Item 148 - Draft letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Gilbert Murray

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TRER/6/148

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Draft letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Gilbert Murray

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  • 23 Feb 1935 (Creation)

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The Shiffolds, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking. - Writes in support of the candidature of his friend [Hasan] Shahid Suhrawardy for a vacant post on the League [of Nations] Secretariat: has known him well for about twenty years and thinks him 'the most intelligent Indian' he has known, though lacking in ambition. Mentions that his uncles are politicians - one [Abdullah al-Mamun al-Suhrawardy] has recently died - and his father a retired High Court Judge in Calcutta. [Robert] Bridges and Walter Raleigh thought highly of him. Has a very good knowledge of Indian and European politics; is by no means a fanatic, often finding Hindu liberal politicians more sympathetic than 'his own Mahommedans', and by temperament and having lived in Europe is 'very detached and international' in outlook, as well as 'generously democratic and pacifist'. Expects he has written to Lord Lytton and Harold Williams, who supported his application for a similar position a while ago; the objection was then that he was not in touch with Indian feelings, but he has lived in India for some time since then.

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6/113: letter from Hasan Shahid Suhrawardy to R. C. Trevelyan, 10 Feb 1935, in which he asks for help with attaining a position in the Secretariat of the League of Nations.
6/149: Letter from Gilbert Murray to R. C. Trevelyan, 6/149, in response to 6/148

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