[No surviving envelope]

T. S.Eliot
Faber & Faber Ltd
Letter 52.
16 October 1943
Dearest Emilie,

I did not write to you last weekend. IRichmonds, theTSE's Netherhampton weekends with;a7 went from London to Salisbury on Friday, returned to Guildford via Woking on Monday, andSt. Anne's Church House, Soho'Culture Class';a4 spent the afternoon and evening preparing to meet the ‘Culture Class’ at St. Anne’s Soho the next afternoon. Next weekend will also be disturbed: by my having to go back to town on Saturday afternoon, spendCheetham, Revd Erichis testimonial;f5 theSt. Stephen's Church, Gloucester Roadchurchwarding at;a5 night with Cheetham in order to be present on the first Sunday of the Dedication Festival of the Church, on which occasion, after High Mass, he is to be presented with a cheque, representing the proceeds of the collection made for a present on the 25th anniversary of his coming to that church (first as a curate). LordSankey, John, Viscount Sankey;a1 Sankey1 will make the presentation on behalf of the congregation; but the wardens are expected to be present, and there is a rumour that I may have to say a few words to open the proceedings. It will be a great day for Cheetham, so I must be there. I shall then spend Sunday night at the club, as I have to be in town now on Mondays for this class; then Monday and Tuesday nights at Russell Square, and return to Shamley on Wednesday, asMoot, The;d2 I have to go off again on Friday for a weekend conference of ‘the Moot’. So I do not know on which day I shall be able to write next. Afterde la Mares, thegive TSE wartime refuge;a6 that, my only other excursion between now and the end of the year will be to the De la Mares for the weekend of November 20.

BesidesSheffield, Alfred Dwight ('Shef' or 'Sheff')writes from Ada's deathbed;b6, I could not give my mind to writing until I had written a letter to Sheff, which I have now done.2 I got his cable during the week, before going to the Richmonds, and cabled back. IEliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother);h5 shall no doubt hear more from Henry in due course. ISheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)her place in the Eliot family;j5 am very sorry that you could not have seen Ada again – perhaps you did, but I should think unlikely, as I had gathered that there were fewer and fewer hours in which she could talk to people. Sheff had lately spoken of her being a little confused in mind first thing in the morning, which he attributed to the drug: she must have had to have very strong doses latterly; but for a part of the day she seems to have kept her intellectual interests going to the end, or nearly to the end. This was certainly no sudden shock to me, as I had been expecting to hear, from day to day. I think the immediate effect is simply to make the barrier between life and death seem much thinner than before. Their house always meant ‘home’ to me, or the nearest substitute for a home of one’s own. She had far more intellect than any other of the family – indeed, as powerful a mind as I have ever known in a woman – and I am afraid that my parents would have been more likely to appreciate it in a son than in a daughter. ThisEliot, William Greenleaf (TSE's grandfather)Ada's quarrel with;a4 warped her a little: but in later years she thought with more sympathy of our grandfather, who – in spite of having founded a co-educational university – was opposed to ‘higher education’ of women in his own family. IEliot, Marion Cushing (TSE's sister)easiest Eliot in Ada's absence;d9 think that the one left with whom I feel the most at ease is Marian. She is a very simple, undistorted nature; andEliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother)tries TSE's patience;h6 I do not have to make the effort of patience that is necessary with Henry.

I have your letter of the September 7 from Chestnut Hill. It sounds a pleasant, indeed luxurious setting: but I suppose you are now back again at Commonwealth Avenue. IChurchill, Sir Winston Leonard SpencerEH attends his Harvard address;a7 am glad that you were present to see Churchill: he made a good speech, though I am not happy about Basic English!3 But he is a great man, and has just the right balance of aristocracy and vulgarity to be a leader of the present age.

I am far from surprised at your difficulty in putting ‘the world before yourself’ in your present circumstances; you would be something more than human if you could. ItSecond World Warits effect on TSE's work;e1 is possible to do this when one has a job which takes one’s best attention and exercises one’s best powers; it is easy when one’s job has something to do with the world’s affairs and one can make a difference to them – though the danger then, for the public man, is to imagine that he is identifying himself with his country when he is merely identifying his country with himself – the difference of doing one a little more than the other is perhaps the mark of the difference between the politician and the statesman: but, my dear, it is fearfully hard to do anything of the sort when one is unoccupied, thwarted, and conscious of energies and abilities which are [not] finding any outlet and expression. Let destiny find you the work before I urge you to be less concerned with your own life! Meanwhile, it is the consciousness, and the struggle to put ‘the world’ first, that does you credit; and so long as you have that, no one has less cause to reproach herself with being self-centred.

