's Park, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: reaction to biographical article about JJL published in the Manchester Guardian the previous day; conveys Commission's best wishes on JJL's retirement.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/707   22 October 1958
Letter from J. H. S. Wild, Dean of Durham, The Deanery, Durham, to JJL: commends JJL's lord-lieutenancy; need for “breaking down of the barriers which isolate different groups from one another, geographically and socially ... I think you have done more than any other in recent years to bring the ideal of a real community nearer”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/708   5 December 1958
Letter from Charles Pannell, Honorary Secretary, Trade Union Group, Parliamentary Labour Party, House of Commons, to JJL, House of Lords: invitation to attend a dinner in the Harcourt Room, House of Commons, to honour veterans of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/709   19 December 1958
Letter from C. Winston Pownall, Headmaster, Barbara Priestman Special School for the Deaf, Sea View Road, Sunderland, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: recalling Founders' Day visit of JJL to the school, encloses copy of a poem [not present] by Mrs Louie Smith inspired by that occasion, requesting permission to dedicate the same to JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/710   19 January 1960
Letter from Clement Attlee, Cherry Cottage, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: lawsuit; USA lecture tour next month, his agents promoting Anglo-American friendship; suggests JJL undertake lecture tour.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/711   8 March 1960
Letter from William Strang, House of Lords, to JJL: commends JJL's speech on mines made the previous day; motion about electrification and the landscape.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/712   18 October 1960
Letter from Hugh [Gaitskell], House of Commons, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: “outlook is a bit troublesome but, like you, I feel convinced that if we can only stand firm together we will get through this and emerge stronger at the end of it”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/713   8 August 1962
Letter from Clement Attlee, Westcott Martin's End Lane, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: “great volume of opposition to the C.M. [European Common Market] policy”, cross-party; completed Sunday Express article elaborating speech.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/714   8 August 1962
Letter from Albert [Alexander], Right Honourable Viscount Alexander of Hillsborough, Well House Farm, West Mersea, Essex, to JJL: health and pressures of work; citing Shakespeare's The life and death of King John, anticipates divisive “big fight” on the European Common Market; the country's liberties stem from the priority of “the authority of God's Word”.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/1/715   17 August 1962
Letter from Pat [Bingham, 6th earl Lucan], 11 Hanover House, London, to JJL: strong feelings behind speech; illness of Alderman George Elmer, and gift of A man's life.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/716   25 September 1962
Letter from Hugh [Gaitskell], House of Commons, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's kind letter.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/717   11 July 1963
Typescript letter (incomplete) from House of Commons Library, to JJL: data on “Accidents and mechanization in British coal-mining” 1927-1961, under headings, (1) All deep-mined coal production in Great Britain; (2) National Coal Board mines only.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/718   29 September 1964
Letter from Anthony Harris, Manager, Ministry of Labour Employment Exchange, Bridge End, Chester-le-Street, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: appeal re disallowment of a person's unemployment benefit claim on grounds of absence from Great Britain.
Paper   1f
Access to item LAW 1/1/718 will be limited under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
LAW 1/1/719   5 November 1964
Letter from Harold [Macmillan], Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's letter; “[i]t was a bit noisy, but I think the point will tell in the long run”.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/720   4 January 1965
Letter from Harold [Macmillan], Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's recommendation of Mr A[lbert] V. Hilton for a life peerage.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/1/721   11 July 1965
Letter from Clement Attlee, 1 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London, to JJL: notes JJL's absence from House of Lords, the writer and Chuter Ede the last of their generation still attending; critical of House of Commons; West Indies voyage in August; written review of the life of Lord Halifax [ Earl of Halifax: The Life of Lord Halifax, (1965)], “curious bird ... very interesting as he was [to] our generation. He had a curious conscience which could justify anything”; good reports from the army of the Government's service ministers; “[w]hat a long time since you and I functioned there at the W.O.”.
Paper   1f
Papers and reports (including mining papers)
Dates of creation: [1897]-1965
Extent: 5 boxes
Mining
Reference: LAW 1/2/1
Dates of creation: Undated, [1897 x 1919]
Extent: 1fPaper

Agenda for fixing price in five quarter, with consideration prices. Annotated in JJL's hand, Chophill [Beamish].

LAW 1/2/2   Undated, [1897 x 1919]
Bewicks Drift: weekly tabulation of shift wages between 8 January and 4 March, comparing old and new modes of working; with list of men's claims.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/3   Undated, [1897 x 1919]
Alma, Low Main Seam, Bewick Drift: list of various metrics [to be determined], including “average previous to working Longwall”; with list of men's claims.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/4   5 March 1897
Agreement (annotated) between the owners of Twizell Colliery and their workmen. Clauses: the whole price, narrow work, band prices, kirving and nicking, set out, laid out, wet work, putting, hewers when putting, helping up. Signed: John Humble and William Severs, owners; Robert Wilson, James [?Shivels] and Robert Scott, workmen. Subscribed with shorthand note.
Paper   1f (in 3 pieces)
LAW 1/2/5   [1910s]
“We, the Mine Workers' International bring fraternal greetings to our comrades of the International Federation of Trades Unions.” Typescript speech, author unknown, annotated and corrected by hand.
3f
LAW 1/2/6   25 January 1915
Award of Richard Donald Bain of Aykley-heads, mining engineer, and umpire, to fix the prices and conditions for cutters, cleaners out and drillers working in connection with the heading machines in Bensham and Hutton Seams at Harton Colliery. For related correspondence, see LAW 1/1/4.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/2/7   21 August 1915
Award of Charles William Newlands of South Shields, solicitor, and umpire, to arbitrate in a pay dispute between the workmen of the owners of [Washington Colliery]; Austin Kirkup, mining engineer, for the owners, and JJL, for the workmen, having failed to agree an award.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/2/8   22 January 1916
Arbitration award concerning hewing prices at Ouston Winning Pit. Norman Nisbet, mining engineer, arbitrator for the owners; JJL, checkweighman, arbitrator for the workmen. Four copies of the superseded incorrect award; one copy of the revised award: all signed by both arbitrators. For related correspondence, see LAW 1/1/5.
Paper   5f
LAW 1/2/9   2 August - 4 October 1916
Certificate of exemption from military service for JJL, checkweighman, living at 6 Twizell Road, West Pelton, Beamish. Stamped 2 August and 4 October 1916.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/10   14 November 1916
Award of William Wilkinson of Bishop Auckland, solicitor, and umpire, to arbitrate in a pay and conditions dispute between the workmen of the owners of Tanfield Lea Colliery (Margaret and Wind Pits); Frederick Kirkup, mining engineer, for the owners, and William House, miners' agent, for the workmen, having failed to agree an award. See also, LAW 1/2/9.
Paper   5f
LAW 1/2/11   [November 1916]
Tanfield Lea Colliery: statement showing prices paid for pulling up jigger conveyors and the workmen's averages. See also, LAW 1/2/8.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/12   30 October 1917
Award of John Adair of 10 The Avenue, Durham, umpire, to arbitrate in a pay and conditions dispute between the workmen of the owners of Mainsforth Colliery (Longwall, Busty Seam); Matthew Henry Kellett, mining engineer, for the owners, and JJL, for the workmen, having failed to agree an award.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/13   8 June 1918
Agreement between the workmen and owners of West Pelton Alma Colliery, concerning pay rates on Shield Row and Main Coal Seams. Signatories: G. Holden, owners; John Willins and John Dodd, workmen.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/14   19 October 1918
Agreement between the workmen and owners of Alma Pit West Pelton Colliery, concerning pay rates on Inbye Low Main seam. Signatories: G. Holden, owners; Anthony Smith, John Willins, John Dodd, William Forster.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/15   13 August 1919
H. M. Imrie, Chopwell Colliery, Ebchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Twizell Lane, Beamish, and T. Carr, Chopwell: minutes of a meeting at Coal Trade Hall, Newcastle, 12 August 1919, between a deputation from [Chopwell] Miners' Lodge (JJL, T. Carr, Joseph Cook) and the owners of Chopwell Colliery (H. M. Imrie and W. Armstrong).
Paper   4f
Military
Reference: LAW 1/2/282-283
Dates of creation: [1918]
Certificate of appreciation issued by the General Commanding no. 5 Demobilization Area to JJL, Driver, (no. 255071) Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery, upon demobilization, for his services rendered during the First World War. Stamped on the reverse, 56(R) Battery R.F.A. With envelope.
Accessioned, 24 February 2017: Misc.2016/17:91.

Political and public
Reference: LAW 1/2/16-17
Dates of creation: 29 February 1908
Extent: 1f (x2)Paper

Notice (2 copies) of a debate of the Oxford Union Society on 5 March 1908: “That, in view of the rapid growth of the Labour Movement, this House regards the existing connection between Oxford and the industrial classes of the nation as dangerously inadequate”. Moved by R. V. Lennard, New College. Opposed by R. S. A. Palmer, University College. JJL, Ruskin College, and J. H. Thorpe, Trinity College, speaking third and fourth respectively.

LAW 1/2/18   [1913]
The land: an open letter to his cousin, the Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill, MP, by the Duke of Marlborough, K.G. Booklet. Annotated in pencil by JJL.[Note: the booklet reprints material first published in the Daily Mail in March 1913.]

Paper   24p
LAW 1/2/19   19 July 1913
Durham Miners' Association annual gala ephemera: race course platform ticket; tea ticket, Royal County Hotel; Queen ... & Albert Rooms, County Hotel [ticket]; envelope addressed to JJL.
Paper   4 items
LAW 1/2/20   December 1918
Election address by JJL to the electors of Seaham Division. Pasted on paper backing.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/21   [1919 x 1920s]
Manuscript research notes on the 1919 Report of the Royal Commission on the coal industry.
Paper   8f
LAW 1/2/22   [1919 x 1949]
Manuscript research notes on late eighteenth-century British laws to ameliorate the conditions of miners, notes taken from Encyclopaedia Britannia.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/23-26   October-November 1919
File of public addresses, posters and other canvassing material relating to JJL's Labour candidacy for Chester Division in the November 1919 by-election.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/23A   5 November 1919
Election address by Robert Smillie in support of JJL, (see LAW 1/1/8). Pasted on paper backing.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/23B   [November] 1919
“Early recollections of Mr John Lawson, C.C.” Reprinted from the Chester-le-Street Chronicle (2 copies). First copy pasted on paper backing. Second copy with one correction, in ink.
Paper   1f (x2)
LAW 1/2/24-26   [November 1919]
Election poster, with portrait photograph of JJL (3 copies).
Paper   1f (x3)
LAW 1/2/27   [1920s x 1949]
“It has been well said that there are two Branches of Labour which more than any other lend themselves to pen and tongue for dramatic and arresting statement.”. Manuscript notes for a speech on mines and miners; (Norwegian link).
Paper   6f
LAW 1/2/28   [1922 x 1945]
“Dreams”. Manuscript poem, in three stanzas, by James C. Welsh [MP].
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/29-30   [1922 x 1951]
“Jack Lawson, MP - the man”. Election song or ballad, by J. Clark of Addycombe, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street. Two manuscript versions.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/2/31   21 July 1922
Invitation, personal cards, and covering note to JJL and Bella Lawson for a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/2/32   October 1924
Election address by JJL to the electors of Chester-le-Street Division, for the general election of 29 October 1924. Pasted on paper backing.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/2/33   December 1924
General Staff, War Office Christmas card (blank), illustrated with a photograph of the main staircase at the War Office.
Paper; textile tie   4f
LAW 1/2/34   2 September 1925
Programme of a visit by the imperial parliamentary delegation to Bell Island, Newfoundland, including inspections of surface and underground works. See also, LAW 2/1/42.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/35   21 May 1926
Bulletin no. 83, issued by the Press Bureau of the U.S.S.R. Embassy, London. Includes items on foreign trade, grain production, Ukrainian economy, unemployment, floating rest homes, metric measures, educational institutions in rural areas.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/36   [July 1926]
Election poster for Margaret Bondfield, Labour candidate. Printed and published by the Co-operative Wholesale Society Limited, Pelaw-on-Tyne. [?Wallsend by-election, July 1926.]
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/37   [after 21 August 1926]
Written answer of Sir William Joynson-Hicks, Home Secretary, to a question from JJL concerning prosecutions under the ordinary law in connection with the industrial dispute since 1 May [1926]; answer provides figures to 21 August 1926.[Note: there is related material, concerning prosecutions under emergency powers, in the constituency case files series (LAW 1/3), however access to this series will be limited by provisions of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/38-39   31 August 1926
Two questions from JJL to the president of the Board of Trade and the Secretary of Mines concerning coal imports and prices, respectively; with the answers of Colonel Lane Fox, [Secretary for Mines].
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/40   [1927 x 1930]
Manuscript research notes on the Poor Law, with particular regard to conditions in Chester-le-Street and Bedweltry.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/41   1930
Parish Councillor's Guide. A complete guide to the duties, powers and liabilities of parish councils, by R. C. Maxwell. 3rd edition.
Paper   1 volume
[LAW 1/2/42 not used]
LAW 1/2/43   2 July 1931
Durham Miners' Association balance sheet for General Fund, half-year to 2 July 1931.
Paper   6f
LAW 1/2/44   4 December 1931
Durham County Mining Federation Board. Statement on wages, and accountants' report (dated 30 November 1931).
Paper   16p
LAW 1/2/45-47   13 November-15 December 1931
Durham Miners' Association circular to Lodge officials concerning scholarships for adult students at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and containing a notice of the same from the Trades Union Congress General Council, and enclosing a circular from each university's board of extra-mural studies describing the scholarship/bursary schemes.
Paper   2f; 1f; 1f
LAW 1/2/46   13 November 1931
Circular issued by the University of Cambridge Board of Extra-Mural Studies concerning its scheme of bursaries for adult students.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/47   [1931]
Circular issued by the University of Oxford Delegacy for Extra-Mural Studies concerning its scheme of University scholarships for adult students.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/48   30 June 1933
Menu with list of speakers, and guest list, for a luncheon in honour of Henry W. Nevinson, chaired by General Sir Ian Hamilton, at the Criterion Restaurant, [London].
Paper   1f; 2f
LAW 1/2/49-98   1934-1936
Papers relating to the Unemployment Assistance Act and its regulations. Filed within a file originally created for the Hours of Employment Bill, 1929. Newspaper cuttings from this file now filed at: LAW 3/2/17/13; LAW 3/2/18/1-4.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/49-50   [1934-1936]
Manuscript notes by JJL on the Unemployment Assistance Act Regulations.
3f; 1f
LAW 1/2/51-73   12 December 1934-20 July 1936
Copies of questions put by JJL, (and Major Milner, George Hall), to Ministers on the following subjects: Coal Mines (Regulation Act, 1911 (ponies); Government subsidies and guarantees; administration of the Miners' Welfare Acts; wheat quota; home water vessels oil duty concession; “Queen Mary” loan; industry subsidies; Unemployment Insurance Fund; Jubilee national holiday and casual workers under the Unemployment Insurance Acts and regulations; transitional payments; unemployed juvenile education; charitable assistance and Unemployment Assistance Board assessments; state grants for public works, and the Unemployment Grants Committee; Unemployment Assistance accounts; report of Unemployment Assistance Board investigation into breakdown of regulations in January 1935; unemployment benefits; Unemployment Assistance Board advisory committees; administration costs [of the Unemployment Assistance Board]; claimants and their dependants.
23f
LAW 1/2/74   11 December 1934
Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934: Draft Unemployment Assistance (Determination of need and assessment of needs) Regulations, 11 December 1934.
Annotated in pencil by JJL.
8p
LAW 1/2/75   29 January 1935
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 29 January 1935, vol. 297, no. 26, columns 157-312.
Questions to Ministers: Coroners' inquests (Committee of Inquiry); Land Settlement Association;
Supply. Considered in Committee. Civil Service, Supplementary estimates, 1934: Unemployment Assistance Board; Grants to local authorities in distressed areas (England and Wales; Scotland); Special areas fund.
Annotated in pencil by JJL.
1 volume
LAW 1/2/76   8 February 1935
Unemployment Assistance (Temporary Provisions) Bill, 1935. Annotated in pencil by JJL.
6f
LAW 1/2/77-83   18-28 February 1935
Annotated extracts from Parliamentary debates, House of Commons: 18 February 1935, columns 13-20, 37-40; 21 February 1935, columns 545-548, 501-512; 26 February 1935, columns 929-932, 945-948; 28 February 1935, columns 1269-1272. Exchanges on Unemployment, and the Coal Industry: work-sharing schemes; assistance regulations; statistics; hours of work; miners; Insurance Fund (debt); school-leaving age; juveniles; juvenile instruction centres (JJL); unemployment assistance; Goole; Public Assistance Committees; medical treatment; Unemployment Act, 1934; colliery companies (merger); shot-firing; [mining] accidents; glove industry; Birmingham Court of Referees; hosiery trade; agricultural workers.

Paper   10f
LAW 1/2/84   23 December 1935
Statement submitted to the Rt. Hon. E. A. Brown, M.C., MP Minister of Labour, Friday, 13th December, 1935, on the position of underemployed weaving operatives under the Unemployment Acts and the Regulations. Pamphlet issued by the Amalgamated Weavers' Association. See, LAW 1/1/153.
12p
LAW 1/2/85   21 February 1936
Unemployment Insurance Act, 1935. Report of the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee ... on the financial condition of the Unemployment Fund on 31st December, 1935. Annotated in pencil by JJL.
40f
LAW 1/2/86   April 1936
Ministry of Labour report for the year 1935. Annotated in pencil.
1 volume
LAW 1/2/87   [April 1936]
Notes by JJL on the Ministry of Labour Report for the year 1935.
1f
LAW 1/2/88-89   10-11 June 1936
Annotated extracts from Parliamentary debates, House of Commons: 10-11 June 1936, columns 213-216, 363-366. Exchanges on Unemployment: transitional payments and public assistance; national health insurance; transitional payments and allowances (JJL); statistics.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/90   8 July 1936
Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934: Draft Unemployment Assistance (Determination of need and assessment of needs) Regulations, 8 July 1936.
Annotated by JJL.
8p
LAW 1/2/91   13 July 1936
Notes on the Unemployment Assistance Regulations, 1936, by J. L. Smyth. Issued by the Trades Union Congress General Council, Social Insurance Department. Typescript. Annotated in pencil.
3f
LAW 1/2/92-96   [July 1936]
Parliamentary speech notes by JJL relating to the first report (June, 1936) of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, to an investigation into the breakdown of the 1934 Regulations, and to the passing of the 1936 Regulations, [July 1936].
6f; 6f; 6f; 3f; 9f
LAW 1/2/97   20-21 July 1936
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 21 July 1936, vol. 315, no. 128, columns 195-414.
20 July 1936
Supply. Considered in Committee: Navy, Army, and Air supplementary estimates, 1936;
Navy, Army, and Air supplementary expenditure, 1934.
21 July 1936
Questions to Ministers: British Army: Territorial Force (National Defence Companies); France, Belgium and United Kingdom (Meeting, London);
Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934: Motion for approval of regulations - [Mr E. Brown]; Amendment - [Mr Greenwood]; Debate adjourned;
Isle of Man (Customs) Bill.
Adjournment: Southern Rhodesia (Natives Registration Act).
Annotated in pencil.
1 volume
LAW 1/2/98   1929
File cover for documents [not present] relating to the Hours of Employment Bill, 1929. The former content of the file is indicated by an index (98A) pasted to the front inside cover. The front cover is marked “Lawson” in JJL's handwriting. File re-used by JJL to file LAW 1/2/49-97.
1 file
LAW 1/2/99-101   9 May 1935
Programme, with compliment slip, for the presentation of Addresses by the Houses of Parliament to King George V in Westminster Hall on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his accession; with Hansard text of the House of Commons' Address and the King's reply ( Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 9 May 1935, columns 1107-1111)
Paper   1 volume; 1f; 2f
LAW 1/2/102-104   4 July 1935
Items relating to a welcoming luncheon given by the Empire Parliamentary Association (UK) to delegates from the Overseas Legislatures of the Empire, at Westminster Hall, 4 July 1935.
Paper   3 items
LAW 1/2/102   4 July 1935
Menu and toast list.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/103   4 July 1935
Table and seating plans, with guest list.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/104   4 July 1935
Speech of welcome at the Empire Parliamentary Association, made by Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, and annotated and corrected in Baldwin's hand. Superscribed by JJL with note of the gift of the pages by Baldwin to JJL, the “B.B.C. alone had verbatim report”.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/2/105-118   1917-1942
File of papers, artificially grouped here, relating to JJL's role (appointed 1931) as a member of the Imperial War Graves Commission, [from 1960 named the Commonwealth War Graves Commission].
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/105-106   10 May 1917
Two copies of an Order in Council approving the charter of incorporation of The Imperial War Graves Commission, with draft charter annexed. In the second copy of the draft charter a clause relating to the appointment of members to the Commission is highlighted in pencil.
Paper   10p; 10p
LAW 1/2/107   3 March 1931
Royal warrant to JJL, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour, appointing him a member of the Imperial War Graves Commission.
Paper   1f (in 2 pieces)
LAW 1/2/108-111   September 1935
Imperial War Graves Commission inspection of British war cemeteries in Northern Italy, 8-13 September: papers, journal, draft report, typescript report. For newspaper cutting, see LAW 3/2/17/5; for postcards, depicting cemeteries at Cesuna, Asiago, and the war damaged Asiago in 1919, see LAW 3/3/3.
Paper   4 items
LAW 1/2/112   8-9 June 1936
Draft minutes of the first meeting of the Imperial War Graves Commission Anglo-German-French Mixed Committee. JJL present. See LAW 1/1/155.
Paper   23p
LAW 1/2/113   8 October 1936
Imperial War Graves Commission inspection of British war cemeteries in France and Belgium, 2-5 October 1936: itinerary of inspection made by JJL with G. W. Klerck. See LAW 1/1/154.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/2/114   29-30 April 1937
Third draft programme of the Imperial War Graves Commission Anglo-German-French Mixed Committee meeting at Berlin.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/115-117   [August-September 1937]
Journal and report of an Imperial War Graves Commission inspection by JJL of British war cemeteries in the Near East (Gibraltar, Port Said, Suez, Cairo, Lydda, Beersheba, Gaza, Deir-el-Belah, Damascus, Beirut, Gallipoli, Therapia, Haidar Pasha, Thessaloniki, Athens, Piraeus, Alexandria).
Paper   73f; 52f; 8f
LAW 1/2/115   [August-September 1937]
“A journey through the Near East.” Manuscript journal and travelogue by JJL. [Perhaps a fair copy of a contemporaneous journal, see pp. 56-56a].
74f
LAW 1/2/116   [September 1937]
Typescript version of “A journey through the Near East”, with introduction, and manuscript corrections.
53f
LAW 1/2/117   [September 1937]
Typescript report by JJL “on his recent tour in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and Macedonia”, 10 August-11 September 1937, with introductory letter from JJL to [Sir Fabian] Ware, [Vice-Chairman, Imperial War Graves Commission]; see also LAW 1/1/166.
8f
LAW 1/2/118   [January 1942]
“General report from May 1940 until my arrival in London January 1942.” Report of W. J. Hogan, a gardener employed by the Imperial War Graves Commission at Merville cemetery, France, describing life through the fall of France and occupation, and his and his family's subsequent clandestine journey to Free France, and thence to UK via Spain and Portugal.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/2/119   November 1935
Election address by JJL to the electors of Chester-le-Street Division for the general election of 14 November 1935.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/120   November 1935
Rhyming election address by Joe Curtis to the electors of Chester-le-Street Division in support of the Labour Party, and criticising Tory policies on spending, Unemployment Assistance and the means test.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/121   13 December 1935
Appointment of JJL and Miss Edith H. Major to the Selection Committee, by the trustees under the Miners' Welfare National Scholarship Scheme, A. E. Faulkner, Under Secretary for Mines, C. Eaton, Principal Assistant Secretary Board of Education, and W. W. McKechnie, Secretary Scottish Education Department.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/122-123   23 January 1936
Items relating to the obsequies for Rudyard Kipling.
Paper   2f; 4f
LAW 1/2/122   23 January 1936
Form of Service, at Westminster Hall.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/123   23 January 1936
Order of Service at the burial, at Westminster Abbey.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/2/124   [June 1936]
The Nazi Party. The state and religion. By Adolf Hitler. With a foreword by Hugh Dalton, MP Friends of Europe publications, no. 41. Issued by Friends of Europe, 122 St Stephen's House, Westminster.[Note: dated from Foreword.]

Paper   24p
LAW 1/2/125   10 December 1936
Text of a message from King Edward VIII to the Houses of Parliament, and containing the text of his Declaration of Abdication, signed the same day. Typescript, annotated in pencil by JJL noting that the text was issued by the Vote Office “immediately after [the] Speaker had read [the] Declaration of Abdication. Before there was time to Print”.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/126   5 March 1937
Balance sheet of the fund raised for Mrs [Peter] Lee. Will Lawther, Honorary Treasurer. Issued from the Durham Miners' Association.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/127-128   20 May 1937
Items relating to a Review of the Fleet at Spithead by King George VI on 20 May 1937.
Paper   2 items
LAW 1/2/127   20 May 1937
Invitation to JJL and Bella Lawson to attend the Review of the Fleet by King George VI at Spithead on 20 May 1937.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/128   20 May 1937
Review of the Fleet by King George VI. Booklet, listing flag officers, ships present at the review, with notes on ships and Admiralty chart plan of the ships' moorings at Spithead and route of the royal yacht.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/129-136   October 1937-February 1938
Papers relating to the Royal Commission on the Geographical Distribution of the Industrial Population.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/129-134   5 October-2 December 1937
Minutes of evidence taken on days 1-2, 5-8. Evidence from the Ministries of Health (England and Wales; Scotland), Electricity Commission, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport. Annotated by JJL.
Paper   6 items
LAW 1/2/135   January 1938
Memorandum prepared by Cumberland County Council. See, LAW 1/1/162.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/136   February 1938
Evidence submitted by the North-East Development Board. See LAW 1/1/163.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/137-146   1919, 1938-1945
Material relating to the reform of the administration of justice within the Army and Air Force, principally concerning the activity of the Army and Air Force Courts Martial Committee, constituted in March 1938 “to consider whether it is desirable and practicable that a person convicted by Court-Martial should have the right of appeal to a civil judicial tribunal against its conviction and to make recommendations”.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/137   1919
Report of the Committee constituted by the Army Council to enquire into the law and rules of procedure regulating military courts-martial. Front cover only.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/138   1938
List of suggestions made for the consideration of the Army and Air Force Courts Martial Committee. Annotated by JJL.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/139   [?1938]
Notes by JJL relating to appeals from Army and Air Force courts-martial.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/140   4 July 1938
Draft minutes of the Army and Air Force Courts Martial Committee meeting, War Office. Members present: Roland Oliver (chairman), Tristram Beresford, Sir Felix Cassel, JJL, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Charles A. H. Longcroft, General Sir Felix Ready, Major W. R. F. Osmond, H. H. Hobbs. Annotated in pencil by JJL.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/2/141-143   [1938]
[First draft] Report of the Army and Air Force Courts Martial Committee, with two sets of related unbound typescript papers.
Paper   30f; 7f; 3f
LAW 1/2/144-145   1938
Draft Report of the Army and Air Force Courts Martial Committee (see also LAW 1/1/168), with two copies of an unsigned statement of disassociation [by JJL] from part of the Committee's reported findings.
Paper   42f; 2f
LAW 1/2/146   15 March 1945
Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill, 1945.
Paper   6f
LAW 1/2/147   [1938]
Planning or chaos?, by Fred Henderson. Penny pointers to Socialism series, no. 1. Published by the Labour Party.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/148   [1938]
Notes for a speech on the subject of unemployment, comparing County averages.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/149   31 May 1938
Schedule of sailings and fares of the Anchor Line Eastern Service, no. 7. Annotated in red crayon, highlighting the voyage of the S.S. “Castalia”, from Karachi to Liverpool, via Bombay, Suez, Port Said, Marseilles, Gibraltar, 25 August-23 September.
Paper   16p
LAW 1/2/150   1939
Assurance of victory. Ministry of Information publication.
Paper   32p
LAW 1/2/151   [February 1939]
Main recommendations of Royal Commission on safety in coal mines. Published by the Mineworkers' Federation of Great Britain.
Paper   36p
LAW 1/2/152   23 February 1939
Form issued by the Air Raid Precautions Office, Chester-le-Street R.D.C., detailing JJL's enrolment and posting to Emergency Communications, [Beamish].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/153   20 March 1939
Civil Defence regional organisation. Memorandum issued from the Office of the Lord Privy Seal, Home Office. For related correspondence, see LAW 1/1/169.
Paper   3f
LAW 1/2/154   August 1939
Cover only of, Labour fights for workmen's compensation, by JJL. Labour Party pamphlet.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/155   [?1939 x 1945]
Home and Camp Hospital addresses for Private Joseph Jackson in Pelton, Co. Durham, and Killingham, Yorkshire, respectively.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/156   [1940]
Manuscript notes for a speech on pay rates [armed services and industrial sectors].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/157   [March 1940]
Finland. Interim report of the Labour delegation. Delegation members: Sir Walter Citrine, Philip J. Noel-Baker, John Downe. Published by the National Council of Labour; with illustrations, and map on front cover.
Paper   48p
LAW 1/2/158   June 1940
Palace of Westminster air raid precautions (Centre Curtain) refuge ticket, for JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/159   1941
JJL's 1941 Labour Party Pelton Men's Section membership card, recording payment of annual subscription of 5s.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/160   March 1941
The S.J. Frame monthly. March 1941 issue. Published by S. J. Frame, trustee. Secretary and manager of Trade Associations, 21 King Street East, Toronto.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/161   [May 1941]
“Report on Spain.” Briefing paper issued by the Empire Parliamentary Association. Annotated on dorse in pencil by JJL with notes for a speech on industrial employment, the war effort, and release of servicemen to industry. [For perhaps related speech notes, see LAW 1/2/175/11].
Paper   3f
LAW 1/2/162   6 August 1941
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 6 August 1941, columns 2033-2036: Appropriation Bill - War Situation. Speech by JJL, with (part) reply of Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/163   [October] 1941
Emergency powers (defence) act, 1939. Report by the Secretary of State as to the action taken under regulation 18B of the Defence (General) Regulations, 1939, during the period 1st September, 1941, to 30th September, 1941.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/164-167   22 September 1941-29 March 1945
Home Security Intelligence Summaries (all regions).
Incomplete series of twelve-hourly reports of enemy activity and damage, covering the United Kingdom, received by JJL as Deputy Commissioner for Civil Defence of the Northern Region. The reports cover the following periods, although within any particular month not all the reports are present.
Paper   1 box
LAW 1/2/164   September-December, 1941
42f
LAW 1/2/165   January-April, June-September, 1942
97f
LAW 1/2/166   February-March, June-December, 1944
180f
LAW 1/2/167   February-March, 1945
18f
LAW 1/2/168-169   3 October 1941
Home Security Intelligence Summaries (Northern region, Newcastle).
Series of damage report, special reports, and situation report relating to enemy action in the Northern region, 2-3 October 1941; with former binder (stained).
Paper   4f; 1 binder
LAW 1/2/169   [1941]
1 binder
LAW 1/2/170   December 1941
Man-power. Memorandum on the principal new measures to be introduced by His Majesty's Government in pursuance of their man-power policy.
Paper   4p
LAW 1/2/171   4-5 December 1941
Programme of a tour by JJL, as Deputy Regional Commissioner, of Emergency Rest Centres in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 4-5 December 1941, issued by the County Council: lists 21 centres, and capacities.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/172   10 December 1941
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 10 December 1941, vol. 376, no. 14, columns 1513-1660.
Japanese attack in Malaya: British Naval losses.
Questions to Ministers.
National Service [Money].
National Service Bill.
Royal assent to Bill passed.
Paper   74p
LAW 1/2/173   19-20 January 1942
Programme for a visit by the Duke of Kent to Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Hartlepool, and Middlesbrough, 19-20 January, listing presentees.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/174   May 1942
Resolutions for the 41st annual conference of the Labour Party, Central Hall, Westminster, 25-28 May 1942.
Paper   16p
LAW 1/2/175/1-27   15 October 1942-January 1943
Papers and journal relating to a parliamentary mission to China, and of a subsequent tour of British forces in the East, Middle-East and Africa by JJL. The journal exists in manuscript, and in various typescript drafts for an unpublished account of the journey entitled variously “China”, “Over the hump to China”, or “Flight over China”.
Paper   1 box
LAW 1/2/175/1   [1940s]
Map of China: physical (1:36,000,000); topographical (1:7,500,000; Shanghai region, 1:2,500,000; Paracel [Xisha] Islands, 1:12,000,000). Annotated in ink, marking the cities of Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Gungkwan [?Tongguan], and Tibet.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/2   [October 1942]
Notes on the geographical size of China, in comparison to Britain and France.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/3   15 October-30 December 1942
JJL's manuscript China journal. Written in a notepad (broken into two parts) in pencil, marked up in ink with chapter sections; pages 67-86 and 154-157 blank.
Paper   1 volume (157f)
LAW 1/2/175/4-5   1 November 1942
Outline of irrigation constructions and brief description concerning existing managements and future prospects of the irrigation engineering in Szechwan Province. (Typescript).
Notes on the Tukiangyien irrigation system. (Carbon copy).
Reports issued by the Bureau of Hydraulic Engineering, Kwanhsien, Szechwan, China. For related photographs, see LAW 3/1.
Paper   24f; 11f
LAW 1/2/175/6   [1942]
Unknown printed item in Chinese script.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/7   10 November [1942]
Invitation to JJL to attend a dinner at the British Embassy.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/8   1 December, 31st year of the Republic of China [1942]
Souvenir signature book, commemorating a tea party in the Administration Building of West China Union University, Chengdu, to welcome the British parliamentary mission, and presented to the mission by the Chengdu branch of the Sino-British Cultural Association (C. Chang; Y. S. Kuo; Eva D. Spicer; S. T. Wang; G. M. Hickson).
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/175/9   6 December, 31st year of the Republic of China [1942]
“Cheng Ch'i Ko”, poem by Wen Tien Chiang [Wen Tianxiang], copied and inscribed by General Feng [Yuxiang] to JJL. Dated at the Military Headquarters. See LAW 1/1/200.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/175/10   [1943]
Notebook, containing in manuscript, draft of chapter 2 of an unpublished account of the visit to China.
The notebook also contains various other short literary, autobiographical and religious works or fragments by JJL, including: an autobiographical fragment explicitly continuing on from A man's life (see LAW 2/4/1/3); an autobiographical fragment written on JJL reaching seventy years of age; a short essay, beginning, “There is a beauty about Age, in great numbers of women, which is beyond that of youth”; “Dawn” (see LAW 2/4/2/14).
Paper   1 volume (42f)
LAW 1/2/175/11   [December 1942]
“The political framework of Turkey.” Briefing paper issued by the Empire Parliamentary Association. Annotated on dorse in pencil by JJL with names and addresses of servicemen, and with notes for a speech on maximising industrial employment for the war effort.[Note: JJL visited Turkey between 28 December 1942 and 1 January 1943 as part of his tour of the Middle East on his return from China. An additional Empire Parliamentary Association briefing paper, on Spain, published in 1941, is also endorsed with penciled speech notes by JJL, and which may be a continuation of the same address outlined here, see LAW 1/2/161.]

Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/175/12   1938
Colour topographical map of the Republic of Turkey, with administrative provinces shown, and population table (Yeni Türkiye Cümhuriyeti Haritasi). Scale: 1:2,000,000. Printed in Turkish.[Note: JJL visited Turkey between 28 December 1942 and 1 January 1943 as part of his tour of the Middle East on his return from China.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/13   2 February 1943
Laissez-passer authorising JJL to travel from Portugal to the UK, issued by the British Embassy, Lisbon.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/14   [1943]
“China”. Chapters 1-3 in manuscript, typescript and carbon copy.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/175/15   [1943]
“Flight over China”. Chapters 2, B and K in typescript; chapter 2 with corrections in ink.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/175/16   [1943]
[Work on China.] Single typescript page, corrected in pencil, from an otherwise missing draft.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/175/17/1-2   [1943]
“Over the hump to China”. Typescript, corrected in ink, and (incomplete) carbon copy.
Paper   138p; 118p
LAW 1/2/175/18/1-2   [1943]
Notes for two speeches on the China and the parliamentary delegation's visit there.
Paper   9f; 2f
LAW 1/2/175/19-28   18 August-18 November 1943
China newsweek. Issues 50, 53-58, [?61], 62-63. Published by the Chinese Ministry of Information, London.
Paper   10 items
LAW 1/2/176   July 1943
After an air raid. What everyone should know. Emergency Rest & Feeding Centres, billeting, etc. Pamphlet issued by the City & County of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Paper   12p
LAW 1/2/177-179   July-December 1943
Material, artificially collected here, relating to the Education Act, 1944.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/177   July 1943
Educational Reconstruction. White paper. Annotated by JJL.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/178   December 1943
Education Bill, 1943. Explanatory memorandum by the president of the Board of Education.
Paper   14p
LAW 1/2/179   [December 1943]
Notes by JJL on the Education Bill, 1943, and the Explanatory memorandum.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/180   1944
Statistical digest from 1938. Ministry of Fuel and Power.
Paper   69p
LAW 1/2/181   1944
A national health service. Ministry of Health, Department of Health for Scotland. White paper.
Paper   86p
LAW 1/2/182   1944
A national health service. The white paper proposals in brief. Ministry of Health, Department of Health for Scotland.
Paper   32p
LAW 1/2/183   [1944]
Social security, by J. Smyth. Post war discussion pamphlets series, no. 1. Annotated in pencil.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/184   [1944]
Education, by Barbara Drake. Post war discussion pamphlets series, no. 2.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/185   January 1944
A talk on India, by H. B. T. [Henry Bernard Turle].
Paper   12p
LAW 1/2/186   January 1944
Minimum Wages. Minutes of the proceedings of The National Reference Tribunal under the Conciliation Scheme in the coalmining industry, at a meeting on Minimum Wages, at the Ministry of Labour and National Service, 5-6 January 1944. Issued by the Mineworkers' Federation of Great Britain.
Paper   48p
LAW 1/2/187-189   January, March, May 1944
Three issues of the Labour Party bulletin: January 1944, no. 3, vol. III (section on the Education Bill annotated in pencil); March 1944, no. 5, vol. III; May 1944, no. 7, vol. III. January issue annotated in pencil by JJL.
Paper   6f; 6f; 6f
LAW 1/2/190-191   January-February 1944
Material relating to Service pay and allowances, a White Paper on which subject was issued in April 1944.[Note: Frederick Bellenger, the Financial Secretary to the War Office between 1945 and 1946, succeeded JJL as Secretary of State for War in 1946.]

Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/190   January 1944
Service Pay and allowances. Memorandum by F. J. Bellenger, [MP]. Annotated in pencil by JJL.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/191   16 March 1944
Service Pay and allowances. Memorandum by F. J. Bellenger MP
Paper   5f
LAW 1/2/192   9 February 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Lords, 9 February 1944, vol. 130, no. 20, columns 737-756:
Motion: Bombing policy.
Question: Magistrates in Juvenile Courts.
Paper   12p
LAW 1/2/193   15 February 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Lords, 15 February 1944, vol. 130, no. 21, columns 757-802:
Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Bill.
Disabled Persons (Employment) Bill.
Landlord and Tenant (Requisitioned land) Bill.
Motion: Post-war work.
Question: Juvenile Delinquents in Scotland.
Paper   26p
LAW 1/2/194   16 February 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Lords, 16 February 1944, vol. 130, no. 22, columns 803-862:
India (Attachment of states) Bill.
Motion: Preservation of historical and art treasures.
Paper   32p
LAW 1/2/195   20 April 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 20 April 1944, vol. 399, no. 63, columns 343-486:
Questions to Ministers: India (News, censorship); Domestic workers (Priority); Business of the House.
Supply: Considered in Committee; Civil estimates, 1944.
Empire and Commonwealth unity.
Paper   72p
LAW 1/2/196   May 1944
Suggestions for the promotion of Sino-British cultural relations, by Evert Barger. For related correspondence, see LAW 1/1/204.
Paper   
LAW 1/2/197   24 May 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 24 May 1944, vol. 400, no. 82, columns 715-898:
Questions to Ministers: British prisoners of war, Far East: Inquiry Centre; Tangier (German officials); RAF pay and allowances (White paper proposals).
Supply: Considered in Committee; Civil estimates, 1944; Foreign affairs; Prime Minister's statement.
Royal assent to Bills passed.
House of Commons (Hours of sitting).
Paper   94p
LAW 1/2/198-199   [after May 1944]
Two National Savings Campaign [May] 1944 certificates of honour, presented to The Shepherds Beamish and Station Road No. 1 Beamish savings groups.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/2/200   [1944]
The international post-war settlement. Report by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party to be presented to the London annual conference, 29 May-2 June 1944.
Paper   8p
LAW 1/2/201   [1944]
Full employment and financial policy. Report by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party to be presented to the London annual conference, 29 May-2 June 1944.
Paper   8p
LAW 1/2/202   [1944]
Post-war organisation of British transport. Report by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party to be presented to the London annual conference, 29 May-2 June 1944.
Paper   24p
LAW 1/2/203   22 June 1944
Grenville House, Dolphin Square, [London], [air raid] shelter ticket issued to JJL, living at 84 Claverton Street, [Pimlico].
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/204   23 June 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 23 June 1944, vol. 401, no. 96, columns 477-580:
Questions to Ministers.
Officer prisoners of war, Germany (Shooting).
Air raids (Flying bombs).
Supply: Considered in Committee; Civil estimates.
Employment policy.
Paper   54p
LAW 1/2/205   29 June 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 29 June 1944, vol. 401, no. 99, columns 769-938:
Questions to Ministers: Discharged service personnel (Re-settlement); Emergency hospitals (Military patients, service rations); Air raids (Flying bombs); Polish Government (Military supplies, Agreement); Armed forces, overseas (Home transfers); Business of the House.
Supply: Considered in Committee; Civil estimates, 1944; Ministry of Information.
Coal mines (Directed youths).
Paper   88p
LAW 1/2/206-207   [August] 1944
Roads and road transport. Reconstruction of roads and development of road transport. Report issued by the British Road Federation, with introductory circular dated August 1944.
Paper   1f; 1 volume
LAW 1/2/208   2 August 1944
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 2 August 1944, vol. 402, no. 118, columns 1355-1568:
Questions to Ministers: Equal pay (Royal Commission); Czechoslovakia (Liberation Agreements).
Adjournment (Summer recess).
Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.
Paper   110p
LAW 1/2/209   28 September 1944
Privy Council appointment of JJL to the Court of the University of Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/210   [1945 x 1949]
List of unidentified [public office] holders, 1919-1945, beginning with the name Gilmour and terminating with Lambton; with other names, addresses and jottings. Manuscript in JJL's hand.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/211; 286   January 1945
JJL's personal bound copy of a programme for a visit by Members of Parliament to Eighth Army, 11-14 January 1945: San Benedetto, Mezzano, Ravenna, Caledon Camp, Faenza area of operations, Ancona; with covering letter from S/Ldr Ronald Beresford Lees enclosing 6 photographic prints of the visit (see LAW 3/1).
Paper   6f
LAW 1/2/212   15 February 1945
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 15 February 1945, vol. 408, no. 33, columns 363-524:
Questions to Ministers: Ex-service personnel (Business grants scheme); Electoral registration (Business premises vote); Evacuated children, Wallasey (Treatment); General Franco (Prime Minister's letter); Business of the House.
Forestry policy (Departmental responsibility).
Local Government white paper (Reconstruction).
Royal assent to Bills passed.
Air accidents.
Paper   84p
LAW 1/2/213   March 1945
Coal mining. Report of the Technical Advisory Committee. Ministry of Fuel and Power. Annotated.
Paper   150p
LAW 1/2/214   17 April 1945
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 17 April 1945, vol. 410, no. 62, columns 1-168:
List of Government and principal officers of the House.
Questions to Ministers: Prisoners of war, Germany; Anglo-Swedish Monetary Agreement; Business of the House.
New Member (Sponsors).
President Roosevelt.
Supply: Considered in Committee; Civil estimates, 1945.
World Security Conference, San Francisco.
Paper   92p
LAW 1/2/215   17 April 1945
Parliamentary debates, House of Lords, 17 April 1945, vol. 135, no. 44, columns 1105-1164:
Motions: The late president Roosevelt; World Organization for Peace.
Paper   32p
LAW 1/2/216   17-18 April 1945
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 17-18 April 1945, vol. 410, no. 63, columns 169-340:
17 April 1945 (continuation)
Supply: Considered in Committee; Civil estimates, 1945.
World Security Conference, San Francisco.

