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Papers of Sir Charles Harris (1864-1943)

Introduction

Biographical note

Balliol 1882-86. Math. Sch.; Ist Math. Mods. 1883; Ist Math. 1886; B.A. 1889. 1st in open competition Home Civil Service 1886; Clerk in War Office 1887; Assistant Financial Secretary (Permanent Head of Army Finance Dept.) 1908-20; C.B. 1911; K.C.B. 1913; Committee on Accountancy Reform; Joint Sec. of the War Office 1920, and Member of the Army Council; G.B.E. 1920; Commander, Legion of Honour, 1921; retired 1924. Son, Alan M. Harris (Balliol 1917, 1919-22).

Provenance and arrangement

A collection of papers formerly housed in a small tin deed box (which probably belonged to Alan Harris as it bears a crown and 'E.R.' on the lid and Alan Harris was a Civil Servant under Elizabeth II). Many items, grouped by correspondent or subject matter, are in used envelopes addressed to Alan Harris suggesting that he examined and partially ordered his father's papers before thay were given to Balliol College in [year of accession TBC]. Sir Charles Harris also appears to have ordered some of his papers as there are various notes in his hand pencilled onto some of the envelopes used to house them.

A one page summary of the contents of these papers written by John Michael Prest [Fellow 1954] was found at the top of the box. Dr. John Jones also examined the papers and placed three letters by Sir Douglas Haig in a separate envelope.

Where possible the original arrangement of the papers by Sir Charles Harris or Alan Harris was retained. Loose items that appeared to have 'strayed' from their original groupings were returned.

List

A. Correspondence.

All letters are to Sir Charles Harris unless otherwise stated. They have been placed in alphabetical order by correspondent and chronological order for each correspondent (an arrangement followed in part by both Sir Charles and Alan Harris). 1890-1943.

