[Grace Toll Hall, Scripps College, Claremont]

T. S.Eliot
B-11 Eliot House
31 October 1932
My dear Girl

I had been fretting over the absence of a letter from you this last week – none since to-day week; and have feared that that stomach poisoning had returned. I should have been inclined to send a wire this morning; butPerkinses, the;b3 I have just had a very kind letter from Mr. Perkins – saying that he and Mrs. Perkins intended to come to my lectures – andHale, Emily Jose Milliken (EH's mother)falls ill;b2 mentioning your mother’s recent illness. (I have telephoned to him to assure myself that you had been told). So, naturally, I am glad to have been saved from bothering you at a most unpropitious moment. I am terribly sorry that this should come, when you have not been well yourself, and are overwhelmed with new and difficult duties. I have asked Mr. Perkins to let me know of any important development; but the news of last night was that your mother was distinctly better. So I shall not expect to hear from you until all anxiety is over. Please, take care of yourself.

The week has not been eventful here. IWilberforce, Pamela Margaret (TSE's secretary)engaged to be married;a6 learn from London, first that my secretary is engaged to be married;1 which means, I fear, a change of secretaries before my return, and possibly some temporary disorganisation. ButCriterion, The;a7 as I can’t do anything about it, and possibly she won’t get married till the summer anyway, it is no use worrying about the Criterion. SecondEliot, Vivien (TSE's first wife, née Haigh-Wood)falls out with Lucy Thayer;d2, I hear that Vivienne and her friend Lucy Thayer have parted – myHaigh-Wood, Rose Esther (TSE's mother-in-law, née Robinson)blames VHE for Lucy Thayer's departure;a9 mother-in-law says thatHaigh-Wood, Maurice;a6 V. was unkind to her; myNelson, Mabelsteps in for Lucy Thayer;a2 brother-in-law suggests that there was not enough adaptation on either side. I feared that this might happen. V. has now got Mrs. Nelson back, and has apparently been in bed with a cold. Mrs. N. is, as I think I observed, a much more suitable person, and has some of the qualifications of a mental nurse; but of course she will have to be paid – I must go into this matter – so I think I am justified in asking V. to dismiss one maid and make do with one alone. I enclose Alida’s letter, having shown it to Ada.2 ISheffields, thediscuss marriage to VHE with TSE;a4 discussed my London affairs freely with Ada and Sheff for the first time on Saturday, andSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)counsels separation from VHE;b3 Ada took the same view asMiller, Dr Reginaldcounsels separation between the Eliots;a1 Dr. Miller and everyone else who is detached and knows enough to have an opinion. She thought that if Mrs. N. could be established there she might be induced later to become permanent, so that I could live elsewhere by myself. OnThayer, Scofieldhas been asking for TSE;a2 Saturday I have to go down to Providence to see Lucy’s cousin Scofield Thayer in his sanatorium. HisThayer, Florenceasks TSE to visit son in hospital;a1 mother has been ringing me up – sounding slightly hysterical and peremptory – and apparently Scofield has been asking to see me. She will send a car for me. I fear he is in a pretty advanced stage of dementia, and I do not look forward happily to the interview, especially the day after my first lecture.

Perhaps I should not bother you with my troubles now, when you have such anxiety of your own. ISpencer, Theodore;a4 had a pleasant day yesterday; Theodore Spencer, who has been very kind, drovePickmans, thehost TSE at country estate;a2 meAmericaBedford, Massachusetts;c9its Stearns connections;a2 out to Bedford to see some quite charming people named Edward Pickman whoEliot family, theTSE visits quondam ancestral estate;a3 have an estate there (an old Stearns house, by the way, made very luxurious). The country was very lovely; the estate extends for a mile or two along the Concord River, which was in flood, and the day was fine, and I felt benefited by the air. I shall write regularly, but shall not expect to hear much from you yet.

