21st December, 1936.
Mrs. L. Manning,
Dear Mrs. Manning,
Spanish Medical Aid Committee.
I am much obliged to you for your letter of December 17th, which I received late on Friday afternoon.
I considered your letter very carefully and came to the conclusion, that looking at the matter quite impersonally - and you would understand there was nothing from a personal point of view - I would not feel justified in recommending the Committee to adopt the course you suggested. I had come to the conclusion, from the way in which things had been worked, that the best thing would be to appoint a paid secretary to do the work.
I intended to write this to you before you submitted your formal application, but as you will know by this time, the matter was brought up at the last meeting of the Committee on Friday night, and it was decided, after prolonged consideration, to appoint you to the position of Honorary Secretary of the Spanish Medical Aid Committee. You will be interested to know that I was the only person dissenting.
I am writing to you quite frankly so that you should know the position, and I feel sure that you will understand that my attitude was based on quite impersonal reasons.
I wish you success in the carrying out of this work, which I am afraid you are going to find fairly onerous.