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Public and Political: General: correspondence and papers concerning an action brought by William Griffin, editor and publisher of the New York Enquirer, against WSC for slander over WSC's denial of statements attributed to him by Griffin on the United States' entry into World War I allegedly made during a meeting in August 1936., Jan 1940 - Dec 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/408

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Correspondents include: David Hecht and J Arthur Leve of Leve, Hecht, Hadfield and Clarke, WSC's US lawyers (14); David Scott [Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; [11th] Lord Lothian [earlier Philip Kerr, British Ambassador to the United States] (7); Sir John Simon [Chancellor of the Exchequer] (2); Sir Thomas Barnes, Treasury Solicitor (4); "B B" [Brendan Bracken, Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from [Admiralty] Private Secretary [Bernard] Sendall, WSC's secretary [Kathleen] Hill, and "J M M" [John Martin, Prime Minister's Private Secretary]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Terence O'Connor [Solicitor-General].Subjects covered by the file include: the suspension of Louis Levy, WSC's original attorney; Griffin's motives and whether he is backed by Germany; the question of whether to let the action go undefended; the government taking the case off WSC's hands; WSC's legal costs.Also includes: statement by WSC of his views on the matter; extracts from "The World Crisis" and speeches and articles by WSC on the United States, and World War I and international affairs since its end; copies of various legal papers including sworn affidavits; cuttings from the New York Enquirer and the News Sentinel on the case and WSC's alleged remarks; copy of memorandum by HM Government Law Officers.


  • Creation: Jan 1940 - Dec 1940

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