11. H. F. Scott-Stokes to Harrod, 19.iv.21

56 Norman Rd.




My dear Harrod,

just a scribble to accompany Catlin's doubtless massive epistle, & confirm what I begged him to tell you - that I am rejoicing in the expectation of becoming a proud father in December - can you imagine it? `Tis the purest joy (in anticipation) that I've ever known, & I'm already going about `like a puppy with 2 tails', and am quite unfit for the society of my fellow-men.

Ner'theless do come & see us if ever you are free - before Schools for instance, or for a month or so afterwards if you care to join Cincinnatus in his rustic retreat. We are at present on the edge of Birmingham suburbia, but escape next month to what is in fact as well as in name `a cottage in the country['], where it will be a delight to receive our friends for as long as they can endure to pump the bath-water up for themselves - for a pump is all we have!

Greet the breth'ren for me; work as little as you may, & drink deep of Oxford while it is still yours.



  1. 1. British Library, Harrod Collection, Folder Add. 72732, fol. 98 (transcribed by Charity Scott Stokes)

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