That is to verify our dialog of final evening about J. S. Swire, our string correspondent in Sofia.
You instructed me that Mrs. Sydney Waterlow, spouse of our Minister in Athens, [Waterlow had previously been in Sofia RJC] spoke in reasonably disparaging phrases of Swire in a dialog she had with you at dinner not too long ago.
Mrs. Waterlow didn’t make any direct accusation towards Swire however she implied that he was reasonably an oddity and was not taken critically by accountable individuals in Sofia.
Within the British ministry in Sofia the accountable officers have been actually greater than able to hearken to what Swire, together with his shut affiliation with Velchev, needed to say about Bulgarian affairs, however they have been additionally doubtful about his method of doing issues and warned him towards over involvement with one faction in Bulgarian political life. Initially of 1935 Mr. John, ‘Jock9, Balfour reported from the Sofia Legation to the Overseas Workplace that each the Minister and I’ve cautioned Swire to watch out of what he stories within the current unsure state of affairs. Over enthusiastic backing of the Velcheff horse might properly land him in difficulties at some future date, from which we don’t want to have the disagreeable process of attempting to extricate him.
When Swire’s expulsion was demanded by the Bulgarian authorities the British Minister, Sir Henry Bentinck, wrote reasonably primly, ‘I had warned Mr. Swire final December and subsequently to watch out, however I worry he has at instances proven a scarcity of judgement’. Within the Legation Swire discovered little help. One junior official Llewelyn, accused him of self-advertisement, while Swire described Bentinck’s conduct in very bitter phrases: Bentinck’s complete angle has been wholly deplorable and weak-kneed he stated he wished I’d go quietly as he hated rows’.
When Swire’s e-book was revealed this angered many who had beforehand supported him, one former admirer writing to Reuters to complain that ‘Even his so-called buddies Damian Velchevists and Protogerovists (Macedonians) are disgusted with the contents and distortions of information’, and he went on to complain that the e-book was extra like a pamphlet because it was full of venom’ and pointed to ‘all of the dangerous issues and not one of the good within the final thirty years of Bulgarian historical past.’
When it got here to assaults upon his e-book Swire defended himself together with his customary vigour. After finishing the e-book however earlier than its publication Swire discovered himself in Spain as Reuters’ correspondent with the hard-pressed Republican forces.
The writer’s lawyer had quibbled on the e-book’s frequent allegations of direct complicity in homicide by many politicians, and such accusations, with out substantial proof, are simply made actionable underneath Britain’s very stringent libel legal guidelines. Swire’s writer, Hale, due to this fact took fright. Swire, not uncharacteristically, misplaced his persistence.