Letter recommends king's speech therapist

How the Palace met Lionel Logue

A letter revealing the story behind who put the Palace in touch with Lionel Logue has been uncovered at the National Library of Scotland.

The short letter, dated 18 May 1925, is from Baron (Lord) Stamfordham, King George V's Private Secretary, to John Murray thanking him for Logue's address and stating that he would 'pass on to the Duke of York's people'.

The letter was addressed to John Murray V, a member of the John Murray publishing dynasty whose archives are housed at the National Library of Scotland. Murray V's nephew, John ('Jock') Murray VI, was successfully treated for a stammer by Logue and it was through Murray's recommendation to his friend, Lord Stamfordham, that Logue was introduced to the Palace.

David McClay, senior curator at the National Library of Scotland, said: 'There has always been a lot of speculation about how the introduction between King George VI and Lionel Logue came about, even more so following the success of the film "The King's Speech".

'John ('Jock) Murray VI's wife, Diana, recalled in an interview recently that Logue had actually been introduced to the Palace by her husband's uncle and this wonderful item from our collection verifies that claim.'

The John Murray Archive Archive is one of the world's most significant literary and cultural archives from the past 250 years, mapping seven generations of the Murray publishing house. It is home to more than 150,000 papers, manuscripts, letters and other documents representing the world's most celebrated writers, thinkers, politicians, explorers, economists and scientists and their relationship with the Murrays. The John Murray Archive exhibition space, at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, shows some of the highlights from this vast collection.

An ongoing fundraising campaign to ensure that the archive is preserved for future generations has amassed £30 million over the last five years.


1 March 2011

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