18 William Street ,
My dearest Mother,
Many thanks for your two parcels. I am sorry to have sent for the books in such a hurry, but I needed the note book for my work at Milham Ford, and the Greek books for my essay last week. I sent off another parcel to you yesterday.
I am grieved to hear about Grannie – but felt no surprise that evil should come out of that bath chair. I suppose Daddie will have to go North sooner or later. Poor Auntie Lucy – this is straining the load to breaking point.
I am afraid you have committed a “faux pas” about the stockings. The holes were the result of a byke accident I had – not a very bad one. I only chose to alight on the one part of the curb that had a byke against it, and got mixed up between the two vehicles. The stocking was the only casualty. I am afraid you have falsely accused the manufacturer
I have had such a busy week – teaching all morning, and sometimes part of the afternoon, Lectures at 5.30 every day, and evening engagements most of the week. Preparing lessons – which always takes me a long time – in between whiles. No time for essays at all. I like the teaching immensely. I teach and observe history and geography, the last owing to a chance word of yours. I even take the Sixth Form – it’s wonderful what a lot they take in, too.
I matriculated last Saturday. Yesterday’s degree giving1 was rather fun. Isabel and Marjorie came up to graduate too. We didn’t get as much fun out of it as the M.A.s, being merely presented by our principals and addressed in Latin by the Vice-Chancellor. In the evening Joyce and Doris and I went to a dance in N. Oxford, given by a friend of Doris’, which was great sport. We took our own men, Gilbert coming as my partner, and Kenneth Rhodes, an old friend of his, as Joyce’s. We really had a good time. Gilbert is awfully nice to dance with. He is coming as my guest to our Hall dance on Nov. 132.
I saw Gwen today for a few moments – she has had quite decent papers, but is very tired. Irene Fowles is finally engaged!
Much love to Daddie and Max. You are all much in my thoughts. Many thanks for the 10/-. I do hope that you could spare it – also please thank Daddie for his cheque. Tell Max to keep his head over the Maths.
Your loving daughter,
1The women are now accepted for Oxford degrees officially.
2A dance at St Hilda’s – with men. With Miss Moberly as Principal and greater integration into University life, college life changes more and more.
Next letter to be posted on 5 November 2017.