I am happy with your report of your health: but I fear for the winter unless you can be settled. I am very well too: I think yeast-vite has helped, and perhaps sero-calcin andMoncrieff, Constance ('Cocky')dispenses fragment of Lourdes grotto;b4 a fragment of the grotto of Lourdes which Cockie gave me. LadyBosanquet, Theodoravisits Shamley;a1 RhonddaMackworth, Margaret Haig, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda (née Thomas);a3, MissPeake, Catherine Marie (née Knight);a1 Bosanquet and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peake4 are walking over to tea tomorrow: I have a suspicion that they want something of me (as they invited themselves) for ‘Time and Tide’. ButBooks Across the Sealetter to The Times for;a5 I shall probably be composing letters to the Times, one on behalf of ‘Books Across the Sea’ (President)5 and'Homage to Virgil';a1 anotherVirgil Society, Theletter written on behalf of;a2 on behalf of the Virgil Society (President):6 and the culture class is going to keep me busy. Difficult to tell what it will amount to: it appears to be about 28 women and 2 men: but they did seem interested in discussion, spoke intelligently, and I think most of them will keep it up.

Always your loving

Wheredogs'Boerre' (Norwegian Elkhound);b7;d8 is Boerre? I shall think of him at a small dinner to take place to bring together English and Norwegians, intellectuals – IRead, Herbertwheeled out at Norwegian dinner;c5 am toSpender, Stephenpart of British contingent at Norwegian dinner;c5 produceRoberts, Michaelat Norwegian diplomatic dinner;b6 Herbert Read, Stephen Spender and Michael Roberts andGrieg, Nordahl;a1 they will have Nordahl Grieg (a grandnephew of the composer)7 whom they consider their best younger poet.

‘UnderHardy, ThomasUnder the Greenwood Tree;a3 the Greenwood Tree’ is one of those I liked better; but I remember it as pretty grim. ThereHardy, ThomasTSE on;a1 is a touch of cruelty about Hardy – anyway, everything of his leaves a bad taste in my mouth. LetTrollope, AnthonyBarchester novels recommended by TSE;a1 me recommend Trollope’s Barchester novels: they are first-rate, and you would appreciate the society he describes.

1.JohnSankey, John, Viscount Sankey Sankey, Viscount Sankey (1866–1948), Labour politician, was Lord Chancellor, 1929–35. Anglo-Catholic.

2.LetterSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)dies;j6n not traced. Ada Eliot Sheffield had died on 2 Oct.

3.OnChurchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencerremarks on Basic English;a9n 3 Sept. 1943, Harvard President James B. Conant conferred on Winston Churchill the degree of Doctor of Laws. Churchill addressed a crowd of about 12,000 in Harvard Yard (one of them was EH; and Henry and Theresa Eliot were also there). Churchill’s remarks included:

The great Bismarck – for there were once great men in Germany – is said to have observed towards the close of his life that the most potent factor in human society at the end of the nineteenth century was the fact that the British and American peoples spoke the same language […]

This gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance, and it may well some day become the foundation of a common citizenship. I like to think of British and Americans moving about freely over each other’s wide estates with hardly a sense of being foreigners to one another. But I do not see why we should not try to spread our common language even more widely throughout the globe and, without seeking selfish advantage over any, possess ourselves of this invaluable amenity and birthright.

Some months ago I persuaded the British Cabinet to set up a committee of Ministers to study and report upon Basic English. Here you have a plan. There are others, but here you have a very carefully wrought plan for an international language capable of a very wide transaction of practical business and interchange of ideas. The whole of it is comprised in about 650 nouns and 200 verbs or other parts of speech – no more indeed than can be written on one side of a single sheet of paper.

What was my delight when, the other evening, quite unexpectedly, I heard the President of the United States suddenly speak of the merits of Basic English, and is it not a coincidence that, with all this in mind, I should arrive at Harvard, in fulfilment of the long-dated invitations to receive this degree, with which president Conant has honoured me? For Harvard has done more than any other American university to promote the extension of Basic English. The first work on Basic English was written by two Englishmen, Ivor Richards, now of Harvard, and C. K. Ogden, of Cambridge University, England, working in association.