  • A 1. Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Dyke Acland. [Balliol 1893-97]. 4 ALS, 1936-39. 3 envelopes.
  • A 2. Lord Ampthill. 1 ALS, 1915. 1 envelope.
  • A 3. H.A. Bailey. 1 ALS, 1940. 1 envelope.
  • A 4. Harold Baker. 6 ALS, 1924-33.
  • A 5. G. Barstow. 1 ALS, 1925. 1 envelope.
  • A 6. Sir Hugh Bell. 3 TLS, 1916-28.
  • A 7. H. Dela Bere [?]. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 3 ALS [photograph included with first letter], 1934. 1 envelope.
  • A 8. Edward C. Bethune. 1 ALS, undated [1924].
  • A 9. J.C. Borsuschen [?]. 13 ALS, 1926-39. 7 envelopes.
  • A10. Gladys Boyd. 1 ALS, 1 TLS [with newspaper cutting], 1940-43. 1 envelope.
  • A11. Georgina Buller [?]. 1 ALS, 1940.
  • A12. Major E. Napier Burnett. 1 ALS, 1919. 1 envelope.
  • A13. John Carter. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 1 ALS, 1933. 1 envelope.
  • A14. John Cave [?]. 1 ALS, undated.
  • A15. Major Desmond Chapman-Huston. 4 items
    • A15.1 TLS from Chapman-Huston to Harris. 17 November 1923. Carlton Club, London SW. 2pp.
    • A15.2 draft TLS to Desmond Chapman-Huston from Sir Charles Harris. 20 November 1923. MS corrections/additions. 5s.
    • A15.3 TLS from Chapman-Huston to Harris. 24 November 1923. 2pp.
    • A15.4 TLS from Chapman-Huston to Harris. 25 January 1924. 1s.
  • A16. Madge G. Cooper. [wife of Sir James Cooper a War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 1 ALS, 5 January 1938. Thanks for Harris' letter of condolence on death of Sir James Cooper. On mourning paper. 1 bifolium, 4s.
  • A17. Mrs. Mary Alden Childers [wife of (Robert) Erskine Childers]. 2 items
    • A17.1 ALS, 22 August 1914. Chelsea. 2pp 3.
    • A17.2 ALS, 22 August 1914. Chelsea. 1 l. 1 envelope.
  • A18. Lady Edna Corcoran. [wife of Sir John Corcoran, a War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 1 ALS [with newspaper cutting], 24 February 1932. 62 Cornwall Gardens. 1 envelope.
  • A19. J.[?] Crosland. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 1 ALS, 14 January 1935. 46 Sheldon Avenue, Highgate N6. 4s.
  • A20. Jessie Crosland. [Wife of J. [?] Crosland]. 2 ALS, 1 December 1923 and 10 October no year. 40 the Ridgeway NW 11.1 envelope.
  • A21. Cubitt [?].1 ALS, 31 March 1940. Hillstead, Weston, Bath. 1 envelope.
  • A22. Eustace Davis. 2 items
    • A22.1 ALS 29 January 1935. Athenaeum, Pall Mall. 2s.
    • A22.2 ALS 2 February 1935. ?Guelder Cottage, Wheathampstead, St Albans, Herts. 3s and PS on visiting card. 1 envelope.
  • A23. Stanley Von Donop. 1 ALS, 15 October 1935. United Service Club, Pall Mall. 4s. 1 envelope.
  • A24. John Dove [editor [?] of The Round Table ].
    • A24.1 TLS, 7 December 1925. 1s
    • A24.2 TLS 8 December 1925. 2s. 1 envelope.
    • A24.3 ALS 1 February 1926. 2s.
    • A24.4 TLS, 19 February 1926. 1s.
  • A25. H.W. Forster. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 4 ALS, 1919-25. 2 envelopes.
    • A25.1 ALS, 7 December 1919. 41 Hans Place SW1. 3s. 1 env.
    • A25.2 ALS, 4 May 1924. Admiralty House, North Sydney. 2 bifolia, 7s.
    • A25.3 ALS, 29 July 1924. Admiralty House, North Sydney. 2 bifolia, 8s.
    • A25.4 ALS, 15 September 1925. Government House, Melbourne. 1 bifolium, 4s.
    • A25.5 envelope. postmark 8 September 1924, Wimbledon SW19. Addressed to Wimbledon, redirected to New Arms Hotel, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. on Admiralty House stationery matching 2 & 3.
  • A26. H. Gibson. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 1 ALS, 15 February 1929. Woodlands, Oxted. 1 envelope.
  • A27. Alex Godley.
    • A27.1 1 ALS, 29 August 1928. 27 Drumsheugh Gardens changed in MS to Guards' Club.
    • A27.2 1 envelope, postmark 30 December 1930, London..
  • A28. Hampden Gordon. [author, War Office staff]. 1 ALS, 5 February 1937. War Office, Caxton House (West), Tothill Street SW1. 2s.
  • A29. Bernard Grindle.1 ALS, 1 October 1939. 277 Woodstock Road, Oxford. 4s. 1 envelope.
  • A30. Sir Douglas Haig. 3 items
    • A30.1 ALS, 19 November 1914. Near Ypres. 1 l.
    • A30.2 ALS, 27 December 1916. General Headquarters, British Armies in France. 1 l
    • A30.3 ALS, 23 December 1918. Eastcott, Kingston Hall, Surrey. 1 l. Envelope.
  • A31. Lord RB Haldane [Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane, 30 July 1856 – 19 August 1928)], 1908-31. and related correspondence. 38 items.
    • A31.01 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 3 January 1908. New Club Edinburgh. 3s.
    • A31.02 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 26 June 1908. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.03 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 17 September 1910. Cloan, Auchterarder NB. 2s.
    • A31.04 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 29 September 1910. Cloan, Auchterarder NB. 3s.
    • A31.05 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 17 ?November 1912. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.06 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 25 November 1915. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.07 Draft ALS from Charles Harris to RB Haldane. 19 November 1916. 4s. With envelope, marked in CH's hand and same ink as letter, 'Draft of letter to Haldane on his "Memo of Events 1906-15". 19/11/16.' Annotation in pencil 'with his reply'.
