May 29, 1945
My dear Eddie:
Here I am in Buffalo having given a lecture to the famous Phi Beta Kappa of the University of Buffalo. I got here yesterday and was taken in hand by Charles Abbott, Director of Libraries, who took me to a cocktail party, thence to a dinner. I gave them an hour on the Titanic and had one of the best and most appreciated hours I ever experienced. But what delighted me was the meeting with a Toronto graduate who asked me if I knew you. She was a grad. in Psychology but she took English from you about ten years ago and claimed it as one of the thrills of her academic life. She is a Mrs. Summers, the wife of a Professor of Economics here. I forget her maiden name, but certainly you were sky-high in her esteem. Summers also was a Toronto Grad some years before. I told his wife to drop you a line. We all like to get a word of appreciation.
When are you coming to the Queen City? I am off to Halifax in a couple of weeks to take a destroyer trip at the invitation of the Naval Department. I may be gone for the most of the summer. There is a poem I think out of that Haida business. I'll tell you all about it later. But I should love to see you and Peggy sometime to tell you all about our Winnipeg trip last week. I could take a whole evening with the retailing of juicy details.
The N.Y. Times had a fine enthusiastic review of CP. So had S.R.L. (Hillyer) though more restrained, still good, I thought.