St. Hilda’s Hall,
My dear Mother,
Thank you very much indeed for the cake, your letter, and the money. I regret to say that I have already spent the latter – but please listen before you gasp! 10/- went in books that I simply had to have – one a foreign book that couldn’t be got in Oxford, and the other a Pol. Sci. book necessary for the Master’s lectures. 5/- has to go to Swanwick as registration fee – 4/- went in two books for Ethel’s and Doris’ birthdays, which fall next week. Could you ask Daddie if he can send me an extra £1 because I shall want 5/- as sub. to the B’s dinner, about 5/- for rowing, about the same for extras and washing, and also some week-end expenses. Also I want about ¼ yd of ninon1 to put in the neck of my evening dress. The latter I must have soon. Do you think I could use the £1 still remaining out of Auntie Hilda’s money for books? There are one or two Pol. Sci. books that I want very badly – the sort that you want to read a chapter of per day only, being as much as you can take in, and which are therefore inconvenient to borrow. I would also like to own at least one of the books for my special. Don’t you think it would be quite a legitimate use of the money?
I have got quite a nice programme for the week end. Please come by the morning train – I have nothing to do that morning, so could meet you by either train. The 9.0 something is the best train; the 11.0 something stops quite a lot on the road. I propose to have a tea picnic with Hall people that day. From dinner onwards I am afraid I shall have to desert you, as the dinner is an exclusive affair. But both Mr Cohen and Doris Coleman have offered to step into the breach, so you can take your choice! On Sunday we lunch with Mr Cohen on the river, – and I am providing tea, for it is a joint affair. On Monday I think you and I will spend a quiet morning on the river alone and have a sandwich lunch in a punt.
By the way, I think I shall put up at Doris Coleman’s for the night, as they seemed only able to guarantee you a single room at the Wilberforce. Doris could then help me dress. I am sending you a little washing. Could you bring with you the stockings, and pair of knickers, a camisole and some hankies? Also could you bring some piece lace that would do for a temporary camisole? We are going to do wonderful things with my old evening dress. Also if you could pick up a pair of thin brown silk stockings – imitation – I could do with them, for all the silk sheen has gone out of mine. Do you remember that shop in Soho where we saw those cheap silk stockings – any colour you like!
I have been elected member of the Intercollegiate Historical Society – largely owing to Joan’s efforts! Have also got my boat whole, so feel correspondingly bucked with life, except for Divvers, which looms rather large just now!
Much love to Daddie and Max,
Your loving daughter, Margot.
1Ninon – a fine, strong, silky fabric.
The next letter will be posted on 30 July 2016, in the Long Vacation when Margot is in the north.