14 March 1920

St Hilda’s Hall

Oxon.

14.3.20

                My dear Mother,

Many thanks for the shortbread, which has been greatly appreciated by all of us.  The little Quaker Oats cakes arrived quite safely, owing to their excellent packing.

I am going to take the 3.10 p.m. train from here tomorrow, arriving at Paddington at 4.10.  It is a very good train – non-stop.  I hope it will be all right for either you or Daddie to meet.

I have applied for the loan, which Miss Winslow has promised me before I go, so shall be able to use it to get home with.  It will be necessary, for my “Battles” 1  have been rather heavy, as they adopted a wicked plan of paying washing bills by the half term.

I am going to coach with Mr Woodward next term – Gwen’s brother Llewellyn, you know.  He was awfully nice, and strikes me as a rather good coach.  I have not heard recently from Gwen, but at the beginning of the week she sent me particulars of a boarding house which could take us.  I wrote back and gave her “carte blanche” to accept unless she found anything better.

Joyce has got through her Chemistry Prelim. – much to everyone’s relief.  Of course Evelyn and I take all the credit, and it really is largely due to our good management!

Much love till tomorrow!  I hope this will arrive by the first post.

Your loving daughter,

Margot.

1 Battles:  the accumulated term’s sum of money owed to the college for various expenses incurred.

The next letter will be posted on 11 April 2017.

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7 March 1920

S.H.H.

Oxon.

7.3.20

My dear Daddie,

Very many thanks for your two letters and the cheque.  I decided to pay the latter straight into the  funds , as I wasn’t sure that I could make on it, and didn’t want to lose any of it.

I am so sorry not to have written before, but the bazaar made me frightfully busy, as I was senior member of the Hall committee.  I hear they made about £60 – rather a poor sum for such an affair, I think.  Of course, they did not get a great number of outsiders, not so many as a school could.  Also they got rather unsuitable things, and priced them too high to find buyers among a student population.

Miss Levett is firmly of opinion that I ought to have a fortnight’s holiday this vac, for the sake of my work.  She says I could probably have £2 or £3 out of the A.E.W. grant either this term or next, and in any case I could have £5 loan out of Hall funds straight away.  Will you please let me know as soon as possible what you think would be the best thing to do?

I have heard from Gwen.  She wants to know definitely whether I am coming with her, and I propose to write back and say that I will come, in view of the Levett’s decree.  The question of ways and means can be settled later.  Gwen has not yet fixed up rooms, but is busy negotiating.  She said last year it cost her and Olive £2/5/0 a week.  The fare is 37/- return to Lyme Regis.

I am so relieved to hear about the Faulkners’ change of plan.  It is just like them!

Your loving daughter

Margot.

7.3.20

Waac- WAAC – Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

AEW fund:  The Association for promoting Higher Education of Women in Oxford

7 March 1920

 

S.H.H.

Oxon.

7.3.20

                My dear Mother,

Many thanks for your letter, the note, and the cake.  I shall be glad of some more money, as I spent very penny I possessed at the S.C.M. bazaar yesterday, and am absolutely stoney!  I am very relieved to hear about the Faulkners’ change of plans.  The first proposal really did worry me.  Where is the week to be?

I am sending off a parcel of washing but do not want any of it back except the pair of brown stockings.

On Thursday we performed “Everyman” at the Masonic Hall just up the High.  It was a very good show, thanks to the Moberly, who stage managed, and her Waac1 officer friend, Mrs Kilroy Kenyon, who acted Everyman and did most of the dressing.  She was superb, and really made the thing go.  None of us would have had time for such a big part, or the power to carry it through.  I don’t think they have counted up the proceeds yet.  We took part in the performance as a chorus of angels behind the scenes in the last act.

The new music we are singing at Bach is very interesting, but quite impossible to sing.  Most of it is in 5 time and written on the tone scale.  The effect is appalling!  Added (to) this the words are sometimes positively ludicrous.  They are taken from the Apocryphal Acts of St John, whatever that may be, and consist of “Come Holy 12 and dance with us”, and similar absurdities.

The Historical Society had quite a keen discussion on Burke and the party system last Wednesday.  There were a large number of men there.

Please give my best love to Max.  I am glad he can come with me to the boat race.

Your loving daughter,

Margot.

P.S.  I went to tea with Mr and Mrs Moore on Sunday.  They are taking a cottage at Kingsdown near St Margaret’s Bay for 3 months, as their daughter has had a breakdown.

S.H.H.

Oxon.

7.3.20

                My dear Daddie,

Very many thanks for your two letters and the cheque.  I decided to pay the latter straight into the  funds , as I wasn’t sure that I could make on it, and didn’t want to lose any of it.

I am so sorry not to have written before, but the bazaar made me frightfully busy, as I was senior member of the Hall committee.  I hear they made about £60 – rather a poor sum for such an affair, I think.  Of course, they did not get a great number of outsiders, not so many as a school could.  Also they got rather unsuitable things, and priced them too high to find buyers among a student population.

Miss Levett is firmly of opinion that I ought to have a fortnight’s holiday this vac, for the sake of my work.  She says I could probably have £2 or £3 out of the A.E.W2. grant either this term or next, and in any case I could have £5 loan out of Hall funds straight away.  Will you please let me know as soon as possible what you think would be the best thing to do?

I have heard from Gwen.  She wants to know definitely whether I am coming with her, and I propose to write back and say that I will come, in view of the Levett’s decree.  The question of ways and means can be settled later.  Gwen has not yet fixed up rooms, but is busy negotiating.  She said last year it cost her and Olive £2/5/0 a week.  The fare is 37/- return to Lyme Regis.

I am so relieved to hear about the Faulkners’ change of plan.  It is just like them!

Your loving daughter

Margot.

1 Waac- WAAC – Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

12AEW fund:  The Association for promoting Higher Education of Women in Oxford

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