    • A31.08 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 20 November 1916. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 4s.
    • A31.09 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 9 ?March 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.10 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 2 April ?1921. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.11 ALS from RB Haldane to H Fleetwood Wilson (see also below under Fleetwood-Wilson). 9 July 1922. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.12 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 5 January 1924. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.13 Draft or copy of letter dated 12 February 1924 ?in Harrs' hand, not addressed. On War Office headed notepaper. Possibly a copy by Harris of a letter concerning him, signature 'Yrs sincr' NWF', 1s.
    • A31.14 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 13 February 1924. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 3s. Annotated in pencil by Harris with draft of reply, on s3.
    • A31.15 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 27 February 1924. Woolsack. 1s.
    • A31.16 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 21 April 1924. Cloan, Auchterarder, Perthshire. 1s.
    • A31.17 TS 'Extract from letter dated 27 th March 1924 from Sir Basil Blackett to Sir George Barstow.' Re having Harris appointed to post with appropriate authority to 'have him out here.' [India]
    • A31.18 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 29 May 1925. Cloan, Auchterarder, Perthshire. 1s.
    • A31.19 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 17 June 1925. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.20 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 12 ?? 1926 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.21 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. Draft in pencil in Harris' hand of ?reply to A31.22
    • A31.22 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 23 January 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.23 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 25 January 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s
    • A31.24 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 5 February 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s
    • A31.25 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 23 February 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.26 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 29 February 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.27 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 20 March 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 2s.
    • A31.28 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 22 March 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.29 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 22 April 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.30 ALS from RB Haldane to Charles Harris. 12 June 1928. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. 1s.
    • A31.31 ALS from ES Haldane [Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane, 27 May 1862 – 24 December 1937, sister of RB Haldane] to Charles Harris. 26 August 1928. Cloan, Auchterarder, Perthshire. 4s.
    • A31.32 ALS from ES Haldane to Charles Harris. 29 August 1928. Cloan. 2s.
    • A31.33 ALS from ES Haldane to Charles Harris. 24 October 1928. 29 Ashley Place, Westminster SW1. 2s.
    • A31.34 ALS from ES Haldane to Charles Harris. 25 February 1929. 29 Ashley Place, Westminster SW1. 2s.
    • A31.35 ALS from ES Haldane to Charles Harris. 16 February 1931. 29 Ashley Place, Westminster SW1. 3s.
    • A31.36 ALS from ES Haldane to Charles Harris. 20 February 1931. 29 Ashley Place, Westminster SW1. 2s.
    • A31.37 ALS from ES Haldane to Charles Harris. 'Sunday' ND. 29 Ashley Place, Westminster SW1. 1s.
    • A31.38 TLS from M.P.A. Hankey to Miss[ES] Haldane. 17 February 1931. Offices of the Cabinet, 2 Whitehall Gardens.
  • A 32. Jack A. Hayward. 1 ALS, 18 September 1942.The Holt, Eynsham. 2s. 1 envelope.
  • A33. Maurice Headlam. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 3 ALS, 1930-35.
    • A33.1 ALS. 29 November 1930. National Debt Office, 19 Old Jewry, London EC2. 2s.
    • A33.2 ALS. 1 August 1935. 21 Oxford Square London W2. 2s.
    • A33.3 ALS. 10 April 1935 (1938?). Gatley Park, Kingsland, Herefordshire. 4s.
  • A34. Hud--- [? illegible].1 ALS, 28 March 1937. Athenaeum. 1s.
  • A35. Frank Johnson. [Clerk to the Bradford Grammar School Governors]. 1 TLS, 1 October 1908. Mumford Johnson, Solicitors, 5 Bank Street, Bradford.1 l.
  • A36. Philip Keir. 1 TLS, 18 January 1926. Seymour House, 17 Waterloo Place, London SW1. 1s.
  • A37. Sir George MacDonald [Balliol Trin. 1884-87. Hon. Fellow 1937].1 TLS, 10 October 1924. Wildwood, Haslemere, Surrey. Detailed response to Harris' letter, discussing age, books by both, Gaelic etymology of 'cabrach'. Encourages Harris to write: 'I have often wondered when we were going to have some book from oy uabout the war.' 2s.
  • A38. Prof. A.L. Gordon Mackay. 1 TLS, 28 September 1934. 21 Park Crescent Oxford. 2s.
