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PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
24th May, 1938.
F. Le Gros Clark, Esq.,
Committee Against Malnutrition,
19c, Eagle Street,
Dear Mr. Le Gros Clark,
I am very much obliged to you for your letter of the 19th inst., with regard to the nomination of new members of the Spanish Medical Aid Committee by myself.
It is very good to you to write to me, and I can only say that if you had cleared the matter up by speaking to me personally before the occasion of the meeting, I think that possibly any difficulty from your own personal point of view might have been minimised, if not avoided.
Your letter though couched in most courteous and friendly tones still seems a little cryptic to me, and I hope you will not mind if, in a confidential letter to you, I indulge in a little frankness as between yourself and myself. This communication, therefore, is perfectly confidential to yourself and myself, and regarded by both of us as personal between us.
As Chairman of the Spanish Medical Aid Committee I am, as any Committee Chairman, in a position as a spectator and having to make decisions, able to see the Committee as a whole. As one who is a member of other Committees, I know from my experience that the Chairman, especially if he is a continual one as I have been since the formation of the Committee, gradually works himself into a unique position, in which he can see problems of the Committee as a whole and rather differently from that of any one member. That is my first point.
My second point is that as between yourself and myself there appears to be a little aloofness, which to me is quite unnecessary. I think it has arisen out of two other personal incidents. First on an occasion when you paid me a visit at the Trade Union headquarters and asked for certain information,
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