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Williams, Harold Whitmore (1876-1928) journalist and linguist
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Letter from Hasan Shahid Suhrawardy to R. C. Trevelyan

61 Ripon St., Calcutta. - Thanks Trevelyan for his letter: thinks the changes have improved the lines [of a poem?]. Berenson is right about the pronunciation of Yudhishthira. Is very grateful to Trevelyan for having spoken to C.A. [Clifford Allen]. Is finding life hard in India, faced with the 'Victorian dogmatism' which most of the intellectuals affect, with a 'kind of religious mysticism for the sake of the reputation of the country'; human beings are not valued as human beings. Finds the country itself very beautiful though: has been to Ajunta, Ellora, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Lucknow; likes Hyderabad best. Is currently with the Singhs at Bahagalpur, since his father is away from Calcutta. Sees the League [of Nations] as his 'only salvation'; supposes that Allen is right and after the Reparations Conference there will be less economic tension and more posts available. Was nearly appointed to a post in the Information Department of the Secretariat in 1929, supported by Lord Lytton and Harold Williams of the "Times", a close friend because of 'shared Moscow experiences'; Williams' untimely death meant that the High Commissioner's brother got the post. Since then every post has gone to Indians in Geneva, even if they are less well qualified. Feels he will have to stay in India and get some temporary post, to lift cares from his friends in Paris [the Germanova / Kalitinsky household]; hears Julian is going to paint a fresco in their rooms, 'with Osny as the background and Rex [the dog] as the chief motif'; is so glad he visits them.

Letter from Hasan Shahid Suhrawardy to R. C. Trevelyan

Letter to Trevelyan, dated 10 Feb 1935: 21, Theatre Road, Calcutta. - Is still suffering from liver trouble and sleeplessness. Has applied to the League [of Nations] for a post which Lord Lytton and Harold Williams of the "Times" recommended him; the man appointed, the High Commissioner's brother, returned to India recently and was killed. There is no age barrier for this post, and the previous objection, that Suhrawardy was 'not in touch with Indian feelings', can no longer be claimed; as 'no Mohamedan has yet been appointed to a League post' he feels his chances are good. Asks Trevelyan to do what he can, and speak to [Clifford] Allen asking him to put Suhrawardy's case to people in London and Geneva.

Encloses a copy of his application letter to the Secretary General of the League of Nations [Joseph Avenol], dated 11 Feb 1935, for the post in the League Secretariat vacated by the death of Amulya Chatterjee.. Sets out his career and qualifications in detail.

Draft letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Gilbert Murray

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.