Re: arrival in London (Letter, October 1922)

My dear Mother and Dad,

I am not very sure what I have told you and what I haven’t in my hurried notes, but I will attempt to give you a fairly coherent idea of what has been happening.

Immediately on arriving at Euston, I cloak-roomed by bag and tooled off for South Ken.

Arriving there, I went to see Sir Richard Glazebrook, and my programme for the coming session was tentatively arranged.

I lunched at the ‘Kingsley’ with Auntie Edith, got my bag up to Uncle Loos, met Auntie at the Strand Palace, and we came up to see this house.

I arranged to come in on the following (Thursday) night, and slept at Uncle Loo’s after supping (+Worthington) on my own.

On Thursday, interviewed Dr A.V. Sutton Pippard. He’s a very bright young spark and advised me to think about a D.I.C. and a PhD (of which more anon).

Both these degrees, he said, would however, require two years work, while I must register immediately.

He sent me to a Mr Roebuck (Asst. Registrar) who in turn sent me to a Mr Watson (a University of London official). This man gave me a registration form for Ph.D which has to be dealt with by Sir Dick.

I saw the latter again to-day, and he is quite keen that I should do as I want, so that I am eligible when June 1924 arrives, if I can do the necessary work (& do it well enough) for

1        a DIC – Diploma of the Imp. Coll.

2.       a Ph.D – Doctor of Philosophy

So your hopeful son and heir might be Dr H. Roxbee Cox in less than two calendar years hence.

Incidentally one of my fellow-students is a Doctor of Science. He’s about 35 yrs old and is one of a batch of 8 Royal Air Force men, the rest of whom (I believe) have Cambridge B.A.’s (not a very hot degree). There are in addition, two Brazilian naval airmen, and the average age of the whole bundle is about 27 yrs, ranging as it does from 20 (that’s me, once more the Babe) to 35 (that’s Bailey, the D.Sc.)

So you see that yours truly is up against a hot lot.

There are two Egyptians in their second year here; doing Research, you know, like I shall have to do next year. They are after the Ph.D. Decent fellows, too, I was at the Royal Aero. Soc. lecture last night with them (on Thursday, that is). Our Aerodynamics Professor, L. Bairstow, was the lecturer.

Bairstow I shall have little to do with until next year. I have to do some advanced maths. before I can take his course of Aerodynamics. He is very advanced and very mathematical. I am doing this maths under Professor Levy at the Royal College of Science.

This house is jolly comfortable, and Mrs Bull has just given me a huge dinner cooked top-hole. Had bacon & fried egg this morning. O.K.

At time of writing, I don’t know whether anything apart from the Mac. parcel has been sent, but you might send all the books sooner or later, in batches, if you like.

What must I do about washing? I look like being frightfully busy, at any rate to begin with.

The Aeronautics Dept. is extremely comfortable and all the Profs. and Lecturers are extremely nice men.

Give my love to Grandma & Grandpa and Grandma Stern & Auntie Edith if and when you see them and to any other members of the family you may drop across.

I don’t think I have omitted anything of importance, but it’s not easy to remember everything at once.

Anyway, write and tell me, both of you, how you are keeping.

Hope you are better than you were.

Bags of Love

Your Son

Harold

 

Sat.

Have just received your letter dated Oct. 6th. As you say, it would be foolish for you to come to Town yet. I’m more than alright here. Mrs B does me very well. When the initial expenses such as the Registration Fee I spoke of, College Tie, Books etc have been dealt with, I shall be able to live very economically. You wouldn’t think it, but the biggest item next to luncheons, it Bus fares. Compared with B’ham tram fares they’re exorbitant.

I can lunch at about 13/- per week. It’s all according to where I go and what I do, but Bus fares can easily be 6/- a week.

When settled, if I have any time left I might earn a bit.

Yrs

HRC

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