Murray Hafrord was a young man of great promise in politics and trusted by the supreme head of the party, and so owed fealty to Lord Linlithgow. In the possession of the Radicals there were certain incriminating letters, and these were held by one Henry Pole. Pole had no right to keep these letters, which had been placed in his hands. Often asked to give them up, Pole had always refused. Pole knew that if the letters of Eustace Loder were ever made public the ruin of the Radical Party, of which he was the chief ornament, would follow. It was then that Murray Harford was, ordered to obtain these letters.
""Wonderfully clever . . . My Morley Roberts, who is becoming a most voluminous author, has in his ""Lord Linlithgow"" drawn his hero from Lord Rosebery, and has surrounded him with men, and probably with women -- though as to that I cannot say -- who are well known in London."" -- The New York Times