1916 – July 4

Not very hot and we are both fit. A few carnations still in the garden. I have just returned from Simla where I went to be invested – glad to have it over, functions are unnerving. Daisie went to Cherat for the 4 days to stay with the Tarvers. I left on June 28th, very hot travelling, arrived Simla 29th, lunch time, staying with Sir Beauchamp Duff, Commander-in-Chief – it was nice and comfortable at Snowdon. The investiture went off well. Mrs. Scott (wife of Col. Tommy Scott, Mil Secretary)* gave us a rehearsal the night before and we learnt how to make our bows and how many bows to make and how to walk backwards without tripping up over our spurs.

We dined at Viceregal Lodge, about 50 of us, and after dinner about 100 big wigs came in to see us invested so we had plenty of spectators. Mrs. Scott said we were a credit to her. I took into dinner Viscountess Errington and was very pleased to have the smartest and prettiest woman in the room. We talked so much I got no dinner. She was a daughter of Lord Minto, so knew her way about pretty well. Called on the Bishop who is going to make me a lay-reader. Arrived here Sunday evening, Daisie arrived Monday morning from Cherat by motor car.

* The Military Secretary for the India Office at this time is listed as General Sir Edmund Barrow, not as Colonel Tommy Scott. I have researched Scott but cannot identify any Colonel of that name, or of that name who served in the Indian Army at the correct time.