62. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 16.vi.'63

16.vi.'63

`Labuntur anni, Profumo, Profumo' - I found your most moving note, on my return from abroad (Salzburg, &c) yesterday. Well, now. I remember what a shocking young prig I was, in those days; & aggressively righteous, after the manner of those who have repudiated the Pope e.g. J. Knox, Calvin (tho' I don't think Luther was?) ....

Now, we are both older; & know that life is flamingly unethical. It is. Indeed, it is. And I am not now the man to cast the first stone at the Dss of Argyll, or to boil over because a Minister of the Crown has been found `bolstered with harlots' - a typically energetic phrase of the elder Pitt's, about a colleague. Indeed, when all's said & done, I think the Dss may have done more harm to the good old cause, of "things established as they are"? ... HFS

  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 72732, fol. 116 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)


 

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