100R. Harrod to G. G. A. Murray, 1 February 1926 [a]

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." [1] He asks what Murray's feelings are.

  1. 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).
    1. a. From Christ Church # , one page ALS, in GMP 193.


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