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A "with compliments" slip was inserted between pp. 18-19 of Broad's Perception, Physics, and Reality (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3631).


Blank slips of white paper were inserted between pp. 30-1, 48-9, 58-9, 190-1, 342-3, 348-9, 352-3, 356-7, 360-1 of Galton's Hereditary Genius (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3717). The slips correspond to marginalia BR made in to the book. Also included with the book is the book's auction description from 1980. The auction description takes detailed note of BR's annotations and may be the source of the slips of paper.


The letter was included with Galton's Hereditary Genius (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3717). The letter discusses the impending marriage of Anthony Lightfoot and Juliet Mostyn (15 May 1952), Constance Llewellyn, and a number of other individuals by first name only. No connection to BR is known.


A "with compliments" card was inserted between pp. 14-15 of Bowley's The Mathematical Groundwork of Economics (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3660).


A "request for review" slip was pasted to the inside front cover of Luce's Bergson's Doctrine of Intuition (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3619).


A "request for review" slip was inserted between the front flyleaf and the half title page of Rivers' Medicine, Magic, and Religion (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3657).


An envelope with a yellow flower pressed inside was inserted between the inside front cover and the front flyleaf of Ranke's The Popes of Rome (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3642). The flyleaf is inscribed "A. & B. Russell 1 Aug. 1897".


A leaflet for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science was inserted between the inside cover and p. 10 of the periodical Mind, vol. 59, no. 234 (Russell's Library, no. 3326). BR is listed as a member of the editorial board.


A "request for review" slip was inserted between p. 302 and the advertisement for The Reign of Relativity of Viscount Haldane's The Philosophy of Humanism (Russell's Ex-Library, no. 3608).


Weisz, on behalf of Henry Talbot de Vere Clifton (Harry Clifton), asks for BR's thoughts on the enclosed proposal to UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld. The proposal calls for a body of military and medical personnel who can estimate the potential cost to human lives of using nuclear weapons.


The Press encloses W. Ackermann's German-language review of Principia Mathematica to *56 from Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 10-11.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. It concerns Linus Pauling's appearance before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee.


A note on alphabetical characters (for sounds?) was inserted between pp. 416-17 of N.J.V. Warmelo's "European and Other Influences in Sotho" in Bantu Studies, Vol. 3, no. 4 (Russell Serials). Also inserted (at p. 423) is a stapled offprint of an article by C.M. Doke, with a name beginning G inscribed at the top. At p. 423 another article by Doke (with B.H. Barnes) begins. Both articles concern the Bantu language.

The issue was found at Carn Voel, Dora Russell's home, in 1986. It may have nothing to do with BR.


The letter indicates that the booklet was sent at the suggestion of P. Gore-Booth. A copy of Economic World was also included.


Dated "Berlin 15 Oct '48", this letterheaded note says merely "With the compliments of the Editor Melvin J. Lasky". It is inserted in Der Monat, 1, no. 1 (Oct. 1948): 8-9. BR arrived in Berlin on 22 Oct. 1948.

Pages 4-8 reprint B&R C48.05 in German, titled "Der Weg zum Weltstaat". Also inserted is an English-language table of contents with summaries. Not be ovelooked is the long entry (a full column) on BR in "Die Autoren des Monats", p. 111.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. It indicates that the enclosed booklet is being sent at the request of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs because it may be of interest.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. It indicates that the enclosed booklet is being sent at the request of the Foreign Office because it may be of interest.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. It indicates that the enclosed booklet is being sent at the request of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs because it may be of interest.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. It indicates that the enclosed booklet is being sent at the request of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs because it may be of interest.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. It indicates that the enclosed booklet is being sent at the request of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs because it may be of interest.


This circular is not addressed personally to BR; he is listed as one of the sponsors. The letter requests donations to the National Appeal.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR; he is listed as one of the plaintiffs. The letter summarizes the finding from the United States Court of Appeals and the decision to appeal to the Supreme court.


An invoice was inserted between pp. 360-1 of Annalen der Physik, Nr. 4, 1926 (Russell Serials), the start of Erwin Schrödinger's article "Quantisierung als Eigenwertproblem". The journal has a note on the cover in BR's hand for p. 372 and the article contains marginalia consisting of vertical lines.


This mimeographed letter is not addressed personally to BR. The letter requests feedback on Morawetz' enclosed booklet.


