British Council

“There yesterday evening left England a certain Mr. J.P. Curgenven, who, as you will have learned from our telegram on 20th December, is arriving on December 25th at Sofia by the Simplon to act as temporary Reader in English at the University for the period of the war.

Curgenven is not a very impressive person to look at and is shy and halting in manner. He had, however, exceptionally good university qualifications and there was little doubt that he seemed to be the most suitable candidate that we interviewed. In addition, he is musical, which I considered to be an advantage in Sofia. Moreover, he is serious, as are the Bulgarians.”

22 December 1939
Letter from Boyd Tollinnton to the British Legation in Sofia