This is a note sent to Bertrand Russell by Sir Alan
Lascelles, the King's Private Secretary, on behalf of
King George the VI. The note says:
25. iv. 1949.
Personal & Confidential.
My dear Lord Russell,
It would give The King much
pleasure to confer on you the Order of Merit, on the
occasion of His Majesty's official birthday on June 9th.
Would you let me know if this suggestion is agreeable to