The Harvard Commission on English Language Studies is distinguished both for its research and its practical work, particularly in introducing the use of Basic English in Latin America; and this Commission, your Commission, is now, I am told, working with secondary schools in Boston on the use of Basic English in teaching the main language to American children and in teaching it to foreigners preparing for citizenship.

Gentlemen, I make you my compliments. I do not wish to exaggerate, but you are the head-stream of what might well be a mighty fertilising and health-giving river. It would certainly be a grand convenience for us all to be able to move freely about the world – as we shall be able to do more freely than ever before as the science of the world develops – be able to move freely about the world, and be able to find everywhere a medium, albeit primitive, of intercourse and understanding […]

We have learned from hard experience that stronger, more efficient, more rigorous world institutions must be created to preserve peace and to forestall the causes of future wars. In this task the strongest victorious nations must be combined, and also those who have borne the burden and heat of the day and suffered under the flail of adversity; and, in this task, this creative task, there are some who say: “Let us have a world council and under it regional or continental councils,” and there are others who prefer a somewhat different organisation.

If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.

I therefore preach continually the doctrine of the fraternal association of our two peoples, not for any purpose of gaining invidious material advantages for either of them, not for territorial aggrandisement or the vain pomp of earthly domination, but for the sake of service to mankind and for the honour that comes to those who faithfully serve great causes.

Here let me say how proud we ought to be, young and old alike, to live in this tremendous, thrilling, formative epoch in the human story, and how fortunate it was for the world that when these great trials came upon it there was a generation that terror could not conquer and brutal violence could not enslave […]

Let us rise to the full level of our duty and of our opportunity, and let us thank God for the spiritual rewards He has granted for all forms of valiant and faithful service.

4.CharlesPeake, Charles Peake (1897–1958), British diplomat; 1939, Head of the Foreign Office News Department and chief press adviser to the Ministry of Information. In 1941 he became Acting Counsellor in Washington, DC. Knighted in 1956.

5.‘Books Across the Sea’ (letter), The Times, 9 Nov. 1943, 5: CProse 5, 480–1.

6.‘Homage to Virgil’, TLS, 18 Dec. 1943, 607: CProse 5, 814–16.

7.NordahlGrieg, Nordahl Grieg (b. 1902), poet, novelist, dramatist and journalist. While working as a war correspondent he was killed on 2 Dec. 1943 on a bombing mission over Berlin.

Books Across the Sea, TSE unwillingly president of, AGM, letter to The Times for, exhibition, reception for Beatrice Warde, The Times reports on, TSE trumpets in TES, 'Bridgebuilders', TLS reports on, and South Audley Street library, absorbed into English Speaking Union, final meeting of,
Bosanquet, Theodora, visits Shamley, sends TSE whisky in hospital,

3.TheodoraBosanquet, Theodora Bosanquet (1880–1961) had been Henry James’s amanuensis, 1907–16. See Larry McMurty, ‘Almost Forgotten Women’ (on Bosanquet and Lady Rhondda), New York Review of Books, 7 Nov. 2002, 51–2.

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.

Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer, reviews Cooper's Haig, commendable speeches, compared to Halifax as orator, as successor to Chamberlain, 'Their Finest Hour', EH attends his Harvard address, as do Henry and Theresa, remarks on Basic English, compared to Bevin, unsuited to peacetime office, broadcast on King's death, as public figure,
de la Mares, the, TSE forgoes EH's invitation for, TSE's dread of visiting, give dinner for the Morleys, give TSE wartime refuge, the children, teach TSE vingt-et-un,
dogs, TSE imagines himself as EH's dog, Pollicle, endear Hodgson to TSE, EH fond of, TSE wishes to give EH, TSE enthuses over with Ambassador Stimson's wife, death of Lord Lisburne's gun-dog, wish to buy EH dog reaffirmed, James Thurber's dog, wish to buy EH dog develops, TSE's wish that EH choose dog for him, of Shamley Wood, Aberdeen Terrier, belonging to Gerald Graham, TSE against, Alsatian, bites F&F sales manager in Cheltenham, Blue Bedlington Terrier, TSE wishes to bring EH, related to the Kerry Blue, TSE fantasises with Hodgson about breeding, TSE wishes EH might have, 'Boerre' (Norwegian Elkhound), travels to America, described, and right-hand traffic, TSE receives photo of, affords EH exercise, envied by TSE, scourge of Northampton, cuts foot, when chasing squirrel, suspected attempt to abduct, 'disorderly', 'cantankerous', taking unaccompanied exercise, decorated at dog-show, goes missing, not taken to Maine, EH decides to give up, poignant photograph of, dies, Bull Terrier, Ralph Hodgson's 'Picky' bites cat, home found for 'Picky', Hodgson fantasises with TSE about breeding, Dachshund, among TSE's preferred short-legged breeds, Hope Mirrlees's 'Mary', elkhound, belonging to Mrs Eames, as breed for EH, Jack Russell, among TSE's preferred short-legged breeds, possible replacement for Boerre, Kerry Blue, related to Blue Bedlington Terrier, at Army and Navy stores, Labrador, the Morleys' eight puppies, the Morleys', Pekingese, TSE averse to, belonging to Mrs Behrens, 'Polly' (the Eliots' Yorkshire Terrier), falls off roof, taken to have wound dressed, barks at Hungarian language, Poodle, as breed for EH, 'Rag Doll' (Scottish Terrier), travels to Grand Manan, TSE receives photo of, EH gives up, Samoyed, considered for EH, spaniel, belonging to the Fabers, Staffordshire Terrier, Hodgson advises Miss Wilberforce on,
Eliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother), hears TSE's Dryden broadcast, as potential confidant, sibling most attuned to TSE's needs, witness to the Eliots in 1926, surprises TSE in Boston, his aura of futility, disputes New Yorker profile of TSE, at Eliot family Thanksgiving, attends second Norton lecture, his business in Chicago, hosts TSE in New York, TSE reads his second detective story, his immaturity, accuses TSE of wrath, writes TSE long critical letter, the favourite of TSE's parents, sends New York Murder clippings, writes again about religion, insensitive to European affairs, Peabody Museum employ as research associate, gives TSE pyjamas for Christmas, sends TSE luggage for Christmas, hosts Murder's Boston cast, sends present to Morley children, cables TSE on 50th birthday, given draft of Family Reunion, gives TSE portfolio, champions Kauffer's photograph of TSE, explains operation on ears, sends list of securities, takes pleasure in shouldering Margaret, undergoes serious operation, recovering at home, as curator of Eliotana, as curator of Eliotana, war imperils final reunion with, and TSE's rumoured Vatican audience, corresponds with TSE monthly, offers Tom Faber wartime refuge, nervous about TSE during Blitz, as described by Frank Morley, recalls The Dry Salvages, has appendix out, cautioned as to health, frail, condition worries TSE, as correspondent, friend to J. J. Sweeney, tries TSE's patience, reports on Ada, describes Ada's funeral, beleaguered by Margaret, sent Picture Post F&F photos, likened to Grandfather Stearns, goitre operated on, his archaeological endeavours, back in hospital, imagined in exclusively female company, ill again, as brother, has pneumonia, terminal leukaemia, prospect of his death versus Ada's, anxieties induced by deafness, writes to TSE despite illness, death, memorial service for, on EH's presumption, Michael Roberts's symptoms reminiscent of, his Chicago acquaintance, friends with Robert Lowell's father, invoked against EH, on TSE's love for EH, buried in Garrett family lot, The Rumble Murders,

3.HenryEliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother) Ware Eliot (1879–1947), TSE’s older brother: see Biographical Register.

Eliot, Marion Cushing (TSE's sister), described, her reading habits, not a suitable confidant, TSE reflects on reunion with, Symphony concerts with TSE, to the cinema with TSE, delighted with first Norton lecture, recommends TSE hairdresser for baldness, attends second Norton lecture, hosts birthday party for Margaret, remembered in St. Louis, worried by Dodo's manner, TSE's pride in, vigilant on TSE's health, on Randolph family holiday, congratulates TSE on separation, 1934 summer in England with Dodo, July arrival anticipated, arrangements for, visit to Chipping Campden, off to Salisbury, walks to Kelmscott, returns from Winchester, forces Regent's Park on TSE, excessively humble, next to Ada in TSE's affections, protects TSE from overbearing Hinkleys, supported Landon over FDR, co-hosts Murder party, 1939 summer in England with Dodo, trip in doubt, Southwold week planned, due 19 June, taken to Dulwich, ballet and dinner with, Southwold holiday with, given to post-lunch naps, sends Christmas supplies to Shamley, as correspondent, easiest Eliot in Ada's absence, experiences crisis, importance as sister, Henry's fondness for, devoutly Unitarian, ignorant of Henry's true condition, undernourished, abortive 1948 summer in England, cancelled, which comes as relief, hosts family dinner-party, letter about Nobel Prize to, TSE leaves money with, 1949 visit to England with Dodo, June arrival anticipated, plans for, EH bids 'bon voyage', visit to Cambridge, return from Southwold, Borders tour, Basil Street Hotel stay, Thanksgiving with, reports on Dr Perkins's funeral, efforts to support financially, tethered to Margaret, joins TSE in St. Louis, 1954 trip to England with Dodo, visit to Ely and Cambridge, in light of Margaret's death, invoked against EH, TSE to Theresa on,

