[22 Paradise Rd., Northampton, Mass.]

T. S.Eliot
Shamley Letter 113.
5 March 1942
DearestScotlandGlasgow;b7;a5 Emily,

I'Music of Poetry, The'revised for print;a7 found myself unexpectedly busy, last weekend, because I was told in Glasgow that the University expect to print each W. P. Ker lecture: having written it only for elocution I had to spend the three days in the country trying to polish it, for I knew that unless I did this at once I might be indefinitely delayed. MyUniversity of GlasgowTSE's W. P. Ker Memorial Lecture;a1 visit to the North was very pleasant and successful – what was most surprising was that I caught no cold. AsScotlandGlasgow;b7TSE's 1942 trip to;a6 the sleeping car compartments are now reserved for Civil Servants – that is to say, employees of ministries and departments, travelling on official business, are very rightly given priority, so that you can never be certain of getting a sleeper – I travelled both ways by day, which meant spending Sunday night in town, and providing myself with sandwiches for the journey. The journey up was very cold, and I am very much surprised to have caught no chill. I arrived in Glasgow, not very much behind time, Monday evening in time for dinner. TheHetherington, Sir Hectoras TSE's Glasgow host;a1 Hetheringtons1 are very agreeable people – IMerton College, Oxford had never met them before, andJoachim, Harold Henry ('H. H.');a2 I had not known that he had been at Merton as a pupil of Joachim a little before me – and did not attempt to have any company until after the lecture, but a professor took me around the University, which I had never examined before, on Tuesday morning. TheUniversity of Glasgowdescribed;a2 buildings mostly belong to the period of 1870, when the university was moved from the old 16th century college in the middle of the city, and therefore of no great beauty; but there is a kind of Close, consisting of three sides of a quadrangle with houses for the twelve incumbents of the twelve original professorships, including the house which they point out as the first in the world to have been lit by electricity – whenMirrlees, Emily Lina ('Mappie', née Moncrieff);c6 it was tenanted by Lord Kelvin the scientist, a cousin of Mrs. Mirrlees. The lecture took place at three: or should have done, because the lecture room proved too small, and we moved to another one with a seating of 500; it was full with some standing, a good audience for war time – attentive and polite, and applauded generously at the end. (You shall have a copy when it is printed!) After that there was a select teaparty, and subsequently a small dinner party mostly professors. TheBlakes, thevisited at Dollar;a2 following day, the Wednesday, IScotlandDollar, Clackmannshire;b3;a1 lunched with George Blake and went by train to spend the night with the Blakes at Dollar, in Clackmannanshire, where they have removed since the war: an unusually comely little early nineteenth century town, centring around the Academy, which is rather a famous local school, and the main street well laid out, with a very pretty burn purling down the middle. Their children are at the Academy, which is rather an unusual sort of school. Wealcoholwartime whisky;c4 had a pleasant evening, with a little of some really remarkable whisky (Glen Rothes 1925, quite new to me) and I had a scramble the next morning (as the alarum clock failed) to catch the 8.10 for Alloa, where I changed for Edinburgh, and at Edinburgh caught the Flying Scotsman for King’s Cross. Except for a small flask of whisky they gave me leaking into the sandwiches and cake (damaging the former, but greatly improving the latter) there were no accidents. Nor did I feel so fatigued by this jaunt as I should have expected.

NowClassical AssociationPresidential Address for;a4 for the Classical Association again: IClassics and the Man of Letters, Thebeing written;a5 have just read over the first part which I wrote, and am not satisfied with it. DrMoncrieff, Dr AgnesMappie's homeopathic cousin;a1. Agnes Moncrieff, the homeopathic cousin, was just been to lunch and pronounces herself well pleased with my health. TomorrowMacCarthys, the;a2MacCarthy, DesmondMacCarthys, the the Mac Carthys come to lunch. IPound, OmarTSE's impression of;a2 had the Pound boy over from Charterhouse to lunch last Sunday. He is certainly a little odder than most boys, talkative and nervous, with poor eyesight – those are the only characteristics reminding me of his father. He is rather friendless, has only seen his father once or twice in his life, and his mother only for a month every summer; and now of course as they are still in Italy he is completely cut off from them. He sees one or two of his mother’s relatives, and spends his holidays with a lady who has acted as his guardian in the past. Of course his father’s deplorable political views are a handicap to him; but I rather liked the combination of detachment and respect with which he was able to speak of his father, without being apparently on the defensive. I am very glad for his sake that the boy (he is fifteen) tends to be scientific rather than literary: the omens will be much better for him.

