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CHAR 1/234 Personal: Libel in biography "Battle" by Hugh Martin.

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CHAR 1/234/1-2

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, on his intention to write a biography of WSC, titled "Battle", asking WSC to read chapters on his early life in manuscript.

20 May 1932
CHAR 1/234/3

Letter from WSC to Hugh Martin, on his willingness to read biography "Battle" in proof [carbon].

24 May 1932
CHAR 1/234/4

Note from Violet Pearman to WSC, on Hugh Martin's letter of 28 June.

01 Jul 1932
CHAR 1/234/5

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, on progress with biography "Battle", promising to send proofs to WSC in August.

28 Jun 1932
CHAR 1/234/6

Letter from Violet Pearman to Hugh Martin, thanks for offering to send proofs of "Battle" to WSC in August [carbon].

01 Jul 1932
CHAR 1/234/7

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, sending proofs of "Battle".

26 Aug 1932
CHAR 1/234/8

Letter from WSC to Hugh Martin, thanks for sending proofs of "Battle", asking him to visit Chartwell in September to discuss the book [carbon].

27 Aug 1932
CHAR 1/234/9

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, on his willingness to visit him at Chartwell.

28 Aug 1932
CHAR 1/234/10

Telegram from WSC to Hugh Martin, invitation to lunch at Chartwell [copy].

26 Sep 1932
CHAR 1/234/11

Telegram from Hugh Martin to WSC, accepting lunch invitation [copy] Telegram from WSC to Hugh Martin, cancelling lunch invitation due to "unexpected circumstances" [copy].

26 Sep 1932
CHAR 1/234/12-14

Letter from Percy E. White, Sampson Low, Marston &Co. Ltd to WSC, Publishers, London, enclosing copy of the firm's "Autumn Announcements" listing "Battle" by Hugh Martin.

26 Sep 1932
CHAR 1/234/15

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, agreeing to meet to discuss corrections for biography, "Battle".

01 Oct 1932
CHAR 1/234/16

Letter from WSC to Sampson Low, Marston &Co., on the need for changes in "Battle" by Hugh Martin, offering to contribute to the cost of proof correction [carbon].

12 Oct 1932
CHAR 1/234/17

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, asking for return of marked proofs of "Battle".

14 Oct 1932
CHAR 1/234/18

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, sending copy of "Battle" [with note of WSC's reply].

16 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/19

Letter from Sampson Low, Marston &Co. to WSC on changes in Hugh Martin's "Battle".

14 Oct 1932
CHAR 1/234/20

Letter from WSC to Sampson Low, Marston &Co., objecting to the phrase "He stole and was beaten" on p.12 of "Battle" by Hugh Martin, asking for an apology for this "incredible untruth" [carbon].

17 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/21

Letter from Sampson Low, Marston &Co. to WSC, apologising for remarks on WSC's schooldays in "Battle" by Hugh Martin.

21 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/22

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, apologising for remarks on WSC's schooldays in "Battle".

22 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/23

Letter from Sampson Low, Marston &Co. to WSC, on the origins of Hugh Martin's allegation that WSC stole as a child, which were remarks in a book "Winston Churchill" by Ephesian.

22 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/24

Letter from WSC to Sampson Low, Marston &Co. [carbon].

25 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/25

Letter from WSC to Nicholl, Manisty &Co., on libel in "Battle" by Hugh Martin, suggesting that the publishers should publicly apologise, and pay at least £50 to a charity of WSC's choice [carbon].

26 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/26

Letter from WSC to Sampson Low, Marston &Co., on "grossly libellous" statement that he stole as a child, in "Battle" by Hugh Martin [carbon].

26 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/27

Letter from Violet Pearman to Nicholl, Manisty &Co., passing on correspondence with Sampson Low, Marston &Co. [carbon].

28 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/28

Letter from Violet Pearman to Nicholl, Manisty &Co., passing on correspondence with Sampson Low, Marston &Co. [carbon].

30 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/29

Letter from Nicholl, Manisty &Co. to Violet Pearman, thanks for passing on correspondence with Sampson Low, Marston &Co.

30 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/30

Letter from Sampson Low, Marston &Co. to WSC, expressing the company's regret at alleged libel of WSC in "Battle" by Hugh Martin, and their attempt to re-print the offending page and retrieve all copies of the first edition.

29 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/31-32

Letter from Sampson Low, Marston &Co. to WSC, on the re- setting of page 12 of "Battle", enclosing copy of the revised version, omitting the allegation that he stole as a child.

28 Nov 1932
CHAR 1/234/33

Letter from Violet Pearman to Nicholl, Manisty &Co., giving WSC's approval for text of draft letter to Sampson Low, Marston &Co. [carbon].

02 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/34-35

Letter from Nicholl, Manisty &Co. to WSC, on libel in "Battle", agreeing that a formal apology and a payment of £50 to charity should be sufficient.

01 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/36

Letter from Nicholl, Manisty &Co. to Violet Pearman, on draft letter to Sampson Low, Marston &Co.

05 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/37-41

Letter from Nicholl, Manisty &Co. to WSC, enclosing copy of letter from Vizard, Oldham &Co., solicitors for Sampson Low, Marston &Co. and Hugh Martin, on their willingness to make a public apology, but asking WSC not to press his demand for £50 donation to charity.

15 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/42-43

Letter from R. Montague Smith, Daily Mail, to WSC, asking him not to take further action against Hugh Martin for libel, because of Martin's health.

16 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/44

Telegram from R. Montague Smith and Herbert Sidebottom to WSC, asking him to suspend publication of apologies for libel by Hugh Martin.

16 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/45

Letter from Herbert Sidebottom to WSC, asking him not to take further action against Hugh Martin, because of Martin's health.

16 Dec [1932]
CHAR 1/234/46-47

Letter from WSC to Herbert Sidebottom, on his intention not to publish apology from Hugh Martin, unless he was "directly challenged", and waiving the question of damages [carbon].

19 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/48

Letter from WSC to R. Montague Smith, on his intention not to publish apology from Hugh Martin, unless he was "directly challenged", and waiving the question of damages [carbon].

19 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/49

Telegram from WSC to Hugh Martin, accepting his apology for libel in "Battle", agreeing not to publish it unless "forced by publicity" [copy].

19 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/50

Letter from WSC to Nicholl, Manisty &Co., on his decision to accept apology for libel by Hugh Martin, and not to publish the apology "unless compelled" [carbon].

19 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/51

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, thanks for telegram.

20 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/52

Letter from Nicholl, Manisty &Co. to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter of 19 Dec.

21 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/53

Letter from Sampson Low, Marston &Co. to WSC, apology for publishing defamatory remarks, and undertaking to retrieve all copies of "Battle" by Hugh Martin.

23 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/54

Letter from Hugh Martin to WSC, apology for libellous remarks in "Battle".

23 Dec 1932
CHAR 1/234/55

Letter from Nicholl, Manisty &Co. to WSC, returning file of correspondence about libel in "Battle" by Hugh Martin.

29 Dec 1932