715R. Harrod to Wilhelmine Cresswell, 15 November 1937 [a]

"I have been invited to be President of the Economic Section of the British Association for 1938. This is a bit of an honour, especially as it is rather a star year, the meeting being in Cambridge. It is apt to be in places like Nottingham, Blackpool etc.". "It is a bit of an asset to have been president of the Section of the British Ass. I think I cannot afford to despise any such asset. And undoubtedly the meeting at Cambridge will be the most pleasant for a number of years to come." [1]

  1. 1. Harrod accepted the invitation, and invested much energy in the organization of the Cambridge meeting: he contacted a number of speakers (in particular Keynes--letters 749 R and following--, Marschak--letter 742 R--and Tinbergen--letter 743 R), organized sessions (in particular one on costs, where the results of the Oxford Economists' Research Group were expounded: see note 1 to letter 797 R and note 4 to letter 820 ), and tried to ensure participation of a number of colleagues (Robertson--letters 746 , 748 and 805 --, Kaldor--letters 802 and 803 --, Robbins--letter 737 --, Kahn--letter 764 R). It was felt that Harrod organized one of the best meetings in years (letter 820 ; Fay, in a letter to Harrod of 26 August 1938, catalogued but not found among Harrod's papers, is reported to have written: "Your presidency was, I think, unusually successful. ... the Section will now become a rallying point for the young economists": Riley-Smith, The Papers of Sir Roy Harrod, Norfolk, undated--but 1982--, p. 158; James Bonar also commented on Harrod's success in the president's chair: letter of 7 October 1938, in HPBL Add. 72764/130. See also the report in the Economic Journal, "The British Association Section F", December 1938, p. 751).
    1. a. From Christ Church, Oxford#, ALS, three pages, in HPBL Add. 72777/106-7.


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