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1.Pamela Wilberforce was to leave F&F in 1933 on her marriage to Ludovic Anthony Foster (1908–90).

2.AlidaMonro, Alida (née Klementaski)reports on VHE;a9 Monro to TSE, 13 Oct. 1932: ‘IEliot, Vivien (TSE's first wife, née Haigh-Wood)in Alida Monro's opinion;d1n haveThayer, Lucy Elycompared with Mrs Nelson;a5n not yet seen V. in relation to Miss Thayer. When I went last night Miss Thayer was in bed and V. was on her own, and as I told you, “terribly worried and busy”, about nothing that I could see. She looks fatter in the face and generally better in health. Whether this is actually the case or not I couldn’t say, or why it should be. I don’t know yet in what way Miss Thayer will respond to V.’s condition, but I shall see them over the week end then will tell you what I think.

‘INelson, Mabelwhom Alida compares her to;a3n agree with you that Mrs Nelson was exactly right and treated V. in just the way she should be treated, and she was popular, and I feel her interest was that V. should be distracted and if possible directed on to the right road. With Miss Thayer I feel it is too much the relation of friend and friend, instead of nurse and patient (though this relation was not apparent to the patient). My opinion is that V. has gone back on her tracks, as it were, and is now at about the stage of mentality a child reaches between 7 and 9 years, that her only chance of restoration, and by that I mean her restoration to you as a normal person, would be to hand her over to a psychologist who might be able to re-develop her intelligence until it reached 16 or 18 years of age in mental strength. But frankly, I don’t think this is possible, or perhaps desirable from her point of view, because I fear that if she could retain some grip of life and some realization of what she has done to herself, and to you, she would be so unhappy that she would be unable to bear the burden of life. I think perhaps, and please forgive me for saying this, it might even be better if she could just progress a little further backwards until she became quite irresponsible and completely happy, as I believe people do get when the little thread that binds them to conscious responsibility, breaks … Of course in so far as it hurt you it would be undesirable, but really it would be better for her, and so directly better for you […]

‘Forgive the bluntness of some of my remarks, please – Give me a hint & I’ll not do it again.’

