Class 6 - Letters by Lord Pethick-Lawrence, and correspondence of Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence

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Letters by Lord Pethick-Lawrence, and correspondence of Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence


  • 1887-1961 (Creation)

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The contents fall into the following main groups:

A letter from ‘E. B.’ to ‘Bully’, 1887 (1)
Letters from F. W. Lawrence to family members, 1897-1901 (2-21)
Letters from F. W. Pethick-Lawrence to Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, and related papers, 1901-14 (21a-121)
Circular letters by F. W. and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, written during a visit to India, 1926-7 (122-35)
Letters from F. W. (later Lord) Pethick-Lawrence to Emmeline (later Lady) Pethick-Lawrence, 1930-50 (136-200)
Letters from F. W. (later Lord) Pethick-Lawrence to Esther E. Knowles, 1927-56 (200a-224)
Correspondence between Esther E. Knowles and Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence, 1946-59 (225-9)
Correspondence of Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence, 1914-61 (230-95)

The recipients of the letters in the second group are Lady Durning-Lawrence (2-10), Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence (11-12), Theodora Lawrence (13), Mary Elizabeth Lawrence (14-15), Ellen Lawrence (16-20), and Annie Lawrence (21).

The papers in the last group, which derive from the Pethick-Lawrences’ numbered correspondence files, relate to the following people and subjects: Ramsay MacDonald (230); Hertha Ayrton (231); E. W. Barnes (232); Laurence Housman (232a-58); Evelyn Sharp (259); Keir Hardie (260-2); Hanna Sheehy Skeffington (262a-265); S. C. Cronwright-Schreiner (266); Douglas M. Hogg (267); Lord Darling (268); Sir Austen Chamberlain (269); Clement Attlee (270); Virginia Woolf (271); George Lansbury (272-3); Lord Allen of Hurtwood (274-5); Maude Royden (276); Sir Alan Lascelles (277); Kingsley Martin (278); G. M. Trevelyan (279-80); Sir Harold Spencer Jones (281); Lord Samuel (282); Lord Layton (283); Glen Byam Shaw (284-5); Viscount Hailsham (286); Dame Sybil Thorndike (287); F. H. Grisewood (288); John Profumo (289); Dame Edith Evans (290); Monk Gibbon (291-2); Princess Marthe Bibesco (293-4); and Paramasivan Subbarayan (295). These sub-groups are arranged in chronological order, according to the date of the first item in each.

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This class, like the others, represents the contents of one of the archival boxes into which the papers were put on their arrival in the Library.

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




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