BRACERS Record Detail
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Dunham writes in detail about his memories of the Barnes affair.
He and his wife had the Russells to tea. "They talked about the abusive letters that Barnes had written them. 'Why,' said Patricia, 'he's almost as obscene as you Bertie.' (You may think you can't use this, but I hope you will: it was true banter.)" "When the dismissal came, Barnes made use of his henchmen, who were all henchwomen (an odd lot, mostly with bulldog faces), to abuse Russell in the press." Dunham thinks he did not do enough to help BR. "Russell wrote me, inquiring about a possible job at Temple. I didn't press for this as much as I should have."
"In the fall of 1932, I took a seminar at Harvard with Alfred North Whitehead, in the course of which he made one or two jests about Russell: e.g. 'Russell is always telling us what we can never know."
When Dunham told BR he had had Whitehead as a teacher, BR asked: "Did you understand him?" The letter ends with Dunham's thoughts on BR's influence.
Record last modified 2020/04/09
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