18 William Street ,
My dearest Mother,
Very many thanks for your two parcels, and the note and letters enclosed. I am grieved to hear about Grannie, and am awfully anxious about Auntie Lucy. I am also sorry that you are without Daddie this week – it is more anxiety for him.
Please thank Max for his letter. I will see Castell’s1 about the socks. I am much relieved to see the stockings. I am so sorry to have missed the wash this week, but have enough clothes to last for next week – but should like the grey stockings back as soon as possible. I am wearing out my party clothes this week, so that I can send them home to be washed before Emmie’s dance.
We had a great time last night. We used the dining room and J.C.R., and had an orchestra. Refreshments in the S.C.R. and Drawing Room. The dance was splendidly well run – the flowers nice and the lights prettily shaded. Both Gilbert and Kenneth Rhodes enjoyed it immensely – K.R., by the way, is not our estimable cousin, but an old prep. School friend of Gilbert’s, and a very nice boy – about six feet in length – topping for me to dance with. I have discovered that I can dance – in many styles. Gilbert and I get along very well. Mary Mac. brought two interesting Canadians, who danced toppingly – both Joyce and I danced with them. I also had introduced to me one of Barbara’s men, rather a young man about town, who had only just recovered from celebrating the Armistice at Claridge’s! Anyway, he danced adorably – in quite a different style from the rest. The point was that he wanted to dance with me again, and so I had three with him at his request, and enjoyed them immensely!
Today Doris and I have been to tea with Dr Keatinge. He lives at boar’s Hill – in a really nice house – and has a charming wife. There were several people there, including an Irish poet who recited some charming little ballads of his own with an adorable accent, and a boy from Exeter Coll. who played the fiddle decidedly well. He had a Strad. and played a Brahms sonata and some little modern pieces. A thrilling ride home, in the pitch dark and driving rain!
Much love to Max. I am glad about Phyllis and will try to write to her. Joyce sends her love.
Your loving daughter,
Margaret is behaving so nicely! I am sure your mind will be at rest. I hope you are quite well. With my love
1Castells is a men’s outfitters, supplying college ties, blazers, sports gear, etc.
2What prompted Doris’s little note at the foot of the letter?
Next letter to be posted on 21 November 2017.