4, Aberdare Gardens,
Hampstead, LONDON, N.W.6.
14th October, 1937.
Mrs. J. Reeve,
Spanish Medical Aid,
11, Crescent Way,
I am very grateful to you for your second letter with regard to the subject of Esperanto.
I am sorry if my first letter appeared harsh but it was not intended to be so. I did mention and stress the language difficulty at the proposed hospital at the S.M.A.C. Conference, but that was because I wanted to impress delegates with the fact that our administration even more in the past than in the future had not been an easy one, and the Committee's task had really been difficult. I felt rightly or wrongly that the introduction of Esperanto instead of alleviating the position would make it more difficult, and I am glad to see that you agree it might do this. I know, of course, that Esperanto is world-wide, and has probably many centres and adherents even in Spain, but we really could not approach the Spanish Government in the middle of a civil war about Esperanto in the course of Spanish medical aid relief work.
I know of the good work done in Deptford, and I hope that no remarks of mine disapproving of this particular idea will affect the good work there and our mutual understanding.