[No surviving envelope]

T. S.Eliot
Letter 39.
6 June 1943
Dearest Emily,

As no letter has come, for the third week, I think that I now will cable when I am next in town. TomorrowCowley House, OxfordTSE discusses South India at;a4, MondayReunion by Destruction: Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South India;a3, I go to Oxford to confer with a small group of clergy (andWilliams, Charlesand C. S. Lewis lunch with TSE;a7, ILewis, Clive Staples ('C. S.')and Charles Williams lunch with TSE;a1 think, lunch with Charles Williams and C. S. Lewis1) and return to London on Tuesday morning. The next three weeks are rather restless. I return to Shamley on Thursday night; but expect to go up to town again on Saturday afternoon, asCampbell, Henry Colville Montgomery, Bishop of Kensington (later Bishop of Guildford, eventually Bishop of London);a1 FrCheetham, Revd Eric;f3. Cheetham is anxious that I should lunch with him, and the Bishop of Kensington, on Whitsunday; and as I do so little, nowadays, in the way of churchwarden’s duties, I feel that I ought to oblige him. I then return to Shamley from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning; return from London as usual on Thursday; butMoot, Thewelcomes Reinhold Niebuhr as guest;c9 go to Haslemere on Friday for a meeting of the Moot, atNiebuhr, Reinholdat the Moot;a6 which Reinhold Niebuhr is to be the guest (Niebuhr must have been talking incessantly, except for a few hours’ sleep, for the last three weeks: but I believe he is capable of it). The following week I shall not go to London till Wednesday, but must take with me luggage for two weeks. I must also take a dark suit; asCulford School, Bury St. EdmundsTSE's Prize Day address at;a1 on Saturday morning I have to catch a 10 a.m. train for Bury St. Edmunds (leaving most of my luggage in London, but taking with me a scarlet gown and cap) where, after lunch, I address the school at Culford, and I must spend the night, as the train service is not good. I return to town on Sunday, and have taken a room for the night at my club, because I don’t think Auntie Pye would care to come from Mitcham on a Monday morning. Thentravels, trips and plansTSE's 1943 New Forest holiday;f1;a3 on Monday I go off to the New Forest for my two weeks, andWallop, Gerard, Viscount Lymington (later 9th Earl of Portsmouth)visited at Farleigh;a4 on the way back stop off for a night or so at Basingstoke to visit my agrarian acquaintance, Lord Portsmouth.2 And then (by that time it is the middle of July) back to Shamley for a few days to get straight.

This kind of rehearsal is tedious enough, and I only give this itinerary in detail as an example of the minor problems of living in two places; and the wear and tear of having to remember toothbrushes etc. and calculate laundry. Even to go for a weekend (andRichmonds, the;b1 I ought to go down to Salisbury at some time in the summer to visit the Richmonds, andWatt, Billimplores TSE to visit him in Cambridge;a4 Bill Watt is begging me to spend a weekend at his house in Cambs.) means missing a week’s washing. Yet, at present, it is the most satisfactory arrangement possible: I should not do well in London – I never can sleep when there is gun fire, and it would be very difficult to find a place where I could get more than breakfast, and I am fed here as I am nowhere else – and an egg every morning for breakfast!

ISheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)TSE's deathbed correspondence with;i8 have just had a letter from Ada in her own hand – shaky, but quite legible. She is very brave and calm.3

IFour Quartetswhose first edition appals TSE;a5 haveHarcourt, Brace & Co.which they print disappointingly;a6 had one copy of my book from Harcourt Brace – the pages very badly set and ugly looking, but he has promised that the next printing will be better. I have sent him a list of people in America to whom I want copies sent; and I hope that yours will be the revised printing.

I am wondering helplessly what I can say that will interest the boys at Guildford.

If I get no reply from you (I will cable pre-paid) I shall cable Mrs. Perkins. I hope that whether you have anything in prospect or not, you will be able to take a summer holiday in the mountains or at the seaside; I do not at all like the idea of your stopping in Boston, except for short visits to friends. I am anxious and disturbed.

Your loving

IGalitzi, Dr Christineasks TSE to communicate with imprisoned husband;c6 wrote to the Red Cross to find how and whether I could carry out Christine Galitzi’s request. They replied that it was impossible, and added ‘Madame Bratescu seems to be writing to many people in England, and they all write to us’. However the Red Cross say they have got news of her husband to her.

You see, I have had no answer to anything I have written you, for such a long time.

1.C. S. LewisLewis, Clive Staples ('C. S.') (1898–1963), British novelist, academic and critic; Christian apologist; ‘Inkling’: see Biographical Register.

