62. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 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
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