America, TSE on not returning in 1915, and TSE as transatlantic cultural conduit, dependence on Europe, TSE's sense of deracination from, and the Great Depression, TSE a self-styled 'Missourian', as depicted in Henry Eliot's Rumble Murders, its national coherence questioned, its religious and educational future, versus Canadian and colonial society, where age is not antiquity, drinks Scotland's whisky, and FDR's example to England, underrates Europe's influence on England, redeemed by experience with G. I.'s, TSE nervous at readjusting to, and post-war cost of living, more alien to TSE post-war, its glories, landscape, cheap shoes, its horrors, Hollywood, climate, lack of tea, overheated trains, over-social clubs, overheating in general, perplexities of dress code, food, especially salad-dressing, New England Gothic, earthquakes, heat, the whistle of its locomotives, 'Easter holidays' not including Easter, the cut of American shirts, television, Andover, Massachusetts, EH moves to, Ann Arbor, Michigan, TSE on visiting, Augusta, Maine, EH stops in, Baltimore, Maryland, and TSE's niece, TSE engaged to lecture in, TSE on visiting, Bangor, Maine, EH visits, Bay of Fundy, EH sailing in, Bedford, Massachusetts, its Stearns connections, Boston, Massachusetts, TSE tries to recollect society there, its influence on TSE, its Museum collection remembered, inspires homesickness, TSE and EH's experience of contrasted, described by Maclagan, suspected of dissipating EH's energies, EH's loneliness in, Scripps as EH's release from, possibly conducive to TSE's spiritual development, restores TSE's health, its society, TSE's relations preponderate, TSE's happiness in, as a substitute for EH's company, TSE's celebrity in, if TSE were there in EH's company, its theatregoing public, The Times on, on Labour Day, Brunswick, Maine, TSE to lecture in, TSE on visiting, California, as imagined by TSE, TSE's wish to visit, EH suggests trip to Yosemite, swimming in the Pacific, horrifies TSE, TSE finds soulless, land of earthquakes, TSE dreads its effect on EH, Wales's resemblance to, as inferno, and Californians, surfeit of oranges and films in, TSE's delight at EH leaving, land of kidnappings, Aldous Huxley seconds TSE's horror, the lesser of two evils, Cannes reminiscent of, TSE masters dislike of, land of monstrous churches, TSE regrets EH leaving, winterless, its southern suburbs like Cape Town, land of fabricated antiquities, Cambridge, Massachusetts, TSE's student days in, socially similar to Bloomsbury, TSE lonely there but for Ada, TSE's happiness in, exhausting, EH's 'group' in, road safety in, Casco Bay, Maine, TSE remembers, Castine, Maine, EH holidays in, Cataumet, Massachusetts, EH holidays in, Chicago, Illinois, EH visits, reportedly bankrupt, TSE on, TSE takes up lectureship in, its climate, land of fabricated antiquities, Chocurua, New Hampshire, EH stays in, Concord, Massachusetts, EH's househunting in, EH moves from, Connecticut, its countryside, and Boerre, TSE's end-of-tour stay in, Dorset, Vermont, EH holidays in, and the Dorset Players, Elizabeth, New Jersey, TSE on visiting, Farmington, Connecticut, place of EH's schooling, which TSE passes by, EH holidays in, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, EH recuperates in, Gerrish Island, Maine, TSE revisits, Hollywood, perceived debauchery of its movies, TSE's dream of walk-on part, condemned by TSE to destruction, TSE trusts Murder will be safe from, Iowa City, Iowa, TSE invited to, Jonesport, Maine, remembered, Kittery, Maine, described, Lexington, Massachusetts, and the Stearns family home, Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, visited by EH, Madison, Wisconsin, Aurelia Bolliger hails from, Ralph Hodgson sails for, EH summers in, as conceived by TSE, who eventually visits, Maine, its coast remembered by TSE, TSE recalls swimming off, Minneapolis, on EH's 1952 itinerary, TSE lectures in, New Bedford, Massachusetts, EH's holidays in, TSE's family ties to, New England, and Unitarianism, more real to TSE than England, TSE homesick for, in TSE's holiday plans, architecturally, compared to California, and the New England conscience, TSE and EH's common inheritance, springless, TSE remembers returning from childhood holidays in, its countryside distinguished, and The Dry Salvages, New York (N.Y.C.), TSE's visits to, TSE encouraged to write play for, prospect of visiting appals TSE, as cultural influence, New York theatres, Newburyport, Maine, delights TSE, Northampton, Massachusetts, TSE on, EH settles in, TSE's 1936 visit to, autumn weather in, its spiritual atmosphere, EH moves house within, its elms, the Perkinses descend on, Aunt Irene visits, Boerre's imagined life in, TSE on hypothetical residence in, EH returns to, Peterborough, New Hampshire, visited by EH, TSE's vision of life at, Petersham, Massachusetts, EH holidays in, TSE visits with the Perkinses, EH spends birthday in, Edith Perkins gives lecture at, the Perkinses cease to visit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, TSE on, and TSE's private Barnes Foundation tour, Independence Hall, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, surrounding countryside, Portsmouth, Maine, delights TSE, Randolph, New Hampshire, 1933 Eliot family holiday in, the Eliot siblings return to, Seattle, Washington State, EH summers in, EH's situation at, TSE prefers to California, EH repairs to post-Christmas, EH visits on 1952 tour, EH returns to, Sebasco, Maine, EH visits, South, the, TSE's first taste of, TSE's prejudices concerning, St. Louis, Missouri, TSE's childhood in, TSE's homesickness for, TSE styling himself a 'Missourian', possible destination for TSE's ashes, resting-place of TSE's parents, TSE on his return to, the Mississippi, compared to TSE's memory, TSE again revisits, TSE takes EVE to, St. Paul, Minnesota, TSE on visiting, the Furness house in, Tryon, North Carolina, EH's interest in, EH staying in, Virginia, scene of David Garnett's escapade, and the Page-Barbour Lectures, TSE on visiting, and the South, Washington, Connecticut, EH recuperates in, West Rindge, New Hampshire, EH holidays at, White Mountains, New Hampshire, possible TSE and EH excursion to, Woods Hole, Falmouth, Massachusetts, TSE and EH arrange holiday at, TSE and EH's holiday in recalled, and The Dry Salvages, TSE invited to, EH and TSE's 1947 stay in, EH learns of TSE's death at,
