19 Boulter Street,
23. 1. 21.
My dearest Mother,
Thank you very much indeed for your letter, and the note, and the parcel. I am so delighted to hear that Max got a move. It is distinctly cheering news. Daddie really ought to go and see Mr Smith about him – just to discuss his chances. Please give Max my love and congratulations, and tell him I expect great things from him. I am glad Heather remains behind.
This week has been decidedly hectic. I feel rather more as if I know what I want now at Milham Ford. I am not teaching more than one lesson a day, and am observing some Latin and English, just for general method. One of our old students, Grace Pocock, always referred to in Hall as the perfect S.S., is History specialist at Milham Ford this term. She is very nice to me, and is an extraordinarily interesting teacher. Miss Biggs, about whom I think I told you – she is the Cambridge girl who lives in Oxford, is also practising at Milham Ford, so we find it quite interesting to compare notes.
I shall send you off a parcel tomorrow. I am sorry it didn’t go off yesterday, but I forgot it. However, I don’t need any of the things in a hurry, so they can wait until next washing-day.
So Aunt Ethel’s parcel has arrived at last! I like the blouse very much. It both fits and suits me. I bought a pair of stockings yesterday at Elliston and Cavell’s sale – grey, 2/11, marked down from 5/11. They are the same kind as the grey and tan ones I bought at the stores, but are not quite such soft wool. Could you please put the hot water bottle in your next parcel?
Thursday afternoon was the first breathing space I had, so I went to hear Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony2 at the Town Hall. It is a wonderful thing. I must take you to hear it next time it comes on in London. The British Symphony Orchestra under Adrian Boult opened the concert by playing a Funeral March by Elgar in memory of Gervase Elwes3, who was an Oxford man.
My best love to Daddie and Max, and to Phyllis when you see her,
Your loving daughter,
1A move meant going to a more advanced class.
2Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony was only written in 1914 and revised in 1920 – very new music.
3Gervase Elwes – a fine English tenor, 1866 – 1921.
Next letter to be posted on 30 January 2018.