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From: Tim Wallace-Murphy
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 14:08:18 +0100

Dear Friends,

The work done by Frederic Pohl in respect of the voyage by Henry St Clair and the surviving Zeno brother was vital in bringing this matter to the attention of the world. However, having said that, he made several serious errors and was not at that time party to information regarding the Newport Tower that has only recently cometo light. But, bearing in mind these andother limitations in his reserach, his work is still a good introduction to the story - as is the more recent Sinclair Saga by Mark Finnan.

Andrews book, The Sword and the Grail is not among his best and we certainly cannot accept his ideas regarding the venetian cannon under any circumstances. These weapons were in general use until the 1540s and there are a large number of them in a variety of sites on the Eastern Seabord of America, which entirely invalidates his arguments built upon that somewhat shakey premis. Nonetheless, his book still has considerable merit - but not in respect of the Henry Voyage.

The book we are completing, which has been re-scheduled for publication in the autumn of next year, has the balance about right in our opinion. It will upset the American Academic establishment, who promote the view that there was no European contact with America before Columbus, almost as much as it will distress those who believe that Pohl's work is a form of 'Holy Writ' that cannot be questioned. In other words, we have written a work based solidly on fact, respected scholarly opinion and hard archaeological work done by our goodfriend Jim Whittal, which can be defended against any argument. Our opinion is, of course partial, but you will have to wait until publication day to form your own opinion.

Best wishes


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