Bertrand Russell

Letter from Bertrand Russell to his brother, 12 August 1918.

The philosopher Bertrand Russell was Britain's most famous First World War pacifist. He was fined in June 1916 for writing a leaflet supporting conscientious objection to military service and - after persistent offences against the Defence of the Realm Act - was finally imprisoned in February 1918 for publicly supporting a negotiated peace with Germany. In this letter to his brother Frank, Russell argues for his release from prison on the grounds that he is unable to work productively there. Home Office officials were unsympathetic. A note on the cover sheet reads: 'Not a letter that would prepossess anyone in writer's favour!'
Catalogue reference: HO 45/11012/314670 (12 Aug 1918)

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