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July 19, 2013 10:07 pm
From Mr Chris Slack.
Sir, I enjoyed Peter Aspden’s article about the Magna Carta (“Thoroughly modern Magna Carta”, July 13).
It reminded me of a story, I am sure to be true in essence, about the Lincoln Magna Carta returning home from the US.
My godfather, Sir Francis Hill of Lincoln (born 1899), who was a successful lawyer and respected historian, arranged for the Lincoln Magna Carta to go to the US.
This may have been in 1939, in which case it would have been returned in 1945, after the war, but I cannot be sure it was this particular tour.
This invaluable document was flown back from the US to Heathrow, whereupon Sir Francis collected it, put it in the boot of his car and drove, unescorted, back to Lincoln.
I do not recall his being noted for his driving ability.
Chris Slack, Lewes, East Sussex, UK
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