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Autograph letter signed to Rupert Trouton.
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KEYNES, John Maynard.

Autograph letter signed to Rupert Trouton.

Published: [London:] 24 April 1918

Stock code: 98380

Price: £2,250

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A fine early letter, written in ink on H.M. Treasury headed notepaper, addressed to a close friend and colleague at the Treasury: “My dear Rupert, You are a scoundrel of the worst order and shall have no sympathy from me however large you may swell. Get well quick and come back to us. You are the one member of A.D. who is indispensable and I do not know how many thousands of dollar reimbursement we shall lose. Yours ever, JM Keynes”. “A.D.” was the Treasury’s famous ‘A’ Division. “Some of its members remained Keynes’s close associates in his subsequent business interests … A very able member was Mr. Rupert Trouton [1884–1965], aged eighteen, who asked to be transferred from another department at the sacrifice of his salary. He was young enough to become Keynes’s pupil in Economics in Cambridge after the war was over. They were closely associated thereafter by common business interests” (Harrod, p. 219f). After Cambridge, Trouton worked as a stockbroker (1921–45), serving as the Director of Hector Whaling for over thirty years (1928–61). Keynes later wrote a preface to Trouton’s pamphlet, Unemployment: its causes and their remedies (London, Hogarth Press, 1931; see Moggridge B 7).

Single sheet, small quarto (242 191 mm). Written in ink on H.M. Treasury headed notepaper. A few stains and creases, with a chip to one corner, but good.

Bibliography: See Skidelsky, John Maynard Keynes, Fighting for Britain 1937-1946, p. 558.

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