Appendix C

Letters not included in the print edition

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I. Peregrinations: 1903-25

E. LODGE (2 DEC. 1903). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, on a 'Newfoundland postcard' (3 x 5) with 1 cent postage. Addressed to Mr E. Lodge / Asst. Sup. Of Education / St John's/ Newfoundland. Offers to sell 400 Newfoundland stamps 'at fifty cents a hundred as you said last year.'

MRS F.H. WALLACE (18 AUG. 1917). Pratt, MUNA. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses a carbon copy of the typescript of 'Rachael, a Sea-Story of Newfoundland (In Verse)' as a gift in appreciation for the kindness of Dr and Mrs Wallace.

LORNE PIERCE (16 APR. 1923). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH2. Asks that copies of NV, published on 2 April 1923, be sent to reviewers as soon as possible.

ARTHUR PHELPS (23 APR. 1918). Phelps, UML. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses a recent AV, requested by Phelps, containing one of his poems [possibly 'The Dear Illusion,' AV (Mar. 1918): 312]. Requests 'tit for tat.'

LORNE PIERCE (11 JUNE 1923). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH3. Encloses clippings of a review of NV in the St. John's Daily News.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (3 AUG. 1923). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2 with address crossed out and written over. Writes from Bobcaygeon to tell Deacon that W.A. Creighton of the Christian Guardian has agreed that he should review Deacon's new book, Pens and Pirates [Toronto: Ryerson, 1923].

LORNE PIERCE (8 DEC. 1923). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH2. Submission of three typescripts of 'The Witches' Brew' for consideration by The Ryerson Press.

NEWTON PINCOCK (NEWT AND JENNIE PINCOCK AND FRED AND MINNIE MAINES) (8 JUNE 1924). Pincock, UWL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 'Barnard Castle,' 8 June 1924. Writes from Durham, England; plans to travel to Scotland soon.

VIOLA PRATT (8 JUNE 1924). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 'Barnard Castle,' 8 June 1924. Has arrived in Durham; is about to leave for three to four days at Barnard Castle.

CLAIRE PRATT (9 JUNE 1924). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 'Darlington,' 9 June 1924. Promises to bring 'Kakie' a doll's carriage.

VIOLA PRATT (11 JUNE 1924). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 'Barnard Castle,' 11 June 1924. Advises her to cash 'Burnette's cheque' rather than sending it on to him in England.

VIOLA PRATT (15 JUNE 1924). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: 'The Putting Green: "Come away pretty one",' a cartoon of two golfers, male and female, the man speaking encouragingly to his golf ball which sits on the rim of the cup]; postmarked from Perthshire, 15 June 1924. Jokes that he is the golfer in the postcard. He is reading Scott's St. Valentines Day, or The Fair Maid of Perth (1828).

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (20 JUNE 1924). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: Reekie Linn, near Alyth]; postmarked from 'Killin, Perthshire,' 20 June 1924. He is reading Scott in the Highlands.

CLAIRE PRATT (20 JUNE 1924). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked from 'Killin, Perthshire,' 20 June 1924. The picture of a child in a field of daisies looks like Claire; he will bring her a doll's carriage from England.

VIOLA PRATT (2 JULY 1924). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: Derwentwater]; postmarked from Keswick, 2 July 1924. The peak of Skiddaw is 'more beautiful even than Loch Lomond'; he is about to leave for Furness Abbey.

LORNE PIERCE (8 DEC. 1924). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH2. Encloses the page proofs of WB from Selwyn & Blount, hoping that Ryerson will agree to publish the book in Canada.

ARTHUR PHELPS (24 JAN. 1925). Phelps, UML. Handwritten, LH2. Offers advice on prospects at the University of Western Ontario. [In 1921, Phelps had accepted a job at Wesley College in Winnipeg, but he is searching for an academic position in Ontario. See the letter to Phelps, 18 January 1927 (pp. 70-1).]

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (27 JUNE 1925). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: a small boy between two large cod, with the caption 'Products of Newfoundland']; postmarked from St. John's, Newfoundland, 27 June 1925. Initially addressed to 'W.A. Deacon / Literary Editor / The Saturday Night / Toronto / Ontario' with the address corrected to 'Bobcaygeon.' Caught a salmon last week; best to the family.

ARTHUR PHELPS (27 JUNE 1925). Phelps. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: a small boy between two large cod, with the caption 'Products of Newfoundland']; postmarked from St. John's, Newfoundland, 27 June 1925. 'Glad to be out of that brawl on fiction.' [Pratt had been scheduled to participate in a debate on Realism in Canadian Fiction' at the CAA's annual convention in Winnipeg 25-7 June.]

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (11 JULY 1925). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Toronto, 12 July 1925. Arrangements for the Deacon family to stay at the Pratts' cottage until July 25. Staying in Burwash Hall, and renting the Toronto house.


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II. A Taste of National Acclaim: 1925-32

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (14 JUNE 1926). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, postcard from 'Field Museum of Natural History / Chicago, U.S.A.' [illustration: 'GROUP OF EAST AFRICAN BUFFALOES / This is a variety of the South African or Cape Buffalo. When wounded it is one of the most dangerous of game animals. C.E. Akeley, taxidermist.']; postmarked Chicago, Illinois, 14 June 1926. 'Spent all day in the Museum getting acquainted with the animals of the "Great Feud."'

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (19 JUNE 1926). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2. Asks Deacon to trim the trees in front of the living room at the cottage and hoe the garden.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (JULY 1926). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2. Congratulates Deacon on the birth of his second daughter in Bobcaygeon.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (19 AUG. 1926). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH4 with 'The Residence' and 'Victoria College' scored out and replaced with 'Bobcaygeon, Ont.' Alone at the cottage, he writes to thank Deacon for replacing wood used during his family's stay.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (DEC. 1926). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2. Response to a request from Merrill Denison, through Deacon, to autograph a copy of Titans.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (5 JAN. 1927). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2. Thanks for a cheque in payment for a review. [See the letter to Deacon, 9 September 1926 (pp. 67-8).]

AUSTIN BOTHWELL (28 JAN. 1927). Pitt. Handwritten, LH4. Thanks for Bothwell's review of Titans in the Saskatchewan Teacher.

MRS H.Y. RUSSEL (28 JAN. 1927). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH2. Confirms a speaking engagement at the Canadian Club in Montreal on February 8: '"Poetry of the Sea" with readings.'

LORNE PIERCE (9 MAY 1927). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends biographical note for advertising the 'recital tour' of northwestern Ontario and the western provinces in the autumn of 1927 sponsored by the Association of Canadian Clubs.

LORNE PIERCE (23 AUG. 1927). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, plain paper. Arrangements in Winnipeg (on October 8) for the Canadian Clubs tour will be made by Arthur Phelps; outbound arrangements by Spry.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (31 AUG. 1927). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for $10.00 for 'Cherries' [Saturday Night – Fall Literary Supplement (1 Oct. 1927)]. 'The Iron Door' is being published in an autographed limited edition. [See the letter to Deacon, 27 August 1927 (p. 76).]

LORNE PIERCE (24 SEPT. 1927). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, letterhead: '[drawing] HOTEL PALLISER / CALGARY, ALTA / Canadian Pacific Hotels.' Stamped as received: 'UNITED CHURCH PUBLISHING HOUSE / SEP 28 A.M. / 1927.' Pratt has started his tour of Western Canada and reports on the reception of 'The Iron Door' in Calgary. [See the letter to Deacon, 31 August 1927 (p. 77).]

NEWTON AND JENNIE PINCOCK (18 OCT. 1927). Pincock, UWL. Handwritten, LH2. Will teach in St. Catharine's, Ontario on Thursdays for the Victoria College Extension program.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (23 OCT. 1927). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, plain paper. Submits a review of F.M. Gos's Rambles in the High Savoy. Looks forward to Deacon's The Four Jameses [Graphic Press, 1927] and thanks Deacon for his review of ID in Saturday Night (22 Oct. 1927): 10.

LORNE PIERCE (10 NOV. 1927). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH2. Sends an appreciation of an anonymous article (written by Pierce), 'William Blake,' on Pierce's 'The Bookman's Page' in New Outlook (26 Oct. 1927, 26). [New Outlook supplanted the Christian Guardian in 1925.]

LORNE PIERCE (29 DEC. 1927). Pierce, QUA. Copied by Pitt from the original. A playful inquiry as to Pierce's health: 'Long life to our colon and appendix.' [A note in Pierce's hand reads: 'Passed across the aisle at the Arts and Letters Club banquet, Dec. 29, 1927.']

NEWTON PINCOCK (7 FEB. 1928). Pincock, UWL. Handwritten, plain paper. Unable to attend his Extension Class in St. Catharine's ('St. Kitt's') this week; in Montreal on a tour of Canadian Clubs.

LORNE PIERCE (LATE APRIL 1928). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH2. Three short poems submitted for an 'Empire anthology' being compiled by Pierce and the New Zealand writer Hector Bolitho.

LORNE PIERCE (21 SEPT. 1928). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 'St. John, New Brunswick,' 21 September 1928. 'Having a wonderful time in the East. Generous reception. A fine appreciative people.' [Pratt was on his third tour for the Canadian Clubs, this time to the Maritimes.]

FLORENCE MILLER (14 FEB. 1929). Miller, MUNL. Handwritten, LH5. Has enjoyed reading the 'manuscript of verse' sent to him and to Lorne Pierce at The Ryerson Press by Phebe Florence Miller (1889-1979), the postmistress in Topsail, Newfoundland, and will share it with 'Toronto Newfoundlanders.'

LORNE PIERCE (26 JULY 1929). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Invites Pierce to spend the next weekend at Bobcaygeon; plans a stag dinner on Saturday evening [August 3].

LORNE PIERCE (OCT. 1929). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Source of the funeral service in RA, 544-633.

EDWIN AUSTIN HARDY (18 OCT. 1929). Hardy, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Agrees to add a date to his schedule, although 'This makes up twenty-three hours of lecturing in the six days.' [Hardy (1868-1952) was an Ontario teacher and administrator who served for a time as secretary to the CAA.]

LORNE PIERCE (21 DEC. 1929). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Pierce for his 'Christmas gift,' a copy of his pamphlet Toward the bonne entente [printed for private circulation by Ryerson Press], arguing for cultural communication and exchange between English and French Canada.

LORNE PIERCE (8 JAN. 1930). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Inquires on behalf of a student – Miss Anna Bicknell – about job openings at Ryerson Press.

FREDERICK C. GULLEN (24 FEB. 1930). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Arranges to meet an old friend, Toronto lawyer Frederic C. Gullen, at his book signing at Eaton's.

LORNE PIERCE (15 APR. 1930). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges congratulations on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. [See the letter to Pierce, 12 December 1928 (pp. 82-3).]

LORNE PIERCE (14 MAY 1930). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. A brief letter of recommendation for Howe Martyn, a recent graduate of Victoria University. [In the 1930s, Martyn became the editor of the CB, and later was Professor of International Business at American University in Washington, D.C.]

LORNE PIERCE (4 JUNE 1930). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Requests copies – 'Author's discount remember' – of Thomas Guthrie Marquis' King's Wish for Claire and his niece. [Marquis (1864-1936) was a prolific author of romances and history. King's Wish (Toronto: Ryerson, 1924) was a novel for adolescents.]

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (29 SEPT. 1930). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Asks for details of an anecdote Clarke told at the Royal Society about John Masefield 'in a pub in New York.'

LORNE PIERCE (6 NOV. 1930). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Asks for the address of critic Odell Shepard (1884-1967) so he can send him a copy of RA.

NEWTON MACTAVISH (LATE DEC. 1930). MacTavish, NYPL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends two autographed copies of RA.

LORNE PIERCE (26 JAN. 1931). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten on the back of an envelope; postmarked 26 January 1931. Conveys Hugh Eayrs' opinion that Pierce is 'the most brilliant scholarly writer in Canada.' [Pierce and Eayrs were to work together on a series of literature texts for schools, The Canadian Books of Prose and Verse, a joint venture of The Ryerson Press and Macmillan of Canada.]

NEWTON MACTAVISH (16 FEB. 1931). MacTavish, NYPL. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms his invitation to address one of his classes at the College.

LORNE PIERCE (5 MAY 1931). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Sends this note with his academic gown, which Pierce was borrowing.

LORNE PIERCE (31 JULY 1931). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB / [crest].' Greetings from Halifax; he is writing new 'poems of the sea, the result of sniffing surf again.'

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (17 DEC. 1931). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Arrangements for a recital for the Canadian Club and a guest lecture at Queen's University: 'I intend giving the story of the "Roosevelt" with readings and also, time permitting, some account of Newfoundland life.'

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (17 JAN. 1932). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Times of arrival and departure for his poetry recital in Kingston. [See the letters to Clarke, 12 January (p. 94) and 20 January (below).]

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (20 JAN. 1932). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Will make his presentation to the Canadian Club in Kingston on February 4th – his fiftieth birthday. Thanks for 'your Fog-Horn,' a sonnet later published in Clarke's Halt and Parley, and Other Poems [Toronto: Macmillan, 1934].

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (23 FEB. 1932). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for sending Ernest W. Harrold's review of RA from the Ottawa Citizen (13 Feb. 1932).

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (27 FEB. 1932). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Changes to 'The Lost Cause,' a sonnet submitted to QQ for consideration on 6 February (p. 96).

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (7 APR. 1932). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Unable to rent the cottage to Clarke because Pierce has reserved it. [See the letter to Pierce, 30 January 1932 (pp. 95-6).] Will 'see you in Ottawa' at the meeting of the Royal Society.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (26 JULY 1932). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: North West arm looking South. Halifax, Nova Scotia']; postmarked Halifax, N.S., 26 July 1932. Greetings from Halifax: 'How's the Writers' Club? How's the world?'

LORNE PIERCE (26 JULY 1932). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Halifax, N.S., 26 July 1932. Looks forward to a golf game; suggests a 'foursome' on 20 September.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (16 AUG. 1932). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out and replaced with 'Halifax N.S.' Sends books by British journalist, novelist and political author Sir Philip Gibbs (1877-1962). Deacon's book The Four Jameses is popular in Halifax.

HUGH S. EAYRS (17 SEPT. 1932). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses 'Stevenson's letter.' [Stevenson had requested a poem for a school text, and Eayrs had approved use of one from the forthcoming MM. See the letters to Stevenson and Eayrs, 5 September 1932 (pp. 104 and 105).]


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III. Prospect and Promotion: 1932-39

LORNE PIERCE (OCT. 1932). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten on the top of the front page of a copy of CF 13 (October 1932), containing 'The Depression Ends.' Invites Pierce to a 'feast with all the loyal lads.'

HARRIET MUNROE (4 NOV. 1932). Poetry, UC. Handwritten, LH5. Handwritten at top of the page: 'Retd – poor.' Submits several poems (unidentified) for consideration by Poetry (Chicago).

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (22 DEC. 1932). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges receipt of Clarke's sonnet, 'Brackley Beach.'

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (16 FEB. 1933). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for Clarke's review of MM in QQ 40 (Feb. 1933): 168-9.