1.Marian/MarionEliot, Marion Cushing (TSE's sister) Cushing Eliot (1877–1964), fourth child of Henry Ware Eliot and Charlotte Eliot: see Biographical Register.

Eliot, William Greenleaf (TSE's grandfather), TSE's religious inheritance from, the Eliot family Napoleon, Ada's quarrel with, Washington University degree accepted to propitiate,

2.Washington University 1857–1932: Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Inauguration (Washington University Press, Apr. 1932) saluted WilliamEliot, William Greenleaf (TSE's grandfather) Greenleaf Eliot (1811–87), one of the founders and third Chancellor of the university. ‘He was graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1834, and one year later was ordained as a minister. Desiring to identify himself with the West, he accepted an invitation from a group in St Louis, and organized the First Congregational Society, which later became the Church of the Messiah (Unitarian) … In 1853 he became the first president of the Board of Directors of Eliot Seminary, a position which he continued to hold after the change of name to Washington University, until 1870, when he became also acting chancellor. In 1872 he was elevated to the chancellorship’ (6). In an address given on 22 Apr. 1957, the Revd Dr W. G. Eliot proclaimed, ‘The charter under which we act is unexceptionable, – broad and comprehensive, – containing no limitation nor condition, except one introduced by our own request, as an amendment to the original act, namely, the prohibition of all sectarian and party tests and uses, in all departments of the institution, forever’ (11).

Grieg, Nordahl,

7.NordahlGrieg, Nordahl Grieg (b. 1902), poet, novelist, dramatist and journalist. While working as a war correspondent he was killed on 2 Dec. 1943 on a bombing mission over Berlin.

Hardy, Thomas, TSE on, his portrait at Magdalene, Under the Greenwood Tree,
'Homage to Virgil',
Mackworth, Margaret Haig, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda (née Thomas),

2.MargaretMackworth, Margaret Haig, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda (née Thomas) Haig Thomas, Viscountess Rhondda (1883–1958), writer and feminist, was proprietor and editor from 1926 of Time & Tide. See Angela V. John, Turning the Tide: The Life of Lady Rhondda (Cardigan, 2013); Catherine Clay, ‘Time and Tide’: The feminist and cultural politics of a modern magazine (Edinburgh, 2018).

Moncrieff, Constance ('Cocky'), resident at Shamley, used to a Riviera winter, as quondam resident of Pau, in London for bridge and Mass, taken to theatre by TSE, chaperoned in London, given to grievances, dispenses fragment of Lourdes grotto, has hair waved, dreams of returning to Pau, peremptory presence at Shamley,
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,
Peake, Catherine Marie (née Knight),
Peake, Charles,

4.CharlesPeake, Charles Peake (1897–1958), British diplomat; 1939, Head of the Foreign Office News Department and chief press adviser to the Ministry of Information. In 1941 he became Acting Counsellor in Washington, DC. Knighted in 1956.

Read, Herbert, indebted to Hulme, on Wilfred Owen, part of Criterion inner circle, his divorce, on TSE and children, TSE formulates his dislike for, hosts TSE in Hampstead, his dismal birthday-party, and his old ladies object of TSE and JDH's practical jokes, at Dobrée's farewell lunch, begrudged contribution to Milton volume, clashes with TSE in Criterion, discusses Anglo-French relations with TSE and Saurat, TSE spends weekend with, hosts TSE in Bucks, and Bukhari to lunch with TSE, his political persuasions, wheeled out at Norwegian dinner, on Canterbury excursion,
see also Reads, the

3.Herbert ReadRead, Herbert (1893–1968), English poet and literary critic: see Biographical Register.

