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RMS Titanic - letter, Mabel Francatelli, passenger

RMS Titanic - letter, Mabel Francatelli, passenger

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RMS Titanic - letter, Mabel Francatelli, passenger

RMS Titanic - First Class passenger Mabel Francatelli. A fascinating letter from Mattison, Davey & Rader of New York to Miss Francatelli dated 17 April 1956. Miss Francatelli, private secretary to Lady Duff-Gordon, considered that after many years of having to tolerate false allegations, slurs, untruths and many inaccuracies made by the press and media, mainly aimed towards her former employers, Lady Duff-Gordon and Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, she contemplates taking legal action against the publishers of A Night to Remember and the author Walter Lord for libel and defamation. This was as a result of extracts taken from the book and subsequently published in The Readers Digest of January 1956. Francatelli underlined and squared off parts of the volume that she considered to be inaccurate and untruthful. On page 160 she is first mentioned, together with her employers Lady Duff-Gordon and Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, where Sir Cosmo apparently asked Officer Murdoch if they could get into Lifeboat 1. On page 166 she underlined and squared off the paragraph which reads As the sea closed over the Titanic, Lady Duff-Gordon remarked to secretary, there is your beautiful night dress gone'. On page 169 she squared off text which reads Lady Duff-Gordon's efforts to console her secretary on the loss of her nightgown, and that Fireman Pusey to have said Never mind, you can get more, but we have lost our kit and the company won't replace it, what's more, our pay stops from tonight. To end the discussion Sir Cosmo spoke out Very well, I will give each seaman here a fiver to start a new kit. He did too but lived to regret it. The Duff-Gordons near monopoly of Boat 1, and its failure to row back, gave the gift the look of a payoff that Sir Cosmo had a hard time living down. Date: 1956

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1956 Action Aimed Apparently Asked Beautiful Closed Considered Console Contemplates Controversy Copy Cosmo Dated Davey Discussion Efforts Employers Extracts Failure False Fascinating Gave Gift Give Hard Included Legal Letter Libel Lifeboat Lived Living Loss Lost Mabel Media Mentioned Mind Monopoly Murdoch Nightgown Paragraph Parts Press Private Publishers Pusey Readers Reads Regret Remember Replace Result Seaman Secretary Spoke Squared Start Stops Subsequently Taking Titanic Tonight Walter Years

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