WILLIAM DOUW LIGHTHALL (17 JUNE 1933). Lighthall, McGill. Thanks for Lighthall's collected poems, Old Measures. [See the letter to Lighthall, 13 June 1933 (p. 107).]

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (3 OCT. 1933). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2. Sends a review, possibly of Deacon's new book My Vision of Canada [Toronto: The Ontario Publishing Company, 1933]. [See the letter to Deacon, 31 October 1933 (p. 112).]

LORNE PIERCE (6 NOV. 1933). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH2. Appreciation of Pierce's Education in a Democracy [Toronto: Ryerson, 1933]

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (MID-NOV. 1933). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH2. He has sent 'a letter of appreciation' to Deacon's editor. [See his letter to Deacon, 16 November (pp. 113-14).]

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (24 JAN. 1934). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Submits four sonnets to QQ.

MARGARET HOWARD (12 DEC. 1934). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH2. Response to a request from Mrs Howard (President of the Toronto Branch of the CAA which had arranged for a series of broadcasts in association with the National Council of Education) for two copies of Pratt's 11 December broadcast, 'The Light Essay in Recent Canadian Literature.'

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (29 JAN. 1935). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Inquires whether Clarke will be teaching at the Summer School in Halifax. Invites him to lunch on Saturday at Hart House.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (9 FEB. 1935). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Is reviewing Clarke's Halt and Parley for Canadian Comment (March 1935). Recommends either Sally or Jack Creighton for a position in English at Queen's.

CHARLES CLAY (26 FEB. 1935). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to an apology for 'a prize essay' – which did not mention Pratt – in the February 16 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press (for which Clay was Literary Editor).

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (28 FEB. 1935). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten on plain paper. Corrects 'blood' to 'cells' in the third stanza of 'The Prize-Winner' (later 'The Prize Cat'; EJP: CP 1.301), which had been submitted to QQ.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (11 APR. 1935). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, plain paper. Arranges to meet when Clarke is in Toronto to see the D'Oyle Carte Opera Company. In 1935, for the first time in a decade, Pratt has no summer teaching position and asks if Clarke knows of any openings.

CHARLES G.D. ROBERTS (7 JUNE 1935). Roberts, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Roberts on being knighted by George V (3 June 1935).

WALTER MCRAYE (2 JULY 1935). McRaye, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks (unspecified).

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (21 OCT. 1935). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Appreciation of a 'fine resonant poem' by Clarke; requests submissions for CPM.

CHARLES CLAY (27 DEC. 1935). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Rejects a poem on 'the adoration of the rose-bud' submitted to CPM.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (29 JAN. 1936). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Submits three previously unpublished poems to QQ at Clarke's request. [None was published in QQ in 1936.]

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (14 MAR. 1936). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Promises to send galley proofs of 'Hymn to the Spirit Eternal' which will appear in the April number of CPM. Assures Clarke he is not offended that QQ is not accepting his poems. Confirms that he voted for W.O. Raymond's election to the Royal Society of Canada.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (APR. 1936). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. An undated note accompanying the galley proofs of his poem: requests that it be returned 'with the devil's own rush.' [See the letter to Clarke, 14 March 1936 (above).]

LORNE PIERCE (20 MAY 1936). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Pierce hopes to publish an essay on Pratt in a British magazine. Pratt responds that the 4 LM or CB 'might' be interested, but '[m]ost] of the magazines are devoted to the "new" stuff and are run by cliques and claques.'

CHARLES CLAY (28 MAY 1936). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Requests 'a number of poems' from which he may make 'a selection.' Explains rejection of a previous submission. [See the letter to Clay, 27 December 1935 (above).]

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (2 JUNE 1936). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Requests a ranking of poems for the CPM prize. Recommends Jack Creighton for a teaching position in Queen's English Department as Northrop Frye will be at Oxford.

VIOLA PRATT (13 AUG. 1936). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Has read Titanic to his class. He is anticipating their end-of-term gift of Spalding Kro-flight golf balls.

WINNIE EAYRS (LATE AUG. 1936). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, plain paper. In response to an inquiry about whether to return pictures of icebergs to him or Holloway Studios in St. John's, instructs her to mail them to E.J.P. at Victoria College.

CHARLES CLAY (18 NOV. 1936). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Thanks for a calendar incorporating quotations from CPM; requests poems for the magazine.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (23 JUNE 1937). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Clarke for his comments on a draft of the 'goat fable.' [See the letter to Lorne Pierce, 16 April 1937 (p. 155).] Confirms that Clarke will receive 'the Tweedsmuir award' for the best poem in the second volume of the CPM.

CHARLES CLAY (29 JUNE 1937). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Accepts a poem for publication in CPM.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (20 OCT. 1937). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Outlines the programme for the CPM meeting to be attended by Lord Tweedsmuir. [See the letter to Clarke, 18 October 1937 (pp. 161-2).]

LORNE PIERCE (20 OCT. 1937). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Sends a 40-line anonymous satire entitled 'A Local Poet's Lament (After Reading "The Interpreter's House," by Lorne Pierce).' ['The Interpreter's House' was the first piece of critical prose published in the CPM. See the letter to Pierce, 16 April 1937 (p. 155).]

ANNIE CHARLOTTE DALTON (6 DEC. 1937). Dalton, UBCL. Handwritten, LH5. Praises Dalton's poem 'Wheat and Barley,' to appear in the 'Christmas issue' of CPM .

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (21 JAN. 1938). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Arrangements for accommodation in a residence room during Summer School at Queen's University.

J.R.M. BUTLER (18 FEB. 1938). Pacey, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. A letter of reference for a graduate scholarship for Desmond Pacey to Trinity College, Cambridge. [See the letter to J.R.M. Butler, 18 February (pp. 164-5).]

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (18 FEB. 1938). Pacey, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. A general letter of reference for graduate scholarships for Desmond Pacey. [See the letter to J.R.M. Butler, 18 February (pp. 164-5).]

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (12 MAR. 1938). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Suggests accommodation at Union College in Vancouver, where Clarke will be teaching Summer School.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (18 MAR. 1938). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for the review of FG, including correct identification of the source of the fable. [See letter to Clarke, 28 January (pp. 163-4).]

CHARLES CLAY (25 APR. 1938). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Compliments Clay's column in the Winnipeg Free Press; accepts a number of short poems for CPM, and returns others.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (8 JUNE 1938). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Inquires about Summer School closing date.

RODERICK S. KENNEDY (JUNE 1938). EJP, VUL. Handwritten in the bottom margin of a letter from Roderick Kennedy, Literary Editor of the Family Herald and Weekly Star, typed on FH&WS letterhead and dated 18 May 1938. Cannot identify the author (initials C.J.D.) of an attached poem.

CHARLES CLAY (26 JULY 1938). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Requests 'a short article' for CPM on Cecil Francis Lloyd (1884-1938), author of Landfill [Toronto: Ryerson, 1935], who had taken his own life that month.

CHARLES CLAY (23 AUG. 1938). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH6: CPM. Thanks Clay for his article on Lloyd [see the letter to Clay, 26 July (above)], and agrees to introduce a Miss Beattie – possibly Jessie Louise Beattie, author of Hill Top [Toronto: Macmillan, 1935] – to the Toronto community.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (28 OCT. 1938). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges Clay's submission of a poem ('Sunset off Spanish Bank, Vancouver') to CPM. [It was published in CPM 4 [July 1939]: 38.]

LESLIE GORDON BARNARD (28 NOV. 1938). Barnard, McGill. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges congratulations on receiving the Governor-General's Award for FG.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (27 JAN. 1939). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts an offer to teach in Summer Session at Queen's in 1939, sharing the course load with Charles Vincent, and lists his 'regular courses at Toronto.' [See the letter to Clarke, 7 February 1939 (p. 171).]

CHARLES CLAY (EARLY FEB. 1939). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Orders a copy of Clay's Northern Adventure (an error for Young Voyageur) directly from the author.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (14 FEB. 1939). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Clarke for 'your arrangements' for Summer School teaching at Queen's. [See letter to Clarke, 7 February (p. 171).]

EARLE BIRNEY (MAR. 1939). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to Birney's detailed critique of Paul Potts' poetry. Potts had sent poems to both Birney and Pratt.

LEO COX (2 APR. 1939). Cox. Copied by Pitt from the original. Thanks Cox for agreeing to review three books for the July number of CPM.

LORNE PIERCE (16 MAY 1939). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges congratulations on his appointment as 'Senior Professor of English Literature.'

EARLE BIRNEY (1939). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. In answer to an inquiry from Pitt, Birney wrote that this letter is 'Probably 1939, enclosing poems submitted for a prize in which EJP. & I were both judges.'


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IV. Historical Fact and Epic Construction: 1939-44

CLAIRE PRATT (5 JULY 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Has arrived in Kingston, Ontario, where he is teaching Summer School.

VIOLA PRATT (5 JULY 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Asks if the special issue of World Friends is complete; describes his research for BB (Jesuit Relations, Volume 23).

CLAIRE PRATT (10 JULY 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address scored out. Discusses Claire's trip to Red Deer.

CLAIRE PRATT (16 JULY 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Acknowledges the postcard Claire sent from the train to Red Deer.

CLAIRE PRATT (24 JULY 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Recounts a fishing trip with Viola, Aunt Phoebe and Professor Neish planned in the letter to Claire, 20 July [pp. 174-5].

CLAIRE PRATT (5 AUG. 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Tells of his defeat in the golf tournament two days ago.

CLAIRE PRATT (12 AUG. 1939). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends money for a lower berth for Claire's return trip. Encloses a clipping from the Kingston Whig Standard describing his fictitious 'hole in one.'

MADGE MACBETH (21 OCT. 1939). Macbeth, LAC. Typed on plain paper. Arrangements for J. George Johnston to represent the Toronto Branch at the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the CAA on October 28.

MADGE MACBETH (13 NOV. 1939). Macbeth, LAC. Canadian National Telegraphs. The Toronto Branch of the CAA confirms the National Committee's decision about the Book Week broadcast.

MAZO DE LA ROCHE (18 NOV. 1939). Mazo de la Roche papers, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. This note accompanies a letter from Pelham Edgar (which Pratt had mislaid) expressing his regrets that he was unable to attend the Toronto CAA's dinner in her honour in early November.

MADGE MACBETH (23 MAR. 1940). Macbeth, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms the date of the dinner of the Toronto Branch of the CAA.

LEO COX (APR. 1940). Cox. Handwritten. LH5. Thanks for submissions to CPM sent in response to his letter of 27 March. Pratt has accepted poems by Margaret Durness MacLeod and Helen Shackleton Brietzche, but is unsure whether they should be indicated as 'Miss or Mrs.'

LESLIE GORDON BARNARD (3 MAY 1940). Barnard, McGill. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges Barnard's condolences on the sudden death of Hugh Eayrs on 29 April 1940. [See the note to 'Leslie' in the letter to Leo Cox, 28 June 1942 (p. 232).]

VIOLA PRATT (14 MAY 1940). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, 3 x 5 card. Macmillan wants manuscript of BB by early June; the Royal Society meets next week.

R.J. EVANS (4 JUNE 1940). Pacey. Handwritten, LH5. A letter of recommendation for Desmond Pacey for a position at Brandon College. [Pacey received the appointment.]

LESLIE MCFARLANE (17 JUNE 1940). Leslie McFarlane. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulations on McFarlane's short story 'The Voice of Oomph,' recently published in Maclean's.

LORNE PIERCE (18 JUNE 1940). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts 'The Ox's Gift' by Ike (Isaac) Newell for publication in CPM. Pierce had submitted poems on behalf of his colleague in the English Department at Queen's University. [Newell's 'Candles' and 'The Ox's Gift' appeared in CPM 6 (Apr. 1942): 39.]

LEO COX (1 JULY 1940). Cox. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts two sonnets by Frank Oliver Call for publication in CPM, and authorizes their publication in the Poetry Year Book of the Montreal Branch of the CAA.

CLAIRE PRATT (7 JULY 1940). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5, with the address scored out. Recounts his routine while teaching at the Queen's University Summer School. Plans to lecture on BB in the Summer Session lecture series.

CLAIRE PRATT (10 JULY 1940). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with the address scored out. Suggests that Claire cope with disappointment in her summer job by keeping a diary.

LORNE PIERCE (27 AUG. 1940). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. BB to go into a second printing. Recommendation of former student Mary Gibson for work at The Ryerson Press.

CHARLES CLAY, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS (31 AUG. 1940). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for the positive review of BB.

LEO COX (31 AUG. 1940). Cox. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges subscription to CPM, and confirms that Cox's sonnet 'Spring, 1940, in Saint John, N.B.' will appear in the September issue.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (12 SEPT. 1940). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts Gustafson's poem 'We Are Free' for CPM.

ARTHUR S. BOURINOT (15 OCT. 1940). Bourinot, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts Bourinot's 'Rhapsody' for CPM.

LORNE PIERCE (15 OCT. 1940). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Invites Pierce to a reading of BB at Victoria College, November 21.

LORNE PIERCE (29 OCT. 1940). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms the date of the recital as Thursday, November 21.

E.K. BROWN (NOV. 1940). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses complimentary tickets to the recital on November 21.

PELHAM EDGAR (22 NOV. 1940). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks – and the promise of $10 and a bottle of scotch – for Edgar's performance of dialogue by the French priests during Pratt's recital of BB at Victoria College, November 21.

CHARLES G.D. ROBERTS (23 NOV. 1940). Roberts, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges Roberts' article ['Some Reminiscences of Bliss Carmen in New York (1896-1906)'] to be appear in the December 1940 number of CPM.

ARTHUR PHELPS (POSSIBLY 1940). Phelps, UML. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Phelps on his recent broadcast. Sends news that 'Buchanan & [Hugh W.] Morrison' of the CBC think well of him, and that Sererus 'swears by his lectures.'

WALTER MCRAYE (19 DEC. 1940). McRaye, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Sends a gift copy of BB.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (30 DEC. 1940). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Clarke on his article on Hamlet in the Transactions of the Royal Society; and thanks him for his positive review of BB in QQ.

E.K. BROWN (17 JAN. 1941). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Brown on the selection of poems for the 'Canadian' number of Poetry (Chicago) which Brown is guest-editing.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (17 JAN. 1941). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Regrets that MacKinnon's appointment at Queen's will not be renewed. [See the letter to G.H. Clarke, August 1939 (p. 178).]

M.M.H. MACKINNON (4 FEB. 1941). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Reminds MacKinnon of his offer to arrange a lunch when he returns to Toronto.

EMMA MOFFITT (10 APR. 1941). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Sends an encouraging response to poems by Mary Vallentyne, a student of Moffitt's at Brantford Collegiate.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (24 APR. 1941). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Plans to attend the 1941 Royal Society meeting at Queen's University.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (15 MAY 1941). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Gustafson, whose poem 'We Are Free' had won the $15 prize for the best poem in CPM (December 1940).

