Tuesday morning [29 May 1945]
Here I am at the Saturn Club, Buffalo just having finished breakfast following a sleep from 2 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.
I had a wonderful time at the Phi Beta Kappa last night. It is the literary Fraternity of the University of Buffalo.
When I reached the city yesterday at 4 p.m. I was taken in hand by Professor Charles Abbott, Director of Libraries, who brought me to a cocktail party, then to a dinner preceding the lecture. I went to my room to change from a blue shirt into a white when I discovered to my dismay that I hadn't brought a single stud for cuff or collar. So I had to put on again my old blue shirt with the collar attached which was the worse for wear on the trip from Toronto. It is true that dinner jackets were not necessary. No one wore anything but business suits but all had white collars and white shirts except myself. I explained it all to Abbott who laughingly replied that 'any shirt was better than no shirt at all.' Now what do you gather from that remark?
However, I had a grand time with the Titanic, talking about it and reading excerpts from the poem. Dr Perry, head of the English Dept, showed me the Saturday Book Edition of the N.Y. Times containing Sea-Gulls on the final page. So that was two week-ends in succession when a poem was published.
Well in a week or less you will be home with us. What a joy! I am slipping along a ten spot just to use for taxis & bell-hops and little conveniences a sherry for instance on the train if you are tired tips anything which will lighten the burden of travel.
I shall be at Toronto till June 10th. I think, then it is quite possible I shall be off East.