852R. Harrod to Archibald Sinclair, 11 October 1938 [a]

Follows on from 851 , answered by 856 R. Harrod sends an account of Oxford's reaction to his plan. [1]

  1. 1. On 11 October the Oxford Mail published a selection of letters in support of the viewpoint expressed in "Appeal for Liberal-Labour Agreement at Oxford" (Harrod 1938:20 , press item 28 ; see in particular note 6 ), and interviewed H. S. Richardson, the president of the local section of the Labour Party and the Liberal candidate Ivor Davies. The former expressed his personal opinion to be in favor of Harrod's suggestion, while Davies asked to be approached by Labour.

    Cuttings of some letters from readers in support of Harrod's proposal and an interview with the Liberal candidate which appeared in the Oxford Mail on 11 October are filed together with Harrod's letter to Sinclair in THRS III 23/4; additional copies in HP VI-500.

    Besides the correspondence in the press, in the following days Harrod received a number of letters commenting upon his part in promoting Lindsay's candidature. On 12 October Scott-Stokes thanked Harrod for sending him a copy of the article, and commented on the Labour Party's intransigence (see note 1 to letter 856 R); on 14 October, an unidentified Member of Parliament thanked for Harrod's comments on the political situation (in HP VI-501-502/2). On 15 October Gilbert Murray commented that Harrod's doctrine seemed too good to be true, although he could not find the flaw in it (in HPBL Add. 71186/30; later Murray wrote in support of Lindsay and against the Conservatives: see "Oxford Contest Nearing its Close", Manchester Guardian, 25 October 1938, p. 12). On 17 October, when the Labour's and Liberal's support to Lindsay was secured, Scott-Stokes commented: "Congratulations! Go in & win--& may the rest of England follow suit ..." (in HP VI-501-502/4). Sinclair also wrote on similar terms (see letter 857 R). On 20 October Keynes sent a contribution towards the expenses for Lindsay's campaign (letter 859 R), and on 23 October Henry Andrews commented on the international political situation, blaming Chamberlain for the lack of reaction against the Germans (in HPBL Add 71613/206-8).

    1. a. From Christ Church # , ALS, one page, in THRS III 23/4 (Churchill Archives Centre, courtesy of the Master and Fellows of Churchill College, Cambridge, and the Keeper and staff of Churchill Archives Centre).


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