26 A.B.A. J. 935 (1940)
London Letter

handle is hein.journals/abaj26 and id is 961 raw text is: THE HONOUEABLE SOCIETY OF THE
MIDDLE TEMPLE
October 10th, 1940.
Dear Mr. Lavery,
Thank you very much for your kind
letter of September 17th, and please for-
give the delay in answering it. You will
appreciate by the contents of the Lon-
don Letter for your December number
which I forward herewith, that we have
had a fairly hectic time here, and I fear
it has interrupted my correspondence a
little as I have sundry ARP duties to
perform in addition to my usual job of
work. The absence of my assistant does
not improve matters.
I look forward to seeing the October
issue of the Journal and, with regard
to your very kind offer of spare copies,
should like to express my appreciation.
May I have half a dozen copies? I pur-
posely keep my request
moderate as the Import
f Goods (Prohibition)
(Consolidation)  Or-
der, 1939 forbids the
import of Books and
other printed matte,
for reading purposes.
. . . other than those
imported in single
copies through the
post. It would, there-
fore, be necessary for
you to send even six
copies in separate
postal packets, and I
do not wish to put you
to any expense which
can be avoided.
I am happy to say
that, in spite of these
trying times, most of
us keep smiling. Those
who have lost friends
and relatives in the
bombings can hardly
be expected to smile
yet, but if they lack
the  power, tempor-
arily, to smile, their
resolution to see the
thing through is tre-
mendously increased.
No due even thinks of
stopping  till Hitler
and all that he stands
for, is smashed.
With warmest re-
gards and best wishes,
Sincerely yours,
H. A. C. STURGESS,
Librarian and Keeper
of the Records.

London Letter
London, October io, 1940
A T the time of writing, the war
seems to be occupying the greater
part of one's thoughts, and more par-
ticularly is this the case among the
legal profession, since the Bar and the
Inns of Court have received their due
share, or perhaps more than their due
share, of the result of Nazi hatred, as
exemplified by the random bombing of
non-military objects in London. Inci-
dentally, it may be said that what the
enemy hopes to gain by it is beyond the
comprehension  of   anyone  in  this
country.
The first bit of frightfulness experi-
enced by the Inns of Court was a high-
explosive bomb in the garden of Gray's
Inn, which did no more damage than

Library, Inner Temple.
935

the shattering of windows in chambers
around the garden and the making of
a large crater in the lawn. Later the
Inner Temple Library was hit and the
clock-tower, which contained the stair-
case leading to the Library, was almost
entirely  demolished.  The  staircase
itself had completely disappeared and
the clock, one face of which was still
visible, registered the time of the event
as ten minutes to four. Much of what
remained of the tower has been taken
down   as a measure of precaution
against further damage.  This clock-
tower was erected after an ancient
tower built of chalk, rubble, and rag-
stone, surmounted by a wooden cupola
with a bell had been pulled down in
1866. A few books could be seen, after
the explosion, lodged precariously on
twisted girders high
in the tower, and
others were found in
the ruins below, but
it is  gratifying  to
know that little dam-
age has been done to
the contents of the
Library, although two
4       other rooms suffered
as a result of flying
glass and rubble,
It might have been
thought that, by the
law of averages, the
Inner Temple would
escape further dam-
a-ge, but a few nights
later the Temple as a
w h o e received an-
other visit-this time.
unfortunately, attend-
ed with more serious
results. The beautiful
Inner Temple Hall, in
which so many mem-
bers of the American
Bar were entertained
on the memorable oc-
casion of their visit
to this country in
1924, suffered a direct
hit by a high-explo-
sive bomb. The walls
of the building still
stand, but much dam-
age has been done to
the roof and to the
interior. Not a piece
of the beautiful her-
aldic glass remains in
the windows, and
many of the pictures
have suffered. It will

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