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Box: 1 Fold: 1 John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton)
Letters dated 8/21/1900-9/16/1900

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Lord Acton from Arthur W. Hutton (8/21/1900) and ALS, signature not legible (9/16/1900), concerning Irish politics.



Box: 1 Fold: 2 Augustus Agar
Letters dated 11/8/1939 & 2/10/1969

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence to Shane Leslie from Augustus Agar, a captain of the Royal Navy -

@ TL, 8/11/1939 - Concerns opening ports through Ireland for British convoys during World War Two.

@ ALS fragment (first page missing).

@ ALS, 2/10/1969, from Mrs. Agar (?) re death of Augustus Agar.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Brian de Lacy Aherne
Letter dated 5/7/1959

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Brian de Lacy Aherne to Shane Leslie, planning a visit with his wife Eleanor to Ireland. Reference to Eleanor's brother, Alfred de Liagre, who lives in New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Duke of Alba
Letters dated 1/10/1952-5/15/1959

DESCRIPTION: 1. Contains TLS from the 17th Duke of Alba (Jacobo Maria del Pilar Carlos Manuel Fitz-James Stuart) to Shane Leslie - "I thank you for your letter and I congratulate you on your successful lecturing in the United States...I am delighted to hear that you are reacting against socialism because I do not believe in it at all and I think it is high time that is should be proved a false doctrine..."

2. Includes 1 TLS (10/13/1953), 1 ALS (10/19/19--), signed "Tana," (Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva) Duchess of Montoro and Marquesa de San Vincente del Barco, daughter of the Duke of Alba, to Shane Leslie, re the death of her father.



Box: 1 Fold: 5 Richard Aldington
Letter dated 2/17/1949

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Richard Aldington (1892-1962) signed A.M. -

@ "Dear Sir: I have read with interest your amusing Four English Portraits. I venture to write as the son of (Charles) Waterton's young friend (Sir) Norman Moore, 1947-1922..."

@ The letter contains various references to Waterton and connections to the Moore family -

@ "When Waterton died his son Edmund offered my father the first folio Shakespeare which had been acquired...because a Waterton is mentioned in Richard II..."

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis
Letters dated 6/27/1956-12/28/1965

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence by Earl Alexander of Tunis -

1. ALS to "Mr. Boxton," 6/27/1956: "I think the best person to write to is Sir Shane Leslie...He takes a keen interest in the Men of the Trees..."

2. TLS to Shane Leslie, 4/16/1959: "Thank you so much for your letter of April 8th and for your kind congratulations on my O.M...."

3. ALS to Shane Leslie, 9/24/1961: "I was not aware that today was your birthday until I saw it announced in the paper. so I hasten to send you my best wishes and congratulations on reaching the honourable age of 76..."

4. Letter to Shane Leslie, 4/11/1962, transcribed in the hand of Iris C. Leslie, re the death of Willie Dawson.

5. ALS to Shane Leslie, 7/29/1962: "I owe you a letter, long overdue, but this summer has been a very busy one and I have only recently returned from Canada. Thank you for the photo of grandmama Caledon, a lady of imposing dimension and most formidable looking..."

6. Typed letter to Shane Leslie, 11/9/1962, transcribed by Iris C. Leslie, re a recent publication by Lord Alexander on World War Two: "About this question of having allowed the Russians to penetrate into Europe, of course you are right -- It all stemmed...from the Allied agreements at Yalta when there was a fear that the Russians would stop at their frontiers -- perhaps do a deal with Hitler -- and leave us to carry the baby -- We now know how wrong we were..."

7. ALS + postmarked envelope to Shane Leslie, 12/28/1965, birthday greetings.

8. Includes newspaper obituary for Lord Alexander.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Margaret Alexander
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from Margaret Alexander.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Wilfrid B. Alexander
Letters dated 12/28/1960 & 1/19/1961

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from Wilfrid B. Alexander, concerning their earlier acquaintance at King's College, Cambridge and cathedral at Ely. Reference also to the latter's ornithological interests and publications.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Martha Allan
Letters dated 1/11/1924-1/3/1930

DESCRIPTION: Contains 6 ALS, 1 ANS copy to Shane Leslie from friend Martha Allan.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Ernest Henry Alton
Letter dated 6/11/1948

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS to Shane Leslie from Ernest Henry Alton, provost of Trinity College, Dublin, re prospective visit from Leslie and the Men of the Trees.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Esme Anderson
Letters dated 5/31/1934-12/30/1937

DESCRIPTION: Contains 19 ALS from Shane Leslie to Esme Anderson, containing references as follows -

@ To Hazel Lavery in ALS 1/24/1935: "Thanks so much for Lady Lavery's obituary. What memories and loves, what romances and agonies it brought back. There were months when I never missed a daily meal or visit at Cromwell Place. She was divinely beautiful and had all the mind and humour and artistry a man could ask. But it is a little chapter of life buried away for ever..."