Criterion, The, its monthly meetings fatigue TSE, introduced TSE to Whibley, arrangements in TSE's absence, first contributors' meeting since Monro's death, 1932 contributors' gathering, first contributors' gathering of 1934, Russell Square gathering for, particularly heavy gathering, its gatherings dreaded, to be wound up, reflections on ending, shut up against contributions, lamented even in Brno, letters of condolence, reading poetry submissions for, July 1931, 'Commentary', April 1932, laborious 'Commentary', July 1932, 'Commentary', October 1932, 'Commentary', October 1933, 'Commentary' on Irving Babbitt, prepared on holiday, July 1934, 'Commentary', January 1935, TSE ordering, October 1935, 'Commentary', 'Commentary', which TSE regrets as too personal, July 1936, possibilities for 'Commentary', October 1936, being made up, being finalised, to be ordered, January 1937, prepared in August 1936, April 1937, 'Commentary', July 1937, 'Commentary', January 1938, 'Commentary' on Nuffield endowments, which is sparsely well received, April 1938, 'Commentary', July 1938, 'Commentary', January 1939, to be final issue, 'Last Words',
Eliot family, the, ties to New Bedford, coat of arms in Eliot House, TSE visits quondam ancestral estate, have public not private lives, and God, Molly Browne and her three Greenleaf daughters, congenital reserve, its former family mansions, in East Coker, are Whigs, the original William Greenleaf, its Peterborough connection, the Stearns Lexington home, hereditary neurosis,
Eliot, Vivien (TSE's first wife, née Haigh-Wood), takes a liking to EH, EH urged not to blame, relations with Charles Buckle, unbearable to holiday with, takes to Margaret Thorp, accompanies TSE to Poetry Bookshop, and 57 Chester Terrace, on TSE's religion, TSE declines invitations excluding, her driving, hosts various writers to tea, considers flat in Gordon Square, arranges large tea-party, as theatregoer, declares desire to make confession, taken to Eastbourne, recalls the Eliots' visit to Rodmell, Alida Monro reports on, in Alida Monro's opinion, falls out with Lucy Thayer, meets TSE for last time at solicitors, seeks TSE's whereabouts, haunts TSE in London, such that he forgoes the theatre, news of, inquires after Man Ray portrait, harries F&F office, on Mosley Albert Hall rally, dies, her funeral, Requiem Mass for, Theresa remembers, marriage to, TSE on entering into, alleged affair with Bertrand Russell, sexual relations, its morbidity, TSE on his own incapacity, its torments providential on reflection, in OM's opinion, its lessons, humiliating, TSE's father's reaction, unrecognised by TSE, to outsiders, TSE reflects on, painful yet stimulating, as an act of self-rupture, drug habits, sleeping draughts, in TSE's absence, 1926 bromidia delusions, mental state, childlike, benefits from active social life, compared to EH's mother's, at the Malmaison sanatorium, and dining in public, TSE's influence on, post-separation, the prospect of institutionalising, prompts institutionalisation crisis-meeting, and TSE's departure for America, against TSE going, adjusting to the prospect, might coordinate with a return to Malmaison, in denial as to, threatens to come, from which TSE tries to dissuade her, aggrieved at being left, possible arrangements in TSE's absence, still in denial as to, TSE dreads scene of departure, possibly beneficial to VHE, TSE describes the moment of departure, separation from, TSE, for and against, out of the question, obstructed by self-deception and responsibility, reasons for not having happened, Dr Miller's opinion on, contemplated, plotted, would necessitate TSE's sequestration, TSE encouraged in his determination, Alida Monro independently suggests, communication with solicitors on, TSE describes going through with, VHE's response before and after meeting at solicitors, impasse over financial settlement, which VHE misrepresents to friends, VHE in denial over, separation deed drawn up, which is yet unsigned, delayed by death of lawyer, general impasse, financial settlement put into force, complicated by VHE renewing lease on flat, efforts to retrieve TSE's property, which is eventually recovered, financial consequences, the possibility of divorcing, TSE's objections to, against what TSE symbolises, likened to Newman's conversion, in common and canon law, in Ada's opinion, how TSE's attitude might seem, would involve permanent division from Church, inimical to future TSE's happiness, her death, and Theresa on TSE remarrying, TSE's shifting response to, formerly wished for, EH reflects on,
Haigh-Wood, Maurice, shilling life of, and Ahmé dine chez Eliot, facilitate TSE's leave-taking, on TSE's departure for America, blamed by VHE during separation, negotiates separation, at crisis-meeting about VHE, and VHE's death, at VHE's funeral,

