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

T. S.Eliot
Faber & Faber Ltd
Letter 9.
4 March 1944
Dearest Emily,

I am again writing into the dark, and again to Commonwealth Avenue, until I get your full Millbrook address, written out plain and clear. No doubt you are very busy and very tired. IPerkins, Edith (EH's aunt);g1 hope that Mrs. Perkins was right when she said that you were (just before Christmas) looking very well as well as lovely; but you will need a good holiday this summer if ever. ABowen, Henry S.;a1 cousin of yours (whom I don’t think you have ever mentioned, but he didn’t seem very intimate with you or your immediate relatives, and had no news to give me) came, with a silent friend, to see me the other morning: it was his first visit to London, as he had been in the same camp ever since disembarcation. He was introduced by Mrs. Perkins, and I therefore regretted that I could not do more for him than three quarters of an hour’s talk: the trouble is that these soldiers in the country don’t know when they are going to get their 48 hours or so leave, and can only turn up without warning. So it is impossible to save any time for them; if I knew when he could come again I should ask him to lunch or dine or go to the theatre. His name was Bowen. All I could do was to give him some good advice about not trying to see too much of London in one day, and express sympathy with him for having had his first experience of an English winter in a particularly severe part of the country.

IBooks Across the Seaexhibition;a7 got through the Exhibition of Books Across the Sea without any slips – suchNorwood, Sir Cyrilgives feeble speech at exhibition;a2 as calling Sir Cyril Norwood Sir Cecil Norton, and I remembered which college he was head of; and he was a very poor speaker indeed and a very depressing one. He ended up by remarking that these poor little children’s ‘scrap books’ (most of them are American but some English schools have done them too) ‘might do a little good; and could do no harm’ – a singularly dampening note to end on.1 AfterStreet, Alicia;a4 thatMayer, Sir Robert;a1 I lunched at the Waldorf with Mrs. Street, a strange Sir Robert Mayer (an Anglo American philanthropist)2 and several American ladies whose names I did not get.3 I then spent some time getting my hair cut (my regular barber having been temporarily put out of action by the bombs) andUniversity College of North Walesfinal preparations for trip to;a5 retired to the country for two days rest before Bangor, which begins, tomorrow, with a night at the dreary Russell Hotel. Thetravels, trips and plansTSE's abortive 1944 North Africa mission;f3;a1 possibility of a piece of work further afield than Bangor (though, alas, not so far afield as New York) is still before me for April, ‘if conditions permit’: I shall say no more of it at present, but I do not think, when and if the time comes, that I shall need to be so secretive as when I went to Stockholm, and everybody heard about it from other sources. But what I really crave is to be able to stop indefinitely in one place; and perpetual motion has no charm for me, and I cannot believe that it ever will. HettyShamley Wood, Surreydramatis personae;a4 (the perfect parlour maid, I never feel that I can live up to her standards – when she is absent-minded and sometimes addresses one as ‘my lord’ or ‘my lady’ – which just shows what she is used to) has just announced that after this the laundry will only call once a fortnight, and that it will only handle a week’s washing when it does call – i.e. one must wear every garment twice as long before sending it. But Hetty has nobly volunteered to wash my socks.

So no more for the present: but I do hope that there will be a letter from you on my return – I have learned not to expect one a week, but three weeks without is making me fretful.

Your devoted

1.TSEBooks Across the Seaexhibition;a7 to Hayward, 3 Mar. 1944: ‘Speaking of Activities, the Books Across the Sea exhibition of American and English children’s “scrapbooks” (there was one from the Girls School associated with Milton – one of the worst – but I am glad to say none from Milton itself) opened quietly but not too badly. I managed to introduce Sir Cyril Norwood without calling him Sir Cecil Norton, or speaking of him as the Master, instead of the president, of John’s, as (being ever an apprehensive person) I feared I should: and I can tell you that he is one of the dreariest drearies, and worst public speakings [sic], I have ever coped with. He referred at the end to this exhibition as being “one of those things which may do a little good, and no harm: and of how much in the political world can we say that?” No one tried to answer this question; and after this damper we dispersed.’

2.SirMayer, Sir Robert Robert Mayer (1879–1985), German-born British businessman (not Anglo-American) and philanthropist; musicophile and supporter of young musicians; founder of the Robert Mayer Concerts for Children, 1923; co-founder of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1932. Appointed CH, 1973; KCVO, 1979.

3.TSE to Hayward, 3 Mar. 1944: ‘I had to lunch at the Waldorf with Mrs. Street, Sir Robert Mayer (odd, but boring) and a couple of unknown American ladies of the brisk clubwoman suffragette type.’

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,
Bowen, Henry S.,
Mayer, Sir Robert,

2.SirMayer, Sir Robert Robert Mayer (1879–1985), German-born British businessman (not Anglo-American) and philanthropist; musicophile and supporter of young musicians; founder of the Robert Mayer Concerts for Children, 1923; co-founder of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1932. Appointed CH, 1973; KCVO, 1979.

Norwood, Sir Cyril, gives feeble speech at exhibition,

4.SirNorwood, Sir Cyril Cyril Norwood (1875–1956), educationalist; Head of Bristol Grammar School, 1906–16; Master of Marlborough College, 1917–25; Headmaster of Harrow, 1926–34; President of St John’s College, Oxford, 1934–46. Norwood headed the Board of Education Committee of the Secondary School Examinations Council, which produced Curriculum and Examinations in Secondary Schools (1941); and in 1943 the Norwood Report on secondary education provided for the separation of secondary schools in England and Wales into grammar, technical and secondary modern.

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see also Perkinses, the
Shamley Wood, Surrey, TSE issued standing invitation to, his situation as paying guest, daily and weekly life at, dramatis personae, Christmas at, ideal situation for illness, overheated, depressingly female, TSE leads fire practice at, TSE takes week's rest from, its melodramas, TSE quarantined from, its lack of music, and Reay's homecoming, TSE distributes food parcels at, TSE's gradual removal from, TSE's post-war week's holiday at, post-hernia convalescence at,
Street, Alicia,

2.AliciaStreet, Alicia Street, author and lecturer.

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