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Esme Anderson
Letters dated 2/17/1938-1/13/1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains 12 ALS from Shane Leslie to Esme Anderson, written during wartime (World War Two), for example -

@ ALS 5/30/1940: "Dearest Esme, Your letter is far too pessimistic although such bad things have happened. The worst has not and cannot happen. A magnificent rearguard action will as it always does decimate the numbers and the morale of those who pant after them. No tanks can cross the Channel. The R.A.F. have practically captured the air. Our army will be saved and return to the fight by other ports. America is straining at the leash and you cannot be told many good pieces of news. But for the moment fact the air raids. I say so though i am in neutral country but I have applied to enter the defence corps and may leave any moment with an old deer stalking rifle. Fortunately I feel very fit and can out march these youngsters..."

Box: 1 Fold: 13 David Annett
Letter dated 2/6/1963

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 3 pp./2 sheets, to Shane Leslie from David Annett, headmaster, King's School, Worcester, thanking Sir Shane Leslie for lecturing to the students.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Angela Antrim
Letter date incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS dated November 24, to Shane Leslie from Angela Antrim, with references to the Catholic Committee for Relief Abroad, directed by Mia Woodruff, and to Gibraltar Evacuee Camps, about which she comments, "I am very sorry for those people - they have been uprooted and have very genuine grievances over their present lot - and should be sent back and treated like respectable members of the B. Empire, instead of wicked foreigners."

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Louisa Antrim
Letter dated 12/1/1944

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Shane Leslie from Louisa Antrim, relating to the former's interest in the Antrim family scrapbooks, of which the latter writes, "I am thrilled by your suggestion using extracts & cuttings in my scrapbook to remind you of so many forgotten Victorian events. It was such a different world -- so full of mistakes, prejudices & luxury it seems incredible even to those who took it all for granted!"

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Archbishop of Armagh, William Alexander
Letter dated 4/20/1904

DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph transcription by Shane Leslie of a letter written to him by the Archbishop of Armagh -

@ "My dear Jack Leslie, Thank you much for your kind and affectionate letter of 6th inst. It was so nice of you to write to me. You know well what an affection I have for you and yours..."

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Sir George Arthur
Letter dated 7/2/1945

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Shane Leslie to Sir George Arthur, soliciting advice for a book which Leslie hoped would "pave understanding between the Irish and the English." References to Irish Nationalist leader John Edward Redmond (1851-1918), and to Horatio Herbert Kitchener (1850-1916).

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Lord Ashbourne, William Gibson
1894-1934

DESCRIPTION: Contains the following items concerning William Gibson, Lord Ashbourne -

1. AL fragment from Mary Leslie to her mother, describing her impressions of the young William Gibson: "I am so interested by the Ashbourne's son a half hatched philosopher & saint who has an article in this 19th Century & is writing on "Danton" for the next. He has the eyes of a Melanethon but the mouth & wit of a Paddy. He was a positivist before he turned R.C. He has the worst clothes of any philosopher I've met..."

2. Notebook containing autograph transcriptions (by Shane Leslie?) of correspondence from Lord Ashbourne. Datespan circa 1894 to 1934.

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Lord Ashbourne to Marianne de Monbrison
Letters dated 11/18/1921-7/11/1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains 28 ALS dated 1921-1939; 4 ALS undated, written by Lord Ashbourne to his wife Marianne de Monbrison (in French).

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Katherine Ashburnham
Letter dated February 2, 1951

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Shane Leslie from Katherine Ashburnham re the death of his wife, Marjorie Ide Leslie.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Cecil Faber Aspinall-Oglander
c. World War Two

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS from Aspinall-Oglander to a brigade major during World War Two.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Cynthia Asquith
Letter dated 1/13/1955

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS to Shane Leslie from Cynthia Asquith, soliciting the contribution of a ghost story to a book.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Nancy Astor
Letters dated 5/20/1920-11/1/1952

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence from Lady Astor to Shane Leslie -

1. TLS 5/21/1920, re her views on divorce: "...I myself, as you probably do not know, got my divorce on adultery, desertion and cruelty, there was never a question of collusion...I felt very keenly about divorce even in those days, and was prepared to obtain a separation on desertion, but that was impossible, owing to the easy divorce laws in other States, and I should have found myself in the wrong..."

