[ W. T. Stead, pioneering investigative journalist who died on RMS Titanic. ] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'W. T. Stead') to G. G. Armstrong of the Northern Echo, one with long autograph postscript, regarding 'the German Editors' trip'.

W. T. Stead [ William Thomas Stead ] (1849-1912), pioneering investigative journalist, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette and the Review of Reviews, died on RMS Titanic
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Both on letterheads of 'The Review of Reviews', London. 21 May and 13 June 1907.
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The two letters are accompanied by a carbon of a typed reply by Armstrong. Although complete and legible, all three items are in poor condition, with chipping and loss the heads and wear to the other extremities, and punch holes to margin. The recipient is G. G. Armstrong, editor fo the Northern Echo, Darlington. ONE: Stead to Armstrong. 21 May 1907. 1p., 4to. Stead is 'unutterably disgusted to know' that Armstrong has 'not received an invitation for the German Editors' trip'. He continues: 'They took it out of my hands, and all that I could do was to tell them that I had sounded you upon the subject and that you were willing to go.' Had he not been absent he feels that he could have insisted, 'but as it is they ignored my recommendation'. He ends in the regret that he will 'not have the pleasure of travelling' with Armstrong in the following week. Autograph postscript: 'From what I have heard since dictating the above it is possible that I myself may have been to blame in not properly placing your name before the right man who would have put things through | If so forgive me I am very sorry I am myself the sufferer'. TWO: Stead to Armstrong. 13 June 1907. 1p., 4to. He reports that he 'made a last desperate effort to get you invited as Sir Hugh Gilzean Reid did not come'. He 'telegraphed suggesting' that Armstrong should go in Reid's place, 'but the red tape officialism, which is the bad side of the perfect German organization, stepped in and said it was impossible. As a matter of fact if I had telegraphed to you on my own account, I could have passed you off in the place of the “Referee” man, or Gilzean Reid, neither of whom came. Mr Keary of “Pearson's Weekly” was a pleasant acquisition, which is more than can be said of some others who were present.' He ends in the hope that 'we shall have better luck next time'. THREE: Carbon of typed reply by Armstrong. 11 June [1907]. 1p., 4to. 'It is a mercy I did not go, the programme would have killed me. But it would have been pleasant to meet many old friends and some new ones, yourself principal among them. | But there were some curious selections. Anglo German relations should certainly be improved by the visit of the Editors of the “Referee” and “Pearson's Weekly”, while Sir Hugh Gilzien Reid's qualifications to pose as a leading British Editor, or even as a journalist, would be interesting to trace.'