The Margaret Sanger Papers


Aldred, Guy Alfred (1886-1963)

British publisher, author and editor. Married Rose Witcop (1926), one child. Member of the Fabian Society and the British Communist Party. Aldred edited and published several monthly journals, including The Commune (1923-29), The Spur (1933), The Attack (1936), and The Word (1938-64). Author of Richard Carlisle, Agitator: His Life and Times (1923); The Works of Guy A. Aldred: Essays in Revolt (1940); Communism: The Story of the Communist Party (1943); and an autobiographical series, No Traitor's Gait: The Life and Times of Guy A. Aldred (1957-63). Aldred met Margaret Sanger during her European exile in 1914-1915 and invited her to stay with him in London. He also organized a speaking tour of Scotland for Sanger in 1920, including a meeting at Glasgow Green which he chaired. At that time Aldred was operating the Bakunin Press, which published many socialist and communist pamphlets, and he arranged for the publication of a Bakunin Press edition of Sanger's Family Limitation pamphlet. When the Press published a revised edition of the pamphlet in 1923 with additional illustrations, he and Witcop were arrested on obscenity charges. Sanger sent funds for Aldred's defense and offered to testify on his behalf. Aldred himself was not convicted, but the pamphlets were defined as obscene and burned; later editions were released without the offending images.
    Copyright for documents authored by Guy Aldred must be secured from: John Taylor Caldwell, 23 Hodge Court, 21 Bracken Street, Glasgow, G22 6AT, Scotland.
References: Guy Aldred, No Traitor's Gate, vol 3, (1963); Rosanna Ledbetter, A History of the Malthusian League, 1877-1927 (1976); Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography (1938); and Richard Allen Soloway, Birth Control and the Population Question in England, 1877-1930 (1982).