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'A', [c.1972]-1999

MS. Sampson dep. 18
Held at the Weston Library

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Mainly letters from David Astor. Includes:

  1. photocopies of correspondence between David Astor and others interested in the future of South Africa, including a letter, 7 Jan. 1987, apparently amended by Sampson, from David Astor to Dr Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, referring to a meeting arranged by Sampson and Astor in June 1986 between African National Congress representatives and businessmen, and educational trusts set up to support training of Africans in government administration, encouraging Kissinger to use his influence to persuade Americans to take a more realistic view of the importance of the ANC and its relations with the South African Communist Party, 1986-1987, mainly typescript
  2. two letters from Paddy Ashdown, MP, one acknowledging Sampson's permission to quote from his 'new book', [The Essential Anatomy of Britain: Democracy in Crisis (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1992)], in a radio broadcast, 8 Dec. 1992, 1992 and n.d. [c.1996], typescript and manuscript
  3. letter from David Astor regarding the growth of 'character assassination' in the British press and the distinction between 'assassination' and 'honest attack', 12 Feb. 1993
  4. letter from Bronwen Astor, widow of William, Third Viscount Astor, regarding a review by Sampson of Derek Wilson, The Astors, 1763-1992: Landscape with Millionaires (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993), 22 Apr. 1993 (= Res.)
  5. correspondence with David Astor regarding the Observer, 1994-1995, typescript and word-processed (= closed).


  • Creation: [c.1972]-1999


42 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.


MS. Sampson dep. 18

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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