Item 26 - Letter from R. R. Marett to J. G. Frazer

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FRAZ/17/26

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Letter from R. R. Marett to J. G. Frazer

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  • 30 July 1932 (Creation)

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La Haule Manor, Jersey - Suggested omission of his lecture from the Frazer Lectures volume is inconsiderate; it would suggest that the lecture was unsuitable; cannot explain the situation so frankly to Lady Frazer, 'who hardly seems to realize its delicacy'; Frazer should take responsibility, not Macmillan, or the editor Dawson; no one ever hinted the lecture was inappropriate; if it were a matter of repeating Elliot Smith's statements about him, he could make some changes, so long as it is clear that he did not withdraw from his position; everything is very rushed, and if they insist on publishing, then he will enquire what legal right they have to republish the lectures under a title in which he might have a proprietary interest; is prepared to suffer for conscience's sake, but 'don't want to be publicly convicted of sin by the Macmillans' conscience or even by yours.'

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