50. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 16th December 1944
H.F. SCOTT STOKES.
16th December 1944.
Thank you for your scribble. "The Times" have been good enough to ask me to re-write the thing half-length which I have done, and they may print it. I told them that, of course, my name was of no importance, and the whole point of the thing was simply that it was written with knowledge, by the Chairman of the Finance Committee of a typical little Local Authority. But at the same time, anonymous letters are poor things, and if they choose to print my name, anybody who cares to, can find out what right I have to write.
Do not read "Erastus", but read the first two pages and a half. It is some sparkling anti-clericalism in the best 1880 manner. The rest is a rather ponderous debate between Gladstone and Macaulay, which you probably read when you were 19, and have long since forgotten.
I am not standing as a Liberal or as anything else at the next Election. I am cultivating my garden; and by God, it wants it!
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