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Over the New Year period, works on Scoop. 1937 January 4 (Mon) Goes to Piers Court for discussions with an architect. ) Returns to Pixton on the 5th, hunts the next day, then on the 8th goes to Mells. 7 Tells Tom Driberg that his engagement will be announced the following week (see 13th below). 11 Returns to London and buys an engagement ring. 13 The engagement of EW and Laura Herbert is announced in The Times, after being mentioned the previous day in Tom Driberg's Daily Express gossip column.
October 28 EW's 31st birthday. November Early in the month, writing to Diana Cooper from Chagford, tells her that he has been established there for some time but has spent a weekend with Sir Robert and Lady Diana Abdy at Newton Ferrers, Cornwall, and another at Mells, where a fellow-guest has been Lady Violet Bonham-Carter. At some point he writes another letter to Diana Cooper, also from Chagford, telling her that he has visited the Betjernans and has had lunch in Oxford with Maurice Bowra. 1935 May 3 19 24 (Sun) Writes to Laura Herbert from Belton House, Grantham, where he is the last remaining guest of a house-party.
Nazis win a large majority in the German elections. April Early this month, sails from Georgetown to Trinidad, where he spends Holy Week at a Benedictine monastery near Port of Spain. 1 (Mon) Persecution of Jews begins in Germany. May Is back in London early this month. Spends some time in Bath, enjoying the comfort of the Grand Pump Room Hotel after his ordeal in the jungle, and at this time is composing an open letter to the Cardinal Archbishop after Black Mischief has been described in the Tablet as 'obscene and blasphemous'.