I have had no letter yet this week or last. ISelwyn, Revd Edward Gordon, Dean of Winchesterhosts TSE in Winchester;a6 go to Winchester for the night on Monday (not a difficult journey from here) to stay with Gordon Selwyn at the Deanery and discuss Classical Education, about which he recently expressed himself in Convocation: but I hope to get back on Thursday from London to get on with my writing. I am thankful that I do not have to go to Oxford this month, unlessMoot, The;c7 I can give the time to go to a conference of the Moot at the very end.

Your devoted

1.SirHetherington, Sir Hector Hector Hetherington (1888–1965), Scottish philosopher, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, 1927–36; Principal of the University of Glasgow, 1936–61. See Charles Illingworth, University Statesman – The Story of Sir Hector Hetherington … 1888–1965 (1971).

alcohol, as pleasure, as temptation, as weakness, whisky as necessity, whisky as suppressant, as aid to sleep, and American Prohibition, the 'bedtime Guinness', too much sherry, whisky as medicine, at The Swan, Commercial Road, GCF's pillaged whisky, and buying cheap delicious wine, 'whisky' vs 'whiskey', erroneous belief about brandy, Guinness before Mass, asperity on port, at JDH and TSE's dinner, Château Latour 1874, Château Leoville-Poyferré 1915, fine wines at JDH's, wartime whisky, bottle of beer with wireless, 'dry sherry' and rationing,
Blakes, the, visited at Dollar,
Classical Association, TSE disqualifies himself for presidency, Livingstone confers Presidency on TSE, TSE's communiqué to Greek Minister, Presidential Address for,
Classics and the Man of Letters, The, being written, revised with suggestions from GCF, reception,
Hetherington, Sir Hector, as TSE's Glasgow host,

1.SirHetherington, Sir Hector Hector Hetherington (1888–1965), Scottish philosopher, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, 1927–36; Principal of the University of Glasgow, 1936–61. See Charles Illingworth, University Statesman – The Story of Sir Hector Hetherington … 1888–1965 (1971).

Joachim, Harold Henry ('H. H.'), dies, as influence on TSE's punctuation,

1.‘Professor H. H. Joachim’, The Times, 2 Aug. 1938, 12. JoachimJoachim, Harold Henry ('H. H.') was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, 1897–1919; Wykeham Professor of Logic at New College, Oxford, 1919–35. TSE was his pupil at Merton in 1914–15. See TSE’s tribute in The Times: CProse 5, 646–7.

MacCarthys, the, TSE's Hampton stay with,
Merton College, Oxford, and Karl Culpin, Edmund Blunden visited at, TSE recognised by college porter, TSE on his time at, makes TSE Honarary Fellow, Gaudy at,
Mirrlees, Emily Lina ('Mappie', née Moncrieff), taken round the Tower, invites TSE to Shamley, described for EH, offers to house TSE gratis, her religion, as horticulturalist, concerns TSE, her distress on animals' behalf, not an irritant, secures better gardener for Shamley, circumstances in which she offered TSE refuge, indifferent to enlarging acquaintance, engineers solitude at Shamley, surprises TSE with lobster and cigars, reduces TSE's rent, celebrates 80th birthday, abed and anxious, anxious about North African campaign, going deaf, boosted by son's promotion, receives offer for Shamley, theatrical by nature, TSE prefers being alone with, TSE's sense of responsibility to, spoils TSE on his birthday, aflutter over Christmas turkey, delighted by recording at Shamley, takes in hopeless cases, collector of recipes, pleased by TSE's lawnmowing, hankers after life in Menton, dreams of leaving Shamley, pulls out of selling Shamley, as landlady, frustrations with gardener, her aura, summons TSE to Shamley, during TSE's final Shamley Christmas, dying, still just living, dies following operation, Wishful Cooking,
see also Mirrleeses, the