RALPH GUSTAFSON (19 MAY 1941). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Gustafson for waiving the $15 prize [see the letter of 15 May (above)], and for a gift copy of his Epithalamium in Time of War [New York: L.F. White, 1940].

JOHN HAGEDORN (23 MAY 1941). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to an inquiry about the availability of his books from the proprietor of the Doubleday, Doran Bookshop in Detroit.

MARGARET FURNESS MACLEOD (26 JUNE 1941). MacLeod. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms the date (Wednesday, 12 November) and compensation ($35 and travel expenses) for an address to the Maritime Women's Club of Montreal.

MARGARET FURNESS MACLEOD (2 JULY 1941). MacLeod. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms the topic ('Contemporary Canadian Poetry') and allotted time for his lecture. [See the letter to MacLeod, 26 June 1941 (above).]

EUGENIE PERRY (9 AUG. 1941). Perry, PABC. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Perry for her attention to his work in 'The Governor-General's Poetry Awards' [The Bard 8 (Summer 1941): 28-9].

CHARLES G.D. ROBERTS (9 AUG. 1941). Roberts, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. Praises Roberts' war poem, 'France,' which would appear in CPM (September 1941).

FATHER STANLEY MURPHY (28 AUG. 1941). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends a picture and brief biography for advertising for his lecture in the 'Canadian Culture Series' at Assumption College. [See the letter to Murphy, 14 July (pp. 204-5).]

CLAIRE PRATT (10 SEPT. 1941). CP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 10 September 1941. Asks for suggestions about how to catch a bothersome mouse.

VIOLA PRATT (10 SEPT. 1941). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; addressed to Bourlamaque, Quebec. Reports that the mouse ate the cheese from the trap without being caught.

CLAIRE PRATT (12 SEPT. 1941). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 12 September 1941. Still can't catch the mouse. Claire might have to deal with it on her return.

VIOLA PRATT (12 SEPT. 1941). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard with message of acknowledgment from the Editor of CPM: 'The Editor of CANADIAN POETRY MAGAZINE thanks you for your contribution. This will be examined by the Editor and his committee. / [signed] THE EDITOR.' Reports that the mouse is still at large, and so 'The Editor' is going to let 'you and Cayke do the dreadful job when you return.'

GEORGE DILLON (15 SEPT. 1941). Poetry, UC. Handwritten. LH5. Acknowledges Dillon's acceptance of selections from DK. [See the letters to Dillon, 5 and 26 August (pp. 205-6 and 209).]

CHARLES G.D. ROBERTS (15 SEPT. 1941). Roberts, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. Offers a selection from DK for Roberts' anthology of war poetry, Flying Colours [Ryerson, 1942).

W.E. COLLIN (23 SEPT. 1941). Collin, UWO. Handwritten, LH5. Invites Collin to an evening with A.J.M Smith on September 27. [See the letters to Smith, 8 April and 17 September (pp. 203-4 and 210).]

LORNE PIERCE (3 OCT. 1941). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. DK to be published next week.

LEO COX (7 OCT. 1941). Cox. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms arrangements to meet Cox on November 12 when in Montreal to address the Maritime Womens Club. [See the letters to Margaret Furness MacLeod, 26 June and 7 October (above and below, respectively).]

MARGARET FURNESS MACLEOD (7 OCT. 1941). MacLeod. Handwritten, LH5. Arrangements for his lecture on November 12.

EUGENIE PERRY (11 OCT. 1941). Perry, PABC. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts one of two poems submitted to CPM.

LEO COX (13 NOV. 1941). Cox. Handwritten, LH5. Requests that Cox review two books [The Artisan by Sara Carsley and Ebb Tide by Doris Ferne; the review appeared in CPM 6 (Dec. 1941): 44-5]. Pratt feels that Cox should win the Governor-General's Award for Poetry.

MARGARET FURNESS MACLEOD (13 NOV. 1941). MacLeod. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for hosting him in Montreal (for his address to the Maritime Women's Club of Montreal) on 12 November.

A.J.M. SMITH (13 NOV. 1941). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Smith on receiving the Harriett Munroe Memorial Prize for his poems in the 'Canadian' number of Poetry (Chicago) edited by E.K. Brown; Brockington's performance of 'Dunkirk' on national radio on November 11.

LESLIE AND MRS BARNARD (MID-NOV 1941). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks them for their hospitality during his visit to Montreal.

ELLEN ELLIOTT (LATE NOV. 1941). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Asks for assurance that the sonnet 'Dunkirk' will be included in the collection Macmillan is marketing to American publisher Random House. [The book was not accepted.]

LEO COX (EARLY DEC. 1941). Cox. Handwritten, LH5. Confirms that Cox's reviews and poem ('North Star') will appear in the next issue of CPM. [See the letter to Cox, late November (pp. 215-16).]

JOHN HAGEDORN (13 JAN. 1942). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Promises to try to locate a first edition of DK Hagedorn had requested for a client, Mr Blackshaw, and to sign it.

MR BLACKSHAW (3 FEB. 1942). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Refuses the American collector's offer to purchase some of his manuscripts, citing the prior claim of Victoria College, but promises to send a manuscript in the future 'without any charge.'

FATHER STANLEY MURPHY (3 MAR. 1942). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Arrangements for his lecture at Assumption College on Sunday, March 9.

WILFRID EGGLESTON (7 MAR. 1942). Eggleston, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Agrees to speak to the Ottawa Branch of the CAA when in town to address the Monday Club.

FATHER STANLEY MURPHY (17 MAR. 1942). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Pratt has written Francis Sheed of the publishing firm of Sheed and Ward regarding BB and DK. Thanks Murphy for his hospitality during his visit to Assumption College.

WILFRID EGGLESTON (26 MAR. 1942). Eggleston, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for his hospitality on Monday, 23 March, when Pratt had addressed the Ottawa Branch of the CAA. [See the letter to Eggleston, 7 March (above).]

E.K. BROWN (30 MAY 1942). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Appreciation of Brown's survey of Canadian poetry in UTQ [April 1942].

RALPH GUSTAFSON (15 JUNE 1942). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Gustafson on the reception of his Anthology of Canadian Poetry (English).

LORNE PIERCE (28 JUNE 1942). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Expresses frustration with the National Executive of the CAA. [See the letter to Leo Cox, 28 June (pp. 231-2).]

W.E. COLLIN (22 JULY 1942). Collin, UWO. Handwritten, LH5. Reference unclear. Pratt is at Queen's for the summer.

EUGENIE PERRY (27 JULY 1942). Perry, PABC. Handwritten, LH5. An appreciation of the 'sense of the concrete' in Perry's 'Hearing a Far Call,' a quality shared by Doris Ferne.

LORNE PIERCE (19 AUG. 1942). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. A committee consisting of Pratt, Charles G.D. Roberts, Lorne Pierce and Pelham Edgar is drafting amendments to the CAA constitution to bring to the annual meeting in September.

FATHER STANLEY MURPHY (14 SEPT. 1942). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Agrees to speak at Assumption College when in Detroit to address the Catholic Churches of America (CCA).

W.E. COLLIN (5 OCT. 1942). Collin, UWO. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts Collin's translation of an essay by French-Canadian critic Guy Sylvestre for CPM, but warns that the magazine may close before it can be published.

A.J.M. SMITH (29 OCT. 1942). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses response from Jordan, Manager of University of Chicago Press, to Pratt's letter championing Smith's anthology. Indicates that he will support submission to the University of Toronto Press if Chicago rejects the book. [See letter to Smith, 2 October (pp. 238-9).]

LORNE PIERCE (FALL 1942). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Returns the review copy of Earl Birney's David as 'the CPM may not be out again for several months.' [Pratt eventually reviewed the book in CPM (March 1943).]

LORNE PIERCE (15 NOV. 1942). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Asks Pierce to consider the importance of Smith's anthology when determining permission fees. Asks about Pierce's 'heart' and admits that he had been unwell that autumn. [He suffered from high blood-pressure and mild arteriosclerosis, and was given leave from the College during November and December.]

MARGARET WILTON (9 DEC. 1942). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts Wilton's 'Night Shall Pass' for CPM with minor revisions. [The poem appeared in CPM 6 (Mar. 1943): 21-2.]

ROY DANIELLS (DEC. 1942). Djwa. Handwritten, LH7. Greetings.

ARTHUR PHELPS (11 JAN. 1943). Phelps, UML. Handwritten, LH5. Expresses his appreciation of cartoons by Phelps' daughter Anne.

A.J.M. SMITH (16 JAN. 1943). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends addresses for poets Mary Colman, Arthur Stringer and Wilson MacDonald. Promises to toast Smith at a party for E.K. Brown that evening.

GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE (16 MAR. 1943). Clarke, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Clarke on receiving an 'honour' (possibly the Lorne Pierce Medal). [See the letter to Clarke, 12 January 1943 (p. 246).]

PELHAM EDGAR (19 MAR. 1943). Edgar, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Requests that Edgar review a manuscript (unidentified).

LORNE PIERCE (29 MAR. 1943). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH7. Regrets that Ryerson lost out to Gage for the Canadian distribution rights to Smith's anthology.

W.E. COLLIN (12 APR. 1943). Collin, UWO. Handwritten, LH5. Sends on a letter (forwarded by Leo Cox) from Maurice Hébert praising Collin's translation ['Saint-Denys Garneau's World of Spiritual Communion,' CPM 6 (Mar. 1943): 5-11] Guy Sylvestre's essay.

CÉCILE DE BANKE (12 APR. 1943). Wellesley. Handwritten, LH5. An appreciation of de Banke's performances of his poems, but was not able to hear her recitation of 'Dunkirk' because 'the radio couldn't reach you.'

E.K. BROWN (MID-MAY 1943). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Plans a party during the Browns' visit to Toronto. [See the letters to Brown, 11 May (pp. 253-4) and Smith, 1 June (below).]

A.J.M. SMITH (1 JUNE 1943). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Comments on the search for new Head for English at Queen's University's. Will host a dinner next week for E.K. Brown; Sirluck, Bissell and Birney are at Camp Borden.

PELHAM EDGAR (9 JUNE 1943). Edgar, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Assures Edgar that Deacon's report of his illness in the Globe & Mail was exaggerated. [See the letter to E.K. Brown, 11 May 1943 (pp. 253-4).] Sends his best to Duncan Campbell Scott, who is ill. Has not been golfing because of the gas shortage and pressure of work; war news.

CHARLES CLAY (22 JULY 1943). Clay, LAC. Handwritten, LH7. Thanks Clay for suggesting to Malcolm Ross that he be included in a special issue of the Cuban magazine Norte. [See the letter to Ross, 22 July (p. 257).] Asks if Clay is coming to Toronto in August.

MICHAEL F. HARRINGTON (27 AUG. 1943). Harrington. Handwritten, LH5. An appreciation of Harrington's recent book of poems, Newfoundland Tapestry [Dallas: Kaleidograph Press, 1943].

LORNE PIERCE (3 SEPT. 1943). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Sends a short publicity 'blurb' for Smith's News of the Phoenix, which had been for publication by Ryerson.

MALCOLM ROSS (14 SEPT. 1943). Ross, UCAL. Handwritten, LH5. Reviews plans for the upcoming War Information Board (WIB) tour of American colleges. [See the letter to E.K. Brown, 14 September 1943 (p. 262).]

MALCOLM ROSS (28 SEPT. 1943). Ross, UCAL. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to Ross's note about the Brébeuf 'oratorio' broadcast on CBC. [See the letter to E.K. Brown, 20 September (p. 263).] Pleased that Ross's book on Milton [Milton's Royalism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1943)] 'is shaping up.'

E.K. BROWN (20 OCT. 1943). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends the Globe & Mail review of Brown's On Canadian Poetry. Reviews dates for his WIB tour. [See the letter to E.K. Brown, 14 September (p. 262).]

MR BLACKSHAW (21 OCT. 1943). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to inquiries from the American collector about purchasing manuscripts. [See the letters to Blackshaw, 3 February 1942 (above) and John Hagedorn, 23 May 1941 and 13 January 1942 (above).]

A.J.M. SMITH (EARLY NOV. 1943). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Reviews of Smith's The Book of Canadian Poetry.

E.K. BROWN (10 NOV. 1943). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Schedule for the WIB tour is set. Vi read a chapter of On Canadian Poetry at an evening for Cal Pratt, and Pratt will promote the book.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (23 NOV. 1943). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration and text: 'Prince George Hotel, 14e, 28th St., "Just off Fifth Avenue," New York']; postmarked New York, NY, 23 November 1943. Has arrived in New York, and will have dinner with Merrill Denison that evening. Will lunch with his sisters Nellie and Florence 'perhaps Sunday.'

VIOLA PRATT (24 NOV. 1943). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration and text: 'Prince George Hotel, 14e, 28th St., "Just off Fifth Avenue," New York']; postmarked New York, NY, 24 November 1943. Activities in New York: dinner with the Denisons, meeting with W.R. Benét on Friday, Thanksgiving dinner with R.M. MacIver, and 'two meals with Nellie on Sunday.'

LORNE PIERCE (6 DEC. 1943). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Marginal note in another hand beside final paragraph: 'Books sent at 20% discount.' Suggests that Pierce ask Chauncey Tinker at Yale to review Brown's On Canadian Poetry for the Yale Review; orders six copies of the book (at writer's discount) for Christmas presents.

E.K. BROWN (10 DEC. 1943). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Asks for names of prominent critics to whom Pratt can send copies of On Canadian Poetry. [See the letter to Lorne Pierce, 6 December 1943 (above).]

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (18 DEC. 1943). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5 – marked 'Confidential' in the bottom margin. Thanks Deacon for his review of SL in that day's Globe & Mail.

CÉCILE DE BANKE (12 JAN. 1944). Wellesley. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts an invitation to 'A Festival of Spoken Poetry' at Wellesley College in Massachusetts where de Banke teaches elocution. A number of American poets, including W.R. Benét, are to perform.


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V. Steering between Extremes: 1944-48

WILLIAM ROSE BENÉT (15 MAR. 1944). Benét, BRBR. Handwritten, LH5. Has nothing to submit to SRL; at work on Collected Poems (1944). [See the letter to Cécile de Banke, 12 January 1944, above.]

E.K. BROWN (24 MAR. 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Benét's invitation to Smith to contribute to a special poetry issue of SRL (29 April 1944). [Brown wrote an essay entitled 'To the North: A Wall against Canadian Poetry.'] Smith's anthology project is going 'somewhat slowly.'

WINNIE EAYRS (LATE MAR. 1944). Macmillan, MMLM. Encloses a manuscript of 'Witches' Brew,' slightly amended – not included in the manuscript of Collected Poems previously delivered to Macmillan.

A.J.M. SMITH (LATE APR. 1944). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Smith on receiving the 1943 Governor General's Medal for News of the Phoenix, and suggests that he contact the CBC to arrange a series of broadcasts on Canadian poetry from Montreal in June.

ELLEN ELLIOTT (27 APR. 1944). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Date stamp: 'APR 27 1944.' Star Weekly wants to 'do an article on the Collected,' and their Miss Leslie will contact Ellen Elliott at Macmillan.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (1 MAY 1944). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Plans a stag party on 27 May, with invitations to 15 men. [Deacon's response and 2 lists of invitees indicate the participants, but not the location.]

