Lionel Luckhoo letter to Charles Garry, 11/2/ 77

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[Editor’s note: Page 1 is a cover note to the letter: “This is a copy of a letter to [Charles] Garry from [Lionel] Luckhoo. M. [Marceline]]



[Lionel Luckhoo letterhead]

2nd November, 1977

Dear Charles,

I am deeply honoured by your biography gift and the generous inscription therein which I have just received. I shall write to you after I have read and digested the same.

I send herewith copies of the three publications of my stories which have been printed up to the present. Someone from abroad (Fred Archer) comes on the 13th of this month to spend a few weeks and to get material to do my biography which will be printed simultaneously in London and New York. I am happy about this because we live for a short while and it provides a feeling of satisfaction to know one’s efforts will be recorded for those of my family who will come in the distant future when I am pushing up daisies.

Just glancing through the pages of your book, you certainly have had an exciting life in which your tenacity and courage are strongly evidenced. Maybe one day I shall be privileged to see you in action and to hear you in person.

I hope our mutual client [Jim Jones] takes our advice if and when the occasion arises.

I have just concluded my 205th murder [case], but I fear I have some pending in which the chances of success are rather slim. I am advised to pick my cases, but somehow this approach does not appeal to me although I do confess that when I was in the 190s I exercised some discretion in the acceptance of briefs.

My daughter’s comments on you were, “Daddy he seems to be a very real person,” and she is looking forward to the reading of your biography.

I have had suggestions from abroad that I should do a lecture tour with some of the anecdotes and some of my criminal cases, and also the diplomatic



period of my life when I represented two independent countries, Barbados and Guyana in Europe and the UK as Ambassador, but nothing has fructified.

Maybe one day I shall be invited into your part of the world to do the kind of talks I did in England, and then it would be my great pleasure to renew our acquaintance.

Warmest regards to you and your wife and with best wishes!

Ever Yours,

/s/ Lionel