[c/o Perkins, 90 Commonwealth Ave., Boston]

T. S.Eliot
Letter 23.
10 January 1943
My Love,

Since I last wrote I had two days in bed with a cold, not as severe as usual, because no temperature, just an acute cold in the head with much catarrh. How I caught it I don’t know. It was enough to keep me away from London all the week, because if I am not able to get up by Wednesday it is not worth while going at all. I shall go again tomorrow: anFabers, thefeed TSE;f6 additional reason for not going up last week with a cold was that the Fabers were not to be there, which would have meant going out for my dinner in the evening. Of course I forgot the charwoman’s address (to put her off) and of course the telephone went out of order so that I could not ring up the Fabers to ask, and of course the person who took my telegram to the post office sent it to the wrong address: but I finally got the address I wanted (Rialto Road, Mitcham, pronounced Ry-al-to), I hope in time. Since I have been up, I have been toiling to clear up various long arrears of private correspondence: and, for the first time since I can remember, I think I am at present square; but have probably forgotten some, and I forgot important points in two letters, so I shall have to write again; and anyway, there will be a great accumulation waiting at the office, including answers to some of my letters of last week – such as the headmaster who wanted me to come and talk about Reconstruction, and the other master who sent us his scheme for the foundation of a new kind of public school, etc. IFour Quartetsdeliberations over title;a3 hope that the copies of ‘Little Gidding’ which I sent off to America in November have arrived; forHarcourt, Brace & Co.and Four Quartets;a5 until you have seen that you cannot form any opinion as to the title to be given to the four poems when Harcourt Brace publish them as a book together in the spring. You know I wanted to call it ‘Kensington Quartets’, but nobody I could consult, orMorley, Frank Vigorsuggests 'Night Music' over 'Kensington Quartets';k4 Morley on that side, likes ‘Kensington’. SomeBarrie, Sir James Matthew ('J. M.')Peter Pan;b1 said it suggested Peter Pan,1 others that it suggested shabby genteel respectability, some found it distinctly comic. I still like it, and I say that Kensington is what I choose to make it, and these inconvenient associations in people’s minds only matter for the first few months anyway. I have given way, but I refuse to accept Morley’s suggestion ‘Night Music’ which is too fancy. I want something reserved and demure, with no pretense about it. MorleyMorley, Donaldwants to be a pilot;b7 says his eldest boy is already wanting to join the Canadian Air Force. It is appalling to think that one can begin to be a pilot so young, and that most men are too old at thirty.

The gaps between writing and receiving letters seem longer than ever since you went to Grand Manan, whence came your last letters; it is now a fortnight since Christmas, and I know nothing of your movements since you returned to Boston. I suppose that you saw your doctors at once, and that they have formed some opinion about your improvement, and consequently about what plans you can make for the rest of the winter. My dear, I wish that I knew enough to advise, but very much more that I could help; that at least, I could be near you from time to time, and see you engaged, and a little participate, in the active and useful life you need: though what I most like to think of, is not so much your directing dramatic activities in a girls’ college, as directing and meddling in all the affairs of a village (preferably of course as the lady of the Manor) and taking that kind and helpful interest in everybody’s affairs (especially the lame ducks) which you exercised so beautifully at Campden. The impossible sometimes seems very little to ask.

DidChoice of Kipling's Verse, A;b2 you ever receive the second copy of Kipling which I sent you?

With tender & wistful thoughts

1.See J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, illus. Arthur Rackham (1906).

Barrie, Sir James Matthew ('J. M.'), attends Whibley memorial lecture, and Whibley, and the original Peter Pan, described for EH, EH in play by, likened to John Buchan, his estate, Dear Brutus, Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton, The Old Lady Shows Her Medals,

5.SirBarrie, Sir James Matthew ('J. M.') James Barrie, Bt, OM (1860–1937), Scottish novelist and dramatist; world-renowned for Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (1904).

