As a follow up from this blog entry here: http://www.rhedesium.com/1/post/2013/01/pierre-plantard-intelligence-officer.html i contacted John Newton & Son of London (Notaries and Solicitors) with the following email:
I am a researcher carrying out some research into alleged notarised documents created around 1958.
The exact information i have is as follows:
"A book published in 1983 by a Louis Vazart reproduced two supposed fake "notarised documents" allegedly dating from October 1955 naming Captain Ronald Stansmore Nutting (altered from Captain Ronald Stansmore), Major Hugh Murchison Clowes and the Right Honourable Viscount Leathers as the legal owners of the parchments discovered by Saunière "whose value cannot be estimated", and requesting the parchments - to be removed from France. The Notary Public was named as Maître Patrick Francis Jourdan Freeman.
Another "notarised document" that was later reproduced gave the caption "after a photograph.......taken in London in 1958", naming only Captain R.S. Nutting as the owner of the "parchments". The firm of solicitors was given as John Newton & Sons, London".
Could you please confirm if these events as pertaining to John Newton and Son's is correct? Are you at all able to elaborate on any of these activities?
I very much appreciate your assistance in this matter"
On Monday, 29 April 2013, 13:36 i received the following reply:
"I can confirm that this was the firm named but that Patrick passed away in 1998. Given that a) the records belonged to Patrick and b) it was nearly 65 years ago and c) I wasn’t even born at the time never mind practising!! we have regretfully no records and have no testimony available to give you…
I’m sorry we cannot be of any assistance in this respect
(current proprietor John Newton & Sons)
I should add that this is and in my understanding was a firm of notaries not solicitors"
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