E.K. BROWN (16 JUNE 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Appreciation of Brown's CBC talk, 'Our Neglect of Our Literature' and his annual survey of Canadian literature for UTQ. Announces his contract with Knopf for CPA and Macmillan's plans for CP1.

ROBERT HUCKVALE (12 JULY 1944). Macmillan, MMLM. Requests page proofs of CP1 as soon as they are available so that he can show the book to Senator Rupert Davies [proprietor and editor of the Kingston Whig-Standard].

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (18 JULY 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is settling into his usual Summer School lodgings, and asks that his 'silken gown' be sent from home.

VIOLA PRATT (24 JULY 1944). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 24 July 1944. He has just delivered his talk at Grant Hall [see the letter to Viola Pratt, 18 July (pp. 281-2)]. He forgot his shaving kit in Toronto.

VIOLA PRATT (25 JULY 1944). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Has received an invitation to read 'Dunkirk' in a 'Dramatic festival' at Queen's and asks Viola to send the hard cover edition printed for the public relations firm of Johnston, Everson and Charlesworth.

CLAIRE PRATT (29 JULY 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. A playful note addressed to 'Rosemary of the Cross' and continuing the dialogue begun in his letter of 27 July where he addressed her as 'Rosie' [p. 283]. He promises Claire a telescope.

CLAIRE PRATT (JULY 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Asks Claire not to send any more Mandrake comic strips. He asks for more of her own writing, saying that while the style may be 'questionable,' the 'content is remarkable and most fascinating.'

VIOLA PRATT (31 JULY 1944). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Asks his wife to send some books to Kingston, including Great Modern British Plays and Shaw's Candida.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (8 AUG. 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 8 August 1944. He will finish Summer Session next Thursday and travel home by train. The copy of DK arrived after a week.

CLAIRE PRATT (11 AUG. 1944). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends $10 to Claire for expenses. He is still awaiting the advance for 'They Are Returning' from Maclean's. [See the note to 'Irwin's letter' in the letter to Viola Pratt, 18 July (p. 282).]

WINNIE EAYRS (AUG. 1944). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Additional corrections to CP1.

JOHN SUTHERLAND (22 AUG. 1944). Audrey Sutherland. Handwritten, LH7. Sends a $10 donation in response to Sutherland's appeal for funds for First Statement.

MARGARET FURNESS MACLEOD (8 SEPT. 1944). MacLeod. Handwritten, LH7. Comments on the election of Roderick Stuart Kennedy as President of the Canadian Authors' Association; and recalls his resignation as editor of CPM a year earlier.

VIOLA, CLAIRE AND NELLIE PRATT (18 SEPT. 1944). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Toronto, 18 September 1944. Has returned from New York, leaving his wife and sister to help Claire settle in before her course at Columbia University begins.

VIOLA PRATT (19 SEPT. 1944). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is making repairs to the kitchen ceiling and planning a stag for the retirements of Malcolm Wallace (Principal of University College) and Arthur Irwin (Editor of Maclean's). Asks Viola to 'bring back a 26 oz of Wilson's rye' from her trip.

CLAIRE PRATT (21 SEPT. 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is sending a Rosicrucian pamphlet, and Claire's friend Janka will bring her sandals once she has her visa. Robert Huckvale's grand-daughter drowned at Bobcaygeon. Viola Pratt will arrive home on Tuesday.

CLAIRE PRATT (28 SEPT. 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Claire is ill in New York. He hopes that royalties from CPA will pay for her second year at Columbia.

ROY DANIELLS (4 OCT. 1944). Djwa. Handwritten, LH7. Conveys appreciation of the 'grand show' put on the previous evening by 'you, Art and the others.'

CLAIRE PRATT (5 OCT. 1944). EJP, VUL. Typed, letterhead: 'The Women's Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada / PERIODICALS DEPARTMENT / 433 Wesley Buildings / ... / World Friends / Mrs. E.J. Pratt, Editor.' Provides playful advice on spelling and grammar to Claire as 'the best letter writer of our family of three, next to mother.'

CLAIRE PRATT (18 OCT. 1944). EJP, VUL. Typed, plain paper. Written in the lower margin in another hand: 'A badly abused man! / Mother.' Writes after seeing The Lodger. He encloses a draft for $80 and complains of being criticized by 'mother' for his poor dish-washing.

WILLIAM ROSE BENÉT (26 OCT. 1944). Benét, BRBR. Handwritten, LH7. Sends a gift copy of CP1. This edition will not be sent to the American press for review, as it might undermine the release of the Knopf edition.

LEO COX (3 NOV. 1944). Cox. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Cox for his hospitality in Montreal, shares news of Gladdis Joy Tranter (b.1902), and congratulates Cox on receiving the David Prize for Literature from the Province of Quebec.

CLAIRE PRATT (9 NOV. 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 9 November 1944. Reports a stag dinner he gave the previous evening for Bart Brebner, Malcolm Wallace, R.S. Knox, Edgar McInnis, 'Henry[?]' and others. Attending a concert by tenor Roland Hayes tonight, and will lunch with him and Dorothy Henderson, a prominent patron of the arts

CLAIRE PRATT (MID-NOV. 1944). EJP, VUL. Typed, LH5. Handwritten postscript. Assures Claire that royalties will pay for her studies. Recounts responses to his comic reminiscenses about selling corsets at Sclater's in Maclean's (15 Nov. 1944).

LEO COX (21 NOV. 1944). Cox. Typed, LH5 with handwritten closing. Thanks Cox for his review of CP1 in the Montreal Gazette [18 Nov. 1944], and congratulates him on receiving Quebec's David Prize for literature.

MARGARET FURNESS MACLEOD (29 NOV. 1944). MacLeod. Handwritten, LH7. Sends a photograph – from the Maclean's profile [15 Nov. 1944], and offers some notes on a sonnet by MacLeod.

CLAIRE PRATT (3 DEC. 1944). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends a synopsis of Environment and Nation, a book on Claire's reading list for Columbia. Henry W. Wells, who is working on a book on Pratt, will be getting in touch with Claire in New York.

CLAIRE PRATT (10 JAN. 1945). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends an abstract of a book on the reading list for Claire's program at Columbia, and promises the next abstract 'in a few days.'

DESMOND PACEY (2 FEB. 1945). Pacey. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulates Pacey on the birth of his second child and on moving from Brandon College to the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). He is looking for 'an assistant' for Pacey.

ELLA REYNOLDS (8 FEB. 1945). Reynolds, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks Reynolds for her review of CP1 in the Hamilton Spectator.

CLAIRE PRATT (14 FEB. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. CPA will be released on April 9. There has been record snowfall in Toronto and the car is up on blocks. He takes his daily Haliver oil pill 'surruptiously' although 'mother' disapproves.

E.K. BROWN (21 FEB. 1945). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Reports Roy Daniells' praise in a CBC review for the revised edition of Brown's On Canadian Poetry, and encloses 'a little reference' by Deacon in his column in the Globe & Mail. He has been asked by Knopf for names of American reviewers.

CLAIRE PRATT (27 FEB. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends a letter from Henry W. Wells for Claire to read. [See the letter to Wells, 26 February 1945 (pp. 319-21).]

CARL KLINCK (15 MAR. 1945). Klinck. Typed, LH5. Arranges to meet Klinck for lunch and conversation on Wednesday, April 4. Invites him to dinner at his home on Wednesday or Thursday. Praises Klinck's co-author, Henry Wells.

CLAIRE PRATT (21 MAR. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Planned a dinner at the York Club for P.D.H. Dunn, Commissioner of Natural resources for Newfoundland, with Napier Moore (Editor of Maclean's), George Johnston and Frank Pendergast, but Johnston paid for dinner at the Royal York Hotel instead.

CLAIRE PRATT (30 MAR. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Asks that Claire's friend Ida Rose order an enlargement of a picture of Claire. Worries about Claire's insomnia, and advises her not to exert herself or worry about money.

CLAIRE PRATT (11 APR. 1945). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses a cheque for $80.00.

CLAIRE PRATT (4 MAY 1945). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Asks that Nellie have Bretano's bookstore in New York send copies of CPA to Sir Ellsworth Flavelle, Frank McDowell, Wilfred Sanders, George Johnston, Glen Bannerman and Bertram Booker.

EUGENIE PERRY (4 MAY 1945). Perry, PABC. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to request for a critique of Perry's 'Song in the Silence.'

CHARLES D. ABBOTT (11 MAY 1945). Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, CAML. Handwritten, LH5. Travel arrangements for his talk at the University of Buffalo. [See the letter to Abbott, 7 May (pp. 331-2).]

ROY DANIELLS (21 MAY 1945). Daniells, UBCL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks Daniells for the citation he delivered when Pratt received his honourary degree from the University of Manitoba. Praises the hospitality of the Winnipeggers, especially Chester Duncan and his wife.

E.K. BROWN (29 MAY 1945). Pitt. Handwritten, letterhead: 'THE SATURN CLUB.' Reports his lecture on Titanic in Buffalo, and meeting with one of E.K.'s former students. Intends to write a poem on 'that Haida business' with support from the Navy. Notes reviews of CPA.

CLAIRE PRATT (29 MAY 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'THE SATURN CLUB.' Recounts his visit to Buffalo to address Phi Beta Kappa, with an extended anecdote about having forgotten the collar and studs for his dress shirt. [See the letter to Charles D. Abbott, 30 May (p. 334).] Anticipates Claire's visit next week.

ARTHUR PHELPS (JUNE 1945). Phelps, UML. A note written on the front page of the CBC Monthly Guide 2.9 (June 1945), with arrows to the respective eyebrows: 'There is something peculiarly Falstaffian and bawdy about that raised eyebrow and a touch of Hamlet in the other. A damn good photo anyway old top.'

PELHAM EDGAR (7 JUNE 1945). Edgar, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Will stop in Ottawa on his way to Halifax, and hopes to meet Gilbert Tucker (Director of the Naval Historical Division) and Bill Strange (Director of Naval Information) to make arrangements to research the Haida poem.

ELLEN ELLIOTT (12 JUNE 1945). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses a copy of the issue of Maclean's containing 'They Are Returning.'

J. DONALD ADAMS (14 JUNE 1945). RHRC. Thanks to the Literary Editor of the New York Times for publishing his poems on the Poetry page.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (14 JUNE 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Has sent a recommendation for a mutual friend. Is travelling to Halifax, with a short stop in Ottawa.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (19 JUNE 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead from Harry Osborne's home: '222 DALY AVENUE / OTTAWA.' Has arrived in Ottawa, and his itinerary has been set up by Harry Osborne and Pelham Edgar. He will interview Bill Strange on Thursday. [See the letter to Pelham Edgar, 31 May (pp. 338-9).]

VIOLA PRATT (22 JUNE 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Investigations in Ottawa have gone well, and he is leaving for Halifax tomorrow. A telegram from Ellen Elliott confirms that Macmillan is willing to publish 'They Are Returning' as 'a pamphlet' in the Fall. [See the letter to Elliott, 15 June (p. 337).]

ELLEN ELLIOTT (29 JUNE 1945). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. Sends final corrections to TAR.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (2 JULY 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Toronto, 5 July 1945. Was on the Admiral's barge Moby Dick today, escorting an aircraft carrier into port.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (4 JULY 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4 July 1945. Starts lecturing today at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and Dalhousie Summer School. Will resume work with the Navy 'tomorrow or Friday.'

ELLEN ELLIOTT (5 JULY 1945). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB / [crest].' Thanks for sending the Simpson's advertisement for TAR.

CLAIRE PRATT (5 JULY 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. Humorous stories about Sunday dinner at the Halifax Club with 'the most taciturn individual I have struck in Halifax' and losing 'a brace's button' while teaching nuns at the Convent of the Sacred Heart.

CLAIRE PRATT (9 JULY 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Approximately 8 lines blocked out following the greeting. Asks Claire to send 'a photograph of the Ken Forbes painting' to be used in advertising his recital at the Mount St. Vincent Convent in ten days.

CLAIRE PRATT (16 JULY 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Halifax, Nova Scotia, 16 July 1945. Thanks for sending the photograph requested in the letter of 9 July 1945.

WINNIE EAYRS (16 JULY 1945). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, plain paper. Corrections to the galley-proofs of TAR.

WINNIE EAYRS (17 JULY 1945). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. An additional change to TAR.

VIOLA PRATT (18 JULY 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. Encloses Henry Wells' letters, recounts revisions to TAR (see the letter to Wells, 17 July [pp. 352-4]), and reports reviews of CPA in 'two such different mediums as Tomorrow [an American magazine on parapsychology] and the Rotarian ..."

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (20 JULY 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. The aftermath of the Halifax explosion: 'We weren't bothered much at King's College though the detonation kept us awake all night.'

VIOLA PRATT (23 JULY 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia, 24 July 1945. Reports an evening with Bill Sclater and 'Captain Oliver of the frigate Port Colborne' in Liverpool, N.S.

CÉCILE DE BANKE (25 JULY 1945). Wellesley. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. De Banke is teaching at Queen's Summer School. Describes his 'month of complete activity' researching his new poem and 'giving some lectures at Dalhousie in the intervals.' Appreciation for the reception of CPA from the American press.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (25 JULY 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. Sends two cheques ($25.00 each) and answers three letters. He feels the pressures of 'two jobs' – teaching and research for the poem, and recounts a rant from H.L. Stewart on the university system [see the letter to E.K. Brown, 27 July 1945 (p. 356)].

VIOLA PRATT (6 AUG. 1945). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'HALIFAX CLUB' [crest]. Sends 'a funny article' from the Toronto Telegram [31 July 1945] containing a garbled story about himself and Hubert Greaves [see the note to 'Hube' in the letter to Arthur Phelps, 9 August 1918 (p. 11)] in the 1920s.

ROBERTSON DAVIES (6 SEPT. 1945). Davies. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for mentioning Pratt in an editorial in the Kingston Whig Standard.

EUGENIE PERRY (21 SEPT. 1945). Perry, PABC. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for her letter, with 'its references' to American Imagist poet John Gould Fletcher.

PELHAM EDGAR (10 OCT. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Confirms arrangements for Edgar's guest lecture in the English Department on Friday 26 October, and entertainment during his visit to Toronto. [See the letter to Edgar, 23 October (below).]

E.K. BROWN (12 OCT. 1945). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Asks that Brown convey greetings to Henry W. Wells when he is at the University of Chicago to deliver the William Vaughan Moodie Foundation lecture. Recounts positive reviews of CPA.

PELHAM EDGAR (23 OCT. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Additional details of arrangements for Edgar's lecture and entertainment during his visit. (See the letter to Pelham Edgar, 10 October 1945 [above].)

CARL KLINCK (24 OCT. 1945). Klinck. Handwritten, LH5. Arrangements for a visit by Henry W. Wells and his wife to Toronto and Hamilton.

PELHAM EDGAR (8 NOV. 1945). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Thanks for his recent visit and his 'marvellous, inimitable performance at night.' [See the letter to Edgar, 23 October (above).]

