[Grace Toll Hall, Scripps College, Claremont]

T. S.Eliot
The Criterion
13 January 1934
My dear Lady,

I intended to write this morning, as it was my Saturday to be director in charge at the office, butStewart, Charlesand TSE play detective;a1 Stewart turned up too, and we spent some time in consultation. TheFaber and Faber (F&F)robbed;b6 cashbox, without [sc. with] some forty pounds in it, was stolen last week; this morning Stewart had to interview a Detective Inspector, and some one came in with information. A lad in the office is suspected. These events are always distressing. The boy had excellent prospects, and was considered most promising, but he had got into debt. Of course, our suspicions may be wrong; but the boy has already tried to throw suspicion on another whom there seem[s] no reason to suspect, which is much against him.

My difficulty in writing at present is not due to hearing from you so briefly and at such long intervals, but due to uncertainty about your own attitude, views and feelings. I am sure that you must understand my being in an unsettled state for this reason; and being unable to expand or chatter as I have done. I hope you will not try to spare my feelings – frankness is more merciful in the long run; and if there are or have been misunderstandings I should like them to be cleared up, whatever else happens. I do not like to think that you may just fade away without anything being spoken out.

I do not expect to hear from you till towards the end of the month in any case. You will want your holiday in Seattle without any such worries, and on your return you will – will have had your hands very full no doubt for the first week of term. At present I am still worried about the strain on your health, and the possibility of a serious breakdown if you are obliged to continue long in your present life. And this is about all that seems worth saying at the moment.

ton dévoué
Faber and Faber (F&F), TSE's office in, the garrulousness of publishing, refuge from home, in financial straits, future feared for, tranquil Saturday mornings at, TSE disenchanted with, hosts summer garden-party, as part of Bloomsbury, TSE considers 'home', VHE intrusion dreaded at, robbed, increases TSE's workload, TSE's editorial beat at, negotiate over Murder in the Cathedral, pay advance for Murder, VHE's appearances at, and Duff Cooper's Haig, 'blurbs' for, commission new letterhead from Eric Gill, give Ivy lunch for Dukes, TSE as talent-spotter and talent-counsellor, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, mark TSE's 50th birthday, and the prospect of war, and closing The Criterion, lose Morley to America, on war footing, war ties TSE to, fire-watching duties at, wartime bookbinding issues, advertisements to write for, Picture Post photographs boardroom, offices damaged by V-1, consider moving to Grosvenor Place, lunch at Wednesday board-meetings, Christmas staff party,
Stewart, Charles, and TSE play detective, and wife give tea-party, killed by train, his death, his funeral,