[Lord Beaverbrook responds to Collin Brooks's appeal for a job.] Two telegrams ('Maxwell Beaverbrook' and 'Max'), one in reply to Brooks's appeal on loss of editorship of Truth, with copy letter from publisher Ronald Staples.

Lord Beaverbrook [Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook] (1879-1964), Fleet Street press baron [Collin Brooks, journalist and editor; Ronald Staples, publisher of the magazine 'Truth']
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Four items from 1952, the other from 1950.
SKU: 20887

Five documents. The two telegrams are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn; the other items are in good condition. A photocopy of a typed page from Brooks's diary explains the context in entertaining fashion: '”Staggerer number one,” whispered Dick Swiveller over my shoulder this morning when on my office desk I found a letter from Ronald Staples giving me a twelve month's statutory notice of dismissal from the editorship of Truth.' He explains that the magazine is losing money, and criticises Staples's plans. 'However – here's a how-de-do! Unless I sell my Statist holding very soon, I'll be bankrupt, and now with no job to keep me in roof and oddments. I immediately wrote to Beaverbrook, who is in the Barbadoes. [...] I anticipate no help from that quarter, for many reasons, and will next have to try Hulton. The prospect of going back to slave-journalism is no pleasant [one] within a month of one's fifty-ninth birthday'. Next comes a typed copy of a letter from Staples to Brooks, 27 November 1952, beginning: 'When I first had the pleasure of meeting you on the subject of TRUTH you kindly said you would be willing to carry on the editorship “for as long or as short a period” as I wished up to three years.' He continues with reference to his 'serious illness', before stating that 'we are losing money rapidly and we feel that we should re-organise and change the format and size but not the character of the paper. We feel that the re-organisation will include an eventual change in the editorship. We know you will not regard it as unappreciative therefore if we ask you to please regard this letter as a formal twelve month notice of the termination of the engagement.' The next item is a carbon of Brooks's letter to Beaverbrook, 28 November 1952. He explains that he has to leave Truth, but has 'still to earn a livelihood. | Is there any possibility of your being able to fit me into your organisation? | I ask this not on grounds of personal friendship, but because I am an experienced leader-writer, feature-writer, literary critic and commentator, with some “following.” He concludes: 'This request, I trust, will not embarrass you.' Beaverbook's response is a Post Office Cable & Wireless telegram, 5 December [1952] (capitals reduced): 'Letter received stop I would like it stop Please see Robertson | Max'. The fifth item is unconnected: a Cable & Wireless telegram, 24 December 1950: 'My dear Collin very many thanks for your good message and also for your goodwill and good friendship | Maxwell Beaverbrook'.