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Frances Stevenson Family Papers,
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Sub fonds contains papers related to David Lloyd George, Frances Stevenson and Jennifer Longford (nee Stevenson) including letters between Frances and her family, with some sent from the Versailles Peace Conference; letters between David Lloyd George and Jennifer Longford; a handwritten memorandum on the early stages of the Great War; newspaper stories related to Lloyd George's political career and his marriage to Frances Stevenson; papers relating to the adoption of Jennifer Longford; drafts of a film script about Lloyd George; publications by and about Lloyd George; articles about Frances Stevenson's role has Lloyd George's personal secretary; letters of congratulation to Lloyd George on his 80th birthday; and a scrap book of newspaper stories related to 'The Story of Old Japan' and 'The Story of Korea' by Joseph H. Longford.

Lloyd George, Frances, 1888-1972

A. J. Sylvester and Lloyd George,

Letter, 7 January 1981, from A. J. Sylvester, Corsham, Wiltshire, to Miss Ann Parry. Describes his many afflictions, including cataract. Would like to write a book based on his experiences and his time with Sir Maurice Hankey and Lloyd George. Writer played a key part in the research for Lloyd George's War Memoirs during the 1930's. Much resents that Countess Lloyd-George chose Malcolm Thompson to write the official biography of Lloyd George and double-crossed Sylvester in so doing. Has a very high regard for Jennifer Longford today - 'She is a wonderful woman now, ... She is worth ten times that of Frances'. Frances left no more than £11,000 when she died in 1972 although she was the widow of Lloyd George. He refused to support her plan to establish an agricultural college in north Wales, and the setting up of the Lloyd George Museum at Llanystumdwy was due mainly to the efforts of the recipient. His health and the court case in which he is presently involved.

Sylvester, A J Albert James 1889-1989.

Accumulated papers

The unit consists of small printed items, mainly of ephemeral interest, and press cuttings, primarily of political interest, some relating to D. Lloyd George.

Adoption of Jennifer Stevenson,

A letter, 17 May 1938, from John Morris, solicitor, Fleet Street, London, to Frances Stevenson relating to the proposed Adoption Order for her daughter Jennifer. Is planning to make an appointment to see the Official Solicitor immediately. Will attempt to persuade him that a domiciliary visit is unnecessary in this case. ('Strictly Personal').

Adoption of Jennifer Stevenson,

A letter, 27 June 1938, from John Morris, solicitor, Fleet Street, London, to Frances Stevenson relating to the adoption of her daughter Jennifer. Has appeared before the Judge and obtained the Adoption Order. The Order will be lodged with the Superintendent Registrar of Births and will remain a secret document. The birth will now be registered in the Adoption Register.

Age of Lloyd George,

Press cutting of a review of Kenneth O. Morgan, The Age of Lloyd George: the Liberal Party and British Politics, 1890-1929, taken from the Western Mail, 13 November 1971, by D. P. M. Michael.


Comprises small photographs taken during Lloyd George's visit to Germany in September 1936; photographs of, and press cuttings relating to Colonel Thomas F. Tweed, including several press obituaries of him; press cuttings concerning the marriage of David Lloyd George and Frances Stevenson at Guildford on 23 October 1943; and an album of photographs, mainly of David Lloyd George and of Bron-y-de, Churt, together with press cuttings, many of these of reviews of various books about Lloyd George.

Article by A. J. Sylvester,

Letter, 12 March 1947, from Edith Evans, Colwyn Bay, to Countess Lloyd-George, decrying the recent article by A. J. Sylvester in the Sunday Dispatch. Assures her that no-one will take any notice of its contents. The writer's husband used to drive for the Lloyd Georges at Colwyn Bay and at Chatsworth. Is writing this letter unknown to her husband.

Article by Dr Glyn Simon,

Press cutting, namely the 'Wales and the World' column from the Western Mail, 27 July 1971, entitled, 'His words filled my mouth', namely a critique of a lecture 'Being Welsh Today', by Dr Glyn Simon, the retiring Archbishop of Wales, and recently published in the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. It refers to Dr Simon's attitude towards Lloyd George.

BBC broadcasts and interviews

The correspondence and papers relate to the broadcasts and interviews which Frances made for the BBC. They include the transcript of a film The Changing Years made in 1970. The file includes letters from Nan Davies, 1961, and David Parry-Jones, 1968.

Davies, Nan

'Beaverbrook file'

The file includes a total of 43 letters, 1933-1964, from Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, to Frances, mainly discussing the Lloyd George Papers which Frances sold to the Beaverbrook Foundation in 1949-1950, and to Beaverbrook's own researches on Lloyd George. There is also a group of letters, 1952-1955, from Frank Owen concerning the writing and publication of Tempestuous Journey: Lloyd George his Life and Times (London, 1954). Some of the letters relate to Frances's intention to write her autobiography and her use of the Lloyd George Papers during the 1950s, and her eventual publication of The Years that are Past in 1967. There are also 2 letters, 1961, 1970, from John Grigg, and a group of 29 letters, 1969-1970, from A. J. P. Taylor mainly relating to the publication of Frances's diaries.

Beaverbrook, Max Aitken, Baron, 1879-1964

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