642. Mitchell to Harrod , 2 March 1937 [a]

161, West Twelfth Street, [Cambridge] #

2 March 1937

Dear Harrod:

I have read your account of instruction in economics at Oxford with lively interest. It is a graceful as well as a manly paper. Your references to my own stay at Oxford are most generous. [1]

But what interests me most is your comment upon Edgeworth's lectures. [2] Numerous people have told me strange stories about their disorganized and incomprehensible character. I have always entertained doubts about these reports; for no one could write the beautiful essays that Edgeworth turned out in such number unless he had remarkable powers in organizing ideas. Also my personal contacts with Edgeworth in 1913, though fewer and briefer than I liked, made me believe that he must have been [b] a wonderful teacher. What you say solves the riddle. To a student with the preparation and the power of thought to understand, he was a great teacher, and those who could make little of what he said had their own deficiencies to thank. I hope many of the widely dispersed folk who honor Edgeworth's memory may read this paper of yours and derive from it pleasure of the sort it has given me.

Yours faithfully,

Wesley C. Mitchell

R. F. Harrod, Esq., Christ Church, Oxford, England

  1. 1. Harrod, "L'Université d'Oxford" ( 1937:5 ), pp. 87-89.

    2. Harrod, "L'Université d'Oxford" ( 1937:5 ), pp. 79-80.

    1. a. TLS with autograph correction, one page, in HP IV-1238-1254/16. Cc in WCMP C.

      b. TS: «must a wonderful».


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