2. TLS 11/1/1952: "I had no idea that the love and sympathy of friends and their appreciation of Waldorf's qualities could be of such comfort..."

3. ALS, undated, addressed, "Sir" (to Shane Leslie?)

4. Includes empty envelope addressed to Lady Leslie, postmark not legible.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 William Waldorf Astor
Letter dated 10/29/1961

DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph copy of letter from Shane Leslie to Lord Astor re death duties taxes.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Margery Athlumney
Letters dated 12/21/1936-7/3/1946

DESCRIPTION: Contains 9 ALS to Shane Leslie from Margery Athlumney.

Box: 1 Fold: 26 Margery Athlumney
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS to Shane Leslie from Margery Athlumney.



Box: 1 Fold: 27 Margery Athlumney - Posthumous Correspondence
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence to Shane Leslie from mutual friends re death and memory of Margery Athlumney. Includes, Enid Agnew, Sylvia Carew, and Mary A. B. ("Mab") Somerville.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Margery Athlumney - "Lament" by Shane Leslie
MS dated 7/10/1946

DESCRIPTION: Contains AMs (6 sheets) + 2 envelopes, of a poem written by Shane Leslie on the death of Margery Athlumney. Includes postcard size print showing Athlumney on horseback.

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Elsie Bambridge
Letter dated 12/13/1955

DESCRIPTION: Contains ANS from Elsie Bambridge: "What an enchanting poem, and how kind of you to write it, and send it. A thousand thanks."

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Alan Theodore Barber
Letter dated 10/21/1963

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS to Shane Leslie from Alan Theodore Barber: "What great news that Alec Home is Prime Minister! The Dining Hall boards state that he arrived at Ludgrove, in May 1913."

Box: 1 Fold: 31 Mrs. Jess Barnby
c.1951

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS to Shane Leslie from Mrs. Jess Barnby, postmarked 8/6/1951 to 03/30/1953. Includes 8 ALS undated, possibly also written 1951-53.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letters dated 2/26/1912-8/16/1916

DESCRIPTION: Contains 7 ALS to Shane Leslie from Right Reverend Monsignor Arthur Barnes, who was also co-editor of the Dublin Review (1915-17). Includes some references to his work for the Dublin Review.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letters dated 1/30/1917-11/24/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS from Arthur Barnes to Shane Leslie. Includes some references to the Dublin Review -

@ ALS 1/30/1917: "I have been blaspheming, & worse, the whole morning over the new "Dublin," & I feel I had better write it down & send it to you - so that you may think it over before we meet, for it really does raise big issues. If it is only a passing number there is little harm done, but if this is the new Dublin - then I at least have neither part nor lot in it for the future..."

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letters dated 1/3/1918-11/20/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains 9 ALS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. Arthur Barnes.

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letters dated 1/6/1919-8/13/1919

DESCRIPTION: Contains 7 ALS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. Arthur Barnes. Includes references to Irish politics -

@ ALS 7/6/1919: "Like other ladies I think Ireland has got to be worse before she is better. It is not all England's fault either, though I admit all that can be said as to the drivelling way our government has acted..."

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letter dates 2/9/1920-c.11/1920

DESCRIPTION: Contains 8 ALS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. Arthur Barnes.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letters dated 8/18/1922-5/3/1933

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. Arthur Barnes.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 9 ALS to Shane Leslie from Monsignor Barnes. No years given.

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 9 ALS to Shane Leslie from Monsignor Barnes. No years given.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 Mgr. Arthur Stapylton Barnes
Letter dates incomplete

DESCRIPTION: Contains 6 undated ALS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. Barnes.

Box: 1 Fold: 41 John Barratt
Letters dated 12/1/1963-5/13/1970

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from John Barratt, Clifton College, Bristol, thanking him for lecturing to the students and soliciting future visits.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 William Francis Barry
Letters dated 1/2/1923-3/2/1923

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from William Barry, Canon of Birmingham, concerning the writing of an article on Louis Pasteur.

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Mgr. John M.T. Barton
Letters dated 9/28/1962-1/23/1968

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 TLS to Shane Leslie from Mgr. John M.T. Barton, with references including -

1. TLS 4/26/1966, an article by Shane Leslie on "mixed marriages": "...I am afraid I must say quite definitely that I do not recommend its publication. It seems to me to be a rather lighthearted treatment of a very agonizing and perplexing problem, which will have to be settles, as they always say now "at the highest level," and we, with all respect for our varied qualifications (and I have been advising the Holy See for 31 years this month!) are not exactly at that level!..."

