Official: Home Office: Edward Mylius: correspondence relating to the prosecution of Edward Mylius for a criminal libel on King George V published in the Liberator.

Reference code: CHAR 12/8

Part of: CHAR 12
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Date: 1910 - 1911

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CHAR 12/8/1 Letter from WSC ("in the train") to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] enclosing a note on the libel against King George V published in the Liberator [see CHAR 12/8/2]. He adds that he thinks that action should be taken to clear the King's name "of such cruel and widely circulated aspersions". Signed manuscript. 26 Nov 1910
CHAR 12/8/2 Note by WSC on the libel against King George V published in the Liberator discussing the possible courses of legal action. He adds that the police are seeking evidence concerning the publisher of the libel, and that the King should decide whether action should be taken. Manuscript in the hand of WSC. Covering letter at CHAR 12/8/1. [26] [Nov] [1910]
CHAR 12/8/3 Letter from Sir Frederick Ponsonby [later Lord Sysonby, Equerry and Assistant Private Secretary to King George V] (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to Edward Marsh explaining that Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to the King] will write about the Liberator case. He adds that this is desirable as he disagrees with the views of King George and [WSC]. Signed manuscript. 23 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/4-6 Telegram from [Sidney] Harris [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to WSC informing him that [Sir Arthur] Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] has telegraphed to instruct WSC to proceed "as previously settled" [on the case of libel against the King], and that Guy Stephenson [Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions] is in charge of the "legal machinery". Manuscript. 24 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/7 Telegram from [Sir Arthur] Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] to WSC explaining that he had telegraphed to WSC to proceed [over the criminal libel against the King] and apologising for the delay. Manuscript. 24 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/8 Telegram from Guy Stephenson [Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions] to WSC informing him that "all is in order for action today" [over the case of libel against King George V]. Manuscript. 25 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/9 Telegram from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading, Attorney General] to WSC undertaking to telephone a document through to the Lodge and appoint a judge [in the case of criminal libel against King George V]. Manuscript. 25 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/10 Envelope addressed to WSC [in the hand of Sir Arthur Bigge, later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] sealed with black wax. 24 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/11 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Warren Lodge, Thursley, Surrey) to Edward Marsh undertaking to send a copy of [WSC's] letter to the King, and informing him that he will write to WSC. Signed manuscript. 24 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/12 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) replying to WSC on behalf of the King. The King has decided that proceedings against [Edward] Mylius for criminal libel against him should continue despite the possibility that the libellous article published in the Liberator may be read aloud in Court. Signed manuscript. 24 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/13 Letter from Sidney Harris [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] (48 Coleherne Court [London]) to WSC explaining that he has opened two letters to WSC, which he will forward by special messenger. He adds that Guy Stephenson, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, is in charge until the return of Sir Charles Mathews [Director of Public Prosecutions] and that they are prepared to take action [over the case of criminal libel against King George V] on Monday [26 December]. Manuscript signed with initials. 24 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/14-15 Letter from Sir Rufus Isaacs [later Lord Reading, Attorney General] to WSC concerning the charges against [Edward] Mylius [for criminal libel against King George V]. He informs WSC that Mylius has been brought before the Judge and of the steps which have been taken in order that Mylius may have no grievances about his treatment. He also discusses Mylius' and [William] James' [publisher of the Liberator] intentions, and the care which will have to be taken in any public statement on the case when Mylius' arrest is made public. Signed manuscript. 28 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/16 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for keeping him informed of the progress of the case [against Edward Mylius for criminal libel against the King]. He adds that the King agrees that no public statement should be made and that the case should be "thrashed out in Court" and thanks him for his intention to attend the trial. Signed manuscript. 31 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/17 Letter from Sir Edward Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] (29 Campden House Court, Kensington [London]) to WSC explaining that on the advice of the Attorney General he had decided not to arrest [Edward Mylius for criminal libel against King George V] until a Judge's warrant had been obtained, in order to avoid the case being heard in a Police Court. Signed manuscript. 25 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/18 Telegram from [Sir Edward] Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] to WSC informing him that he will not act [regarding the arrest of Edward Mylius] until the following day when the "necessary procedure" has been completed. Manuscript. 25 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/19 Telegram from Sir Frederick Ponsonby [later Lord Sysonby, Equerry and Assistant Private Secretary to King George V] to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for his telegram, and saying that the King is glad that action has been taken [against Edward Mylius]. Manuscript. 26 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/20 Telegram from [Guy] Stephenson [Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions] to WSC informing him that [Edward Mylius] has been arrested on the warrant of a Judge. Manuscript. 26 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/21 Telegram from [Sir Edward] Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] to WSC informing him that [Edward Mylius] has been arrested through "Judges process" [on the warrant of a Judge] and that it has created no embarrassment. Manuscript. 26 Dec 1910
CHAR 12/8/22 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for forwarding newspaper cuttings relating to [Edward] Mylius' criminal libel against the King. He also discusses the recent "outrages by foreigners" [a reference to the "Siege of Sidney Street"] which the King hopes will make WSC re-consider the Aliens Act. Signed manuscript. 05 Jan 1911
CHAR 12/8/23 Letter from Sir Charles Mathews [Director of Public Prosecutions] (5 Lennox Gardens [London]) to WSC informing him that [Edward] Mylius has been granted an extension of time in order to avoid him claiming that he had not been given the opportunity of lodging a plea of justification, and to stop the spread of the libel. Signed manuscript. 07 Jan 1911
CHAR 12/8/24 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for his letter about [Edward] Mylius and for copies of two letters from [William] James [publisher of the Liberator] to Mylius, whom he comments will have a "biggish task" in trying to prove that the King married Miss Seymour in Malta. Signed manuscript. 07 Jan 1911
CHAR 12/8/25-26 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for forwarding [Edward] Mylius' plea of justification. He discusses the possibility of serving a summons on the King to appear at the trial, and the form of a statement made by the Counsel for the prosecution concerning the King's appearance. Signed manuscript. 22 Jan 1911
CHAR 12/8/27 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to WSC thanking him on behalf of the King for forwarding newspaper cuttings [concerning the case of Edward Mylius]. He comments on the stance taken by individual newspapers and ends by hoping that the "govt will be ready to come to some arrangement to arrest the disastrous and evil manufacture of Peers" [to end the constitutional deadlock between the two Houses of Parliament]. Signed manuscript. 06 Feb 1911
CHAR 12/8/28 Note from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) who wishes to ensure that [WSC] is aware that the King intends to attend the investiture ceremony. Manuscript signed with initials annotated by Sidney Harris [Under Secretary of State, Home Office]. [Feb] [1911]
CHAR 12/8/29 Letter from [Lord Morley of Blackburn] (Privy Council Office) to WSC informing him that he has written to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] concerning the libel against the King, and will raise the issue at Cabinet. He adds that in his opinion it is a "profound mistake" and that the Cabinet should have been consulted. Manuscript signed with initials. 01 Feb 1911
CHAR 12/8/30 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to Edward Marsh marked "private" saying that he does not think that [Edward] Mylius should be released before the expiration of his sentence to avoid the appearance of the trial being a "'put up' affair". Signed manuscript annotated by Edward Marsh "Bigge telephoned that this represents the King's wish". 15 Feb 1911
CHAR 12/8/31 Letter from Sir Arthur Bigge [later Lord Stamfordham, Permanent Secretary to King George V] (Buckingham Palace) to Sidney Harris [Under Secretary of State, Home Office] thanking him for the February issue of the Liberator, adding "the King is glad to think that these are being stopped in the Post under the Home Secretary's warrant". Signed typescript. 18 Feb 1911