This letter was sent to Fenner Brockway and copied to BR. It discusses the situation in Cyprus and details the activities of the Colonial Office since February 1957. Attached to the letter is a "with compliments" slip from the Movement for Colonial Freedom.


A note was inserted between pp. 18-19 of Albert Schweitzer's The Problem of Peace in the World Today (Russell Offprints). The note reads: "P19 Reject was for ethical reasons". In addition to the note, which is about p. 19, there are additional marginalia consisting of vertical lines in the text.


A "with compliments" note was written on the cover of Thorburn's "The Myth of Occam's Razor" (Russell Offprints) and includes marginalia from the author elaborating on the text.


Patricia thanks Richards for her note and visit, but declines lunch with I.A. Richards and herself ("we both find it interferes too much with work"), suggesting tea or dinner instead. She discusses her preferred title and goes into BR's thoughts on the matter.

The file also includes Richards' diary entry for 1940/10/04, where she reports on BR's first William James Lecture: "4 truisms, 1 radical mistake. 3 witticisms, 7 pleasantries—great success". It's as if she is quoting someone—perhaps I.A. Richards.


The letter was for sale in September 2015 in lot 2515 of The seller was the firm Reeman Dansie, The item was sold for £90. The year looks as though it could be 1942, but the catalogue description states 1943.

Full text.

Hotel Lafayette
New York
<in BR’s hand:>
April 30, 1943
Dear Kallen
This is to introduce Mr Alexander, an Englishman who is concerned with matters that that might cause undesirable divergences between American & British propaganda. He is  at the present time concerned with the problem of a Jewish army, &  I suggested that he should see leaders of Jewish opinion in New York. It occurred to me that you might be willing to give him help & advice in this matter.
Yours sincerely
Bertrand Russell.


BR has recently written several articles for American publications and is anxious to see responses to them.

Carbon copies of this letter are filed at record 74530 and record 94614.


The note is signed B.R.R. and is presumed to be by Brian Roberts, who contributed "The Search". He doubts the quality of his piece and praises Joy Scovill's poem, "The Division". The note was inserted into the front of The Oxford Outlook, Vol. 10, no. 48 (Feb. 1929). It includes a review of BR's Sceptical Essays.

This journal issue did not come with the Russell Archives. The "T" indicates that it was acquired from Michael Thompson.


The CIA requests information on the BRPF in connection with the "mock trials' to be held in Paris re the IWCT. They are particularly interested in American travel agencies arranging tours for American observers; the selection of any American judges for the trial; and the activities of Russell Stetler when he is next in the United States in August.

Source: Central Intelligence Agency FOIA Electronic Reading Room, Doc. no. 0005425041


Shaw found Sceptical Essays interesting and though-provoking. However, he is shocked by BR's statement that "The real crime of Sacco and Vanzetti was that they were anarchists". He goes on to say that while it may be reasonable to doubt a jury, surely BR cannot doubt the "integrity of mind" of the Governor, Alvan T. Fuller, and his special counsellors, A. Lawrence Lowell, Samuel Wesley Straton, and Judge Robert Grant, based on the sources that BR would have had available in England.

Shaw continues that he is curious which sources led BR to his conclusions and asks him to provide them to him, so that his own mind might changed.


In response to Shaw's letter, BR feels that those involved in the Sacco and Vanzetti trial "were all actuated by political bias and political self-interest rather than judicial motives". He then provides sources, as requested by Shaw.


Newton relates BR's agreement to give an obituary of George Bernard Shaw on the occasion of his death. Newton suggests Matthews remind BR of this: "As he is sometimes forgetful — one is never quite sure when this is involuntary...." BR also stated that Shaw "is clearly immortal" and that the BBC is gambling if they think BR will outlive Shaw, but they should not have Shaw do an obituary for BR. He did one for himself back in the 1930s [1936].


Matthews confirms the details of a conversation BR had with W.M. Newton. BR will provide 1,300 words on George Bernard Shaw, an appreciation as opposed to a biography. BR is to send it as soon as possible. He also asks if BR would like to update the obituary he made of himself  for the BBC in the 1930s.


BR sends the script for his obituary of George Bernard Shaw, but suggests it may not be complimentary enough. He reminds Matthews of his condition: that he does not want Shaw to do his obituary.

The script seems to be the first half of the Virginia Quarterly article on Shaw; the typescript is at RA 220.019000.


Matthews acknowledges receipt of BR's Shaw obituary (see RA 220.019000).