18 April
Questions to Ministers: Austria (Inter-Allied Commission); Railways (Summer services); Members' salaries; Repatriated prisoners of war (Rations).
Service personnel, Far East (Welfare arrangements).
Requisitioned land and war works Bill.
Ministry of Fuel and Power: Consideration of Lords amendments.
Ministry of Civil Aviation [Money].
Ministry of Civil Aviation Bill.
Paper   88p
LAW 1/2/217   May 1945
Unemployment Fund investment account. Account showing the nature and amount of the securities held by the National Debt Commissioners at 31st March 1945 as investments for moneys, forming part of the Unemployment Fund, paid over to them by the Ministry of Labour and National Service under sections 58 (3) and 114 (9) of The Unemployment Insurance Act, 1935. (Presented pursuant to Act 25 Geo. V., c. 8. s. 58 (4).)
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/218   May 1945
Campaign stars and the Defence medal. Committee on the grant of honours decorations and medals in time of war.
Paper   16p
LAW 1/2/219   May 1945
National Parks in England and Wales. Report by John Dower. Ministry of Town and Country Planning.
Paper   58p
LAW 1/2/220   17-18 May 1945
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 17-18 May 1945, vol. 410, no. 81, columns 2751-2898:
17 May 1945 (continuation)
Family Allowances Bill.
Welsh Church (Burial grounds) Bill.
Agriculture (Artificial insemination) Bill.
Agriculture (Artificial insemination) [Money].
Coastal areas (Rehabilitation grants).

18 May 1945
Campaign stars and Defence medal.
Questions to Ministers.
Adjournment (Whitsuntide): Foreign broadcasting services; Members and Ministers (Franked mail); Severn barrage and hydro-electric scheme; Ministry of Works (Transferred Army officers).
Paper   74p
LAW 1/2/221   [July 1945]
Election address, in manuscript.
Paper   8f
LAW 1/2/222   3 August 1945
Notice of the administration of oaths of office to principal secretaries of state, before the lord president of the [Privy] Council [Herbert Morrison]: James Chuter Ede, Christopher Viscount Addison, George Henry Hall, JJL, Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence, William Wedgwood, Viscount Stansgate, Joseph Westwood.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/223   3 August 1945
Notice of delivery of seals of office by the King to the Principal Secretaries of State, as LAW 1/2/222.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/224   16 September 1945
Programme for a visit by JJL, Secretary of State for War, to the Royal Artillery Depot (India): lists staff; functions; welfare organisations; entertainments; complement since July 1945.
Paper   4f
LAW 1/2/225   October 1945
21st (British) Army Group in the campaign in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Lecture by Field-Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery to the Royal United Service Institution, London on 3 October 1945. Inscribed to JJL by the author.
Paper   36p; map
LAW 1/2/226   18 December 1945
Resolution of the Borough of Clitheroe conveying appreciation of and gratitude towards No. 1 Training Battalion Royal Engineers, stationed at Clitheroe, 1939-1945.
Seal: common seal of the borough affixed.
Paper   1f
Seal: paper seal
LAW 1/2/227   [1946]
Agenda for the 45th annual conference with nominations for the election of the National Executive Committee and other national officers. Labour Party annual conference, Bournemouth, 10-14 June 1946.
Paper   56p
LAW 1/2/228   26 July 1947
Order of Service for the 38th Miners' Festival Service at Durham Cathedral, 26 July 1947. Annotated in pencil by JJL with the livery colours of the bands of Brancepeth, Dean and Chapter, and Thornley Collieries.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/229   28 October 1947
Notice of Privy Council reappointment to the Court of the University of Durham of Sir Cecil Algernon Cochrane, Countess Grey, JJL, Sam Watson. For related correspondence, see LAW 1/1/374.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/230   1948
Labour Party 47th annual conference postcard (blank), depicting the conference hall at Scarborough, and portrait photographs of Clement Attlee and Emanuel Shinwell.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 1/2/231   [March 1949 x 1958]
Manuscript research notes on the qualifications of a d[eputy]-l[ieutenant], as defined by the Militia Act 1882 and the Deputy Lieutenants Act 1918.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/281   13 April 1949
Letters patent appointing JJL Keeper of the Rolls in County Durham until 17 October 1956, the day after he reaches the age of seventy-five.
Accessioned, 24 February 2017: Misc.2016/17:91.
LAW 1/2/284   13 May 1948
Warrant of appointment of JJL as Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham, issued by Robert Chapman, Vice-Lieutenant on behalf of Col. Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of County Durham; with seal bearing the armorial achievement of the 7th Marquess of Londonderry.
LAW 1/2/232   2 July 1949
Programme for the Durham Labour Women annual gala, at Wharton Park, Durham City, 2 July 1949: listing chief speakers, fraternal delegates, and the order of procession. See LAW 1/1/385.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/233   23 November 1949
Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, 23 November 1949, vol. 470, no. 191, columns 331-636:
Oral answers to questions: British Guiana (Franchise inquiry); Enugu colliery, Nigeria (Disturbances); Export trade, dollar markets; Air accident inquiry report (Minister's comments).
Festival of Britain (Supplementary provisions) Bill.
Parliament Square (Improvements) Bill.
Adjournment debate: Income tax arrears (Ex-service men).
Written answers to questions: Malaya (Financial assistance).
Paper   
LAW 1/2/285   19 December 1949
Letter to JJL from A.J. Phelps notifying JJL of his appointment by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds.
LAW 1/2/234   [1950s x 1965]
Speech on the theme of education, perhaps for an address to a school.
Paper   9f
LAW 1/2/235   [1950 x 1965]
Manuscript fragment of a draft speech on the theme of Youth Services in a changing world.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/236   [1950 x 1965]
Fragment of a speech, describing population changes in Co. Durham caused by the nineteenth-century growth of the coal industry.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/237   1950
Labour Party jubilee certificate, recording JJL's membership of the party.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/238   [February 1950 x 1951]
Red notebook containing manuscript notes for a speech on the subject of Dictators and the British Labour Movement (political and industrial).[Note: date inferred from JJL reference to “the Complete Devastation of the Russianists at the recent General Election”, and other contextual evidence.]

Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/239   [June 1950]
Burnhope, Peartree and Holmside roll of honour, 1939-1945. Burnhope and United Services Welcome Home Committee, 1939-1945. Copy inscribed and presented to JJL, 10 June 1950, by members of Burnhope War Memorial Committee to commemorate an unveiling ceremony.
Paper; textile tie   8f
LAW 1/2/240   12 May 1951
Invitation to JJL and Bella Lawson to attend a visit by Princess Margaret to the Durham County Girl Guides' Association, with inspection and march past, 12 May 1951 at Palace Green, Durham City. Endorsed with further invitation to a service at the Cathedral.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/241   May-June 1951
Parliamentary delegation visit to Yugoslavia.
File of preparatory papers, subsequent report, and JJL journal and writings concerning the visit by a parliamentary delegation to Yugoslavia, 15-26 May 1951.
Paper   1 file
LAW 1/2/241/1   [May 1951]
List of members of the parliamentary delegation to Yugoslavia, led by JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/241/2   [May 1951]
Memorandum concerning UK trade with Yugoslavia, under the headings: Trade Agreement; Present Economic Situation; Present Yugoslav Trade with the United Kingdom.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/241/3   [May 1951]
Tabulated statistical summary of UK trade with Yugoslavia, 1948-1950.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/241/4   [May 1951]
Report of the chairman (JJL) of the parliamentary delegation to Yugoslavia. (14th-25th May, 1951).
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/241/5   14 May-29 June 1951
Journal, with associated loose papers, of JJL's visit to Yugoslavia, chairing a parliamentary delegation. The journal continues through June, recording the Easington Colliery disaster - “[o]ne of the saddest days of my life” - and JJL's visit to Australia, 5-19 June 1951 (Shannon, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, Sydney, Canberra, Fiji, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Goose Bay in Labrador, UK).
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/241/6   [May 1951]
“How I came to go to Yugoslavia.” Speech notes, endorsed “Luncheon”.
Paper   13f
LAW 1/2/242   1952
The British worker, by Ferdynand Zweig. Annotated in pencil by JJL.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/243   25 January1952
“Lieutenancy of the County of Durham.” Notes (corrected typescript), by A. A. Luxmoore: naming the lord-lieutenant, vice-lieutenant, and fifty deputy-lieutenants; and with historical note on the history of the lieutenancy, with short biographies of the sixteen lords-lieutenant for Co. Durham since 1536.
Paper   9f
LAW 1/2/244   21 October 1952
Privy Council [re-]appointment of Countess Grey, JJL, Sam Watson, E. F. Collingwood to the Court of the University of Durham; see LAW 1/1/582.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/245-247   26 October 1952
Material relating to a visit by the Princess Royal to Darlington, 26 October 1952.
Paper   4 items
LAW 1/2/245   26 October 1952
Programme booklet for the opening of Darlington Y.M.C.A., Park Street, by the Princess Royal.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/246   26 October 1952
Platform admission ticket in the name of Bella Lawson, with platform seating plan, for the opening of Darlington Y.M.C.A., Park Street, by the Princess Royal.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 1/2/247   26 October 1952
Admission ticket to the unveiling and dedication by the Princess Royal of the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Divisional Signal Regiment (Territorial Army) war memorial at St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/248   1953
Road map of Hordaland fylke, Norway: 2 sections (North and South). The towns Mundheim, Fosse, Viköy and Norheimsund circled in ink.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/249   27 May 1953
An account of the proceedings in Westminster Hall on Wednesday, 27th May, 1953 on the occasion of the coronation luncheon given by all branches of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with an historical note on coronation feasts in Westminster Hall. Booklet.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/2/250   22 August 1953
“I deem it a great Honour to have been invited by the Town Council of Jarrow to declare Open this Memorial Hall.” Manuscript. Speech notes.
Paper   11f
LAW 1/2/251   20 November 1953
Menu, toast list, and programme of music, for a luncheon at the Mansion House, following the presentation of the honorary freedom of the City of London to Clement Attlee. Music performed by the Aylmer Orchestra, under Harold Williams.
Paper; textile tie   4f
LAW 1/2/252   8 July 1954
Menu and toast list for a luncheon at Wearhead Filter House, upon the inauguration of Sunderland and South Shields Water Company's Burnhope pipe-line scheme; with description of the Wearhead filtration plant.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/253   June-July 1954
Material relating to a dinner at Lancaster House on 15 July 1954, at which the lieutenants of Counties presented to Queen Elizabeth II a picture of her coronation by T. C. Cuneo.
Paper   4 items
LAW 1/2/253/1   June 1954
Circular from Richard Cave, Secretary of the Association of Lieutenants of Counties, enclosing invitation to the dinner.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/253/2   15 July 1954
Dinner invitation card.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/253/3   15 July 1954
Menu, music programme, and list of lieutenants of Counties. Music performed by the orchestra of the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues), under Captain J. E. Thirtle.
Paper; textile tile   4f
LAW 1/2/253/4   [15 Jul 1954]
Dinner seating plan. JJL's personalised copy.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/254-259   29 October 1954
Material relating to a visit to Gateshead, South Shields and then Sunderland by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Paper   6 items
LAW 1/2/254-255   29 October 1954
Programme for a visit to Gateshead by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, with list of presentees, and route of the royal party (2 copies).
Paper   2f (x2)
LAW 1/2/256-257   29 October 1954
Programme for a visit to South Shields by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, with list of presentees, and route of the royal party (2 copies).
Paper   2f (x2)
LAW 1/2/258-259   29 October 1954
Programme for a visit to Sunderland by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, with list of presentees, and route of the royal party (2 copies). Copy LAW 1/2/258: list of presentees supplemented in JJL's hand.
Paper   2f (x2)
LAW 1/2/260   [1955 x 1964]
Draft manuscript fragment of an election speech, arguing against an incumbent [Conservative] Government.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/261   1955
Durham County Boy Scouts Association programme for 1955.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/262   1 January 1955
Durham County Boy Scouts Association directory of Commissioners, Local Association Secretaries, Districts and Local Associations.
Paper   5f
LAW 1/2/263   February 1955
A programme of nuclear power. White paper. Annotated.
Paper   22p
LAW 1/2/264   5 April 1955
Order of proceedings for the official opening of Grindon Close branch library, museum and grounds, (see LAW 2/4/2/7).
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/265   28 September 1955
Invitation to JJL and Bella Lawson to a luncheon at Durham Castle, 28 September 1955, and to an opening ceremony of Washington Old Hall. The invitation, issued by the Committee for the Preservation of Washington Old Hall, is made by JJL, lord-lieutenant, and Charles Sumner Bird, chairman of the American-British Commonwealth Association. See LAW 1/2/273.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/266   15 November 1955
Invitation (as admission ticket) from F. Pattison, mayor of Gateshead, and Mrs M. Gunn, chairman of the Education Committee, to JJL and Bella Lawson to attend the opening of Gateshead Technical College by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/267   4 May 1956
Menu for a lieutenancy dinner, held in the Royal County Hotel, Durham, 4 May 1956: with list of officers of the lieutenancy. Annotations: front cover date amended in manuscript to 10 May 1957; list of officers also marked off.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/268   4 June 1956
Material relating to a visit by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to Stockton-on-Tees.
Paper   2 items
LAW 1/2/268/1   4 June 1956
Invitation to JJL and Bella Lawson to attend the royal party at the High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, and afterwards at a buffet luncheon in the Maison de Danse, Yarm Lane.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/268/2   4 June 1956
Programme of the royal visit, with list of presentees, and the route of the royal party.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/269   1 November 1956
Programme of a visit by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to the Bowes Museum: with list of the museum's Sub-Committee, and officials of the Education Department of Durham County Council. Programme of events corrected in JJL's hand. [?Back cover missing].
Paper   5f
LAW 1/2/270   January 1957
The Durham coalfield, 1947-1957. Transitional years reviewed. By E. H. D. Skinner, chairman, Durham Division, National Coal Board. Reprint of an article first published in a Coal Supplement of the Newcastle Journal. Annotated in pencil [by JJL].
Paper   16p
LAW 1/2/271   [November 1957]
Notes for a speech made upon the publication of a report into an accident at Windscale. [Note: probably relates to the fire at Windscale, 10 October 1957, and the Penney Report.]

Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/272   19 July 1958
Illustrated souvenir programme for the 75th Annual Gala of the Durham Miners' Association at Durham Racecourse, 19 July 1958: with circular to members of the National Union of Mineworkers, Durham Area, from Sam Watson, General Secretary. Lists: platform speakers, D.M.A. Agents and Executive Committee, [historical] Gala dates and speakers, strikes and stoppages (since 1872), mining disasters (1869-1957), mining accidents and fatalities (1955-1957); with historical chronology, 1869-1957, tabulation of case work (1957) and Pieceworkers' average earnings (1950-1958), and statistical survey of the mining industry in Co. Durham (1930-1957).
Paper   32p
LAW 1/2/273   1959
Washington Old Hall. A short history. With an account of the opening ceremony, September 28, 1955. By Eric Underwood. See LAW 1/2/265.
Paper   20p
LAW 1/2/274   1 November 1960

Paper   Admittance ticket of the Honourable Mrs C. F. C. Lawson to the opening of Parliament, standing in the Royal Gallery.
LAW 1/2/275   27 July 1963
Material relating to the Presentation of Colours to the 8th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Army) by Princess Alexandra, Colonel in Chief, at Palace Green, Durham City, 27 July 1963.
Paper   2 items
LAW 1/2/275/1   27 July 1963
Invitation, from Colonel R. S. McLaren, Honorary Colonel, and Lieutenant-Colonel G. Robertson, D.L.I.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/275/2   27 July 1963
Programme: lists officers of the 8th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry, and those on parade; order of parade and music; illustrations of the Queen's Colour and the Regimental Colour; Form of the Consecration Service; history of the battalion.
Paper   8f
LAW 1/2/276   12 February 1964
Parliamentary debates, House of Lords, 12 February 1964, vol. 255, no. 36, columns 553-636:
Questions: Advisory Committee on grants for overseas sports; Hyde Park; Kensington Gardens; Training of Commonwealth law students.
Motion: Staggered holidays;
Statement: Overseas Volunteer Service.
Paper   44p
LAW 1/2/277   [January x August 1965]
Invitation from Harold Wilson and his wife to JJL and Bella Lawson for 8 July [1965] at Downing Street.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/278   6 May 1965
Houses of Parliament lists of adjournments and all-party notices, issued 6 May 1965.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/279   7 May 1965
House of Lords programme of parliamentary business, 11-13 May 1965.
Paper   1f
LAW 1/2/280   13 September 1965
Material relating to the memorial service for JJL at Durham Cathedral, 13 September 1965.
Paper   2 items
LAW 1/2/280/1   13 September 1965
Order of Service.
Paper   2f
LAW 1/2/280/2   13 September 1965
Address delivered by Maurice [Harland, the Bishop of] Durham at the memorial service for JJL, upon the text of Daniel Chapter 10, verse 19: “O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea be strong”. Signed by the bishop. Text amended and annotated.
Paper   9f
Constituency cases
Dates of creation: 1919-1945
Extent: 1 box
LAW 1/3   24 November 1919 - 5 April 1949
Correspondence and papers relating to constituency cases on the following subjects: employment; professional qualifications; health care; pensions; benefits (unemployment, dependents', maternity, widows'); Miners' Homes; rates of pay; war-service medals; probate; appeals against criminal convictions; immigration; release from armed services; imprisonments under the Emergency Powers Act; health insurance; Canadian Harvesters' Scheme; fines; allowances (family, marriage); repatriation; visits to troops; housing and tenancies; war graves; demobilisation; military postings; rationing (food, fuel, quotas); tax; licensing; National Insurance.
Paper   1 box
Access to series LAW 1/3 will be limited under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
Scrapbooks and diary
Dates of creation: [1928], 1949
Extent: 1 volume
[See LAW 3/2/13/3-8, 10-16]   [January 1928]
[Some newspaper cuttings are pasted to pages from a now disassembled scrapbook created from JJL's 1928 appointment diary, some entries in which, between 1-25 January, are not obscured.]
LAW 1/4 pp. 2-30   May 1949
Appointments diary for 1949 transformed into a scrapbook for letters and newspaper cuttings relating to JJL's appointment as lord-lieutenant of Co. Durham, and occasionally on other subjects. Entries in the diary are largely obscured until 7 April 1949. Items are pasted to pages of the diary (numbered below), and folded. The correspondents' names and addresses are noted, with the date and extent of each item; noteworthy content is described.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 1/4 page 2A   [May 1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “Mr J. Lawson, MP, Durham's new Lord Lieutenant”.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 2B   [May 1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “Jack Lawson makes history”.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 2C-D   [May 1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “May Day speeches”. May Day speeches and procession.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 2E   [May 1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “Lord Lieutenant”.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 3A   [1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “Durham honours Dr. Cyril Alington”. Award of the Freedom of the City of Durham to Dean Alington; JJL's first official duty as lord-lieutenant.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 3B   [May 1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “Mr Lawson made Lord Lieutenant of Co. Durham”.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 3C   [May 1949]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “More years ago than I care to remember”.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 4A   5 May 1949
Paddy Scullion, Mayor, Mayor's Parlour, Town Hall, Jarrow.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 4B   9 May 1949
F. Watson, Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 4C   10 May 1949
George Walden, clerk, Pelton Parish Council, Council Offices, Newfield, Pelton Fell, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 5A   1 May 1949
Councillor Matt Allon, 4 Wear Terrace, Washington Station, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 5B   10 May 1949
Fred Fish, Secretary, Pelton Local Labour Party, 18 Pelton Gardens, Pelton, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 5C   5 May 1949
Ferdie Smith, Ruskin College, Oxford.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 5D   1 May 1949
Cyril Alington, Dean, The Deanery, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 6A   3 April [recte May] 1949
Leon Usher, 6 Ivanhoe Terrace, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 6B   30 April 1949
Robert Chapman, Undercliff, Cleadon, Near Sunderland.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 6C   [May 1949]
Sheldon.
2f
LAW 1/4 page 7A   2 May 1949
Hugh Dalton, The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Privy Council Office, Whitehall: spoke at Bishop Auckland on Saturday, where JJL's appointment cheered.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 7B   30 April 1949
Dr Robert F. Wearmouth, Raby House, Sadberge, Darlington.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 7C   6 May 1949
T. Palmer and Dorothy Palmer, 3 Cecil Street, East Stanley, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 7D   30 April 1949
Austin Kirkup, Morton House, Fence Houses, Co. Durham: meeting.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 8A   11 May 1949
J. V. Witherspoon, Honorary Secretary, Northumberland and Durham Association in London, 20 St Luke's Road, London.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 8B   30 April 1949
Councillor J. Willis, Honorary Secretary, Chester-le-Street Local Labour Party, 15 The Green, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 8C   3 May 1949
J. H. Scott, President, and J. A. E. Smith, Secretary, Chester-le-Street Co-operative and Industrial Society Limited.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 9A   29 April 1949
Charles S. Perkins, Town Clerk, Town Hall, Jarrow: Ministry of Works and the Monastery of St Paul's Jarrow; development of Jarrow Slake and improvement of the River Don; trading estate.
3f
LAW 1/4 page 9B   30 April 1949
William H. Dinsley, Chairman, Houghton-le-Spring Urban District Council, Braemar, 27 Sancroft Drive, Houghton-le-Spring.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 9C   30 April 1949
Dudley F. M. Appleby, George Armstrong, Rose & Appleby, 12 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 10A   6 May 1949
Rev. John Crawford, Secretary of the Synod, The Methodist Church, Sunderland and Durham District, Bourne House, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham: on behalf of members of the Representative Session of the Annual Synod.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 10B   30 April 1949
J. G. Willetts, Wynderly, The Rise, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 10C   3 May 1949
A. A. Luxmoore, Wilson & Co., 5 North Bailey, Durham: invitation to a reception at Durham Castle to meet magistrates and deputy-lieutenants.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 11A   6 May 1949
Reginald Gray, The Northern Echo, Priestgate, Darlington: encloses six copies of the newspaper.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 11B   6 May 1949
J. Arthur Rodwell, Highfield House, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 11C   6 May 1949
C. J. Pickering, 10 The Crescent, Alverstoke, Hampshire.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 12A   14 May 1949
H. J. Wilson, Honorary Secretary, National Union of Journalists, Evening Chronicle Office, Market Place, Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 12B   3 May 1949
Harold King, clerk, County of Somerset, 2 The Drive, Batts Park, Taunton, Somerset: corresponds with Jack Gilliland.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 12C   3 May 1949
Kenelm Appleyard, 5 Aldford Street, London: deputy-lieutenant of Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 12D   14 September 1948
Lance Best, Secretary, Glebe Methodist Guild, Hail West, 83 Marsden Road, Harton, South Shields: invitation to preach at the evening service of the Guild's anniversary on 5 February 1949.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 13A   30 April 1949
J. A. Charlton Deas, 20 Humbledon View, Sunderland: written on Central Office of Information (Northern Region) stationary; regrets likely delay in JJL's production of a further instalment in his autobiography; recalls speech made at the opening of Boldon Library in 1904; co-ordinating authority required for London museums and galleries, citing Sunday Sun article by the writer.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 13B   Sunday
Marie Duberley, Plawsworth Cottage, Chester-le-Street.
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LAW 1/4 page 13C   2 May 1949
Ian B. Munro, Earl Grey Hotel, Morpeth, Northumberland: Marxism compared to Socialism.
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LAW 1/4 page 13D   14 May 1949
Colonel G. G. Mallinson, 24/32 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 14A   [May 1949]
[Antony, Viscount] Lambton, Biddick Hall, Lambton Park, Co. Durham.
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LAW 1/4 page 14B   10 May 1949
R. Porter, 32 Park Road North, Chester-le-Street.
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LAW 1/4 page 14C   2 May 1949
John Clarke, B.B.C., Broadcasting House, 54 New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 15A   2 May 1949
Theophilus Dixon, The Homestead, Cockfield, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: need to diversify local employment opportunities; recalls adult education Saturday course in Sunderland, led by W. Tate.
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LAW 1/4 page 15B   2 May 1949
Edith Kipling, Post Office, Masham, Ripon, Yorkshire: Conservative College at Swinton Castle.
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LAW 1/4 page 15C   10 May 1949
Colonel Stafford, Trench Hall, Ravensworth, Gateshead-on-Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 16A   3 May 1949
[Roger Lumley, 11th earl of] Scarborough, Sandbeck Park, Rotherham: deputy-lieutenant of Co. Durham.
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LAW 1/4 page 16B   15 May 1949
George Johnson, 48 Cholmley Street, Hull.
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LAW 1/4 page 16C   12 May 1949
R. S. McLaren, Cleadon Grange, Cleadon, Near Sunderland.
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LAW 1/4 page 17A   30 April 1949
Sir Myers Wayman, Chairman and Managing Director, The Mayfair-Dunn Group, Mayfair Building, Sunderland.
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LAW 1/4 page 17B   21 May 1949
A. J. Artiss, 224 Beeches Road, West Bromwich: JJL's appointment announced in the British Weekly in a “Corner Piece” article by Sidney Walton.
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LAW 1/4 page 17C   9 May 1949
A. Macdonald, Co-operative Wholesale Society Limited, Board Room, West Blandford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 18A   19 May 1949
Arthur C. Jones, clerk, Washington Urban District Council, Council Chambers, Washington, Co. Durham.
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LAW 1/4 page 18B   19 May 1949
Len Elliott, Birtley Unity Bowling Club, 6 Ravensworth Road Estate, Birtley, Co. Durham: JJL vice-president for 1949 of the Club; progress of scheme to clear pit heaps [at Birtley].
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LAW 1/4 page 18C   9 May 1949
J. K. Hope, clerk, County of Durham, Shire Hall, Durham: accepting appointment as Honorary Secretary to the Lord-lieutenant's Advisory Committee on the appointment of magistrates.
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LAW 1/4 page 18D   13 May 1949
Hugh L. Swinburne, Swinburne & Jackson, 12 West Street, Gateshead: encloses specially bound copy of a history of a Tyneside Scottish unit, commanded by the writer in 1940, [not present].
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LAW 1/4 page 19A   19 May 1949
J. W. [?Fletcher], National Assistance Board, Regional Office, Andrews House, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 19B   1 May 1949
John Swinney, Department or Urology, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 19C   30 April 1949
Frank Nicholson, Southill Hall, Near Chester-le-Street.
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LAW 1/4 page 19D   9 May 1949
E. Shinwell, Secretary of State for War, War Office.
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LAW 1/4 page 19E   16 May 1949
A. A. Luxmoore, Wilson & Co., 5 North Bailey, Durham: royal approval having been granted, encloses [commission] appointing Colonel Chapman vice-lieutenant of Co. Durham, for JJL's signature.
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LAW 1/4 page 20A   11 May 1949
Robert Chapman, Chairman, Durham County Orthopaedic Association, Finchale Abbey Training Centre for the Disabled, Durham: invitation to act as president of the Association, following Lord Londonderry; Training Centre opened 17 July 1943 by George Tomlinson; employment statistics of those men trained at the Centre.
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LAW 1/4 page 20B   2 May 1949
T. E. St Johnston, County Constabulary Headquarters, Aycliffe, Darlington, Co. Durham.
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LAW 1/4 page 20C   26 May 1949
Hugh L. Swinburne, Swinburne & Jackson, 12 West Street, Gateshead.
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LAW 1/4 page 20D   3 May 1949
Sir Angus Watson, Whitewell, Adderstone Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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LAW 1/4 page 21A   3 May 1949
J. K. Hope, clerk, County of Durham, Shire Hall, Durham: favours renouncing the Honorary Secretaryship of the Lord-lieutenant's Advisory Committee, suggesting the duties devolve to the clerk to the lieutenancy.
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LAW 1/4 page 21B   4 May 1949
W. Welsh, National Coal Board (Northern Division), Springfield House, Shotley Bridge, Co. Durham.
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LAW 1/4 page 21C   3 May 1949
George Greenwell, South Dock, Sunderland.
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LAW 1/4 page 21D   2 May 1949
George R. Bull, Town Clerk, City of Durham, 32 Claypath, Durham: ceremony at Town Hall on 10 May.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 22A   23 May 1949
Alderman J. R. S. Middlewood, 2 Dent Street, Tindale Crescent, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: deputy-lieutenant of Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 22B   4 May 1949
John Hunt, Crown Office, House of Lords: encloses key, and box forwarded by registered post containing Letters Patent appointing JJL Custos Rotulorum and lord-lieutenant in Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 22C   9 May 1949
Gladys & Will, 29 Bedale Avenue, Billingham, Co. Durham: refresher course at County Police School; Alderman Middlewood and brother.
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LAW 1/4 page 22D   2 May 1949
J. Kelly, National Union of Mineworkers, Durham Area, Red Hill, Durham.
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LAW 1/4 page 23A   3 May 1949
Thomas Wake, Curator and Secretary, The Bowes Museum and Park, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham: advises lord-lieutenant is ex-officio a trustee of the museum, with the nomination of one other trustee, and suggesting re-nomination of Lord Gort of Hamsterley Hall; encloses handbook on the museum, [not present].
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LAW 1/4 page 23B   30 April 1949
Tom Benfold, Chairman's Room, Shire Hall, Durham, and 2 John Street, Ferryhill: Peter Lee, suggests reprint of JJL's biography.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 23C   2 May 1949
Sidney J. Patten, 87 Pilton Street, Barnstable, N. Devon: personal history; Owen Rattenbury; Lord Allendale.
2f
LAW 1/4 page 23D   19 May 1949
Lieutenant-Colonel W. S. Pelton, 9th Cadet Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, The Drill Hall, Chester-le-Street: JJL the battalion's Honorary Colonel.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 24A   26 May 1949
A. A. Luxmoore, Wilson & Co., 5 North Bailey, Durham: reception for 1,000 guests hosted by High Sheriff on 9 July.
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LAW 1/4 page 24B   [before 21 March 1950]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication: predicts JJL's peerage; notes probable appointment of JJL to the National Coal Board, salaried at £3,000 p.a., to compensate his loss of his parliamentary salary.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 24C   21 May 1949
James Duff, Snowdon, Simla, India: six months as only British member of the Indian Government's Universities Commission, returning end of June.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 24D   23 May 1949
Will Lawther, Kingsley, 31 Manor Drive, Wembley Park, Middlesex: hopes for meeting at Blackpool.
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LAW 1/4 page 25A   3 May 1949
Pat Bartley, Barwood, 15 Oxford Avenue, Washington, Co. Durham: increased coal allowance for Corby Hall; Karl Pottmann, Oxford and Germany; Hughie Lavery.
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LAW 1/4 page 26A   26 May 1949
[Thomas Corbett, 2nd baron] Rowallan, Chief Scout, The Boy Scouts Association, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London: invites JJL to be president of the Durham County Scout Council; scouting “the only common ground on which the youth of all the far countries of the world can meet without distinction of colour, language or creed as I have seen over and over again in my trips through the Empire and in foreign lands”; ethos.
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LAW 1/4 page 26B   20 May 1949
Ethel J. Eddon, Craghead.
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LAW 1/4 page 26C   9 June 1949
[Thomas Corbett, 2nd baron] Rowallan, Chief Scout, The Boy Scouts Association, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London: acknowledging JJL's acceptance of presidency of the Durham County Scout Council.
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LAW 1/4 page 27A   27 May 1949
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication: article by Sidney Walton.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 28A   12 July 1949
Albert Mansbridge, Windways, 296 Dartmouth Road, Paignton, South Devon: Ruskin College; portrait.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 28B   31 May 1949
W. Wallace, Windrush, Strensall, York: offers thanks for JJL's hospital visit.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 29A   10 July 1949
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: report of reception for JJL at Durham Castle.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 29B   11 July 1949
Newspaper cutting, The Times: report of reception for JJL at Durham Castle.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 30A   16 June 1949
Douglas Clifton Brown, Speaker's House, London.
1f
LAW 1/4 page 30B   29 June [1949]
Cyril Alington, Dean, The Deanery, Durham: notification of JJL's unanimous election as president of the Friends of Durham Cathedral.
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Papers concerning private life and personal affairs
Correspondence
Dates of creation: 1908-1965
Extent: 2 boxes
Correspondence and enclosures concerning his unofficial activities and personal life.

LAW 2/1/1   4 March 1908
Letter from Albert Mansbridge, The Workers' Educational Association, to JJL: Jack Lawson (JJL) to speak at the Union Society; reform of Oxford [University]; advocates a better informed understanding of [the university] among “Labour people”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/2   2 June 1908
Letter from W Mitroff, 35 Elgin Avenue, [London], to JJL: expecting group photograph of the students [?of Ruskin College]; plans for Mitroff's further technical education, his English studies continue; greets Mr Parks and Mr Whitehead; [Franco-British] London exhibition; invitation to visit; requests “an account of questions agitating the English workmen at the present time”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/3   10 August 1908
Letter from Arnold, The Barn, Hadleigh Road, Frinton, Sussex, to JJL, 34 Wells Row, Boldon Colliery, Co. Durham: sorrow at JJL's absence from Oxford; unprecedented friendship “between a 'Varsity man & a Ruskin man”. “We will agitate day & night until we revolutionise England. Let us be ashamed of ourselves until we see every man well clothed, well fed & well housed & all the Lords in the lethal chamber.”
Paper   2f; stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/4   [1908]
Reference from John Johnson, J. H. Cann, S. Guthaist and John Wilson, Durham Miners' Association, of the “more than ordinary ability ... upright character and keen desire to do his duty” of JJL, “a most suitable person to look after the interests of any body of workmen whom he may be called upon to represent”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/5   26 August 1908
Reference from Dennis Hird, principal of Ruskin College, of JJL's qualities and character. Envelope later endorsed: “Re-applying for a job as check-wayman, 1909” [sic].
Paper   2f; stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/6   13 January 1909
Letter to JJL and reference from William Moore Ede, The Deanery, Worcester Cathedral: prospects for effective work as checkweighman; meanwhile, holding his seat on the [Durham] County Council for JJL to run as the Union candidate; [J. J.] Prest an awkward manager at Horden colliery.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/7   1 April 1909
Letter from C. S. Buxton, Ruskin College, to JJL, 5 East View, Boldon Colliery: resignation of Dennis Hird, [principal of the College]; deprecates the conduct of the students.
Paper   2f; 1 stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/8   5 May 1909
Letter from C. S. Buxton, Ruskin College, to JJL: their shared opinion on the action of the students; misconceptions of the Executive Committee's intentions; impossibility of reinstating Dennis Hird, or of reopening the inquiry; desirability of “more systematic” representation of trades unions on the Council. Pointes.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/9   8 July 1911
Letter from C. S. B[uxton], Wye, Kent, to JJL: suggests JJL's Canadian travel plan might be funded by harvesting there; proposes seasonal working holidays for city dwellers; shared support for the [National] Insurance Bill, anticipating its positive impact upon the rural economy and the likely quick loss of the inefficient larger farms.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/10   3 September 1911
Letter from [Lady] Phyllis S[ydney] Buxton, Newtimber Place, Hassocks, Sussex, to JJL: anticipates event on Monday.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/11   16 September 1911
Letter (mourning stationary) from Phyllis S. Buxton to JJL, subsequent to the death of C. S. Buxton, [31 August 1911]: queries arrangements in hand for the funding of a man recommended by JJL to attend Ruskin College, to supplement £10 per annum already promised by Mr George Trevelyan.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/12   18 September 1911
Letter from Averil D. Furniss, Whirlow House, Oxford, to Mrs [Bella] Lawson: regrets the death of [C. S. Buxton]; plans to visit the North; [child] Irene.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/13   21 August 1912
Letter from C. Pattinson, Nanaimo, Box 798, British Columbia, Canada, to JJL: account of labour conditions in eastern and western Canada, comparative to Britain, and Pattinson's journey west in search of work (clay pit, quarry, mining camp); attempts to start a union (“three camps out of four [on Vancouver Island] are organized”); appointed International Organizer for the United Mine Workers of America, involving much travel; recalls a shared Oxford [University] acquaintance named Vrooman; Chinese labourers [on Vancouver Island] organizing within the union - “[a]s far as his own class is concerned he is a good union man”. Account of the state of the socialist movement: “[w]e are living in a new country and therefore our movement is highly theor[et]ical. We are Revolutionists because we have not the conditions such as you have in the old Country. We have not the questions to face such as feeding of school children or the unemployed tho that question is rapidly forcing itself upon us. The evils are coming here and bye and bye we will have to face them but at present we are Revolutionists and can afford to ignore these mere practical questions that obscure the issue. We belong to the Rev[olution]<ary> class conscious proletarian element of the socialist party; none of your laborism for us”. Describes encouraging political representation of socialists in the [legislative assembly of British Columbia]; “[f]reethought is very aggressive here”. Notes with approval JJL's support for “the forward policy of the Durham miners”; requests a copy of this [policy pamphlet], and of one issued by the Welsh miners.
Paper   6f
LAW 2/1/14   21 October 1912-23 February 1916
Letters, and enclosures, from William Lawson (d. 1916). Into this file have been collected all the extant letters of William Lawson, addressed both to his brother JJL and Bella his wife, and also to others of his family and friends.
Paper   45f
LAW 2/1/14/1   21 October 1912
Letter, from Ruskin College, to Jack and Bella Lawson: academic studies; Durham Forward Movement; Furniss family.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/14/2   9 November 1912
Paper delivered by William Lawson to a “mixed” audience: Recent legislation for miners; with covering note.
Paper   10f
LAW 2/1/14/3   [December 1914 x March 1916]
Part of a letter, without an address: conscription and militarism; effect of military service upon his character; quality of (territorial) officers.Note: Second lieutenant William Lawson joined the 17th battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, which was formed in October 1914. He was attached to the 8th battalion on 25 August 1915. He was killed by a sniper on 27 March 1916. He is buried at Chester Farm cemetery.

Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/14/4   19 March 1915
Letter, to JJL: advice to JJL, following his decision to join up; 17th D.L.I.; contrasts camps of 17th and 20th D.L.I. at Cannock Chase and Barnard Castle respectively; warns against recruiting sergeants steering him into the 2nd Durhams - “you must join the New Armies”; positive impressions of the British Army; necessity of discipline; personal confidence; quality of battalion and the officers; hard last three months; warns JJL, joining as a private, to “be careful with your privileged prejudices. All men are prejudiced - but all man are not active in brain like you”. Endorsed in another hand with the address of the Director of Graves, Registration and Enquiries, General Headquarters, B.E.F., France.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/1/14/5-6   5 August 1915
Letter, from Deerbolt Park Camp, Barnard Castle, to JJL: camp life; bugle calls; asks after JJL's Oxford trip; Richardson; visit of Sir Henry and Lady Jones; encloses a poem by David MacGill, given with “some prints of war poetry” to William Lawson by the wife of Principal [?Edward] Caird, via Sir Henry Jones.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 2/1/14/6   [1914]
The great war. The recruit. A poem by David MacGill, annotated. Endorsed in the hand of Jack Lawson: “Mrs Caird. The wife of dear old Principal Caird sent him this so he asked me to preserve it. Will was very friendly with her”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/14/7   [28 August 1915 x March 1916]
Letter, from 50th Northumbrian Division, Base Depot, No. 18 Camp, [Le] Havre, to Jack and Bella Lawson: now attached to 8th D.L.I.; training; depart by train tonight for headquarters.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/14/8   16 September 1915
Letter, from 8th D.L.I., 151st Brigade, 50th Division, British Expeditionary Force, to Mr [H. Sanderson] Furniss: Furniss relieves a man for service [in France]; enrolment in W.E.A. War-time Comradeship; trench and dug-out conditions, enemy 200 yards away; impression of LLoyd George speech at Bristol, and his interest in him since the start of the war; Professor Sir Henry Jones' familiarity with Lloyd George; importance of establishing an over-whelming supply of high explosive shells; account of a night-time dangerous digging detail; home thoughts; morale; poor Saxon morale - “would all surrender tomorrow” - contrasted with that of Prussian officers; three types of German army soldier, Prussian ( “keen” ), Bavarian ( “fair” ), Saxon ( “seldom show fight” ); offers thanks for “the Broadsheets”; leaves this post on Saturday night.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/14/9   7 November 1915
Letter, from Billets, 8th D.L.I., B.E.F., to Mr [H. Sanderson] Furniss: six wet days in trenches, [then billets], returns to trenches tomorrow night; kit; relief; impressed by speech of Prime Minister Asquith, and critical of [Edward] Carson's reply; non-belligerence of Greece; “wearing down process ... will give mankind a shaking”; account of a nearby country house, ransacked, and a faithful dog; Tom Horn, a Ruskin alumnus, joins R.A.M.C.; will write to the Collegian.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/1/14/10   15 November 1915
Letter, from Rest - Belgium, 8th D.L.I., B.E.F., to JJL: off the line since Saturday; morning training; to learn French; assigned, with [Arthur M.] Jones, out of the Beamish & Stanley Group, to No. 1 and No. 2 Platoons 'A' Company.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/14/11   19 November 1915
Letter, from Belgium, addressed “Dear little girl”: uncle Marsh; poor opinion of Belgian country; Edna.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/14/12   5 December 1915
Letter, [from La Crèche village, near Bailleul, France], to JJL: boredom; [Arthur M.] Jones; in small village; mud and busy roads prevent walking; exercising; books from Sir Henry Jones; Captain Veitch; poor progress with French studies; leave due shortly before Christmas; account of that day's Wesleyan service.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/14/13   8 December [1915]
Letter, [from La Crèche village, near Bailleul, France], to JJL: visit to neighbouring town for baths and hair-cuts; use of slang military terms irresistible; unspecifiable changes; expects to be home on leave on 15th or 16th.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/14/14   25 December 1915
Letter (unfinished), to Mr [H. Sanderson] Furniss: returned to battalion yesterday, in Belgium; rations, and tinned Christmas pudding; account of carols sung by men and N.C.O.s outside dugout, “a fair long way from the front line”, and dugout life; W.E.A. Christmas message received and liked; Rupert Brooke; death of Philip A. Brown, a veteran of Loos. Subscribed in the hand of H. S. F.: “evidently unfinished”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/14/15   11 January 1916
Letter, to Jack and Bella Lawson: out of the trenches for two days; account of the killing of [Private R. H.] Longmuir, a member of his digging detail by a sniper, and of his burial at night in [Maple Copse]; now “sure Fritz is beaten”; writes to George this morning.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/14/16   11 January 1916
Letter to George [Lawson]: Arthur [M. Jones] well; returns to trenches in two days; account of chatting with some [King's Own Scottish] Borderers from Whitehaven, Cumberland, in a wood, among them the son of Jim Rothery; boxer Willie Geddes; Tom Lawson; plentiful food parcels.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/14/17   4 February 1916
Letter, to Mr [H. Sanderson] Furniss: marriage, Mrs [William] Lawson teaching until after the war; good health; placed in command during the leave of Captain [?Baldwin]; visit to renowned city, with ruined cathedral [?Ypres], compared to Osney Abbey, Oxfordshire; loss of friends; pet fox terrier; letter from Brown; Somerville in Canada, letters to whom [?from William Lawson] published in the Collegian.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/14/18   23 February 1916
Letter, to JJL: received cutting from JJL about patrols; “nothing to read for a wonder but beastly "John Bulls"”; Captain Baldwin; Schofield, a South African; non-participant in the recent action; visit to Hill 60; [food] parcels; nothing to read, books etc. never being carried on one's person; visits of [Arthur M.] Jones now in Machine Gun Corps, stationed nearby; recommends The Bystander's Fragments of France, [by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather] - “In and Out” hanging in the dugout; awaits Wells [?H. G. Wells].
Paper   3f
LAW 2/1/15   10 April 1914
Letter from H. Sanderson Furniss, Stone End Farm, Ascott-Under-Wychwood, to JJL: congratulates JJL on his selection, suggested in January, as the [parliamentary] candidate for north-west Durham; regrets the failure to move a resolution to promote more students [at Ruskin College] from [County] Durham; Chipping Norton strike [at Bliss Tweed Mill]; memoir of C. S. Buxton to be published privately in June, JJL's letters to be returned; anticipates visit to Durham for “the great day” [?Miners' Gala]; invitation to Stone End Farm for the Whitsuntide meet; offers loan of G. D. H. Cole's The world of labour. Greets Will [Lawson].
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/16   7 August 1914
Letter from H. Sanderson Furniss, Chesnut Close, Ascott-under-Wychwood, to JJL: their friendship; thanks for a “refreshing and inspiring” visit, regretting that the Furniss' political views attract both the dislike of unsympathetic neighbours and the suspicion of [working class] allies. Greets George Lawson. Oxford Summer School: Lowth, son of [T.] Lowth of the National Union of Railwaymen. Preference for neutrality rather than entering the war, even having read the official papers. No news of Slater. Doubts [Ruskin] College will continue to operate through the war; contingencies at Oxford.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/17   21 March 1915
Letter from Phyllis S. Buxton, Government House, Cape Town, South Africa, to Mrs [Bella] Lawson: unusually wet season (70" in 2 months); patriotism; welcomes the employment of women, and anticipates great changes in their lives; sailed from England, with [Frederic] Cresswell; bitter attitude towards South African labour leaders there and abroad, complicated by a fear of losing control of the native [black] mining workers, “that's a very real terror in this country always”; describes visit to the Crown Mines, Johannesburg, making comparison to a mine at Stanley, and their working methods; considers racial discrimination in the industries, and the effects of reform; notes the state control of industry in Britain; dislike of the Labour leader newspaper.
Paper   8f
LAW 2/1/18   2 April [?1915]
Letter from Lina Laird, Oban House, New Road, Washington, to JJL: contributed, writing as “Minna”, an article on George Borrow to next issue of Labour leader; reviews Balzac's Le père Goriot, with comparisons to Hugo; and Jack London's White fang, noting the author's Californian political ambitions; and Charles G. Roberts; presentation of John Ruskin's The stones of Venice, and Richard Jefferies The story of my heart.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/19-20   10 and 12 May 1915
Letter from T. Richardson, 29 Lancaster Park, Richmond, Surrey, to JJL: Lawson's letter, redacted, sent to the Under-Secretary for War [Harold Tennant], and enclosing Richardson's covering letter, and its “curt reply”; passing of War Office vote ends for the present all debate on the matter in the House of Commons.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 2/1/21   6 September 1915
Postcard, postmarked Bristol, from JJL to his daughter Rene [Irene] Lawson, 6 Twizell Lane, West Pelton, Beamish.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 2/1/22   30 November 1915
Letter from Phyllis Buxton, Government House, South Africa, to Mrs [Bella] Lawson: Christmas thoughts; encloses “a little card of our “native problem”” [not present]; monitors William Lawson's regiment in the lists [of casualties].
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/23   29 December [1915]
Letter from Averil [D. Furniss], Bear Place, Twyford, Berkshire, to Bella [Lawson]: busy; new lodgings; shutting up house at Ascott; female servants engaged in munitions and hospital work, and a W.E.A. class; death of Stephen Reiss; regrets conscription, a “citizen army” a characteristic of a socialist state; attitude toward anticipated upheaval after the war, and “an educated, spiritual Democracy”; growing Tory antagonism towards unions; surprise at [the marriage of] William Lawson.
Paper   6f
LAW 2/1/24   13 January 1916
Letter from William Moore Ede at Hammerwood, Oxted, Surrey, as at Worcester [Deanery] to JJL: with one of his sons; Chatt, and scheme of Penny Dinners for school children, Sam Storey's opposition to his re-election as [Durham] County Council District Clerk; attitude toward prosecuting the war against Germany; sadness at social reforms sacrificed “for my life time, & for many years to come”, viz. more Miners' Homes; Christian ethical programme for post-war English society, citing JJL's [?education] work with pitmen; Home Reading Union; encloses pamphlets [not present]; dislike of conscription, but should not be opposed.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/25   31 March 1916
Telegram from George [Lawson], Boldon Colliery, to JJL, Twizell Lane, Beamish, West Pelton: “Regret Jones writes Will fatally injured sniper”.
Paper   1f; 1 envelope
LAW 2/1/26   2 April 1916
Letter from Will Bell, 19 Eamont Gardens, West Hartlepool, to Jack and Bella Lawson: condolences.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/27   23 June 1916
Letter from Averil [D. Furniss], 18 Albion Street, Hyde Park, London, to Bella [Lawson]: welcomes Bella's recovery; widow of William Lawson; details plans for Ruskin College, [H. S. Furniss having been appointed Principal].
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/28   [?after March 1918]
Letter (incomplete), from Lina [Laird], to [Bella Lawson]: account of a country walk near Dunston, [Tyne and Wear]; pay rise to 30/- a week; loneliness, war having brought no change, in contrast to her friends; account of love frustrated by exigencies of war; joined Mawson & Swan's circulating library; enquires after Mr Degeyter at Birtley and Mr Roberts; Alf's leave cancelled due to influx of wounded at York.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/29   21 November 1918
Postcard from Tommy, [Kherson, Ukraine], to W. Lawson at Pit Row, Boldon Colliery: acknowledges receipt of postcard at Sarona, [Palestine; now Tel Aviv, Israel]. The postcard is a river scene of Kherson on the Dnieper, in Ukraine. Postmark: Odessa, dated “12 11 10”.
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LAW 2/1/30   7 December 1918
Letter from R[ichard] Lawson, [Dawdon Lodge, Seaham Harbour] to George and Mary Jane [Lawson], on stationary for John Lawson 1918 election, and Durham Miners' Association Dawdon Lodge: campaign news; JJL at Dawdon Miners' Hall, Seaham Colliery, Seaham Harbour; Richard Lawson, Thomas Schofield, Rev. J. Herron, speakers and organisers on JJL's behalf; poor organisation and scheduling; George Bloomfield; JJL demobilised on 28 November; Dawdon Lodge supportive; local Labour Committees; Church Street, Seaham Harbour meeting plans; Horden Rag Time Band; speeches unreported; events planned at the four New Collieries, Wheatley Hill, and the fair at Thornley and Shotton; Wingate, South Hetton, Murton, Seaham Colliery and Seaham Harbour - “the great drawbacks”; letters of support from JJL's Lodge and Pelton Fell Soldiers and Sailors Society to be printed and distributed.
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LAW 2/1/31   11 November 1919
Letter from R. & C. Whitfield, 5 Primrose Terrace, Hunwick, Willington, to JJL: monitoring Chester-le-Street election in the Herald, wishing luck and expecting success; concern for JJL's health.
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LAW 2/1/32   15 November 1919
Letter from Jack Gascoigne, Witton Gilbert, Durham, to JJL: requests JJL's support for Gascoigne's application for post of Inspector under the County Education Committee; notes JJL's successful election [13 November 1919].
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LAW 2/1/33   [1920s]
Postcard from I[rene] Lawson to Mrs Kirup, School, Grange Ville, Pelton: Irene Lawson in [?London] with Mrs Gilliland [wife of JJL's agent] and JJL. Postcard, printed in Paris, is of The Great Gate House at Hampton Court Palace.
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LAW 2/1/34   8 December 1920
Postcard from JJL, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, to Bella Lawson, 6 Twizell Lane, Beamish: [A. G.] Cameron chairman of the [Labour] Commission to Ireland; motored sixty miles today; staying this night at Killarney. Postcard is of a painting of Muckross Lake, Killarney. Note: postmarked 9 December, however the Commission's Report diary records their stay at Killarney on 8 December.

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LAW 2/1/35   postmarked 26 April 1921
Postcard from JJL, travelling along the coast to St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, to Bella Lawson: speaks tonight at St Leonards-on-Sea; now engaged in “the Battle of Labour”. Postcard is of the cliff at Fairlight, Hastings.
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LAW 2/1/36   postmarked 8 June 1921
Postcard from Adolph Tuck, Raphael Tuck & Sons, to R. Richardson esquire, MP: printed lobby against an increase in postage rates for picture postcards. Postcard is of a painting of the Houses of Parliament from St Thomas' Hospital.
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LAW 2/1/37   postmarked 5 August 1923
Postcard from JJL at Arras, France, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: just arrived, to view the grave of William Lawson. Postcard depicts the ruined nave, taken from the choir, of Arras Cathedral, after the bombing.
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LAW 2/1/38   postmarked 25 August 1923
Postcard from JJL, Morecambe, Lancashire, to Bella Lawson, 6 Twizell Lane, Beamish: Wilde family; leaving Morecambe; may return early. Postcard depicts Heysham village and Point, near Morecambe.
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LAW 2/1/39   postmarked 16 August 1925
Postcard from JJL at [Quebec], Canada, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: chapel; itinerary, Montreal, Toronto, Newfoundland. Postcard depicts Montmorency Falls, Quebec.
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LAW 2/1/40   17 August 1925
Postcard from JJL, Montreal, Canada, to Bella Lawson. Postcard depicts Chateau Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace, Quebec.
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LAW 2/1/41   20 August [1925]
Postcard from JJL, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, to Bella Lawson: traversed the whirlpool below the falls on a trolley. Postcard depicts Horseshoe Fall from below, Niagara Falls.
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LAW 2/1/42   1 September 1925
Postcard from JJL, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, to Bella Lawson: arrived last night; staying with Sir Patrick McGrath, [president of the Legislative Council of Newfoundland]; departs for New York 6 September. See also, LAW 1/2/34.
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LAW 2/1/43   19 October 1925
Letter from Enid and Alexander Johnson, 65 West Eleventh Street, [New York], USA, to JJL: Margaret's apartment borrowed during JJL's New York stay; invitation to visit again; encloses Herald Tribune cutting concerning JJL or a person of the same name [not present].
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LAW 2/1/44   1 September 1926
Postcard from M. W., Holy Island, Scotland, to Bella Lawson: health improved; notes increase in Bella Lawson's work-load. Postcard depicts a beach scene at the coves, Holy Island.
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LAW 2/1/45   8 April 1927
Letter from JJL, Beamish, to Mr Baldwin: recounts JJL's first reading of James Thomson's poem The seasons, and his taste in poetry; appreciation of a poem entitled “The land”.
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LAW 2/1/46   19 September 1928
Letter from Stuart Hodgson, The Daily News, Bouverie Street, London, to Dr. Moore Ede, The Deanery, Worcester: highly commending an article by JJL and drawn to the Hodgson's attention by Ede as “a masterpiece of its kind”, suggesting it would merit “the greater part of a leader page”, and noting the need to introduce JJL to the newspaper's audience; a second article rejected on grounds of length, suggesting book-form publication.
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LAW 2/1/47   15 November 1928
Letter from Harold Macmillan, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, St Martin's Street, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: returns manuscript of Pay Friday, commending the writing's authenticity but criticising its structure; suggests publication in serial form.
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LAW 2/1/48   28 November [1928]
Letter from G. Eden, Daily News Political Correspondent, Press Gallery, [House of Commons], to JJL: editor judges [JJL's] article will “make a “splash””; accordingly being held over until the King's health is restored.Note: date of 1928 inferred from the allusion to the illness of the King, and other correspondence with the Daily News around this date. George V fell seriously ill in November 1928 with septicaemia.

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LAW 2/1/49-50   11 December 1928
Letter, with enclosure, from Eleanor S. Symes, 24 Earl's Terrace, Kensington, London, to JJL: returns typescript of [fourteen] short stories (see below), commending in particular the dialogue and dialect, but noting the danger of alienating readers by over-insisting on the superlative qualities of miners; advises chapters best published serially, then in a book-form collection - but one of loosely connected sketches rather than a continuing story; encloses suggested corrections, revisions and alterations; advises retention of book publication rights in any serialisation deal; also encloses a gift of last year's The writers and artists' yearbook; proposes meeting.
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LAW 2/1/50   [December 1928]
Typescript [copy editor] corrections and revision notes for fourteen typescript chapters by JJL, [returned with typescript]: Pay Friday; The big meeting; The break; Drama in the shaft; The chapel; The battle; The tower on the hill; A summer morning; Downhill; Mary pays; The Fosters; The Hansoms; The caller; Today. [The typescripts referred to may be those now filed at LAW 2/4/1/1].
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LAW 2/1/51   24 December 1928
Postcard from Oswald and Cynthia Mosley, [?Savehay Farm, Denham, Buckinghamshire], to JJL, House of Commons, redirected to Beamish: Christmas and new year wishes.
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LAW 2/1/52   2 January 1929
Letter from William Mellor, The Daily Herald, 2 Carmelite Street, London, to JJL: notes publication of one of JJL's sketches [Benny] in the Daily News, which might have been considered for the Daily Herald's short story series; invites submission of another.Note: Benny was published in the Daily News on 2 January 1929, see LAW 2/1/56.

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LAW 2/1/53   2 January 1929
Letter from William Bell, 10 Selborne Grove, Bradford, Yorkshire, to JJL: commends JJL's short story Benny, published in the Daily News.
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LAW 2/1/54   5 January [1929]
Letter from William Moore Ede, Deanery, Worcester, to JJL: welcomes attention won by JJL's short story Benny, noting a market for mining stories; a copy sent to Stanley Baldwin, [Prime Minister].
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LAW 2/1/55-56   5 January 1929
Letter, and enclosure, from William H. Robinson, Dealer in rare books and ancient manuscripts, 4-6 Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: arranges meeting with Charles Askew of Herbert Jenkins Ltd publishers.
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LAW 2/1/56   5 January 1929
Letter from Charles Askew, Herbert Jenkins Ltd Publishers, 3 York Street, St James's, London, to William H. Robinson, 4-6 Nelson Street: agrees London meeting with JJL.
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LAW 2/1/57-58   7 January 1929
Letter, and enclosure, from Stuart Hodgson, Daily News and Westminster Gazette, Bouverie Street, London: confirming JJL's retention of book rights for Benny; enclosing re-publication permission request; inviting more submissions.
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LAW 2/1/58   5 January 1929
Letter from A. Bowman, General Secretary, The industrial peace union of the British Empire, 18 Abingdon Street, Westminster, to The Editor, Daily News, Bouverie Street, London: request to re-publish Benny“the hero of the Mine” in his organisation's journal, acknowledging the Daily News and the Westminster Gazette, and begging loan of JJL's portrait print block. Superscribed by JJL with note of refusal.
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LAW 2/1/59   10 January 1929
Letter from Charles Askew, Herbert Jenkins Ltd Publishers, 3 York Street, St James's, London, to JJL: returning JJL's sketches, praising the style but noting inconsistency; does not object to JJL marketing the sketches, as “[t]hey may attract attention if issued and mean good publicity for the novel”.
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LAW 2/1/60   13 January [1929]
Letter from Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith [MP], 12 North Square, Golders Green, London, to JJL: commends JJL's story [ Benny]; writer is recovering his health.
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LAW 2/1/61   15 January 1929
Letter from Arnold Dawson, Literary Editor, Daily Herald, 2 Carmelite Street, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: rejects The Hansoms, Today and The caller, as insufficiently fictional for use in the newspapers series of tales; accepts [Drama in the shaft]; notes JJL's suggestion to run notices of his stories in issues prior to their publication; suggests the New leader may publish the [rejected] sketches.
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LAW 2/1/62   23 January 1929
Letter from Stuart Hodgson, Daily News and Westminster Gazette, Bouverie Street, London, to JJL, House of Commons: accepts unspecified article.
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LAW 2/1/63-64   11 February 1929
Letter, with enclosure, from Henry Archibald Taylor, Director, Newspaper Features Ld, 23 Fleet Street, London, to JJL, House of Commons: returns JJL's outline for six articles with alterations, as sent to printer, the series now entitled “Meet the miner”; requests emphasis of the human over the political, editors tolerating only as much “political propaganda” as is necessary to correct misinterpretation of the miners' outlook; will consider an autobiographical article.
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LAW 2/1/64   [February 1929]
Typescript outline for six articles by JJL, annotated by Newspaper Features Ld copy editor, “Meet the miner. Six revealing articles on the mystery man of industry”: The mystery man of industry; Yesterday's miner, and to-day's; King Coal's realm; Prosperity and depression; Pit and parliament; What of the future?.
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LAW 2/1/65   21 Feburary 1929
Letter from Henry Archibald Taylor, Director, Newspaper Features Ld, 23 Fleet Street, London, to JJL, House of Commons: returns second article [ Yesterday's miner, and to-day's]; confirms the publisher's interest solely concerns newspaper publication rights.
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LAW 2/1/66   14 June 1929
Letter from Stuart Hodgson, [ Daily News and Westminster Gazette], 19-22 Bouverie Street, London, to JJL, House of Commons: promises imminent publication of unspecified article; congratulates JJL on his appointment [as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour, on 11 June 1929].
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LAW 2/1/67   28 June 1929
Letter from F. Smith, [Secretary], Ruskin College, to JJL, House of Commons: notice of JJL's unanimous re-election as president of the College Fellowship; congratulations on JJL's parliamentary re-election and recent appointment [in the second Labour government].
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LAW 2/1/68   12 December 1930
Copy letter from JJL to Phillip [sic] Inman, John Quill Ltd, 12 and 13 Henrietta Street, London: encloses The miner and The big meeting, making twelve sketches sent in total, namely: The shaftman (see LAW 2/4/2/61); The manager (see LAW 2/4/2/44); The fore shift (see LAW 2/4/2/33); The Hansoms (see LAW 2/4/2/28); The Saclas family [Sackless] ; The battle (see LAW 2/4/2/4); The tower on the hill (see LAW 2/4/2/75); A summers morn; The spread-over (see LAW 2/4/2/66); Pay Friday. Two “printed” articles [also submitted]: The putter; The dreamer [?see LAW 2/4/1/3]. Expresses flexibility over titling the various pieces. [Much of this material was reworked by JJL into a continuous narrative work entitled variously Geordie or Pay Friday: see LAW 2/4/1/1].
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LAW 2/1/69   16 December 1930
Letter from Philip Inman, John Quill Ltd, Literary Advisers, 12 and 13 Henrietta Street, London, to JJL, Minister of Labour, Montagu House, Whitehall: has submitted “in complete form” JJL's work “as a book” to Hodder & Stoughton; serial publication a wiser second choice; offer to help JJL's daughter, following their recent introduction.
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LAW 2/1/70   17 December 1930
Copy letter from JJL to The Very Rev. William Moore Ede, The Deanery, Worcester: news of his literary work, relaying their mutual acquaintance Philip Inman's decision to submit to Hodder & Stoughton, noting Ede's earlier introduction of JJL to the publisher at a time when JJL was dissatisfied with its form, and soliciting his influence at the firm in the matter; notes specific literary pieces on The big meeting [Durham Miners' Gala], and “that famous interview in the Library at Whitburn Rectory, just before I went to Oxford”; apologises for earlier prevarication.
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LAW 2/1/71   17 December 1930
Copy letter from JJL to Philip Inman, John Quill Ltd, Literary Advisers, 12 and 13 Henrietta Street, London: acknowledges Inman's submission to Hodder & Stoughton.
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LAW 2/1/72   7 June 1931
Postcard from JJL, Hôtel du Montenvers, Chamonix, France, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: impressions of the mountain scenery. Postcard depicts the hotel and the Aiguille du Dru, Chamonix.
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LAW 2/1/73   9 July 1932
Letter from F. L. Stevens, Editor, The New Clarion, 2 Carmelite Street, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: congratulates JJL on [Daily] Herald article; invites 1200-word submission on the subject of the Durham Miners, to be published on 16 July, in time for the Gala; with pasted notice [from 9 July issue] of forthcoming articles by Neil Lyons, Harold J. Laski, and JJL.
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LAW 2/1/74   11 September 1932
[Copy] letter from JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish, to the Librarian, [unspecified]: introduces A man's life, and his intentions for the work's influence on, and on the behalf of, miners.
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LAW 2/1/75   20 September 1932
Letter from A. E. J. Rawlinson, Archdeacon of Auckland, as from The College, Durham, to JJL: introduces himself, enclosing letter of introduction from William Moore Ede [not present]; commends A man's life, recommended to the Bishop-Designate of Jarrow [James Gordon], and will be to all future Durham ordinands; proposes a meeting.
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LAW 2/1/76   postmarked 17 February 1933
Postcard from A. L. Rowse [?at Whitehaven], to JJL, Beamish: commends A man's life. Postcard depicts the north and west piers at Whitehaven.
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LAW 2/1/77   14 December 1933
Letter from William Hazelton, Secretary (writing as Secretary of the Joint Committee), The Educational Settlements Association. A national federation of People's Colleges, Mary Ward House, Tavistock Place, London, to JJL, Houses of Parliament: requests delivery of deferred article by JJL on Residential Adult Education for February number of the Highway; A. Barratt Brown, [principal of Ruskin College]; commends A man's life. Note: see pamphlet Residential colleges for adult education, LAW 2/2/13

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LAW 2/1/78   postmarked 23 December 1933
Postcard from A. E. J. Rawlinson, The College, Durham, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: Christmas wishes. Postcard depicts the pillars in the nave of Durham Cathedral.
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LAW 2/1/79-80   28 December 1933
Letter from R. S. Lambert, Editor, The Listener, Broadcasting House, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: invites JJL to write 800-word review in the [January issue of] Listener of Memoirs of the unemployed, by H. L. Beales and R. S. Lambert, published by Gollancz [1934], for £3 3s.Note: for JJL's review, see LAW 2/4/7/3

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LAW 2/1/80   [December 1933]
Compliment slip from the Editor of the B.B.C. Listener magazine.
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LAW 2/1/81   postmarked 1934
Postcard from JJL, Land's End, Cornwall, to Bella Lawson, 7 Woodside, Beamish: greetings from Land's End; visited St Ives. Postcard depicts Land's End.
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LAW 2/1/82   11 January 1934
Letter from James, [?Hereford] Road, Wanstead, London, to JJL: arrangements for visit of JJL and Bella Lawson; unemployment situation; supports JJL's decision to publish his book [? Under the wheels] with Hodder and Stoughton, and commends the inclusion of “the extra House of Commons bit”, hoping for serialisation in the [Daily] Herald, and noting the topicality of the subject.
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LAW 2/1/83   17 May 1934
Letter from R. A. Rendall, Director of Talks, B.B.C., Broadcasting House, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: encloses programme of talks, drawing JJL's attention to the series “From Tolpuddle to T.U.C.”; proposes JJL take part in a broadcast discussion with Lt-Col. C. M. Headlam on “Trade Unionism in Politics”, on 7 June.
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LAW 2/1/84   19 June 1934
Letter from Arthur Porritt, Editor, The Christian World and Independent Ltd, Ludgate House, 110-111 Fleet Street, London, to JJL, House of Commons: commends JJL's submission Life's Turning-points, undertaking to publish as the first of the publication's [Turning-points] series. [See Who goes home? pp. 95-98].
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LAW 2/1/85-86   17 August 1934
Letter, with enclosure, from Harry Cooper, 24 Hillside, Witton Gilbert, Durham, to JJL: reminds JJL of their meeting at the House of Commons, and of JJL's writing (?in John Bull) of the dramatic potential of the mine as a setting for “Great Drama”; encloses dramatic work 3 a.m., winner of the Markham Prize; welcomes JJL's support for the work.
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LAW 2/1/86   [1934]
3 a.m., by Harry Cooper. Typescript, corrected and revised in black ink.
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Binding: Bound with string
LAW 2/1/87   27 February 1935
Letter from W. G. Lake, Director, British Museum, London, to JJL: queries the source of an image used to illustrate JJL's article “On the Night Express”, Daily Herald, 27 February 1935, the negative belonging to Lake.
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LAW 2/1/88   2 March 1935
Postcard from Reg Baker, 23 Montford Place, London, to JJL, Beamish: commends JJL's article “On the Night Express” , and asks after more work by JJL on the subject of railways.
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LAW 2/1/89   1 July 1935
Letter from Lina [Laird], 34 Armstrong Street, Dunston on Tyne, to Bella Lawson: renews contact; health; isolation; tenants; Mr and Mrs Plews; Bella Lawson's recent poor health; three holidays with the Workers Travel Association to Germany (Cologne to Wiesbaden), Switzerland (Bernese Oberland), and the Black Forest and Oberammergau - “one of the most memorable experiences of my life”; solicits renewal of their friendship.
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LAW 2/1/90   22 July 1935
Letter from George Walker, 14 Byron Street, Easington Colliery: “anxious like many more miners in this county” that Peter Lee's life be written; urges JJL well-qualified to do so.
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LAW 2/1/91   postmarked 2 August 1935
Postcard from Rene [Irene Lawson] and Fred at Little Crosthwaite Farm, Keswick, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: Jack and Nora staying at the farm; return Saturday night. Postcard depicts Little Crosthwaite Farm with the Dod hill behind.
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LAW 2/1/92   17 September 1935
Letter from J. R. Spencer, Editor Sunday Sun, Newcastle Chronicle Ltd, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: reports success of series; proposes two more articles, in addition to the existing six, offering 13 guineas (£13 13s).
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LAW 2/1/93   postmarked 13 September 1935
Postcard from JJL at Paradiso, Lugano, Switzerland, to Clive Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: affectionate greeting. Postcard depicts the funicular up Monte San Salvatore, with Paradiso below.
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LAW 2/1/94   4 July 1936
Letter from Rev. J. S. Mawhinney, Bay du Vin Beach, New Brunswick, Canada, to JJL: commends Under the wheels; encourages JJL to continue; Durham upbringing, miner father.
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LAW 2/1/95   [?postmarked 29 July 1936]
Postcard from E. Nicholson at Aldwick Bay, Bognor Regis, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: holiday greeting; notes Craigweil was used by King George V to recuperate [in 1929]. Postcard depicts the south front of Craigweil House at Bognor Regis.
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LAW 2/1/96   25 August 1936
Letter from Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, Scotland (and 44 Bedford Square, London), to JJL: returns from the Scottish coast ( “on the links” ) to London with Princess [Bibesco], when she hopes to meet JJL for lunch; JJL journeyed with the writer and her children; earnestly urges moderation upon the Labour party, and in all things, citing Spain as an object lesson in “the folly, & bestiality of violence”, and noting her daughter Princess Bibesco's familiarity with most of the public figures there.
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LAW 2/1/97   8 September 1936
Letter from Rev. Ernest F. McLean, The Methodist Church Silsden Circuit, Bourne House, Silsden, Keighley, Yorkshire, to JJL: intention to lecture on A man's life at a rally of a neighbouring circuit, mostly comprised of weavers; commends the book; solicits an encouraging closing message for his audience.
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LAW 2/1/98   17 September [?recte October] 1936
Letter from Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, 44 Bedford Square, London, to JJL: bewails state of Europe; sleepless since renouncing hunting in Leicestershire; wishing to give JJL Lay sermons; notes her failure to benefit financially from her autobiography's high sales due to having sold the rights; commends JJL's book, and “the late” Labour party Conference; urges moderation and non-violence. Note: the 1936 Labour party conference was held at Edinburgh, 5-9 October.

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LAW 2/1/99   18 September 1936
Letter from John Miller, The Engineer (North Eastern Area), London & North Eastern Railway, York, to JJL, House of Commons: offers his and his wife's thanks for presentation copy of A man's life, and commendation of the work.
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LAW 2/1/100   6 November 1936
Letter from Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, 44 Bedford Square, London, to JJL: again promises to send copy of autobiography; reports the appreciation of her friends and family for A man's life; solicits an invitation to her, daughter Princess Bibesco and son Anthony Asquith to dine with JJL and some of his friends at the House of Commons.
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LAW 2/1/101   19 November 1936
Letter from Robert Blatchford, The Firs, Horsham, Sussex, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's gift of Peter Lee with its tribute to Blatchford's Britain for the British on p.136 “with understanding; but with a rather grim smile”; contradicts an inference that peace be more likely under Labour, predicting war, ruin and defeat should the party return to power due to the workers' helplessness, tragic “blundering and blindness”, their “follys [sic] and their surly self-righteousness”; identifies the belligerence of Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan as threats to the British Empire; apologises for outspokenness.
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LAW 2/1/102-103   20 November 1936
Letter, with enclosure, from Alice Lee, 4 Church Street, Durham, to JJL: offers thanks for a [sum of money], and JJL's assistance; recalls encouraging visits of JJL and Mr Lowther; reports Lowther “paid the other over”, thus lifting from Lee's family “the uncertainty and dread” [of poverty].Note: Alice Lee probably alludes to a public subscription for the family in Peter Lee's memory, administered by JJL and Lowther, see LAW 2/7/2/195.

