Two Memoirs: Dr. Melchior, a Defeated Enemy, and My Early Beliefs

Two Memoirs: Dr. Melchior, a Defeated Enemy, and My Early Beliefs

Two Memoirs: Dr. Melchior, a Defeated Enemy, and My Early Beliefs

Two Memoirs: Dr. Melchior, a Defeated Enemy, and My Early Beliefs

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The two memoirs printed here were written by the late Lord Keynes to read to a small audience of old and intimate friends, of whom I was one. Over a long period, we met together two or three times a year, dined at a restaurant, and after dinner revived our memories of the past by listening to one, or more often two, memoirs read aloud by different members of our company.

In later years such meetings were frequently held in Lord Keynes's house--once, I remember, we met on a summer evening at Tilton under the South Downs. Very frequently we met at No 46 Gordon Square.

Lydia would welcome us and usher us upstairs to the great room which Maynard had had constructed by throwing the drawing-rooms of Nos 46 and 47 into one. Maynard would lie, half-reclining on a couch, to rest his heart, with a reading-lamp beside him and his head in shadow, joining in sometimes with his own memories of the events or persons spoken of by whoever was reading.

The first of these memoirs needs no introduction--the subject is of great historical importance. It provides an extremely clear analysis of the characters and the lives of the men responsible for continuing the food-blockade of Germany in 1919 . . .

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