Hole asks for BR's appreciation of Shaw to be returned when the Director of the Spoken Word has finished reading it.


BR will be paid for writing the appreciation of George Bernard Shaw, but not for the time recording it. He also asks him to correct any mistakes in the attached "news" obituary of himself:

"Would it amuse you to correct any mistakes in the attached 'news' obituary? Don't complain of its inadequacy! There will be other tributes, not to speak of the tears of the spirit shed by those of your disciples who happen to survive you. Yours sincerely, [unsigned]"

The writer is probably Kenneth Matthews, who in 1943 published British Philosophers.


Not a letter but a copy of an internal BBC communication re BR's payment for his 10-minute script on Bernard Shaw. 

BR was also sent a copy (record 57732).


The letter concerns arrangements to be made in advance of George Bernard Shaw's death. If Shaw passes away in the summer of 1949, can the Bangor office of the BBC send a car to Festiniog to collect BR, so that he may record the obituary he wrote for Shaw?


Arrangements in advance of George Bernard Shaw's death. If Shaw dies in the summer of 1949, can the Bangor office of the BBC send a car to Festiniog to collect BR, so that he may record the obituary he wrote for Shaw. The script would also need to be sent to Bangor, similar to arrangements made for Lord Inverchapel in Glasgow in the case of President Truman. 

Matthews goes on to discuss Truman's health.


The Bangor studio should be able to send a car for BR in the event of George Bernard Shaw's death. Jones requests that a copy of the script and BR's address be forwarded.


Matthews has sent a copy of BR's script to the studio in the event of George Bernard Shaw's death.


Matthews sends copy of BR's script for the occasion of George Bernard Shaw's death and details when BR should broadcast. He would broadcast live after the 9 o'clock news on the day of Shaw's death, or the next day.


Matthews confirms the arrangements for BR's broadcast in the event of George Bernard Shaw's death.


Thanks Matthews for the script and confirms arrangements to get BR to the studio when needed.


Bliss updates BR's residence in the event of George Bernard Shaw's death. BR is leaving for the United States, 1950/10/22. There is some concern BR might leave earlier, and there are several notations on the memo about Russell leaving.

[Shaw died 2 Nov. 1950. BR did not return from the US until  21 Nov., so he must not have broadcast his obituary news script.]


BR's passport, 1919-20.


BR's passport, 1931-41.


BR's passport, 1941-51.


BR's visa and British Labour delegation ID, 1920.


BR's passport, 1951-55.


A "with compliments" slip from the Master of Birkbeck College was inserted between pp. 354-5 of BR's A History of Western Philosophy (Russell's Library, no. 3138).


A blank slip of paper was inserted between pp. 10–11 of BR's Sceptical Essays (Russell's Library, no. 3103).


A pipe cleaner was inserted between pp. 308–9 of BR's An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (Russell's Library, no. 3133).


A business reply card was inserted between pp. 446–7 of BR's Human Knowledge (Russell's Library, no. 3144).


A business-card-size tag reading "A Merry Christmas from the Inner Sanctum" was paperclipped to the front endpaper of BR's A History of Western Philosophy (Russell's Library, no. 3136).


A delegate card for a meeting on Saturday 17 January. Year of the meeting inferred.


For a TL(CAR) of this letter, see record 4193.

An image of this letter is found in the Russell Archives copy of Mitsuo Kaneko's, Rasseru jin to shisō.


Full text. BR accepts Tucker's invitation to tea at the Civic Club. The item was for sale at PBA Galleries, lot 280, 26 February 2004; it was not sold.

c/o Wm. B. Feakins,
Times Building,
New York
6 Oct. 1927

Dear Miss Tucker

I should much enjoy an opportunity to accept your kind invitation to tea at the Civic Club, and I have no doubt a date could be found. Would you mind arranging it with Mr. Feakins? I never quite know what engagements he may be making for me.

Yours sincerely
Bertrand Russell

[In place of "Would you mind" Russell may have written "So would you mind".]



From the entry in the Fisher Library catalogue, 6.045: "A.L.S. (photocopy) to Prof. J.N. Wright concerning Stout’s lectures on the history of philosophy, which Russell attended."


Thanks for three Latin grammars. "I had not meant to beg a gift.…"


BR has received Damle's Philosophical Essays and likes "The Influence of Western Culture on India".


BR disagrees with Marsh's treatment of "St James's", with BR opposing the American Yerkes re-signing of the Underground.


