127R. R. H. Dundas to Harrod, 18 December 1926 [a]

Dundas illustrates the discussions conducive to Harrod's election to the junior censorship at Christ Church; he points out that it had been discussed all term, and if Harrod had objections he ought to have raised his points before. [1]

  1. 1. Harrod was junior censor of Christ Church from 1927 to 1929; then he became senior censor. Junior censorship involved part of the disciplinary work of the college. Shortly before taking up the senior censorship, Harrod so described the situation:
    • In the middle of 2 of my six years as don cultivated particularly aesthetic, effeminate set, because they were least shy of dons and one could get intimacy with them, which was otherwise absent. (In vacation seldom see people of my age). 2 years ago had to take on this job of keeping discipline in Christ Church, a college in which a hunting, whip-crackening set was prominent. For a term or so I was panicky. I was afraid that I had a reputation for being too intimate with aesthetes; my conduct was indeed always strictly correct; but I was afraid that the hunting set would regard me as an aesthete to be ragged and give me the hell of a time. Actually I soon settled down to being an efficient disciplinarian and have long been on the best of terms with all sets. But I was much worried, for a term or so, which [...] was really rather a strain on me. [untitled autobiographical statement, end of summer 1928, seven pages, in pencil, HPBL Add. 72775/11-17].

    (On the group of aesthetes see note 3 to letter 80 R).

    Dundas further wrote on 24 December, encouraging Harrod not to resign from the junior censorship, as he could not get out as easily as he got in (in HPBL Add. 72728/173).

    1. a. From Laurel Hill, Stirling # , ALI, two pages, in HPBL Add. 72728/172.


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