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PANKHURST, E. Sylvia.

Typed letter signed.

14 March 1939 Stock Code: 137160
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A typed letter signed by Sylvia Pankhurst on New Times and Ethiopia News headed paper. In the letter Pankhurst thanks Edward Philip Ockey for his help with her Esperanto, and notes that she hopes he "will be able to bring our paper to the notice of others". Ockey (1913-2006) was editor of the British Esperantist and a port officer who served with the 132 Field Ambulance during the Second World War. He was involved with the promotion of Esperanto throughout his life and in 1982 published a Bibliography of Esperanto Dictionaries and Terminologies.

Sylvia Pankhurst founded the weekly journal New Times and Ethiopian News in response to the invasion of Ethiopia by Italian fascists in 1935. She edited the journal, which publicised the efforts made by Emperor Haile Selassie to persuade the League of Nations to prevent colonisation, for twenty years. Pankhurst was interested in Esperanto and the role it could play in the development of international socialism from the early 1920s and from 26 November 1921 included a regular series of Esperanto lessons featured in her journal the Workers' Dreadnought as a key to fighting nationalism. In 1927 she wrote a short book on the subject Delphos; the Future of International Language, in which she advocates for widespread use of Giuseppe Peano's version of Latin, Interlingua, citing Esperanto's use of accents as a potential barrier for wider adoption. In the letter Pankhurst also references the educationalist and author of Passive Polyglotism (1936) Delfi Dalmau (1891-1965), who was a member of the London Linguaphone Institute at the time.

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Description

Single leaf of New Times and Ethiopia News headed paper (268 x 210 mm), typescript to recto only, hole punches to left hand margin.

Condition

Prior creases from folding for postage, lightly foxed, slight tears to hole punches.

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