"Although I cannot accept your proposal [to write a book], I should like to express my emphatic sympathy with the aims of the Asian Socialist Conference."


"I was interested to see Einstein's words to you but I had no further information to add to them."


"I very much respect your determination to make the public aware of the [nuclear] dangers that are being incurred, but I should wish to see the Medical Association's Report in order to be sure of not misrepresenting expert opinion. As soon as I have sufficient information I shall be glad to do what I can to help you."


BR approves of Waller's article and returns the manuscript. "… I do not think I have a right to quote publicly a remark made in private conversation without obtaining the consent of the person who made the remark."


"I find myself unable to think of a topic interesting to the prisoners which I could treat in a manner satisfactory both to the prison authorities and to my own convictions. I should like to approach the prisoners as an alumnus of the neighbouring institution at Brixton, but I feel that would be thought inappropriate.…"


BR provides bibliographical information on the Sobell case. Indications are that he mailed separate replies to Glickman and Nicol, but the dictation has only the single text.


BR is glad James is willing to help secure justice for Sobell.


"… my suggestion about sterilizing all but 5% of males and 30% of females was in a nightmare picture of horrors to be dreaded and by no means something that I advocated."


BR encloses £50 as Tylor requested in his letter of 23 March.


"Such letters are an encouragement to work in which there are many setbacks, and I am grateful to you for writing."


"… as you have published three hostile letters from Americans it is only fair that your readers should know that I have American support." BR wishes to quote from a letter from Corliss Lamont.


" > Bokil Thanks for book".


"10 guineas > Boyd".


" No > Leslie". It is a conjecture that the recipient was to be Leslie G.D. Smith.


"I did not say 'that the human race will most likely be extinguished by the end of the century'. I said that the chances of extinction or survival were even."


"Italian Common Sense & > Torazzi signed".


"As you will know, although I was anxious not to quarrel with Canon Collins, events have forced a public disagreement on the question of Direct Action. I am afraid this may have a bad effect at Scarborough, which I shall deeply regret."


"I am quite willing, in principle, to see Mr. Dwight Macdonald … when I am in London I am very busy with 'treasons, stratagems and spoils'."


BR consents to Fanti's suggestions, but the legal rights are the publisher's.


BR approves and has sent the letter to Lord Nathan. See record 117428.


See record 117428.


"I am entirely willing that you should use the quotation that you mention and I am glad to hear that you are making a Christmas card illustrating it."


"I am quite willing to be a Vice-President of the Byron House Association.… but …I am about to become a law-breaker.…"


"It was most kind of you to telephone to me in such a forgiving and friendly spirit and I am much relieved that you do not think irreparable harm has been done. I am very grateful indeed as I have been admiring you and your stand and should have hated anything that impaired friendly relations between you and me. With warmest wishes for your success at Scarborough."


Mondejar asks BR to "intercede [with] your friend Fidel Castro" to spare the life of Gutierrez Menoyos.

At the foot the sender has put "C/P José Martí" after the term "Presidente". Presumably Mondejar is president of a José Martí  organization. Martí  himself died in 1895.

This telegram was received in Bangor. The text is the same as document .185613, record 65957 although that document has transcription errors.



Patricia describes how BR would approach discussing "Liberty in War-Time. She refers to BR's recent letter from a student who was a conscientious objector. This letter belongs in the sequence with record 118628.


A collection of emails and memos, and copies of 1940s clippings, about BR's residence from 1940 to 1942.


Invoice showing the number of time BR ordered wine or tea and coffee. These were inserted into the front of his Math notebook.


Invoice for breakfast sent to BR's room. This includes the unpaid balance up to that point. These were inserted into the front of his Math notebook.


This letter was inserted between pp. 420–1 of The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. 2 (Russell's Library, no. 1181).

An announcement of a meeting on 1931/01/05 at 6 pm at the Masonic Lodge. Concerns Herbert William Thompson, Charles William Croxon, and Herbert John Goff. Evening dress.



BR's notes on the text were inserted into Couturat's Opuscules et fragments inédits de Leibniz (Russell Library, no. 1070).


An advertisement card for the book's publisher, G. Bell and Sons, was inserted between pp. 70–1 of Köhler's Gestalt Psychology (Russell's Library, no. 1622).


An index card with notes on it was inserted between pp. 334-5 of Wallace's The Logic of Hegel (Russell's Library, no. 1596). The notes are in an unidentified hand.