720R. Harrod to Wilhelmine Cresswell, 1 December 1937 [a]

Continues at 722 R. "I have posted a letter to the Times. [1] I rang up Patrick. He said that they had an article yesterday and could not digest another for some time. [2] Can you think of any other organ for scoring off A. P. H.?". [3]

  1. 1. Harrod, "Figures of the Birth-Rate" ( 1937:17 ), here as press item 17 --see in particular note 1 for context. Earlier on the same day, Harrod wrote to Billa "I wrote to the Times on my way up last night. I am not quite sure that the letter is good enough" (in HPBL Add. 72777/154).

    2. Probably Patrick Monkhouse, the literary editor of the Evening Standard. The article referred to is "We Grow Older--and Fewer", by G. M. Thomson (30 November 1937, p. 7).

    3. Refers to a speech by A. P. Herbert ( the Member of Parliament representing the University of Oxford) before the House of Commons on 29 November 1937 opposing the Population (Statistics) Bill (see Official Reports, Fifth Series. Parliamentary Debates. Commons, vol. 329, in particular pp. 1719-20 and 1748-60). Herbert himself, by replying to Harrod's letter in the columns of The Times, offered Harrod the desired chance to rejoin: "The Population Bill", Harrod 1937:18 , here as press item 18 ; see in particular note 1 for context. The speech was reported in The Times's leader of 30 November on "The Fall in the Birth-Rate. Minister's Plea for more Statistics" (p. 8).

    1. a. From Christ Church, Oxford#, APcS, in HPBL Add. 72777/158.


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