5.MauriceHaigh-Wood, Maurice Haigh-Wood was eight years younger than his sister Vivien. InHaigh-Wood, Emily ('Ahmé') Cleveland (TSE's sister-in-law, née Hoagland) 1930 he married a 25-year-old American dancer, Emily Cleveland Hoagland – known as known as ‘Ahmé’ (she was one of the Hoagland Sisters, who had danced at Monte Carlo) – and they were to have two children.

Haigh-Wood, Rose Esther (TSE's mother-in-law, née Robinson), attends TSE's lecture on Whibley, the impossibility of VHE looking after, encourages TSE to accept Norton Professorship, visited VHE in sanatorium, her health, Hindhead weekend with, blames VHE for Lucy Thayer's departure,

2.RoseHaigh-Wood, Rose Esther (TSE's mother-in-law, née Robinson) Esther Haigh-Wood (1860–1941), wifeHaigh-Wood, Charles of Charles Haigh-Wood (1854–1927), artist.

Hale, Emily Jose Milliken (EH's mother), admission to McLean's Hospital, EH's frequent visits to, her state of mind, compared to VHE, a comparison regretted and refined, a strain on EH, falls ill, and suffering more generally, reported to be better, in the hands of physicians, in TSE's prayers, TSE (un-falsely) consoles EH over, her health, doctor prognosticates on, business relating to, TSE meditates on, war affects care for, and TSE's hope for the afterlife, final illness, dies, her funeral, anniversary of death marked, Theresa on,
Miller, Dr Reginald, counsels separation between the Eliots, at crisis-meeting about VHE,

5.DrMiller, Dr Reginald Reginald Miller (1879–1948) of 110 Harley Street, London, W.1.; Consulting Physician to St Mary’s Hospital and to Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, London; a general physician with a special interest in children, he was expert in the problems of mental deficiency in children and in rheumatic diseases and heart diseases in childhood (on which he wrote several articles). He was the first editor, with Dr Hugh Thursfield, of the Archives on Disease in Childhood. Brought up in Hampstead, it is probable that he was an early friend of the Haigh-Wood family.

Monro, Alida (née Klementaski), deputises for husband at Poetry Bookshop, reads at the Eliots' party, TSE worries for, and the Poetry Bookshop's future, TSE loses bet with, reports on VHE, coincidentally recommends that the Eliots separate, antipathetic to VHE, considers closing Poetry Bookshop, detects life in Willard Thorp, goes on about dead husband's ex-wife, regales TSE with Irish escapades, reports from Selsey, in straitened circumstances, breeding poodles,

3.AlidaMonro, Alida (née Klementaski) Klementaski (1892–1969) married Harold Monro on 27 Mar. 1920: see Alida Monro in Biographical Register.

