77R. R. H. Dundas to Harrod, 20 July 1924 [a]

Replies to a letter not found (which was also shown to Feiling, Masterman, and White, the Dean of Christ Church: see letters 78 R and 79 R), in which Harrod seems to have inquired on the possibility of giving up the teaching of history in favour of philosophy (or possibly to switch to philosophy altogether). Dundas points out that it is already too late for such an application, and explains that Harrod would not have many chances of success if he decided to run against Gates. [1] As his economics is surely better than his philosophy he advises him to be an economist. He remarked that Harrod's teaching met "with universal applause & little worthy competition." [2]

  1. 1. Sylvester G. Gates, of New College, applied for the succession of a philosophy lectureship at Christ Church left vacant by the resignation of C. W. H. Sutton. Harrod himself seems to have "sponsored" Gates's application (Gates to Harrod, 5 July 1924, in HPBL Add 71616/171), which rather puzzled Dundas.

    2. Harrod was elected lecturer in economics (two thirds) and history (one third) at Christ Church on 3 July 1923. The economics teaching was on "Money" and "Monetary Theory", while the historical lectures were on "English Currency and Banking Problems (XIX Century)" (Hilary 1924, Hilary 1925 and Michaelmas 1926).

    1. a. From Christ Church # , six pages ALI, in HPBL Add 71611/9-11.


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