Corrected Autograph Manuscript of the final draft of an article entitled 'London's Broadest Highway' (which appeared in the Strand Magazine, 1931).

R. A. Scott-James [Rolfe Arnold Scott-James] (1878-1959), journalist, editor of the 'London Mercury', and friend of Wyndham Lewis [River Thames; Strand Magazine]
Publication details: 
[In envelope postmarked 5 September 1930.]
SKU: 8341

In an envelope with label and compliments slip of Hilda Neal, Copying Offices and Secretarial Training School, by whom the article had been typed up for the printers. On one side each of thirty-two A4 leaves (dimensions roughly 25 x 20 cm). The text is complete, although there are wormholes to the latter leaves, and damage and loss at the head of the last leaf. Heavily corrected in autograph, with the title itself changed from 'England's Broadest Highway.' The article begins with a description of the 'one day in the year when the river Thames, at London, returns to its ancient glory', the day of the Boat Race. The final paragraph looks to the river's future, with Scott-James writing that 'Londoners are ready enough to recover to the full the old river habit. They are using the Thames for play. They will be quick enough to use it also for work when its resources are developed, according to the tradition, but with modern instruments. Our over-grown, ramshackle, expanding London is destined in the future to be tidied up, and to grow according to plan - to a plan, of which the Thames will be the central feature. A new southern embankment, as broad and gracious as that on the north, may not be a dream of the distant future. New public buildings and theatres will lend dignity, and cafes gaiety to its shores; and beneath the ample bridge water-buses and taxi-boats, brightly coloured, open to the sun, yet protected from rain, will carry the amphibious Londoner to the well-planned landing-stages.' The article appeared in the Strand Magazine in 1931.