276. D. H. Robertson to Harrod , 14 January 1933 [a]

[Replies to a letter not found. Follows on from 275 ]

The Links Hotel, Crowborough, Sussex #

14 January 1933

My dear Roy,

Sorry for delay,--owing to a muddle about forwarding I have only just got your letter.

It is a nuisance for you about the foreign balance. [1] I also, to say truth, find JMK pretty consumptive nowadays to anything that isn't in his own Gedankengang, and I don't think I can do any good by intervening, esp. as I think I agree more with him than with you on this particular thing! As he is editor in chief and I only ass[istan]t editor to help in the carding-room so to speak, [2] I think I must leave it to you & him. But I feel myself, as I said before, that the original idea that the series should contain nothing but "generally accepted doctrine" has become impossible of fulfilment with the (let us hope temporary) attenuation of the body of the latter, and JMK's revised preface really makes this plain. [3] Personally I am more anxious that what is said shouldn't be woolly than that it shouldn't be heretical or controversial. Woolliness is the last thing that would ever issue from an unfettered you, but I do fear lest the attempt at compromise should lead to something of the sort. However I suppose you had better do your best.

I dare say it would encourage Christian [4] to have the early chapters at once,--perhaps you have already sent them. In that case I will read them in proof. But if you would prefer to send him the whole thing together, and are doing the re-draft forthwith, I could re-read the earlier chapters in the latter days of next week--not very well before, now. I return to Treatise on Money.

Yours

DHR.

  1. 1. Refers to Harrod's correspondence with Keynes on chapter VI of International Economics ( 1933:10 ): see letters 273 and 274 .

    2. Refers to the Cambridge Economic Handbook series.

    3. In the older introduction to the Cambridge Economic Handbooks series, Keynes maintained that the theory of economics, although not complete, was only rarely seeing important improvements in its elements. By 1928, however, Keynes had to admit that "traditional treatments and traditional solutions are being questioned, improved and revised", and took for granted that "controversy and doubt" would find their way into the treatment of the books belonging to the series.

    4. Christian was the Director of Nisbet & Co, publishers of the Cambridge Economic Handbook series jointly with the Cambridge University Press.

    1. a. ALI, two pages on one leaf, in HP IV-990-1069d/16.


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