22. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 1 October 1923



1 October 1923

"Holmes, that was marvellous". I have noticed the same thing myself in one or two recent dispatches from the Library. I think the book distinctly good, especially about Burke. I mean it gives a hint which my own reading of B. & attendance at lectures hadn't suggested. Tho' I'm not quite sure it isn't more Laski than Burke.

For myself - I am proceeding generally `according to plan' viz. to work myself to death before insanity should supervene, & have a fair hope of success; but it would be tragic if I merely achieved the latter. As to thinking, I am scarcely conscious of anything of the kind these many months, but send you an ebullition which should be useful to the young teacher of economics. Please return it, as I have no copy - you'll find in it, as usual, more .... than ....I have been reading for some time XIXc. Foreign Policy &c. for a course of WEA lectures this winter on the general heading

"Tell us all about the War

And what they killed each other for."

but, upon my soul, the more I read the less able I feel to supply an answer.

Seriously, I am in a state of some collapse, & should like a week-end with you above all things - but for the next you will not be at Ch:Ch:, that following is my birthday, & in 3 weeks the crise will be past, & the excuse gone. Could you give me the next week-end in some secret place somewhere between here & Oxford? But you will be waiting on your lady Mother & I mustn't ask. Perhaps I may make a short escape during term.



  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 71613, fol. 8 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)

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