The collection is composed of circa 100 items of correspondence between William Shepherd Morrison (1893-1961) and his brother Dr. Donald John Morrison, referred to in the letters as ‘Pwe’. The laters are dated from 1915 to 1961and include (as a point of illustration of the type of content) the following:
- - letter dated 11 June 1915, from the Western Front with the prospect of a German attack on Calais - 'Let the ... come !'
- - letter dated 4 December 1927, from King's Bench Walk, Temple, EC4, was asked if he'd like a 'safe seat' - 'I have been boosted into one of the best constituencies in England- the Cirencester and Tewkesbury Division of Gloucestershire'
- - letter dated 12 May 1929, on Cirencester and Tewkesbury Division headed paper, 'I was adopted yesterday' as candidate
- - letter dated 4 October 1935, from King's Bench Walk, The Temple, 'purchased ... 1 cwt daffodils for 30/- and the same number of narcissi for 15/-'
- - letter dated 30 November 1935, from Withington, Glos., 'S.B. (Stanley Baldwin) came in and after some general chat about the difficult and distressing nature of his task of cabinet making, said I want to offer you the job of Financial Secretary'
- - letter dated 5 October 1936, from UK Delegation to the League of Nations, Geneva, in which he talks of 'narrating to Eden the successful result of a conversation which I had just concluded with the Portuguese'
- - letter dated 2 November 1936, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Whitehall Place, SW1, in which he refers to his appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, writing 'I knew nothing of this move till 6 pm on Wednesday last when I was summoned to see the PM' and when Baldwin had said 'I want to see you in the Cabinet before I go'
- - letter dated 22 December 1936, Withington, Glos., referring to lunching in a company which included Winston Churchill who 'started to harangue to the company on the wickedness of hustling the King off his throne', and also referring to the Abdication itself, writing that Parliament 'took the Abdication Bill in its stride as if it were the Dunfermline Gas and Water Bill'
- - letter, undated, describing dinner with the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace at 'their first party' and how the 'grub was of the best', and how after dinner they went 'into a long room where there was cinema' and 'an equerry came up and sat me down beside' the Queen
- - letter dated 18 February 1938, Withington, Glos., in which he writes about meeting De Valera (Irish PM) and how 'I took a liking to him on our first contact' and how he 'spoke Gaelic and he said my accent was like that of Munster where he was born'
Later letters (from 1940s onwards) refer to figures such as Leslie Hore-Belisha, Ernest Bevin, Aneurin Bevan, Nikolai Bulganin, Nikita Khruschev, and Hugh Gaitskell. Later letters are headed in large part from: Headquarters 13th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise); and S. GPO Headquarters, St.Martin's Le Grand; Ministry of Town and Country Planning, 32-33 St.James's Square; Speaker's House, SW1; The Manor House, Withington, Gloucestershire; SS 'Ceramic'; Admiralty House, North Sydney; and, Government House, Canberra. Some earlier letters written at Withington, are written on House of Commons Library paper.
The letter headed Headquarters 13th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise) is in typescript and written in Gaelic with an accompanying note in English.