754. J. M. Keynes to Harrod , 26 January 1938 [a]



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Tilton, Firle, Sussex #

26 January 1938

My dear Roy,

Thanks for your letter. [1] I will await developments.

Are you clear, however, that the subject is the most suitable for the occasion of your presidential address? This is, as you are well aware, a somewhat popular occasion, and, as the President's address gets a fairly good summary in the press, [2] it is not a bad platform for matters of general interest. But what you have in mind looks very serious and academic for such an occasion. Couldn't you give the whole thing rather a different twist, dealing, for example, with such matters as Barbara Wootton [b] has handled I gather (I have not yet read the book) in her "Lament for Economics", [3] though I hope yours would be a Laurel for Economics?

Yours ever,


  1. 1. Refers to Harrod's letter of 25 January 1938, summarized in note 2 to letter 751 R.

    2. The Times, for instance, dedicated a whole page to the Cambridge meeting, summarizing the presidential addresses in "Economic Science and Statistics. `Eve of a Great Advance'" (The Times, 20 August 1938, p. 15).

    3. B. Wootton, Lament for Economics, London: Allen & Unwin, 1938.

    1. a. TLI with autograph corrections, one page, with envelope addressed to 6 Beaumont Street, Oxford, in KHLM 19; CcI in JMK, EJ/1/5/37. Reproduced by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, King's College, Cambridge.

      b. Ts: «Wotton».

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