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 returned to the Legation at 3 O'clock and remained closeted with
with Mr Findlay until nearly 5 P.M,
The full record of their conversation will be laid before you,and
others,in due course.
My follower pretended to fall in with the British Legation Minister's
projects until stipulating for a good sum to be paid in return for his
treachery. Mr Findlay promised on his "word of honor" (such was the quaint
phraseology employed to guarantee this transaction) that Christensen
should receive 5,000 pounds sterling whenever he could deliver me into
the hands of the British Authorities, :
If in the course of this kidnapping process I should come to harm or
personal injury be done me,then no question would be asked and full
immunity guaranteed the Kidnapper,
My follower pointed out that,as I was leaving that evening for
Copenhagen, having already booked my compartmentin the mail train,he vould
not have any immediate chance of executing the commission,
Mr Findlay agreed that it would be necessary to defer the attempt
until some favorable opportunity offered of ddécoying me down to the coast
"anywhere on the Skaggerack or North Sea" where British warships might
be in waiting to seize me,
He entrusted my dependent with the further commission of purloining
my correspondence with my supposed associates in America and Ireland,
partichlarly in Ireland so that they,too,might participate in the
"gensible" punishment "being devised for me."
He ordered a system of secret correspondence which Christensen should
employ,and wrote out the confidential address in Christiania to which
he was to communicate the results of his efforts to purloin my papers
and to report on my plans,
This address in Christiania was written down by Mr Findlay on a half
sheet of Legation notepaper in printed characters.This precaution was
adopted,he said,"so as to prevent the handwriting being traced.
This document,along with one hundred crowns in Norwegian paper money
given by Mr Findlay as an earnest of more to follow was at once brought
to me with an account of the proceedings.
As I was now clearly in a position of some danger,I changed my plans
and instead of proceeding to Copenhagen as I had intended doing,I decided
to alter my procedure and route.
It was then with this secret knowledge of the full extent of the
crime plotted by your representative in Norway against me that I left
Christiania on the 30th of October.
The rest of the story noed not take so long in the telling,