Nelson, Mabel, as companion to VHE, steps in for Lucy Thayer, whom Alida compares her to,

2.RobertNelson, Mabel SencourtGeorge, Robert Esmonde Gordon ('Robert Sencourt');b8nSencourt, RobertGeorge, Robert Esmonde Gordon ('Robert Sencourt') notes that when he was visiting the Eliots, two of his friends from New Zealand, Mabel Nelson and a son, lived nearby: ‘Mabel … made friends with Vivienne – a friendship on which Vivienne came increasingly to depend … [S]he had a sensitive understanding of psychological abnormality’ – even more so after TSE’s departure for the USA. ‘To avoid being alone, Vivienne … asked my friend Mabel Nelson to keep her company for a while, but soon Mabel … was feeling that she simply could not endure this situation any longer. Few of us are prepared to cope with mental illness’ (T. S. Eliot, 118, 121–2). TSE to Alida Monro, 3 Oct. 1932: ‘Mrs Nelson seemed to me to play her part so perfectly, with such understanding and tact, that I rather wish that she was to stay permanently.’

Perkinses, the, likely to be interested in An Adventure, compared to Mary Ware, enjoyable dinner at the Ludlow with, take to TSE, TSE desires parental intimacy with, their dinner-guests dismissed by TSE, who repents of seeming ingratitude, TSE confides separation plans to, too polite, questioned as companions for EH, offered English introductions, entertained on arrival in London, seek residence in Chichester, given introduction to G. C. Coulton, take house at Chipping Camden, as Chipping Campden hosts, given introduction to Bishop Bell, TSE entertains at Oxford and Cambridge Club, TSE's private opinion on, TSE encourages EH's independence from, their repressive influence on EH, buy TSE gloves for Christmas, sent Lapsang Souchong on arrival in England, invite TSE to Campden, move apartment, anticipate 1938 English summer, descend on EH in Northampton, and EH's wartime return to America, temporarily homeless, enfeebled, EH forwards TSE teenage letter to, their health, which is a burden, approve EH's permanent Abbot position,
Pickmans, the, at Professor Woods's, host TSE at country estate, TSE takes to, inevitably at Chamber Music Club, TSE spiritually at home with,
Sheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister), TSE's most likely family confidant, to host TSE on Boston return, TSE pictures his birthday-party with, Madison Street preferable to Eliot House, after seventeen years' separation, TSE begins to confide in, TSE and Henry visit together, accompanies TSE to Wellesley, counsels separation from VHE, speaks frankly with TSE about his domestic affairs, hosts post-Radcliffe Club reception, hosts the Eliot family Thanksgiving, attends second Norton lecture, hosts Wellesley English faculty and TSE, remembered in St. Louis, and TSE to discuss Yale lecture and VHE, hosts TSE for last time, informs the Hinkleys of TSE's separation, replies to EH on TSE and divorce, distinguishes her faith from TSE's, takes to Frank Morley, on the Perkinses, TSE advises on wines, on Aunt Susie, EH urged to be familial with, her struggles for independence, as sounding-board for EH's career, TSE's favourite sibling, shielded TSE from over-bearing Hinkleys, incompletely aware of TSE and EH's relationship, within the Eliot family dynamic, seems 'reserved' to EH, at Hinkley dinner, invites EH to lunch, reports improvement in EH's spirits, hosts TSE on 1936 arrival, and Marion and Theresa's Murder party, reassures TSE about Henry's ears, subscribed to CNL, her intellectual orbit, on Hastings's bust of TSE, war jeopardises TSE seeing again, apparently ill, recovering from major operation, has cancer, has second operation, ailing, in reportedly critical condition, her death contemplated, TSE's intimacy with, TSE's deathbed correspondence with, remembers TSE as boy, pursuing intellectual interests from deathbed, her place in the Eliot family, dies, in Henry's final report, EH describes her funeral, New York Times obituary, Boston Herald obituary, Sheff's memorial tribute to, TSE on her final illness, TSE's absence at death, wished for on VHE's death, invoked against EH,
see also Sheffields, the

