99R. J. A. Smith to Harrod, 1 February 1926 [a]

Smith, having heard that Harrod was concerned about the vice-chancellor's action against certain "communists", inquires whether someone was taking steps in the matter. [1]

  1. 1. J. Wells, the vice-chancellor of Oxford University, wrote a letter to The Times explaining that some undergraduates who were found guilty of "endeavouring to induce Indian students to join the Communist Party" were required to "sign the following promise, with the alternative of being expelled from the University": "I solemnly promise that, so long as I am a resident member of Oxford University, I will hold no communication, direct or indirect, with any organized Communist association, and that I will not endeavour to propagate Communist ideas either directly or indirectly" ("Communist Undergraduates", The Times, 26 January 1926, p. 15).

    The matter is further discussed in letter 100 R (see in particular note 1 ).

    1. a. From Magdalen College, Oxford#, two pages ALS, in HPBL Add. 72763/119.


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