James Monro C.B., variously described as an honest and decent man, badly blotted his copybook during the Cleveland Street affair.
A family account tells of him being offered a knighthood [KCB] as an inducement to toe the government line—something we know he refused to do.
Monro's resignation had little to do with pensions, and Lord Salisbury, in writing about the matter to Queen Victoria, really stuck the boot in about him.
Hello Simon, all,
Thank you for your postings, tha above is indeed most interesting. Simon, if you have the chance to post the "putting the boot in" quote from Salisbury to the Queen, I'd be most interested in seeing it. And when was this exactly?
Phil H, Tom, Lynn, Robert, Sally, Simon.. am I mistaken when I presume that the memoirs have never been seen in full? Do we know whom to apply to or through which channel to ask the family in order to see the memoirs? I am sure they make very interesting reading, though not referrring to JTR, the WM etc.
Perhaps Adam Wood could get into contact with Keith Skinner and propose the above to the family, a la Swanson Marginalia history?
In trying to understand Monro the man a little better, it would be of great help, I believe. The political ongoings behind the scenes are varied and often at this time.
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Last edited by Phil Carter : 10-20-2012 at 07:39 PM.
According to Monro family tradition, there are two memoirs, the one that doesn't mention the Ripper (or other high profile cases), and was apparently intended for public consumption...and a second memoir intended for the family and 'insiders', which contained all of Monro's secrets regarding the Ripper, Cleveland Street, and who knows what else. The former memoir certainly exists and copies are in the hands of Keith Skinner, and I would wager one or two other Ripper researchers. The latter memoir is probably apocryphal, but oh what a read it would make if it actually existed!