22nd May, 1929
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
My dear Prime Minister,
While I was in Geneva, a series of four articles appeared in the 'Times' written by Walter Elliot  about the Colonial Empire. I do not know whether you have yet received them but they are so interesting and in places present such a sound point of view, that I feel sure you would like to look through them.
The articles are very wittily written. and I am not at all sure whether wit of the type which Elliot employs is altogether a useful commodity in a junior member of a Government. For instance his remarks about Lord Olivier  and Lord Delamere  in the latter part of the second article might easily cause annoyance.
 I have heard already that the pundits of the Colonial Office and, indeed, the Dominions Office, including Sir Edward Harding , regard the articles as quite subversive. However, I am sure that the Empire has much more to gain from the minds of men such as Elliot rather than from the Permanent Officials in the Colonial Office, who are, taken as a whole, a very poor crowd.
Yours sincerely, F. L. MCDOUGALL