39. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 12.4.32

Bulwarks Lane,



My dear Roy,

I was delighted to read your neat hand again - nearly 2 years, as you say, during which I have gone steadily backwards financially (no car now!) & steadily forwards in girth!

First, as to plans. E. & I are at Idbury, half way between Burford & Stow-on-the-Wold, April 26 - May 10. Couldn't you come out & spend a day or two with us? If not, I'll be delighted to come in - probably 'buses will take one anyway to Burford (5 miles), & I am in strong walking form. Station, Kingham (3 miles).

I'll write again from there, if we haven't fixed it up before. But not May 7 - my wedding day ! engagement!

Now as to `the march of mind', & all the 10,000 things which I absolutely refuse not to discuss - well, I am still a Liberal & still a Free Trader, & stumped the country agin the Govt. last October; & that is something. Perhaps I need hastily add that I am still a believer in party-politics, & with all due reserves I think Ll.G. the only Radical leader who is even remotely right at the present time. For the rest - well, that needs more than a half-sheet of notepaper. I am still an anti-clerical, not without a consciousness of sin in the matter! My beliefs remain as vague as a moonlit night. And yet - "all the unbought grace of life" depends for me upon something of the kind, & God knows (& I know) that I can't produce anything better. To label myself a Roman means no more than to make it known here I am not a Quaker. And there are times when `Thou shalt not commit adultery' is a thing to remember!

But more of all this when we meet


  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 71189, fol. 75 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)

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