  • A39. Sir Charles Edward Mallet [1862-1947, Balliol 1881-85]. 17 ALS [with several newspaper cuttings], 1 APS, 1931-43. 12 envelopes. ALS from J. Tennyson, 1938 [concerning a tribute to Sir Charles Mallet from his friends].
    • A39.01 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 24 November 1931. Millbrook House, Guildford. 2s. Envelope.
    • A39.02 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 21 November 1935. Millbrook House, Guildford. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.03 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 9 January 1936. Millbrook House, Guildford. 4s. Envelope. Several news cuttings enclosed.
    • A39.04 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 11 March 1936. Millbrook House, Guildford. 2s Envelope. Several news cuttings enclosed.
    • A39.05 APC from CE Mallet to C Harris. 17 November 1936. Millbrook House, Guildford.
    • A39.06 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 29 August 1937. Headed paper from Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne; corrected to Guildford. 6s.
    • A39.07 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 4 January 1938. Millbrook House, Guildford. 2s. Envelope. Several news cuttings enclosed.
    • A39.08 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 22 October 1938. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 2s.
    • A39.09 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 6 December 1938. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 2s. Envelope.
    • A39.10 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 6 May 1939. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.11 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 23 September 1939. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.12 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 18 December 1939. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 2s.
    • A39.13 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 29 December 1939. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 2s.
    • A39.14 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 9 February 1940. Athenaeum, Pall Mall. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.15 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 15 February 1940. Tyrrellswood, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey. 4s.
    • A39.16 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 12 October 1940. Prince of Wales Hotel, De Vere Gardens W8. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.17 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 14 September 1941. Lovelocks, Hungerford, Berks. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.18 ALS from CE Mallet to C Harris. 8 March 1943. Weston Hall Hotel, Bournemouth. 4s. Envelope.
    • A39.19 TLS from ?JYG Tennyson to C Harris. December 1938. 84 Carlisle Mansions, Carlisle Place SW1. Re tribute to Sir Charles Mallet. 1s.
  • A40. F. Maurice. [Biographer of Lord Haldane]. 1 draft ALS from Sir Charles Harris to F. Maurice. 26 March 1936. Hillcote, Cookham, Berks. 2s 1 envelope [postmark 4 October 1936, London].
  • A41. J.N. Murray [?]. [? War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 3 ALS, 1923-24.
    • A41.1 ALS. 5 November 1923. 15 Cadogan Square SW1. 2s
    • A41.2 ALS. 12 June 1924. 15 Cadogan Square SW1. 2s
    • A41.3 ALS. 24 June 1924. 15 Cadogan Square SW1. 2s
  • A42. R.H.P. Orde. [Director of the Central Bureau of Hospital Information]. 2 ALS, undated [1942?]. 1 envelope.
  • A43. Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson. [Commander-in-chief, India, 1920]. 1 TLS, 1923.
  • A44. H.J. Read. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris].14 ALS [with several newspaper clippings], 1933-43. 7 envelopes. 3 draft AL from Sir Charles Harris to H.J. Read, 1942-43.
  • A45. V.K. Reade. [War Office colleague of Sir Charles Harris]. 2 ALS, 1942. 1 envelope. [Grouped by Sir Charles Harris or Alan Harris with a group of letters from Sir H. Fleetwood-Wilson].
  • A 46. F.S. Robb. 4 ALS, 1933-35. 2 envelopes.
  • A 47. Sir James Stirling Ross. [Balliol Trin. 1899-1900]. 2 ALS, 1 TLS, 1939-40. 1 envelope.
  • A48. Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller. [Balliol 1882-86. Brother-in-law of Sir Charles Harris]. 5 ALS [one incomplete], 1890. 3 envelopes.
  • A49. Archibald Sinclair.1 TLS, 1936.
  • A50. Arthur Lionel Smith. [Balliol 1869-74. Master]. 3 TLS, 1918-20. 1 envelope. Part of a menu card [? from the Gaudy on St. Catherine's Day 1920].
  • A51. John Alfred Spender. [Balliol 1881-85]. 2 ALS, 2 TLS, 1917-37. 3 envelopes.
  • A52. Sir Arthur Stanley. [Chairman of the Central Bureau of Hospital Information].2 ALS, 1 TLS, 1928-29. 1 envelope.
  • A53. H.J. Tennant. 1 ALS, 1933. 1 envelope [postmarked 1935].
  • A54. May Tennant. 2 ALS, 1936-37. 1 envelope.
  • A55. Arnold T. Wilson. [Editor of "The Nineteenth Century and After" ?]. 2 ALS, 1 TLS, 1936-37. 1 envelope.
  • A56. Cecilia Wilson. [Wife of Sir Henry Hughes Wilson]. 1 TLS, 1922.
  • A57. Sir H. Fleetwood-Wilson.1 ALS [with newspaper cutting], 1910/11 [?]. 'Letters from Sir H. Fleetwood-Wilson and Sir V.K. Reade.' 9 ALS, 1 TLS and 2 APS from Sir H. Fleetwood-Wilson, 1923-36. 2 ALS from Sir V.K. Reade, 1942.
  • A58. Sir Henry Hughes Wilson. [Politician. Assassinated by Sinn Fein in 1922]. 1 ALS, 1922. 1 envelope.
  • A59. George Young.1 ALS, 1928.

