Class 4 - Letters and papers relating to the death of Lord Pethick-Lawrence

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Letters and papers relating to the death of Lord Pethick-Lawrence


  • 1954-70 (Creation)

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This class mainly consists of messages of condolence sent to the second Lady Pethick-Lawrence following the death of her husband on 10 September 1961, with copies of her replies. There are also four letters sent during Lord Pethick-Lawrence’s final illness (82, 188, 262, 278), two items relating to his memorial service at St Margaret’s, Westminster, on 2 November (190, 301), and a few others relating to later memorials and tributes (299-300, 302-3), as well as a stray item, 194, a letter sent to Lord Pethick-Lawrence on the death of his first wife in 1954.

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These papers probably arrived in the Library together, but were evidently put in their present order afterwards. The main sequence is arranged in alphabetical order by the names of the correspondents or the organisations they represented. These are followed by twenty-one items (278-98) whose writers the cataloguer could not identify, five printed items, mostly of a later date (299-303), and three items relating to the McCombie family (304-6), which may have been added from elsewhere.

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This description was created by A. C. Green in 2020.




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