RALPH GUSTAFSON (8 NOV. 1945). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH7. Sends one of many 'allusions to you in our Canadian press.'

LORNE PIERCE (20 NOV. 1945). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Inquires about a manuscript submitted by Ellsworth Flavelle to The Ryerson Press: 'a tract for the times written by a layman for laymen.'

WATSON KIRKCONNELL (LATE 1945). Kirkconnell, Acadia. Handwritten, LH7. Conveys appreciation of Kirkconnell's translations, recently published as 'A Magyar Miscellany V' in The Slavonic and East European Review [London, 1945].

PELHAM EDGAR (11 JAN. 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Arrangements for Edgar's visit, including his lecture on Friday the 25th and a dinner hosted by the English Department at the York Club on Saturday the 26th. Pratt will be away giving lecture-recitals in Buffalo and Rochester on the 24th and 25th.

CARL KLINCK (15 JAN. 1946). Klinck. Handwritten, LH7. Minor corrections to the description of the visit by Russian diplomats to Pratt's home in the manuscript of Klinck and Wells' book. [See the letter to Klinck, 7 January 1946 (p. 370).]

VIOLA PRATT (24 JAN. 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'Hotel Statler, BU'; postmarked Buffalo, NY, 24 January 1946. He will give a lecture-recital on 24 January.

VIOLA PRATT (28 FEB. 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked New York, NY, 1 March 1946. His Morris Gray Lecture at Harvard was well received, and he will record 'two or three readings' at the Widner Library before going on to New York. [See the letter to William Rose Benét, 3 February 1946 (p. 371).]

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (3 MAR. 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'PRINCE GEORGE HOTEL: 14 E. 28th Street, Just off 5th Avenue, New York'; postmarked New York, NY, 3 March 1946. Attended the opera last night with Henry Wells and his wife. He will see Nathaniel Benson 'today' and Nellie 'tonight.' [See the letter to Viola and Claire Pratt, 2 March [pp. 372-3].)

THOMAS B. COSTAIN (17 MAR. 1946). Costain, RHRC. Appreciation of Costain's For My Great Folly [Garden City, NY: Sun Dial Press, 1942] and The Black Rose [Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1945].

PELHAM EDGAR (2 APR. 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Appreciation of Edgar's essay on Duncan Campbell Scott (published posthumously in Across My Path, 1952). Pratt's travels to Harvard, Columbia, and St. Thomas College, Houston. Claire is ill in New York.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (7 APR. 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'The Municipal Airport ...'; postmarked from Detroit, Michigan, 7 April 1946. A note en route to Houston to deliver a lecture to the alumni of St. Thomas College. [See the letter to Viola and Claire Pratt, 9 April (p. 374).]

VIOLA PRATT (13 APR. 1946). EJP, VUL. Telegram, form ['CANADIAN PACIFIC TELEGRAPHS']. Arrival time at Malton airport. He is bringing grapefruit from Texas.

CLAIRE PRATT (25 APR. 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Tells a humorous story about getting lost in Rosedale while searching for a meeting of the Civil Liberties Association, and mistaking Branksome Hall (a girl's school) for Mrs Spaulding's house.

CLAIRE PRATT (26 APR. 1946). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends $20 and inquires about the previous $20 sent through the mail, asking that she let him know if further funds are needed 'for the support and any medical attention you get.' Briefly describes a dinner last night with Leonard Brockington and Ed Corbett.

CLAIRE PRATT (27 APR. 1946). EJP, VUL. Typed, LH5. Advice on booking trains for Claire's visit to Toronto; concern about her encounter with an intruder at the Cassidy house in New York.

CLAIRE PRATT (LATE APR. 1946). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Advises Claire to get a lower berth for the train trip home. Has sent $40; she should let him know if she needs more.

CLAIRE PRATT (7 MAY 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses $20 for 'the support' or a 'flare-up before you come back.' He is anxious that she has arranged for a berth and will avoid the coal strike.

CLAIRE PRATT (MAY 1946). CP, VUL. Typed, LH7. Asks that Claire let 'us' know when she will arrive in Toronto. Reminds her that the 'support' is tax deductible and that she should retain the receipt.

ROY DANIELLS (17 MAY 1946). Daniells, UBCL. Typed, form: 'CANADIAN NATIONAL TELEGRAPHS'; time-stamped: '1946 MAY 17 PM, 12:18.' Orders Daniells to attend 'MY STAG DINNER PARTY YORK CLUB' (along with Sirluck, Bissell, Frye, McKinnon, A.J.M. Smith, Corbett) on 24 May in Toronto.

DESMOND PACEY (27 MAY 1946). Pacey, UNB. Handwritten, LH5. Will consider suitable candidates for positions in English at the University of New Brunswick. Congratulations on the publication of Frederick Philip Grove [Toronto: Ryerson, 1945].

DESMOND PACEY (6 JUNE 1946). Pacey, UNB. Handwritten, LH7. A confidential – and not very enthusiastic – assessment of a recent graduate from Victoria College for a position at UNB. In a note in the upper margin, suggests asking A.S.P. Woodhouse for a list of 'eligibles.' [See the letter to Pacey, 27 May (Appendix C, above).]

DESMOND PACEY (10 JUNE 1946). Pacey, UNB. Handwritten, LH7. Suggests that Pacey consider Nora English, his former student at Brandon College, for a position at UNB. [See the letter to Pacey, 27 May (Appendix C, above).]

LEO COX (8 JULY 1946). Cox. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 8 July 1946. Acknowledges congratulations on his appointment as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

CLAIRE PRATT (8 JULY 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 8 July 1946. Reports having found a perfect place on the Cataraqui golf course for Claire to paint.

DUNCAN CAMPBELL SCOTT (9 JULY 1946). Scott, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Acknowledges Scott's congratulations on becoming a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY (10 JULY 1946). RHRC. Promises hospitality on Morley's trip to Toronto in mid-August. Congratulations on the success of Kitty Foyle, the RKO movie based on his novel.

VIOLA PRATT (10 JULY 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'Valentine's Series'; postmarked Kingston, 10 July 1946. Weather 'moderate and pleasant'; hopes Claire enjoys her visit to the Stauffers.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (15 JULY 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'Valentine's Series'; postmarked Kingston, 15 July 1946. Arrived in Kingston after a brief visit home.

VIOLA PRATT (16 JULY 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 16 July 1946. Tentative plans for Viola and Claire to holiday with Murdo MacKinnon and his wife, starting on 5 August.

WILTON, MARGARET (18 JULY 1946). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 18 July 1946. Acknowledges congratulations on being made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

VIOLA PRATT (20 JULY 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 20 July 1946. Is looking forward to a dinner at the Lampton Club in September, and the family's 'own celebration' with dinner and a show.

VIOLA PRATT (24 JULY 1946). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 24 July 1946. Will be home on Friday. Arrangements for Viola and Claire's holiday with the MacKinnons in August. [See the letter to Viola Pratt, 16 July (above).]

DORA MAVOR MOORE (17 OCT. 1946). Moore, FRBL. Thanks for tickets to the production of Sean O'Casey's The Playboy of the Western World by the New Play Society [founded by Moore in 1946].

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY (17 OCT. 1946). RHRC. Thanks for Morley's Shakespeare and Hawaii [Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1933].

M.M. H. MACKINNON (18 OCT. 1946). Pitt. Handwritten, LH7. Requests confirmation that his soon-to-be published Ten Selected Poems will be adopted at the University of Western Ontario where MacKinnon is teaching. [See the letter to MacKinnon, 23 October 1946 (p. 387).]

FREDERICK C. GULLEN (18 OCT. 1946). Gullen, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Thanks, and promise of an invitation from himself and Viola to 'Freddie' and his wife. [Frederick C. Gullen (1882-1961) was a Toronto lawyer and magistrate.]

ESTHER BIRNEY (26 NOV. 1946). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. A joke.

EARLE BIRNEY (27 NOV. 1946). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Enclosure: a draft of 'Behind the Log.' Asks Birney to consider whether all or part of the poem might be published in CPM.

JOHN M. GRAY (29 NOV. 1946). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Pratt has nominated Gray for membership in the York Club, but there is a waiting list.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (LATE 1946). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, plain paper. Proposes a meal at the York Club; reminds Deacon of a Saturday night date with their wives.

CÉCILE DE BANKE (17 DEC. 1946). Wellesley. Handwritten, LH7. Sends Christmas greetings. Is unable to accept an invitation to visit Wellesley College in May.

EARLE BIRNEY (23 DEC. 1946). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Relates 'a good story' from Jacob Markowitz about a Japanese officer's attempt to 'break the morale' of prisoners at Singapore going wrong because of his faulty English.

PELHAM EDGAR (7 JAN. 1947). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges a telegram of congratulations on the CBC production of 'Behind the Log,' to be published as a book by Macmillan in the Fall. Concern about mandatory retirement and heavy post-war teaching loads.

MALCOLM ROSS (21 JAN. 1947). Ross, UCAL. Handwritten, LH7. Congratulations on Ross's article, 'Redeeming the Time,' recently published in the Manitoba Arts Review.

ELLEN ELLIOTT (3 FEB. 1947). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Requests a typed copy of 'Behind the Log' as he had sent Macmillan the only one he had.

M.M.H. MACKINNON AND FAMILY (24 FEB. 1947). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for suggestions for the selection (later titled Ten Selected Poems) to be published by Macmillan in the St. Martin's Classics series. [See the letter to Mackinnon, 23 October, 1946 (p. 387).] Will deliver a lecture at Mount Allison next week.

ALBERT G. HATCHER (7 APR. 1947). MUNA. Handwritten, LH5. Unable to accept the invitation to participate in the graduation ceremony at Memorial University College in June. He may visit family in Newfoundland in September.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (22 APR. 1947). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Responds to Gustafson's introduction of an acquaintance ('Cook') who will be visiting Toronto. Briefly outlines the central metaphor of the asdic in 'Behind the Log': 'man has always been calling out to the rocks and getting his own voice back ...'

LORNE PIERCE (2 MAY 1947). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Expresses 'delight' with 'the Klinck-Wells book,' which 'apart from the subject or sitter [is] something to be proud of.'

ELLEN ELLIOTT (23 MAY 1947). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Changes to the manuscript of 'Behind the Log', including the name of the Commodore – to Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Horatio Trelawney-Camperdown.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (LATE MAY 1947). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH7. Thanks Deacon for his advice on how to respond to Wells and Klinck's study, recently published by Ryerson.

VIOLA PRATT (3 JULY 1947). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 3 July 1947. Has arrived at Queen's for Summer School, and asks his wife to send his shaving kit. Phelps has accepted a position at McGill University.

VIOLA PRATT (6 JULY 1947). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Arrangements for accommodation when Viola and Claire visit Kingston. He is working on BL and 'contingency talks' on Newfoundland topics. [See the letter to Albert G. Hatcher, 31 July (p. 402).]

JOHN M. GRAY (26 JULY 1947). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses the final version of 'Behind the Log.'

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (7 AUG. 1947). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Recounts teaching seventeenth century prose. Sends three American dollars for Claire's trip to the U.S.A.

WILFRED EGGLESTON (12 AUG. 1947). Eggleston, While I Still Remember: A Personal Record [Toronto: Ryerson, 1969], 305. Sends congratulations on Eggleston's appointment as the first Director of the new School of Journalism at Carleton University.

VIOLA PRATT (12 AUG. 1947). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 12 August 1947. Would like to attend the Volean Choir's concert with Claire. Asks her to have the car tuned up before her 'long trip' to Cleveland.

CLAIRE PRATT (20 AUG. 1947). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. His first golf game since returning from Kingston was with Colin Sword, who has ordered a copy of BL from Claire's business, the Book Truck.

W.E. COLLIN (8 OCT. 1947). Collin, UWO. Telegram, form ['CANADIAN NATIONAL TELEGRAPHS']; date-stamped '1947 OCT 8 AM 10 08.' Confirms arrangements for Collin's lecture on 16 October, and asks for the 'precise title.' [See letter to Collin, 28 June 1947 (p. 401).]

W.E. COLLIN (9 OCT. 1947). Collin, UWO. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges Collin's reply [see letter of 8 October, above], and asks for a list of his publications.

CHARLES D. ABBOTT (21 OCT. 1947). Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, CAML. Handwritten, LH5. Outlines plans for lunches for Abbott – at Hart House with 'a group of young poets' – and his wife – at the University Women's Club – to be followed by a cocktail party on Tuesday, 4 November.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (21 OCT. 1947). Pitt. Handwritten, LH7. Recommends that MacKinnon contact Earle Birney about the creative writing course he had taught at Victoria College before the war, and is now teaching at UBC.

CHARLES D. ABBOTT (26 OCT. 1947). Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, CAML. Typed, LH7. Confirms arrangements for the Abbotts' visit to Toronto. [See the letter to Abbott, 21 October (above).]

J. DONALD ADAMS (28 NOV. 1947). RHRC. Encloses an article – 'Under the Reading' in the Ottawa Evening Citizen by W.J. Hurlow [22 November 1947] – in which Adams is favourably mentioned in a report on Pratt's lecture to the Ottawa Rotary Club.

CLAIRE PRATT (1 JAN. 1948). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends a card and promises 'a good sized distribution by the end of the week' as he is expecting 'adequate' payments from various anthologies.

FRANK UPJOHN (1 JAN. 1948). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Annotations in other hands indicate that the letter was passed on for action and returned to Upjohn. Pratt passes on a letter from Henry W. Wells with a comment about Grant Macdonald's illustrations in BL.

CHARLES D. ABBOTT (4 FEB. 1948). Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, CAML. Handwritten, LH5. Acknowledges receipt of Poets at Work: Essays Based on the Modern Poetry Collection at the Lockwood Memorial Library, University of Buffalo, by Rudolf Arnheim (and others) with an introduction by Charles D. Abbott (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1948).

A.J.M. SMITH (4 FEB. 1948). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, LH7. Acknowledges receipt of the revised Book of Canadian Poetry.

JOHN M. GRAY (27 FEB. 1948). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Notations in other hands indicate the processing of the contract in the Macmillan office. Acknowledges that the author-publisher contract for BL (sent belatedly) is satisfactory, although he would like printer's errors corrected if the book goes to a second edition.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (28 MAY 1948). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Invites Gustafson to dinner at the York Club on Wednesday, June 2.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (4 JUNE 1948). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Appreciation of Gustafson's Flight into Darkness [New York: Pantheon, 1944]. Sends a copy of BL.

LORNE PIERCE (7 JUNE 1948). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten on an envelope dated 7 June 1948. Comments on the page proofs of Edgar's study of his work for Leading Canadian Poets, edited by W.P Percival [Toronto: Ryerson, 1948]. Pratt notes that it is 'a sane and critical review.' But, if 'Will Mac' [Wilson MacDonald] sees it, 'look out for lies and slander.'

VIOLA PRATT (10 JUNE 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Has arrived in Ottawa for the CAA meeting and is waiting for his room at the Chateau Laurier. Met Herbert Mowat, Executive Director of the Canadian Palestine Committee, for breakfast.

