MC:P2/5/2C Correspondence from Dodds-Parker’s time in Government
MC:P2/5/2C/1 Apr 1953–Mar 1972
Folder of papers, mostly containing political correspondence (largely on foreign affairs, with related papers), Apr 1953–Dec 1955. Correspondents include Alfred Gruenther, Oliver Lyttelton, and R. A. Butler. The folder also includes Minutes of Commonwealth Council General Committee, 1 Oct 1953; an invitation to Quincentennial celebrations at Magdalen, 1958; an invitation to the wedding of Sharon Lee Percy to John Davison Rockefeller IV, 1967; a recipe for mulled claret, 1968; and a letter from Alfred Gruenther to Dodds-Parker on being appointed Supreme Head of the Allied Powers in Europe, 1968 [60 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/2 Sep 1953–Feb 1954
Bundle of letters (found inside the front cover of MC:P2/15/1J/24), all to Dodds-Parker. Most of them congratulate him on his appointment to the Foreign Office in Nov 1953. Correspondents write from several countries [79 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/3 Nov–Dec 1953
Bundle of letters, found in MC:P2/15/1J/23, in the pages for 2–8 August, almost all consisting of letters of congratulations on Dodds-Parker’s appointment to the Foreign Office in 1953. Correspondents include friends and colleagues from USA, Sudan, Tunisia, the Caribbean and from the House of Commons, and constituents [221 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/4 Nov 1953–Jan 1954
5 further letters congratulating Dodds-Parker on his appointment to the Foreign Office.
MC:P2/5/2C/5 11 Apr 1954/5
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Lord Swinton (former Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations).
MC:P2/5/2C/6 1 May 1954
Letter on the Commonwealth Council.
MC:P2/5/2C/7 5 Aug 1954
Letter to Dodds-Parker from the Colonial Office from Alec Douglas-Home.
MC:P2/5/2C/8 Sep 1954–Feb 1957
Folder containing Dodds-Parker’s papers created during his ministerial career, comprising minutes and letters, which was sent to him after his departure from the Government in 1957. There is also a letter from the Foreign Office explaining that one or two minutes of extreme secrecy have been destroyed. Almost all the documents date from 1956, when Dodds-Parker was at the Foreign Office. Subjects include a report sent to Dodds-Parker on the Gold Coast, the future use of Ditchley Park, the organisation of the Commonwealth Relations Office, the Sudan (Dodds-Parker attended the independence ceremony there), the Middle East (with especial reference to Israel, Egypt, and later the Suez crisis), relations with the United Nations, Dodds-Parker’s visit to Somaliland and Ethiopia, Anglo-Soviet relations (including Russian unwillingness to pay for a tour of the London Symphony Orchestra), the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the Free French Forces, the future of Wilton Park, affairs in Poland, the Hungarian uprising and the possible need for a public relations officer in the Foreign Office [281 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/9 18 Sep 1954
Letter to Dodds-Parker from the British Ambassador to Burma enclosing a photograph from the Burma News, showing Dodds-Parker with U Nu, the Burmese Prime Minister.
MC:P2/5/2C/10 Oct 1954
Folder of letters congratulating Dodds-Parker on his appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations. Correspondents include the Italian Ambassador, British Ambassadors and High Commissioners from abroad, staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Relations Offices, constituents and other M.P.’s. [108 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/11 12 Oct 1954
Correspondence concerning Dodds-Parker’s visit to Asia [2 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/12 18 Oct 1954
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Bill Horrigan on his latest government position.
[Note here MC:P2/5/2C/20–21, which contain material dating from Nov. 1954]
MC:P2/5/2C/13 9 Dec 1954
Letter to Dodds-Parker from the Italian Ambassador.
MC:P2/5/2C/14 Jun–Nov 1955
Folder of letters and papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s time as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Commonwealth Relations. Most of them concern a visit made by Douglas and Aileen Dodds-Parker to Canada in Sept–Oct 1955 (full itineraries are given), as well as many letters. There are also papers concerning Dodds-Parker encouraging British officials in South-East Asia to meet Jack Heinz, head of H.J. Heinz (and who had some influence on American aid, who was visiting the area [93 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/15 Nov 1955–Jan 1957
File of letters to and from Dodds-Parker written during his period as a Government Minister. Subjects include letters of recommendation, requests for appointments abroad, a speech delivered by General de Gaulle, a permit for Dodds-Parker to drive his car in Ireland, some reactions to the Suez crisis and requests for Dodds-Parker’s help in encouraging various projects. Correspondents include Sayed Abdel Rahman El Mahdi, the Irish Ambassador and Peter Smithers [98 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/16 Dec 1955–Jan 1956
Bundle of letters to Dodds-Parker, tied together, almost all congratulating him on his appointment as Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office. Correspondents include Conservative Party members in Banbury, the Israeli, Yugoslavian, Italian and German Ambassadors in London, the South African and New Zealand High Commissioners in London, the British Ambassadors to Hungary and Yugoslavia, Lord Harvey, Myles Ponsonby, John Profumo and Sir Roy Welensky.
MC:P2/5/2C/17 Apr 1956
Papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s visit to Ethiopia and the Sudan in Apr 1956. Items include invitations to parties and dinners (including a dinner at the Imperial Palace, and an Oxford Society dinner) [17 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/18 May–Jun 1956
Correspondence between Dodds-Parker and Buckingham Palace concerning Dodds-Parker’s giving the Queen a ceremonial lance with the Union Jack which used to be carried by an outrider behind the Governor-General of the Sudan, and which had been handed to him during the Independence Day ceremonies there [6 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/19 Jan–Mar 1957
68 letters to Dodds-Parker following his departure from the Government. Correspondents include Selwyn Lloyd, Harold Macmillan, many political colleagues (and some members of the Labour Party), civil servants at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, members of Dodds-Parker’s constituency and recipients of presents given by Dodds-Parker to staff following his departure.
MC:P2/5/2C/20 14 Nov 1954
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Alec Douglas-Home thanking him for his work as Chairman of the FCO Committee on Foreign Affairs.
MC:P2/5/2C/21 Nov 1954–Jan 1959
Envelope of papers containing correspondence from Dodds-Parker’s time in government, including discussion of the reorganisation of the Commonwealth Relations Office, the recruitment of officials at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Colonial offices, and colonianism in America; also concerning assistance to a Tanganyikan official. Correspondents include Alan Lennox-Boyd, and Sir Roger Makins (British Ambassador to Washington) [21 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/22 Jan 1957–Aug 1961
Folder of correspondence, mainly concerning Dodds-Parker’s departure from government, and his decision to leave Parliament in 1959. There appear also to be some notes for speeches made by Dodds-Parker. Correspondents include Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan and Lord Redesdale [32 items].
MC:P2/5/2C/23 19 Dec 1955–19 Jan 1956
Envelope of letters written to Dodds-Parker on his transfer from the Commonwealth Relations Office to the Foreign Office. Correspondents include Alec Douglas-Home, Sir James Hutchison, Henry Hopkinson (later Lord Colyton), and the High Commissioners of several Commonwealth countries [12 items].
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