England, 1931, and Mahatma Gandhi

Bill Jr.:  

In October-November, 1931, Dad, in his role as secretary of the C.L.I.D., was invited by Horace Fort, W.G. Peck and V.G. Demant to visit England for a series of meetings.  William Temple, the Archbishop of Manchester, was in the background.  At the time, a young Joseph F. Fletcher was a student at the London School for Economics and he was very much interested in the ministry of William Temple.  (Eventually, of course, this became the subject of Joe’s first major book, William Temple, Twentieth-Century Christian, well before he became known as an innovative and primary ethicist, particularly in the bio-medical field, and before he became my professor, mentor, and God father to my children.)

Dad took us out of the Demarest schools for those two months saying to the teachers that such a trip would be educationally beneficial.  They obliged by developing two months worth of classes for my sister Marcia and me, which we were to do on shipboard and on our journeys.

We sailed on the S.S. American Banker, a tramp steamer of the United States Lines. It took us twenty-one rough days in the northern Atlantic to get up the Thames.  A vivid memory is of Dad and me going down to the cook’s galley to listen Continue reading “England, 1931, and Mahatma Gandhi”