3.HopeMirrlees, Emily Lina ('Mappie', née Moncrieff) Mirrlees’s mother was Emily Lina Mirrlees, née Moncrieff (1862–1948) – known as ‘Mappie’ or ‘Mappy’ – see Biographical Register.

Moncrieff, Dr Agnes, Mappie's homeopathic cousin, ministers to TSE,
Moot, The, first meeting, invited to TSE's Maritain dinner, no substitute for individual friendships, seems futile, welcomes Reinhold Niebuhr as guest, discusses TSE's paper,
'Music of Poetry, The', outlined, revised for print,
Pound, Omar, invited to lunch at Shamley, TSE's impression of, his situation, his prospects, and EP's indictment, and wife call on TSE,

1.OmarPound, Omar Shakespear Pound (1926–2010), author, editor and poet; son of Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear, he was born in Paris and brought up in his early years by his maternal grandmother, Olivia Shakespear; he met his father for the first time only in 1938. During 1940–2 he was a boarder at Charterhouse School, where TSE took a proactive avuncular interest in the progress and well-being of ‘the unfortunate Omar’: ‘I make a point of trying to see him about twice a quarter. The whole situation is difficult and I am afraid that the future is not going to be easy for him. I like the boy who at the present moment thinks that he would like to make hotel keeping his profession.’ On leaving school, Pound undertook to study hotel management and worked in a London hotel; but in 1945 he enlisted in the US Army and served terms in France and Germany. Subsequently he studied at Hamilton College, New York (his father’s alma mater); at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London; and at McGill University. Later he taught in Boston; at the American School of Tangier; at the Cambridgeshire School of Arts and Technology; and at Princeton. He brought out Arabic & Persian Poems (1970) and volumes of his own poetry, and was co-editor (with Philip Grover) of Wyndham Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography (1978). Other editions include Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters 1908–1914 (1984), and Ezra and Dorothy Pound: Letters in Captivity, 1945–1946, edited with Robert Spoo (1999).

Scotland, and Scottish architecture, its peoples more diverse than England's, TSE hopes to visit again, TSE on haggis, compared to Wales and the Welsh, Scottish food, TSE on, the Scottish, dominate life on Laetitia, Highlanders versus Lowlanders, Ayrshire, Ballachulish, Culloden, Dollar, Clackmannshire, Dumfries, Edinburgh, TSE's lecture in, Galloway, Glasgow, obscurely glimpsed, TSE's 1942 trip to, Inverary, Inverness, Kirkudbright, Stirling, the Borders, the Highlands, TSE's 1933 journey through, the Lowlands,
Selwyn, Revd Edward Gordon, Dean of Winchester, fellow-guest at Chichester, on TSE's 1933 homecoming itinerary, TSE on, discusses geopolitics and theology, hosts TSE in Winchester, with TSE over South Indian Church,
see also Selwyns, the

9.RevdSelwyn, Revd Edward Gordon, Dean of Winchester Edward Gordon Selwyn (1885–1959), editor of Theology: A Monthly Journal of Historic Christianity, 1920–33. Educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge (Newcastle Scholar; Porson Scholar and Prizeman; Waddington Scholar; Browne’s Medallist; 2nd Chancellor’s Medallist), he was Rector of Redhill, Havant, 1919–30; Provost in Convocation, 1921–31; Dean of Winchester, 1931–58. Works include The Approach to Christianity (1925); Essays Catholic & Critical by Members of the Anglican Communion (ed., 1926). In 1910, he married Phyllis Eleanor Hoskyns, daughter of E. C. Hoskyns (then Bishop of Southwell).

University of Glasgow, TSE's W. P. Ker Memorial Lecture, described,