Choice of Kipling's Verse, A, TSE's high and low motives for undertaking, selection made on rereading Kipling, approved by Kipling's daughter, delayed, TSE paid £250 for, sold out but unreviewed, sent to EH, reviewed,
Fabers, the, model of happiness and respectability, their domestic situation, Faber children to tea chez Eliot, visit TSE at Pike's Farm, compared to the Morleys, closer to TSE than to VHE, 1933 summer holiday with, Ty Glyn Aeron described, request TSE to write play, too absorbed in their children, at the Morleys' party, give anti-Nazi party for author, host poker party, 1934 summer holiday with, take TSE to lunch in Oxford, 1935 summer holiday with, for which the children are bought tent, give party, 1936 summer holiday with, at Morleys' Thanksgiving Day party, sail model boats with TSE, and TSE's foggy adventure, cinema-going with TSE, take TSE to Witch of Edmonton, and Morleys take TSE to pantomime, and TSE attend opening of Ascent of F6, 1937 summer holiday with, and the Bradfield Greek play, School for Scandal with, take TSE to pantomime again, 1938 summer holiday with, 1939 summer holiday with, offer possible wartime refuge, 1940 summer holiday with, host TSE in Hampstead during war, TSE makes bread sauce for, brought vegetables from Shamley, move to Minsted, and TSE attend musical revue, 1941 summer holiday with, Minsted as substitute for nursing-home, trying to sell Welsh home, take TSE to International Squadron, invite TSE to Wales for Christmas, host TSE at Minsted, away fishing in Scotland, mourn TSE's post-war independence, 1947 Minsted summer stay, 1948 Minsted summer stay, host TSE for weekend, on 1950 South Africa trip, on TSE's 1951 Spain trip, 1951 Minsted summer stay, 1952 Minsted summer stay, 1953 Minsted summer stay, on 1953–4 South Africa trip, 35th wedding anniversary weekend,
Four Quartets, as publishing proposition, as conceived by TSE, deliberations over title, published in America, whose first edition appals TSE, reviewed, English edition of, appearing in French in Africa, recorded by TSE, BBC broadcast TSE reading,
Harcourt, Brace & Co., and Selected Essays, poach Frank Morley, negotiations over New York Murder, refuse illustrated edition of Cats, and Four Quartets, which they print disappointingly, advance TSE money,
Morley, Donald, TSE on, model yacht sought for, pleased with TSE's present, after a term of school, close to mother's Celtic soul, masters his urge to pester TSE, given tennis-racket, improved by school, bought model car for Christmas, treated in Ramsgate, taken to Shakespeare, wants to be a pilot,
see also Morleys, the

2.JohnMorley, Donald Donald Innes Morley (b. 15 Mar. 1926).

Morley, Frank Vigor, TSE on sharing an office with, Criterion monthly meeting regular, returns from New York, indispensable in proofing Selected Essays, Criterion lunch in company with, joins farewell lunch for Hodgson, offers TSE post-separation refuge, acts for TSE during separation, spirits TSE away to Surrey, on TSE at Pike's Farm, as châtelain, acting as TSE's courier, on TSE's relationship to children, music-hall evening with, suggests tour of Scotland, which he plans out, suggests trip to Paris, thanks Joyce for hospitality, on TSE's 1933 tour of Scotland, negotiating for Ulysses, his absence means more work, treasured and missed, gets on famously with Ada, mercifully returned to F&F, produces birthday-cake, peacekeeper between Rowse and Smyth, in on Sherlock Holmes prank, encourages TSE to go to Finland, on TSE's 1935 tour of Scotland, and TSE drink GCF's whisky, takes TSE to Wimbledon, monopolises typewriter for joint story, as tennis-player, overawes GCF, TSE and EH's elected emergency go-between, good with thrusting young authors, backs publication of Nightwood, helps deal with Joyce, naturally projects strength, his French, escapes Criterion gathering to catch last train home, unusually subdued among the French, submits his Johnson Society paper, depends on TSE, on TSE's 1937 tour of Scotland, which Morley describes, two nights' sleep in a caravan with, potential reader for Family Reunion, his father dies, Spender discussed with, sends TSE corrected Anabasis, heads for New York and Baltimore, his energy, returns from America, visiting dying mother, shoulders burden of EP, insufficiently honours EP, Boutwood Lectures submitted to, accepts Harcourt Brace position, what his leaving F&F will mean, taken to tea with Woolfs, remembers EH taking priority, first wartime letter from, which reports on TSE's family, sounds depressed in America, sounds less depressed to GCF, among TSE's closest friends, his conversation missed, on Christian Society's American reception, suspected of indiscretion, EH explains 'Defence of the Islands' to, indifferent to Cats, entrusted with emergency Dry Salvages, America's effect on, gives Henry MS of 'Yeats', suggests 'Night Music' over 'Kensington Quartets', Ada too ill to see, his use of 'poised', puts TSE up in New York, on TSE's 1947 New York stay, presently unemployed, but inherits Graham Greene's job,
see also Morleys, the

4.FrankMorley, Frank Vigor Vigor Morley (1899–1980), American publisher and author; a founding editor of F&F, 1929–39: see Biographical Register.