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Forth-two American Rhodes Scholars studying at present in Oxford addressed an open letter to President Conant expressing regret at the dismissals of Drs. Walsh and Sweezy, it was learned yesterday.
The statement expressed regret that the circumstances surrounding the dismissals were cause to "fear that liberty of opinion is being curtailed." Three Harvard graduates of the Class of 1934 signed, daniel J. Boorstin, Richard M. Goodwin, and Richard B. Schlatter.
The letter ran as follows: "We, the undersigned American Rhodes Cholars, firmly believing in the principle of free inquiry in American universities, and hoping that the great privately endowed institutions might be foremost in upholding that freedom, regret that Harvard has given cause by the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Dr. J. R. Walsh an Dr. A. R. Sweezy to fear that liberty of opinion is being curtailed."
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