Editor’s note: The letter is in the Prior archive box 3 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and has been transcribed and commented by David Jakobsen and Martin Prior.
Letter from J.J.C. Smart to A.N. Prior,
February 28, 1955
Congratulations on the John Locke lectureship. That is very good news (though
surprising). You will do them a lot of good, and no doubt shake some of them out of complacency,
besides teaching them some formal logic.
don’t know of anyone who’d be able to teach logic in the way you’d
like. Maybe you’ll have to
back! I must seriously consider the possibility of coming over to see you in May.
(For various reasons I doubt if I’d be able to get around in Augus
t.) But I must try to see you before
you go. Fortunately airmail to Oxford doesn’t take much longer than airmail to Christchurch. I
don’t anticipate going until 1957 (or the very end of 1956) as Gilbert is due out here in ’56 and I’d
want to be on the spot
then. So you and I might be on different sides of the world for 2 years or
Editor’s note: The letter is in the Prior archive box 3 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and has been transcribed and
David Jakobsen and Martin Prior
Martin Prior notes that
B is Gillian Que
, who would lat
er be married to Jonathan
Bennett, an earlier student of Prior.