B. Papers.

Including correspondence and drafts (manuscript and typescript) of articles by Sir Charles Harris. Much of this material previously housed in large 'On His Majesty's Service'/ War Office envelopes and labelled in pencil/ink or in groups held together with treasury tags/paper clips. Labels in pen and pencil have been used as sub-headings in this list and are placed in inverted commas to distinguish them from sub-headings created to describe unlabelled groups of papers.

B1.'Liverpool Council of Social Services.' 2 TLS from H.C. Jackson, Secretary to the Liverpool Council of Social Services, 1935.

B2.'Tubercular Cows Committee.'

  • B2.1.5 ALS from Merrik R. Burrell, 1935.
  • B2.2. Copy of TL from S.M. Johnson (Clerk of the County Council) with typed list of resolutions on 'Clean Milk Supply' passed by the Executive Council of the County Councils Association, 1935.
  • B2.3. Copy [with corrections in ink] of the preface to an annual report of the Central Council of Milk Recording Societies by Merrik R. Burrell, (Chairman, Animal Diseases Committee of the Agricultural Research Council).
  • B2.4. Pencil notes by Sir Charles Harris on two pages of a typescript by Merrik R. Burrell.
  • B2.5. Newspaper cuttings.

B3.'Committee on the Making of Government.'

A small collection of typed and printed papers, most marked 'Confidential' and associated with the 'Ministry of Reconstruction.'

  • B3.1. Paper 8, 'Memorandum on the Practicability and Desirability of an "Efficient Audit" or Examination of the Work of Government Departments' by Mrs. Sidney Webb, undated.
  • B3.2. Paper 10.
  • B3.3. Paper 12.
  • B3.4. Paper 13.
  • B3.5. Paper 14.
  • B3.6. Paper 17. ALS from Michael Heseltine, 1918. Draft of TL to Sir Harry Haward, unsigned, 1918.
  • B3.7. Paper 18.
  • B3.8. [Paper 22] 'Note on the texture of Government Administration (suggested by Paper 18)' by Sir Charles Harris, 1918. Draft of Paper 22 by Sir Charles Harris. Copy of a TL to Lord Haldane from Sir Charles Harris, 1918.
  • B3.9. Paper 22A.
  • B3.10. ALS from Sydney [? illegible], 1917.
  • B3.11. 3 ALS from Lord Haldane, 1917-18. [with pencil notes by Sir Charles Harris].
  • B3.12. List of Ministers and Departments [? for the Committee on the Making of Government] written by E.S. Montagu, 1917.
  • B3.13. 'Note on Draft Report' by Sir Charles Harris, 1918 [two copies].
  • B3.14. Copies of 2 TL from Sir Charles Harris to Lord Haldane, 1918.

B4.'Papers Relating to Economy in Army Expenditure 1915-16.'

A small collection of printed and typed papers.

  • B4.1. '(Draft) Proceedings of the Army Council, Saturday, 27th November, 1915,' 174th Meeting.
  • B4.2. 'Note on possibilities of economy in Army Expenditure,' by Sir Charles Harris, 1915.
  • B4.3. 'Financial Statement by Chancellor of Exchequer in introducing the Budget for 1915/16,' House of Commons, 21 September 1915.
  • B4.4. 'Note on possibilities of economy in Army Expenditure,' by Sir Charles Harris, 1917 [?] with a note by Sir Charles, "Note sent to P.M. (reconstructed)."
  • B4.5. ALS from Herbert Henry Asquith [Prime Minister. Balliol 1870-74], 1915. Draft reply by Sir Charles Harris, 1915.
  • B4.6. Copy of TL from H.W. Forster to Herbert Henry Asquith, 1915.
  • B4.7. Copy of TL from "E.S.M." to Herbert Henry Asquith, 1911.
  • B4.8. Table of military expenditure statistics, undated. Typed sheet of suggestions for economy in Army Expenditure made by Sir Charles Harris [with copy], undated. 'Economy! Efforts in early War period' ['title page' written by Sir Charles Harris]
  • B4.9. ALS from Sir Charles Harris to 'Brady,' 1915 [with reply from Brady [?] written at the top].
  • B4.10. 'Ordnance Board,' by Sir Charles Harris, 1915.
  • B4.11. 'MGO's [Master General of the Ordnance] Memo,' undated.
  • B4.12. ALS from R. Meade, undated [? c.1915].
  • B4.13. 'Draft Cabinet Note for S. of S. [Secretary of State],' by Sir Charles Harris, 1916. Draft of this note by Sir Charles Harris.
  • B4.14. Copy of TL to Lord Montagu from Sir Charles Harris, 1916.
  • B4.15. Draft letter to Lord Montagu from Sir Charles Harris, undated.

