MC:P204/1/8C Letters to Lord Alfred Douglas on his support for Poland, 1944/5
In December 1944, Douglas wrote a letter to Winston Churchill asking him not to betray Poland. Intended as a private communication, the letter was leaked to the press and widely circulated. This won Douglas considerable attention from the Polish community, as seen from the letters he received. Douglas himself wrote to Marie Stopes on 3 Feb 1945 ‘I’ve had dozens of letters of gratitude from Poles including the Polish ambassador’(Hyde 336).
MC:P204/1/8C/1 16 Dec 1944
Three copies, all typescript, of a letter from Douglas (address, Old Monks Farm, Lancing, Sussex), to Winston Churchill, asking him not to betray Poland.
MC:P204/1/8C/2 19 Dec 1944
TS copy of letter from Edward Colman (address not given) to Gerald Hamilton (address, Thames Cottage, Old Windsor) concerning Douglas’s letter to Churchill, suggesting that some public use could be made of his letter.
MC:P204/1/8C/3 11 Jan 1945
Cutting from the Evening News, quoting the letter 8C/1, and Churchill’s reply.
MC:P204/1/8C/4–5 12 Jan 1945
MS draft (2 sheets, in pencil) and TS copy of letter from Douglas (address, Old Monk’s Farm, Lancing) to Winston Churchill, expressing his regret that his earlier letter to him was published in the Evening News.
MC:P204/1/8C/6-18 11 Jan–8 Feb 1945
Letters written to Douglas from various people congratulating him on his letter to Churchill, as follows:
MC:P204/1/8C/6: The Polish Minister of Information (TS; Stratton House, London, 11 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/7: J. F. Bortkiewicz (28 Talgarth Mansions, Barns Court, London, 12 Jan 1945; 2 sheets).
MC:P204/1/8C/8: Hill (?) Trent (3 West Bromwell Road, Earls Court, London, 12 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/9: Captain W. Klobukowski (TS; 32 Fountain House, Park Lane, London 12 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/10: Adam M. Piotrowski (2 Bryanston Court, George Street, London, 12 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/11: M. Sciezynski (former President of National Union of Journalists, Warsaw; TS; 44 Sussex Gardens, W2; 12 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/12: Marjan Dienstl-Dabrowa (4 Linden Gardens, London, W2; 13 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/13: Count A. Dzieduzycki and Major and Mrs. A. Lubienski (TS; 57 Buchanan Drive, Burnside, Glasgow; 14 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/14: Freda R. Keyes (84 Brondesbury Road, London NW6; 16 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/15: Edward Raczynski (Polish Ambassador; TS; 47 Portland Place, London W1, 23 Jan 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/16: Charles Rozmarek (Polish American Congress; telegram; 3 Feb 1945).
MC:P204/1/8C/17: Donald K. Epstein (address, 5885 Douglas Ave., Pittsburgh) to Douglas (address, London, England); postmarked 5 Feb 1945; 2 sheets with envelope, and a cutting from an unknown American newspaper enclosed).
MC:P204/1/8C/18: Alicia Charlotte Douglas-Przesmyski (?) (Address not given; 8 Feb 1945).
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