[ The Pythic Club, Christ Church, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed from B. H. Willett to Sir Richard Harington, describing this 'very old secret society in the House'.

B. H. Willett [ Bernard Hastings Willett ] (1880-1949) of Christ Church, Oxford, cricketer [ Sir Richard Harington (1835–1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet; The Pythic Club ]
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On letterhead of Christ Church, Oxford. 6 June [ 1902 ].

3pp., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed 'Private & Confidential'. Harington having written to say that he does not know 'anything about the Pythic Society', Willett points out that '[a]ccording to the books of the Society you were elected to the Society on March 6th 1882. | The Pythic is a very old secret [last word underlined] society in the House being founded in 1845 by the late Lord Dufferin. | No one in the House knows of its existance [sic] except the members & if anyone finds out he has to be at once elected a member in order to secure the necessary secrecy'.

Typed Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon copy of the secretary's reply.

Captain Basil Rupert Willett [MARCONI; RADAR]
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Letter: 9 July 1947, on letterhead of 'MARCONI'S WIRELESS TELEGRAPH COMPANY LIMITED'; carbon copy: 10 July 1947, no place.

Willett (died 1966) and C. E. Horton were the two Royal Navy representatives to whom, in the autumn of 1940, it was demonstrated that the 10cm ground-based, experimental radar equipment could track ships. LETTER (one page, octavo, creased and grubby, with staple holes to one corner, stamped and docketed): Acknowledges a letter of 4 July, and is 'honoured to accept the invitation of the Council of the Royal Society of Arts to seek election as a Fellow of the Society'. Encloses a 'Form of Proposal' and a cheque (neither present) and suggests the setting up of a banker's order.

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