Letter declining to stand as University Rector
Scope and Contents
The gist of the letter is that Trotsky was unable to accept the invitation to stand in the election.
The letter is signed with a flourished though faded 'L. Trotsky'.
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
It was Viscount Allenby of Megiddo who went on to become the Edinburgh University Rector in 1935, though he died very suddenly in London the following year from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm - on 14 May 1936. Sir Herbert John Clifford Grierson then stepped up us Rector.
Just a year after the invitation from Edinburgh students, in 1936, Trotsky settled in Mexico. But, on 20 August 1940, acting on the orders of Stalin, Ramon Mercader attacked Trotsky with an ice pick and he died the next day.
1 page (1 page of typewritten text (letter))
1 envelope (Original envelope)
- Letter from Leon Trotsky to the students of Edinburgh University, 7 June 1935