2.Gerard Wallop, known as Viscount Lymington, 1925–43, had succeeded his father as 9th Earl of Portsmouth.

3.AdaSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)TSE's deathbed correspondence with;i8 Sheffield wrote on 23 Apr. 1943 (the text here is taken from a TS copy):

Dearest Tom:-

This is in bed, of course. I am anxious you should know how deeply touched I am at your even thinking of coming over to see me. It would not have entered my head beset as it (this trip) must be with insuperable difficulties and only too real dangers. Don’t let it stay in your head a moment dear Brother. I shall know you think of me, as I of you. It has been a great comfort and stimulus to me all these years to write and receive letters from the one member of the family who I have believed really respected the sort of life I have chosen to lead, as much as he would have the cultivating[?] the ‘right’ people. Though just lately I have thought Marion’s and Henry’s attitude toward me changed for some reason. Who are the true ‘élite’? I’d like to discuss that with you.

People’s attitude toward death puzzles me. Why do they dread it? Nurse, doctors, friends, relatives all express wonder at the way I take it. Why? I can’t make out. Do you? I felt this same way when I was a girl. ‘That which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home.’ [Ada quotes Tennyson, ‘Crossing the Bar’.]

Elizabeth, Shef’s sister, comes to Cambridge to settle in about a week. It is a great comfort to me that he will be looked after. They will live here for the present.

WhenSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)remembers TSE as boy;j2n you were a tiny boy, learning to talk, you used to sound the rhythm of sentences without shaping words – the ups and downs of the thing you were trying to say. I used to answer you in kind, saying nothing yet conversing with you as we sat side by side on the stairs at 2635 [Locust Street]. And now you think the rhythm before the words in creating a new poem!

With the deepest affection, / Ada.

Such a dear little boy!

Campbell, Henry Colville Montgomery, Bishop of Kensington (later Bishop of Guildford, eventually Bishop of London),
Cheetham, Revd Eric, TSE's rent to, as landlord at 9 Grenville Place, asks TSE to be churchwarden, to which TSE agrees, invited to Sweeney Agonistes, taken ill, offers prayers for EH's passage, his pageant for Mothers' Union, on London colds, given wine for Christmas, possible flatmate, pleased to welcome EH, advice in case of fire, unfolds tale of French holiday, and St. Stephen's wartime finances, remembers TSE's birthday, indifferent to rationing, during Blitz, paid to house TSE's books, starts lending library in tube, living in modern penthouse, TSE drafts testimonial letter for, hosts TSE in penthouse, his testimonial, requests TSE's presence for Bishop of London, by whom he is chastened, and Elvaston Place, exhausted by war, prevented from giving TSE customary birthday greeting, one of TSE's few intimates, TSE on, hounded by Time, and the Bishop of Tokyo, retires under doctor's orders, TSE's outgoing tribute and succession, apparently in Hong Kong, leaves affairs in a mess, insouciant letter to parishioners,

4.RevdCheetham, Revd Eric Eric Cheetham (1892–1957): vicar of St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London, 1929–56 – ‘a fine ecclesiastical showman’, as E. W. F. Tomlin dubbed him. TSE’s landlord and friend at presbytery-houses in S. Kensington, 1934–9. See Letters 7, 34–8.

Cowley House, Oxford, TSE considers retreat at, then makes retreat to, and Divinity Books issue, TSE discusses South India at,
Culford School, Bury St. Edmunds, TSE's Prize Day address at,
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,
Galitzi, Dr Christine, in line for Ariel poem, favoured among EH's Claremont friends, encloses flower in letter, sends TSE photographs, and possible Greek translation of The Waste Land, her mannerisms, EH warned against imitating, asks TSE to communicate with imprisoned husband, her marriage, writes to TSE about husband,

1.DrGalitzi, Dr Christine Christine Galitzi (b. 1899), Assistant Professor of French and Sociology, Scripps College. Born in Greece and educated in Romania, and at the Sorbonne and Columbia University, New York, she was author of Romanians in the USA: A Study of Assimilation among the Romanians in the USA (New York, 1968), as well as authoritative articles in the journal Sociologie româneascu. In 1938–9 she was to be secretary of the committee for the 14th International Congress of Sociology due to be held in Bucharest. Her husband (date of marriage unknown) was to be a Romanian military officer named Constantin Bratescu (1892–1971).

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,
Lewis, Clive Staples ('C. S.'), and Charles Williams lunch with TSE, dodged,

1.C. S. LewisLewis, Clive Staples ('C. S.') (1898–1963), British novelist, academic and critic; Christian apologist; ‘Inkling’: see Biographical Register.