LEO COX (13 JUNE 1948). Cox. Copied by Pitt from the original. Regrets that they did not have 'a chance to speak' at the CAA conference in Ottawa. His 'disability' should clear up soon.

VIOLA PRATT (19 JUNE 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'THE MERCHANDISE MART / CHICAGO'; postmarked Chicago, Illinois, 19 June 1948. Has arrived at Chicago en route to a recital at Southeastern College in Durant, Oklahoma, and is waiting for the train to St. Louis.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (21 JUNE 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'The air view shows the huge Denison Dam'; postmarked Durant, Oklahoma, 21 June 1948. Has arrived in Durant. Will make return arrangements when his schedule is confirmed.

VIOLA PRATT (5 JULY 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 5 July 1948. Has arrived in Kingston and is eating breakfast in the Queen's Restaurant. Mrs Cartwright will be glad to have Viola visit.

CLAIRE PRATT (9 JULY 1948). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 9 July 1948. Asks about Claire's plans for a trip east to Quebec in the MacCrimmons' car.

VIOLA PRATT (10 JULY 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Anxious about the effect of an impending rail strike on Viola's visit to Kingston and Claire's summer trip.

VIOLA PRATT (13 JULY 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Plans for Viola's visit to Kingston, and accommodation for the MacCrimmons, who are driving Claire and a friend to Montreal.

VIOLA PRATT (28 JULY 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 28 July 1948. Will arrive in Toronto on Friday at 10:30 pm. The 'Refresher course' for returned service men is 'easier than I anticipated.'

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (2 AUG. 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. A playful address to 'Dear bacon and eggs and toast well done!' He has arrived back in Kingston and hopes Claire is not over tired when she arrives back from her trip that evening.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (5 AUG. 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 5 August 1948. Reports another order for Claire's mail-order book business, and hopes that she has had time to paint during her trip to Quebec.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (12 AUG. 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Tales of hunting bats in Mrs. Cartwright's rooming house in Kingston.

VIOLA PRATT (17 AUG. 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 17 August 1948. Sends the time of his train to Toronto on Thursday. No more bats [see the letter to Viola and Claire Pratt, 12 August (above).]


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VI. Knockings at the Door: 1948-53

VIOLA PRATT (29 DEC. 1948). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'Hotel MARTINIQUE / ... / BROADWAY AT 32ND ST., NEW YORK CITY'; postmarked New York, NY, 29 December 1948. In New York to address the Poetry Society of America at the MLA conference, Pratt is staying at the Martinique Hotel. He and Claire had duck at Nellie's last evening.

ABEL C. WORNELL (7 MAR. 1949). Wornell. Handwritten, LH5. Replies to an inquiry about publishing his verse. [A prominent Newfoundland businessman and later a member of the Provincial Legislature (1966-71), Wornell (1914-2006) published Monarch of the Grump (1951) and Rhymes of a Newfoundlander (1958) with St. John's Guardian Associates.]

RALPH GUSTAFSON (29 MAR. 1949). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH5. Praises Gustafson's recent article – 'Poetry Can't Wind Clocks But It Can Tell the Time,' SRL (19 Mar. 1949). Hopes that he will visit Toronto before leaving for Europe.

LORNE PIERCE (20 APR. 1949). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH7. Thanks for 'your expressions.'

DOUGLAS BUSH (24 MAY 1949). Bush. Handwritten, LH7. Thanks for a copy of the recently published Viking Portable Milton. Condolences on the death of Theodore Spencer, Bush's colleague at Harvard.

VIOLA PRATT (29 MAY 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Montreal, 29 May 1949. Has arrived in Montreal to receive a D.Litt. from McGill University.

E.K. BROWN (22 JUNE 1949). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Anticipates Brown's Alexander Lectures in November, and his own trip to lecture 'on Canadian stuff' in Ann Arbor.

VIOLA PRATT (28 JUNE 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN UNION ...'; postmarked Ann Arbor, Michigan, 28 June 1949. Has arrived in Ann Arbor and will lunch with G.B. Harrison who is leaving Queen's University to take up a position at the University of Michigan. [See the letter to E.K. Brown, 28 April 1949 (p. 432).]

VIOLA PRATT (11 JULY 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address scored out. Sends news of acquaintances from Queen's Summer School, and is looking forward to her visit in August.

VIOLA PRATT (12 JULY 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 12 July 1949. Viola and the Clarkes are passing through Kingston en route to Nova Scotia. [See the note to 'the Eastern trip' in the letter to Viola Pratt, 4 July 1949 (p. 436).]

VIOLA PRATT (16 JULY 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address crossed out. A humorous detailing of the lack of variety in his diet.

CLAIRE PRATT (19 JULY 1949). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 19 July 1949. Will make reservations for a cabin near Kingston for Claire and three of her girl friends. Is travelling to Toronto with Carl Schaefer on 23 July.

CLAIRE PRATT (20 JULY 1949). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address scored out. Will know by Friday about cabin reservations for Claire's visit to Kingston.

VIOLA PRATT (20 JULY 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address scored out. Viola and Claire are travelling, while Pratt is starting Summer Session at Queen's University. [See the letters to Claire Pratt, 19 and 27 July, above.]

CLAIRE PRATT (27 JULY 1949). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address crossed out. Arranges to meet Claire and her friends for dinner when they stop in Kingston on their way to the Maritimes. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 19 July above.]

VIOLA PRATT (27 JULY 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with address crossed out. Recounts plans for Claire's visit and the first meeting of the Refresher Course. Mrs Cartwright's home is once again infested with bats. [See the letters to Viola and Claire Pratt, 12 and 17 August 1948, above.]

VIOLA PRATT (9 AUG. 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends a copy of 'The Decision' and one of Mrs Cartwright's poems about a hummingbird. Will lecture to the Rotary Club on Thursday.

VIOLA PRATT (10 AUG. 1949). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses letters from Claire and Joyce, on their way back from their trip. Advises that Viola not aggravate her rheumatoid arthritis with walking.

LORNE PIERCE (24 OCT. 1949). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH7. Acknowledges congratulations on an honorary degree from Queen's University. Wishes they might have 'exchanged mephistophalean glances under twisted eyebrows' – an old joke dating back to when Pratt was writing 'The Witches' Brew.' [See the letter to Pierce, 23 May 1923 (p. 23).]

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY (13 NOV. 1949). RHRC. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Rochester, NY, 13 November 1949. Greetings sent during a visit to the Rochester Poetry Society. The greeting and the final two sentences of the note are in the handwriting of John A. Lowe, who also signs the card.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (15 NOV. 1949). Pitt. Handwritten, LH7. Has sent a letter of recommendation this morning to Ferguson (unidentified).

E.K. BROWN (7 DEC. 1949). Pitt. Handwritten, plain paper. Congratulations on Brown's Alexander Lectures on Rhythm in the Novel, and reports on how positively they were received.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (10 APR. 1950). Pitt. Handwritten, LH7. Congratulations on the announcement in the paper (unidentified).

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (5 JULY 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 6 July 1950. Is enjoying his class in Renaissance drama. Hasn't played golf yet.

VIOLA PRATT (6 JULY 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 6 July 1950. He is 'looking forward to seeing your book a week from tomorrow.' [See also the letter sent on this date (pp. 450-1).]

VIOLA PRATT (12 JULY 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Has prepared the examination for his course, and is looking for a Kipling article Viola needs. Has played golf without pain in his leg. Offers a clarification on the insurance cheques for the passengers in their car. [See the note to 'Keddle & Shea, the Insurance Co' in the letter to Viola Pratt, 6 July (p. 451).]

VIOLA PRATT (17 JULY 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Plans for Viola and Claire's visit to Kingston on the weekend. Will write out the Kipling article. Asks for cuff links.

VIOLA PRATT (18 JULY 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 18 July 1950. As Viola will not be travelling to the U.S. through Kingston, Pratt will try to travel to Toronto when she returns from her trip.

VIOLA PRATT (25 JULY 1950). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Plans to send cards to Viola throughout her trip and asks her to do the same.

VIOLA PRATT (10 AUG. 1950). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends Rudyard Kipling's 'Proofs of Holy Writ' [originally published in the Strand Magazine in April 1934, and republished in December 1947]. [See the letters to Viola Pratt, 12 and 17 July (above).]

VIOLA PRATT (12 AUG. 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is going to watch the play at the annual Queen's Summer School tournament at the Cataraqui Golf Club.

EARLE AND ESTHER BIRNEY (17 SEPT. 1950). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'CANADIAN PACIFIC HOTELS / [CREST – a sheaf of wheat] / HOTEL SASKATCHEWAN /REGINA, SASK.' Thanks for their hospitality during his and Viola's stay in Vancouver. He enjoyed meeting William C. ('Bill') McConnell, a lawyer who was part of the Birney's and Daniells' literary circle.

CLAIRE PRATT (18 SEPT. 1950). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'Canadian Pacific Hotels / [picture of hotel] / ROYAL ALEXANDRA HOTEL / WINNIPEG, MAN.' Reports much the same information as in the letter to Viola Pratt, 18 September [pp. 461-2].

ALAN CRAWLEY (8 OCT. 1950). Crawley, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Conveys congratulations on 'the tribute paid to you on the radio last week.'

LORNE PIERCE (16 OCT. 1950). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Agrees to sponsor 'A.B.' and will meet Pierce for lunch at the University Club on Wednesday 25 October.

EARLE BIRNEY (18 NOV. 1950). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Concerned about Birney's mother's illness. Asks whether 'Myth and Fact' will appear in Poetry Commonwealth. [See the note to 'the "official" invitation' in the letter to Birney, 17 February 1950 (p. 447).]

EARLE BIRNEY (23 NOV. 1950). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, LH7. Sends condolences on the death of Birney's mother. [See the letter to Birney, 18 November (above).]

GEORGE WOODCOCK (22 DEC. 1950). Woodcock, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Appreciation for his 'monograph on British Poetry Today' [an address delivered at the University of British Columbia, 24 January 1950, and published by that University later that year].

CLAIRE PRATT (26 DEC. 1950). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'Prince George Hotel / at 14 East 28th Street – New York 16, NY / Charles F. Rogers, Jr. – Manager.' Tells of getting lost in New York while trying to buy a ticket for The Lady's Not for Burning.

VIOLA PRATT (26 DEC. 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL / NEW YORK CITY'; postmarked New York, NY, 26 December 1950. Has tickets for The Lady's Not for Burning and The Cocktail Party. Is having dinner with Nellie and lunch with Henry Wells, but will spend most of his time at the MLA.

VIOLA PRATT (28 DEC. 1950). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'PRINCE GEORGE HOTEL'; postmarked New York, NY, 28 December 1950. Has seen Northrop Frye, J.B. Brebner and the Van Dorans at the MLA.

VIOLA PRATT (8 JULY 1951). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. He is working on 'the CPR' (TLS) and 'tomorrow's lecture.' He hopes their journey 'homeward' is going well.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (20 JULY 1951). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 20 July 1951. Prepares for class and hopes to avoid an interview with the Whig Standard on new writers.

CLAIRE PRATT (6 AUG. 1951). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 6 August 1951. Only eleven more days of Summer School.

CLAIRE PRATT (8 AUG. 1951). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. A humorous story about how 'an undue precipitation of ink' was deposited on the card he had sent 'last Monday' to Claire on holiday in Massachusetts.

VIOLA PRATT (8 AUG. 1951). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 8 August 1951. Jokes that the picture on the card, of a (rather plump) golfer swinging his club on the Kingston Golf Course, resembles him.

VIOLA PRATT (10 AUG. 1951). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 10 August 1951. Suggests that they might visit the place pictured on the card – and 'take the boat ride' – next year when the Royal Society meets in Quebec.

CLAIRE PRATT (13 AUG. 1951). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Kingston, 13 August 1951. Sends greetings to Claire and her friends, hoping the car is running well. Yesterday spent a few hours with Henri Masson, looking at his students' art.

VIOLA PRATT (13 AUG. 1951). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: writing covers the space for address. Encloses two cards from Claire. Spent yesterday with Henri Masson discussing abstract art. Met Miss Douglas (Dean of Women and Professor of Astronomy). Returning home Thursday evening.

MICHAEL F. HARRINGTON (21 SEPT. 1951). Harrington. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks him for his 'letter of appreciation' for speaking well of Harrington's work.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (8 NOV. 1951). Pitt. Handwritten, LH7. Invites him to a stag dinner on November 24 at the York Club.

CLAIRE PRATT (EARLY JAN. 1952). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Details investments in annuities to assure Claire's financial security. Acceptance of an invitation to deliver a comic speech at the graduation dinner at Assumption College in April. [See the note to 'the Universal Lung Healer ... sales' in the letter to Claire Pratt, 29 March 1953 (p. 524).]

WINNIE EAYRS (16 JAN. 1952). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Sends the revised last page of TLS. [See the letter to John M. Gray, 29 November 1951 (p. 480).]

JOHN M. GRAY (16 JAN. 1952). Macmillan, MMLM. Handwritten, LH7. Sends a copy of 'Victoria Reports' in which there is a 'write-up' about a recital of TLS which should encourage sales.

YVONNE AGAZARIAN (28 JAN. 1952). UBCL. Handwritten, LH7. Responds to a request from Yvonne Agazarian for support for pm, a new arts magazine based in Vancouver. Now that he is 'on the "retired list",' he is unable to send a donation.

CLAUDE AND CHRISTINE BISSELL (14 MAY 1952). Bissell. Handwritten, LH7. Encloses the tickets for the 17 May performance of T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party at the Royal Alexandra Theatre which the Bissells and Pratts are attending.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (26 MAY 1952). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'The lagoon, boat landing and recreation building in beautiful Garfield Park ... in ... the Chicago Park District ...'; postmarked Chicago, Illinois, 26 May 1952. Writes before boarding a train to St. Louis en route to the Southwestern States Writers Conference at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. [See the letter to Father V.J. Guinan, 22 March (pp. 488-90).]

VIOLA PRATT (26 MAY 1952). EJP, VUL. Telegram, form ['CANADIAN NATIONAL TELEGRAPHS']. Has arrived in Houston and seen Father Dwyer and Father McCorkell.

VIOLA PRATT (31 MAY 1952). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Houston, Texas, 31 May 1952. Has completed his duties at St Thomas University and given his address on BB to the Basilian Fathers.

CLAIRE PRATT (1 JUNE 1952). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 June 1952. Reports on his second day at Corpus Christi. He has given his talk on Titanic and is enjoying the 'immense' hospitality. Will leave for home on Wednesday evening.

VIOLA PRATT (1 JUNE 1952). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 June 1952. The card should reach Viola in Brooklyn visiting Nellie. He is gaining weight because of the 'hospitality' in Texas.

CLAIRE PRATT (3 JUNE 1952). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'THE ROBERT DRISCOLL HOTEL / ...'; postmarked Corpus Christi, Texas, 3 June 1952. Will leave tomorrow morning. Does not know the precise time of his arrival in Toronto.

