198R. Harrod to Henry Miers, 20 January 1931 [a]
Follows on from 197 R. Harrod reports on the progress in drafting, and summarizes the points of dissent: accessibility (access to shelves and research rooms) and concentration (attachment of Rhodes and Taylor wings to the building), and the hostility to the choice of 100,000 best books in the reading room. Nonetheless, Harrod shall agree with the majority in recommending the erection of a building in Broad Street
On 7 February, Harrod wrote that he had "endeavoured throughout to write [the minority report] in a constructive and not destructive spirit" (letter to Miers, in HP VI-80/2). Miers acknowledged receipt of Harrod's minority report on 9 February, and expressed the feeling that it was longer than necessary (in HP VI-82). On 11 February Harrod wrote to Miers that he was sorry for the length of his report, but maintained that all what remained was essential to the argument (in HP VI-81).
More meetings were held, and minutes and documents were sent to the members of the Bodleian Library Commission (Sisam to the Commissioners, 11, 13, 17 and again 17 February, 9 and 11 March, 15 April 1931, in HP VI-85-86/22, HP VI-85-86/23, HP VI-85-86/24, HP VI-85-86/25, HP VI-91/17, HP VI-85-86/27 and HP VI-91/19). Veale, the University registrar, thanked the Commissioners for their reports on 10 March 1931, and expressed the gratefulness of the curators of the Bodleian on 29 April (HP VI-16 and HP VI-23).
The correspondence on the Bodleian question was resumed after the publication of the Commission's Report in March 1931, concerning the decision to be taken by the Congregation: see letter 203 R.
- a. From Christ Church, Oxford # , two pages ALS, in HP VI-73 (presumably a copy).
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