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,
Niebuhr, Reinhold, talks theology for seven hours, TSE on, speaks passionately, offers paper on adolescence, commended to EH, at the Moot, reminds TSE of Babbitt, dines with TSE in Princeton, Human Nature,

3.ReinholdNiebuhr, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), influential theologian, ethicist, philosopher, and polemical commentator on politics and public affairs: see Biographical Register.

Reunion by Destruction: Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South India, contemplated by TSE, suspended, on its second draft, sent to EH, for which TSE prepares her,
Richmonds, the, TSE's new South Kensington neighbours, TSE's alcholic weekend with, host TSE in Sussex, TSE's Netherhampton weekends with, make their home over to maternity hospital,
Sheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister), TSE's most likely family confidant, to host TSE on Boston return, TSE pictures his birthday-party with, Madison Street preferable to Eliot House, after seventeen years' separation, TSE begins to confide in, TSE and Henry visit together, accompanies TSE to Wellesley, counsels separation from VHE, speaks frankly with TSE about his domestic affairs, hosts post-Radcliffe Club reception, hosts the Eliot family Thanksgiving, attends second Norton lecture, hosts Wellesley English faculty and TSE, remembered in St. Louis, and TSE to discuss Yale lecture and VHE, hosts TSE for last time, informs the Hinkleys of TSE's separation, replies to EH on TSE and divorce, distinguishes her faith from TSE's, takes to Frank Morley, on the Perkinses, TSE advises on wines, on Aunt Susie, EH urged to be familial with, her struggles for independence, as sounding-board for EH's career, TSE's favourite sibling, shielded TSE from over-bearing Hinkleys, incompletely aware of TSE and EH's relationship, within the Eliot family dynamic, seems 'reserved' to EH, at Hinkley dinner, invites EH to lunch, reports improvement in EH's spirits, hosts TSE on 1936 arrival, and Marion and Theresa's Murder party, reassures TSE about Henry's ears, subscribed to CNL, her intellectual orbit, on Hastings's bust of TSE, war jeopardises TSE seeing again, apparently ill, recovering from major operation, has cancer, has second operation, ailing, in reportedly critical condition, her death contemplated, TSE's intimacy with, TSE's deathbed correspondence with, remembers TSE as boy, pursuing intellectual interests from deathbed, her place in the Eliot family, dies, in Henry's final report, EH describes her funeral, New York Times obituary, Boston Herald obituary, Sheff's memorial tribute to, TSE on her final illness, TSE's absence at death, wished for on VHE's death, invoked against EH,
see also Sheffields, the

2.AdaSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister) Eliot Sheffield (1869–1943), eldest of the seven Eliot children; author of The Social Case History: Its Construction and Content (1920) and Social Insight in Case Situations (1937): see Biographical Register.

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Wallop, Gerard, Viscount Lymington (later 9th Earl of Portsmouth), also at anti-Fabian dinner, compared to American conservatives, discusses agriculture, visited at Farleigh,

6.GerardWallop, Gerard, Viscount Lymington (later 9th Earl of Portsmouth) Wallop (1898–1984), farmer, landowner (Fairleigh House, Farleigh Wallop, Basingstoke), politician, writer on agricultural topics, was Viscount Lymington, 1925–43, before succeeding his father as 9th Earl of Portsmouth. Conservative Member of Parliament for Basingstoke, 1929–34. Active through the 1930s in the organic husbandry movement, and, in right-wing politics, he edited New Pioneer, 1938–40. Works include Famine in England (1938); Alternative to Death (F&F, 1943). See Philip Conford, ‘Organic Society: Agriculture and Radical Politics in the Career of Gerard Wallop, Ninth Earl of Portsmouth (1898–1984)’, The Agricultural History Review 53: 1 (2005), 78–96; Craig Raine, T. S. Eliot (Oxford, 2006), 190–4; and Jeremy Diaper, T. S. Eliot and Organicism (Clemson, S. C., 2018).

Watt, Bill, the Fabers' wartime lodger, TSE to visit, implores TSE to visit him in Cambridge, where TSE eventually visits,

3.BillWatt, Bill Watt, literary agent.

Williams, Charles, described for EH, at Guthrie's Measure for Measure, on Family Reunion, reviewed by TSE, visited by TSE at OUP, and C. S. Lewis lunch with TSE, dies, 'une âme pure', TSE's eulogy on, TSE writes introduction to promote, All Hallow's Eve, Cranmer, Descent of the Dove, Seed of Adam,

5.CharlesWilliams, Charles Williams (1886–1945), novelist, poet, playwright, writer on religion and theology; biographer; member of the Inklings: see Biographical Register.