152 University St
Monday morning [3 July 1950]

Dearest Vi

Everything has gone exactly by schedule. The train came in on time – the same taxi at the station (Amey's), arrival at 152 at 8:45, Mrs Cartwright there to hand me the key, a dish of strawberries and cream, unpacking of the suitcases, bed at ten, breakfast at the Queen's with immediate recognition by the proprietor, who didn't have to be told to bring orange juice, one egg & bacon and toast a bit on the burnt side, followed by coffee.

George Herbert called and will call again this afternoon about five to go to his place for the evening.

I do not go to the course today as the knee still pains and I won't play till it is much better. I hope it clears up in reasonable time as I shall miss the bit of golf.

Mrs Cartwright talks about selling her house within the year. She has had a strenuous time of it with no holidays and her blood pressure is 260, a fearful reading. Other than that she looks about the same.

Tomorrow morning I start in at 10 going straight to 12. That suits me better than the earlier hours last year. I saw Edinborough who teaches 'speech.' Alexander is away in England for the summer. Mrs A & Peter are staying here at their house.

I am going to take a run over to the Union and see what they offer by way of lunches or dinners. It wasn't open last year.

The registration is up – more than a hundred above last year's. It's now 800 odd. I don't know how big my class will be. All the returns won't be in for two or three days.

I spent the time on the train going over the Alchemist and trying to jot down a lot of train-squiggly notes. The work can do double time, as I said.

The weather is lovely today – about 70 and sunny.

Take care of your sweet self and don't do too much work in too short a time. There is a secret in that sort of doing things.

Much love to you & Cayke.


knee still pains
He had been suffering from rheumatism in his left knee since Spring.

The Alexanders' son.

A comedy by Ben Jonson (1610). Pratt was teaching a course in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.