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LAW 2/1/103   20 November 1936
Letter from Alice Lee to JJL: offers her thanks for [presentation] copy of Peter Lee, with commendation for the work; family's gratitude for JJL's recording for posterity Lee's life and work.
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LAW 2/1/104   23 November 1936
Letter from William J. Davey, Woodlea, 54 Lyford Road, Wandsworth Common, London, to JJL: mutual acquaintance, Arthur Henderson, a very old friend; commends Peter Lee; employed 61 years with the Hawksley engineering firm, meeting Peter Lee in connection with the Burnhope Reservoir, and noting its completion £50,000 under estimate; fellow Methodist; encloses “a few recollections of my long life” [not present].
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LAW 2/1/105   24 November 1936
Letter from Thomas V. Skerratt, County Police Station, Brandhall Road, Warley, Langley, Birmingham, to JJL: praises A man's life, noting parallels with own upbringing; champions miners' cause; detailed history of his family's life, recounting a home at Blackbank near Newcastle-under-Lyme, father working as a miner in several pits, uncle George [Skerratt] retiring as Chief Inspector with Staffordshire County Constabulary, father's mining injury in a fall, father's attitude to alcohol and later teetotalism, potteries and tile factories, a brother in the Grenadier Guards, Worcestershire County Constabulary, father's compensation upon retirement for poor health from employer, account of a man saving his father's life in a pit fall ( ““It shall fall on me before thee Dick”” ).
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LAW 2/1/106   10 May 1937
Letter from Raiph Hodder-Williams, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, St Paul's House, Warwick Square, London, to JJL, House of Commons: encloses three copies of A man's life, published this day at 2/6d.
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LAW 2/1/107   postmarked 6 August 1937
Postcard, postmarked “Grays Essex”, from JJL on board P. & O. S.N. Co's S.S. Chitral, to Clive Lawson, The Camp, Ebden's Farm, Whitburn, Sunderland: ship to call at Plymouth; [Sir Charles Harington] Harington, governor of Gibralter, also on board. Postcard depicts the ship Chitral.
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LAW 2/1/108   12 August 1937
Postcard from JJL, Marseilles, to Clive Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: visiting P. & O. Electric Ship Strathnaver; sails tomorrow morning on the Chitral for Port Said.
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LAW 2/1/109   14 August 1937
Letter card from JJL, S.S. Chitral, postmarked at sea and then at London, to Bella Lawson, The Camp, Ebden's Farm, Whitburn, Sunderland: depicts the S.S. Chitral and internal views of the first class dining saloon, the first saloon lounge, a portion of the first saloon smoking room, and the first saloon verandah café.
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LAW 2/1/110   4 January 1937 [recte 1938]; postmarked 1938
Postcard from JJL, travelling by rail through Perpignan, France, into [Spain], to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: travelling with “our good friend” [Hannen] Swaffer, (see LAW 2/4/2/65).
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LAW 2/1/111   8 January 1938
Letter from [Stanley Baldwin, first Earl] Baldwin of Bewdley, Astley Hall, Stourport, to JJL: Imperial War Graves [Commission]; treatment in London for arthritis; invitation to visit.
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LAW 2/1/112   17 June 1938
Letter from Ian Fraser, St John's Lodge, (Inner Circle), Regent's Park, London, to JJL: praises JJL's tribute to Herbert Smith broadcast in the 7 o'clock [B.B.C.] news.
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LAW 2/1/113   postmarked 20 August 1938
Postcard, (postmarked Liverpool), from Bella Lawson [on board the M.V. Circassia], to Alma, Woodside, Beamish: arrived safely. Postcard depicts the M.V. Circassia at sea.
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LAW 2/1/114   21 November 1938
Letter from Maria Leiper, Editor, Simon and Schuster, Inc., 386 Fourth Avenue, New York, USA, to Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd, St Paul's House, Warwick Square, London: declines A man's life, doubting Simon and Schuster “would be able to do any more with it than Fleming Revell and Company”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/115   13 December 1938
Letter from Philip Inman, Methuen & Co. Ltd, 36 Essex Street, Strand, London, to JJL, The House of Commons: arrangements for a lunch at the Union Club or at Charing Cross Hospital; positive reaction to proposed children's book, requesting manuscript to read to his children on holiday.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/116   late December 1938
Letter from JJL to Clive [Lawson]: Christmas rhyme by JJL, taking in Santa Claus, Snow White and [Dodgson's] Alice; greets Bella Lawson, Alma and Clive.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/117   4 January 1939
Letter from Josiah C. Wedgwood, 903 Howard House, Dolphin Square, London, to JJL: praises A man's life; Tom Birt; surprise at the contents of the autobiography, despite eighteen years' acquaintance in the House of Commons - now has “for you a greater respect [than] that for any other in the House”; Elswick [shipyard], 1900-1902; James Clare takes him to his first socialist “speech making” in a Durham mining village in 1891.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/118   5 January 1939
Letter from Josiah C. Wedgwood, 903 Howard House, Dolphin Square, London, to JJL: testifies to his emotional response to A man's life, further praising it and JJL's qualities; wishes to meet JJL and his wife.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/119   3 February 1939
Letter from Edith Lee, Dunelm, 20 East Parade, Promenade, Whitley Bay, to JJL: thanks for JJL's role in eliciting a cheque [?loan] from Lady Cripps, and for his and others' assistance to the family; loans to be repaid.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/120   1 June 1939
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, 76 Cadogan Square, London, to JJL: returns separately a copy of South with Scott, autographed with a penguin, and a portrait photograph, for Clive Lawson; thanks JJL for his service.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/121   6 June 1939
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, 76 Cadogan Square, London, to JJL: reading A man's life - comparing Bob Sharples with Lieutenant [Henry Robertson] Bowers in Captain Scott's last expedition; encloses an abbreviated edition of Adventure, youth and duty [not present], for Clive Lawson.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/122   22 June 1939
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, 76 Cadogan Square, London, to JJL: praises A man's life, admiring particularly his handling of the death, [near Ypres], of William Lawson in 1916. “It took a lot of courage to write that chapter, and somehow I wonder whether the national spirit today is quite up to the standard of 1916. We shall probably learn the answer within the next two years.”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/123   26 October 1939
Letter from Alfred Bossom, 5 Carlton Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: Admiral [Edward] Evans to send JJL a reference to a published report of [his] action with H.M.S. Broke [on 20 April 1917]; Scott Film.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/124   4 November 1939
Letter from Thomas L. Spencer, 104 Carter Knowle Road, Sheffield 7, to Frank Collindridge, MP for Barnsley, House of Commons: encloses photograph (see LAW 2/4/1/6/10 and LAW 2/4/1/6/24) of Silkstone Memorial of the Huskar Pit disaster there, 4 July 1830 [recte 1838], and listing names of the 26 boys and girls drowned.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/125   11 November 1939
Letter from Alfred Bossom, 5 Carlton Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: arrangements for a meeting between Admiral Evans and JJL at the House of Commons.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/126   31 May 1940
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, Ministry of Aircraft Production, Millbank, London, to JJL, House of Commons: returned from Norway; already in another job.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/127   9 December 1940
Letter from Major [J.] Dudfield Rose R.A.M.C., No. 6 General Hospital, Luton, Bedfordshire, to JJL: hospital posted ““out East”” on active service; appointed to South Coast Defence scheme following Dunkirk, then surgical specialist at [No. 6 General Hospital]; discusses policy of bombing cities ( ““Coventrating”” ), justifying his utilitarian support for such a policy with personal experiences of German war crimes during the retreat from France, encounters with captured German airmen, the popularity in Germany of the philosophy of Nieztsche and Hegel; his consequent realisation that distinguishing between the German people and Nazism is no longer sustainable; identifies “Nazi philosophy” with the German people, even in defeat - “[t]he only solutions are complete extermination or a religious revival ...”; Italians “even more despicable than one imagined”; parents remain in Jarrow, declining evacuation to a cottage in Edmundbyers; Christmas wishes.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/1/128   [before March 1941]
Letter fragment from Josiah C. Wedgwood, to JJL: tracing genealogy of JJL's grandfather, Wedgwood's 6th cousin.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/129   5 March 1941
Letter from Josiah C. Wedgwood, House of Commons, to JJL: commends JJL and Tom [?Williams]'s “great example of unselfish patriotism”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/130   12 July 1941
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, H.Q. London Civil Defence Region, P.O. Box 501, London, to JJL, House of Commons: invitation to lunch at 76 Cadogan Square with R. D. Grenfell, J. Griffiths and W. Taylor; South Wales [event] successful, Grenfell, Griffiths and Arthur Horner all speaking.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/131   14 April 1942
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, H.Q. London Civil Defence Region, Exhibition Road, London, to JJL, House of Commons: thanks JJL for his praise for Evans' [B.B.C.] broadcast.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/132-135   2-11 May 1942
Letters of condolence to Bella Lawson and (LAW 2/1/134) Jack Lawson upon the death of Clive Lawson, from: Private Connie Dodd W/168535; J. Tweddle; Mrs J. A. Kirkup; Edward R.G.R. Evans.
Paper   1f; 1f; 2f; 1f
LAW 2/1/136   22 August 1942
Letter from Fred, Belmont, (envelope postmarked Gloucester), to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: news sheets distributed; authorises JJL to change Fred's [sur]name [to Lawson]; disagreements with army authorities; Colonel Pickering; hopes for [his assignment to an] Officer Cadets Training Unit.
Paper   1f; stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/137-138   5 March 1943
Letter, with enclosure, from Cuthbert Barker, solicitor, Bentinck Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Cheapside Chambers, Newcastle-upon-Lyme, Staffordshire, to JJL: Mr [C. Fred C.] Donnelly's name-changing process, to Lawson, completed, and public notices published; deed poll to be dispatched; encloses itemised bill.
Paper   1f; 2f
LAW 2/1/138   25 February 1943
Bill itemising charges for changing the name of C. F. C. Donnelly to C. F. C. Lawson by deed poll, stamped receipt dated 12 March 1943. Endorsed in JJL's hand: “Fred's Name”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/139   12 August 1943
Letter from Guy Burgess, B.B.C., Broadcasting House, London, to JJL: suggests date for [broadcasting] Who goes home?; invites JJL to present Week in Westminster in the event of a recess session; Quintin Hogg.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/140-442   20 February-28 March 1944
Correspondence to JJL in reaction to his “Sunday Postscript”, entitled variously Human life or Mortal man and immortal art, first broadcast by the B.B.C. Home Service [Home and Forces Programme (London)] on 20 February 1944 following the 21.00 news, at 21.20, and repeated the following day following the 13.00 news, at 13.15; the full talk was printed in the B.B.C.'s The Listener magazine on 24 February 1944, pp. 203-204 (see also LAW 2/4/3/41, and LAW 2/4/2/69). In the following list, (in date then alphabetical order), correspondents' names and addresses are noted, with the extent of each letter; unless otherwise stated, the response is one of supportive agreement; other noteworthy content is also described.
Paper   402f
LAW 2/1/140   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Anonymous veteran: petrol rationing; casualty rates of airmen and petrol tanker drivers; poor rate of service pay; entertainment; consequences “for these poor lads who were reared on the dole” of a second front; “[w]e hardly dare speak the truth so I must remain anonymous”; the war “an awful climax to years of bad government”.
3f
LAW 2/1/141   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Anonymous, a warden at a hostel: invective accusing JJL of minimising the “vandalism of the Anglo-American destruction of Italy's macthless [sic] heritage”, e.g. Monte Cassino; deprecates the employment of “frail half-starved women of India” in the coal mines; ridicules American pledge to rebuild Italy.
2f
LAW 2/1/142   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Anonymous, “Very interested listener”: calls for national repentance; diatribe against Roman Catholicism; Joseph Hocking; [R. A.] Butler, [president of the Board of Education].
2f
LAW 2/1/143   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
D. K. Burgess, 38 St Bartholomew's Road.
1f
LAW 2/1/144   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Mr and Mrs George Jefson, 26 George Street, Mill Street, Bradford, Manchester.
1f
LAW 2/1/145   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Edith Roberts: condemns bombing of non-combatants [cities], noting “the majority of poor folks feel the same”.
1f (incomplete)
LAW 2/1/146   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Lady Marjorie Stirling, 1 The Grove, Highgate Village, London: broadcast answers letter to The Times by Lord Esher [“Artistic treasure and human life.” 9 February 1944; p.5; Issue 49775; col. E ].
1f
LAW 2/1/147   Undated [20 February x March 1944]
Rev. C. Ashlin West, 28 Summerfield Crescent, Edgbaston: miners generally against employment of pit-boys; divergence of British and American strategy regarding bombing and second front.
1f
LAW 2/1/148   20 February 1944
Anonymous, “One of the workers of the world”.
1f
LAW 2/1/149   20 February 1944
Anonymous, “One of many listeners”.
1f
LAW 2/1/150   20 February 1944
Fred Back, Councillor, Lynwood, Cunliffe Street, Coal Aston, Sheffield.
1f
LAW 2/1/151   20 February 1944
G. A. Bannister, Ashville, West Road, Bowdon, Cheshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/152   20 February 1944
E. Bass, 32 Brunswick Square, Hove, Sussex
1f
LAW 2/1/153   20 February 1944
John Bell, 14 Alexander Terrace, Evenwood, Bishop Auckland, [Co. Durham]: answers Lords speech [against indiscriminate bombing] of Dr Cosmo Lang; old acquaintance of JJL.
1f
LAW 2/1/154   20 February 1944
Le Bishop and family, Southsea.
1f
LAW 2/1/155   20 February 1944
Thomas Brady, All Saints, 49 Rochsolloch Road, Airdrie: a Catholic curate; echoing JJL's talk, deprecates also “the sub-ordination of man to the state”.
2f
LAW 2/1/156   20 February 1944
Philip W. Bryant, President, Ye Olde Holte Bowling Club, Villa Park: highlights falling production and employment in the motor trade.
1f
LAW 2/1/157   20 February 1944
Charles H. S. Buckley, The Vicarage, Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall: re wireless technology, notes the writer was on board a ship 100 miles from the Titanic when she went down, learning only of the disaster upon reaching Ireland.
1f
LAW 2/1/158   20 February 1944
A. G. Bullen, 29 Newstead Road, Liverpool: critical of Monte Cassino bombing; Castel Gandolfo.
1f
LAW 2/1/159   20 February 1944
Kathleen Caris, Court Farm, Bishampton, Pershore, Worcestershire: bombed out of London, urges post-war housing construction; husband in India; psychological, philosophical effect of a [first] child.
3f
LAW 2/1/160   20 February 1944
Lt Col. John Burke Cole, [Midlands] as from the Travellers Club, Pall Mall, London.
2f
LAW 2/1/161   20 February 1944
Pte. C. M. Colquhoun, Medical Research Council and National Hospital Queen Square, Research Unit: laboratory assistant, R.A.M.C; father's career, Boer war, Sunderland, first world war, Castleton mine, unemployment in 1926, current service.
2f
LAW 2/1/162   20 February 1944
Ed Connor, 23 Lindom Avenue, Mains Park, Chester-le-Street.
1f
LAW 2/1/163   20 February 1944
Maurice F. Cook, 28a Seymour Road, Hampton Wick, Kingston-on-Thames: answers Lord Lang and the Bishop of Chichester.
1f
LAW 2/1/164   20 February 1944
Stella and Joseph Dolinger, 61 Parkhurst Road, London.
1f
LAW 2/1/165   20 February 1944
J. Donald, 8 Oak Villas, Manningham, Bradford.
1f
LAW 2/1/166   20 February 1944
G. O. Earenshaw, Whincote, Thorndon Cross, Okehampton: advocates adoption of empire debt free currency, and abolition of taxation, enclosing pamphlet [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/167   20 February 1944
Mrs Evelyn Ellis, 44a St Andrew Street, Cawsand, Plymouth: Beatrice Wright [?MP for Bodmin].
1f
LAW 2/1/168   20 February 1944
Mrs M. W. Ellis, Plas Penrhyn Mawr, Bwlchtocyn, Abersoch, S. Caernarfonshire.
2f
LAW 2/1/169   20 February 1944
Walter L. Elmer, Melrose House, 20 Bennett Street, Bath.
2f
LAW 2/1/170   20 February 1944
William H. Fullerton, The Methodist Manse, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Eire: memories of preaching the Durham circuit; Cliff College trekkers; Rev. J. G. Brice; state of Methodism in his circuit in [Co. Mayo].
1f
LAW 2/1/171   20 February 1944
M. Godfrey, 6 Erith Terrace, Hylton Road, Sunderland: Under the wheels.
1f
LAW 2/1/172   20 February 1944
A.S.M. E. Greenslade, South Foreland Battery, St Margaret's Bay, Near Dover, Kent.
3f
LAW 2/1/173   20 February 1944
Stanley J. Hall, Wendlebury House, Near Bicester, Oxfordshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/174   20 February 1944
H. M. Hallsworth, Chesneys, St Ives, Huntingdonshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/175   20 February 1944
M. Harding, 3 Guildford Square, Lynemouth, Morpeth, Northumberland: son four years a prisoner of war.
1f
LAW 2/1/176   20 February 1944
Captain H. M. B. Henderson R.E., 117-119 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/177   20 February 1944
Rev. Shaun Herron, Toc H, Brotherton House, North Grange Road, Headingley, Leeds.
1f
LAW 2/1/178   20 February 1944
Robert S. Holliday, Laundry House, Workington, Cumberland: JJL preaching at Workington; invitation to local preachers' Mutual Aid Week-end.
1f
LAW 2/1/179   20 February 1944
Miss Hattie M. Humphreys, 163 Newport Road, Cardiff.
2f
LAW 2/1/180   20 February 1944
Broughton H. Hurd, Glenthorne House, Putney Park Avenue, London: urges such a commendable “broad “classless” humanitarian outlook” from the Labour party at the next election.
1f
LAW 2/1/181   20 February 1944
Edna Hutchinson, 5 Linden Road, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: army allowance.
3f
LAW 2/1/182   20 February 1944
William Jackson, Stavros House, Station Road, Washington Station.
1f
LAW 2/1/183   20 February 1944
L[lewelyn] F[rederick] Menzies Jones, Burnham Thorpe, Eton College, Windsor.
1f
LAW 2/1/184   20 February 1944
Percy Kisley, Church View, Cockfield, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: coal hewer, shift begins at 02.30.
1f
LAW 2/1/185   20 February 1944
Henry and Margaret [?McClueir], Eyston Lodge, Foxearth, Sudbury, Suffolk.
1f
LAW 2/1/186   20 February 1944
Mrs J. M. McIntosh, 65 High Street, Lochwinnock, Renfrewshire.
2f
LAW 2/1/187   20 February 1944
F/O R. A. Mackintosh, Officer's Mess, RAF Station, Locking, Near Weston-super-Mare.
1f
LAW 2/1/188   20 February 1944
R. Macleod, Airds Bay, Taynuilt, Argyll.
1f
LAW 2/1/189   20 February 1944
A. A. [?Makant], Whitecroft, Upper Swanswick, Bath.
1f
LAW 2/1/190   20 February 1944
E. W. Martindell, Oakley, Hook, Hampshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/191   20 February 1944
Thomas Millar, 35 Hallworth Avenue, Audenshaw, Manchester: former Secretary of Bill Quay (Gateshead, Co. Durham) Labour party.
2f
LAW 2/1/192   20 February 1944
W. M. Morgan, Secretary, Union of Post Office Workers, Glasgow Telegraph Section, 1739 Great Western Road, Glasgow.
1f
LAW 2/1/193   20 February 1944
Robert Murray, Arlan-Rhu, Carlibar Road, Barrhead: old acquaintance of JJL's, [former MP for West Renfrewshire]; encloses unidentified “book of trifles” by the writer.
1f
LAW 2/1/194   20 February 1944
Miss Margaret Neumeyer, Harboro' Grange, Harboro' Road, Sale, Cheshire: a refugee, and a pupil at Sale High School for Girls.
1f
LAW 2/1/195   20 February 1944
Col. R. S. Newton, Oak Haven, Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/196   20 February 1944
Mrs Edna Lee Park, Frinsted, Manor Road, Sidmouth, South Devon.
1f
LAW 2/1/197   20 February 1944
W. L. Pattison, 19 Kings Gate, Aberdeen.
1f
LAW 2/1/198   20 February 1944
John L. Pigneguy, 18 Seaside Road, Lancing, Sussex.
1f
LAW 2/1/199   20 February 1944
George Pratt, 6 Cranmere Avenue, Northampton.
1f
LAW 2/1/200   20 February 1944
Jessie Purse, Eastholm, Gates Avenue, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire: scriptural diatribe against corruption in governing and privileged classes.
2f
LAW 2/1/201   20 February 1944
W. B. Redmayne, The Village House, Dalston, Carlisle.
1f
LAW 2/1/202   20 February 1944
Rev. T. W. Sanders, Swaythling Methodist Hall, Burgess Road, Southampton: native of Shildon, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/203   20 February 1944
Mrs L. G. Scott, 64 Vale Avenue, Horwich: “war widow 1918, war mother 1940”: impassioned attack on war, and on post-war housing plans.
1f
LAW 2/1/204   20 February 1944
E. F. Sheldon, The Cottage, London Road, Wheatley, Oxford: family history, blacksmiths, bicycle then motor trade, now at Morris aeroplane repair works.
1f
LAW 2/1/205   20 February 1944
James Sillavan, Spencer's Fallow, Prestbury, Cheshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/206   20 February 1944
Mrs Smithson, 28 Woodside Avenue, Leeds.
1f
LAW 2/1/207   20 February 1944
Matt J. Smyth, 429 Ansty Road, Wyken, Coventry: pacifist plea on grounds of common humanity.
3f
LAW 2/1/208   20 February 1944
Ernest Storr, 34 Topcliffe Road, Thirsk, Yorkshire: retired Methodist minister, formerly working in Durham circuit; I.L.P. member from 1907; spoke for Pete Curran, and met JJL at Jarrow election, 1910; John Gilliland.
1f
LAW 2/1/209   20 February 1944
A. E. Steadman-Lewis, St Andrew's Church, Bournville, Weston-super-Mare.
1f
LAW 2/1/210   20 February 1944
R. (Bob) Swinhoe, 12 Honeypot Lane, Kingsbury: son of late Jack Swinhoe; old family acquaintance; worked in the pit with and greatly admired William Lawson.
1f
LAW 2/1/211   20 February 1944

1f
LAW 2/1/212   20 February 1944
Philip Vos, H. 5 & 6 Albany, Piccadilly, London.
1f
LAW 2/1/213   20 February 1944
Rev. F. W. Walton, Warton Vicarage, Tamworth.
1f
LAW 2/1/214   20 February 1944
Sydney Walton, The White Cottage, Sudbury Hill, Harrow: transmission suspended by a bombing raid.
1f
LAW 2/1/215   20 February 1944
North West.
1f
LAW 2/1/216   20 February 1944
E. Beverley White, Downholm, Friars Bay, Peacehaven: resident at Ferryhill Rectory (Co. Durham) during the first world war; queries miners' decision to strike.
2f
LAW 2/1/217   20 February 1944
Rev. W. J. Genberthy White, 22 North Lodge Terrace, Darlington: 2d. and ½d. postage stamps affixed.
1f
LAW 2/1/218   20 February 1944
Charles Young, Warden, Talbot House Services Club, 32 Lowther Street, Carlisle.
1f
LAW 2/1/219   21 February 1944
[Anonymous], Ferndown Drapery Store, Wimborne Road, Ferndown, Dorset.
1f (?incomplete)
LAW 2/1/220   21 February 1944
[Anonymous] Merchant Navy seaman, Greenfield, Luddendenfoot, Yorkshire.
1f (incomplete)
LAW 2/1/221   21 February 1944
John M. Andrews, Maxwell Court, Comber, County Down: 5-year apprenticeship in flax-spinning industry; Minister of Labour; brother Tom [Andrews] lost on the Titanic, and encloses a book of his life and the disaster [? Thomas Andrews, shipbuilder, (1912)], [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/222   21 February 1944
R. W. Armistead, The Confectioner; Green End, Hawley Drive, Hale Barns, Cheshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/223   21 February 1944
A. Agilvie, Micklethwaite, Wetherby, Yorkshire: a nurse, having served in South Africa during the Boer War, and during both world wars; impact in Southampton of the sinking of the Titanic; Dunkirk casualties; four sons on active duty, one a prisoner of war, one having volunteered from America.
1f
LAW 2/1/224   21 February 1944
E. H. B.: encloses unspecified gift [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/225   21 February 1944
Florence Baldwin, 47 Talbot Road, London: argues for priority of world cultural treasures.
1f
LAW 2/1/226   21 February 1944
Anna Barlow, 150 Grosvenor House: castigates unimaginative and apathetic politicians during the 1930s depression.
1f
LAW 2/1/227   21 February 1944
J. C. Barnett, Lymington House, Four Marks, Alton, Hampshire.
2f
LAW 2/1/228   21 February 1944
Henry Berry, [Chairman], Metropolitan Water Board, Chairman's Room, New River Head, Rosebery Avenue, London: “need for preservation of human personality and individuality” in town planning; quotes Dr Theodora Kimball re goal of government “to serve the health, wealth and happiness of our people”.
1f
LAW 2/1/229   21 February 1944
M. B. Beverley, Beverley Bros., 61 Thoroughfare, Halesworth, Suffolk.
1f
LAW 2/1/230   21 February 1944
Lady Shirley Blacker, Oak Hill House, Frensham, Surrey.
2f
LAW 2/1/231   21 February 1944
James Brown, The Mount, 64 Otto Terrace, Sunderland.
1f
LAW 2/1/232   21 February 1944
William Browning, 27 Blackburn Drive, Ayr: former Co. Durham teacher, married to a Durham mining village schoolmistress, with a daughter a Durham University graduate.
1f
LAW 2/1/233   21 February 1944
Elsie Burroughs, 10c Rawlinson Road, Oxford: encloses two publications, one containing 1914-1918 writings of the writer's brother, the other [ The story of the great hope], by the writer herself, [neither present].
1f
LAW 2/1/234   21 February 1944
H. V. T. Burton, 97 High Street, Tring: speed limits; gloss on Hippocrates' “Ars longa, vita brevis”.
1f
LAW 2/1/235   21 February 1944
Rev. J. W. Chismon, 395 Park Road, Oldham, Lancashire.
1f
LAW 2/1/236   21 February 1944
W. S. Clare, Holmleigh, Heald Road, Bowdon.
1f
LAW 2/1/237   21 February 1944
A. Clayfield, Metals Limited, Andover Street & Banbury Street, Birmingham: formerly Royal Field Artillery, recounts the ““accidental”” destruction of a German observation post in the spire of Lens Cathedral in 1917, there having been issued orders not to target the church.
1f
LAW 2/1/238   21 February 1944
E. Close, Kiplin Drive, Scorton, Yorkshire: “I am a Victorian & agree with all you say”; formerly employed by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, defends their enduring value to society.
1f
LAW 2/1/239   21 February 1944
E. Collins, Christian Action Fellowship, 30 Beaconsfield Road, Birmingham.
1f
LAW 2/1/240   21 February 1944
Rev. B. J. Corder, Radnage Rectory, High Wycombe.
1f
LAW 2/1/241   21 February 1944
Mr & Mrs A. Cramb, Oswald Place, Leven, Fifeshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/242   21 February 1944
C. Denham, Redriff, Claremont Road, Seaford.
1f
LAW 2/1/243   21 February 1944
Charles A. Earl, 3 Molyneux Road, Farncombe, Surrey: “imperialist war”; argues bombing of cities “deliberately” targets civilians; observes changing perceptions of Finland and Russia; Christian and socialist.
1f
LAW 2/1/244   21 February 1944
M. Edgerton, Fir Tree Cottage, Lower Road, Myddle, Shropshire: “a war workers widow”; balances the cultural heritage saved against the servicemen lost and the subsequent privation of their widows and dependants.
2f
LAW 2/1/245   21 February 1944
Mrs J. Evans, Oakwood House, Chilworth Road, Upper Bassett, Southampton: son, RAF, killed at the beginning of the war.
2f
LAW 2/1/246   21 February 1944
Rev. W. Lionel Evans, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Barry; 148 Jenner Road, Barry.
1f
LAW 2/1/247   21 February 1944
W. J. Farmer, Tir Nan Oge, Helston, Cornwall: condemns rising population of industrial centres, “at the expense of all that makes like worth while”, and pleas for a Minister for Beauty.
1f
LAW 2/1/248   21 February 1944
Alice Fawcitt, Stainton House, Bowes Close, Ramshaw, Evenwood, Near Bishop Auckland.
1f
LAW 2/1/249   21 February 1944
William Fairey, 65 Pontefract Road, Castleford: worked fifty years in colliery; pensions, and LLoyd George; trade union activity (pre-1893) - “8 Hrs Work 8 Hrs Play 8 Hrs Bed & 8/- a day”; alienated by strikes of 1893, disassociating himself from unions and strikers ever since; Ben Pickard; opposes daylight saving time; a conservative; approves of Beveridge Report, and sketches a proposal made by the writer to [James] Maxton [MP] for abolition of all unions and a universal state pension.
2f
LAW 2/1/250   21 February 1944
Fred B. Fenwick, Fenwick Ltd, Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 2/1/251   21 February 1944
J. A. Forbes, 29 All Saints Road, Shildon, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/252   21 February 1944
J. C. York, 6 Cooperative Terrace, Fence Houses, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/253   21 February 1944
J. Foster, 49 First Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex: enclosure [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/254   21 February 1944
Annie Fowler, 8 Athlone Avenue, Blackpool.
1f
LAW 2/1/255   21 February 1944
Mrs E. M. Freeman, Overstone, 71 Wepre Park, Connah's Quay, Chester.
1f
LAW 2/1/256   21 February 1944
Alice A. Gibson, 8 West Grove Avenue, Dalton, Huddersfield: “Victorian spirit”.
2f
LAW 2/1/257   21 February 1944
Jimmy Gilchrist, 536 Main Street, Bellshill, Lanarkshire: ex-miner; economies; demands the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral, or any church, be postponed until sufficient housing has been built; proposes measures to increase productivity in mines; Russian operation to “rais[e] power direct from the coal face without hewing”; James Anthony Fraude; government contractor, working around Scotland; Salvation Army; quotes Richard Le Gallienne's “War”.
2f
LAW 2/1/258   21 February 1944
Rev. Sidney J. Goldston, The Rectory, Chingford: met JJL when he addressed the Chelmsford Diocesan Conference; eldest son, RAF squadron leader, killed.
1f
LAW 2/1/259   21 February 1944
Arthur Graham, Woodbine, Railway Road, Ilkley, Yorkshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/260   21 February 1944
David Gray, Lambton Estate Office, Fence Houses.
1f
LAW 2/1/261   21 February 1944
Mark Greenwood, Secretary, Rochdale and District Chrysanthemum Society, 8 Kenion Road, Bamford, Rochdale: cites John Ruskin and William Morris; urges an end to the electoral truce - slighting the chances of re-election of [Evelyn] Walkden, [MP for Doncaster] and [George] Muff, [MP for Hull East].
1f
LAW 2/1/262   21 February 1944
Richard Grundy, Annechy House, Albert Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire: Worksop flour mills; encloses pamphlet [not present] suggesting distribution among servicemen.
2f
LAW 2/1/263   21 February 1944
R. Hankinson, 79 Easton Road, New Ferry, Cheshire.
4f
LAW 2/1/264   21 February 1944
J. A. Harding, Fairways, Roundwood Lane, Haywards Heath.
1f
LAW 2/1/265   21 February 1944
Robert W. Hardy, Battons House, Savile Town, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/266   21 February 1944
Rosena Hardy, Grimsby: defends the sanctity of human life against forces of science and “the Satanic Movement in Anglo Catholicism”; recommends JJL meet Rev. Rash and Rev. McKelvey at Buckingham Gate.
1f
LAW 2/1/267   21 February 1944
J. M. Hardwick, St John's, 13 Horton Crescent, Rugby: born at Shotton Colliery; grandfather James Manisty, rector of Easington; father T. Frederick Hardwick, vicar of Shotton; brother-in-law Sydney Reynolds, rector of Burnmoor.
1f
LAW 2/1/268   21 February 1944
Joseph Harkness, 1 Livingstone Road, Birmingham.
1f
LAW 2/1/269   21 February 1944
Wilfred H. Harrison, 76 Morthen Road, Wickersley, Rotherham.
1f
LAW 2/1/270   21 February 1944
Mrs J. Harvey, 30 Ogle Street, Hucknalll, Nottinghamshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/271   21 February 1944
Thomas Hayes, 63 Corrour Road, Newlands, Glasgow.
1f
LAW 2/1/272   21 February 1944
John J. Head, Church Street, Dervock, County Antrim: service family; increasing price of coal, little benefiting the miner; employment history and pension status, contrasting public and private sector provision; increases in taxation not matched by pensions reform; necessary post-war settlement.
3f
LAW 2/1/273   21 February 1944
F. M. Heward, Longhope, New Road, Teignmouth.
1f
LAW 2/1/274   21 February 1944
Herbert B. Hillary, Mosleigh, Coleshill Heath Road, Marston Green, Birmingham: formerly of Tow Law, Co. Durham; Horner's Toffee Factory, Chester-le-Street; father manager of Weardale Company's Tow Law colliery; cousin overman at Black Prince colliery; housing against “churchianity”.
1f
LAW 2/1/275   21 February 1944
C. N. A. Hodan, Manchester House, 20 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
1f
LAW 2/1/276   21 February 1944
Hodsoll, Ministry of Home Security, Home Office Building, Whitehall, London: air raid made some of broadcast hard to hear.
1f
LAW 2/1/277   21 February 1944
John Hollis, The Mill, Hornsea, East Yorkshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/278   21 February 1944
John Hope, Chief Engineer's Branch, Headquarters, Southern Command, Salisbury: effect of broadcast on a service audience.
1f
LAW 2/1/279   21 February 1944
Robert K. Hough, Windyridge, The Ridgeway, Smeeth, Near Ashford, Kent.
1f
LAW 2/1/280   21 February 1944
Ifor Hael Jones, Llys Menai, Beaumaris, Anglesey.
1f
LAW 2/1/281   21 February 1944
J. W. Jones, 11 Park Crescent, Wigan.
2f
LAW 2/1/282   21 February 1944
Margaret Kelf, 15 Park Lane, Wembley, Middlesex.
1f
LAW 2/1/283   21 February 1944
Dr James Kelly, Chairman, The Orphan Homes of Scotland, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire: 1,300 children and young people in such homes.
1f
LAW 2/1/284   21 February 1944
A. Kingsmith, North Sydmonton House, Newbury: son serving in Italy.
1f
LAW 2/1/285   21 February 1944
Mrs G. King-Smith, Homelea, Bitton, Near Bristol: son serving in Italy since Salerno; encloses poem by son [not present].
2f
LAW 2/1/286   21 February 1944
George J. Lambert, 13 Firswood Avenue, Stoneleigh, Surrey: higher schools examination student; requests detail on mine working conditions in 1860s and in JJL's early youth, querying efficacy of government supervision of 1842 law against children working underground.
3f
LAW 2/1/287   21 February 1944
F. Lardent, Christian Truth Institute, 174 Forest Hill Road, London: air raid interruption; encloses tracts [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/288   21 February 1944
Phyllis Newman Lawson, 14 Frederick Street, Sunderland: listened with three fire-watching companions; Education Bill; mutual friend Bart Kelly.
1f
LAW 2/1/289   21 February 1944
James Liddle, 1 Edgewell Road, Prudhoe, Northumberland: raises case of those injured before 1924, unjustly treated in recent changes to compensation rates.
1f
LAW 2/1/290   21 February 1944
Col. J. W. Lincoln, Territorial Army Association for the County of Berkshire, Yeomanry House, Castle Hill, Reading: former D.L.I.
1f
LAW 2/1/291   21 February 1944
Nance Littlewood, 27 Bridgeland Street, Bideford, Devon: questions miners' demands, in war time.
2f
LAW 2/1/292   21 February 1944
Rev. W. W. Lucas, The Rectory, Drayton Parslow, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire: scriptural argument on the priority of God over man and human concerns.
1f
LAW 2/1/293   21 February 1944
J. M., postmarked Leeds.
1f
LAW 2/1/294   21 February 1944
James S. Marshall, 73 High Street, Totnes, Devon: formerly of Blyth, Northumberland.
1f
LAW 2/1/295   21 February 1944
G. H. Middleton, West Elloe, 16 Southlea Avenue, Southbourne, Bournemouth.
1f
LAW 2/1/296   21 February 1944
Lilian Mitford, 23 Handforth Road, London: Tynesider.
1f
LAW 2/1/297   21 February 1944
J. Valpy Moffat, c/o Sun Insurance Office Ltd, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedford: encloses leaflet on The Universal Order [?religio-philosophical group].
1f
LAW 2/1/298   21 February 1944
Hettie L. Moxey, 2 Huntly Mansions, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth: V.A.D. nurse.
1f
LAW 2/1/299   21 February 1944
Rev. F. Pearn, Secretary of the Synod, The Methodist Church, 40 Park Road, Sittingbourne, Kent: interrupted by enemy aircraft.
1f
LAW 2/1/300   21 February 1944
Robert H. Pentland, Herbalist, William Street, Lurgan.
1f
LAW 2/1/301   21 February 1944
W. W. Perkins, Cumnock, Castle Cary, Somerset: encloses unidentified privately published book “(passed by M[inistry] O[f] I[nformation])”, containing “an idea of how the protection of human life may be assured”.
1f
LAW 2/1/302   21 February 1944
A. J. Pillar, 20 Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells: urges change in official attitude toward road deaths.
2f
LAW 2/1/303   21 February 1944
Rev. David Pughe, The Manse, New Road, Youlgrave, Derbyshire: 12 years since their last meeting.
2f
LAW 2/1/304   21 February 1944
L. J. Reeves, Holmstay, Stallington Road, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent.
1f
LAW 2/1/305   21 February 1944
Bryn Roberts, General Secretary, National Union of Public Employees, Civic House, Aberdeen Terrace, Blackheath, London.
1f
LAW 2/1/306   21 February 1944
Lt Col. J. H. Robson, Officer Commanding, 3rd Cadet Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, Headquarters, 5 Eldon Place, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 2/1/307   21 February 1944
A. B. Roole, The Rectory, Berwick St John, Shaftesbury, Dorset: road deaths.
1f
LAW 2/1/308   21 February 1944
Percy Sargant, Gastrells, Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire: encloses Quarterly Notes of the Protestant British-Israel League, October 1943 [not present] and January 1944, with articles highlighted for JJL's attention (see LAW 2/2/21).
1f
LAW 2/1/309   21 February 1944
Isabel and Albert Sayes, 96 Princes Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire: personal friend of JJL.
1f
LAW 2/1/310   21 February 1944
Phyll Sharman, 139 Holmes Avenue, Hove.
4f
LAW 2/1/311   21 February 1944
Mrs E. M. Shaw, 10 Harcourt Road, Uckfield, Sussex.
1f
LAW 2/1/312   21 February 1944
Franklin Sibley, Vice-Chancellor's Lodge, Reading: formerly, with JJL, on the Miners' Welfare Scholarship Selection Committee.
1f
LAW 2/1/313   21 February 1944
G. Grant Simons, 56 Chester Avenue, Cleveleys, Lancashire: employed at the Ministry of Pensions for over twenty years; proposes meeting.
1f
LAW 2/1/314   21 February 1944
B. S. Wignall Simpson, Ulpha Vicarage, Broughton in Furness.
1f
LAW 2/1/315   21 February 1944
H. Smith, 29 Queen Victoria Street, Rochdale.
1f
LAW 2/1/316   21 February 1944
[Rev.] Sydney Smith, Nunthorpe Vicarage, Middlesbrough.
1f
LAW 2/1/317   21 February 1944
J. Brown Spark, Spark's, 34 Dundas Street, Edinburgh.
1f
LAW 2/1/318   21 February 1944
A. A. Standen, 35 The Avenue, Burrsville, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
2f
LAW 2/1/319   21 February 1944
Betty Stanton, 47 Highfield Gardens, Golders Green, London: encloses tract [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/320   21 February 1944
David C. Stewart, Manor of Currie, Currie, Midlothian.
1f
LAW 2/1/321   21 February 1944
Mrs K. T., 68 Regents Park Road, Finchley, London.
1f
LAW 2/1/322   21 February 1944
J. Taylor, 15 Parkside Way, Harrow, Middlesex: Ryhope upbringing.
1f
LAW 2/1/323   21 February 1944
Kathleen Taylor, Glendalough, Apley, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
2f
LAW 2/1/324   21 February 1944
David F. Thompson, Hopewell House, Bothenhampton, Bridport: diatribe against clerics, Catholicism, French and Portuguese “prison states”, B.B.C. and M.O.I. medievalists, stream lined elocutionists, bombing of Protestant German civilians; urges more information on Count [Carlo] Sforza, Professor [Gaetano] Salvemini, [Benedetto] Croce, International Brigades, Abyssinia.
1f
LAW 2/1/325   21 February 1944
Mrs L. Thornton, 10 Dovesdale Road, Bankfoot, Bradford, Yorkshire.
2f
LAW 2/1/326   21 February 1944
J. H. Griffith, Argoed, Denbigh, North Wales.
1f
LAW 2/1/327   21 February 1944
Alice Trumble, 124 Bordesley Road, Morden, Surrey: Lord Shaftesbury.
5f
LAW 2/1/328   21 February 1944
Charles Turner, 2 Sandy Lane, Stretford, Manchester: author; identifies absentee landlords as root cause of world distress; advocates nationalisation.
1f
LAW 2/1/329   21 February 1944
J. Nicholls Turner, 35 The Esplanade, Atlantic Lea Front, Portcawl: Ramsay MacDonald; fostering friendship between S. Wales and the U.S.S.R.
2f
LAW 2/1/330   21 February 1944
E. A. H. Vernon, 2 Penhale Road, Eastbourne, Sussex: interrupted by air raid.
1f
LAW 2/1/331   21 February 1944
Albert Voyle, Sunhaven, Elm Grove, Kirby Cross, Essex: sold Liverpool Echo at the age of eight; served in first world war; Congo missionary, 1922.
1f
LAW 2/1/332   21 February 1944
George Walker, 17 Glebe Terrace, Easington Colliery, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/333   21 February 1944
Alan Ward, Summerhill, 19 Kingfield Road, Sheffield: art of greater value than human life.
1f
LAW 2/1/334   21 February 1944
Will Ward, Oak Bank, Burswell Villas, Hexham-on-Tyne: acquaintance of JJL, formerly of Low Fell; Rev. Percy Bailey; JJL to visit Hexham Central [church] on 15 April.
2f
LAW 2/1/335   21 February 1944
C. Wardle-Harpur, The Vicarage, Coleford Road, Sheffield.
1f
LAW 2/1/336   21 February 1944
Fabian Ware, Imperial War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London: Rudyard Kipling; “[y]ou do realise, don't you, that what made me take up this work nearly thirty years ago was a sense of sanctity of human life? I was determined to do all I could not to let the “militarists” get away with it again & hide their dead in charnel-houses or massed unmarked mounds, as they did as late as the Napoleonic wars & the wars of 1870”; “return to a humanism”.
1f
LAW 2/1/337   21 February 1944
J. W. Whitfield, 155 Victoria Road North, Southsea: offers corrections to misquotations and misleading impressions left by broadcast.
1f
LAW 2/1/338   21 February 1944
Burnett R. Wilkinson, Director, Havmor Ltd, Team Valley, Gateshead-on-Tyne.
1f
LAW 2/1/339   21 February 1944
W. H. White and A. White, W. H. White & Son, 1 Sandown Road, Brislington, Bristol.
1f
LAW 2/1/340   21 February 1944
Mrs R. G. Willavise, 523 Caerleon Road, Newport, Monmouthshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/341/1-2   21 February 1944
Arthur F. Williams, Seven Oaks, Bexton, Knutsford, Cheshire: encloses copy correspondence (January-February 1944) to the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor, the Minister of Information, and Charles F. White MP, re “3 3/4 yrs. of Deliberate Lying and Persecution by Mr H. Morrison, Home Sec.”, jamming of foreign radio broadcasts (since 6 November 1942), state surveillance; 2½d. stamp (loose) enclosed.
1f; 11f
LAW 2/1/342   21 February 1944
George Wright, Ashleigh, Anwick, Sleaford, Lincolnshire: personal history; “[w]e get too much of Dr Joad and Julian Huxley & not enough of Henry Broadhurst, Joseph Arch, and General Booth”.
1f
LAW 2/1/343   22 February 1944
Anonymous, postmarked Portishead, Bristol.
1f
LAW 2/1/344   22 February 1944
M. J. Bell-Richards, 65 Hill Rise, Birstall, Leicester: old acquaintance of JJL; attended “the last Socialist Congress in Vien[n]a”.
1f
LAW 2/1/345   22 February 1944
Betty, Fourays, Strandway, Felpham, Bognor Regis, to Sydney [?Walton, The White Cottage, Sudbury Hill, Harrow].
1f
LAW 2/1/346   22 February 1944
John and Esther Black, 12 Heworth Road, Washington, Co. Durham.
2f
LAW 2/1/347   22 February 1944
Dorothy [?Blenney], Forelands, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset: coal owners' daughter and grand-daughter.
2f
LAW 2/1/348   22 February 1944
Janet Bocking, Throckley, Redbourn Way, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire: Labour councillor; family history.
1f
LAW 2/1/349   22 February 1944
A. D. Briggs, 60 The Avenue, Clayton, Bradford.
1f
LAW 2/1/350   22 February 1944
Louisa Cammack, 50 Warwick Road, Upton, Wirral: critical of modern secular and sex education; retired nurse.
4f
LAW 2/1/351   22 February 1944
L. V. Cartwright, 26 Birch Tree Avenue, Birstall, Leicester: critical of JJL's perceived pessimism.
1f
LAW 2/1/352   22 February 1944
J. B. Cook, 2 Edward Street, Esh Winning, Durham: miner; JJL's talk at Durham following his China trip.
1f
LAW 2/1/353   22 February 1944
Mildred L. Cotterell, Ham Frith, Grove Park, Wanstead: met JJL on voyage from Marseilles to Cairo, via Tangiers.
1f
LAW 2/1/354   22 February 1944
Thomas Dixon, Alltycham, Pontardawe, Swansea: family history.
2f
LAW 2/1/355   22 February 1944
Marie Shaw Essex, Pharais, Greys Cottages, Babbacombe, Torquay, S. Devon.
1f
LAW 2/1/356   22 February 1944
Fred [Colegrove], Nab-End, 116 Cumnor Hill, Oxford.
1f
LAW 2/1/357   22 February 1944
A. E. Fryer, Cadney, Brigg, [Lincolnshire].
1f
LAW 2/1/358   22 February 1944
Harry Gerrard, James Holden & Son Limited, 30 Brown Street, Manchester: mutual acquaintance Joe Toole.
1f
LAW 2/1/359   22 February 1944
S. Goldwater, 160 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle on Tyne.
1f
LAW 2/1/360   22 February 1944
Ada C. L. Gummersall, 3 North Park Terrace, Heaton, Bradford, Yorkshire: street design to minimise road deaths.
1f
LAW 2/1/361   22 February 1944
Mrs R. Hunwick, 124 Worlds End Lanem Quinton, Birmingham.
5f
LAW 2/1/362   22 February 1944
Miss Ellen A Jones, 249 Cromwell Road, London: miners' strike, fuel and paper shortages.
6f
LAW 2/1/363   22 February 1944
Roy Jones, Heenan Road, Old Colwyn, North Wales: Mrs Farrell of the Spennymoor Settlement a cousin.
1f
LAW 2/1/364   22 February 1944
J. N. Keeling, Chaplain, RAF Station, Wilmslow, Manchester.
1f
LAW 2/1/365   22 February 1944
James H. Kerley, 18 Waverley Park, Edinburgh.
1f
LAW 2/1/366   22 February 1944
F. Lilliott, Overland, Ash, Canterbury.
1f
LAW 2/1/367   22 February 1944
R. J. Lines, Dispensing Chemist, Royal Parade Pharmacy, Hunstanton.
1f
LAW 2/1/368   22 February 1944
Mrs M. Mackay, Milngavie, Scotland.
1f
LAW 2/1/369   22 February 1944
E. Marshall, Managing Director, The Northumberland Whinstone Co. Limited, Milburn House, Newcastle upon Tyne: contrasts JJL's broadcast sentiments with his stance taken in 1943 [against] further damage to Hadrian's Wall; account of the effect of the Company's quarrying on the Wall to date; development agreement superseded by Preservation Order.
1f
LAW 2/1/370   22 February 1944
Miss Sarah Mintens, Thornbank, [?] Road, Bath, Somerset.
1f
LAW 2/1/371   22 February 1944
Flora Pankhurst, 20 Firswood Avenue, Stoneleigh, Ewell, Surrey: family history.
2f
LAW 2/1/372   22 February 1944
D. E. Potter, 29 Gourock Road, Eltham: encloses leaflet on the People's Common Law Parliament [not present]; repeal of the Bank Charter, and reconstruction without debt.
2f
LAW 2/1/373   22 February 1944
Whitmore Richard, County Court Judge (retired), Woodfield, Hoole, Chester.
1f
LAW 2/1/374   22 February 1944
A. C. Robbins, 65 Harford Drive, Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/375   22 February 1944
Mrs Margaret Roberts, 8 Hampden Terrace, Mount Florida, Glasgow.
1f
LAW 2/1/376   22 February 1944
J. H. Staplin, 6 Walmer Terrace, Eighton Banks, Gateshead: personal history.
1f
LAW 2/1/377   22 February 1944
Mrs Dolores Symons, Moorfield Lodge, 40 Moor Road, Leeds.
1f
LAW 2/1/378   22 February 1944
Mrs M. Teague, Melrose, The Common, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.
1f
LAW 2/1/379   22 February 1944
H. J. Vester, 5 Falconer Street, Acomb Road, York: enclosing [theological] booklet, [not present].
1f
LAW 2/1/380   22 February 1944
Jos. Wedgwood, 197 Westmorland Avenue, Blackpool , Lancashire.
1f
LAW 2/1/381   22 February 1944
E. G. Whittaker, Chief Agent and Secretary, City of Sheffield Conservative & Unionist Federation.
1f
LAW 2/1/382   22 February 1944
M. Whitwell, 1 Middleton Grange Lane, West Blackpool: homes not memorials.
2f
LAW 2/1/383   22 February 1944
[Wilkinson], 16 Beverley Road, Anerly, [London].
1f (?incomplete)
LAW 2/1/384   22 February 1944
C. Williams, 144a King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland.
1f
LAW 2/1/385   22 February 1944
M. L. Williams, Southdene, Booths Hill, Lymm, Near Warrington.
1f
LAW 2/1/386   22 February 1944
Mrs M. S. Wood, 3 St Albans Place, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
1f
LAW 2/1/387   22 February 1944
W. S. L. Woodcock, 218 Quay Road, Bridlington.
2f
LAW 2/1/388   22 February 1944
M. B. Endean and E. G. Wright, Essex House, 97 Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon, Surrey.
2f
LAW 2/1/389   23 February 1944
Mrs M. Easton, 152 Windsor Road, Torquay, Devon.
2f
LAW 2/1/390   23 February 1944
Mrs J. England, Bristol.
1f
LAW 2/1/391   23 February 1944
David Gunmill, 60 Wingrove Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne: formerly employed at W. H. Robinson's Bookshop in Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, once frequented by JJL; Dumas.
2f
LAW 2/1/392   23 February 1944
[Sir] George Hamilton, Cransford Hall, Saxmundham: former MP [for Altrincham (1913-1923), and Ilford (1928-1937)].
1f
LAW 2/1/393   23 February 1944
Tom Henderson, 7 Geoffrey Avenue, Neville's Cross, Durham: encloses a photograph taken in July 1933 of some [public] event, [perhaps to be found in unsorted photographs LAW 3/1].
1f
LAW 2/1/394   23 February 1944
Mrs E. Hopps, Old Durham Farm.
2f
LAW 2/1/395   23 February 1944
Rev. M. G. Leadbitter, The Rectory, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Devon: quotes from Polly Peabody's Occupied territory.
1f
LAW 2/1/396   23 February 1944
C. Muckett, 10 Mayhall Road, Portsmouth: [re-directed to 84 Claverton Street, London].
1f
LAW 2/1/397   23 February 1944
Charles Riel, 21 Royal York Crescent, Clifton, Bristol.
1f
LAW 2/1/398   23 February 1944
U. K. Ridley, West Hoathly: postcard depicts West Barn at West Hoathly.
1f
LAW 2/1/399   23 February 1944
S. A. Thompson, 134 Grosvenor Road, [London].
1f
LAW 2/1/400   23 February 1944
Jake [Wood], 17 King Street, Pelaw, Gateshead, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/401/1-2   24 February 1944
Mrs Anne Chippindale, 95 Altton Road, Easterly Road, Leeds: encloses poem “Can we ever forget?”.
2f; 1f
LAW 2/1/402   24 February 1944
E. P. Dunham, Willington Circuit Secretary, Estate Office, Brancepeth, Durham: invitation to attend a Sunday service at Willington.
1f
LAW 2/1/403   24 February 1944
Thomas D. Fenby, Mayor of the Borough of Bridlington, Town Hall, Bridlington: a friend of JJL.
1f
LAW 2/1/404   24 February 1944
John H. Peet, Waltham, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
1f
LAW 2/1/405   24 February 1944
Mr and Mrs Sharples, 15 Codale Avenue, Bispham, Blackpool.
2f
LAW 2/1/406   24 February 1944
Miss Elizabeth S. Walmsley, The Haven, Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland.
1f
LAW 2/1/407   25 February 1944
A. A. Baily, 43 High Street, Glastonbury.
1f
LAW 2/1/408   25 February 1944
Thomas C. Gwynne, Catson, Little Dewchurch, Hereford: personal history; West Riding colliery Sunday School.
1f
LAW 2/1/409   25 February 1944
Eric Harrison, 29 Orchard Street, Lincoln.
1f
LAW 2/1/410   25 February 1944
Mrs M. Hughes, The Croft, New Inn Lane, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.
2f
LAW 2/1/411   25 February 1944
Mrs Ingram, 13 Trafalgar Terrace, Darlington: formerly of Page's Buildings, Boldon Colliery.
1f
LAW 2/1/412   25 February 1944
T. W. Lasey, 61 Bents Road, Sheffield: former MP [for Sheffield Attercliffe, 1918-1922].
1f
LAW 2/1/413   25 February 1944
Mrs Joyce A. Lee, Berwyn, 152 Loose Road, Maidstone, Kent.
1f
LAW 2/1/414   25 February 1944
Rev. William Richardson, Lingfield, 3 Essex Road, Thame, Oxfordshire: Northumberland mining upbringing; Tommy Burt and Charles Wilson.
1f
LAW 2/1/415   25 February 1944
Ethel A. Robinson, 37 Chantry Road, Moseley, Birmingham: acquainted with JJL at Boldon Colliery before 1914.
2f
LAW 2/1/416   25 February 1944
Mary H. Rowe (Bell), 41 Front Street, Stanley, Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/417   26 February 1944
Major-General H. Lethbridge Alexander, The Cottage, Flimwell, Hawkhurst, Kent.
1f
LAW 2/1/418   26 February 1944
Frederick Dean, Milnthorpe, Westmorland: family history; falling demand for education among current working class.
1f
LAW 2/1/419/1-2   26 February 1944
Kathleen Douglas-Menzies, Newtonairds, Dumfries: encloses letter dated 20 February and poem, dated same day, “Let not rancour's fountain rise / Nor bitter thinking sour the eyes”.
1f; 2f
LAW 2/1/420   26 February 1944
Thomas Hedley, Greystones, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton: personal history.
1f
LAW 2/1/421   26 February 1944
Edwin A. Pinkney, Local Preachers Secretary, Carlisle (Cecil Street) Circuit, 18, Etterby Lea Grove, Carlisle.
1f
LAW 2/1/422   26 February 1944
Joseph Reavley, 24 Ravensdale Road, Darlington: invitation to attend a Methodist service at Darlington (negatived by JJL).
1f
LAW 2/1/423   26 February 1944
G. H. Worthington, 129 Blackhorse Road, Longford, Near Coventry: personal and family history; encloses two poems [not present], one on a twelve-week strike at Exhall Colliery, before 1914, and the other on the fire at the same colliery; Tom Mann; Rev. J. T. Barkley; commemorative jug, presented to a northern pit manager in 1825, inscribed “Success to the miners who work under ground / There are no better men in this world to be found”.
1f
LAW 2/1/424   27 February 1944
H. F. Baldwin, Laverton House, Fairford, Gloucestershire.
1f
LAW 2/1/425   27 February 1944
R. S. Bell, 34 Buckingham Road, Cheadle Hulme, Near Stockport: family history; Chester-le-Street and Methodism, Burt, Fenwick, Wilson; Beamish Cricketers.
1f
LAW 2/1/426   27 February 1944
Miss Roberta Glasgow, 8 Rose Mount, Oxton, Birkenhead.
1f
LAW 2/1/427   27 February 1944
J. M. [?Montony], Rose Cottage, Purley: protests at JJL's remarks concerning the destruction of Monte Cassino, “a crime against the Roman Catholic Church”.
1f
LAW 2/1/428   27 February 1944
George Taylor, 21 Hurstwood Road, [?Sunderland].
2f
LAW 2/1/429   27 February 1944
Lynette Tollemache, Cloves Cottage, Eastbourne.
2f
LAW 2/1/430   27 February 1944
Lilian Varley, 11 Greenfield Road, Meadowhead, Sheffield: headmaster; critical of declining educational standards; commends old pupil teacher system; suggests special films and plays for children, citing pre-war Russian precedent.
2f
LAW 2/1/431   27 February 1944
L. B. Wilson, 51 Osborn Road, Forest Gate, [London].
2f
LAW 2/1/432   28 February 1944
S. N. Storey, Fire Guard Officer, Blaydon Urban District Council, Fire Guard Department, Council Offices, Blaydon-on-Tyne: invites JJL to attend Methodist service at Benwell (negatived by JJL).
1f
LAW 2/1/433   1 March 1944
Brab [John Brabazon, 1st baron Brabazon of Tara], 70 Pall Mall, [London].
1f
LAW 2/1/434   1 March 1944
Mrs L. Pat Brigham, Newtown School, Waterford, Éire: former resident of Crook; taught at Pelton.
1f
LAW 2/1/435   1 March 1944
Bernard M. Doyle, 372 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, Manchester.
3f
LAW 2/1/436   1 March 1944
Elsie M. H. Campbell, Braemead, 11 South Cliff Avenue, Eastbourne.
1f
LAW 2/1/437   1 March 1944
E. M. Tait, 2 St Luke's Villas, Cheltenham.
1f
LAW 2/1/438   2 March 1944
W. M. Field, 197 Camberwell Grove, [London]: broadcast interrupted by air raid.
1f
LAW 2/1/439   2 March 1944
Arthur W. Satterthwaite, Heathdene, 158 Fulbridge Road, Peterborough.
2f
LAW 2/1/440   5 March 1944
F. Ellis, 73 Russell Drive, Torrisholme, Morecambe: former secondary school teacher at Washington, Co. Durham.
1f
LAW 2/1/441   6 March 1944
“Catholic Teacher”, postmarked Chester: plea re Catholic schooling; postcard depicts the Hotel Majestic, New York.
1f
LAW 2/1/442   28 March 1944
Violet Wyncoll, Secretary to [Guy] Burgess, B.B.C. Broadcasting House, London: returns loaned letters.
1f
LAW 2/1/443   [1944]
Letter from Samuel J. Looker, The Book Nook, Grange Road, South Green, Billericay, Essex: encloses the writer's Green branches: selected poems (1941), [not present].Note: JJL made two broadcasts in 1944 which described his discovery of a love of reading, in February ( Mortal man and immortal art, or Human Life) and April (Books that have influenced me); it is not clear to which broadcast Looker refers.

Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/444   Tuesday [?late 1944]
Letter from JJL, House of Commons, to Miss Biggs: Hodder & Stoughton “just making “do”” [in the current extreme circumstances]; provides a paragraph on the statue of Samuel Johnson on the Strand, its inscription, and the shell of St Clement Danes church, suggesting the passage's inclusion in the introduction [to Who goes home?, see LAW 2/4/1/7A]. See also, LAW 2/3/5.[Note: a photograph, published 13 September 1944 in an unidentified newspaper [ ... Echo], depicts this statue; the caption notes its survival despite its proximity to several recent flying bomb explosions, see LAW 3/2/26/13].

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LAW 2/1/445   22 February 1944
Letter from Rev. George H. Simpson, Superintendent Minister of The Dome Mission Methodist Church, Brighton, at 25 West Drive, Brighton, to JJL, House of Commons: invitation to make an afternoon address at the Dome Mission; reports popular services; commends JJL's B.B.C. Postscript [ Human life] of 20 and 21 February.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/446   24 March 1944
Letter from F. Alex. Wills, “The Vagabond”, 10 Gladstone Terrace, Gateshead, to JJL, House of Commons: invitation to write an introduction to Wills' The little kingdom; testifies to the wide impact and militancy of JJL's B.B.C. Sunday Postscript [Human life]; a factory volunteer since the start of the war; boy [?son] guided round the House of Commons by JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/447   24 March 1944
Letter from Matt Forster, 521 12th Street East, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, to JJL: reaction to JJL's B.B.C. broadcast on China [? Back from China], re-broadcast on C.B.C.'s Radio News Reel; expatriate now settled in Canada; seventeen years in Canada, farming, casual work, study ( “the old Lawson strategy” ), Post Office; John Oxberry; Windy Nook, Gateshead; wounded and discharged in World War I, then represented by JJL to Mr Norman Humble for his re-employment; Sergeant Instructor in Canadian Army, but discharged as medically unfit; Jordan Forster, son, Royal Canadian Navy on Atlantic convoy duty; mother and mother-in-law in Co. Durham; Joyce Forster, daughter; wife Jennie.
Paper   9f (two pages town in two and subsequently repaired with paper and adhesive)
LAW 2/1/448   4 April 1944
Letter from Arthur Bryant, The White House, East Claydon, Near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: lecturing to the Home Fleet; commends JJL's B.B.C. broadcast [ Human life], and testifies to its resonance with the opinions of military personnel concerning [post-war] reconstruction and human dignity; purely rationalist outlook insufficient; encloses English saga, [not present].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/449   8 May 1944
Letter from Ada and Arthur Godfrey, 386a Great West Road, Heston, Hounslow, Middlesex, to JJL: reaction to B.B.C. broadcast [ Books that have influenced me]; influence of JJL's autobiographical and biographical writing; Education Bill.
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LAW 2/1/450   31 July 1944
Letter from Sydney Walton, 3 St James's Square, London, to JJL: praises JJL's Who goes home?; proud to be the work's dedicatee; typescript to Mr Barton at The Epworth Press.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/451/1-2   8 August 1944
Letter, with cutting, from W. Foster, 21 Newton Road, St Helens, Lancashire, to JJL: encloses cutting from Wigan Osberver, announcing JJL's appointment as vice-chairman of the British Council, providing a short biography of JJL, and drawing parallels to the life of Stephen Walsh, MP for Ince, [Lancashire, 1906-1929].
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/452-467   14 August-13 December 1944
Letters of praise and reaction to the second edition of A man's life, written to JJL, from the following correspondents.
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LAW 2/1/452   14 August 1944
Harold Neal, Anneslea, Cromford Road, Langley Mill, Near Nottingham.
1f
LAW 2/1/453   16 August 1944
Daniel [?Hopkins], North London Police Court, Stoke Newington, London.
1f
LAW 2/1/454   16 August 1944
John W. Turner, 12 Elmfield Terrace, Darlington: Sydney Walton a mutual friend.
1f
LAW 2/1/455   19 August 1944
Alice and Fred [Colegrove], Nab-End, 116 Cumnor Hill, Oxford.
2f
LAW 2/1/456   20 August 1944
E.C. Start, 80 Shanklin Drive, Leicester.
2f
LAW 2/1/457   20 August 1944
Tom Brown, 393 Leigh Road, Hindley Green, Near Wigan: with account of beginning work aged 12 at Priestner's Pits.
4f
LAW 2/1/458   21 August 1944
[George] Leighton Seager, Bryn Ivor Hall, Castleton, Near Cardiff: noting parallels in the lives of JJL and Seager's father, and his building of the William Seager Memorial Homes in Cardiff; mutual friends Sydney Walton (dedicatee), and Charles Twist (1942 China trip).
1f
LAW 2/1/459   28 August 1944
William Barbery, Daily Express, Fleet Street, London.
1f
LAW 2/1/460   19 September 1944
Jim and Annie Elder, Browns Crescent, Eighton Banks: Bob Taylor.
3f
LAW 2/1/461   24 September 1944
Alec Walkden, Meadowside Road, Great Bookham, Surrey.
1f
LAW 2/1/462   2 October 1944
Ernest Green, General Secretary, The Workers' Educational Association, 38a St George's Drive, Victoria, London: will review in the Highway; encloses book [?Education for a new society].
1f
LAW 2/1/463   2 October 1944
Mark Hodgson, General Secretary, United Society of Boilermakers & Iron & Steel Shipbuilders, Lifton House, Eslington Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1f
LAW 2/1/464   27 October 1944
Arthur Bryant, The White House, East Claydon, Near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire: completing The years of endurance; [armed] services lecturing; will review in Illustrated London News; to meet at Oxford.
1f
LAW 2/1/465   9 November 1944
J. H. Staplin, 6 Walmer Terrace, Eighton Banks, Gateshead: settled at Tow Law, Country Durham from Tavistock, Devon; James [Jim] Elder; “John Wilson”.
3f
LAW 2/1/466   6 December 1944
S. E. R. Fenning, Egglescliffe Rectory, Stockton-upon-Tees.
1f
LAW 2/1/467   13 December 1944
Annie and Will Errington, Ermelo House, Sacriston.
1f
LAW 2/1/468   11 September 1944
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, H.Q. London Civil Defence Region, Exhibition Road, London, to JJL, House of Commons: JJL's appreciation of British Polar Explorers; invitation to dine, with Alfred Bossom; V-1 threat diminished, but “a new “V” has made its appearance”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/469   16 September 1944
Letter from A. Clayton, The Northern Echo, Priestgate, Darlington, to JJL, Northern Civil Defence Region, Northern Regional Headquarters, Broadway West, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: encloses photograph, for use in JJL's “book of Sketches” [Who goes home?].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/470   21 October 1944
Letter from F[rederick] G. Peake, The Holmes, St Boswells, Roxburghshire, to JJL: JJL's resignation from post of Deputy Regional Commissioner; admiring former subordinate to JJL at the Regional Headquarters; shared understanding of Eastern Oriental peoples' religious outlook; critique of western materialism; notes a growing revulsion in the East to European interference; anticipates Palestine question to be disruptive of British policy in the region; dismisses possibility of a parliamentary career due to his age and lack of independent wealth.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/471   11 December 1944
Letter from Arthur Bryant, The White House, East Claydon, Near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: sending his new book [ Years of victory, 1802–1812]; departs for Middle East in January.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/472   [?1945]
Note from Patrick, House of Commons, to JJL, [House of Commons]: commends JJL's [B.B.C.] broadcast on Parliament.[Note: date of this note inferred from the existence of a B.B.C. broadcast by JJL on “The Parliament ”, part three of a series The pattern of English life, and broadcast in May 1945. However, JJL also made numerous Week in Westminster programmes, from 1943, and this note may refer to one of these broadcasts.]

Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/473   8 January 1945
Letter from Arthur Bryant, The Athenæum, Pall Mall, London, as from The White House, East Claydon, Near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: thanks JJL for his generous praise for Bryant's book; JJL in Italy.
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LAW 2/1/474   18 February 1945
Letter from Muriel E. Walters, Lyndhurst, Penzance, to JJL: thanks for JJL's ““remembrancings””, and photograph of his dog; mother of Winifred Lewellin James; description of appearance and habits of Rev. Thomas ““Papa”” James, in Australia; Rev. Ensor Walters; Peter; [?encloses] rough copy of comments by George Bernard Shaw on A man's life, [presumably taken from a letter from Shaw to Ensor Walters, see (LAW 2/1/481)].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/475   20 March 1945
Letter from L. A. Sample, Dunelm, 105 Woodyates Road, Lee, London, to JJL: seeking copy of A man's life; emigrants from Seaham Harbour; wireless broadcasts.Note: superscribed by D. C. B. [JJL's Parliamentary Secretary] with note for action, 23 March 1945.

Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/476   3 April 1945
Letter from Lily Elder, Greenside, 18 Bonnington Avenue, Great Crosby, Liverpool, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's tribute to her father and mother [?Jim and Annie Elder]; reminiscences of Bob Taylor, gatherings at Eighton Banks home, Jack Luke (now in Africa), David Martin, Dick Logan; Jennie [Elder]; death of mother.
Paper   8f
LAW 2/1/477   11 April 1945
Letter from Edward Hunter, City Chambers, Glasgow, to JJL: authored review of A man's life in the Durham Chronicle, [“Jack Lawson writes great literature. A Scottish tribute”, 16 March 1945, see LAW 3/2/27/5]; appreciative response to the article.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/478   14 April 1945
Letter from L. Atkinson, 5 Nelson Square, Stainforth, Near Doncaster, to JJL: a miner and member of Stainforth Labour party, from Blyth; praises A man's life and The man in the cap, requesting the addresses of publishers.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/479   11 June 1945
Letter from Arthur Bryant, The Athenæum, Pall Mall, London, as from The White House, East Claydon, Near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: thanks for JJL's help concerning Major Thomas; congratulations on appointment to the Privy Council; regrets election controversies, has declined invitation to stand, requiring independence, an instinctive Tory.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/480-481   14 June 1945
Note, enclosing letter, from Sydney Walton, 3 St James's Square, London, to JJL: encloses, with the permission of Mrs Ensor Walters, a typescript copy of a letter from G. B. Shaw to Rev. C. Ensor Walters, in part concerning JJL's A man's life. [See also LAW 2/1/474].
Paper   1f; 4f
LAW 2/1/481   4 February 1933
Typescript copy letter from George Bernard Shaw, Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Empress of Britain, at sea in the Gulf of Siam upon a world cruise, to Rev. C. Ensor Walters, 52 Lyford Road, Wandsworth Common, London: comparative study of the religions of Egypt and India; supreme toleration of Hinduism, as against Islam and Christianity; account of Islam as a reaction against “Manifold Monotheism”; Jainism; notes, in all faiths, subsequent to their foundation, a common tendency to demotic reversion to heterodox hybrid polytheism, a source of difficulty for modern orthodox; as against “the few who have religious sense” ( “equally at home and equally estranged in all the Temples of all the faiths” ), analyses the faith of the “multitudinous average man” as a progression through mental (and therefore bodily) cures effected by preaching, miracles, begging, fear, and sacrifices of declining value and increasing symbolism; advocates acting within this [religious narrative], rather than any humanist dialectic, “if you are to make a decent human being of him”; notes correspondence between fundamentalism and good governance in Jamaica and Rhodesia; draws parallel to English mining village culture, citing A man's life. “You must start, however, with a knowledge of what the underground world was before Methodism came and saved it. In those days the men were demons and the women savages. Jack Lawson was a demon and his mother was a savage (it was by the grace of God that she did not main or kill the ten children whom she had to bring up, mostly in one room); but they were honest, upright demons and savages, with solid characters; and it was Methodism that did that for them. I very much doubt Shavianism would have been equally successful.”; observations on the scale of religious buildings, Shaw more impressed by the feats of their fundamentalist destroyers, testimony of such buildings' power in the popular imagination; promises Walters a copy of his collection of articles [Doctors' delusions: crude criminology and sham education (1932)] on authorised medicine and surgery - “it can cure nothing”.
Paper   4f
Original is held by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Texas. George Bernard Shaw Collection II/46/5. Published in Shaw's Everybody's Political What's What (1944), and Collected letters 1926-1950, pp. 322-325.
LAW 2/1/482   4 July 1945
Letter from V. Edmund Grimley, Textile Exchange Buildings, 1 St Paul's Churchyard, London, to JJL, Secretary for War: writing biography of Clement Attlee; requests biographical material, anecdotes, impressions etc., promising non-attribution.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/483   5 July 1945
Letter from Dick and Mary J. Lawson, Mount Stewart Street, Dawdon, to JJL and Bella Lawson: Lawson fighting Hull election; account of seafaring and mining career of father; childhood diet; conversation with Dr W. Soo, Chinese ambassador, member of a Coal Delegation, at Dawdon colliery; family news; congratulates JJL on his appointment to the Privy Council.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/484   30 July 1945
Letter from Private Charles Hamilton 4974183, A.C.C. [Army Catering Corps] attached to A Company, 4th Battalion, Cheshires, Warminster, Wiltshire, to his uncle JJL: congratulates JJL on keeping his seat, and on being appointed to the Privy Council; introduces himself as the son of Jenny Hamilton of Boldon Colliery; serving with the Green Howards when JJL visited the troops in the desert west of Benghazi, Libya; resident at West Bromwich, Staffordshire; demobilised in November, no. 19 Group (after eleven years in the British Army).
Paper   5f
LAW 2/1/485   [August] 1945
Letter from H. Hutchinson, Secretary Heaton Methodist Church, 42 Derwentdale Gardens, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: encloses appointments plan for Heaton Methodist Church; in view of JJL's recent appointment, seeks confirmation JJL will still speak on “China as I saw it” at an evening service on 30 September.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/486   7 August 1945
Letter from Anonymous, “Another Mother Worshipper”, Newbury, to JJL: in response to A man's life, a tribute to JJL's mother, and providing short history of the struggles of the writer's mother.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/487-488   23 August 1945
Two letters to Sydney Walton, dedicatee of Who goes home?, discussing JJL's writing and career, from:
487. S. Dubner, Roseneath, Mount Ararat Road, Richmond, Surrey; Harrow discussion group, and atomic bomb; transferred from the Cabinet Offices to Ministry of Education; thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral; 3f;
488. Randall Williams, Casterbridge, Nower Hill, Pinner, Middlesex; Godfrey Elton's [Imperial Commonwealth]; 2f.
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LAW 2/1/489   25 August 1945
Letter from Arthur Bryant, The White House, East Claydon, Near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: congratulates JJL on his appointment as [Secretary of State for War]; JJL to Italy; urges support for newly founded community centres and further development of the “self and community education” that evolved in the armed services during the war; Bernard Paget in Cairo; Educational work in the Middle East Force.
Paper   1p
LAW 2/1/490   4 September 1945
Letter from John [?Swan], 5 The Villas, Red Hill, Durham City, to JJL: JJL to South East Asia; provides address of Flight lieutenant Rowland C. Swan, based at H.Q. Air Command, Ceylon [Sri Lanka].
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LAW 2/1/491   1 November 1945
Letter from Edward R.G.R. Evans, [1st baron Mountevans], 76 Cadogan Square, London, to JJL, War Office: accepts JJL's congratulations [for his peerage]; recently returned from Norway, settling his wife and her family's interests there following the German occupation.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/492   7 November 1945
Letter from Lionel Elvin, Principal, Ruskin College, Oxford, to JJL, War Office: reports foundation and scheme of scholarships, the gift of Sir Malcolm Stewart, and asking JJL's consent, in accordance with Stewart's wishes, that half of the scholarships to be in JJL's name.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/493   18 December 1945
Letter from A[lan] Lascelles, [Private Secretary to the King], Buckingham Palace, to JJL: thanks JJL for his own copy of Who goes home?.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/494   4 February 1946
Letter from [Field Marshal] Bernard Law Montgomery, [1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein], Commander-in-Chief, Tactical Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, writing from Switzerland, to JJL: praises A man's life; on holiday after influenza.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/495   [August-September 1946]
Letter from A[rabella] Susan Lawrence, Flat 4, 28 Braham Gardens, London, to JJL: sympathises with JJL's poor health.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/496   8 August 1946
Letter from [Rev.] Spencer [Wade], The Rectory, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: reaction to JJL entering Newcastle Nursing Home for an operation; urges lighter work-load; critical of an attack upon JJL by an army colonel in the House of Commons. Note: Martin Lindsay, MP for Solihull called for JJL's resignation during a debate on British Army Recruiting, HC Deb. 2 August 1946 vol. 426 c.1441.

Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/497   9 August 1946
Letter from Dick Lawson, 38 Ash Crescent, Parkside, Seaham, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: hopes for JJL's recovery; health concerns; looks forward to his return to parliament.
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LAW 2/1/498   10 August 1946
Letter from Sir John Jarvis, Hascombe Court, Near Godalming, to Bella Lawson: sympathy upon JJL's illness; shared cause on Tyneside, “as we have both worked for Jarrow”.
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LAW 2/1/499   12 August 1946
Letter from H. Maddison, 10 Home Avenue, Low Fell, Gateshead, to JJL: invitation to lead a service to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Chow Dean [Methodist] chapel in September 1947; greetings from Jack Cole.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/500   13 August 1946
Letter from Stella Reading [Stella Isaacs, marchioness of Reading], Chairman, Women's Voluntary Services, 41 Tothill Street, Westminster, to Bella Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: encloses dehydrated soups for JJL, to speed his reported recovery.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/501   13 August 1946
Letter from Patrick Hannon, MP [for Birmingham Moseley], 22 Northumberland Avenue, London, to JJL, War Office: welcomes JJL's reported recovery; condemns the attack [of Martin Lindsay on 2 August] on JJL in the House of Commons, praising JJL's work as Secretary of State.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/502   14 August 1946
Letter from John Derby [Alfred Edward John Rawlinson], bishop of Derby, Beadsall Mount, Near Derby, to JJL, War Office: recalls their Durham acquaintanceship; welcomes JJL's reported recovery; praises Who goes home? and A man's life.
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LAW 2/1/503   15 August 1946
Letter from Mary, princess royal and countess of Harewood, Harewood House, Leeds, to JJL: wishes for a speedy recovery, enclosing grapes from her garden.
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LAW 2/1/504   16 August 1946
Letter from Arthur Bryant, as from Rapsgate, Cirencester, to JJL: encloses unnamed volume from a work by Bryant; notes JJL's poor health.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/505   20 August 1946
Letter from Rt Hon. Viscount Greenwood, Chairman, Dorman Long & Co. Ltd, Terminal House, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London, to JJL: welcomes reports of JJL's recovery, and return to public service.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/506   20 August 1946
Letter from Sam Watson, Bede Rest, Beech Crest, Durham, to JJL: returned from Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Convention, [at Regina, Saskatchewan], Canada (Labour Party paternal delegate); welcomes news of JJL's recovery, advising lighter work-load and such more conducive to his literary abilities.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/507-508   21 August 1946
Letter, with seven enclosures, from M. Richardson, 36 Laburnum Crescent, Kibblesworth, Gateshead, to JJL: wishes for JJL's recovery; a [coal] screener; encloses [7] cartoons.
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LAW 2/1/508/1-7   [1946]
Seven political cartoons, in ink and pencil, by “Billie” [M. Richardson].
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LAW 2/1/508/1
“Blinded by the old school tie.” A reaction to Martin Lindsay MP's criticism of JJL in the House of Commons on 2 August.
LAW 2/1/508/2
“No matter how heavy the task; have faith. You shall be guided in your weakness.” Ministry of Fuel and Power.
LAW 2/1/508/3
“Sacrifice & Honesty. A monument to the past.”
LAW 2/1/508/4
“Be strong. Forward then, to a brighter future.” A representation of Herbert Morrison, MP for Lewisham East.
LAW 2/1/508/5
“This heritage”. An ironic depiction of a “happy childhood” of unemployment and two world wars.
LAW 2/1/508/6
“The big bang.” Ministry of Fuel and Power.
LAW 2/1/508/7
“The curtain opens. A new day.”.
LAW 2/1/509   23 August 1946
Letter from George Garrigan, 50 Fitzwilliam Avenue, Wath on Dearne, Near Rotherham, to JJL: good wishes for JJL's recovery; notes controversies over Palestine, Trieste, Dardanelles and the peace treaties; pledges support for the Government; urges action on the mines, family allowances, old age pensions, and the National Health Scheme; Pat.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/510   30 August 1946
Letter from Lord Rochester [Ernest Lamb, 1st baron Rochester], 14 Worcester Place, Oxford, to JJL: relief at Fred Colegrove's report of JJL's improving health.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/511   30 August 1946
Letter from Will Lawther, Kingsley, 31 Manor Drive, Wembley Park, Middlesex, to JJL: departs for U.N., New York, on 14 September on the Queen Mary; representative of the T.U.C.; sending copies of JJL's books to Czechoslovakia; hopes to review A man's life for a Czech newspaper.
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LAW 2/1/512-513   2 September 1946
Letter, with enclosures, from Major S. G. Haughton, Cullybackey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: concern for JJL's recovery; encloses copy letter and other papers, dated August 1946, from Conolly H. Gage to Herbert Morrison.
Paper   1f; 3f
LAW 2/1/513   August 1946
Copy letter from Conolly H. Gage, House of Commons, to Herbert Morrison urging the allocation of a B.B.C. radio wavelength covering Northern Ireland, rather than continue to share one wavelength with the North of England; attached are a copy newspaper report concerning the allocation of a new wavelength for the West of England and Midland regions, and a report on “The wavelength position in the Northern Ireland region of the B.B.C.”.
Paper   1f; 1f; 1f
LAW 2/1/514   5 September 1946
Letter from Sir Angus Watson, Whitewell, Adderstone Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: praise for A man's life and JJL's qualities; Methodism; infers from increasing revenues a greater consumption of alcohol among the younger working class generation; suggests the Communist-Rationalist Labour Central College the cause of a generation of agnostic Labour leaders; challenges JJL's distinction of Communism and State Socialism.
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LAW 2/1/515   11 September 1946
Letter from Patrick Hannon, MP, 22 Northumberland Avenue, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: welcomes JJL's recovery, commending his fortitude as Secretary of State for War.
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LAW 2/1/516   13 September 1946
Letter from C. H. Dabbs, 2 Shurland Avenue, Leysdown, Sheppey, Kent, to JJL: regrets JJL's retirement; a soldier and trade unionist since 1919; testifies to JJL's popularity in the British Army; discounts Conservative threat; urges continued parliamentary career.
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LAW 2/1/517   16 September 1946
Letter from Edward Cowen, Secretary, Durham Miners' Association, Ravensworth Lodge, 17 Cowen Gardens, Team Colliery, Gateshead, to JJL: thanks for JJL's speech at the presentation of testimonials to Mr Kazon and Mr Sinstey for saving the life of William Hall in a fall on 6 December 1945.
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LAW 2/1/518   17 September 1946
Letter from [Sir] Jocelyn Lucas, MP [for Portsmouth South], House of Commons, to JJL, War Office: wishes JJL better; compliments JJL's character and integrity.
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LAW 2/1/519   6 October 1946
Letter from Hanna Gascoigne, Underhill Road, Cleadon, Sunderland, to JJL and Bella Lawson: Hannah Todd; report of JJL's resignation foreshadowed in a March conversation; Women's Land Army; Jonathan Brown.
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LAW 2/1/520   7 October 1946
Letter from Will Bell, 10 Selborne Grove, Bradford, to JJL: regrets JJL's retirement; expects ““elder statesman”” role; recalls a frank discussion of their ambitions at Cleadon Hill in 1910, and offers his congratulations upon his achievements; Hanna Gascoigne; George Young.
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LAW 2/1/521   7 October 1946
Letter from Leonard [?], Eastfield, Riding Mill, Northumberland, to JJL: sympathy concerning JJL's illness; trunk roads work delayed by Treasury.
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LAW 2/1/522   8 October 1946
Jim Callaghan, MP for Cardiff South, House of Commons, to JJL: thanks JJL for his “courtesy, kindliness and helpfulness” when at the War Office; delight at JJL's intention to remain in parliament.
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LAW 2/1/523   8 October 1946
Letter from J. H. Staplin, 6 Walmer Terrace, Eighton Banks, Gateshead, to JJL: notes JJL's reported poor health; condemns [Martin] Lindsay, MP; war record and subsequent death of his son; former serviceman; [?Jim] Elder; critical of the workers' obsession with wages, their impatience with political measures and tendency for intemperate industrial action; “[t]oo few of us realise “our freedom ends when it interferes with the freedom of another”. Freedom is a great thing, but grace & service are equally great, & can play a great part in increasing the strength & vigour of Freedom.”
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LAW 2/1/524   9 October 1946
Letter from James Hilton, 1218 N. La Cienega, Hollywood, California, U.S.A, to JJL: wishes JJL a full recovery, his illness and operation having been reported in the New York Times; death of mother; father to return to visit England; writing a film scenario, and planning a new novel [?Nothing so strange]; last novel sold well [So well remembered], but not yet on sale in England; misgivings at current world events; observes general post-war disillusionment greater than that which followed the first world war; “[o]nly individual happiness can be assured to those who can find it and keep it”.
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LAW 2/1/525   13 October 1946
Letter from Harry Martin, Oaks Farm Cottages, Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire, to JJL: praises as inspirational A man's life, comparing Martin's early life on a farm to that of JJL in the mine; requests JJL recommend an educational reading list.
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LAW 2/1/526   14 October 1946
Letter from M. Dinsdale, Waratah, Sandringham Crescent, East Herrington, Co. Durham, to JJL: requests autographed copy of A man's life.
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LAW 2/1/527   21 October 1946
Letter from Rev. Owen G. Barrow, The Rectory, Schreiber, Ontario, Canada, to JJL, House of Commons: praise for Who goes home? and JJL's character, drawing a comparison to the young generation's materialism, “an ancient folly”.
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LAW 2/1/528   21 October 1946
Letter from Fred and Alice [Colegrove], Nab-End, 116 Cumnor Hill, Oxford, to JJL: expect JJL back down south before November.
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LAW 2/1/529   23 October 1946
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: commends JJL's great service; being awarded an honorary degree at Edinburgh tomorrow.
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LAW 2/1/530   11 December 1946
Letter from Jack Stirling, Oakdene, Shipley Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, to JJL: regret at JJL's resignation and ill-health; relays former servicemen's high opinion of JJL; son [Derek Stirling] serving at Gibralter; Lt Col. J. W. Albones now chief recruiting officer, Northern Command;
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LAW 2/1/531   16 December 1946
Letter from Rev. G. E. Tarr, The Dome Mission, Dorset Gardens, Brighton, to JJL: repeats invitation for JJL to attend the mission's anniversary on 11 June 1947.
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LAW 2/1/532   29 December 1946
Letter from J. W. Fearon, 25 Alma Road, Liverpool, to JJL: Lowea mine disaster fund; praises JJL's writing, hoping his retirement may occasion more such work.
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LAW 2/1/533   3 January 1947
Letter from Sydney Walton, 3 St James's Square, London, to JJL: invites JJL as his guest to the annual dinner of the Northumberland and Durham Association.
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LAW 2/1/534   5 January 1947
Letter from Clement Attlee, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's birthday telegram.
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LAW 2/1/535   [February 1947]
Letter from B. E. Woods, Springfield Hall Community Church, 200 Wandsworth Road, London, to JJL: invitation to speak at Methodist Mission rally; Lord Ammon, chair.Note: subscribed by JJL, “wrote Feb 16, '47”.

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LAW 2/1/536   4 February 1947
Letter from Rev. Walter Newby, Dagenham Central Hall (Methodist Church), Heathway, Dagenham, Essex, to JJL: prayers for JJL's recovery; awaits JJL's response to an invitation [to address the church].
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LAW 2/1/537   17 February 1947
Letter to Jean Robinson, Lyncroft, Leadgate, Co. Durham, to JJL: JJL to attend Christian Endeavour Weekend, 19 April; requests the title of JJL's talk.
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LAW 2/1/538   18 February 1947
Letter from Jack Stirling, Oakdene, Shipley Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, to JJL: son Derek recalled to England for W.A.S.B. [?W.O.S.B - War Office Selection Board], tours Spain.
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LAW 2/1/539   6 March 1947
Letter from James R. Spencer, General Manager, The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Ltd, Victoria Street, Liverpool, to JJL: publication of Curly Wee [by Maud Budden] prevented by 50% re-export levy; petitions JJL to lobby Stafford Cripps, [president of the Board of Trade]; encloses copy of letter sent to Liverpool Board of Trade yesterday [not present].
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LAW 2/1/540-541   15 March 1947
Letter, [with enclosure], from Victor Murray, President, Cheshunt College, Cambridge, to JJL: invitation to address the chapel, 16 May, and afterwards to talk “informally round the fire (Shinwell permitting!)”.
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LAW 2/1/541   [1947]
“Post-war planning. Cheshunt College plans for the future.” Magazine article, by an unknown author, torn from an unidentified religious publication, found with the above letter.
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LAW 2/1/542   Sunday 22 February [probably 1948]
Letter from Cooper Hall, 13 Urban Gardens, Washington, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers thanks for tour of the House [of Commons]; Question Time; praises Who goes home?.
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LAW 2/1/543   10 September 1948
Letter from Robin [Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th marquess of Londonderry], Wynyard Park, Billingham on Tees, Co. Durham, to JJL: JJL proffered as an example to the writer's son; censures his father for abandoning Co. Durham during the [1930s] depression “when he was most needed”, the impetus coming from his mother.
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LAW 2/1/544   14 July 1947
Letter from R. Percy Hodder-Williams, Weald Place, Sevenoaks, Kent, to JJL: the writer's retirement; praises A man's life.
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LAW 2/1/545   24 September 1947
Letter from Rt Hon. J[ohn] R[obert] Clynes, 41 St John's Avenue, London, to JJL: current crisis more severe than 1931 “episode”; loans proof copy of the 1920-1931 chapter of the history of the Labour party [? The British Labour party, edited by Herbert Tracey, (1948)]; Philip Snowden's sincerity and integrity contrasted (silently) to behaviour of Ramsay MacDonald; Clynes' pioneer work for Labour, little remembered, winning an irreversible transformation in the status of [the movement].
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LAW 2/1/546   4 October 1947
Letter from John Finlay, 56 Dumbuck Crescent, Dumbarton, to JJL: gift of a drawing to JJL; Sunderland course.
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LAW 2/1/547   27 November 1947
Letter from [Arthur Bryant], Rapsgate, Cirencester, to JJL: chair of Ashridge Council; chair of Red Cross Hospital Library; over-worked; reaction to The man in the cap: the life of Herbert Smith; effect of industrial revolution on social life of Lancashire villages (researched for The age of elegance); argues Socialism fails to address the worker as producer, concentrating overly on increasing his power as a consumer; “[t]he supreme object of society should be to make men want to work, willingly and gladly”; doubts that either “the destructive and inhuman device of the unemployment pool” or “the power of Whitehall” can solve this; encloses Postman's horn [not present]; possibility of JJL obtaining his copyright [of The man in the cap] should Methuen decide against reprinting; travels to London only for committees.
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LAW 2/1/548   1 December 1947
Letter from Arthur Bryant, Rapsgate, Cirencester, to JJL: will review [ The man in the cap] in the Illustrated London News next week.
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LAW 2/1/549   December 1947
Letter from Osbert Sitwell, Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, Near Sheffield, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's letter.
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LAW 2/1/550   23 January 1948
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: pays tribute to JJL's books, as “a vital link in the broken history of the English people”; extended reminiscence of Edwardian England; petitions JJL to moderate the Colonial Office's handling of the case of his brother-in-law Anthony Brooke [Rajah Muda of Sarawak], outlining two demands, namely, a judicial enquiry into the cession of Sarawak, and the admittance of Brooke to Sarawak in order to pursue a civil action for libel there; has written to the Lord Chancellor; offers JJL access to some unpublished 17th-century records from the Haigh pits near Wigan.
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LAW 2/1/551   31 January 1948
Letter from W. Perry, 24 Percy Road, Leytonstone, London, to JJL, House of Commons: praises A man's life; enquires for a copy of JJL's article “Watch Winston”.
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LAW 2/1/552   14 February 1948
Letter from Arthur Bryant, Rapsgate, Cirencester, as from 18 Rutland Gate, London: his philosophical balance, lost in the city, recovered in the natural world; reprint of The man in the cap; welcomes the good opinion of Sam Watson; encloses reply (via W. J. Brown, [MP for Rugby]) from Arthur Creech Jones, [Secretary of State for the Colonies], with departmental commentary to Bryant's letter, [neither letter nor commentary are present]; encloses a further printed response from Bryant to W. J. Brown [not present]; encloses cutting from Singapore Free Times, quoting the Sarawak Gazette [not present]; Dayak and Malay attitudes to cession; likens the Colonial Office's policy to that adopted in Africa, and warns that the traditions and character of the inhabitants of Sarawak are such that they will “withdraw... from us all faith and trust”; lectures at Joint Services Staff College.
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LAW 2/1/553   14 June 1948
Letter from John Bell, 20 Hadrian Avenue, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, to JJL: thanks for gift of unspecified book, and for JJL's hospitality at the House of Commons.
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LAW 2/1/554   9 October 1948
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: encloses unspecified book, the reprint of which quickly sold out.
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LAW 2/1/555   15 October 1948
Letter from Denys Kilham Roberts, Secretary-General, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: invitation of the Committee of Management that JJL allow his name to go forward for re-election to the Committee, for a three year term beginning August 1949.
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LAW 2/1/556   19 October 1948
Letter from Denys Kilham Roberts, Secretary-General, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, to JJL, House of Commons: JJL to return [to the Committee of Management]; JJL a willing lobbyist on Society matters.
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LAW 2/1/557   1 January 1949
Letter from Teddy [Edward R.G.R. Evans, 1st baron Mountevans], 76 Cadogan Square, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: spent Christmas with family at Wirral, Cheshire; encloses new updated and “beautifully illustrated” edition of South with Scott [not present]; will keep JJL's letter with that from the King, thanking him for his war-time service as Regional Commissioner for London; offers to replace JJL's copy of Adventurous life; attributes the writer's peerage to JJL, requesting “one day the real story of how it all came about”.
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LAW 2/1/558   20 February 1949
Letter from Robin [Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th marquess of Londonderry], 101 Park Street, London (on Carlton Club stationary), to JJL: JJL's suitability for the appointment of lord-lieutenant for Co. Durham; sympathy for the miners, and wish that Seaham had been a model pit; desire to act as one of JJL's deputies in Co. Durham.
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LAW 2/1/559   16 March 1949
Letter from R. T. Rivington, Registrar, Stationers' Hall, London, to JJL, House of Commons: acknowledges receipt of JJL's work The tale of two shafts, enclosing an application form for its registration, [not present].
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LAW 2/1/560   20 March 1949
Letter from Will Bell, 10 Selborne Grove, Bradford, to JJL: remarks on JJL's commendation, in his official capacity, of Bell's son Graham Bell for his distinguished war service; sons Raymond Bell at the Treasury, and Graham Bell at the Ministry of Fuel [and Power]; Hannah Gascoigne.
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LAW 2/1/561   16 April 1949
Letter from Arthur Bryant, Smedmore House, Wareham, Dorset, to JJL: national unity.
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LAW 2/1/562   31 May 1949
Letter from Arthur Bryant, Smedmore House, Wareham, Dorset, to JJL: offers thanks for gift of [Malcolm Stewart's ancestor's] book, with JJL's personal inscription.
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LAW 2/1/563   16 June 1949
Letter from Leonard Cutts, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, St Paul's House, Warwick Square, London, to JJL: new edition of A man's life scheduled for publication in early autumn.
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LAW 2/1/564   16 June 1949
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: Bryant's C.B.E.; intends, through his writing, “to make my brave, kindly, shrewd, enduring though sometimes, perhaps, rather confused, countrymen realise the full greatness of their heritage and of all that might be built on it”; remarks on his present book on the industrial revolution; impending meeting at “the Author's Society” [?The Society of Authors].
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LAW 2/1/565   11 August 1949
Letter from Leonard Cutts, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, St Paul's House, Warwick Square, London, to JJL: solicits JJL's public support for the enclosed The claims of the Free Churches [not present], “a contribution to the Cause”.
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LAW 2/1/566   16 October 1949
Letter from Geordie Phillips, Grange Villa, [Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham], to JJL: manuscript autobiographical accounts of two voyages, on the “Lucy” (Gateshead - Folkestone - Gateshead; coal, and chalk), and on the “Scotia” (Hartlepool - Folkestone - Sundsvall (Sweden) - Folkestone; coal, ballast, and timber), c.1905.
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LAW 2/1/567   31 October 1949
Letter from Rev. Harold G. Johnson, 20 Holyrood Crescent, Glasgow, to JJL: commends Peter Lee; suggests JJL write a fuller autobiography.
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LAW 2/1/568   5 January 1950
Letter from F. H. Rushford, Durham County Press Ltd, Newspaper House, Durham: encloses photographs (see LAW 3/1); article on JJL (see LAW 3/2/31/5).
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LAW 2/1/569   12 February 1950
Letter from Captain John L. Judd, Director of Music, Royal Signals Band, 7 Selection Regiment, Royal Signals, Catterick Camp, Yorkshire, to JJL: requests signed copy of A man's life.
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LAW 2/1/570   3 March 1950
Letter from Sir James Duff, Warden, The Durham Colleges, 38 North Bailey, Durham, to JJL: JJL agrees to join appeal to restore Durham castle's Norman chapel.
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LAW 2/1/571   10 March 1950
Letter from H. Foster, Editorial Manager, University of London Press Limited, Little Paul's House, Warwick Square, London, to JJL: A man's life to be published, slightly abridged, in new schools series; J. J. Sullivan, editor.
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LAW 2/1/572   13 March 1950
Letter from R. W. Birtle, Hillcroft, Bethany Terrace, Annfield Plain, to JJL: application for JJL to attend a Sunday evening service at St John's Methodist church at Annfield Plain.
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LAW 2/1/573   26 March 1950
Letter from Jack Gilliland, Station Road, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, to JJL: health of writer's father; visit of Lord Londonderry.
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LAW 2/1/574   22 April 1950
Letter from Bob Muncaster, Fairfax, Waldridge Road, Chester-le-Street, to JJL: solicits JJL's support for an application of the writer's daughter to King's College.
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LAW 2/1/575-579   9 June - 27 September 1950
Correspondence concerning an objection by JJL to tree felling at Beamish Forges by Urpeth Estates Ltd, and the institution of a tree preservation order.
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LAW 2/1/575   9 June 1950
Letter from P. S. A. Sydenham, Regional Controller, Ministry of Town and County Planning, Regional Office, Government Buildings, Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish.
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LAW 2/1/576   20 June 1950
Letter from J. Sanders, Deputy Clerk, Chester-le-Street Rural District Council, Union Offices, Chester-le-Street to JJL, Woodside, Beamish.
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LAW 2/1/577   4 July 1950
Letter from T[om] Williams, [Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries], Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish.
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LAW 2/1/578   6 July 1950
Letter from P. S. A. Sydenham, Regional Controller, Ministry of Town and County Planning, Regional Office, Government Buildings, Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish.
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LAW 2/1/579   27 September 1950
Letter from Hugh Dalton, 32 St James's Square, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish. Encloses a record of a speech made by George Lingren, on Dalton's behalf, at the opening of Peterlee, 23 September 1950, [not present].
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LAW 2/1/580   August 1951
Postcard from Teddy Mountevans [Edward R.G.R. Evans, 1st baron Mountevans], [Norway], to JJL, House of Lords: welcomes first news from JJL since his return from Yugoslavia, America and Australia; returns himself end September; sending a book for JJL's granddaughter. Postcard depicts two timber Norwegian houses.
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LAW 2/1/581   4 February 1952
Letter from Karola von Kempis, Kitzburg beim Walberberg, Kreis Bonn a/Rls, to JJL: friendship kindled by a mutual love of the writings of Thomas à Kempis; A man's life; visit to London; invitation to visit Kitzburg.
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LAW 2/1/582-586   22 May - 25 November 1953
Correspondence from the Forestry Commission, (North East England Conservancy), District Office, Widehaugh, Hexham, Northumberland, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: felling on Bewicks Farm and Forge Bank; acquisition of land from the Shaftoe family; rubbish tip.
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LAW 2/1/587   (stamped) 28 November 195[3]
Letter from Quintin Hogg, Viscount Hailsham, The Corner House, Heathview Gardens, Putney Heath, London, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's friendship; sad occasion, “since it is hard to suffer at the hands of old allies”.[Note: the dating of this item is uncertain, being either 1953 or 1955; the debate in the House of Lords on 25 November 1953, led by Viscount Hailsham, on the Government's Television Policy, may be the “sad occasion” alluded to.]

