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Balfour, George (1872-1941): letter


Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL429

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Balfour, George (1872-1941): letter

Date(s): 1934

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 sheet

Name of creator(s): Balfour | George | 1872-1941 | MP and electrical engineer


Administrative/Biographical history:

George Balfour was born in Portsmouth. He qualified as an electrical engineer and came to specialize in electric tramways and power plants. With the accountant Andrew Beatty, he founded the construction firm Balfour Beatty in 1909, and helped to pioneer the National Grid in the 1930s. Balfour also served as Unionist MP for Hampstead from 1918 until his death in 1941.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from George Balfour of the House of Commons (embossed heading) to C G Williams, Leigh House, Lower Heath, Hampstead, London, 16 Nov 1934. Replying to a query about Public Acts [of Parliament] passed since the National Government came in [in 1931]: 'There are some 170 Acts ... But in over fifty Acts where some distinct question of political principle enters I can find some half-dozen Conservative Acts, three times as many Socialist Acts, while the remainder are a mixture of the two with Socialism predominant ... As I have frequently said ... it is time for Conservatives to consider in what direction we are going.' Signed by Balfour. Marked: 'Personal and Confidential' in MS.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Detailed catalogue



Archival history:

See archivist.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from E Hall (1966)


Existence and location of copies:

Presumably, Miss Treadwell retained the original letters after relinquishing these copies; the current whereabouts of the original letters is unknown.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2008

Conservatism | Political doctrines
Legislation | Law

Personal names
Balfour | George | 1872-1941 | MP and electrical engineer

Corporate names