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SIR SHANE LESLIE PAPERS
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Box: 1 Fold: 52 Nathalie Benckendorff
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from Nathalie Benckendorff to Shane Leslie, acknowledging gifts of books from the latter and reminiscing about her acquaintance with his parents.

Box: 1 Fold: 53 Gladys Benskin
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from Mrs. Joseph Benskin.

Box: 1 Fold: 54 Richard Irving Best
Letter dated 8/1/1934

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Shane Leslie from Richard Irving Best, National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

Box: 1 Fold: 55 John Betjeman
Letter dated 12/13/1950

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 3 pp/2 sheets, from poet John Betjeman to Shane Leslie sending early Christmas greetings.

Box: 1 Fold: 56 Penelope Betjeman
Letter dated 10/20/1950

DESCRIPTION: Contains undated ALS & TLS 10/20/1950 to Shane Leslie from Penelope Betjeman, with references as follows -

1. To Sir Ralph Glynn, undated ALS: "..whom I have for years past called the ogre of the downs because he hides in woods & pounces out on my children when they ride that way...My contention is that children on ponies are such a beautiful sight that landowners would rejoice at seeing them; but not so the ogre..."

2. To Catholicism, Christopher Sykes, etc., in TLS 10/20/1950: "...I thought your letter about Harrovians in the Spectator...very good and funny. I cannot thin why prots are so annoyed about it as its nothing to do with them and as you said in Church times Anglo-Catholics have always believed it so why the A/B's of C and Y are in such a state I don't know. As for Bobby Spe(a)ight and Christopher Sykes in the Tablet...It seems to me that in becoming a Catholic infallibility is accepted in its entirety and we believe that the Holy Ghost will make everything plain, everything that is still to come, so when the Pope does make something plain why do even Catholics get upset about it????? Of course most uneducated born C's are very surprised as they always thought it was a dogma and have never questioned it..."

Box: 2 Fold: 1 Nathaly Bevan
Letters dated 11/21/1965-11/24/1967

DESCRIPTION: Contains 17 ALS to Shane Leslie from Nathaly Bevan, wife of artist Robert Bevan.

Box: 2 Fold: 2 Nathaly Bevan
Letters dated 3/25/1968-11/11/1969

DESCRIPTION: Contains 10 ALS from Nathaly Bevan to Shane Leslie, including 1 large ACS bearing a color print of a painting by Robert Bevan.

Box: 2 Fold: 3 Nathaly Bevan
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 11 ALS bearing incomplete dates, from Nathaly Bevan to Shane Leslie.

Box: 2 Fold: 4 Anthony Bevir
Letter dated 5/29/1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains 1 TLS from Anthony Bevir to Shane Leslie concerning a grant from the Royal Literary Fund for one Miss Elrington.

Box: 2 Fold: 5 Marthe Bibesco (Martha Bibescu)
Letter dated 3/13/1950

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS 6 pp/3 sheets, from Princess Marthe Lucie Lahovary Bibesco (1887-1973), thanking Shane Leslie for reviewing her book (not named in letter).

Box: 2 Fold: 6 Francis Bigger
Letters dated 4/24/1922-5/4/1922

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Francis Bigger to Shane Leslie, including references to the condition of Catholics in Belfast, Ireland. Includes newsclipping of an article on Bigger.

Box: 2 Fold: 7 Earl of Birkenhead, Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith
Letters dated 8/9/1951-7/18/1969

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS, 3 TLS to Shane Leslie from Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith, 2nd.Earl of Birkenhead, with references as follows -

1. To the death of Vyvyan Holland, TLS 10/25/1967: "I also was very sad at the departure of our old friend Vyvyan and went up to his funeral at Golders Green where there were a few of his more intimate friends assembled. But I understand that he had a very quick and painless death which is something, and anyway he never went through any period of senility which he would have disliked intensely..."

2. To Winston Churchill and a one-volume critical biography that the Earl of Birkenhead was commissioned to write, TLS 5/6/1969 and 5/9/1969.

