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Antonin Besse of Aden: The Founder of St Antony’s College by David Footman

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But his case was helped by the nature and location of his assets. A stock of perishable produce in a godown in Hodeida or Diredawa is not very easy for anyone in London or Yeovil to tum into cash. The creditors - wisely as the event was to show - preferred to trust AB. II The final document or Indenture is dated August 22nd, 1921, and was registered at the Supreme Court on 29 August. The parties to it were AB, Stoner, the various creditors and three Trustees. These last had the task of receiving the remittances from AB and arranging for their distribution.

The operation appeared to be successful. Courmont's one idea now was to take her back to France, and he wrote urgently to ask AB whom he should leave in charge at Aden, and to request permission to take an advance on his salary. AB replied by return. . although I shall soon be back in Aden I do not feel, in view of your insistence, that I can ask you to wait. You may therefore hand over the management to my wife. I would have liked to consent to your taking an advance, but I am living here with the strictest economy and in my present position any sum, however small, might be vital.

AB was angry. ' In early May 1920 AB left Aden for Europe. 7 The Crisis I It may well be that AB returned to Europe in the late spring of 1920 with his mind turned towards those exciting horizons opened up by his Paris visit the previous autumn. Soon after arriving in Brussels he wrote to Courmont that a turning point in his career might be at hand, that he might be about to switch his activities to a less profitable but more worth-while field: he wished he could be quite alone for a few days to think things out.

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