136R. F. B. Bourdillon to Harrod, 15 February 1927 [a]

Follows on from 130 R. Bourdillon thanks Harrod for a card sent on 14 February, in which it was suggested to form "a separate Industrial Group" distinct from the "Economic group". Bourdillon sends a list of members of the Royal Institute of International Affairs who are regarded as regular members of the Economic Group, including Stamp, Henderson, Snowden, Keynes, Salter, Bosanquet; Hawtrey and Macgregor (among others) are listed instead as members of the Institute but non-members of the economic group. [1] Finally, Bourdillon communicates that Keynes has not accepted to open one of the meetings on cartels. [2] , [3]

  1. 1. On a previous occasion, Harrod had noted on a similar list (drafted for the meeting of 24 November 1926) "Why are Hawtrey, Coates and Flux our most regular attendants called non-members?" (in HP V-114).

    2. Keynes was invited by Bourdillon on 21 January 1927 to give his own view on cartels: see note 1 to letter 130 R.

    3. No further evidence is extant indicating whether or not the activities of the Economic Group or the Research Group were continued. However, on 10 May 1927 Alfred Mond gave an address on "International Cartels" before the Royal Institute of International Affairs; H. Hirst, D. H. Macgregor, F. Deverell, A. V. Alexander, W. Larke and J. A. Hobson took part in the discussion. Speech and discussion are printed in Journal of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, September 1927, pp. 265-83.

    1. a. One page TLS, plus one page attachment, from The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London # , in HP V-114.


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