@ Includes autograph copy of a letter from Shane Leslie to F.W.F. Smith, concerning the biography the latter wrote about his father, Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead; as well as a reminiscence by Shane Leslie of F.E. Smith, with references to the earl and Mona Dunn, AMs, 1 page.

Box: 2 Fold: 8 Margaret Birkenhead
Letters dated c.5/1/1928-10/25/1967

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS to Shane Leslie from Margaret Eleanor Birkenhead (nee Furneaux), wife of Frederick Edwin Birkenhead, 1st Earl of Birkenhead, and mother of Frederick Winston Furneaux Birkenhead, 2nd Earl of Birkenhead, Includes references to the death of her daughter Eleanor, ALS 11/4/1945, and to the death of Vyvyan Holland, ALS 10/25/1967.

Box: 2 Fold: 9 William Norman Birkett
Letter date 11/23/1959

DESCRIPTION: Contains 1 TLS from William Norman Birkett to Shane Leslie.

Box: 2 Fold: 10 Archbishop of Birmingham, Thomas Williams
Letters dated 3/15/1926-12/26/1943

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS to Shane Leslie from Thomas Williams, Archbishop of Birmingham, with remarks on the former's writing and views on Catholicism.

Box: 2 Fold: 11 Kitsy Lady Blackwell
Letters dated 1/23/1950-4/23/1954

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 autograph copies of letters from Shane Leslie to "Kitsy" Lady Blackwell, with news about activities at Glaslough: school visits, lectures on forestry, etc. Includes 1 ALS from Lady Blackwell to Shane Leslie (1/23/1950).

Box: 2 Fold: 12 Judith Blunt
Letters dated 5/12/1953-1/7/1954

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from Judith Blunt, with reference to a "biographical autobiography" that she was writing about her father Wilfrid Scawen Blunt: "I do agree with you that it is essential to produce a book in which his multi-sided character shall be given full justice. I have no wish to dim his golden raiment but I think the contradictory angelo-satanic elements constitute the unique interest of his personality..."

Box: 2 Fold: 13 Wilfrid Blunt
Letter dated June 11, 1958

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Wilfrid Blunt to Shane Leslie, with reference to reading the latter's book, "The Oppidan": "It is a glorious book, & there is so much in it that wd. stimulate the present generation, who know it far less than they should..."

Box: 2 Fold: 14 Josselin Bodley
Letters dated 1/29/1952-2/5/1952

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Josselin Bodley. ALS 2/5/1952 concerns the death of her daughter Vyvyan, granddaughter of J.E.C. Bodley.

Box: 2 Fold: 15 Ronnie Bodley
Letters dated 2/4/1952-6/22/1968

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Ronnie Bodley, son of J.E.C. Bodley, to Shane Leslie, in which the former advises the latter to advertise his lectures in order to become better known on American platforms. Reference also to death of Randolph Churchill.

Box: 2 Fold: 16 Mother M. Bonaventure, O.S.F.
Letters dated 8/15/1951-6/15/1961

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS from Mother M. Bonaventure, O.S.F. to Shane Leslie. Includes notes and extracts of letters from Shane Leslie to Mother Bonaventure, transcribed in the hand of Iris C. Leslie (total 10 pages/5 pages).

Box: 2 Fold: 17 Violet Bonham Carter
Letter dated 2/18/1920

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Lady Violet Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie re politics, Lloyd George, and Llewellyn Williams.



Box: 2 Fold: 18 Violet Bonham Carter
Letters dated 9/29/1952-6/5/1957

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS from Lady Violet Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie, which include some remarks on politics, and a letter about her daughter Cressida (ALS 5/30/1957).

Box: 2 Fold: 19 Violet Bonham Carter
Letters dated 6/25/1958-12/21/1958

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS from Lady Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie, with references to family; and questions about Sir Charles Dilke and Virginia Crawford (ALS 12/21/1958).

