Typed Letter Signed ('A J Sylvester') from Lloyd George's private secretary A. J. Sylvester [Albert James Sylvester] to Sir Charles Starmer, regarding 'Mr. Lloyd George's visit to Cober Hill Guest House'. With copy of Starmer's typed letter.

A. J. Sylvester [Albert James Sylvester] (1889-1989), Secretary to three Prime Ministers, David Lloyd George, Andrew Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin [Sir Charles Starmer; Cober Hill, Scarborough]
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Thames House, Millbank, SW1. On House of Commons letterhead. 12 May 1933. Copy of Starmer's reply dated the same day.
SKU: 12578

Both Sylvester's letter and the copy of the letter by Starmer to which it is replying are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, each with punch holes to one margin. Starmer, who at the time of writiing was proprietor of a large group of newspapers, had begun his career on the 'Northern Echo'; he had for many years been a Liberal member of parliament, standing down in 1931 due to ill health. Cober Hill Guest House was at that time an early experiment in what would become the children's home or retreat. For clarity's sake this description begins with the copy of Starmer's letter: 1p., 4to. 17 lines. 'The Guest House is about 15 miles from Whitby and you pass it on the way to Scarborough. | Last Saturday, Prince George was at the Guest House and was very much interested in what is being done. This is only the beginning of an effort of this kind so far as the "Northern Echo" is concerned.' He would like to be present if Lloyd George visits, and asks Sylvester to let 'Miss Andrews, the general manager, know. If it is a sudden visit, I suggest you should telephone Cober Hill and let Miss Andrews know, so that she can have the children on view. Otherwise, they might be on the sands or taken into Scarborough for the day.' Sylvester's letter: 1p., 4to. 17 lines. Addressed to Starmer at the Westminster Press Ltd, The Newspaper House, Fleet Street. It is not possible to give 'a definite answer' regarding the planned visit. 'The situation is this. Mr. Lloyd George must return to London on the 1 p.m. train by Tuesday. He is due to speak in good time that morning, but he does not know how long the discussion will last.' He thinks it would be best for him to telephone 'to Miss Andrews'. He apologises for the short notice: 'it will not give you an opportunity of being there personally, which I am sure Mr. Lloyd George would have liked.'