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Legal actions: First World War, the Everett case, 1916
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.5 cm of textual records (part of 1 box)
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Series consists of a few documents relating to legal actions surrounding the distribution of the so-called ‘Everett leaflet’ by the No-Conscription Fellowship (NCF) in April, 1916. The leaflet, entitled ‘Two Years’ Hard Labour for Refusing to Disobey the Dictates of Conscience,’ was critical of the harsh treatment given Ernest Everett, a conscientious objector. After others were arrested for distributing the leaflet, Russell publicly acknowledged writing it, for which he was charged, convicted, and fined. Included are: NCF circulars; correspondence; a manuscript of Russell's defence speech for his trial on 5 June 1916; a pamphlet and reports of the court proceedings; Russell's bail certificate dated 10 June 1916; and typescript copies of the prosecutions and sentences of other conscientious objectors.
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Correspondence is arranged chronologically; other documents are filed at the end of the series.
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Box number for this series: 6.31
A copy of ‘Two Years’ Hard Labour for Refusing to Disobey the Dictates of Conscience,’ 1916, is available in the Russell Archives supporting library.