Box: 2 Fold: 20 Violet Bonham Carter
Letter dates 7/29/1959-12/19/1959

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Lady Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie, with references to politics.

Box: 2 Fold: 21 Violet Bonham Carter
Letter dates 7/10/1960-12/30/1961

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from Lady Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie, with references to her family.

Box: 2 Fold: 22 Violet Bonham Carter
Letters dated 9/23/1966-1/27/1967

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from Lady Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie, with references to the Churchills.

Box: 2 Fold: 23 Violet Bonham Carter
Letters dated 1/2/1968-1/23/1969

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from Violet Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie with references to

De Gaulle, death of Randolph Churchill, assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy.

Box: 2 Fold: 24 Violet Bonham Carter
1949-1978

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS from Violet Bonham Carter to Shane Leslie concerning her views on the position of Ireland during World War Two. Includes an autograph "assessment" of the letter by Anita (Leslie) King, written in 1978.

Box: 2 Fold: 25 Francis Cardinal Bourne
Letters dated 4/15/1914-11/19/1920

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, TLS, ACS from Cardinal Bourne to Shane Leslie, with references to various works in progress by the latter, including a biography on Henry Edward Cardinal Manning.

Box: 2 Fold: 26 Francis Cardinal Bourne
Letter dated 4/25/1930

DESCRIPTION: Contains xerox copy of ALS to Cardinal Bourne from Shane Leslie (torn into 4 pieces).

Box: 2 Fold: 27 Hugh C. Boyle (Archbishop)
Letter date 3/6/1935

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Archbishop Boyle of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, inviting Shane Leslie to visit him after a lecture tour near that city.

Box: 2 Fold: 28 Brendan Bracken
Letters dated 7/22/1941-6/16/1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 TLS to Shane Leslie from Brendan Bracken, parliamentary private secretary to the British prime minister (1940-41) and minister of information (1941-45). Reference to Irish-English relations, Allied policy toward Japan, and to the following in TLS 6/16/1942:

@ "...I read Father Heenan's letter in the Times. He missed the point of my answer in the House of Commons. Lady Astor, who is a great hater of Catholics, asked a rhetorical question about sending certain propagandist documents to the Pope. I replied by telling her that I have no means of communicating with His Holiness. My colleague, the Foreign Secretary, can communicated by telegram with Mr. Osborne, but I cannot imagine him wiring thousands of words of propaganda in code to the Vatican."

Box: 2 Fold: 29 Max Brennan
Letter dated 5/16/1916

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 4 pages/2 sheets, to Shane Leslie from Max Brennan, describing the rebellion organized by the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood and its American affiliate the Clan na Gael in Easter 1916. Reference also to the Sinn Fein Policy against British Home Rule.

Box: 2 Fold: 30 Oliver Brett, Lord Esher
Letters dated 10/22/1939-6/28/1959

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS to Shane Leslie from Oliver Brett, Lord Esher, with reference to the effect of World War Two on those at home, ALS 10/22/1939: "I well understand your feeling of isolation. In fact everybody, stuck in their remote country houses, with no petrol, & unable to entertain friends, feels the same. So it is natural to have the illusion that others have seen people & heard things interesting & important, while as a matter of fact nothing happens in this strange war, & we have all gone back to an uneventful eighteenth-century existence, which personally I find rather pleasant..."

Box: 2 Fold: 31 Tom Bridges
Letters dated 9/26/1939-10/12/1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from General Tom Bridges to Shane Leslie -

1. 9/26/1939: "AM still here but much better. Have had 3 blood transfusions! What I shall become God knows..."

2. 10/12/1939: "It is indeed noble of you to fling yourself into the breach. I must insist on mentioning the fact in the short preface which I am now writing..."

