[41 Brimmer St., Boston]

T. S.Eliot
Faber & Faber Ltd
22 April 1931
Emily dear,

(I am glad that I got off a long letter to you yesterday, so that it was uncomplicated by this).

This will be short, but I must thank you at once for your perfectly lovely letter of the 14th. You will have had by now several letters since my agonised one, and I hope that by this time you are more assured about me again. I had hoped that my second letter would reach you quickly. But I am glad to get this letter for one reason, that I have been apprehensive about the effect of my outburst of weakness, and it is a relief at least not to be any longer in suspense.

Please, please, forgive me for distressing you – of course I know what you do! but that doesn’t prevent me from wanting to beg it again most humbly. I am very much ashamed of my egotism – I don’t mean merely my expression of egotism, but of my feelings. I do know how difficult this letter was for you to write, and I cannot express my gratitude and worship. Be sure that far from hurting me, your letter has brought me nothing but help and equilibrium – what no word from anyone but you could give; and I am only miserable at having put such burdens upon you.

I cannot answer your letter now – I must wait. Surely no one but myself can have had the opportunity to know fully what a wonderful person you are.