175R. Harrod to F. A. Lindemann, 29 March 1930 [a]

Harrod comments on Lord Birkenhead's letter in The Times. [1] He writes that it was a mistake to give the matter that kind of publicity at that stage: the ground won in the University is now all lost, and the Chancellor will be unmoved. [2]

  1. 1. F. E. Smith (Lord Birkenhead), "For the Benefit of Oxford. The Radcliffe Trust. Proposed Removal of the Observatory", The Times, 28 March 1930, p. 15. Birkenhead argued that the Radcliffe Trust had originally built the observatory for the benefit of the University, and that the expenditure of new money abroad would not respect the will of the testator.

    2. Harrod was supporting in the Hebdomadal Council Lindemann's claim that the Radcliffe observatory should be built in Oxford rather than in South Africa. The story is recalled in Harrod, The Prof. (1959), pp. 136-40. For context see also F. W. F. Smith (second Earl of Birkenhead), The Prof in Two Worlds. The Official Life of Professor F. A. Lindemann, Viscount Cherwell, London: Collins, 1961, pp.137-41.

    Lindemann later commented on Birkenhead's letter (31 March 1930, in HPBL Add. 71185/116-17), and in a further letter to Harrod (20 April 1930, in HPBL Add. 71185/118-19) reported that Turner wrote a letter to The Times ("Astronomy at Oxford. Future of Radcliffe Observatory", 17 April 1930, p. 10), and announced that he wrote a rejoinder ("Astronomy at Oxford", The Times, 26 April 1930, p. 6).

    1. a. From 34 Campden Hill Gardens, W. 8., one page ALS, in CHER K142/8.


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