VIOLA AND NELLIE PRATT (5 JUNE 1952). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard: 'NORTHWESTERN PASSENGER STATION / CHICAGO / ...'; postmarked Chicago, Illinois, 5 June 1952. Sent to Viola in Brooklyn where she is visiting Nellie Pratt – Pratt is writing from the Chicago station on the way home from Texas.

FATHER V.J. GUINAN (8 JUNE 1952). University of St. Thomas Library. Handwritten, LH7. Appreciation for the 'kindness and hospitality' of the Basilians, 'my favourite order,' during his stay at the University of St. Thomas.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (18 JUNE 1952). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. The National Fine Arts Medal for Literature will be presented in Banff in August rather than at the CAA meeting on June 28. See the letter to Deacon, 15 June 1952 (pp. 496-7).

DESMOND PACEY (18 JUNE 1952). Pacey, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses a letter which 'speaks for itself' [possibly Lord Beaverbrook's reply to Pratt's letter of early June (p. 493)], asking Pacey to return it after he has read it.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (12 AUG. 1952). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'THE CASCADE HOTEL / BANFF NATIONAL PARK / [PICTURE OF HOTEL] / BANFF, CANADA.' He and Viola have arrived at Banff for the presentation of the National Arts Medal on August 14. He reviews the itinerary.

CLAIRE PRATT (17 AUG. 1952). ELP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, 17 August 1952. The Pratts were driven to Lake Louise by Ralph and Ernestine Whitney, and are going to Red Deer the next day.

CARL KLINCK (9 SEPT. 1952). Klinck. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for hospitality of Klinck, Stirling and their colleagues at the University of Western Ontario during the CAA meetings in June. Murdo Mackinnon to 'go on air' [see the letter to M.M.H. Mackinnon, 23 September 1952 (below).]

RAYMOND GUSHUE (22 SEPT. 1952). MUNA. Handwritten, LH5. Changes in travel arrangements for his trip to Newfoundland to speak at the special convocation on October 8.

M.M.H. MACKINNON (23 SEPT. 1952). Pitt. Handwritten, LH5. Congratulations on a series of broadcasts on CBC radio ['Not Too Far from the City,' about life in a village in Middlesex County, Ontario] and an article in DR ['Parnassus in Newfoundland: The First Fruits of Britaniola' (about the poems of Robert Hayman, governor at Harbour Grace in the seventeenth century) in the Summer 1952 issue].

VIOLA PRATT (7 OCT. 1952). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: 'THE SENATE / [crest] / CANADA.' Stationary belonging to Senator Calvert Pratt, at whose St. John's home Pratt was staying. Has arrived in St. John's and is assessing his itinerary. Several members of the family are ill. See the letter to Claire Pratt, 10 October 1952 (pp. 511-12).

DESMOND PACEY (20 OCT. 1952). Pacey. Handwritten, LH7. Arranges to see Pacey during his visit to Toronto.

RAYMOND GUSHUE (4 DEC. 1952). MUNA. Handwritten, LH5. Corrections to his address on the function of a university [published as 'Dr. E.J. Pratt's Address' in The Proceedings on the Occasion of the Installation of the Right Honourable Viscount Ruthmere of Hemsted as First Chancellor and Raymond Gushue as Second President October Eighth and Ninth Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-two (St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1952), pp. 19-22 (reprinted EJP: PPA, 275-81).]

GEORGE JOHNSTON (25 DEC. 1952). Johnston, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Appreciation of poems, and Christmas greetings to his wife and sister-in-law, former students. John D. Robins' recent death.

CLAIRE PRATT (21 JAN. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7. Financial arrangements for Claire; prospect of a job at Harvard University Press.

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEACON (WINTER 1953). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH5. Encloses a clipping from the Varsity announcing that he will receive an honourary degree by the University of Toronto.

CLAIRE PRATT (LATE JAN. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. More financial arrangements. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 21 January 1953 (Appendix C, above).]

ROY M. WILES (9 FEB. 1953). Wiles. Handwritten, LH5. Accepts Wiles' invitation to address the annual meeting of the Humanities Association at the Learned Societies sessions in London, Ontario in May as long as there is no 'discussion from the floor' (because of his hearing).

CLAIRE PRATT (14 FEB. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Will arrange for transcripts for her application to graduate school. [See the note to 'college studies ... The doctorate' in the letter to Claire, 9 February 1953 (p. 521).] Jokes about the nickname for Claire's new car – B.M.

CLAIRE PRATT (28 FEB. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Dated incorrectly as '1952.' Sends news of the monthly dinner and canasta evening of the Arts and Letters Club at the house, and Ruth Jenking's overwork.

CLAIRE PRATT (MAR. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Details of annuities for Claire. Letter from Walter Brown, President of Victoria College, confirming purchase of his manuscripts. [See the letter to Charles D. Abbott, 28 January 1945 (p. 312).]

CLAIRE PRATT (MAR. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Discussion of financial arrangements made for Claire, and for his retirement. These include plans to sell the house at 21 Cortleigh, which he hopes will net $25,000.

CLAIRE PRATT (13 MAR. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses a birthday present, and another will be sent by mail. Three events are coming up, and then lectures will end, and Pratt will have 'time for the radio.'

CLAIRE PRATT (22 MAR. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Hosted a stag dinner for his brother Cal at the York Club. Viola Pratt is going to Ottawa to give an address, but Kay Coburn has invited him for a 'corn beef and cabbage plus turnip' dinner.

CLAIRE PRATT (5 APR. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Reports an incident at the Queen's dinner [see the letter to Claire Pratt, 29 March 1953 (p. 524)]: a bishop laughed so hard at one of his jokes that he contracted hiccups.

CLAIRE PRATT (23 APR. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. A joking discourse on Ruth (Stauffer) Buckley's love of candles, which is shared by the faculty at Assumption College. The move to 47 Glencairn is almost complete.

CLAIRE PRATT (27 APR. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Details of the move to the new duplex, including distribution of unwanted items.

CLAIRE PRATT (6 MAY 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Sends an academic transcript, and reviews plans for Viola's birthday.

CLAIRE PRATT (11 MAY 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5. Mr and Mrs Rouillard will take a suitcase to Claire in Boston. Hopes that Claire can attend the Stratford Festival with her parents. Claire has copy editing job with Ginn (an educational publisher).

CLAIRE PRATT (23 MAY 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Reports on the dinner at Wymilwood celebrating his honourary degree. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 19 May (pp. 528).]

CLAIRE PRATT (31 MAY 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, letterhead: '[Crest]/ HOTEL LONDON / THOS J. SQUIRES, MANAGER / DUNDAS STREET LONDON, ONTARIO.' Account of Rev Dr McQueen's Coronation sermon [Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June], and a visit to Dona Edgar at the Sanitarium. Takes up Claire's suggestion 'of painting (or drawing) one another's faces.'

M.M.H. MACKINNON (7 JUNE 1953). Pitt. Handwritten, plain paper. He and Viola hope to see the MacKinnons will in Boston.

CLAIRE PRATT (8 JUNE 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Arrangements for a hotel reservation for Ida Pashley and Marion Whytall in Cambridge. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 5 June 1953 (p. 529).]

ARTHUR AND SALLY PHELPS (SUMMER 1953). Phelps, UML. Handwritten, LH7, with 'Victoria College' scored out and replaced with '47 Glencairn Ave.' '12' is added following 'Toronto' in the letterhead. Arranges to meet the Phelps family in Whitby the following Tuesday.


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VII. Accepting the Years: 1953-55

CLAIRE PRATT (11 AUG. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: a salmon leaping in the Humber River]; postmarked Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, 11 August 1953. Jokes that the picture is him 'leaping in ecstasy at the Humber River.' He and Viola are 'leaving for the Bay of Islands this evening on the Northern Ranger.'

CLAIRE PRATT (31 AUG. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Asks whether Claire would like the Buckleys, currently visiting Toronto, to bring anything back to Cambridge for her.

CLAIRE PRATT (2 SEPT. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is 'picking up a fair amount in broadcasting and special lecturing.' He will keep stamps from Newfoundland for Claire.

CLAIRE PRATT (5 SEPT. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Financial arrangements. Viola will give 'a lecture on the Newfoundland trip' at a meeting of the 'Talents' service club next Saturday. [See the note to 'Talents' in the letter to Claire Pratt, 8 November 1953 (p. 545).]

CLAIRE PRATT (14 SEPT. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. A note appended to a letter from Viola Pratt concerning that night's meeting of the 'Talents' and the Pratts' recent visit to the CN Exhibition [see the letter to Claire Pratt, 5 September (above)]. Sends a draft for $300. Cal will come to the first meeting of 'the Mental Health group of directors.'

CLAIRE PRATT (23 SEPT. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Toronto, 23 September 1953. The card is from Pratt's trip to Rochester in 1946. Ida Pashley and Viola Pratt have spent the day covering a chair in chartreuse fabric.

CLAIRE PRATT (FALL 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends a parody of British politics in imitation of Longfellow's 'Hiawatha' by 'an anonymous author' [Gerard Hoffnung's 'Winnehaha'].

CLAIRE PRATT (2 OCT. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7 with 'Victoria College' scored out and '12' added after 'Toronto.' Humorous accounts of a visit from a religious friend, and his golf game with Viola and Malcolm Wallace at York Downs.

CLAIRE PRATT (13 OCT. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. The dinner for the Mental Health Association was a success.

CLAIRE PRATT (20 OCT. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out, and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' scored out and replaced with '12.' The Board of the Toronto Branch of the Mental Health Association [see the letter to Claire Pratt, 15 September (pp. 538-9)] now includes Billy McLaughlin [partner in the law firm of McLaughlin, Johnston, Moorhead] and 'the Honourable Leopold Macauley' [a former member of the Ontario legislature (1926-34)]. He playfully signs himself 'E.J. DOVE PRATT / (Damn the dove).'

CLAIRE PRATT (28 OCT. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Claire's new apartment in Boston. A friend will arrange for tickets to Roland Hayes' concert in Boston, and Kay Coburn will visit. Tom Costain 'sends me all his books with affectionate greetings.' [See the letter to Costain, 17 Mar. 1946 (above).]

WILLIAM ARTHUR AND SALLY DEACON (29 OCT. 1953). Deacon, FRBL. Handwritten, LH7 with 'Victoria College' scored out. Sends two tickets to a lecture by Roy Campbell – 'one of the greatest poets in the English Speaking World' – on November 4. [See the letter to John Sutherland, late 1952 (pp. 516-17).]

CLAIRE PRATT (29 OCT. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out, and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' scored out and replaced with '12.' Sends a cheque for $250 to help with Claire's moving expenses.

CLAIRE PRATT (3 NOV. 1953). CP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard [illustration: Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Montreal, Canada]; postmarked Montreal, 3 November 1953. Chaired at Roy Campbell's lecture last evening: 'Had a fine time.'

CLAIRE PRATT (6 NOV. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out, and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' changed to '12.' Cal Pratt will open the 'Talents' bazaar on Saturday. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 8 November (pp. 544-5).] Fund-raising for the Pelham Edgar Portrait. [See the letters to Lorne Pierce, 17 November (below) and Desmond Pacey, 18 November (p. 547).]

LORNE PIERCE (17 NOV. 1953). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, LH5. Fund-raising for the Pelham Edgar portrait.

CLAIRE PRATT (EARLY DEC. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out, and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' replaced with '12.' The menu of Claire's Thanksgiving dinner; plans to give Claire a fur coat for Christmas. Uncles Cal and Jim are unwell.

CLAIRE PRATT (DEC. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Jack Kent Cooke has 'come through' and a cheque is forthcoming – a Christmas gift. Pratt is ill and will have to stay in for 'another week.'

CLAIRE PRATT (14 DEC. 1953). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Appreciates Claire's 'funny account of the Slaughter House' [see the letter to Claire Pratt, 7 December 1953 (p. 549)]. Asks the time of her arrival in Toronto for the holiday.

CLAIRE PRATT (13 JAN. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' changed to '12.' Concern that Claire will work too hard. Regrets that he had the flu during her visit. The school broadcast of Titanic by the Earl Grey Players was a success.

CLAIRE PRATT (18 JAN. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' changed to '12.' News of 'the unveiling' of Pelham Edgar's portrait on Saturday; Dona Edgar was unable to attend because she has been readmitted to the Beck Sanatorium in London, Ontario.

EARLE AND ESTHER BIRNEY (5 FEB. 1954). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, plain paper. Tells an anecdote about 'an old friend of our family named Tasker Cook' [mayor of St John's (1921-9) and a member of the Legislative Council (1928-32)]. The same story, differently attributed, appears in the letter to Esther Birney, 2 November 1954 [pp. 592-3].

MALCOLM ROSS (10 FEB. 1954). Ross, UCAL. Handwritten, LH7. Is 'hearing fine things about your book' – Ross's Poetry and Dogma: The Transformation of Eucharist Symbols in Seventeenth-Century England (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1954). News of his brother Cal, who has been hospitalized.

NORAH PILKINGTON (21 FEB. 1954). Isabel Henniger. Handwritten, LH2. Shares news since retirement with former student, including his retirement dinner and a trip to Newfoundland.

CLAIRE PRATT (9 MAR. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Dramatization of Titanic on CBC national broadcast on March 31. Will purchase tickets for Stratford's first season.

CLAIRE PRATT (15 MAR. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Reports a dinner party at the Joseph Barfits (or 'Barfoots') and other social engagements. His brother Cal's health is slowly improving.

CLAIRE PRATT (21 MAR. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Travel arrangements for trip to visit Claire in Boston.

CLAIRE PRATT (25 MAR. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' changed to '12.' Cal Pratt is in Western Hospital; he is negotiating on Pratt's behalf with 'the Nfld Educational Dept' to put Titanic or 'an anthology of smaller poems' on the curriculum. Hopes to sell the car, and buy tickets for Stratford when Claire can visit.

CLAIRE PRATT (APR. 1954). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. A humorous account of going to church.

CLAIRE PRATT (5 APR. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' changed to '12.' Chris Love has bought the Pratt's car, and Dr Pidgeon delivered the Convocation sermon for Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges. Arrangements for the trip to Boston.

CLAIRE PRATT (8 MAY 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' changed to '12.' Sends American money left over from his visit to Boston.

CLAIRE PRATT (12 MAY 1954). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for gift of pipe tobacco.

CLAIRE PRATT (2 JUNE 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is going to Victoria College to be interviewed by C.B.C. Viola's work with the University Women's Club is almost done, and Pratt looks forward to the summer break.

CLAIRE PRATT (14 JUNE 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Asks Claire to make a hotel reservation at the Bellevue Hotel for his visit to Boston that week (14 to 17 June); plans to spend the fee received from a BBC broadcast on his daughter and her friends.

CLAIRE PRATT (2 JULY 1954). CP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends Stratford reviews and some American money. He has received the royalty for poems anthologized in Bert Case Diltz's Poetic Experience: An Anthology of Poems for Senior Students [Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1955].

CLAIRE PRATT (14 JULY 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. An itemized 'memorandum' to his daughter, including household news, as well as news of Uncle Cal's corset ('a euphemism for brace'), anticipation of his role with 'the Mental Health Movement,' and the promises of the 'excellent steward' at the York Downs Club.

