[ The Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in the aftermath to the Great War. ] Typed circular, with cyclostyled signature of 'O. Murray' [ Sir Oswyn Murray ], inviting the parents of cadets to withdraw their offspring as fewer officers are needed.

Sir Oswyn Murray [ Sir Oswyn Alexander Ruthven Murray ] (1873-1936), Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty, 1917-1936 [ Sir Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court ]
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Embossed letterhead of the Admiralty, S.W.1. [ London ] 1 March 1920. [ 'C. W. 3832.' ]
SKU: 19952

2pp., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged. In good condition, lightly aged and neatly folded. Addressed with typed name of 'Sir R. Harington, Bart.', followed by his address 'Whitbourne Court, | Worcester' in manuscript. Seven numbered paragraphs, the first reading: 'Sir, | I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you that they regret that owing to a considerable reduction in the number of Officers required to meet the needs of the Royal Navy after the War, it has become necessary, and is in the best interests of the Cadets themselves, that the numbers due to pass out of the R. N. College, Dartmouth between August 1920 and August 1922, both dates inclusive, should be reduced by approximately 40%.' The third paragraph explains, under subheadings a and b, the way in which the number of cadets 'allowed to pass out of Dartmouth in August. 1920 will be limited to 57'. A 'withdrawal grant of £300' will be given to the parent or guardian of any boy withdrawn. The final paragraph explains that 'the number of Cadets withdrawn voluntarily will govern the number to be selected by the Admiralty for withdrawal at the July examination'. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington, 12th Baronet (1861-1931), Puisne Judge in India, and High Sheriff of Herefordshire.