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LAW 2/1/588   18 December 1953
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's tributes to his work.
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LAW 2/1/589-614   28 March - 4 April 1954
Correspondence to JJL in reaction to his talk, Something of my philosophy, first broadcast by the B.B.C. Home Service to All Regions on 28 March 1954, after the 21.00 news, at 21.15; and subsequently published in The Listener. In the following list, (in date then alphabetical order), correspondents' names and addresses are noted, with the extent of each letter; unless otherwise stated, the response is one of supportive agreement; other noteworthy content is also described.
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LAW 2/1/589   28 March 1954
Montague Nesfield Cookson, 44 Cedar Road, Sutton, Surrey: encloses A heretic's answer to communism [not present], by the brother of the writer, Claude Edward Cookson; a copy also sent to Aneurin Bevan.
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LAW 2/1/590   28 March 1954
W. H. Coward, Croft House, Burton, Westmorland.
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LAW 2/1/591   28 March 1954
Lionel E. Horne, 3 Worcester Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire: reminiscent of George Lansbury.
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LAW 2/1/592   28 March 1954
Michael Jordan, 7 Pinewood Avenue, North Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne: short account of working life and politics - miner at Usworth Colliery, war service, self-education, Roman Catholicism, opposition to Usworth strike, fascism and John Marchbanks, Butney pit, Ministry of Supply.
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LAW 2/1/593   28 March 1954
Mrs Marguerite Munn, 53 Pope's Grove, Twickenham, Middlesex: recalls first meeting with JJL following an earlier B.B.C. broadcast; running school for “mentally retarded” children.
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LAW 2/1/594   28 March 1954
Edith W. Gordon Smith, Beech Croft, Helsby, Cheshire.
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LAW 2/1/595   28 March 1954
C. Lisle Watson, Pitt Street Settlement, 191-193 East Surrey Grove, Peckham.
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LAW 2/1/596   29 March 1954
A. E. Buckby, 33 Oak Road, Kettering.
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LAW 2/1/597   29 March 1954
Hardie M. B. Henderson, President, Peterborough Local Labour Party: memories of early political and Methodist activity with JJL; manages North Eastern Region coal and coke accounts; Whitburn strike.
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LAW 2/1/598   29 March 1954
William [Shaw Kerr], Bishop of Down and Dromore, The See House, 32 Knockdene Park South, Belfast: quotes Bertrand Russell's The impact of science on society, and Russell's identification of “Christian love, or compassion ... [as a] ... motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty”.
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LAW 2/1/599   29 March 1954
Rev. Sam Rowley, 131 Nottingham Road, Nuthall, Nottinghamshire.
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LAW 2/1/600   29 March 1954
Lord Semphill, The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London.
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LAW 2/1/601   29 March 1954
Belle Small, 3 Lancaster Grove, London.
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LAW 2/1/602   29 March 1954
[John Campbell Boot, 2nd baron] Trent, Villa Millbrook, Jersey.
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LAW 2/1/603   30 March 1954
Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London: requests permission to publish words from a letter of JJL's praising the writer's work.
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LAW 2/1/604   30 March 1954
Percy Cardew, 7 Park Lea Road, Roker, Sunderland: Mosley Common [Methodists].
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LAW 2/1/605   30 March 1954
[?Dancy] Davies, Tanyfron, Aberayron, Cardiganshire.
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LAW 2/1/606   30 March 1954
John and Mary Fiddes, Homewood, Walker Drive, Muchalls, Aberdeen: Mary Fiddes nee Yarrow, her father formerly at Handen Hold Colliery, and mother a member of the Weslyan Church, at West Pelton, known to JJL.
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LAW 2/1/607   30 March 1954
Henry William Green, Secretary to the Trustees [of Radlett Methodist Church], 14 Moor View, Frogmore Park Street, Near St Albans, Hertfordshire: invitation to open Radlett Methodist Church bazaar, Hertfordshire, 30 October; heard JJL preach on the Crook circuit.
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LAW 2/1/608   30 March 1954
Rev. James I. Macnair, Chairman of the Governors, The Scottish National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust, 62 Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh: with unidentified enclosure, [not present].
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LAW 2/1/609   30 March 1954
Frederick G. Summersgill, Cliff Cottage, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate.
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LAW 2/1/610   31 March 1954
Donald Boyd, Chief Assistant, Talks (Home Sound), The B.B.C., Broadcasting House, London: encloses “as broadcast” copy of Something of my philosophy (see LAW 2/4/2/64).
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LAW 2/1/611   31 March 1954
James Curbison, 54 Elmsleigh Gardens, Cleadon, Near Sunderland: Shields councillor, and [Methodist] preacher.
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LAW 2/1/612   31 March 1954
Sydney Walton, 3 St James's Square London: forwards two letters of appreciation from Eric Pigott, assistant editor of The Methodist Recorder, and Rev. Jacob Richardson, [not present].
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LAW 2/1/613   1 April 1954
Austin Kirkup, Morton House, Fence Houses, Co. Durham.
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LAW 2/1/614   4 April 1954
R. Wardle Sheldon, 38 Buckingham Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester: first met JJL in a Wesleyan boarding house at Blackpool before the First World War, JJL attending a conference; twenty-five years acting, with his wife, as “father and mother to a family of 240 boys and girls, destitute children under the care of Stoke on Trent”.
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LAW 2/1/615   2 April 1954
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's permission [for publication of a quotation from a private letter]; observes the tide against materialism is turning.
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LAW 2/1/616   2 April 1954
Letter from John Chalmers, President, The Boy's Brigade, The North of England District, 78 Dean Road, South Shields, to JJL, Beamish: invitation for JJL to take the salute at Durham Cathedral at the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the Brigade's founder [William Alexander Smith] on 15 May.
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LAW 2/1/617   2 April 1954
Letter from Allan Lubbock, Adhurst St Mary, Petersfield, to JJL: offers his thanks for a copy of A man's life; JJL's delight in reading the books by the writer's uncle John [Lubbock, 1st baron Avebury].
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LAW 2/1/618   2 April 1954
Letter from J. Rickard, Denham, 23 Hall Drive, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, to JJL: invitation to JJL to address men of the Manchester League.
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LAW 2/1/619   6 April 1954
Copy reply from JJL, declining.
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LAW 2/1/620   31 March 1954
Letter from C. A. Kirkpatrick, Trust Secretary, Strickland Street Methodist Church, 168 Buddle Road, South Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: invitation to JJL to chair an anniversary service at Strickland Street on 22 May; Herbert Silverwood; R. Walker and the West Pelton Male Voice Choir.
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LAW 2/1/621   6 April 1954
Copy reply from JJL, declining.
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LAW 2/1/622   6 June 1954
Letter from L[en] M. Bland, 4 Morestone Street, South End, Mt Isa, N. W. Queensland, [Australia], to JJL: commends A man's life; recalls children's election song, c. 1909, about JJL, “Vote. Vote. Vote for Jackie Lawson, he's the man that's sure to win, if we buy a penny gun we'll make the Tories run” etc.; JJL in 1921 and 1926, “climbing the hill with that gammy leg”; contrasts JJL with Thomas Carlyle and Karl Marx, as “one of us”; Methodism; royal tour.
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LAW 2/1/623   2 August 1954
Letter from Len [M.] Bland, 4 Morestone Street, South End, Mt Isa, N. W. Queensland, [Australia], to JJL: memories of JJL and his activity during a miners' strike [?1926].
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LAW 2/1/624   26 September 1954
Letter from Len M. Bland, 4 Morestone Street, South End, Mt Isa, N. W. Queensland, [Australia], to JJL: last attended the Miners' Gala 26 years ago; reaction to reading A man's life; JJL opens the pit-head baths at Beamish, read in the Durham Chronicle; death of a miner at Mount Isa.
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LAW 2/1/625   12 December 1954
Letter and invoice, from Eda [?] Imbrec, House of Commons, to JJL: encloses [manuscript and typescript of] JJL's The room of memory, with invoice for typing the same, (see LAW 2/4/2/59/1A).
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/626   12 January 1955
Letter from Isabella Cobb, [Office of] Sydney Walton, 3 St James's Square, London, to JJL: encloses retyped short work by JJL [ The room of memory], (see LAW 2/4/2/59/1B).
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/627   3 June 1955
Letter from Robin [Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th] marquess of Londonderry, Wynyard Park, Billingham on Tees, Co. Durham, to JJL: recovering his health; visit of [James] Kenneth Hope on JJL's behalf; Sunderland [football] loss.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/628   9 June 1955
Letter from Robin [Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th] marquess of Londonderry, Wynyard Park, Billingham on Tees, Co. Durham, to JJL: JJL's political sincerity contrasted with unprincipled ministers with few morals of today, citing [David] Eccles and [Peter] Thorneycroft.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/629   19 November 1955
Letter from Sir Montague Hughman, Quarries Hotel, 97 Coombe Road, Croydon, Surrey, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: former chairman of Henley's; recalls, with gratitude, JJL's support for the firm when establishing itself at Birtley; brief summary of the firm's growth.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/630   24 November 1955
Letter from [Alexander Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 9th] marquess of Londonderry, Wynyard Park, Billingham on Tees, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's letter [of condolence upon the death of the 8th marquess].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/631-661   20 February 1956
Letters to JJL and Bella Lawson, congratulating them on their golden wedding anniversary, from the following correspondents: Fred and Lizzie; Connie and Will Lewcock; George W. H. Ford; H. C. Atkinson, President, Old Peoples' Christian Association; Miss Mildred Emerson; Mr and Mrs B. Lee; W. Joyce Thompson; G. French; M. L. Rothfield, Town Clerk, Borough of Jarrow; Mr and Mrs F. M. Dixon; John Swinney; Mrs Edith Hasler Miller; K. G. Sillar, Board of Trade & Ministry of Supply; L. O. Williams, Town Clerk, Hartlepool; John [Ramsbotham], Bishop of Jarrow; Kitty; Charles H. Nicholas; Harold E. Kitching; The mayor and citizens of Durham; Rev. Spencer Wade; Mrs Annie May; William Baines; Harry and Katie Wilson; Nancy Dames; John Turnbull; Hardie M. B. Henderson, Chairman, The Northumberland and Durham Association in Peterbrough and District; John Wallace, Assistant Civil Defence Officer, County Council of Durham; Teddy Porter; E. J. O. Dodds; Colonel H. L. Lislet; James Duff.
Noteworthy items:
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LAW 2/1/636   [February 1956]
Mr and Mrs B. Lee, 3 Portland Crescent, Bolsover, Near Chesterfield: an “old comrade” from 1908-1909.
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LAW 2/1/650   21 February 1954
Rev. Spencer Wade, The Rectory, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne; 2f; encloses typescript poem commemorating the occasion.
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LAW 2/1/651   24 February 1954
Mrs Annie May, 97 Norwood Road, Southport: recalls a visit to Southport by the Lawsons; Arthur Greenwood, Dr Marion Phillips, Margaret Bondfield, Anthony Greenwood.
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LAW 2/1/662   13 March 1956
Letter from E. Alan Hitchman, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London, to JJL, House of Lords: drinks invitation.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/663   13 April [1956 x 1965]
Letter from Clement Attlee, Cherry Cottage, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: success of Bella Lawson's operation reported at front bench meeting; wishes for her full recovery.
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LAW 2/1/664   6 July 1956
Letter from Eda Imbrec, House of Commons, to JJL: invoice [for typing work]. Endorsed with a quotation from Proverbs 20 verse 24, in JJL's hand.
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LAW 2/1/665   24 August 1956
Letter from Jack Fletcher, 5 North Terrace, Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: grandson of Harry Bolton; requests a meeting; will attend Birmingham University on a County Major Scholarship.
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LAW 2/1/666   5 September 1956
Letter from Martin, Royal County Hotel, Durham, to JJL and Bella Lawson: offers thanks for their hospitality; visits the bishop of Durham.
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LAW 2/1/667   24 September 1956
Letter from G. W. West, Branch Secretary, Sunderland and Durham Fund for the Blind, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, Sutherland Memorial Hall, Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: acknowledges receipt of a donation made to the Fund by Mr Craik and his family, via JJL.
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LAW 2/1/668   19 December 1956
Letter from Annie and Bob Surgenor, 3300 Maynard Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA, to JJL and Bella Lawson: Christmas greetings and family news.
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LAW 2/1/669   22 March 1957
Letter from Arthur Bryant, 18 Rutland Gate, London, to JJL: preparing a version of [ The Turn of the Tide, 1939–1943] for serialisation; passes on JJL's messages to Field Marshal Alan Brooke.
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LAW 2/1/670   11 March 1958
Letter from Stanley Lawson, 10 Dudley Road, Mission Bay, Auckland, [New Zealand], to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: world air tour; requests a meeting when the writer and [?his sister] Leonie reach England.
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LAW 2/1/671   2 April 1958
Letter from J. W. Telford, Lord Mayor, Town Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: acknowledges JJL's representations on behalf of Charles Weatherspoon in his application to the City Police Force.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/672   19 May 1958
Letter from Larrie Smith, 9 Acklam Avenue, Grangetown, Sunderland, to JJL: encloses another poem [not present], recently published.
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LAW 2/1/673   6 August 1958
Letter from J. H. S. Wild, Dean of Durham, The Deanery, Durham, to JJL: JJL's reading of a lesson at the Territorial Service on 6 July; considers the comparative merits of the language of the Bible in the King James Bible, and in more modern translations, and when each is best deployed.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/674   9 October 1958
R. J. Pumphrey, Department of Zoology, The University of Liverpool, to JJL: encloses a short memoir of Lord Avebury [John Lubbock, 1st baron Avebury], [not present].
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LAW 2/1/675   15 January 1959
Letter from [Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount] Montgomery of Alamein, Islington Mill, Alton, Hampshire, to JJL, House of Lords: offers his thanks for JJL's letter, praising his integrity when at the War Office.
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LAW 2/1/676   17 January 1959
Letter from Alice G., 1220 Kastle Drive, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, to JJL and Bella Lawson: family news.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/677   16 February 1959
Letter from G. S. McIntire, Town Clerk, County Borough of Sunderland, Town Hall, Sunderland, to JJL: guest arrangements for a ceremony conferring [upon JJL] the Freedom of the city.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/678-680   19 March 1959 - 25 March 1959
Letters to JJL and Bella Lawson, offering congratulations on JJL's being honoured with the Freedom of the city of Sunderland.
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LAW 2/1/678   19 March 1959
C[lem] Todd, 19 West Lea Road, Seaham, Co. Durham.
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LAW 2/1/679   21 March 1959
W. Trotter, Secretary, Chester-le-Street Divisional Labour Party, 25 Richardson Terrace, Washington, Co. Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/680   25 March 1959
Maurice [Harland], Bishop of Durham, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.
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LAW 2/1/681   25 March 1959
Letter from H. D. Hughes, Principal, Ruskin College, Oxford, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: invitation to JJL to attend the opening of Bowerman House at the College, celebrating its diamond jubilee, on 28 June; Bob Willis, chairman of the T.U.C. to open the House, Clement Attlee, and JJL, to speak.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/682   28 May 1959
Letter from F. Alex. Wills, “The Vagabond”, Lintley View House, Slaggyford, Carlisle, to JJL: account of the writer's retirement, house-hunting, and life at Slaggyford; invitation to visit.
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LAW 2/1/683   18 November 1959
Letter from R. G. Burnett, The Methodist Recorder, 176 Fleet Street, London, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: invites JJL to contribute a short piece of writing, part of a series “By this I live”.
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LAW 2/1/684   18 February 1960
Letter from Norman Birkett, 1st baron Birkett, Challens Green, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, to JJL: reaction to A man's life, gifted by JJL; travels to Ulverston tomorrow.
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LAW 2/1/685   15 January 1960
Letter from Wilfrid Rose, 96 Sydenham Road, West Hartlepool, Co. Durham, to JJL: thanks JJL for his friendship and enduring concern for his father, recently deceased, C. Rose of Greatham Hospital.
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LAW 2/1/686   29 August 1960
Letter from May and Frank Beals, 3039 Delta Avenue, Long Beach 10, California, USA, to JJL: family news; trailer holidays to Canada; presidential election.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/687   20 September 1960
Letter from Major L. L. Fleming, Regimental Depot the D.L.I., Brancepeth Castle, Co. Durham, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: offers thanks to JJL for his attendance at the annual re-union of the Durham Light Infantry.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/688   7 November 1960
Letter from [F. Alex. Wills,] “The Vagabond”, Lintley View House, Slaggyford, Carlisle, to JJL: country and church news from Slaggyford; JJL invited to visit the Methodist church.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/689-691   16-18 January 1961
Letters to JJL commending an article of his in the Journal.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/1/689   16 January 1961
William Barnes, 23 Front Street, Lumley, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham: former Deputy at Lumley Colliery; daughter married the son of Norman Pentland MP.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/690   17 January 1961
Sir Angus Watson, Whitewell, Adderstone Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/691   18 January 1961
Thomas Green, 4 Joicey Homes, Shiney Row, Houghton-le-Spring.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/692   postmarked 28 January 1961
Letter from N. Charlton, Mess 17 A.X.S.T., Collingwood, T.S. Arethusa, Lower Upnor, Rochester, Kent, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: rejoined [training] ship; Easter leave, suggesting visit to see JJL.
Paper   2f; stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/693   [c. 1961]
Letter from Norman Charlton, Mess 17 A.X.S.T., T.S. Arethusa, Lower Upnor, Rochester, Kent, to JJL: leave application; offers thanks for gift of 10 shillings.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/694   14 July 1961
Letter, with poem, from Ernest Nattrass, 11 Bethany Gardens, Catchgate, Stanley, to JJL: JJL to attend the Miners' Gala; writer wounded in 1918, subsequently working “about the mines”; father, William Nattrass, Primitive Methodist preacher (Chester-le-Street circuit) and miner; encloses typescript poems entitled “Coal”, and “Hope!”.
Paper   2f; 1f
LAW 2/1/695   18 July [1961]
Letter from Pat [Patrick Spens, 1st baron Spens], House of Lords, to JJL: general concern at ill-health of JJL (knee); Alfred Robens to be sponsored at his introduction to the House of Lords by another miner in place of JJL, Gordon Macdonald.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/696   25 July 1961
Letter from Mark Hancock, Bus Stop, Grassy Lake, Alberta, W. Canada, to JJL and Bella Lawson: offers congratulations on their 55th wedding anniversary, and encloses cutting [from Durham Advertiser], (see LAW 3/2/42/2); the writer's mother delivered JJL as a baby.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/697/1-2   23-26 October 1961
Letter from Lord Longford, The National Bank Limited, 13-17 Old Broad Street, London, to JJL, Beamish: encloses letter from the Director of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh.
Paper   1f; 1f;
LAW 2/1/697/2   23 October 1961
Letter from Professor A. Robertson, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Summerhall, Edinburgh, to The Earl of Longford, c/o The National Bank Limited: acknowledges Lord Longford's representations in support of Elaine Campbell Lawson's application for admission to the School in October 1962.
1f
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LAW 2/1/698   5 January 1962
Letter from Robert Stead, Controller, North Region, Broadcasting House, Piccadilly, Manchester, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: invitation to a dinner at Grey College, 17 January; B.B.C. “experiment in local broadcasting in Durham”, 15-19 January.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/699   13 January 1962
Letter from D. Hay, Borough Librarian, Borough of Whitehaven, Public Library & Museum, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: encloses a copy of the April 1948 issue of the Whitehaven Review, containing “Release” by JJL, and an article by Harry Hollinson on JJL's life, (see LAW 2/4/4/2).
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/700   10 April 1962
Letter from Crackers [?Captain P. H. M. May], Headquarters 149 Infantry Brigade (T.A.), Fenham Barracks, Newcastle upon Tyne, to JJL: offers thanks for JJL's contribution to a Regimental television programme; D.L.I. programme broadcast 21.45, 12 April [1962].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/701   5 May [1962]
Letter from Harry [Henry Charles Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, 7th baron Thurlow], Ainderby Manor, Northallerton, to JJL: sails on 7 June; regret at leaving the North.[Note: handwritten notes by JJL on the dorse of this letter place it in one of the years 1951, 1956 and 1962; Major-General the Lord Thurlow relinquished his appointment as General Officer Commanding, Northumbrian District and 50 Infantry Division (T.A.) on 31 May 1962, and for this reason 1962 is favoured as the probable date for this item.]

Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/702   11 May 1962
Letter from Rev. Jonathan W. Brown, 6 Chase Gardens, Twickenham, Middlesex, to JJL: refers JJL to “Easter 1927”, a short story by Sid Chaplin published in the Manchester Guardian, 23 April 1962; visit to House of Lords.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/703   25 May 1962
Letter from Tom Dobbin, Assistant Public Relations Officer, National Coal Board, Durham Division, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, to JJL, 7 Woodside, Beamish: encloses copy of Coal News; offers thanks for interview.
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LAW 2/1/704   21 June 1962
Letter from J. H. S. Wild, Dean of Durham, The Deanery, Durham, to JJL: JJL to read the first lesson at the St John Ambulance Brigade Church Parade, Durham Cathedral, 24 June.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/705   23 June 1962
Letter from Canon W. A. Lathaen, S. Andrew's Vicarage, Roker, Sunderland, to JJL: encloses copy of a Spectator review of August 1914 [by Barbara Tuchman]; “[c]ertainly whatever started in August 1914 has not finished its course - something like lifting the lid of Pandora's box”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/706   5 August 1962
Letter from Celia Reiss, 51 Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, to JJL: requests biographical information and memories of the writer's husband, Richard Reiss, during their time together at Ruskin College, in preparation for a private memoir.
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LAW 2/1/707   9 August 1962
Letter from Celia Reiss, 51 Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, to JJL: offers thanks to JJL for his memories of Richard Reiss, with short account of his life and passing.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/708   27 August 1962
Letter from J. H. S. Wild, Dean of Durham, The Deanery, Durham, to JJL: arrangements for 9 September annual re-union of the D.L.I. Regimental Association, JJL invited to read a lesson; illness of Wild's wife.
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LAW 2/1/709   30 April 1964
Letter from T. Bayles Naylor, Superintendent Minister, The Methodist Church (Redcar, Saltburn & Guisborough Circuit), 55 Randolph Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorkshire, to JJL: invitation to address a family gathering at the Milton Street Methodist Church, 5 October; invitation prompted by B.B.C. interview with JJL concerning Sunderland football attendances.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/710   18 August 1964
Letter from F. Haywood, Manager, Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd Bankers, P.O. Box 6, 99 Leman Street, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: reassurance concerning the security of JJL's account, reporting balance.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/711   9 December 1964
Copy letter from J. E. Roberts, 114 Edward Street, Broomhill, Cannock, Staffordshire, to Jennie [?Lee, MP for Cannock]: renewing proposal to award a Civil List grant or pension to Jack Hilton, a case represented once before by JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/712   2 January 1965
Letter (incomplete) from unknown writer, 9 Queens Close, Hadthorpe, Near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to Bella Lawson: recalls Mrs Brown and The Hermitage.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/713   15 January 1965
Letter from Isabella Cobb, [Office of] Sydney Walton, St James' Court, Buckingham Gate, London, to JJL, Woodside, Beamish: clearing and closing the office, following the [death] of Sydney Walton; returns manuscript (LAW 2/4/1/5 typescript C) of, and publishers' correspondence concerning, Peter Lee.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/714   22 July 1965
Letter from Clement Attlee [1st] earl Attlee, 1 King's Bench, Temple, London, to Miss Lawson: reaction to news of JJL's hospitalisation, conveying sympathies; “I have loved and admired him ever since we first met”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/715   postmarked 26 July 1965
Letter, with envelope, from Norman Charlton, on passage to Norway, M/S. Avogado, Houlder Lines, 53 Leadenhall Street, London, to JJL, General Hospital, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham: wishes for JJL's recovery; career progressing.
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LAW 2/1/716   3 August 1965
Letter from Mary Wilson, 31 Waldridge Road, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, to JJL: wishes for JJL's recovery; shared regard for Brother Lawrence's [ The practice and the presence of God].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/717-907   3 August 1965-21 October 1965
Correspondence to Bella Lawson and her daughters Alma and Rene [Irene], written upon the death of JJL. Items are filed in date then alphabetical order.
Correspondents (letters): Vera and Adrian and Celia Conley, Fiona; Alice [?Colegrove]; Mrs Rhoda Anderson; Dick and Shirley Annand; Edith Bartley; Pastor Stanley P. L. Belcher; Mrs Mary H. Best, Minutes Secretary, Methodist Local Preachers Mutual Aid Association; J. Colman, Pelton Ward Committee; W. B. Cowie, Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance; Theresa Local (née Cullen); Miss Minnie Curry (and Chester-le-Street Urban Savings Committee); Fred M. Dawson, Billingham Urban District Council; Oswald C. Dickenson; Betty Duggan-Keen; Nora Eckersley; Laurie Edwards; Ron Evers, Regional Council, The Labour Party, Northern Regional Office; Norman Fenwick, Secretary, Disabled Drivers Association, Sunderland Seaham and District Group; F. Fish, Pelton Local Labour Party; M. A. Fitzpatrick, Daily Sketch & Daily Graphic; H. Gascoigne; Thomas D. Gibbs, clerk, Chester-le-Street Urban District Council; Jack Gribbin; Tom, May and Beatrice Grundy (and Circuit Local Preachers); Pamela Havelock-Allan; J. Hay; C. D. Jackson, Town Clerk, County Borough of Gateshead; Arthur C. Jones, clerk, Washington Urban District Council; J. Kelly; Lieutenant Colonel Bertram C. Laight, The Salvation Army; The Principal, Ruskin College, Oxford; Gilbert Lee, Co-operative Wholesale Society Limited; Cyril A. Mitchinson, clerk, Urban District Council of Shildon; William Owen, Chairman Northern Group of Labour Members of Parliament; C. A. Pearson, former Parliamentary Correspondent of the local N.U.T. Association; Norman and Maud Pentland; J. Quinn, clerk, Consett Urban District Council; Celia Reiss; Ridley, Acting County Commissioner, The Boy Scouts; Dorothy Riddell (Labour Women's Federation, and the Federation of ... Voluntary Workers); J. Sanders, clerk, Chester-le-Street Rural District Council; [Malcolm] Shepherd [2nd baron Shepherd], Government Chief Whip, House of Lords (Labour peers); J. J. Shipston, clerk, Urban District of Stanley; David Simon (Bishop Auckland and District Choral Society); Mrs Ivy Spry, Secretary, Durham County Labour Women's Advisory Council; Tom Harker; S. and K. W. Surtees; G. T. Taylor; Graham Titterington; R. H. Urwin, Chairman, Chester-le-Street Rural District Council; Spencer Wade; Sam and Jennie Warwick; Major C. Lisle Watson; Leslie Watson, Chairman, Durham County Association of Youth Clubs; R. Watson, Circuit Secretary; J. L. Whale (née Cissie Caveney); J. G. Willetts; Queen Elizabeth II; C. H. Bell, County Secretary, British Legion; Joseph S. C. Berry, clerk, Urpeth Parish Council; Eva and Billy [?Lawson]; J. T. Brockbank, Clerk of the Peace, Durham County Council; J. Bushnell; W. J. Chalmers, Director-General, Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Sir Robin Chapman, County Treasurer of the Boy Scouts; Bob Coxon (and Durham County Council Labour Group); Dora Curry; Hilda Davies; Colonel J. Dean, Superintendent, Finchale Abbey Training Centre for the Disabled; Thelma Denholm; William Dent; Elizabeth Forster; Tom and Evelyn Fuge; J. Elizabeth Greenhill; G. E. Hearn, High Wycombe Branch Secretary, Amalgamated Engineering Union; Miss Lydia Hill, The Labour Party, Woman Organiser, Northern Regional Office; C. H. Hocking, District Secretary, The Workers' Educational Association, Northern District; Oliver Holt; Kenneth Hope; C. D. Jackson, Town Clerk, County Borough of Gateshead; Dr Hugh A. F. Mackay; Reg and Ada Meakin; Douglas Nicholson; Princess Alexandra; J. R. Passey, clerk, Urban District Council of Bishop Auckland; Dr J. Main Russell; Albert Sayer; Captain Paul V. Scarborough, The Salvation Army; [Patrick] Spens, [1st baron Spens]; Joseph Staines; William Tate; Leon, Millie, Peter Usher and family; A. Watson, Mayor of Sunderland; Frederick T. Willey, Minister, Ministry of Land and Natural Resources; Harry David; Mrs G. M. Edgar; S. A. Sadler Forster, Chairman, The Industrial Estates Management Corporation for England; Lieutenant-Colonel H. J. Gillman, Vice-Chairman, Council of the Order of St John for Co. Durham; Colonel J. W. Grant, Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association of the County of Durham; Brian Harrison, Newsview, Tyne Tees Television Limited; A. E. Morgan; D. Peveler, District Commissioner, National Savings Movement; J. Roberts, Lodge Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers (Durham Area), Boldon Lodge; Elsie and Harry Robson; Violet [Brown, Viscountess] Ruffside; [William] Strang, National Parks Commission; Joan Talbot, Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence; J. Urwin, Secretary, Birtley British Legion Club & Institute Ltd; Mrs Ruby Watson, County Secretary, The St John Ambulance Brigade; Margaret Wild; General Sir Nigel Poett, Colonel, The Durham Light Infantry; Sir William Gray; Lord Inglewood; Doris E. Thomas, Newton Aycliffe Maternity & Child Welfare Voluntary Committee; C. T. Evans, Secretary-General, Order of the Hospital of St John in Jerusalem; John Tilney MP; R. V. Dudley-Clarke, Administrative Secretary, British Rheumatism & Arthritis Association; Sir John Dodd; Mary Sutherland; [Clement] Attlee, [Bradford]; Lord Hilton of Upton; Rev. A. Spurr; J. Hennessy, The Disabled Drivers' Association; Professor Kenneth R. Hill; Hannah R[ushford]; E. Balton; Councillor Mrs A. Clayton (and Durham Women's Advisory); Elsie and Stan Grabham; Mary Harris (and High Hold and Beamish Darby and Joan Club); J. S. Little; Stella [Isaacs, marchioness of] Reading; Alice Scorer, Secretary, Sacriston Local Labour Party Ward Committee; Louise Scott; W. Trotter, Chester-le-Street Divisional Labour Party; Mrs Alice Grainger; Lord Devonport; Norman Coates; Tony Lambton; Craig W. Starmer; T. Sutcliffe, Chairman, The Methodist Church, Darlington Circuit; W. J. Chalmers, Director-General, Commonwealth War Graves Commission; J. Urwin, Secretary, Birtley British Legion Club & Institute Ltd; Taylor Wright; James Duff.
Correspondents (sympathy cards): Ernest and Hannah Armstrong; Phyllis Bailey; Mr & Mrs R. Barron; Jennie Bell; Mr & Mrs J. S. C. Berry & Son; L. Corbett; Crewdson family, Whitehaven; Mrs C. M. Davison, County Councillor; Mrs Len Elliott and family; Mrs J. Emmerson, Nancy and John; J. D. Farish, Councillor; Bill and Edith Graham; Grange Villa Labour Women's Section; Grange Villa Over 60s Club; Mr & Mrs H. Greener and family; Councillor Arthur Grey; Nan Hall; Lord and Lady Hilton of Upton; Ald and C. C. Mrs Hirst; Mrs Holyoake and family; E. Jopling; John and Cynthia Lockwood; Nan Marshall; Mary and Cecil Milburn; Mrs Moore; Mr Richardson and staff of Ward 6, Dryburn Hospital; St Paul's Church Parents' Group; I. Sanderson and P. Clough; May Shuker; Springwell Women['s Labour] Section; E. Straker, Secretary, Fatfield Women's Labour Section; Jean Tait; Mrs B. Urwin; Lord and Lady Uvedale; West Pelton Cooperative Women's Guild.
Noteworthy items:
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LAW 2/1/725   4 August 1965
W. B. Cowie, Room 1371 Central Office, Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, Newcastle upon Tyne: offers condolences as chairman of the Northern Group of the Royal Institute of Public Administrators, of which body JJL was president.
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LAW 2/1/735   4 August 1965
Norman Fenwick, Secretary, Disabled Drivers Association, Sunderland Seaham and District Group, 9 Laurel Avenue, Denside, Seaham: JJL the Association's (formerly the Invalid Tricycle Association) first and only president.
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LAW 2/1/756   4 August 1965
Ridley, Acting County Commissioner, The Boy Scouts, Durham County Association, County Headquarters, 47 North Bailey, Durham: JJL president.
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LAW 2/1/761   4 August 1965
[Malcolm] Shepherd [2nd baron Shepherd], Government Chief Whip, House of Lords: Labour peers; Lord Blyton to represent the Prime Minister and the Parliamentary Labour Party at the funeral.
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LAW 2/1/763   4 August 1965
David Simon, 5 Granville Road, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: on behalf of the Bishop Auckland and District Choral Society; JJL president.
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LAW 2/1/766   4 August 1965
S. and K. W. Surtees, Riverdene, 10 Crichton Avenue, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham: remembering JJL's wartime aid to the British Prisoners of War Association.
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LAW 2/1/773   4 August 1965
Leslie Watson, Chairman, Durham County Association of Youth Clubs, Hallgarth House, Durham City: JJL president.
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LAW 2/1/776   4 August 1965
J. G. Willetts, 8 The Rise, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne: acquainted with JJL as Secretary of State for War.
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LAW 2/1/783   5 August 1965
W. J. Chalmers, Director-General, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London: JJL a member of the Commission, 1931-1947, and chairman whilst Secretary of State for War, 1945-1946.
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LAW 2/1/784   5 August 1965
Sir Robin Chapman, Cherry Tree House, Cleadon, Near Sunderland: Chapman the County Treasurer of the Boy Scouts; JJL the president of the Durham County Territorial Association.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/788   5 August 1965
Colonel J. Dean, Superintendent, Finchale Abbey Training Centre for the Disabled, Durham: JJL closely associated with the work of the centre.
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LAW 2/1/791   5 August 1965
Elizabeth Forster, Flat 27, Brook House, Basildon, Essex: niece.
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LAW 2/1/794   5 August 1965
G. E. Hearn, High Wycombe Branch Secretary, Amalgamated Engineering Union, 4 Auckland Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: left Pelton area in the 1930s to find work; recalls a soup kitchen at West Pelton Church Hall organised by JJL, Bella Lawson, Isaac Fuge, E. Morralee, J. Robinson and others.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/1/797   5 August 1965
Oliver Holt, Penham House, Shepton Montague, Wincanton, Somerset: formerly Private Secretary to Sir Fabian Ware, vice-chairman of the War Graves Commission.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/808   5 August 1965
[Patrick] Spens, [1st baron Spens], Beacon Cottage, Beneden, Kent: met JJL on War Graves Commission.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/817   6 August 1965
Lieutenant-Colonel H. J. Gillman, Vice-Chairman, Council of the Order of St John for Co. Durham, 2 Osborne Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne: JJL president.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/818   6 August 1965
Colonel J. W. Grant, Chairman, Secretary, Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association of the County of Durham, 53 Old Elvet, Durham: JJL president.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/825   6 August 1965
[William] Strang, National Parks Commission, 1 Cambridge Gate, Regent's Park, London: JJL former deputy chairman.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/834   9 August 1965
C. T. Evans, Secretary-General, Order of the Hospital of St John in Jerusalem, Chancery of the Order, St John's Gate, Clerkenwell, London: on behalf of Lord Wakehurst, the Lord Prior; JJL a knight of the Order, and president of the Council in Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/835   9 August 1965
John Tilney MP, 3 Victoria Square, London: fellow member of parliamentary delegation to Yugoslavia [1951], with Peter Carrington, Douglas Marshall, Bob Mellish et al.; recalls visit to a coal mine, the conditions of which reminded JJL of mines in England in the 1850s, as reported to JJL by his grandfather.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/836   11 August 1965
R. V. Dudley-Clarke, Administrative Secretary, British Rheumatism & Arthritis Association, 11 Beaumont Street, London: JJL vice-president.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/840   12 August 1965
Lord Hilton of Upton, House of Lords: JJL and Hilton used same London hotel for many years.
Paper   1f, with envelope
LAW 2/1/842   14 August 1965
J. Hennessy, Chairman, The Disabled Drivers' Association, Chester-le-Street Group, 2 Front Street, Esh, Co. Durham: JJL a patron.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/848   [August 1965]
Elsie and Stan Grabham, 2St Columbas Cottage, Southwick, Sunderland: niece.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/853   [August 1965]
Louise Scott, 65 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle: cousin.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/861   1 October 1965
W. J. Chalmers, Director-General, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 32 Grosvenor Gardens, London: reporting a resolution of the Commission on 30 September.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/864   21 October 1965
James Duff, Low Middleton Hall, Middleton-One-Row, Darlington: reports a speech made at the lieutenancy dinner in Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/907   [August x October 1965]
List of messages of condolence and farewell [?from flower cards] from various persons and organisations, including (and not listed above): General and Mrs K. C. Appleyard; Mr & Mrs W. Michael; Dr Morell; British Air Line Pilot[s'] Association; governors, staff and students of Ruskin College; Jack and Charlotte Homes; Washington Local Labour Party; Mr & Mrs R Warnaby; West Pelton Methodist Church; Mr T. Stewart; Mr & Mrs McGough; H. G. Bincher; nephew John and Edna Jennick; Mrs Hardcastle; Mr & Mrs Hall.
Paper   3f
Personal correspondence following the death of JJL
Reference: LAW 2/1/908
Dates of creation: 2 October 1965
Extent: 1fPaper

Letter from Miss Dorothy Peacock, Honorary Secretary, Bishop Auckland & District Choral Society, 8 Deerness Road, Bishop Auckland, to Bella Lawson: appointment of Bella Lawson as the Society's first honorary vice-president; JJL former president.

