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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., Jan 1941 - Oct 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/431

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Correspondents include: [6th] Lord Hood [Private Secretary to the Minister of Information]; HM Consul-General, New York [Godfrey Haggard]; [Nevile] Butler [Minister at HM Embassy] (Washington [United States]); [Eric] Seal [Deputy Secretary of the Admiralty (North America)]; John Foster [First Secretary] (British Embassy, Washington) (2); Sir Thomas Barnes, Treasury Solicitor (3); Sir Geoffrey Peto on a broadcast by Senator Rush Holt; Christopher Hollis; Guy Innes, American Division, Ministry of Information; [Frank] Lawton, Assistant Treasury Solicitor. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, John] Colville, "J M M" [John Martin], [Anthony] Bevir, and "J H P" [John Peck], WSC's secretary [Kathleen] Hill, and [Desmond] Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Minister of Information [Alfred Duff Cooper, later 1st Lord Norwich].Subjects covered by the file include: the story being circulated in the US press; matters concerning the case including Griffin's costs and involving a jury; the America First Committee; WSC issuing another public denial.Also includes: various cuttings from US publications; copies of a press statement denying the allegations; text of an address by Holt; notes and statement by Barnes.


  • Creation: Jan 1941 - Oct 1941

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (76 folios))

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