29R. H. B. W. Joseph to Harrod, 1 August 1922 [a]
Joseph congratulates on Harrod's First,  which he thought even more impressive as Harrod had been through deep waters.  Joseph is convinced that Harrod will do well his work as a teacher at Christ Church.
2. During his undergraduate years at Oxford, Harrod suffered the consequences of one of the worse phases of the depression with which his mother Frances Harrod was affected, and had a nervous breakdown (see note 1 to letter 8 R), which was followed by a second one in 1928 (see note 1 to letter 156 ). He later described these years as follows:
[On Harrod's activity with the Oxford University Liberal Club see note 1 to letter 7 R. It should be added that Harrod also took part in the activities of the Eighty Club: invitations to meetings are preserved in HPBL Add. 72734, including some from Sir Charles Hobhouse to attend meetings in his rooms in Picadilly to have "frank discussions in form of short speeches on the Progress of Liberalism". The Eighty Club was the successor to the Grey Committee which played a prominent role in securing the election of the Liberal Party to power in 1880. It was not a university, but a national society, formed in 1881 to act as a forum for debate and for establishing close ties with university Liberal clubs; it provided speakers and lecturers to university associations, especially in general election campaigns.
Evidence survives regarding Harrod's society life. He was a member of the Russell and Palmerston Club (see note 1 to letter 34 R), of the Oxford University Dramatic Society (he was elected a member at the committee meeting held on 18 June 1919; the society existed --and still exists-- to put on theatrical performances; Harrod does not seem to have taken an active part in its running: minute book, in OUDS, Dep. d.500), of The Pagans (a society whose meetings were principally dedicated to literary discussions), of the Jowett Society (see note 1 to letter 19 R), of the New College Essay Society, 1919-22 (Harrod preserved menus and lists of toasts, now in HPBL Add. 72768/106-15) and of the New College XX Club, 1919-21 (menus and toasts are preserved in HPBL Add. 72768/116-20)].
- a. From Examination Schools, Oxford # , two pages ALS, in HPBL Add 72730/37.
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