LAW 2/1/909   postmarked 8 March 1966
Letter (incomplete) from Stanley Lawson, postmarked New Zealand (see LAW 2/1/670), to Alma Lawson, 7 Woodside, Beamish: recalling 1958 visit to England.
Paper   3f; stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/910   4 July 1966
Letter from J. T. Brockbank, clerk, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, to Bella Lawson; on behalf of the Libraries and Museums Committee offers thanks for the gift of multiple copies of A man's life.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/911   postmarked 25 July 1967
Postcard, postmarked Chester-le-Street, from unidentified person, to C. F. C. Lawson, 24 Park Road North, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham: acknowledges C. F. C. Lawson's contribution to improvements to Chester-le-Street town; Lawrence's “The red boy” (Master Charles Lambton) reproduced on the stamp. Postcard depicts five views of Chester-le-Street.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 2/1/912   9 November 1967
Covering note with receipt for donation, from Sir Robert Bellinger, Lord Mayor of London, Attlee Memorial Appeal, to Bella Lawson.
Paper   1f; 1f; stamped envelope
LAW 2/1/913   26 January 1968
Letter from Ian [Ramsey], bishop of Durham, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, to Mrs Lawson: offers condolences on the death of Bella Lawson; admiration for JJL, acknowledging the role of Bella Lawson in his success; Bella Lawson present at Maundy luncheon.
Paper   1f
Undated personal correspondence
Reference: LAW 2/1/914
Dates of creation: [early 20th-century]
Extent: 1 postcardPaper

Postcard (unfinished) to Sarah. Postcard depicts “The Bank” at Whitburn.

LAW 2/1/915   [mid 20th-century]
Letter from Tom Elder, Brookside, Newbiggin-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham, to JJL: staying with Jim [Elder]; six stanza poem about Cauldron Snout, on the River Tees; eighteen stanza poem “Money hills”; Gray Lady legend [at Beamish]; suggests walking High Cup Nick on JJL's next visit.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/1/916   [1934]
Letter from Edna [Lawson] and Davy, Brookside, Newbiggin-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham, to JJL: offers thanks for [dedication] in [ Under the Wheels]; family and country holiday news, staying with Mr and Mrs Elder.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/917   [?April 1945 x 1965]
Postcard from Bella Lawson [at Derwentwater, Cumberland], to Irene Lawson, Woodside, Beamish: JJL health better; plan to return Tuesday. Postcard depicts Derwentwater and the Lodore Hotel.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 2/1/918   31 March [1945 x 1957]
Letter from Anthony Brown, Domons Flat, Maypole Road, East Grinstead, Sussex, to JJL: offers thanks for inscribed copy of Who goes home?; [B.B.C.] script on Will Lawther.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/919   [mid 20th-century x 1965]
Letter from Rev. B. E. Woods, Superintendent, The Methodist Church, Springfield Hall Community Church, 200 Wandsworth Road, London, to JJL: cancellation of JJL attendance at the church due to illness; proposes instead JJL's presence at a Christian Propaganda Rally the following winter.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/920   [1930s x March 1950]
Telegram from Teddy [Edward R.G.R.] Evans, to JJL, House of Commons: lunch arrangements.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/921   [?March 1950 x 1965]
Letter from Leslie [?], Dulwich, written on House of Commons stationary, to JJL: appreciation of JJL's writings; early life in mining village; old friend Marshal Henry Haddock; invitation to stay; departs for Vienna on Monday.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/922   [March 1950 x 1965]
Letter from Millie, 226 Manchester Road, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Cheshire, to JJL: praise for Peter Lee and JJL's writing.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/923   [March 1950 x 1965]
Letter from Hannah R[ushford], The Grey Tower, Durham, to JJL: praises JJL's public activity.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/1/924   [mid 20th-century x 1960s]
Letter from Millie Carter, 52 Kirkstone Avenue, Fulwell, Sunderland, to Isabella [Lawson]: family news; St Columba church community, and Mr Jupp.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/925   [mid 20th-century x 1963]
Christmas card from Hugh and Dora Gaitskell.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/926   [mid 20th-century x 1965]
Christmas card from Clement and Vi Attlee, Amersham General Hospital, to JJL and Bella Lawson: health of Clement Attlee improving.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/927   [mid 20th-century x 1964]
Christmas card, House of Lords stationary, from Allison and Malcolm Shepherd, Greensands, Brassey Road, Limpsfield, Surrey.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/928   [mid 20th-century x 1965]
Letter from Elizabeth [nee Lawson] to JJL and Bella Lawson: invitation to come and stay; cold weather since the new year.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/1/929   [mid 20th-century]
Christmas card from “Auntie Alice”.
Paper   2f
Papers
Dates of creation: 1894-1967
Extent: ½ box
LAW 2/2/1   25 July 1894
Birth certificate for JJL. Born at 5 Dobsons Buildings, Albion Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 16 October 1881.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/2   9 June 1913
Diploma in Economics and Political Science: William Lawson, Ruskin College, Oxford.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/3   26 January 1920
Stage play licence, issued by [Viscount] Sandhurst, the Lord Chamberlain, to the manager of the Theatre Royal, Sunderland, for a play in eight scenes entitled From pit to Parliament; without endorsement.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/4   [1922]
Dante’s Inferno. Selected cantos and episodes. Translated and annotated by H. B. Cotterill. Bilingual series.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/2/5   9 June 1923
Blank postcard, with photograph of a section of the meeting crowd at Wharton Park on Durham County Women's Day, 9 June 1923.
Paper   1 postcard
LAW 2/2/6   1929
A day at Versailles. Illustrated guide. The palace, the park, the museum, the Trianons.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/2/7   [?1930s]
Chateau de Malmaison. Book of blank souvenir postcards, published by the National Museums, Louvre Palace.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/2/8   [?1930s]
Album artistique. Versailles et les Trianons. Book of souvenir illustrations, published by Cossé, Versailles.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/2/9   [?1930s]
Leaflet, addressed from Cyril Ffoulkes Marsh-Roberts of Oxford, to the citizens of Paris, with notification of the writer's intention to throw himself from the Eiffel tower “[à] la gloire d'Yvonne ... en Désespoir d'Amour”. Interlined with translation into English in the hand of JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/10   [September] 1929
Ruskin College, Oxford. Report for the year ending 31 July 1929, and statement of accounts.
Paper   16f
LAW 2/2/11   July 1933
The venture. Being a magazine issued by the scholars of West Pelton Council School. July 1933 issue; with foreword by Arthur W. Sheldon, headmaster. With review by Lily Simpson of A man's life (p.12), including a short interview with JJL.
Paper   16f
LAW 2/2/12   [August] 1933
Ruskin College, Oxford. Report for the year ending 31 July 1933, and statement of accounts.
Paper   20f
LAW 2/2/13   [before December 1933]
Residential Colleges for adult education. Issued by the Educational Settlements Association for the Joint Committee for Residential Adult Education, (see LAW 2/1/77).
Paper   16f
LAW 2/2/14-15   [1936]
Brochure, with map and illustrations, of a seven day tour to Braemar and North Western Scotland, pages 279-294 torn from a [Northern General Transport Company Ltd] publication; with colour “Tours design” map (34 x 49 cm) of the British Isles, published by the Northern General Transport Company Ltd.
Paper   8f; 1f
LAW 2/2/16   [after June 1941 x 1949]
W.V.S. Clothing Issue Voucher Form X, blank carbon copy book. Marked on front cover: “Pelton, Birtley: sub-depot”.
Paper   1 volume; string bound
LAW 2/2/17-18   after 1943
Two placards, with hymn texts by Geoffrey Peachey: “Have faith in God”, and “Hymn for the sick”. Published by The Eagle Press, Hove.
Paper   1f; 1f
Size: 19 x 13 cm
LAW 2/2/19   [September 1943]
The Atlantic Charter and the Pacific Races, by the Rev. J. W. Burton, (see LAW 1/1/199).
Paper   18f
LAW 2/2/20   October 1943
Methodist Plan and directory, 10 October 1943-8 January 1944. Stanley Circuit.
Paper   12f
LAW 2/2/21   January 1944
Quarterly notes of the British-Israel League. January 1944. Vol. 33, no. 1: “Behind the dictators”. Annotated by Percy Sargant, Assistant Honorary Secretary, marking three articles for JJL's particular attention, “War notes” , “Behind the dictators” , “Anglo-Saxondom and Rome”, (see LAW 2/1/308); with two letters ( “Romish propaganda on the B.B.C.” June 1943, and “A message of good cheer” January 1944) by Sargant pasted to the inside back cover, reprinted from the Ulster Protestant and Stroud News, respectively.
Paper   24p
LAW 2/2/22   11 May 1945
Certificate of enrolment as a Friend of Durham Cathedral, in the name of JJL, signed by Dean Alington. Placard.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/23   25 October 1945
Certificate of Civil Defence Service in the Rest Centre, issued by Durham County Council, in the name of Mrs Isabella Lawson.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/24   1946
A guide to the Farne Islands, by T. Russell Goddard. Second edition. Published by Andrew Reid and Company Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Paper   32f
LAW 2/2/25   9 December 1948
Contract between JJL and The Epworth Press concerning the publication of Peter Lee (see LAW 2/4/1/5).
Paper   2f
LAW 2/2/26   1949
Programme of Summer excursions for 1949, of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. Booklet.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/2/27   [1950 x 1964]
JJL and Bella Lawson Christmas card, (blank). Houses of Parliament stationary. Front cover illustration reproduces the mosaic by R. Anning Bell depicting King Edward II commanding the rebuilding of St Stephen's Chapel, mounted over the entrance at the West end of St Stephen's Hall.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/2/28   [?1955]
Croft to Gateshead. No. 2 in a pocket edition travel series on the Great North road, by the Vagabond [Frederick Alexander Wills]. Published by North East Publications, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/2/29   [May] 1959
Election address from Irene Lawson, Labour candidate, to the electors of Chester-le-Street Central Ward, for the Urban District Council election, 5 May 1959.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/2/30   10 May 1959
Order of service. Annual Industrial service, Sherburn Hill [Methodist Church]. Sermon by JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/31   6 September 1959
Service sheet and Order of Service (annotated) for the First Annual Miners' Service, Trinity Methodist Church, Brandon. Service conducted by Rev. J. Davidson; JJL, preacher; G. Sayer, soloist. For JJL's sermon notes, see LAW 2/6/3.
Paper   2f; 1f
LAW 2/2/32   [December] 1959
List of hymns for a Christmas Service.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/2/33   2 March 1967
Programme for an Office for the Royal Maundy at Durham Cathedral, 23 March 1967; with historical note on the Royal Maundy on dorse.
Paper   8f
Diaries and journals
Dates of creation: 1934-1959
Extent: ½ box
Pocket diaries (1934-1935, 1942-1945, 1950-1954, 1958-1959), and journals (1934-1944). These volumes contain both official and personal appointments; other noteworthy content is recorded at item level.

Diaries
LAW 2/3/1   1934
Enclosed within: business card of A. W. Holmes.
Paper, leather, plastic   1 volume; 1f enclosure
LAW 2/3/2   1935
Diary also contains notes for a biographical speech or literary work, and rough notes of military actions in Northern Italy [during the First World War]. Enclosed within:
Paper, leather   1 volume; 13f enclosures
LAW 2/3/2/A
Business card of Mohamedali Zainal Alireza.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/B
Business card of F. J. Chamberlain, General Secretary of the National Council of Y.M.C.A.'s.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/C
Business card of Thomas Benfold.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/D
Business card of Eighomenos J. Luka, Coptic Church, Heliopolis.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/E
General Accident Fire and Life Assurance Corporation Limited leaflet.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/F
Raffle ticket, Christmas draw, Stationary & Allied Trades Employees' Association Benevolent Fund.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/G-H
Parker Duofold personal loss replacement certificate and Parker Pen Co. Ltd compliment slip.
1f; 1f
LAW 2/3/2/I
Business card of Bryn Roberts, General Secretary, National Union of Public Employees.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/J
Business card of James L. McDonald.
1f
LAW 2/3/2/K-M
Three business cards of JJL, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour.
1f (x3)
LAW 2/3/3   1942
Contains notes on: air raid casualties; coal production; geography of Palestine; composition of Middle East Command forces, and war casualties generally.
Paper   1 volume; 1f enclosure
[See LAW 2/5/2]   [1942]
[Appointments diary for 1942 transformed into a scrapbook: entries between 1-14 January are visible, between 15 January-7 March entries are obscured by pasted-in items, and thereafter the diary is blank.]
LAW 2/3/4   1943
Contains notes on: speech on China; Education White Paper. [Small hand-coloured photograph of “Lakes in the clouds, Lake Louise”, Alberta, Canada, removed from pages 11-13 February, to LAW 3/1.]
Paper   1 volume; [1f enclosure]
LAW 2/3/5   1944
Contains notes on: statue of Samuel Johnson at St Clement Danes, London (see LAW 2/1/444); Boldon shaft incident. Enclosed within:
Paper   1 volume; 3f [and 1f] enclosures
LAW 2/3/5/A-C
3 fragments of manuscript.
3f
[LAW 3/2/26/15]
[Newspaper cutting [November, 1944], containing review of Hugh Hodgkinson's Before the tide turned (1944), removed from inside front cover to LAW 3/2/26/15.]
[1f]
LAW 2/3/6   1945
Enclosed within: [newspaper cutting, Evening chronicle, 25 August 1945, removed form 14-27 January to LAW 3/2/27/195.]
Paper   1 volume; [1f enclosure]
[See LAW 1/4]   [1949]
[Appointments diary for 1949 transformed into a scrapbook for letters and newspaper cuttings relating to JJL's appointment as lord-lieutenant of Co. Durham. Entries in the diary are largely obscured until 7 April 1949.]
LAW 2/3/7   1950
Contain notes on national parks. Enclosed within: business card of JJL.
Paper   1 volume; 1f enclosure
LAW 2/3/8   1951
Contains notes on: causes of Rome's decline (Gibbon); Yugoslavia. [Three newspaper cuttings enclosed within, removed from inside front cover to LAW 3/2/32/1, 5, 9 respectively: (1) special school edition of JJL's A man's life; (2) “But “Grandad” Lawson will make amends”, concerning appointments cancelled in Durham due to Yugoslavia delegation; (3) Northern echo, 13 September 1951, “Russian puzzle”.]
Paper, leather   1 volume; [3 enclosures]
LAW 2/3/9   1952
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/3/10   1953
Paper, plastic   1 volume
LAW 2/3/11   1954
Contains notes on history of Beamish. [Newspaper cutting enclosed within, removed from 1-2 January to LAW 3/2/35/27: reporting hospitalisation of James Hilton in California].
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/3/12   1958
Contains notes on the history of the Counties Palatine of England.
Paper, leather   1 volume
LAW 2/3/13   1959
Contains notes on: the life and character of the emperor Nero; definitions and etymologies of the words philosopher and prophet.
Paper, leather   1 volume
Journals
LAW 2/3/14   9 July 1934-9 November 1941
“The Book of Clive.” Journal of the life of Clive Lawson, written by JJL. Clive, JJL's only son, was killed following an air raid on the 1 May 1942.
Paper, textile spine   1 volume
LAW 2/3/15   8-23 January 1936
Loose pages of journal entries concerning JJL's last meeting with Rudyard Kipling, and his subsequent death and obsequies.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/3/16   1 January-25 July 1937
Pages torn from 1937 appointments diary. In addition to appointments, contains detailed journal entries, including: “A diary of Beamish and West Pelton”, 1-5 January; a visit to Lindisfarne, 25-30 March [1937].
Paper   13f
[See LAW 2/4/2/65]   [January 1938]
Visit to Spain.
LAW 2/3/17   7 June 1939
Train journey from Durham to London.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/3/18   27 August 1941-25 August 1945
Also contains two short literary pieces, the first a version of “Lindisfarne” (see LAW 2/4/2/38), and the second written upon JJL's acceptance of a peerage. [Three newspaper cuttings enclosed within, removed from entry of 16 May 1943 to LAW 3/2/25/5-7: (1) “Heavy death roll feared in raids on North-East”, [17 May 1943]; (2) Herald, “Boy was hero of big raid”, 17 May 1943; (3) Herald, “Many fires in north-east coast town”, 17 May 1943.]
Paper   1 volume; [3f enclosures]
[See LAW 1/2/175/3]   October-December 1942
Visit to China and a subsequent tour of the Middle East and North Africa.
[See LAW 1/2/241/5]   May-June 1951
Visits to Yugoslavia and Australia, and an account of the Easington Colliery disaster.
LAW 2/3/19   26 July 1951
Beamish. Thoughts on reaching seventy years of age, (see LAW 2/4/2/49).
Paper   4f
Literary works and journalism
Dates of creation: 1900s-1965
Extent: 13 boxes
Literary works.
2/4/1 Long literary works (chronological order);
2/4/2 Short literary works (alphabetical order);
2/4/3 Cuttings (short literary works and journalism);
2/4/4 Publications;
2/4/5 Poetry;
2/4/6 (Non-autobiographical) fragments;
2/4/7 Book reviews, and research notes.

LAW 2/4/1   1920s-1965
Long literary works, arranged in broad chronological order. The sequence of JJL's early works Geordie and Jinny Greenteeth is not certain. Passages from both these works recur in JJL's autobiographical writings, reworked and with certain characters' names changed, and consequently there are instances where manuscript and typescript drafts relate to more than one individual work, and instances where loose papers relating to one work may be found misplaced with another work. Additionally, JJL reworked parts of his long literary works into short pieces, for newspaper or other serial publication, and for radio broadcast: consequently, the section of short literary works will also contain related pieces of interest. A man's life went through two editions and one abridgement, and JJL's papers contain material for a further edition or continuation of his later life's story which was never published: all such explicitly autobiographical writing is filed with material relating to A man's life.
Paper   9 boxes
LAW 2/4/1/1   [1920s-1930s]
Geordie, or Pay Friday. Unpublished novel. Manuscripts and typescripts, disordered. A series of shorter pieces, featuring a central character named Geordie, later worked together into one longer narrative work, ultimately unpublished although many parts of the work are reworked into later published material. For a letter from JJL to the literary agency John Quill Ltd relating to an early form of this work, dated 12 December 1930, see LAW 2/1/68. See also LAW 2/1/49-50. Includes an introductory essay on the social and economic conditions of miners entitled, “The Miner”.
Paper   1 box
LAW 2/4/1/2   [?1930s]
Jinny Greenteeth. Unpublished novel. Manuscripts and typescripts, disordered.
Paper   1 box
LAW 2/4/1/3   1930s-1965
A man's life, and later related autobiographical writings. Manuscripts and typescripts. A man's life was published in 1932 by Hodder & Stoughton, a revised edition following in 1944; an abridged edition was published in 1951.
Box 1: Manuscripts, with some typescript sections, chiefly relating to the first 1932 edition. Includes a cutting of “The Dreamers”, a short piece by JJL published in The Ruskin Collegian magazine [dated 1915 x 1918], edited in pencil in JJL's hand.
Box 2: Five typescripts, in rough chronological order, relating to the first 1932 edition.
Box 3: Typescripts, manuscripts, disordered, and two notebooks. The material relates to the 1944 edition and later autobiographical writings continuing into the 1950s and perhaps 1960s. Includes a notebook containing, among other literary matter, notes [from a briefing by Hartley Shawcross, the Attorney-General], circa 1950, considering the reversal of the naturalisation of Klaus Fuchs [as a British citizen]; [notes perhaps from the Deprivation of Citizenship Committee, a meeting of which on 20 December 1950 was reported in The Times, 21 December 1950, p. 2, issue 51880, col. C]. See also, LAW 1/2/175/10.
Paper   3 boxes
LAW 2/4/1/4   [before 1934]
Under the wheels. Novel, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1934. Manuscripts and typescripts, disordered, with one notebook, and proof of preliminary pages.
Paper   1 box
LAW 2/4/1/5   [before 1936-1949]
Peter Lee. Biography, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1936, and, in a revised edition, by The Epworth Press in 1949. (For JJL's contract with the publishers, see LAW 2/2/25). Manuscript, typescripts (for 1936 and 1949 editions), and galley proofs (1949 edition); see also LAW 2/1/713.
Box 1: Manuscript and two typescripts (1936 edition).
Box 2: Three typescripts, one marked up for publication, and galley proofs (1949 edition).
Paper   2 boxes
LAW 2/4/1/6   [1939-1941]
The man in the cap. The life of Herbert Smith. Biography, published by Methuen & Co. Ltd in 1941. One file of correspondence and newspaper cuttings (LAW 2/4/1/6/1-38); manuscripts, and three typescripts.
Paper   1 box
LAW 2/4/1/6/1-22   [1920s-1930s]
Newspaper cuttings, various publications including the Sheffield Daily Independent: 22 cuttings containing photographs or cartoons featuring Herbert Smith.
Paper   22f
LAW 2/4/1/6/23   24 June 1938
Newspaper cutting, Express: report of the memorial service for Herbert Smith at Pitt Street Methodist Church, Barnsley.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/24   2 July 1938
Newspaper cutting, Barnsley Chronicle and South Yorkshire News: article on the centenary of the Silkstone disaster, at the Moorside pit [Huskar colliery], with photographic illustration of the memorial monument in Silkstone churchyard. See also LAW 2/1/124 and LAW 2/4/1/6/10.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/25   [1939]
List of enclosures A-E (now LAW 2/4/1/6/26-30), with additional information on each item, written by Arthur Smith, and concerning his father Herbert Smith.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/26   [6 August 1936]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication: Barnsley pit disaster [Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery], two photographic illustrations of the rescue and recovery work, one of which depicts Herbert Smith. Endorsed in pencil in JJL's hand, “59 Men Lost” [recte 58].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/27   20 January 1939
Letter from Sir Charles McGrath, clerk, West Riding County Council, County Hall, Wakefield, to Arthur Smith, Woodville, 4 Wood Walk, Wombwell, Near Barnsley: election results for Castleford Electoral Division, 21 February 1903, Herbert Smith's first election; with dates of Smith's subsequent re-election, to 1916.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/28   27 January 1939
Letter from T. J. Brooks, [Branch Secretary, Glasshoughton Colliery], 22 Leake Street, Castleford, Yorkshire, to [Arthur] Smith: concerning a dispute between Glasshoughton colliery and Herbert Smith, and the validity of latter's election by the workmen to inspect the seams of the pit.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/29-30   [1939]
Notes [by Arthur Smith] concerning his father Herbert Smith: schooling; marriage [to Sarah Ann Ripley]; parentage; School Club Movement; Friendly Society Movement; other biographical details.
Paper   2f; 1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/31-32   [1939-1941]
Substitutions slip, relating to the Public Assistance (Casual Poor Order) 1931, as amended 13 June 1939, containing dietary tables for men, women and children; with covering note.
Paper   1f; 1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/33   [1939-1941]
Typescript queries of JJL, with manuscript answers of [?Arthur Smith], concerning Herbert Smith's life (schooling and parentage).
Paper   3f
LAW 2/4/1/6/34   16 January 1939
Letter from Arthur Smith, Woodville, 4 Wood Walk, Wombwell, Near Barnsley, to JJL: reporting progress of biographical research.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/35   29 January 1939
Letter from Arthur Smith, Woodville, 4 Wood Walk, Wombwell, Near Barnsley, to JJL: enclosing unidentified letter, and reporting the interest of the Barnsley Chronicle in a biography of Herbert Smith.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/36   4 March 1939
Letter from G. W. Langstaff, Editor and Manager, The “Barnsley Chronicle” Ltd., Church Street, Barnsley, Yorkshire, to JJL, House of Commons: newspaper's records and image library made available to support the biography.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/37   1 July 1939
Letter from A[rthur] Smith, Woodville, 4 Wood Walk, Wombwell, Near Barnsley, to JJL: further biographical information about Herbert Smith.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/6/38   2 January 1941
Letter from Arthur Smith, Woodville, 4 Wood Walk, Wombwell, Near Barnsley, to JJL: Barnsley Chronicle credit for photograph; Punch caricature [of Herbert Smith].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/1/7   1945
Who goes home? Broadcasts and sketches. Manuscript contents list; typescript introduction; corrected galley proof. For related correspondence, see LAW 2/1/444).
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2   1910s-1965
Short literary works (alphabetical order).
Paper   3 boxes
LAW 2/4/2/1   [?1963]
Draft speech in tribute to Stanley Anderson, footballer. [Note: Probably made on Anderson's transfer from Sunderland A.F.C. to Newcastle United F.C.]

Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/2/2   [1930s x 1950s]
Clement Attlee. Manuscript drafts and typescripts. Different drafts describe Attlee as the Leader of the Opposition, and as Prime Minister, and each may be separate works.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/3   ]1920s x 1965]
Babies three. Manuscript.
Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/4   [1920s x 1930s]
The Battle. Manuscripts and typescripts, one bearing the stamp of John Quill Ltd Literary Advisers (see LAW 2/1/68). Versions of this piece were included by JJL within Geordie (LAW 2/4/1/1), and A man's life (LAW 2/4/1/3).
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/5   [1920s x 1945]
Big Ben. Two typescripts. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/6   [1920s x 1965]
Bill. Two typescripts. An address (religious), and a literary piece.Note: “His name is “Bill””, Tribune Magazine, 13 May 1938, p. 10.

Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/7   5 April 1955
“Books.” Manuscript. Notes for an address made at the opening of Grindon Close Branch Library, Museum and grounds, (see LAW 1/2/264).
Paper   11f
LAW 2/4/2/8   [1920s x 1950]
“Boom, goes Ben.” Typescript.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/4/2/9   [1920s x 1965]
By the fireside. Manuscript.
Paper   10f
LAW 2/4/2/10   [1930s]
Camping out. Typescript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/11   [1930s]
A Christmas box for the unemployed. Typescript. “Methodist Times” inscribed by JJL in margin.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/4/2/12   [1920s x 1965]
The County Palatine of Durham. Typescript.
Paper   22f
LAW 2/4/2/13   [1920s x 1965]
“A dark skinned man came slowly down the street leading a Bear by a strong chain.” Manuscript.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/4/2/14   [1920s x 1950]
Dawn. Manuscript, and four typescripts. See also LAW 1/2/175/10.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/15   [1949]
The discovery of Sydney Webb. Manuscript research notes, and typescript, marked up for typesetter. [Published in The Webbs and their work, ed. M. Cole (1949)].
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/16   [1920s x 1965]
Durham Cathedral. Manuscript (notepad), and three typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/17   20 December 1951
The Durham scene. Typescript.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/4/2/18   [1942]
“During the 23 years I've been in Parliament I must have travelled from Newcastle to London and back at least 1000 times.” Manuscript.
Paper   8f
LAW 2/4/2/19   [1950 x 1965]
“Great things have been done in the country since the end of the last war.” Subject of education. Manuscript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/20   [1939 x 1945]
Evacuee train. Typescript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/21   [March 1933]
The explosion. Two newspaper cuttings (Daily Herald, 17 March 1933, and another), reporting the discovery of two victims from the 1909 West Stanley Colliery disaster; manuscript, and typescript. See also LAW 2/6/3.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/22   [1950 x 1965]
““The Father of the House” is officially named as such and accorded a special place in the esteem of the Members.” Manuscript.
Paper   8f
LAW 2/4/2/23   [1920s x 1945]
The fisherman. Typescript. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?
Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/24   [1930s]
Flood. Typescript.
Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/25   [1940s]
Flying bombs. Typescript.
Paper   6f
LAW 2/4/2/26   [1930s]
The future of Britain. Typescript.
Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/27   [1950s x 1965]
The good neighbour. Manuscript.
Paper   11f
LAW 2/4/2/28   [1920s x 1930s]
The Hansoms. Typescript. Stamped by the literary agency John Quill Ltd (see LAW 2/1/68).
Paper   6f
LAW 2/4/2/29   [1920s x 1965]
How can a man know his own way? Manuscript, and two typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/30   [1920s x 1965]
“I stood still listening to the wind and watching the trees on the hedges tossing their branches about like black shadows.” Manuscript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/31   [1920s x 1965]
“In his essay on Christ's Hospital - better known as the Blue Coat School - Charles Lamb says that when he was a scholar there he used to be very much taken up with the pictures in a large Prayer Book - known as the Basket Prayer Book.” Manuscripts. Essay on the subject of the Bible.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/32   [1920s x 1930s]
The inevitable war. Two manuscripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/33   [1920s x 1930s]
Jacky: or The fore-shift. Manuscript and two typescripts. [Published in The Labour Woman magazine, February 1933 (see LAW 2/4/3/16)] See also LAW 2/1/68.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/34   [1944]
June 8 :1944. Manuscript.
Paper   16f
LAW 2/4/2/35   [1930s x 1965]
George Lansbury. Three typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/36   [1950 x 1965]
“The life of all men and women of my Generation, covers a period of Change, which has no parallel in the history of the world - as far as Recorded History is concerned.” Manuscript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/37   [1929]
Life's chapters. Manuscripts and typescripts. Series in six parts:
1. “Kells stands above Whitehaven, near to St. Bees.” Typescript;
2. ““But are you going to leave, Lawson?” asked Mr. Cousins, my Schoolmaster” Typescript;
3. “Twenty years old; Putting for nearly three years; tough and strong.” Typescript;
4. ““You know you should go to Ruskin College.”” Manuscript and typescript;
5. “Members desiring to take their Seats please come to the Table.” Manuscript (see LAW 2/4/3/26);
6. “In 1922 the Coalition broke up.” Manuscript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/38   20 August 1951
Lindisfarne. Manuscripts and typescripts. See also LAW 2/3/18.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/39   [after 1937 x 1940s]
The logic of materialism. Manuscript and typescript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/40   [1949 x 1958]
Lord Lieutenant. Manuscripts and typescript; with annotated newspaper cutting of a report of a reception held at Durham Castle for JJL upon his appointment as lord-lieutenant of Co. Durham (Durham Chronicle and Chester-le-Street Chronicle, 15 July 1949).
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/41   
The making of Mr Speaker. Manuscript and typescript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/42   [1920s x 1940s]
“Mam”. Four typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/43   [1935 x 1965]
The man who was changed. [Peter Lee]. Typescript.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/4/2/44   [1920s x 1930s]
The manager: yesterday; The manager: today. Manuscript and typescript. See also LAW 2/1/68.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/45   [1920s x 1940s]
Notes for a speech on the office of Speaker of the House of Commons, perhaps delivered at Thorney Island. Manuscript.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/2/46   [1940 x 1945]
Metal and mettle. Two typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/47   [1920s x 1965]
The monster. Manuscript and two typescripts. File contains this account of dangers of explosive firedamp in coal mines, and the invention of safe lamps by Sir Humphrey Davy, William Clanny and George Stephenson; file also contains JJL's research notes, including extracts from the 1835 report of the Select Committee on Accidents in Mines, the 1842 Royal Commission report on Children in the Mines, and lists of mining disasters in the United Kingdom, 1840s-1940s.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/48   1920s x 1940s
The mother of parliaments. Manuscript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/49   [1951]
On being seventy. Manuscripts. See also LAW 2/3/19.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/50   [February 1935]
Night express. Manuscript and typescripts; (see LAW 2/4/3/22). Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/51   [1920s x 1965]
“One of the most outstanding feanture[s] [sic] of modern life has been the growth of a Social Sense.” Manuscript.
Paper   7f
LAW 2/4/2/52   [1920s x 1945]
Our village, or Sketches, No. 21. Typescript. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?
Paper   20f
LAW 2/4/2/53   [1950]
Peer of the Realm. Manuscript and two typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/54   [1920s x 1965]
A penn'orth for tuppence. Typescript. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?
Paper   4f
LAW 2/4/2/55   31 March 1952
“S.S. Queen Mary. March 31: 1952. American Journey.” Manuscripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/56   [1941 x 1946]
Remembrance day address, made during the [Second World] war. Manuscript.
Paper   12f
LAW 2/4/2/57   2 June 1935
Reshuffle of Government. Published in the Sunday Sun, 2 June 1935 (see LAW 2/4/3/23).
Paper   10f
LAW 2/4/2/58   9 July 1944
The Rochdale Pioneers. Centenary Service, Oldham. Typescript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/59   [1954 x 1955]
The room of memory. Manuscript and four typescripts. (See also, LAW 2/1/625-626).
“Chapter 2 - After the Room of Memory.” Manuscript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/60   [1920s x 1940s]
Sal Madge. Typescript.
Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/61   [1920s x 1930s]
The shaftman. A tale of the mines. Three typescripts, one stamped by the literary agency John Quill Ltd, (see LAW 2/1/68).[Note: also incorporated within the longer work, Geordie (LAW 2/4/1/1), and [re]published in 1945 in Who goes home?].

Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/62   [1920s x 1965]
Shepherds and stars. Manuscript and typescript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/63   [1940s]
“Some time ago I ventured to speak to you of some things which had long been brewing in my mind.” Manuscript. Draft [?broadcast] on the subject of planning and housing (reconstruction).
Paper   7f
LAW 2/4/2/64   28 March 1954
Something of my philosophy. Manuscripts, two typescripts, and two broadcast scripts (the second corrected “as broadcast”, see LAW 2/1/610). Broadcast by the B.B.C., 28 March 1954, 21.15-21.30, Home Service.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/65   [1938]
Spain. Manuscript and typescript. Account of a visit to Republican Spain, the journey from London beginning on 3 January [1938], (see LAW 2/1/110).
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/66   1930
The spreadover. Typescript. See also LAW 2/1/68.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/4/2/67   [early 1935]
Storm over Britain. Manuscript.[Note: article probably relates to the breakdown of the Unemployment Assistance regulations in January 1935, see LAW 1/2/51-73 and LAW 1/2/92].

Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/68   [1920s x 1965]
A strange house. Typescript. [House of Commons].
Paper   4f
LAW 2/4/2/69   20 February 1944
“Sunday Postscript”: [ Mortal man and immortal art, or Human Life]. Manuscript and typescript. Script first broadcast by the B.B.C. on 20 February 1944, 9.15-9.30, Home and Forces Programme (London) [Home Service]. Typescript superscribed with the name of [Guy] Burgess. See also: LAW 2/1/140-442; LAW 2/4/3/41.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/70   [early 1949]
The tale of two shafts, or The Oaks, or The Oaks colliery explosion. Six typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/71   [1920s x 1965]
The teacher. Typescript.
Paper   6f
LAW 2/4/2/72   [1920s x 1965]
They went inbye. Manuscript and typescript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/73   [1934]
“This Age has deep troubles.” Manuscript.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/2/74   [1930s x 1945]
“This power, almost ignored in the Western World, has not gone altogether unnoticed in some political quarters.” Corrected typescript and carbon copy. [Part of a short work] calling for a re-discovery of Soul, in order to mobilize its crusading power against Fascist and Communist fanaticism.
Paper   4f (2 copies)
LAW 2/4/2/75   [1920s x 1930s]
The tower on the hill. Two typescripts, one stamped by the literary agency John Quill Ltd (see LAW 2/1/68).
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/76   [1932]
The Trades Union Congress. Manuscript.
Paper   9f
LAW 2/4/2/77   [1920s x 1945]
The watchers. Two typescripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/78   23 October 1943
The week in Westminster. Typescript. Script broadcast by the B.B.C. on 23 October 1943, 19.30-19.45 on the Home Service (London). Annotated in pencil by JJL.
Paper   5f
LAW 2/4/2/79   [1920s x 1945]
What books have meant to me. Manuscript and typescripts. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?[Note: among the B.B.C. archives is a script entitled “Books that have influenced me” (part 1), broadcast by JJL on 24 April 1944 and repeated on 13 July 1944; and “Books that have influenced me” (part 2), broadcast 2 December 1945].

Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/80   [1920s x 1950]
What we must do then. Typescript.
Paper   8f
LAW 2/4/2/81   [1920s x 1965]
What's the matter with mankind? Manuscript.
Paper   1 notebook volume
LAW 2/4/2/82   2 October 1943
The week in Westminster: Who goes home? Two typescripts. Script broadcast by the B.B.C. on 2 October 1943, 19.30-19.45, Home Service (London). For the collection of sketches and broadcasts published in 1945 under the same title, and reprinting this particular broadcast, see LAW 2/4/1/7.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/2/83   [1910s x 1965]
Worker and machine. Manuscript.
Paper   7f
LAW 2/4/3   [1915]-1960
Cuttings: short literary works and journalism.
Paper   1 file
[See LAW 2/4/1/3 Box 3]   [1915 x 1918]
[Magazine cutting, Ruskin Collegian: “The dreamers”. Revised in pencil in JJL's hand for inclusion in a later autobiographical work, bound with a related manuscript.]
Lawson 2/4/3/1   February 1922
Magazine cutting, The Highway: “The supreme need for an educated democracy.” A verbatim report of a speech made by JJL at the W.E.A. Annual Convention, November 1921.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/2   December 1923
Newspaper cutting, Washington Labour News: election address.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/3/3   18 August 1928
Newspaper cutting, Miner: ““Who goes home?” Labour's day to day fight in Parliament. The Session reviewed.”
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/3/4   4 March 1929
Newspaper cutting, Evening Chronicle: “A stranger in his own land.” Part one in a six-part series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/5   6 March 1929
Newspaper cutting, Evening Chronicle: “Yesterday's miner - & today's”. Part two in a six-part series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/6   9 March 1929
Newspaper cutting, Evening Chronicle: “King coal and his drab realm”. Part three in a six-part series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/7   11 March 1929
Newspaper cutting, Evening Chronicle: “Tramp, tramp, tramp! - & no work”. Part four in a six-part series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/8   13 March 1929
Newspaper cutting, Evening Chronicle: “From pit to Parliament”. Part five in a six-part series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/9   15 March 1929
Newspaper cutting, Evening Chronicle: “Question of control”. Part six in a six-part series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/10   3 January 1930
Newspaper cutting, Daily News: “When I worked in the mines.”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/11   August 1930
Newspaper cutting, Evening World: “These days, I am carefree. How it feels to be on Holiday after one of the longest Parliamentary Sessions on record.”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/12   23 July 1932
Newspaper cutting, New Clarion: “My own folk. “World Socialism has no better Champion that then Durham Miner””.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/13   27 August 1932
Newspaper cutting, New Clarion: “Attack now!”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/14   15 September 1932
Newspaper cutting, British Weekly: “The Trade Union Congress”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/15   3 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, British Weekly: “The means test” .
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/16   February 1933
Magazine cutting, The Labour Woman: “The fore shift”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/3/17   19 May 1933
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “Heroes of the industrial battlefield”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/18   8 March 1934
Newspaper cutting, British Weekly: “The age of romance”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/19   6 May 1934
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: review of Under the wheels, with a “Message from the author”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/20   16 December 1934
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “The second industrial revolution”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/21   [1935]
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “The week in Parliament. Mr. Speaker.” Annotated in JJL's hand, “The making of Mr Speaker”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/22   27 February 1935
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “On the night express”, (see LAW 2/4/2/50). Republished in 1945 (as Night Express, 1938) in Who goes home?
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/23   [2 June 1935]
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: notice of an article by JJL on changes in the Cabinet.[Note: date drawn from LAW 2/4/2/57].

Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/24   17 June 1935
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “Romance & drama of Peter Lee. Official - and adventurer.”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/25   2 August 1935
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “Who goes home?”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/26   29 September 1935
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “My first election campaign was a failure ... My second gave me a majority of 11,000 - and a back seat in Parliament.” Part five of Life's Chapters (see LAW 2/4/2/37).
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/27   24 October 1935
Newspaper cutting, British Weekly: “The Rt. Hon. Arthur Henderson. “Uncle Arthur””.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/28   8 November 1935
Newspaper, Chester-le-Street Chronicle and District Advertiser, issue no. 1,268: election address.
Paper   3f (outsize)
Rm5/PF3/8
LAW 2/4/3/29   18 December 1935
Newspaper cutting, Morning Post: “Miner MP's plea for the miners. Men who are still the life of Britain.” For a reply ( “The brighter side of the miner's life” ) by Captain Osbert Peake, MP, to this article, published 19 December 1935 in the Morning Post, see LAW 3/2/17/12.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/30   29 December 1935
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “Three big questions of 1936”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/31   5 January 1936
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “I rode on the .. North's wonderful “Silver Jubilee”. Through 300 miles of English history.”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/32   25 July 1936
Newspaper cutting, Forward: “New unemployment regulations analysed. How much more - and less - does the unfortunate unemployed family get? Let to an officer's “discretion””.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/33   25 July 1936
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “Battle song reply to the Means Test”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/34   25 November 1937
Newspaper cutting, Methodist Recorder: “The old sin called new modernism”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/35   20 March 1938
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “Whither democracy?” Announcing a series of articles by JJL on fascism and related international crises, and their relation to Britain.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/36   17 February 1940
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “The man who was loved by millions”. Appreciation of Bob Smillie.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/37   9 February 1943
Newspaper cutting, Daily Herald: “Pitiful weapons of China”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/38   28 February 1943
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Sun: “Where Huns sing small”. Report of visit to Turkey, on the return leg of China parliamentary mission.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/39   20 May 1943
Magazine cutting, The Listener: ““The Turks are our good friends””.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/40   9 December 1943
Newspaper cutting, British Weekly: “Mr. Speaker goes to prayers”. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home?
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/41   24 February 1944
Newspaper cutting, The Listener: “Mortal man and immortal art”. Republished in 1945 in Who goes home? Text of a “Sunday Postscript” by JJL and broadcast by the B.B.C. Home Service [Home and Forces Programme (London)] on 20 February 1944 following the 21.00 news, at 21.20 [?21.15], and repeated the following day following the 13.00 news, at 13.15. by JJL on , see LAW 2/1/140-442, and LAW 2/4/2/69.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/42   11 December 1944
Newspaper cutting, [Daily] Herald: “Should a man be proud to be a miner?”
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/43   7 May 1949
Newspaper cutting, Weekly Chronicle: “Peter Lee”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/44   29 September 1949
Newspaper cutting, British Weekly: “Dr. Wearmouth's “Research Magnificent”. Seeing the vision in makers of history”. Review of Robert F. Wearmouth's Some working-class movements of the nineteenth century.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/45   1 December 1949
Newspaper, British Weekly, no. 3290, vol. CXXVII: containing, on page 7, “Ebenezer Elliott and the people's anthem”.
Paper   6f (outsize)
Rm5/PF3/8
LAW 2/4/3/46   [1950]
Newspaper cutting, [ Clarion]: “The first Labour Government”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/47-48   [June 1951]
Galley proofs, and newspaper cutting, unidentified publication: “None spoke his thoughts, but all prayed for a miracle”. Report of the Easington Colliery disaster, 29 May 1951.
Paper   2f; 1f
LAW 2/4/3/49   25 December 1953
Newspaper cutting, Durham Chronicle and Chester-le-Street Chronicle: “Christmas greetings to all”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/3/50   17 July 1954
Newspaper, Sunderland Echo, 1954 Durham Miners' Gala supplement: ““The greatest show on earth,” says Lord Lawson”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/3/51   25 May 1960
Newspaper cutting, Sunderland Echo, [Peterlee] supplement (part): “New town is a tribute to fighting Pete. “We want more than praying here” said the great miners' leader”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/4   [1934]-1948
Publications. Copies of JJL's published autobiographical and biographical works, and of Who goes home? can be found in the library's printed catalogue.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/4/1   [1934 x 1940]
At the exhibition. Booklet, illustrated by Katherine Cramer. Co-operative Wholesale Society exhibition.
Paper   12p
LAW 2/4/4/2   April 1948
Whitehaven Review. Quarterly bulletin of the Whitehaven Public Library, vol. 2, no. 1, April 1948. Contains: “Release”, by JJL; article on JJL's works, by Harry Hollinson. See LAW 2/1/699.
Paper   18p
LAW 2/4/5   [1930s]-[1965]
Poetry.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/5/1   [1930s]
“Red Roses, white Lilies; Honeysuckle over grey walls”. Addressed “ To all rulers”. Corrected typescript. Poem against war.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/4/5/2   [1950 x 1965]
“I saw a woman / Carrying a boy”. Poem, remembering JJL's son, Clive Lawson. House of Lords stationary.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/4/6   [1940s]-[1965]
(Non-autobiographical) fragments.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/6/1   [1920s x 1965]
Manuscript and typescript fragments of non-autobiographical writings: the changing world; the individual in an increasingly mechanised world; future Labour Party leadership speaking [at the Durham Miners' Gala]; 19th-century social conditions, and Trade Unionism.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/6/2   [1940s x 1950s]
White notebook containing drafts of various short works by JJL: the Speaker of the House of Commons; philosophical / religious thoughts on JJL's reaching seventy-one years of age; “This changed world”; “Life”; China; personal journal.
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/4/6/3   [1940s x 1965]
Blue notebook containing drafts of various short works by JJL: “Lin Sen”; education; commendatory address for Donald Clarke, and the war at sea (see Who goes home? pp. 37-45); changes in modern life ( “Oil and the internal combustion engine has deeply affected our lives during the last Quarter of a Century”; “It is plain to any thoughtful man and woman today powerful forces are deeply influencing the lives of people in all nations”); the mastery of modern material conditions to serve the man and the community; post-war society, demobilisation; Good-bye Shangra-li [sic]; How we have changed; “In this book I have given a glimpse of some of the things that are part of the warp and woof of our thought - your thought and mine” [the Introduction to Who goes home?].
Paper   1 volume
LAW 2/4/7   [1900s] x [1965]
Book reviews, and research notes.
Paper   4 files
LAW 2/4/7/1   [1900s x 1910s]
Research notes on Robert Burns. Manuscript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/7/2   [1900s x 1910s]
Research notes on John Ruskin. Manuscript.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/4/7/3   January [1934]
Review of Memoirs of the unemployed, edited by H. Lance Beales and R. S. Lambert (1934). The Listener, January [1934]. Typescript. For related correspondence, see LAW 2/1/79-80.
Paper   8f
[See LAW 2/4/3/44]   [29 September 1949]
[Book review of Robert F. Wearmouth's Some working-class movements of the nineteenth century.]
LAW 2/4/7/4   [1910s x 1965]
Fragments of manuscripts research notes on the following subjects: European history; the telephone; the Roman Empire; Report on the affairs of British North America (1839); Antarctica by J. Gordon Hayes.
Paper   1 file
Scrapbooks
Dates of creation: 1932-1948
Extent: 2 volumes
LAW 2/5/1   1932-1934
Scrapbook in which are pasted newspaper cuttings and, unless otherwise stated, commendatory correspondence, reviewing or relating to A man's life. Correspondents' names and addresses are recorded, with the date and extent of each item; noteworthy content is also described.
Paper; ring-binder   44pp; 1 binder, with 2 items affixed
LAW 2/5/1 front cover A   21 October 1932
J. B. Priestley, 3 The Grove, Highgate Village, London; 21 October 1932; invitation to a meal;.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 front cover B   8 November [1932]
Jane Priestley, 3 The Grove, Highgate Village, London: invitation to Sunday lunch.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 1   23 September 1932
Newspaper cutting, Malta Chronicle, “A hard-life”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 2A   12 November 1932
C. J. Brand, 82 Lawn Road, London: Russian revolution; poor working conditions in “Northern ports” timber industry.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 2B   3 November 1932
J. R. Clynes, 41 St John's Road, Putney, London: prospect of writing a book himself; Professor J. H. Haldane.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 3A   18 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Boston Evening Transcript.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 3B   2 April 1933
Newspaper cutting, New York Herald Tribune.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 4   14 November 1932
Ruth Dodds, Honorary Secretary, Socialist League (Gateshead Branch), Home House, Low Fell, Gateshead: “the sort of book that is being written now for the first time” ; contrasts with Samuel Smiles' writing; I.L.P. and Socialist League; invitation to visit a League Sunday night meeting.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 5A   Undated [1932]
George and Mary, 5 Coronation Terrace, Boldon Colliery: local reception of the book, recognising incidents and characters; John O. London; pit idle today “for trade & Compensation Cases signing for Dole”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 5B   28 August 1932
Dick Lawson, Miners' Secretary, Dawdon Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Seaham Harbour: reminiscences.
Paper   3f
LAW 2/5/1 5C   8 September 1932
Dick Lawson, Miners' Secretary, Dawdon Lodge, Durham Miners' Association, Seaham Harbour.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 7   Undated [1932]
Newspaper cutting, Daily Standard, Brisbane, Queensland.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 8A   28 November 1932
David Low, 3 Rodborough Road, Golders Green, London: met JJL at Priestleys.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 8B   13 October [1932]
Phyllis Ponsonby, The Rectory, Much Hadham, Hertforshire.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 8C   5 October 1932
J. W. Brown, Secretary, British Institute of Adult Education, 39 Bedford Square, London: to write review in The Listener; Will Lawson.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 9   10 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, Sydney, New South Wales.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 10A   19 October 1932
Albert E. Henshall, President, National Union of Teachers, Abbott Villa, 74 Cambridge Street, Stafford, to E. H. Hogarth, 20 The Crescent, Chester-le-Street: offers thanks for dispatch of autographed copy.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 10B   15 November 1932
Rev. Alfred E. Binks, The Tooting Mission, 12 Elmbourne Road, Tooting Common, London: resident at Horden, Co. Durham, in 1918; invitation to preach.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 10C   28 September 1932
Ben Turner, The Homestead, Carlton Avenue, Batley.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 11   11 January 1933
Newspaper cutting, New Zealand Worker, Wellington.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 12A   Friday [1932]
[Viscountess] Dorothy Downe, Hillington Hall, King's Lynn: offers thanks for complimentary inscription; invitation to visit.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 12B   22 September 1932
Walter Runciman, Shoreston Hall, Seahouses, Northumberland.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 13A   31 December 1932
Newspaper cutting, Labour Daily, Sydney, New South Wales.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 13B   15 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Advocate, Brisbane, Queensland.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 14A   16 September 1932
Newspaper cutting, Evening Telegraph, Dundee.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 14B   25 September 1932
Cecil H. Wilson, 26 Chippingham Street, Sheffield: recalling meeting in 1926.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15A   3 January 1934
Newspaper cutting, Morrinsville Star, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15B   23 December 1933
Newspaper cutting, Evening Star, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15C   13 January 1934
Newspaper cutting, King Country Chronicle, Te Kuiti, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15D   11 December 1933
Newspaper cutting, Southland Daily News, Invercargill, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15E   6 December 1933
Newspaper cutting, New Zealand Truth, Wellington, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15F   17 February 1934
Newspaper cutting, Otago Daily Times, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15G   [1933 x 1934]
Newspaper cutting, Feilding Star, New Zealand..
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 15H   7 December 1933
Newspaper cutting, New Zealand Observer.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 16A   19 December 1932
A wayfarer in London: George Borrow, Richard Jefferies; “ordinary man is ... almost a trespasser in the land of his birth”, wary of Socialism; recommends Adult School Union publications.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 16B   6 October 1932
Jesse Blakey, Roseneath, Parrock Road, Nelson: autographed copies; Methodism, influence of John Wilson; invitation to preach.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 17A   13 February 1934
Newspaper cutting, Star, Auckland, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 17B   7 March 1934
Newspaper cutting, New Zealand Truth, Wellington.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 17C   4 January 1934
Newspaper cutting, As[h]burton Chronicle, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 17D   26 December 1933
Newspaper cutting, Wairarapa Times, Masterton, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 17E   19 January 1934
Newspaper cutting, Te Aroha News, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 17F   [1933 x 1934]
Newspaper cutting, Wanganui Chronicle, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 18A   1 December 1932
James Lindsay, 168 Coventry Road, Swindon.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 18B   29 September 1932
G. W. Allinson, District Secretary, The National Union of Blastfurnacemen, Coke Workers, Oreminers & Kindred Trades, 20 Station Road, Kettering.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 19   20 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Natal Mercury, South Africa. Continued at LAW 2/5/1/21A.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/5/1 20A   19 November 1932
Mrs Kate Holt, Halcyon Club, 13/14 Cork Street, London: Durham born; Harry Metcalfe.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 20B   2 September [1932]
Will Lawther, Compton House, Station Avenue, Brandon, Co. Durham; ]: local library reading list; organising winter lecture series based on [Labour] Party pamphlet series.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 21A   20 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Natal Mercury, South Africa. Continued from LAW 2/5/1/19.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 21B   11 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Cape Times, South Africa.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 22   24 December 1932
S. K. Ratcliffe, 158 Haverstock Hill, London: apologises for radio broadcast error; commends JJL and Morgan Jones' audibility in the House of Commons.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 23A   24 September 1932
Newspaper cutting, Natal Witness, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 23B   8 October 1932
Newspaper cutting, Dispatch, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 23C   5 December 1932
Newspaper cutting, Star, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 23D   24 December 1932
Newspaper cutting, Daily Mail, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 23E   22 May 1934
Newspaper cutting, Sunday Times, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 23F   26 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, Cape Argus, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 24A   13 September 1932
Ethel M. Richardson Rice, 67 Eardley Crescent, London: met JJL at Golders Green; Organising Secretary of the Selborne Society, and trustee of two minors; Mr Marsh Roberts; war service in Air Force, and bombing raids.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 24B   19 September 1932
N. S. Hall, 78 Eaton Terrace, London.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 24C   30 August 1932
Edward [Gleadhill], The Bungalow, Boundary House, Near Philadelphia, [Co. Durham]: headmaster.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 25A   11 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, Daily News, Sri Lanka.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 25B   11 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, Rangoon Times, Burma.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 26   3 November 1932
J. E. Kell, 7 Oak Terrace, Leasingthorne, Bishop Auckland.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 27A   21 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, Civil and Military Gazette, India.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 27B   21 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, Pioneer, India.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 28   6 November 1932
Madge Swaddle, 15 Clarinet Avenue, Ilford: Rev. Askby Howe, quoting JJL's work in a sermon.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 29   9 December 1932
Newspaper cutting, Herald, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 30   16 November 1933
Professor B. H. Streeter, The Queen's College, Oxford: recalls JJL's appreciation of Oxford when at Ruskin College, and his return to the North; encloses a copy of the writer's work, Reality.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 31   22 October 1932
Newspaper cutting, Daily Mail, South Africa.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 32A   25 November 1932

John H. Fraser, Monticello, Iowa: book sent to writer by his brother, T. H. Fraser of Cairo, political economist; Selkirk upbringing; emigrated 1909; c. 1927 visit to uncle Professor Robert Howden, University of Durham's College of Medicine at Newcastle; impression of mining town; encloses a review, [not present], entitled “The many coloured window” by Professor W. B. Thomas of Jamestown, North Dakota; introduces his brother-in-law Professor Hyman Levy, University of London.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 32B   23 September 1932
A. Ernest Gompertz, [Honorary] Secretary, South Shields Labour Party and Trades Council, Labour Hall, Laygate, South Shields: sale of autographed book for the T. H. C. Cotton Fund.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 33A   15 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Advocate, Brisbane, Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 33B   18 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 34A   25 July 1933
Harry East, 36 New Street, Aberavon, Port Talbot, Glamorgan: injured ex-miner, requesting copy.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 34B   25 July 1933

Harry East, 36 New Street, Aberavon, Port Talbot, Glamorgan: vivid account of heat and vermin in mines.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 35A   23 January 1934
Newspaper cutting, Evening Star, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 35B   1 March 1934
Newspaper cutting, Break of Day, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 35C   8 January 1934
Newspaper cutting, Matamata Record, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 35D   16 December 1933
Newspaper cutting, Southland Times, Invercargill, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 35E   17 February 1934
Newspaper cutting, Daily Times, Otago, New Zealand.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 36A   30 November 1932
A. J. P. Phillipson, 58 The Close, Broadway, Kettering.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 36B   6 September [1932]
Will Lawther, Compton House, Station Avenue, Brandon, Co. Durham: recommending a supporter be made a JP
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 36C   10 October 1932
E. H. Hogarth, National Union of Teachers, 20 The Crescent, Chester-le-Street: seeking autographed copy for A. E. Henshall, president of the Union, addressing joint meeting of teachers of West Stanley and Chester-le-Street Associations.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 37   [April 1932]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “Local Preachers' Corner, conducted by John Mark”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 38A   November 1932
C. R. Ashbee, Godden Green, Near Sevenoaks: architect; critical of a perceived rejection of artists, poets and agriculturalists by the Socialist movement in England; Morris, Ruskin; advocates political non-alignment.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 38B   13 October 1932
George Franks, Store House, Pelaw on Tyne: former neighbour in Store Buildings; shared debt to Mr Smailes, J. Redhead, J. Haram.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 39   20 October 1932
Newspaper cutting, Toronto Star, Ontario, Canada.
Paper   5f
LAW 2/5/1 40A   7 November 1932
R. Charlton, 9 Oak Dene Avenue, Darlington.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 40B   14 November 1932
Mary Griffiths, 40 Albert Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 41   23 March 1933

Newspaper cutting, Queensland Methodist Times, Brisbane, Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 42A   19 October 1932
Rev. James Ross, 18 Hatton Avenue, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: former miner in Wales; [self-education] reading [The halfpenny] marvel, Union Jack, Boy's Realm, Emerson, Green's Short history [of the English people], penny books of W. T. Stead, Russell Lowell.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 42B   6 January 1933
G. T. Gillie, The Conservative Club, Glasgow.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 43A   17 September 1932
Newspaper cutting, Age, [Melbourne], Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 43B   18 February 1933
Newspaper cutting, Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales, Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 43C   12 November 1932
Newspaper cutting, West Australian, [Perth], Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 43D    24 September 1932
Newspaper cutting, Evening Star, Australia.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/1 44A   9 June [1932]
Matthew Leadbitter, The Rectory, Moretonhampstead, Devon: recommends Arthur Waugh's One man's road.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/1 44B   26 August [1932]
W. Moore Ede, Dean, The Deanery, Worcester: indicating the writer read the work in some form prior to publication.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2   1939-1948
Appointments diary for 1942 transformed into a scrapbook in which are pasted newspaper cuttings and correspondence relating to various subjects, concerning both JJL's public and personal activities. Correspondents' names and addresses are recorded, with the date and extent of each item; noteworthy content is also described. Diary entries between 1-14 January are visible, between 15 January - 7 March entries are obscured by pasted-in items, and thereafter the diary is blank. At some point certain items pasted into this diary were removed; some such items were found elsewhere in JJL's disordered correspondence and papers and replaced here, however, remaining gaps indicate the scrapbook is still incomplete.
Paper   1 album (10 loose items)
LAW 2/5/2 7A   31 March 1947
James Elder, Eighton Banks: congratulations on conferment of degree of D.C.L. by the University of Durham.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 7B   [2 July 1947]
Newspaper cutting, [ Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne]; “University honours pit boy”: conferment of degree of D.C.L. (second copy).
Paper   1f
[LAW 2/5/2] [7C]
[Item no longer present].
LAW 2/5/2 7D   8 January 1948
William Todd, 29 Tyne Gardens, Washington, Co. Durham: recalls Lawson family's life at Kells, Siddick and Boldon; common struggle to live, and ultimate political success.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/2 8A   [July 1947]
Newspaper cutting, unidentified publication, “University honours the workers”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 8B   12 March 1947
J. F. Duff, Vice-Chancellor, University of Durham, 38 North Bailey, Durham: invitation to Congregation at King's College, Newcastle, on 2 July, for conferment of honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 8C   2 July 1947
Newspaper cutting, Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne; “University honours pit boy”: conferment of degree of D.C.L. (second copy).
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 9A   22 December 1947
Sam Watson, National Union of Mineworkers, Red Hill, Durham: thanking JJL for gift of gloves.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 9B   31 March 1947
Sam Watson, Durham: congratulations on the award of an honorary D.C.L.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 10A   August 1948
Magazine cutting, Coal; “Miners in literature”, by Roger Dataller.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 10B   31 October 1943
[?Jane] Priestley, B. 3 & 4 Albany, London: recalls JJL's first visit and his reaction to his hosts' parlour man; just returned to London, organising children's nurseries.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 11A   9 July 1941
Cutting, Labour Press Service; ““The man in the cap,” by Jack Lawson”, reviewed by Lord Sankey.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 11B   [July 1947]
Entry ticket for Congregation ceremony, University of Durham, at [King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 11C   19 April 1939
Newspaper cutting, The Times; “Two points of defence”: report and reaction to announcement in the House of Commons of the appointment of JJL as Deputy Commissioner Northern Region.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 12A   9 June 1943
Bertie William Sheldrake, Ankara Palas: commends speech.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 12B   26 March 1944
Lieutenant-Colonel R. B. Maxwell, United Service Club, Pall Mall, London: high opinion of Colonel C. J. Pickering for JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 13A   May 1943
Entwistle and Bacon Limited, Southport: commends broadcast.
Paper   1f, with envelope
LAW 2/5/2 13B   1 February 1944
Wen Juan-ning, Aviz Hotel, Avenida Fontes, Lisbon, Portugal: offers thanks for copy of A man's life, to read upon return to Chungking; visit to England; JJL's regard for Chinese people, reciprocated.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 14   14 December 1947
W. Robinson, Greenmount Hill, Post Office, Via Midland Junction, West Australia: emigrated from Boldon Colliery this year; requests permission to broadcast [excerpts from] A man's life for the radio programme “Workers' Hour”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 15A   21 February 1944
John Turner, 670 Avonside Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand: commends broadcast (20:45 local time; Daventry transmitter), [“Mortal man and immortal art” ]; critical of remarks by Bishop of Chichester.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 15B   21 February 1944
Florence A. Turner, 670 Avonside Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand: commends broadcast, [“Mortal man and immortal art” ].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 16A   26 September 1945
R. B. Walker, 5958449, OR OPS. Section R Company, 4 Corps Signals, S.E.A.C., to Mr G. A. [?Pangiter], 84 Ranel[a]gh Road, Southall, Middlesex: recounts visit on 22 September of JJL, Secretary of State for War; “[he] has lightened our darkness as it were. He has seen through the whitewash of the Brass hats and gained the confidence and backing of all the men out here - something Mr James Grigg was never likely to attain. We all wish Mr Lawson and every other minister for that matter, great success”; effect of travel on JJL's health; reduction in terms of service; pledge not to demobilise troops in Europe prior to those in Asia [and elsewhere] “has brought us content”; wide and strong criticism of [Charles] Dukes, and others, for making similar statements, but “that have no foundation”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/2 16B   19 October 1945
Leonard [?Ropner], The Moothall, Newcastle upon Tyne: reports high regard for JJL among troops, “it is due to you and you alone that they are prepared to await movement”; encloses a writing, made following the election; Colonel Bob.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/2 17A   30 August 1945
Will Bell, 10 Selborne Grove, Bradford, Yorkshire: offers thanks for JJL tribute to the Bell family in A man's life; visit to S.E.A.C., and Graham [?Bell].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 17B   22 February 1944
W. B. Brown, H.M. Senior Inspector of Mines, Millbank, Western Hill, Durham City: commends JJL's broadcast; recalls discussion of Thompson's “The hound of heaven” with JJL on a journey between Willington Coke Works and Mainsforth Colliery.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 18   19 June 1948
Freda Norman, 79 Windermere Road, Woodhouse, Whitehaven, Cumberland: niece.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 19   12 December 1945
Gunther Stein, 102 West 80th Street, New York, New York: anecdote of a “pukkah sahib” reading A man's life on a train in India; returns from ten years in Japan and China to analyse economic situation in Britain.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 20A   [1947 x 1950]
Magazine cutting, unknown publication, Ellen Wilkinson: biographical article by JJL.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/2 20B   [after 1942 x 1950]
Magazine cutting, Letters in war time: account of death of Clive Lawson, following an air raid.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/2 21A   18 February 1937
James Barrie, Curtis Brown Ltd, 6 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London: JJL's agreements with Hodder & Stoughton for A man's life and another unidentified work preclude any agreement with Curtis Brown Ltd, even regarding American rights.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 21B   1 June [1943]
Magazine cutting, Letters in war time: account of JJL speaking at a Chester-le-Street meeting in aid of China.
Paper   1f
[LAW 2/5/2] [22A]
[Item no longer present].
LAW 2/5/2 22B   17 October 1945
Anthony [Eden], House of Commons: offers his thanks for JJL's friendship; importance of personal friendships, across party lines, at a time when “personal sorrow made it hard to breast the world again”.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/5/2 23   19 January 1942
Anthony Eden, [Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], Foreign Office: refers to Letter in war time, containing reference to the biography of Eden's father [Sir William Eden].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 25A   17 November 1945
[Field Marshal] B. L. Montgomery, [1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Commander-in-Chief], Tactical Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine: corrects reported figures for reductions in officers on his headquarters staff; enjoyed yesterday's early meeting, proposing another meeting at the War Office on 1 December, or at Claridges on 30 November; encloses unidentified pamphlet, [not present].
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 25B   7 October 1946
Menu: addressed to JJL and signed by [Field Marshal B. L. Montgomery, 1st Viscount] Montgomery of Alamein, E. B. B. Speed, Lieutenant-General S. C. Kirkman, Lieutenant-General F. E. W. Simpson, and JJL.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 26   27 February 1943
Anthony Eden, [Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], Foreign Office: acknowledges receipt of JJL's report on industrial conditions in ““Free China””, seeking permission to print and circulate to the War Cabinet; post-war development and labour standards and wages; defends the regulation of working conditions in foreign factories by the International Settlement Municipal Council Industrial Section, led by Miss Eleanor Hinder; copies of report sent to Bevin, Lyttelton, Harcourt Johnstone, Ministry of Information, Board of Trade, Ministry of Economic Warfare, Ministry of Supply, and Ministry of Fuel and Power.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 27   12 February 1943
Anthony Eden, [Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], Foreign Office; ; 1f; encloses, for JJL's private files, copies of official papers [not present] concerning JJL's mission to China, namely, despatches, notes and reports etc. from Sir Horace Seymour, the Acting Air Attaché to the Embassy at Chungking, Mr Ogden Consul-General Kunming.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 [28]   2 March 1942
Clement Attlee, [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs], Dominions Office, Downing Street: offers his thanks for JJL's support; “[w]e are going through pretty difficult times which seem to me to test very much the spirits of our people. With most of them, like yourself, the dross disappears and the gold remains”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/5/2 29   11 December 1945
A[lan] Lascelles, [Private Secretary to the King], Buckingham Palace: reports the acceptance of JJL's Who goes home?, and the second edition of A man's life, by the King and Queen.
Paper   1f
Religious writings
Dates of creation: [1900s-1965]
Extent: 1 box
JJL's religious writings are rarely dated. Items are therefore very roughly arranged in three chronological sections, inferred largely from textual and contextual evidence (stationary etc.): before 1918; 1919 x 1949; 1950 x 1965. There are a further two files of undated writings and of fragments. In many instances JJL's writings in this series share social and political themes and incidents extant in his secular writings, but which are collected here due to their more developed and explicit theological content.

LAW 2/6/1   [1900s x 1918]
Manuscripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/6/2   [1919 x 1949]
Manuscripts and typescript. Includes an address by JJL at the Watch Night Service at West Pelton Methodist Church, 31 December 1940.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/6/3   [1950 x 1965]
Manuscripts.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/6/4   [1900s x 1965]
Undated, manuscript and printed items.
Paper   1 file
LAW 2/6/5   [1900s x 1965]
Manuscript fragments, in rough chronological order.
Paper   1 file
Financial papers
Dates of creation: 1923-1955
Extent: 1 box
Arranged as follows:
2/7/1 Receipts, 1923-1944;
2/7/2 Donations and subscriptions, 1923-1936;
2/7/3 Income tax affairs, 1926-1964;
2/7/4 Published works royalty statements, 1933-1955.

LAW 2/7/1   1923-1944
Receipts: London board and lodging; office supplies; clothing; children's tuition (Coxlodge Hall School, Gosforth; Smart's College, Newcastle upon Tyne; violin lessons); travel; toys; insurance; social services; building supplies; subscriptions; war damage contributions.
Paper   61 items
LAW 2/7/2   1923-1936
Correspondence and receipts relating to donations and political/charitable subscriptions made to the following: Independent Labour Party Information Committee; Chester-le-Street Division Labour Party Women's Section; Durham Aged Miners' Homes Association; Furnishing and Upkeep Fund of the Parliamentary Labour Club; testimonials; Miners' Permanent Relief Fund; Miners' Relief Fund; memorial funds; Chester-le-Street Town War Memorial Fund; Miners' Federation of Great Britain Labour Parliamentary Fund; boots for miners' children (Birtley, Wrekenton and Eighton Banks, Beamish); Bewicke Main village fund; Miners' Dependents Relief Fund; [Russia]; Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans, and British Legion; The Salvation Army; private individuals; Ruskin College, Oxford; Birtley Association Football Club; Birtley Unemployed Organisation; West Pelton Collieries Welfare Hall and Institute; Cwm and Bilsthorpe Disasters Relief Fund; County of Durham Labour Women's Advisory Council; Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, Special Appeal Fund; The Royal Earlswood Institution for Mental Defectives; Miners' National Distress Fund; Wesleyan Methodist Local Preachers' Mutual Aid Association; West Pelton Wesleyan Sunday School; United Methodist Church, Colliery Row appeal; local schools' Outing Fund; Sacriston Colliery Cricket Club; Durham County Playing Fields Association; Chester-le-Street and District Association Football Alliance; Birtley Star Jazz Band; Washington District Amateur Operatic Society; The Labour Party; Casey Fund; Eighton Banks and Wrekenton School Children's Annual Gala; Beamish Athletic A.F.C.; Chester-le-Street Children's and Old People's Outing Fund; Fence Houses Children's [Christmas] Treat Fund; W. W. Craik Subscription Fund; Birtley Football Club; Harraton Colliery Welfare Scheme; Marley Hill, Sunniside and District Carnival Committee; Chatershaugh Wesleyan Church Fatfield Renovation Fund; Hedworth Church Jubilee Organ Fund; Lumley, Burnmoor, and Fence Houses District Nursing Association Bazaar; Birtley Charity Carnival; Sacriston United A.F.C.; The Holds and Urpeth Farms Children's Outing Fund; Pelton Fell Workmen's Silver Model Band; Grange Villa Allotments Association.
Paper   298 items
Access to certain items will be restricted by the terms of the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.
LAW 2/7/2/20   21 July 1926
Letter from F. Hoggarth, 30 Dennison Crescent, Birtley, to JJL: acknowledges Gala Day donation; 600 pairs of boots distributed to local children - “to remove the sorrowful spectacle of bootless bairns going to the feeding centre's [sic] & schools which in our opinion is a living monument to the policy that has been pursued by the Coal owners in the past & for which they still believe in”.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/7/2/54   20 October 1928
Letter from W. P. Richardson, Durham Miners' Association, Red Hill, Durham, to JJL: acknowledges donation to the Miners' Relief Fund; JJL's visit to the Worcester Brotherhood produces satisfactory result; article in The Miner by the writer on Safety, and notes with approval the “changed tone” of that publication.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/7/2/84   25 April 1929
Minutes of the second annual general meeting of the Durham County Playing Fields Association.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/7/2/100   5-10 May 1930
Balance sheet for a production of A country girl by the Washington District Amateur Operatic Society.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/7/2/115   7 April 1930
National Testimonial to Ben Tillett, MP Testimonial appeal circular on the occasion of Tillett's passing seventy years of age, with portrait photograph of Tillett on cover, and address from the fund's joint secretaries.
Paper   2f
LAW 2/7/2/118   1929
Annual accounts for the Eighton Banks & Wrekenton School Children's Gala, 1929.
Paper   1f
LAW 2/7/2/156-159   1928-1931
Annual accounts of the Chester-le-Street and District [Association Football] Alliance, 1929-1930 and 1930-1931, with 1930 A.G.M. agenda and 1931 receipt for donation.
Paper   4f
LAW 2/7/2/195   22 July 1936
Leaflet inviting contributions to the Peter Lee Testimonial Fund on behalf of Mrs Peter Lee; donations to Will Lawther, Durham Miners' Association; JJL a signatory, (see LAW 2/1/102-103).
Paper   1f
LAW 2/7/3   1926-1964
Correspondence, notices and accounts relating to JJL's income tax affairs, from the following: The Co-operative Insurance Society Ltd, H.M. Inspector of Taxes, Public Trustee Office, Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd.
Paper   1 file (23 items)
LAW 2/7/4   1933-1955
Royalty statements, accounts and related correspondence from JJL's publishers, for the following works and date spans.
Hodder & Stoughton Limited
A man's life: 1933-1939, 1943-1945, 1947, 1951-1952, 1954-1960;
Under the wheels: 1935;
Peter Lee:1937-1939.

Methuen & Co. Ltd.
The man in the cap: 1942.

University of London Press Ltd.
A man's life: 1952, 1954-1959, 1962.

The Epworth Press
Who goes home?: 1946, 1952;
Peter Lee: 1952, 1954-1955.
Paper   1 file (39 items)
Graphic and printed material
Photographs
Reference: LAW 3/1
Dates of creation: [1919]-1965
Extent: 2 boxes, and 1 outsize box
Unsorted. This series contains photographs relating to both JJL's public and personal life, including a substantial body of material relating to the Second World War and JJL's visit to China in 1942/3. Photographic items referenced in correspondence are noted in each letter's catalogue description, and separately filed in this series.

Cuttings
Dates of creation: 1900-1970s
Extent: 3 boxes; 1 outsize drawerOutsize cuttings are filed at Rm5/PF3/8.
LAW 3/2/1   Undated [c. 1919-1970s]
Undated cuttings, in rough chronological order.
Paper   22 items
LAW 3/2/2   1900-1919
Paper   3 items
LAW 3/2/2/1   12 March 1908
The Oxford Magazine: report of a Union debate, 5 March 1908, on the motion, “That, in view of the rapid growth of the Labour Movement, this House regards the existing connexion between Oxford and the industrial classes of the nation as dangerously inadequate”. Speakers: R. V. Leonard, R. S. A. Palmer, JJL, J. H. Thorpe, A. H. M. Lunn, and others.
Paper   1f
LAW 3/2/2/2-3   26 February; 2 April 1909
Consett Chronicle and North-West Durham Advertiser: West Stanley pit disaster.[Former reference: NSR Planfile C 40/1-2.]

Paper   4f; 4f (outsize)
LAW 3/2/3   11 August 1920
Daily Herald: annotated in the hand of JJL, “Half Copy of Daily Herald which was put into the hands of P. Minister (at his Request) telling him the details of Peace offer as he stood at the despatch Box in the H. of Commons. Tuesday evening. Aug 11th 1920.” The note refers to armistice negotiations between the Soviet Union and Poland, reported to have been scheduled to take place at Minsk on 11 August 1920.
Paper   1f
LAW 3/2/4   [1921]
Paper   1f
LAW 3/2/5   17 November 1922
Paper   1f
LAW 3/2/6   1923
Paper   1f
LAW 3/2/7   1924
Paper   7 items
LAW 3/2/8   1926
Paper   6 items
LAW 3/2/9   1927
Paper   2 items (outsize)
LAW 3/2/10
Number not used.
LAW 3/2/11   1929
Paper   9 items (2 outsize)
LAW 3/2/12   1930
Paper   3 items
LAW 3/2/13   1931
Some cuttings filed here are pasted to loose pages from JJL's 1928 appointment diary, some entries in which, between 1-25 January, are not obscured. See also LAW 1/1/142B.
Paper   19 items
LAW 3/2/14   1932
Paper   10 items (2 outsize)
LAW 3/2/15   1933
Paper   11 items
LAW 3/2/16   1934
Paper   27 items (1 outsize)
LAW 3/2/17   1935
Paper   13 items (1 outsize)
LAW 3/2/18   1936
Paper   24 items (2 outsize)
LAW 3/2/19   1937
Paper   5 items
LAW 3/2/20   1938
Paper   5 items
LAW 3/2/21   1939
Paper   12 items
LAW 3/2/22   1940
Paper   10 items
LAW 3/2/23   1941
Paper   27 items
LAW 3/2/24   1942
Paper   4 items
LAW 3/2/25   1943
Paper   12 items
LAW 3/2/26   1944
See also LAW 2/1/451/2.
Paper   17 items
LAW 3/2/27   1945
Paper   195 items (4 outsize)
LAW 3/2/28   1946
Paper   2 items
LAW 3/2/29   1947

Paper   5 items (2 outsize)
LAW 3/2/30   1949
Paper   15 items (2 outsize)
LAW 3/2/31   1950
Paper   16 items
LAW 3/2/32   1951
Paper   9 items
LAW 3/2/33   1952
Paper   6 items (1 outsize)
LAW 3/2/34   1953
Paper   25 items
LAW 3/2/35   1954
Paper   27 items
LAW 3/2/36   1955
Paper   15 items
LAW 3/2/37   1956
Paper   12 items (1 outsize)
LAW 3/2/38   1957
Paper   7 items
LAW 3/2/39   1958
Paper   7 items (1 outsize)
LAW 3/2/40   1959
Paper   1f
LAW 3/2/41   1960
Paper   6 items
LAW 3/2/42   1961
Paper   2 items
LAW 3/2/43   1962
Paper   8 items
LAW 3/2/44   1964
Paper   5 items
LAW 3/2/45   1965
Paper   12 items
LAW 3/2/46   1966
Paper   2 items
LAW 3/2/47   1967
Paper   1 item (outsize)
LAW 3/2/48   1970s
Paper   2 items
LAW 3/2/49   1980s
Paper   4 items
Other graphic material
Dates of creation: [1900s]-[1960s]
Extent: ½ box
LAW 3/3/1-6   [1900s]-[1960s]
Souvenir postcards (blank), grouped geographically. Picture postcards depicting JJL, or persons known or related to JJL, are filed with the photographs, as are postcards of official occasions with which JJL was involved, for example a visit to Egypt.
LAW 3/3/1 North East England (30ff): Agents' Houses, Durham; Bamburgh Castle; Broadgates, Barnard Castle; South Lodge and Home Farm, Beamish; Market, Bowling Green, and Children's Playground, Chester-le-Street; High Force; Lumley Castle; Roker; Municipal Buildings, King Street, The Pier, and the Penny Ferry at South Shields; Tynemouth Priory, and the Pier Approach; Washington Old Hall (Charles Freeman); Whitburn Church;
LAW 3/3/2 Other regions of England (10ff): unidentified Promenade tram; Edgar Tower, and Cathedral, Worcester; Marine Parade, Southend on Sea; The Manor House, Stoke Poges; Happy Valley, and the Bandstand, Westcliff on Sea; Sacristy Chapel, Burford Church; Sovereign's Throne, House of Lords;
LAW 3/3/3 Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy (43f): Paris, Hannover; Hospice du Simplon, Hospice du Grand St-Bernard; Brigue; Cesuna, Valle Mangaboschi; Asiago; Italian Alpine troops; Cesuna; Venice;
LAW 3/3/4 Singapore and Sumatra (3f);
LAW 3/3/5 Egypt and Middle East (12f): portraits; sphynx; Cairo; pyramids; “Ploughing on the Mount of Olives” (printed in the U.K.);
LAW 3/3/6 North America (20ff): Humber River, Cornerbrook, Millertown, Grand Falls, Bells Brook, and other Newfoundland scenes; Misenheimer, and Lockhart Gaddy's Wild Goose Refuge, Ansonville, North Carolina.
Paper and photographic paper   117f
LAW 3/3/7-8   [1910s x 1930s]
Two large picture postcards of Burn's Cottage, Ayr, and of Robert Burns.
Paper   1f; 1f
Size: 24 x 31 cm
LAW 3/3/9   [1925 x 1929]
Brockhampton, nr Dorchester. The Birthplace of Thomas Hardy. Drawn by F. Robson, reproduced by the Engravers Guild Ltd., and published as a supplement to T.P's and Cassells Weekly, Christmas no. 1924.
Paper   1f
LAW 3/310   [1930s-1950s]
Portrait (half-length) in pencil of JJL, signed “ROBIN”.
Paper   1f
LAW 3/3/11   [1940s x 1965]
Watercolour portrait of an African child, unsigned; pasted to a brown card backing.
Paper   1f
LAW 3/3/12   6 January 1950
“Hardknott pass”. Caricature portrait of JJL, wearing a handkerchief on his head.
Paper   1f
LAW 3/3/13-14   [1950s x 1965]
Two reproductions on card of engravings of Waldridge and Pelton Collieries, with captions pasted below. [The images are drawn from Sketches of the coal mines in Northumberland and Durham by T. H. Hair (1844).]
Paper   1f; 1f
Ephemera and related material
Ephemera
Dates of creation: [1910s] x [1960s]
Extent: 1 file
LAW 4/1/1   [1910s x 1930s]
Business card of Mrs D. B. Crerar.
Paper   1f
LAW 4/1/2   [after 1912]
½d. postage stamp.[Note: stamp issued between 1912-1924.]

Paper   1f
LAW 4/1/3   [after 1912]
Blank pro forma stamped postcard, addressed to Ben L. Oliver, 28 Neville Crescent, Burtley, for reporting defective electrical street lighting.[Note: stamp issued between 1912-1924.]

Paper   1 postcard
LAW 4/1/4   [1919 x 1965]
Official stationary, blank: House of Commons; Lord Lieutenant.
Paper   3f
LAW 4/1/5   [?1930s]
Stub of a typescript report by R. R. Stokes on education funding.
Paper   1f
LAW 4/1/6   [1930s x 1965]
Sheet of blotting paper, with advertisement for Soirée perfume.
Paper   1f
LAW 4/1/7   [1939 x 1965]
Sheet of carbon paper, bearing manuscript imprint of Durham County Council C.W.C. Voluntary Committee, Ouston Road, Pelton.
Paper   1f
LAW 4/1/8   [1947 x 1949]
Business cards of The Rt Hon. J.J. Lawson, D.C.L., D.L., House of Commons.
Paper   1f (x10)
LAW 4/1/9   [1950s]
Hand-coloured badge design in red blue and green, with central Maltese cross. Endorsed “ATTLEE”.
Paper   1f
Size: 6.5 cm x 6.5 cm
Related material
Dates of creation: 1950-[1965]
Extent: 1 file
Material found with the Lawson Papers, but not considered directly relevant. Items include papers of JJL's children, and literary works by other authors.

LAW 4/2/1   [?1938]
Manuscript knitting pattern for bed-socks, written on stationary from the Anchor Line ship T.M.S. Circassia, (see LAW 2/1/113).
Paper   6f
LAW 4/2/2   [1940s x 1960s]
Collection of skipping rhymes, popular songs, hymns and part songs, including the following.
Paper   1 file
LAW 4/2/2/31   1955
The yellow rose of Texas. Words and music by Don George. Voice with piano accompaniment music score, published by Valando Music Company Ltd.
Paper   2f
LAW 4/2/2/33   [1950]
All in the April evening. Part-song for S. C. T. B. Music by Hugh S. Roberton. Lyrics by Katherine Tynan. Published by J. Curwen & Sons Ltd, London.
Paper   2f
LAW 4/2/2/35   [1950]
Consecration arrangements. Consecration hymn. "Take my life and let it be." S. A. T. B. score. Music by W. H. Jude. Words by Frances Ridley Havergal.
Paper   2f
LAW 4/2/3   1950
Diary of [Alma] Lawson.
Paper   1 volume
Access to item LAW 4/2/3 will be limited under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
LAW 4/2/4   1952
Homecraft exhibition second prize certificate of Irene Lawson, awarded by the Chester-le-Street Federation of Labour Women.
Paper   1f
LAW 4/2/5   27 December 1961
A winter's day. Corrected typescript. Author unknown [?Bella Lawson].
Paper   1f
LAW 4/2/6   [1950s x 1960s]
Incomplete anonymous account of an impoverished family's struggles to survive in the [1920s x 1930s]. Manuscript.
Paper   11f
LAW 4/2/7   [1950s-1960s]
Manuscript stub inscribed with word games.
Paper   1f