CLAIRE PRATT (18 JULY 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sunday at home: Pratt in the garden; Viola is working on World Friends. Dinner at York Downs with Cal.

CLAIRE PRATT (15 SEPT. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College / Toronto 5' scored out. He has arranged to use Margaret Ray's private office at Victoria College, avoiding C.B. Sisson's office because he is working (loudly) on an edition of Egerton Ryerson's letters [published in 1955].

CLAIRE PRATT (20 OCT. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Viola has arrived back after helping Claire move from Boston to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She is cutting down her speaking engagements.

CLAIRE PRATT (22 OCT. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Preparing 'papers and manuscripts' for the Victoria College library, and hoping to help Kay Coburn find funds for purchase of Coleridge manuscripts. Attending a party at Macmillan for C.P. Snow and his wife, with dinner afterwards. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 24 October 1954 (p. 584).]

M.M.H. MACKINNON (26 OCT. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Arranges to meet for dinner at 6 pm at the Park Plaza for dinner.

CLAIRE PRATT (26 OCT. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Reports on Clare Hincks' speech on Mental Health the previous evening at the University Women's Club. Winnie Fitzpatrick, the Pratts' cleaning lady, is full of enthusiasm for the biography of prize-fighter James J. Corbett.

CLAIRE PRATT (LATE OCT. 1954). CP, VUL. Handwritten, LH5 with 'Victoria College' scored out, and the '5' scored out in 'Toronto 5' and replaced with '12.' Recounts a joke about the lack of Presbyterian clergy in heaven.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (12 NOV. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. He had lunch with Marshall McLuhan at St. Mike's with Fathers Shook, McCorkell and Kelly. Viola's pay cheque from the Woman's Missionary Society has arrived.

VIOLA PRATT (15 NOV. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. He reviews the mail and assures Viola that he well cared for. He is glad of Claire's progress, and asks Viola to assure her that he is planning to assign his royalties from CBC performances to her.

VIOLA PRATT (16 NOV. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends letters to Viola's hotel, assuring her that he is managing on his own in Toronto.

CLAIRE PRATT (24 NOV. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. A humorous story to entertain Claire as she recovers from her fusion operation.

CLAIRE PRATT (30 NOV. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Toronto, 30 November 1954. He is working on the Browning broadcast for C.B.C., and he and Viola are going to a film that evening with Hazel Joliffe.

CLAIRE PRATT (1 DEC. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Recounts his attempts to draw the images from two cards sent by Claire. He and Viola will attend The Confidential Clerk by T.S. Eliot that evening.

CLAIRE PRATT (3 DEC. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Encloses a letter from Samuel Morgan-Powell, recently retired Literary Editor of the Montreal Star, praising Claire's recent art work, and suggests that she should contact him about commissions.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (10 DEC. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Is speaking that night on Titanic at the Arts and Letters Club; Cal is coming to dinner tomorrow and on Monday 'we have the Hincks dinner meeting.'

VIOLA PRATT (13 DEC. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH7 with 'Victoria College' scored out and '12' added beside 'Toronto.' He is going to the York Club for a dinner meeting.

CLAIRE PRATT (14 DEC. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked 14 December 1954. Has sent her a copy of CP1. Tonight he is going to a farewell dinner at the York Club, given by Moffatt Woodside, for History professor Ralph Flenley.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (16 DEC. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. The Mental Health Association dinner meeting went well. [See the letter to Claire Pratt, 11 November 1954 (pp. 595-6).] Clare Hincks will be fund-raising in New York and may visit Claire in the hospital. Pratt will visit in the New Year.

CLAIRE PRATT (19 DEC. 1954). VLP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Friends have admired Claire's Christmas card woodcuts. News is in the letter to her mother. [See the letter to Viola Pratt, 19 December (pp. 603-4).]

CLAIRE PRATT (28 DEC. 1954). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Viola Pratt has arrived back from New York.

CLAIRE PRATT (1 JAN. 1955). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Has received a letter of thanks from Claire's physician, Dr. Cobb, for CP2. Recounts the New Year's Eve celebration at Pash's, and plans for that evening's dinner ('sirloin') 'for Cal, Poss and Peggy' before Cal returns to Newfoundland tomorrow. Viola will return to New York next Sunday to be with Claire for her third surgery.

VIOLA AND CLAIRE PRATT (18 JAN. 1955). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Yesterday went to Maple Leaf Gardens to watch a boxing match, 'the first I have seen in six months,' and on Saturday had dinner at the Royal York with Florence, Ewart and Yvonne Pratt. Reports on home repairs (plastering and hydro).

VIOLA PRATT (25 JAN. 1955). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Viola has forgotten to sign her application to renew her driver's license and must send it back by air mail. [See the letter of 22 January 1955 (p. 612).]

THERESA (MRS D.W.) THOMPSON (26 JAN. 1955). Canadian Writers' Foundation. Handwritten, plain paper. Acknowledges a cheque for $250.00 from the Canadian Writers' Foundation. [See the letter to Theresa Thomson, 8 February 1955 (below).]


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RONALD G. EVERSON (7 FEB. 1955) Everson, MMLM. Handwritten, LH5. Provides detailed notes on a manuscript of Everson's poems. As Pratt is retired, Everson has insisted on paying him for his editorial advice.

THERESA (MRS D.W.) THOMSON (8 FEB. 1955). Canadian Writers' Foundation. Handwritten, plain paper. The C.W.F., established in 1931 to provide financial help to writers who have 'rendered distinguished service to their country but who face an old age of penury, if not destitution,' had approved Pratt to receive a periodic grant, but he had received cheques of $250 in both January and February. Mrs. Donald W. Thomson, Executive Secretary of the Canadian Writers' Foundation (1943-71) confirmed the duplication on February 12.

THERESA (MRS D.W.) THOMPSON (16 FEB. 1955). Canadian Writers' Foundation. Handwritten, LH5, with 'Victoria College' scored out, and the '5' in 'Toronto 5' scored out and replaced with '12.' Returns the duplicate cheque received from the C.W.F. [See the letter to Thomson, 8 February 1955 (Appendix C, above).]

RONALD G. EVERSON (19 APR. 1955). Everson, MMLM. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for a clipping, and words of encouragement for Everson's efforts in writing poetry: 'Canada is short of whimsy.'

THERESA (MRS D.W.) THOMSON (6 MAR. 1956). Canadian Writers' Foundation. Handwritten, plain paper. Inquires whether the C.W.F. grant is 'exempt from Income Tax.' [See the letters to Thomson, 8 and 16 February 1955 (Appendix C).]

RALPH GUSTAFSON (13 MAR. 1956). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for forwarding a request from publisher Thomas Nelson for permission to include 'The Prize Cat' in a South African anthology.

WENDY JENKS (19 MAY 1956). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Responds to a student inquiry about the 'meaning' of the poem 'In Absentia.' [See the letter of December 1933 for an earlier reply to the same question (p. 115).]

LORNE PIERCE (20 JUNE 1956). Pierce, QUA. Handwritten, plain paper. Apology for missing a meeting of the Board of the Canadian Writers Foundation. He is 'getting out of most of my Associations except for the odd "Honorary" connection.'

ARTHUR PHELPS (21 JULY, POSSIBLY 1956). Phelps, UML. Handwritten, LH5, with 'Victoria College' and '5' in 'Toronto 5' scored out and replaced with '47 Glencairn Ave.' and '12' respectively. Congratulates Phelps on a recent television interview with Jean Béliveau.

CLAIRE PRATT (5 OCT. 1956). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, postcard; postmarked Toronto, 5 October 1956. The Pratts will attend the Old Vic production of Macbeth the next evening.

CLAIRE PRATT (9 OCT. 1956). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. The family (including Cal and Nellie) are dining at the York Club tomorrow. Mr Savage from the Educational Department of McClelland & Stewart (who had given Claire some editorial work during her convalescence) phoned to say hello, not knowing that Claire was back in Boston.

CLAIRE PRATT (18 OCT. 1956). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. A humorous story about and extremely dull minister, passed on by Bishop Wilkinson.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (14 MAR. 1957). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, LH7 with 'Victoria College' scored out and '12' added following 'Toronto.' Advises that Macmillan Canada must be consulted on copyright for Gustafson's The Penguin Book of Canadian Poetry (1958), but that Knopf (publisher of CPA) does not have rights to his poems. [He was incorrect. See the letter to Gustafson, 21 March 1957 (pp. 633-4).]

DESMOND PACEY (MAY 1957). Pacey, UNB. Handwritten, LH7 with 'Victoria College' scored out and '12' added following 'Toronto.' Arranges to meet the Paceys while in Fredericton to receive an Honorary D. Litt. from the University of New Brunswick. [See the letter to Desmond and Mary Pacey, Mid-May 1957 (pp. 634-5).] He has to return by Friday to receive a D.Litt. from the University of Western Ontario.

A.J.M. SMITH (7 MAY 1957). Smith, FRBL. Handwritten, letterhead: '12 HEATHBRIDGE PARK / TORONTO.' Praises Smith's poem in CF which he will send to Diana [unidentified], mother of Pratt's godson. Rae [also unidentified] has a slipped disk.

RALPH GUSTAFSON (15 AUG. 1957). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends news of Gustafson's friend, South African poet Anthony Delius (1916-89), who has been touring North American; regrets Knopf's refusal to grant copyright permissions at a reasonable price. See the letters to Gustafson, 14 and 21 March 1957 (above and pp. 633-4).

ARTHUR S. BOURINOT (29 AUG. 1957). Bourinot, LAC. Handwritten, LH5. Thanks for two books edited and published by Bourinot – Archibald Lampman's Letters to Edward William Thomson (1890-1898) [Ottawa: 1956]; The Letters of William Edward Thomson to Archibald Lampman (1891-1897) [Ottawa: 1957].

EARLE BIRNEY (6 FEB. 1958). Birney, FRBL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for Birney's contribution to the CBC's 'radio birthday party' for Pratt broadcast on 5 February, and a request for a copy of the poem: 'Postprandial Thanks to EJP.' [See Birney's Collected Poems (1975).]

WATSON KIRKCONNELL (10 FEB. 1958). Kirkconnell, Acadia. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for the gift of Hungarian Poetry [Sydney, Australia: 1955], containing twenty-eight translations by Kirkconnell.

GEORGE JOHNSTON (18 FEB. 1958). Johnston, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for his recent letter. Pratt is unable to answer 'at length' because of 'an injured foot and hypertension generally.'

M.M.H. MACKINNON (27 FEB. 1958). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for Mackinnon's article – 'The Man and the Teacher [E.J. Pratt]' – published in Tamarack Review 6 (Winter 1958): 71-4. Comments on an 'uninvited guest' who intruded on them.

CÉCILE DE BANKE (28 FEB. 1958). Wellesley. Handwritten, LH9. Has not received the copy of Hand over Hand, the first volume of her autobiography [London: Hutchison, 1957], which she sent to Victoria College, but is glad to hear that it was positively reviewed in the New York Times.

SISTER DOROTHY MARIE DOYLE (7 APR. 1958). Doyle. Handwritten, plain paper. A brief note accompanying his answers – written on a separate page no longer extant – to questions she had sent in December 1957. [See the letter to Sister Doyle, 21 July 1957 (pp. 635-7).]

CLAIRE PRATT (7 APR. 1958). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Complains about judging an essay contest sponsored by the Bowater Corporation, operator of a paper mill in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

ARTHUR S. BOURINOT (17 JUNE 1958). Bourinot, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for the copy of Bourinot's The Mermaid Inn, a selection of essays by Archibald Lampman, Wilfred Campbell, and Duncan Campbell Scott 'on life and literature' (to quote the subtitle) originally published as a weekly column in the Toronto Globe (1892-3).

DAVID G. PITT (2 FEB. 1959). Pitt. Handwritten, plain paper. Acknowledges Pitt's update on the status of the Newfoundland anthology project (HTF), with a list of proposed poems. (See the letter to Pitt, 2 February 1958.)

M.M.H. AND ELIZABETH MACKINNON (5 MAR. 1959). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Sends his best to 'the boys at Western.' Is enjoying Murdo's radio broadcasts [on CBC's 'Critically Speaking'].

SISTER DOROTHY MARIE DOYLE (19 MAR. 1959). Doyle. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for a copy of her doctoral dissertation, 'The Poetic Imagery of Edwin John Pratt' (University of Ottawa, 1958). [See the letter to Sister Doyle, 21 July 1957 (pp. 635-7).]

GEORGE JOHNSTON (19 MAR. 1959). Johnston, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Anticipates a visit from Johnston, his wife and 'your English friend Martin,' as well as the publication of Johnston's new book [The Cruising Auk, forthcoming from Oxford University Press].

CLAIRE PRATT (30 MAR. 1959). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Glad that she and her friend Connie have arrived safely at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

CLAIRE PRATT (1 APR. 1959). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. He was victim to an April Fool's joke – short-sheeted by Winnie Fitzpatrick. The contract for CP2 arrived, but not the cheque.

ETHEL ALLEN (12 APR. 1960). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks to Claire's college friend for her help during the move to 5 Elm St.

ARTHUR S. BOURINOT (25 JULY 1960). Bourinot, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. Thanks for 'your book on our dear Duncan,' Bourinot's More Letters of Duncan Campbell Scott [Ottawa: 1960].

RALPH GUSTAFSON (10 FEB. 1961). Gustafson, USKL. Handwritten, plain paper. He enjoyed their recent evening together. He is still 'thrill[ed]' by Gustafson's sonnet 'Mozart.' [See the letter to Ralph Gustafson, 27 February 1958 (p. 643).]

GEORGE JOHNSTON (11 FEB. 1961). Johnston, LAC. Handwritten, plain paper. An appreciation of The Cruising Auk. [See the letter to Johnston, 19 March 1959 (above).]

JACOB MARKOWITZ (18 MAY 1961). Markowitz, UTLA. Handwritten, plain paper. Congratulations on Markowitz's article in the Globe & Mail on 'the Malayan struggle.'

KILDARE DOBBS (21 SEPT. 1961). Macmillan, MMLM. Typed, LH10. Acknowledges congratulations on his Canada Council Medal (and $2000.00 in cash) for 'distinguished contribution to the cultural life of Canada' from the staff at Macmillan where Dobbs was an editor (1953-61).

JOHN T. STOKER (15 AUG. 1962). MUNA. Typed, plain paper. Having received an honourary degree from Memorial University in absentia, Pratt belatedly sends his signature for inclusion in the registry of degrees conferred.

MARGARET SLATER (FEB. 1963). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, card by Claire Pratt ['Sea-Gulls']. Greetings.

MARGARET WILTON (FEB. 1963). EJP, VUL. Handwritten, LH10. Thanks for birthday greetings.

RONALD G. EVERSON (APR. 1963). Everson, MMLM. Handwritten, LH10. 'Thanks for your letter and good wishes.'

JACOB MARKOWITZ (WINTER 1963). Markowitz, UTL. Handwritten, LH10. Greetings and encouragement.



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