2.AdaSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister) Eliot Sheffield (1869–1943), eldest of the seven Eliot children; author of The Social Case History: Its Construction and Content (1920) and Social Insight in Case Situations (1937): see Biographical Register.

Sheffields, the, TSE feels able to confide in, save TSE from homesickness, discuss marriage to VHE with TSE, Radcliffe Club paper rehearsed with, Norton Lectures practised on, source of TSE's happiness in Cambridge, Mass., too polite, and the Eliot family Randolph holiday, compared to Marion as confidants, their marriage analysed, on second Randolph family holiday, and TSE's view of FDR, sound on American politics, to receive TSE's South India pamphlet,
Spencer, Theodore, offers TSE suite in Eliot House, looks after TSE, shares whisky and conversation with TSE, talks poetry till late, appears deaf during first Norton lecture, hosts TSE after the first Norton lecture, and English 26, learns to tie tie from TSE, and Matthiessen co-direct Dekker, TSE shares homosexual experiences with, hails Burnt Norton, worth discussing American politics with, speaks with EH, and TSE's honorary Harvard degree, dies of heart attack,
see also Spencers, the

2.TheodoreSpencer, Theodore Spencer (1902–48), writer, poet and critic, taught at Harvard, 1927–49: see Biographical Register.

Thayer, Florence, asks TSE to visit son in hospital,
Thayer, Lucy Ely, expected as VHE's companion, expected from 1 October, compared with Mrs Nelson, writes to TSE from London,

1.LucyThayer, Lucy Ely Ely Thayer (1887–1952) – a cousin of TSE’s old friend Scofield Thayer, and a friend and confidante of Vivien Eliot – had been a witness at the Eliots’ wedding on 26 June 1915.

Thayer, Scofield, TSE urged to visit, has been asking for TSE, TSE on visiting,

11.ScofieldThayer, Scofield Thayer (1890–1982), American poet and publisher; pioneering editor of the Dial. Thayer came from a wealthy New England family, which enabled him to travel and to become a patron of the arts. He was a friend of TSE from Milton Academy, where he was his junior by a year. Like TSE, he went on to Harvard and Oxford, where from 1914 he spent two years studying philosophy at Magdalen College: it was in his rooms there that TSE met Vivien Haigh-Wood in 1915. From 1919 to 1925 he was editor of the Dial, having joined forces with James Sibley Watson (who became president of the magazine) to save it from closure. Re-launched as a monthly in January 1920, the Dial became the most enterprising cultural and arts magazine in the USA. It published TSE’s ‘London Letters’ and The Waste Land as well as important essays by him such as ‘Ulysses, Order and Myth’; Yeats, Pound, Cummings, Joyce and others of the most important Anglophone modernists; and influential European writers including Mann, Hofmannsthal and Valéry. A meeting between Thayer and Lady Rothermere prompted her to finance the Criterion, with Eliot as editor.

Wilberforce, Pamela Margaret (TSE's secretary), fobs off Lady Astor, advised on Staffordshire Terriers, engaged to be married, handsome girl reminds TSE of,

7.PamelaWilberforce, Pamela Margaret (TSE's secretary) Margaret Wilberforce (1909–97), scion of the Wilberforce family (granddaughter of Samuel Wilberforce) and graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, was appointed ‘secretary-typist’ to the Chairman’s office on 1 July 1930, at a salary of £2.10.0 a week. She was required to learn typing and shorthand; she asked too for time to improve her German.