Letter from Thomas Fielding Johnson

Preserved in the University archives, this is the letter which Thomas Fielding Johnson sent to the Mayor of Leicester in April 1919 announcing his purchase of the 'Old Asylum' as the site for a living war memorial of two schools and a University College.

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"Peace will only be the end of the first stage of the great struggle. We shall then find ourselves faced by a big problem. Only the best services of which we are capable can then enable us to meet the huge financial expenditures which we shall have to face. It will be necessary for us to make the best use of the best brains of our nation, and I cannot imagine anything which would give a greater feeling of satisfaction to those who have risked everything for our safety, than the knowledge that we have resolved to follow up their heroism on the battlefield by a determined resolve to train our powers for the strenuous battle to follow."

FW Bennett, letter to Leicester Daily Post, 7 December 1917