100R. Harrod to G. G. A.
1 February 1926
Harrod has "just
had a letter from J. A. Smith about the Communists, suggesting that
something [ought] to be done about it. I had felt indignant
myself but not thought of acting until I got his letter."
 He asks what Murray's feelings are.
- 1. See letter
99 R and in particular
note 1 . Murray replied
on 2 February, expressing the feeling that the vice-chancellor has
handled the Communist matter wrongly and that it is absurd to make
people sign such undertakings. However, as he did not know what
really happened and had a certain reluctance to make a protest
about matters of discipline, he was not in favour of protesting
against Wells, unless it should turn out that he was acting under
pressure of the University authorities (in HPBL Add. 72730/104).
Harrod was also discouraged from acting by H. A. L. Fisher, the
warden of New College, who felt that the vice-chancellor's letter
in The Times was a great mistake but did not think anything could
be done (letter of 3 [February] 1926, HPBL Add.
72763/115), and by J. A. Smith, who shared Murray's and Fisher's
recommendation of prudence on policy. Smith also refers that
condemnation of the vice-chancellor's letter was quite general
(letter of 6 February 1926, in HPBL Add. 72763/119).
- a. From
Christ Church # , one page ALS, in GMP 193.
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