Additional letters of condolence to Herbert Henry Asquith on the death of his eldest son, Raymond Asquith (1878-1916), and additional papers of Anthony Asquith
Herbert Henry Asquith papers:
- letters and telegrams of condolence to Herbert Henry Asquith on the death of his eldest son, Raymond Asquith, in the Battle of the Somme on 15 Sep 1916, including from the King and Queen, Queen Alexandra, Lloyd George and Edward Grey, 1916
- note from Winchester College relating to the date of Raymond Asquith's birth, 8 Sep 1916
- letter from R.S. Taylor, Son & Humbert relating to an allowance for Raymond Asquith's widow, 10 Oct 1916
- obituary for Raymond Asquith by 'K.C., M.P.', 
- 'Thanksgivings and Intercessions for October', issued by the Diocese of Worcester, with reference to Herbert Henry Asquith's bereavement, [Oct 1916]
- note to Herbert Henry Asquith from his daughter, Violet Bonham Carter, 12 Sep 1926
Anthony Asquith papers:
- letters to Margot Asquith, Nov 1917-Jan 1944, n.d.
- three letters, one partial, from Margot Asquith to her son, Anthony Asquith, Nov 1941-Oct 1943, n.d.
- letters to Anthony Asquith relating to the deaths of his mother and sister, Jul-Dec 1945
- telegram from 'Terry' to Anthony Asquith relating to a script for a play, 25 Aug 1944
- letter from the Foreign Office to Anthony Asquith forwarding a message from Princess Elizabeth Bibesco, 12 Apr 1945 (the message is not included)
- telegram from 'Gabriel' to Anthony Asquith proposing he star in a 'picture', n.d.
- Denham Studios Club membership card, 1943
- press cuttings, including a review of Off the Record by Margot Asquith, 23 Jan 1944
- certificate issued by the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn congratulating Herbert Henry Asquith on his appointment to the House of Lords, 25 Feb 1925
- pencil notes by Anthony Asquith, possibly relating to the Terence Rattigan play When the Sun Shines, which Asquith turned into a film, n.d.
- miscellaneous papers and notes including a copy of an Act issued by George III relating to the provision of a fund to support performers of the Theatre Royal, 1776 [date of copy unknown], n.d. [1940?-1945?]
- Creation: 1776, 1916-1945
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 14910].
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 14910
Additional letters of condolence to Herbert Henry Asquith on the death of his eldest son, Raymond Asquith (1878-1916), and additional papers of Anthony Asquith.
Biographical / Historical
Herbert Henry Asquith, first earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852-1928), was a Liberal politician and served as British Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916. He married his first wife, Helen Melland (1854-1891), on 23 August 1877. Together they had five children: Raymond (1878-1916), a barrister who died in the Battle of the Somme, Herbert (1881-1947), Arthur Melland (1883-1939), Violet (1887-1969) and Cyril (1890-1954). Helen died in 1891, and three years later Asquith married Margaret Emma Alice (Margot) Tennant (1864-1945), with whom he had five children. Two survived infancy: Elizabeth (1897-1945), later Princess Elizabeth Bibesco, who would die in wartime Romania, and Anthony (1902-1968), film director and aesthete.
For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Mallams Auctioneers, Feb 2018.
- Asquith | Anthony | 1902-1968 | film director and aesthete (Person)
- Asquith | family (Family)
- Asquith | Herbert Henry | 1852-1928 | 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith | statesman (Person)
- Asquith | Margaret Emma Alice (Margot) | 1864-1945 | née Tennant | Countess of Oxford and Asquith | political hostess and diarist (Person)
- Asquith | Raymond | 1878-1916 | scholar and army officer (Person)
- Carter | Lady | Helen Violet | Bonham | 1887-1969 | née Asquith | Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury | Liberal political figure (Person)
- Additional letters of condolence to Herbert Henry Asquith on the death of his eldest son, Raymond Asquith (1878-1916), and additional papers of Anthony Asquith
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