October 4, 1952
Ron. larl Fairoloth
Thank you very nmuh for your letter of October 2. There is nothing better
I would like to do than to make a talk on international relations, particularly
at this time. It also happens that the dates you have suggested are satisfactory;
indeed, those three nights are among the few olear spots on my calendar at this
time. October 21, 22, or 23 are available, but I believe Tuesday, October 21 or
Thursday, October 23 are somewhat preferable, especially Thursday, Ooteber 23.
As you know, a Board of Control ruling prevents members of the faculty from
participating in partisan politics and from addressing political meetings. This
university also interprets our participation in politics as a violation of the
Hatch Act, since we are a land-grant college and get federal funds. This is a
tortured interpretation of the act, and to my knowledge this is the only land-grant
college which makes such an interpretation. Perhaps some day we will fe41 sure
enough of ourselves here to be more mature in t4is matter. However, these are
the rules and therefore the more you can disguise the nature of the meeting the
better. It might be well to have some other people, not connected with the Club,
participate in the affair along with the Club members. It might even be well to
have some non-club member intbduoe me, although personally I could ask for no
better introducer than you. Indeed, it might be well to have the meeting sponsored
under a different nane or oo-sponsored. This might even prove to be more effective,
more persuasive. However, I shall come and talk to you on my favorite subject, in-
ternational relations, no matter how you arrange things. I merely mention all this
in order that you will be as cautiosaams possible.
You are free to broadcast the speech or not, just as you like. But I warn
you: the speech will be an hour or more, for whon I really get wound up on this
subject I lose all sense of time. However, I think the audience will like it and
and perhaps lose some sense of time too.
In the way of publicity,; you may state that I write frequently on international
affairs and American policy in such magazines as Hayper'!. NML & an DOjL a f2-
lviaE, aT& AM e MrioMa a
ioan foreign policy. Also, it might be well to mention that I have studied con-
ditions in aurope at first hand during two long Buropean trips within the pastttwe
years. Many of my observations have appeared in these magazines just mentioned and
There is no doubt that foreign policy is the one big issue of this oaapaign.
It is the one thing that will make a difference a very great difference -
after the election. It is disgusting the degree to which phony issues have been
interjected into this campaign. I a pleased that you in allahassee are putting
on such an active campaign. I have heard good reports about the Sparkman meeting
and I know Claude will score a hit when he speaks.
My regards to Claude and Jack.
Villiam 0. Carleton
P. S. What you say about a modest honorarium to sever my expenses and a
"suite" at the Dvral is satisfactory with me.