Typescript copy: "The Correct copy of Roger Casement's Letter to Sir Edward Grey: 'A Black Chapter of English Perfidy,' February 1, 1915."
Casement, Roger, Sir, 1864-1916.
11 January 2014
Grey of Fallodon, Edward Grey, Viscount, 1862-1933. Casement, Roger, Sir, 1864-1916 --Correspondence. Ireland > History > 1910-1921.
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He was careful to. point out that nothing could happen to the
perpetrator of the crime,since my presence in Christiana was known only
to the British Government and that Government would sereen Zand provide
for those responsible for my disappeargnoe.. -
He indicated quite plainly,the methods to be employed, by assuring
Adler Christensen that who ever"Knocked him on the head need not do any
work for the rest of his life." and proceeded to apply the moral by
asking Cristensen "I suppose you would not mind having an easy time of
it for the resy of your days?."
My faithful follower concealed the anger he felt at this suggestion
and continued the conversation in order to become more fully aware of the
plot that might be devised against my safety.He pointed out that I had
not only been very kind to him but that I"trusted him implicitly,"
It was not on this "implicit trust" Mr Findlay then proceeded to
build the whole framework of his conspiracy against my life,my liberty,
the public law of Norway,and the happiness of the young man he sought
to tempt by monstrous bribes to the commission of a dastardly crime
against his admitted benefactor,
If I could be cut off,intercepted,disappear, no one would know, and
no question could be asked,since there was no Government save the British
Government Knew of my presence in Norway and there was no authority I
could appeal to for help,while that Government would shield the individual
implicated and provide hansomely for his future.Such,in Mr Findlay's
words (recorded by me) was the proposition put by His Majesty's Minister
pefore the young man who was enticed for this purposes into the British
That this man was faithful to me and the law of his country was a
triumph of Norwegian integrity over the ignoble inducement proffered
him by the richest and most powerful Government in the world to be false
Having thus outlined his projeot,Mr Findlay invited Chrigtensen
to "think the matter over and return at 3 O'Clock if you are disposed to |:
go om with it."
He handed him.in Norwegian paper money, twenty-five Kroner "just
to pay your taxi cab fares" and dismissed him,
Feeling a not unnatural interest in these proposals as to how I
ghould be disposed of, I instructed the man it was thus sought to bribe
to return to the British Legation at 3 O'Clock and to seemingly falVin
with the wishes of yourrEnvoy extraordinary.I advised him, however, for
the sake of appearence to"sell me dear" and to secure the promise of a
very respectable;sum for so very disreputable an act,
Chridtensen who has been a Sailor and naturally has seen some
strange company,assured me that he was perfectly at home with His
Majesty's Repre®8 tative,