61. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 5.i.60





My dear Roy,

I am inexpressibly touched by your too kind letter. Radcliffe (& Marsh [? CSS]) became Fellows of All Souls when I, quite rightly, didn't (in 1921); & R. has undoubtedly a noble mind - but a noble mind without experience is like vis expers consili - `mole .... sua'. Do you remember one of Bushe's [? CSS] cracks about the `heroes' of the F.R. "They despise experience as the wisdom of unlettered men"? That, at least, I have learned not to do ; & not to attempt to settle practical matters without seeing smelling tasting hearing & feeling the actual `exhibits' - so far as in me lies.

It is, I am sure, the snare of a `clerkly' education, such as yours & mine, that one becomes `manually deficient'. I have had to un-learn that.

And I have long thought that lawyers were particularly deficient in number in their thinking - like all those `heroes' of the XVIII century, who thought in terms of `categories', without statistics - & therefore all their thinking was abstract & universal. Hence _ the troubles of modern `democracy'. You cannot think sensibly about any practical (or political) matter, without statistics.

And thankyou for Harry or [? CSS] Henry - the boy can write, & at the moment has little inclination to subside into £2,000-a-year-at-30 &c. here - & I don't blame him, & do not seek to compel him - I am sure brother Stephen's father made a sad mistake in compelling him.

I wrote, lately, some 20-25,000 word of "memoirs", mainly of my childhood - nothing worth, & hopelessly `off-beat' (numerically) for sale. But that's all.


  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 72732, fol. 115 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)

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