2. TLS 8/8/1966, Graham Greene: "I am so glad to hear (from one point of view) that you are to enjoy the benefits of "Dr. Brighton," though Graham Greene's Brighton Rock reveals a rather disturbing state of affairs behind the scenes..."

3. TLS 1/23/1968, Cardinal Spellman: "...I never met Spellman, but reports on hem were of all sorts. One of the best religious (sic) in America described him to me as an "ego-maniac whom everybody detested," but that was certainly one point of view..."

4. Includes copy of entry for Barton from Who's Who 1972.

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Duke of Beaufort, Henry Hugh Arthur Fitzroy Somerset
Letters dated 7/12/1958-8/2/1958

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + postmarked envelope, from Beaufort to Shane Leslie referring to the latter's correspondence to Clodagh Anson regarding a book she wrote about the Somerset family: "I would prefer that you did not publish the letter that you wrote to Clodagh Anson. Both the unpleasant and untrue stories have been refuted, and are best forgotten..."

@ Includes autograph copy of the letter in question in Shane Leslie's hand, as well as a typescript, probably by Iris C. Leslie: "...Though written to amuse, your book has real historical value as you correct certain social insinuations about your Beaufort grandfather and about poor Henry Somerset. E(dward) F(rederic) Benson was a gossipy chronicler. I have heard him tell the story of the Duke putting his servants into mourning and through Holy Communion to show his grief when his mistress decided to retire..."

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Duke of Bedford, John Robert Russell
Letter dated 2/20/1967

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS to Shane Leslie from Bedford: "How very kind of you to write me such an interesting letter. I was so happy to hear of your liking my autobiography..."

Box: 1 Fold: 46 Clive Bell
1951-1973

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence relating to Clive Bell -

1. TLS 2/2/1973, to Iris C. Leslie from Penelope Bulloch, King's College Library, Cambridge: "In preparing xerox copies of Sir Shane Leslie's letters for Dr. Munby I inadvertently omitted a letter to Clive Bell, which I now enclose with my apologies." Attached list of correspondence from Sir Shane Leslie with librarians and provost of King's College Library, Cambridge.

2. ALS xerox copy 1/6/1951, to Clive Bell from Shane Leslie re a biography on Lytton Strachey contemplated by Bell. Includes typescript of the letter by Iris C. Leslie.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 Carylon Bellairs
Letter dated 10/8/1934

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS, 4 pp/2 sheets from Carylon Bellairs to Shane Leslie, re British author and statesman Richard Burdon Haldane (1856-1928).

Box: 1 Fold: 48 Elizabeth Belloc
Letters dated 1/21/1949-1/8/1950

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS to Shane Leslie from Elizabeth Belloc, with references as follows -

@ To T.S. Eliot, in ALS 1/21/1949: "Dear Sir Shane, You wrote a splendid article on T.S. Eliot in Truth. It is the only weekly I can endure to read. Eliot is gifted, but I always feel he has deliberately smashed his gift to pieces in order to meet & express the smash-crash of our time. As you say, it is bombed, broken poetry - I compare it to a smashed mirror in which one sees shattered fragments of landscapes & dancing sunshine - broken ideas - shattered faith..."



Box: 1 Fold: 49 Hilaire Belloc
Letters dated 12/20/1919-1/12/1920

DESCRIPTION: Contains 4 ALS to Shane Leslie from Hilaire Belloc re proposed articles by the latter for the Dublin Review.

Box: 1 Fold: 50 Hilaire Belloc
Letters dated 5/29/1921-9/16/1921

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS to Shane Leslie from Hilaire Belloc, re articles Belloc had written for the Dublin Review, including reference to one on James Cardinal Gibbons in ALS 5/29/1921: "I have a (purely historical) examination of Gibbons' inaccuracies and misstatements in the matter of the Doctrine of the Incarnation in the early church. It is at least 6000 words long. I have just completed it. I don't think it would suit the Dublin, but I suggest it on the chance."

Box: 1 Fold: 51 Marie Belloc-Lowndes
Letters dated 12/31/1942-1/4/1943

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS to Shane Leslie from Marie Belloc-Lowndes. Includes clipping of article by Belloc-Lowndes entitled, "Jules Verne at Home."

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