Jan. 24, 1925

Dear Art,

There is not the slightest suggestion in that letter of graceful dismissal. I would interpret it absolutely as an earnest desire to get you but as it is an assistant professorship he naturally feels the disparity in money between the two positions. I believe he wants you but Art I would not accept at $2300. I would take him up on his maximum figure of $2600. That satisfies the point of desirability from the standpoint of Western and it also allows you to squeeze the 300 out of him. As it is a really big sacrifice you are making. It is really only your strange urge to get East that could explain your acceptance of such a reduction but I would hold him up for 2600 and I believe you will get it. It would be grand to have you within one hundred miles of Toronto.

C[...]gh too is up in years and there must be promotion and advancements and you may take it from me that there is nobody on that staff that can carry splits for you as far as ability is concerned in either teaching or writing. Accept that. It isn't guff or mere friendship. I am perfectly confident that you will make English hum there in a few years.

The only qualification at all is the salary. Would you have regrets in a loss of more than a thousand dollars annually? To even up a cut I should hold out at least for 2600 and let Tom rise to meet it. That's my advice. From his letter I feel that he's very anxious to secure you.


In 1921, Phelps accepted a position at Wesley College in Winnipeg, and began an intermittent search for a position in Ontario. He had recently applied for a position at the University of Western Ontario which paid considerably less than his current salary as an Associate Professor. (See letter to Phelps, 18 January 1927.)

Unidentified. A senior professor in the English Department at the University of Western Ontario.

Unidentified. Chair of the Department of English.