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,
Roberts, Michael, sketched in thumbnail, reviews Collected Poems, introduces radio Waste Land, described for EH, EH interests herself in, singles out Burnt Norton, asks TSE to be godfather, fingered for TSE's mentor role, recommended for EH's 'criticism' course, working for BBC, resemblance to wife, assists TSE in judging translations, at Norwegian diplomatic dinner, makes way for TSE's broadcast, terminally ill, dies of leukaemia, The Modern Mind, New Signatures, T. E. Hulme,
see also Robertses, the

1.MichaelRoberts, Michael Roberts (1902–48), critic, editor, poet: see Biographical Register.

St. Anne's Church House, Soho, initial meeting at, TSE's connection with, TSE chairs talk at, 'Culture Class', final 'Culture Class', lunch-hour Lenten talk for,
St. Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, EH encouraged to visit, vestry goings-on, churchwarding at, Christmas at, receives TSE's BBC fee, two days' continuous prayer at, Christmas without, Lent without, wartime Easter at, in wartime, wartime Holy Week, TSE reduced to Sundays at, fundraising for,
Sankey, John, Viscount Sankey,

1.JohnSankey, John, Viscount Sankey Sankey, Viscount Sankey (1866–1948), Labour politician, was Lord Chancellor, 1929–35. Anglo-Catholic.

Second World War, the prospect of, F&F plans in the event of, Britain's preparations for, prognostications as to its outbreak, and The Family Reunion, and the policy of appeasement, and transatlantic tourism, evacuation imminent, TSE discusses its outbreak with Dutchman, TSE refrains from commenting on, TSE's thoughts on, its effect on TSE, the 'Winter War', the 'Phoney War', Molotov–Ribbentrop pact, rationing, evacuation, seems continuous with First World War, invasion of Poland, invasion of Denmark and Norway, Chamberlain's resignation, Italy's declaration of war, Dunkirk, The Blitz, Battle of Cape Matapan, Operation Barbarossa, Greece enters war, Pearl Harbor, the Pacific War, Libyan campaign, North African campaign, and TSE's decision to remain in England, in relation to the First, prospect of its end unsettles, and returning to London, bombing of German cities, its effect on TSE's work, prognostications as to its end, the Little Blitz, Operation Overlord, V-1 Cruise Missile strikes, Operation Market Garden, and continental privations, and post-war European prospects, The Battle of the Bulge, possibility of post-war pandemic, V-2 Bombs, concentration camps, Germany's surrender, VE Day, and post-war Anglo-American relations, VJ Day, atomic bomb, its long-term economic consequences,
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.

Sheffield, Alfred Dwight ('Shef' or 'Sheff'), respected by TSE, helps with The Use of Poetry, seems sympathetic to EH, corresponds with TSE in Ada's stead, writes explaining Ada's condition, writes touchingly, faced with Ada's death, writes from Ada's deathbed, as correspondent, shares tributes to Ada, reads 'credo' at Ada's funeral, which instances his jargon, shares prognosis on Henry, advises on urgency of TSE's trip, reports on Henry's condition, offers TSE financial assistance, exasperation with Eleanor Hinkley,
see also Sheffields, the

8.AlfredSheffield, Alfred Dwight ('Shef' or 'Sheff') Dwight Sheffield (1871–1961) – ‘Shef’ or ‘Sheff’ – husband of TSE’s eldest sister, taught English at University School, Cleveland, Ohio, and was an English instructor, later Professor, of Group Work at Wellesley College. His publications include Lectures on the Harvard Classics: Confucianism (1909) and Grammar and Thinking: a study of the working conceptions in syntax (1912).

Spender, Stephen, described for EH, poems published by F&F, what TSE represents to, attacks After Strange Gods, his objections to After Strange Gods, and Sweeney rehearsal, and lunching young men generally, evening with JDH, Jennings and TSE, TSE chairs his 'free verse' talk, at the Woolfs with TSE and EH, describes club lunch with TSE, his first marriage, 'Eclipse of the Highbrow' controversy, introduces new wife Natasha, gives musical party, at Lady Colefax's Wavell dinner, part of British contingent at Norwegian dinner, chairs TSE's Whitman talk, which he does in fireman's uniform, at poetry reading to Free Hungarians, takes issue with Roy Campbell, exchanges conciliatory sonnets with TSE, object of Rowse's anger, his German sensibility, an innocent fool, encomium for TSE's 75th, 'Four Poems', The Temple, Trial of a Judge, 'Vienna',

12.Stephen SpenderSpender, Stephen (1909–95), poet and critic: see Biographical Register.

Trollope, Anthony, Barchester novels recommended by TSE,
Virgil Society, The, TSE made inaugural president, letter written on behalf of, TSE's Presidental Address for,