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Correspondence
A collection of letters sent to or from the family of J.H. Whitley (1866-1935), MP for Halifax and Speaker of the House of Commons. Correspondence is split into three categories: letters concerning J.H. Whitley's official appointments; private correspondence between members of the Whitley family and correspondence sent after J.H. Whitley's death, concerning his career as Speaker.

The Whitley family's correspondence includes communication with notable individuals such as H. H. Asquith, Stanley Baldwin, J. M. Barrie, G. Bernard Shaw, Andrew Bonar Law, Violet Bonham-Carter, Austen Chamberlain, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Earl Haig, Ramsay MacDonald and King George V.
  • JHW/4/1

    Official Letters to, or from J H Whitley Subseries

    1907-1933
    Official letters to and from J. H. Whitley concerning his political career from 1907 onwards, including his appointment and retirement from the Speakership.
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  • JHW/4/2

    Private Letters to, or from J H Whitley Subseries

    1912-1928
    Letters from J.H. Whitley to members of his family; his sons Percival and Oliver and his brother Alfred.

    Letters concern family matters, such as the birth of Oliver and the death of Whitley's first wife, Margherita, or refer to Whitley's retirement from the Speakership.
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  • JHW/4/3

    Letters concerning J H Whitley Subseries

    1945-1994
    Letters concerning J. H. Whitley as Speaker. Includes correspondence between Oliver Whitley and Sir John Verney, concerning Sir Ralph Verney's memories of J. H. Whitley. Also includes correspondence between Oliver Whitley and Speaker of the House of Commons, Bernard Weatherill.
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