18. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 9 May 1922

Kalamazoo Works,

Northfield,

Birmingham.

9 May 1922

My dear Roy,

prospects - no, just an interesting social experience which I much enjoy in anticipation - even when it hurts, for I feel that I've one thing more in common with my fellow-men. I have temporary work till August, then -

I am nosing round educationalists in this city to try & fix up some arguments for the winter, and think I shall pick up enough to pay the bills. For the rest, I shall write beautiful books at great expense and perhaps acquire a fifth-rate reputation, and my wife will write serials and acquire no reputation but enough money to cover my losses - isn't that a fine plan? We very much want to keep our beloved home, and I shall be sick and sad if we can't come back to it - we've let it for the summer and are abroad (? CSS) soon to a fellow-labourer in difficulty.

We mean to come to Oxford on the 25th, if we can impose on someone's hospitality - digs is too inconvenient with Anne. If no pity available E. says she's going home and I'm to come alone - I don't hold with that, but it might occur. I know all about the Schools nuisance - so do you of course - and you mustn't let me be a bother; but you oughtn't to be working greatly so late as that, and we might take to our heels one day and march out away from everybody - what d'you think? E. has many friends, and we could talk shop or not as you felt.

My summer-job begins on June 1. I must leave Oxford on May 30, and may be back for a function on June 10 or so.

Thine

HFSS

  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 71613, fol. 2 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)


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