594R. H. J. Scrymgeour-Wedderburn
[October or November
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. 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.
- a. From
The Secretary of State for Scotland, the Scottish Office,
Whitehall # , ALS, four pages, in HPBL Add.
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