Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JCLAdd/49-50
TitleLetters from [Sir] R[obert] Giffen (1817-1910, economist and statistician) to Joseph Chamberlain, 26 October and 2 November
Extent6 letters
DescriptionHe writes with reference to correspondence from Chamberlain dated 24 October [see JCLAdd/45-48], and Chamberlain's 'Glasgow speech' of 7 October 1903 relating to free trade. He urges him as 'an old friend' to always give references when quoting figures, and suggests that statistics from the 'Blue Book' are not necessarily 'trustworthy' on the points cited by Chamberlain. He writes that it is with 'great regret' that he finds himself 'disapproving' of the line taken by Chamberlain, and warns him that his appeal to 'Protectionists' will 'array free traders against him', 26 October

In the letter of 2 November he sends 'a few more notes' on free trade, in which he disputes Chamberlain's protectionist theories
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