B5. Miscellaneous War Office Papers.

Handwritten and printed papers, many marked "Secret."

  • B5.1. Copy of a letter from Sir Charles Harris to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1916. Notes by Sir Charles Harris [? for answering a Parliamentary question].
  • B5.2. 'War in India.' Illustrated chart of statistics dealing with the number of soldiers available to the Regular Army and the Special Reserve, undated.
  • B5.3. List by Sir Charles Harris of his writings [latest publication listed is dated 1938].
  • B5.4. 'Interim Report of Committee' on the 'Number of Recruits required to maintain the Army during the present war...,' 1915.
  • B5.5. 2 TLS from Colonel M.P.A. Hankey, 1916. Copies of 3 ALS from Sir Charles Harris to Colonel M.P.A. Hankey.
  • B5.6. TLS from H.P. Hamilton, 1916. Copy of TLS to Mr. Chancellor, 1916.
  • B5.7. Copy of 2 TL from Sir Charles Harris to G.L. Barstow, 1918. ALS [in the form of a poem] from G.L. Barstow, 1918. Typed copy of Barstow's letter.
  • B5.8. 2 TLS from Colonel M.P.A. Hankey, 1916. Copy of TL from Sir Charles Harris to Colonel M.P.A. Hankey with typed notes on Army Expenditure.
  • B5.9. 'Esher [?] Committee.' 'Notes on the External Control of War Office Expenditure,' by Sir Charles Harris, undated [c.1917?]. Notes by Sir Charles Harris.
  • B5.10. Proof of 'Part II. The Military Figures' and 'Part III. The cost of the various schemes' by Sir Charles Harris, undated [c.1917].

6 sections of papers (including correspondence) torn in half but kept with intact papers.

  • B5.11. 1 ALS, 1 TLS from Sydney Armitage-Smith, 1918. Copy of TLS from Sir Charles Harris to Sydney Armitage-Smith, 1918. ALS from J. Gashley, undated.
  • B5.12. Copy of TLS from Sir Charles Harris to Sir Malcolm G. Ramsay, 1917. 'Revised Forecast of Army Expenditure 1917/18.'
  • B5.13. Copies of 2 TLS from Sir Charles Harris to G.L. Barstow, 1917. 2 ALS from G.L. Barstow, 1917. ALS from S.D. Waley to G.L. Barstow, 1917. TLS [copy?] from Henry Higgs to G.L. Barstow, 1917.
  • B5.14. TLS from Sir Charles Harris to G.L. Barstow, 1917. Notes on Army Expenditure by Sir Charles Harris. ALS from G.L. Barstow, 1916. TLS from S.J. Block [National Relief Fund] to G.L. Barstow, 1916.
  • B5.15. 'Memorandum by the Treasury as to the financial effort of Great Britain and the cost of the war,' 1919. War Office note, 1910.
  • B5.16. 'Memorandum for Cabinet Committee on Estimates,' 1908. [torn into three pieces. Several pieces appear to be lost].

B6.'Charles Harris on Contacts with Kitchener.'

Proofs of an article on Kitchener by Sir Charles Harris (which appeared in the Yorkshire Observer in November 1939). Reprint from the Times of August/September 1928 including a letter by Sir Charles Harris. 2 TLS from Colonel Evelyn Wood, 1928. Several newspaper cuttings (including the Yorkshire Observer, November 1939).

B7.'Ian Hamilton's book "Compulsory Science."'

17 TLS, 9 ALS from Ian Hamilton, 1910-33. ALS from Ernest A. Gardner, 1915. ALS [with envelope] from H.A. Lawrence, 1929.

B8.'Obituaries of Lord Haldane (mostly H. Baker).'

