19. E. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 9 July 1922
9 July '22
My dear Roy,
I hope your labours are well and truly ended. I haven't been following the news, & suppose your score isn't out yet. Can you send me the list of standard economic works - & even some copies if you're clearing 'em out? I feel I ought to get at the orthodoxy, as you said.
My fate is sealed, & I've got a lifer this time. My father-in-law's second son has just disappointed him by heading the Cambridge lists in History, & wants to go off after a Fellowship, which his tutors recommend; & so I fall back with horror [terror? CSS] into his place here, and there's an end on it. I think it's the right thing to do, tho' there'll be ructions if the young man fails. But that's his look-out, and he will anyway have had a chance. I had dreamed greatly of other things, but I suppose on the whole I'm frightfully lucky, as I always have been. If I do write anything when I grow up it won't anyway be such ignorant air as mainly floods the market.
Will you care to come here to us for a fortnight or so - the cottage is a thing of the past, unhappily. We are in the in-legal home for a while, but there's lots of room in it, it's pretty empty, and the garden is very jolly. The last 3 weeks of September are our best time, if you can do 'em - or after then even, if any good to you.
You'll be glad to hear, by the way, that my Mother is now completely restored to us - I hope against hope that it may be for good. You can guess what a relief it is.
My congratulations to B.H. if you're seeing him - I hope we encouraged him!
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