518. Harrod to G. E. Moore , 29 January 1936 [a]
[Continues from 489 ]
Christ Church, Oxford #
29 January 1936
Dear Professor Moore
I was so glad to get your letter and to hear that you have decided to publish the article.  I will make a point of being prompt in proof-reading. I quite understand the necessary delay in your coming to a decision.
I have in mind to read in my spare time this week-end a work by my colleague, A. J. Ayer, which has just appeared and is receiving vigorous boosts from the publisher Victor Gollancz.  The possibility of its appearance is largely due to a very handsome testimonial which you wrote for him about a year ago.  He is not a persona grata with most Oxford philosophers, we had no teaching vacancy in philosophy and my college, I fear, does far less than Trinity to endow people to do research, so that it was quite difficult persuading them to elect Ayer, as they have now done, to a five years' research position. Your letter was of decisive importance. We also got a delightful testimonial from Whitehead, who stated--I suppose in order to impress the canons of Christ Church--that Ayer appeared to him an abler man than his old pupil the present Bishop of Birmingham. 
The book seems to me rather young and dogmatic, but written in very clear and vigorous English. If you read it, I should be very interested to learn from you some time what you think of it. For, though he is settled here for another 4 years, we are rather worried about his future
Yours very sincerely
2. A. J. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic (1936).
3. This letter was not found. The episode is described in Ayer, Part of My Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978, pp. 161-63; Moore's letter is summarized on p. 162).
4. See letter 419 R, [jump to page] .
- a. ALS, two pages on one leaf, in Moore Add 8330 8H/7/2, by kind permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library.
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