43. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 28.2.37

Bulwarks Lane,



My dear Roy,

I am genuinely sorry that our friend Lindemann didn't do better - as a friend. As an elector, I rejoice (unexpectedly) in the success of Alderman Salter's son - I now have the unique satisfaction of having voted for two successful University Candidates!

Shall I understand your "Trade Cycle", if I send for a copy? And how are your vivisections going? I did not feel proud of what I had to tell you - the questions were nevertheless of value to me (though I'm blowed if I can act with wisdom on them), &, I hope, to you? For the moment, of course, we are in a seller's market, & it will be odd if we don't make a great deal of money - until the bottom falls out of the armaments-market (we are not in it directly, thank god), & then - ?

Talking of god, having served seven years, as my dying Mother desired, I have again repudiated utterly & forever, in a sober middle-aged way, the practice of the Catholic or any other religion - it never meant anything to my mind, which after all has claims on one, & I think seven years is a fair trial!

Item, if & supposing any of my young should ever come to Oxford & do Modern Greats, does it matter much whether they have done History or Mathematics or Modern Languages or anyhing else after the age of 16 at School?

That, I think, is a pretty good mixture for half-a-sheet of newspaper - & only the last point suggests an answer.



  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 71189, fol. 79 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)

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