Thanks Mallet for his long letter [94/111]. Contends that the latter exaggerates the extent of their disagreement in relation to various aspects of political and economic theory, with regard to, e.g., dispensing distributive justice, private capital employed in production. Refers also to what he [Sidgwick] says in chapter seven [of his book] on 'the "increasing inequalities" ', and acknowledges that the statement should be further explained, as Mallet 'understood it to contradict the conclusions of Giffen.' Claims that there is 'no such contradiction', and outlines what he believes Giffen attempted to prove in relation to the income of manual labourers, referring to the increasing difference between the highest and the lowest class of that group. Denies that he 'has "ignored the international point of view" in what [he says] of the nationalisation of the land.' Claims that '[t]he claim of the rest of the human race on the land now held by Englishmen is not in any way implicitly denied by the agreement of Englishmen to hold their land in common', and that it would only be affected by the prevention of immigration into England. Refers to his own paper read at the Political Economy Club. [Incomplete].Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900), philosopher
His visit to Germany has suggested to him the idea of paying the fixed charges of railways out of taxation, leaving running costs to be borne out of the traffic. Asks whether this idea has been developed by economists. Alludes to French activities in Germany. Refers to Charles Trevelyan’s speech at the Political Economy Club propounding the capital levy.
Writes on the death of Henry Sidgwick to express his sympathy and that of his wife with Nora on her loss. Assures her that she is not alone in her grief. States that he and his wife heard the news of Henry' death 'with the greatest sense of loss and of sympathy with' Nora. Claims that when he saw Henry 'off Langham Place' he thought 'the world might have the benefit of his clear wisdom for some years', but now regrets that it was not to be. Relates that the last time he had seen Henry before that encounter was at a meeting of the Political Economy Club; they walked to Downing Street together, but as their conversation was not finished, Henry accompanied him farther. Reports that they were both downhearted about public affairs, but realises now that Henry had problems of his own, and that it was just before the resignation of his Chair [of Moral Philosophy at Trinity College]. Remarks on the loss to Cambridge that has been caused by Henry's death. Adds that the thought that comforts him is the fact that Nora is not left without good and [ ] work to do, and that she may always remember that it was Henry's also.Courtney, Leonard Henry (1832-1918), 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith, journalist and politician
Writes to express his sympathy with Nora on the death of Henry Sidgwick. Claims that no one admired him more than he did, 'as an economist and a friend', and refers to their having dined together recently at the Political Economy Club. Remarks that he has done 'a great life-work', of which an account is to appear in the Economic Journal.Higgs, Henry (1864-1940), civil servant and economist
Writes to express his sympathy on the death of Henry Sidgwick, whose demise shocked him in its suddenness. Recalls Henry's appearance at the meetings of the Political Economy Club, and claims to have been 'often struck by the wisdom originality and subtelty [sic] of his remarks.' Know that the Club will 'deeply deplore his loss...'Mallet, Sir Bernard (1859-1952) Knight, civil servant
Writes to inform her that a resolution, drawn up by W. Leonard Courtney, was passed by the members of the Political Economy Club the previous night. Explains that since Courtney could not be present himself Robert Giffen moved the resolution, and claims that 'in what he said expressed the sincere feeling of all the members who were there.' Includes the text of the resolution, which states that the members of the Club wish to record their sense of loss in the death of their colleague Henry Sidgwick. Speaks of his 'engaging sweetness of temper', and his 'penetrating originality', which he brought to their debates. Concludes that the Club 'will long miss the assistance of his clear and powerful intelligence. Resolution dated 7 Dec 1900.Mallet, Sir Bernard (1859-1952) Knight, civil servant