116R. Harrod to C. P. Scott, 9 June 1926 [a]

Harrod has fears and doubts about abandoning the University to take up a post on the Manchester Guardian, although he estimates most highly its value. As his mother is also adverse, he regretfully puts the idea out of his mind. [1]

  1. 1. Before approaching Harrod, the Manchester Guardian inquired at a number of prominent Oxford scholars whether Harrod would be suitable for the job. M. E. Sadler considered him one of the most promising young dons, a keen liberal, with good manners and good at organizing his work; he thought that Harrod did a brilliant piece of work on cartels (see in particular the notes to letters 89 R, 92 R and 124 R). A. D. Lindsay considered Harrod a nice, able fellow, although he did not know whether or not Harrod could write (see also note 1 to letter 115 R). Gilbert Murray had a high esteem of Harrod, intellectually and otherwise, but he also did not know whether he could write. J. L. Stocks thought that Harrod would be excellent in every way, and that it would be a real loss to the University (MAG A/H29/6-7).

    Scott replied on 13 June, explaining that the paper "is not run for profit" and asking Harrod to reconsider his position (in HPBL Add 71617/39-40; copy in MGA A/H29/9). On 21 June Scott visited Harrod in Oxford (a letter of 20 June announcing his arrival is filed in HPBL Add. 72763/141), and in a further letter he described the working hours and the salary in connection with the Guardian's appointment, and stressed again that the paper is carried on as a public service and not for profit (21 June 1926, in HPBL Add. 72763/142, copy in MGA 336/173. The letter is partly cited in J. L. Hammond, C. P. Scott of the Manchester Guardian, London: G. Bell & Sons, 1934, pp. 95-96: see letter 331 R).

    Harrod remained in touch with Scott. In 1927, probably in reply to a request by Scott, Harrod's suggested the name of David Ayerst for a post at the Manchester Guardian, who was actually offered the job which he accepted (Scott to Harrod, 16 November 1928, in HPBL Add. 71190/80, Cc in MGA A/H29/2; Ayerst to Harrod, 25 December 1928, in HPBL Add. 71190/81-82).

    1. a. From Christ Church # , one page ALS, in MGA A/H29/8.

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