Box: 2 Fold: 32 Anne Brindley
Letters dated 10/25/1948-5/14/1967

DESCRIPTION: Contains 9 ALS to Shane Leslie from Anne Brindley. Includes an autograph "resume" (1 folio/4 pp) of her life, re particularly her marriages, and adopted son; and autograph list of extracts of newspaper articles about her work with children orphaned during World War Two. Note: Anne Brindley married Alexander Sedgwick in 1929, and divorced in 1933. She then married Henri Fortin in 1943.

Box: 2 Fold: 33 William F. Brown, Bishop of Pella
Letters dated 2/7/1925-2/20/1951

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS to Shane Leslie from William F. Brown, with references to Clare Sheridan and the death of Marjorie Leslie.

Box: 2 Fold: 34 Henry Browne, S.J.
Letters dated c.1909

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Henry Browne, S.J., with references to Shane Leslie's writings.

Box: 2 Fold: 35 Maurice Cardinal Browne
Letters dated 9/21/1961-3/22/1965

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS, ACS, ALS fragment, addressed & postmarked envelope, from Cardinal Browne to Shane Leslie, with references to the death of Mgr. Patrick Browne (ALS 9/21/61 & 5/17/62).

Box: 2 Fold: 36 Mgr. Patrick Browne
Letters dated 4/17/1941-5/9/1956

DESCRIPTION: Contains 6 ALS, 1 ACS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. Patrick Browne. Includes reference to a proposed lecture on Nostradamus by Shane Leslie.

Box: 2 Fold: 37 Oscar Browning
Letter dated 4/13/1908

DESCRIPTION: Contains 1 ALS from Oscar Browning to Shane Leslie: "I have just been reading your pamphlet with unqualified admiration..."

Box: 2 Fold: 38 Oscar Browning
Letter dated 12/4/1888

DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph copy of a letter from Oscar Browning to William Guthrie: "I am writing to ask you if you had anything to do with the publication of the Gadfly and if so what you had to do with it...I did not see the paper till yesterday and I confess that I found it far worse than I had any idea of by report. I should have probably thought it my duty to bring a criminal action against the publisher, indeed I am not sure that I might not do so even now..."

Box: 2 Fold: 39 Duke of Buccleugh, Walter John Montagu-Douglas-Scott
Letter dated 3/27/1954

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from the Duke of Buccleugh to Shane Leslie re the felling of trees.

Box: 2 Fold: 40 G.A. Burton, Bishop of Clifton
Letters dated 12/19/1913-9/12/1921

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from G.A. Burton, Bishop of Clifton, to Shane Leslie, with advice and comments on the latter's writings.

Box: 2 Fold: 41 Eloise Bury
Letters dated 12/29/1907-11/7/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS from Eloise Bury to Shane Leslie with news of her life at Trumpington Vicarage, Cambridge, with her husband Robert G. Bury. Reference also to Shane Leslie's trip to Russia (ALS 12/29/1907).

Box: 2 Fold: 42 Robert G. Bury
Letters dated 5/13/1913-6/10/1944

DESCRIPTION: Contains 11 ALS to Shane Leslie from Robert G. Bury.



Box: 2 Fold: 43 Basil Christopher Butler
Letter dated Chistmas Eve 1961

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Shane Leslie from Basil Christopher Butler, with reference to the (Baron) O'Hagan family.

Box: 2 Fold: 44 Urban Butler
Letter dated 1/28/1960

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Shane Leslie from Urban Butler, Worth Priory, Crawley, Sussex: "Thank you for your letter yesterday. The Headmaster is delighted that you can come and deliver your talk on ghosts and other stories..."

Box: 2 Fold: 45 Patrick Butler on Sir William Butler (Correspondence)
Letters dated 10/31/1942-4/26/1949

DESCRIPTION: Contains 9 ALS to Shane Leslie from Patrick Butler, son of Sir William Butler, re the latter.

Box: 2 Fold: 46 Sir William Butler
Manuscripts dated 8/5/1948

DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph manuscript notes by Patrick Butler about his father Sir William Butler. Manuscript A, 5 pp/5 sheets of script; Manuscript B, 16 pp/15 sheets of script.

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