Viscount Haldane of Cloan, O.M. The Man and his Work, by Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Sir Charles Harris, Sir H. Frank Heath and Sir Claud Schuster, London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press [reprinted from "Public Administration," October 1928]. Inserted loose in this booklet are notes and the proofs for Sir Charles Harris' review of The Life of Viscount Haldane of Cloan by Frederick Maurice (1937). 1 TLS from G. Kemball, 1937. 1 APS from Harol Baker, 1928. A list of members of the 'Phasmatological Society' 1886 [Sir Charles Harris was the President].

B9.Select Committee on National Expenditure.

4 ALS from H.J. Gibson, 1912-17. Copy of TLS from H.J. Gibson to Lord Edmund [?], 1917. 2 ALS from Godfrey P. Collins, undated. Copy of TLS from H.J. Gibson to Lord Montagu, 1917. Typed notes on Parliament and national expenditure. Copy of TLS from Godfrey P. Collins and others to Mr. Bonar Law, 1917.

B10.Machinery of Government Committee [Committee on the making of Government].

Paper 22, 'Note on the texture of Government Administration (suggested by Paper 18)' by Sir Charles Harris, 1918. 3 ALS from Lord Haldane, 1918. Paper 22A [with pencilled comments by Sir Charles Harris]. Minutes of the 26th meeting of the Machinery of Government Committee, February 1918.

B11.Replies to Points raised by Sec. (F.) on R.A.S.C. proposed establishments.

Statistics referring to Army Expenditure c.1922-23.

B12.Coordination of Financial and Military Effort Cabinet Committee 1915-16.

Report of the Cabinet Committee on the Co-ordination of Military and Financial Effort, 1916. Second Report of the Cabinet Committee, 1916 [uncorrected proof with corrections in pen]. Synopsis of Evidence for the Cabinet Committee, 1916 [proof]. Notes by Sir Charles Harris on "McKenna's question."

B13.War Office Papers.

  • B13.1. ALS from H.W. Forster, 1915. Copy of TLS from Walter H. Long to H.W. Forster, 1915.
  • B13.2. TLS [incomplete] from H.W. Forster, 1916. TLS from W.A. Bland, 1919. Copy of TL from Sir Charles Harris to G.L. Barstow, 1919. TLS from J.L. Heath [?], 1919. ALS from S. Dannreuther, 1919. ALS from H.W. Orange, 1919. Copy of TL from Sir Charles Harris to W.A. Bland/Bowers/S. Dannreuther/H.W. Orange, 1919. Note by Sir Charles Harris on the Council of Financial Officers, 1919.
  • B13.3. TLS from Godfrey P. Collins, 1917. 1 TLS, 1 ALS from H.J. Gibson, 1917. Newspaper cutting.
  • B13.4. Proposals for further economy in the Army, 1915.
  • B13.5. Miscellaneous printed papers. Including - 'The Financial Situation,' 1915 [printed for the use of the cabinet]. 'Infantry for a war in India,' 1908.

B14. Articles by Sir Charles Harris.

Printed articles and notes/drafts of articles by Sir Charles Harris and others, 1907-37. Including: 'Hospital Economy: a practical experiment in rational financial control,' 1918. 'On the division of the product of industry,' by Sir Hugh Bell 1916. 'Mr. Gladstone,' by Sir Charles Mallet, undated.

B15. Recipes.

A small group of recipes cut from newspapers and several recipes written out [one from part of a letter to "Mulli."], undated.

 

C.Notebooks.

Four small paper-covered notebooks:

C1. Notes for a review of F. Maurice's life of Lord Haldane (Volume I).

C2. Notes on armaments, rough drafts of letters, 1936. Several items inserted loose between the pages.

C3. Notes on a Parliamentary Bill [possibly for an article], c.1934.

C4. Notebook labelled "Notes" on front cover and "Defence Organisation 1936" on back cover. Notes on Democracy on Trial by Eustace Percy (1937) and Essays in Persuasion by J.M. Keynes (1931). Notes for the 'Economic Advisory Council,' 1931 and for Sir Charles' hospital work. Several pages have been removed including pages with portions of notes. Several loose items including: ALS from "E.H.D." ALS from Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Dyke Acland, undated. Newspaper cuttings. The Wallis Index Cotton Circular, January 1932 [by Percy Wallis]. 2 ALS from Percy Wallis, 1932.

- James Armstrong, Modern MSS Asst, 9 April 1991. Collection numbered and repackaged, and additions & corrections to section A descriptions, by Anna Sander, September 2015.


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