[ Sir Basil Thomson, head of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID). ] Typed Note Signed ('Basil Thomson'), as Assistant Commissioner, Special Branch, to 'Mrs. Vickers', giving instructions for her arrival at Folkestone.

Sir Basil Thomson [ Sir Basil Home Thomson ] (1861-1939), head of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), intelligence officer (working with MI6), prison governor, colonial ad
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On letterhead of the Metropolitan Police, Special Branch ('Letters should be addressed to the Assistant Commissioner.'), Scotland House, Westminster, S.W.1. [ London ] 14 October 1919.

For information regarding Thomson's eventful career (he interrogated Mata Hari) see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p., landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Typed onto the letterhead is the reference 'A. L. K.' The note reads: 'Dear Mrs. Vickers, | Certainly I will. If you will ask for Sergeant Tansley when you arrive at Folkestone he will see you through. I will warn him of your coming.'

Small archive of 22 Typed Letters Signed ('Frank Baines') and one Autograph Letter Signed, to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, with documents including a draft speech by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, with Baldwin's emendations.

Sir Frank Baines (1877-1933), British architect, Director of Works, Her Majesty's Office of Works [Stanley Baldwin]
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1927 to 1928; on letterheads of the Director of Works, H.M. Office of Works, and 34, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2. [London].

The collection is in very good condition, on slightly aged and dusty paper. Several items bear the Society's stamp. An interesting and significant correspondence. The letters, in a variety of formats from 12mo to foolscap, are often long, and are written in an informal tone. Indicating Baines's deep involvement in the Society's affairs, they most significantly concern an appeal, organised by Baines on behalf of the Society, 'for the preservation of the cottage architecture of Great Britain', with the backing and involvement of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

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