Subjects of Frank Cousins's letters include:
appointment of Jack Jones as his successor as general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union and Jones's faults (including undermining John Cousins's position, supporting pay restraint and promoting ill-considered mergers), mistakes of Arthur Scargill in recent miners' strike, weakness of out-going TGWU secretary Moss Evans, telephone conversation with Evans on need to re-run general secretaryship election (on sheets numbered 1 to 10 dated April 1985 and 22 April 1985, with photocopies of sent (original in 21) and unsent versions of letter to Jack Jones complaining of being treated with insufficient respect by Jones since his retirement, 14 Jan 1972);
illness and death of TGWU general secretary Jock Tiffin, election of Cousins as his successor and the latter's insistence on being on the five main committees of the Trades Union Congress General Council, various aspects of his work as TGWU national officer, including organising oil distribution workers, which showed that claims that he lacked experience when he became general secretary were unfounded, attitudes of right-wing trade union general secretaries in the 1950s and 1960s (on sheets numbered 20-34 dated March 1985 and possibly sent to Michael Cousins);
political prospects, 22 May 1985; his largely unfavourable memories of the recently deceased former Labour minister George Brown, 4 Jun 1985.
Also includes: letter from John Cousins to Ron Todd, TGWU general secretary, giving reasons for declining to apply for post of National Secretary for Civil Air Transport, 13 Nov 1988; letter to John Cousins from Ewan Quayle Launder criticising the conduct of the case in which he was found guilty of taking bribes when head of the Wardley subsidiary of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (later HSBC), 2 Jun 2001.