28 June

28 June 1920

2 Portland Villas, Hampstead - London

Violet dear,
I must reply to your card. I would love to lunch with you this week but my only free day is your engaged day: that is Wednesday. Today & tomorrow I am buried alive under the Athenaeum; on Thursday I must attend the first of the lunches & we are going away for a weekend on Friday afternoon. This is perfectly devilish. Wednesday Im free all day - but its just Wednesday that won't do. You would not care to come & see us on Thursday evening? Its so far for you to come - I feel that -while I propose it. Otherwise - might I come to lunch with you tomor¬row (Tuesday) week? That is years away.
I do hope you will be able to come to the lunches - both of you. I wish you could have been there for the first: it might have been rather fun.
Please don't think about my health. Folkestone or Margate (dread places!) wouldn't give it me back again. No, I shall go away in September - somewhere. I don't know where - preferably - and here one wants to throw down ones pen (no, to lay it down, carefully & gently) and to dream of some place where nobody says: "But, one moment, if you have fish for lunch you won't want it for dinner will you and I had thought of it for breakfast tomorrow . . . I'm not interrupting seriously. You've not really started work yet, have you?"
Violet: "You know I think K.M. is rather ungrateful & exasperating." Oh, don't think that. Its only impatience. There is so much to write & there is so little time.
Your loving
Will you give this little photograph to Stephen Hudson? [To Violet Schiff ]