[1418 East 63d St., Seattle]

T. S.Eliot
Faber & Faber Ltd
28 August 1931
Dear Lady

I can only write a brief note to-day, but it pleases me to write twice a week, even if there is sometimes time only for salutation. I was late this morning, several things turned up for immediate attention, andJoyce, Jamesbank-draft ordered for;b1 now I have to go to the bank to order a draft for Joyce beforeHaigh-Wood, Maurice;a1 lunching with my brother in law.1 And I have left my spectacles at home, and realise for the first time how dependent upon them I am. Your letter of the 19th arrived to-day; nine days. IScripps College, Claremontbut EH declines post;a3 am sorry, my dear, for the reasons which made you decline Scripps College; and I wonder if you are not being over-conscientious; for I know myself that one of the best ways of learning anything is to have to teach it. Of course it makes hard work, but it really matters very little how much you know before you begin to teach! And I am wondering whether you will find it very lonely at Brimmer Street with Miss Ware away all the winter. I wish she might have taken you to Italy with her. And what will you do about your other meals, please? Because if you have to go out, and pay for your meals, I fear it will drain your slender resources; and I am really very anxious about your health under such conditions.

I want to write at length on Monday–Tuesday. Meanwhile, my Emily, accept this brief note for the unspoken.


1.Maurice Haigh-Wood (1896–1980), younger brother of Vivien Haigh-Wood Eliot: see Biographical Register.

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.

Joyce, James, appears suddenly in London, admired and esteemed by TSE, takes flat in Kensington, lunches with TSE at fish shop, gets on with Osbert Sitwell, GCF on, consumes TSE's morning, dines in company chez Eliot, obstinately unbusinesslike, bank-draft ordered for, indebted to Harriet Weaver, writes to TSE about daughter, his place in history, evening with Lewis, Vanderpyl and, TSE appreciates loneliness of, TSE's excuse for visiting Paris, insists on lavish Parisian dinner, on the phone to the F&F receptionist, TSE's hairdresser asks after, defended by TSE at UCD, for which TSE is attacked, qua poet, his Miltonic ear, requires two F&F directors' attention, anecdotalised by Jane Heap, part of TSE's Paris itinerary, in Paris, strolls with TSE, and David Jones, and EP's gift of shoes, his death lamented, insufficiently commemorated, esteemed by Hugh Walpole, TSE's prose selection of, Indian audience addressed on, TSE opens exhibition dedicated to, TSE on the Joyce corpus, TSE on his letters to, Anna Livia Plurabelle, Joyce's recording of, Dubliners, taught in English 26, Ulysses, modern literature undiscussable without, Harold Monro's funeral calls to mind, its true perversity, likened to Gulliver's Travels, F&F negotiating for, 'Work in Progress' (afterwards Finnegans Wake), negotiations over, conveyed to London by Jolas, 'very troublesome', new MS delivered by Madame Léon,
see also Joyces, the

1.JamesJoyce, James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish novelist, playwright, poet; author of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922), Finnegans Wake (1939).

Scripps College, Claremont, EH headhunted to teach at, but EH declines post, still a possibility, TSE on whether or not to accept post, which EH does, TSE hopes to visit EH at, sounds picturesque, EH expects suite at, EH reassured about feeling 'inadequate', EH arrives at, TSE asks for full report of, grows on EH, EH's all-arts theatrical workshop at, TSE's lecture at, TSE's desire to deliver EH from, TSE's visit to, its suspicious characters, its effect on EH despaired of, year's leave requested from, EH considers returning to, encouraged by TSE to return, despite TSE forswearing, refuses EH's return, EH on not returning, under Jaqua, EH's existence at, EH's extra-curricular work at, preferred to Smith, bequeathed EH's TSE book collection, compared to Concord Academy,