Small collection (67 items) of correspondence and printed papers of and relating to James Leatham (1865 - 1945), author and publisher, 1911 - 1958.
Correspondents represented in the collection include Henry Alexander (1875 - 1940), MA, LLD, journalist, Aberdeen; P.J. Anderson, Librarian, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen; Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893 - 1957), MP, London; A. Benzie, London; Robert Boothby (1900-1986), MP, London; John Burns (1858 - 1943), London; Walter Hampson (c 1865 - 1932), alias Casey, fiddler, political writer and playwright, Stockport; Professor Henry Chellew, MA, PhD, DSc, London; Prince Nicholas Barclay de Tolly, Haslingborg, Sweden; Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden (1897-1977), MP, London; Rt. Hon. Walter E. Elliot (1888 - 1958), MP, Secretary of State for Scotland; M. Buxton Forman, London; J. Bruce Glasier, Cheshire; C.M. Grieve (1892-1978), alias Hugh MacDiarmid, Montrose; James Ramsay MacDonald (1866 - 1937), MP, London and Lossiemouth; J.M. Martin, Office of the Prime Minister, London; May Morris (d 1938), Gloucestershire; R.F. Muirhead, Glasgow; Ben Riley, MP, London; A.H. Moncur Sime, Hertfordshire; Herbert Watson, London; Edward W. Watt (1877 - 1955), MA, LLD, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, 1835 - 1838, Aberdeen; and Rev. Canon J. Wilkinson, Ballater.
The contents of the letters are varied. Several were written to Leatham in his capacity as Provost of Turriff; but most relate to his various publications, and contain debate on politics and socialism, in particular, criticism or commendation of Leatham's political views espoused therein. The correspondence with James Ramsay MacDonald (1866 - 1937), MP, which extends to 14 letters written in the period 1911 - 1937, contains several references to MacDonald's political career, and the state of British politics in the late 1920s - early 1930s, including defence of his decision to serve in the coalition government of 1933, and his decision to refuse an earldom for political service, 1937. Seven letters from May Morris, 1924 - 1936, discuss her father, William Morris (1834 - 1896), material she is collecting for the centenary of his birth, her fundraising efforts for the Morris Memorial Hall, Kelmscott, travels to Iceland, and meetings with Leatham's family.
A small volume of printed papers deposited with the correspondence includes draft article by James Leatham re. the proposed Murray Memorial, in memory of Charles Murray (1864 - 1941), poet, for the encouragement of activity in the Scottish vernacular, n.d., [post - 1941]; article by Leatham, The Decay of the Cacoethes Scribendi, originally published in The Socialist Review, with annotations for re-publication in The Gateway, n.d.; cuttings from The Buchan Observer, re. lecture given by Leatham to the Peterhead Literary Society, 3 Feb 1931; cutting from Aberdeen Press and Journal with photographs of the Provosts of Huntly, Macduff, Turriff (Leatham) and Inverurie, 14 Jul 1934; cutting from Turriff and District Advertiser with appreciation of James Leatham, 21 Dec 1945; photograph of James Leatham re-printed from Aberdeen Bon-Accord and Northern Pictorial, 9 Dec 1943; and copy of leaflet describing activities of the William Morris Society (est. Sept 1955), 25 Mar 1958.