7. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 20.9.20

58 Norman Rd.

Nettlefield

Birmingham.

20.9.20

My dear Harrod,

What a tantalizing glimpse of you - and I could have sat down and talked till midnight; and it was sickening to have to miss Balfour's speech - was he illuminating, or deluded - funny the Frenchman bringing up the old illusion of `Who made you?' wasn't it? I thought J.A. wonderful, & entirely withdraw any ignorant criticism I may have made of him. Of course it's better to say a man can't enjoy doing what he thinks right because he doesn't happen to see any reason for loving God, but on the whole he was remarkably free and right; I suppose one couldn't well have said publicly in that gathering that a pagan could be as good a man as any other.

I'm coming up for the first Essay Society meeting, if only to see my successor (... Jacob's) well & truly elected; but as I don't propose to adopt the normal autocratic procedure I can't say who'll be elected, & it seems to me reasonable that I should open the discussion on your paper - for a man can't well do it entirely ex tempori. This is probably largely vanity & a desire to have performed my function once, but I think there's some excuse for it. Can you send me the work which is your peg - this barbarous spot wouldn't be able to deal with such a request at all. I'd be very grateful.

Thine

HFSS

  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 72732, fols. 92-93 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)


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