Henry John Burnett’s last letter to Margaret Guyan


Commentary.          It isn’t clear whether Henry John Burnett was aware that the prison officers who were with him every minute since his conviction were make entries in the ‘Special Watch Occurance Book’ at the end of each shift, recording the conversations they had with him and summarising his conversations with visitors.

In addition, copies were made of the letters Burnett sent to Margaret Guyan even though he instructed her to destroy them.


12 August 1963

My Darling Meg,


Just a few lines to let you know I was very glad to see you today. Well, My Darling, by the time this letter reaches you it will all be over with one way or the other.

I don’t know which yet but I soon will. If I don’t get a reprieve I will see you get a letter that will answer the questions you asked about this morning about why I attacked you that day. I think you will understand when you hear it. But until I am sure I can’t say anything as it might go down bad. But I will say this darling I would never have killed you any more than I would harm Keith and you know I would never do that.


Well My Darling, I don’t know how things will work out but it won’t make any difference to me as I will never stop loving you as long as I live.


I have put in a request for to get a visit from you on Wednesday morning but we will have to wait and see how things work out. But I think I stand a good chance of a reprieve.


I will close now Darling, hoping to hear or see you soon. My love for always.






xxxxx for Keith you and Charles.

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