105R. Harrod to F. A. Lindemann, 24 February 1926 [a]

Replies to 104 R. Harrod is sorry that Lindemann criticizes him, and comments: "You must remember that when I was appointed here I was, as was recognized, ungrounded in the subject of economics, and I have had to start from the beginning in making myself acquainted with what has been done in it. [1] It is true that I have had three years to do so, but most of the while I have been in full blast teaching, and teaching, too, rather miscellaneous things. [2] I have had to add to this various obnoxious money making activities to keep the pot boiling at home. I have found no one both able and willing to give me any guidance." Harrod continues by emphasizing that his social life is not really intense, because most of his energies are taken up by his invalid mother. [3] He concludes: "No one is more ready than I to admit that the net result of my activities is feeble in the extreme. I constantly rack my brains to think how to employ my energy and talents more productively and, as you know, any advice of a practical kind is always highly welcome!"

  1. 1. Harrod was appointed at Christ Church in July 1922, and finally accepted as a lectures in July 1923, to teach economics and history for "Modern Greats" (the new Faculty of Philosophy, Politics and Economics) after having taken "Greats" and history. He was granted two terms off, which he spent in Cambridge and Berlin (see notes 1 to letter 27 R and 2 to letter 30 R).

    2. Harrod lectured on "Money" (Michaelmas 1923), "English Currency and Banking Problems (XIX Century)" (Hilary 1924 and Hilary 1925); "Monetary Theory" (Michaelmas 1924, Hilary 1925, Hilary 1926); "Ricardo", Michaelmas 1925. The burden of history teaching was reduced from summer 1924, after Harrod applied for a position in philosophy at New College (see letters 77 R, 78 R, 79 R).

    3. Frances Harrod suffered of depression, which eventually led Harrod to two nervous breakdowns, one in his undergraduate years (see note 2 to letter 29 R) and one in 1928 (see note 1 to letter 156 and note 1 to letter 157 R). In his later autobiographical writings, Harrod often stressed the poverty of those years: see, for instance, "Harrod, Sir Roy (Forbes)", in J. Wakeman, World Authors 1970-1975 , New York: H. W. Wilson, 1980, pp. 616-17.

    1. a. From Christ Church # , three pages ALI, in CHER K142/1-2.


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