594R. H. J. Scrymgeour-Wedderburn to Harrod, [October or November 1936] [a]

Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, asks Harrod if he can quote, in support of the Prof.'s candidature--of which Harrod approved--, a passage from Harrod's letter concerning Lindemann, in which Harrod wrote that he detested Lindemann's reactionary views, but nonetheless considered him one of the two or three best brains in the country. [1]

  1. 1. Lindemann was standing as Independent Conservative for the Oxford University by-election (see, for additional details, note 1 to letter 578 ). Harrod replied to Scrymgeour-Wedderburn that his letter had better to be quoted privately only and not in the course of a meeting, and observed that there was no chance in persuading the Conservative Committee (Caucus) to adopt the Prof. (Scrymgeour-Wedderburn to Harrod 10 November 1936, in HPBL Add. 71191/209). On Lindemann's manoeuvres to reform in his own favour the Conservative Committee in occasion of the previous by-election (1935), and on his failure to be adopted, see Harrod, The Prof. (1959), pp. 160-63, and Birkenhead, The Prof in Two Worlds. The Official Life of Professor F. A. Lindemann, Viscount Cherwell, London: Collins, 1961, pp. 147-51.
    1. a. From The Secretary of State for Scotland, the Scottish Office, Whitehall # , ALS, four pages, in HPBL Add. 71191/207-8.


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