July 25 1945

Dear Cécile:

Your letter just came today. It was forwarded from Victoria College.

It was most kind and thoughtful of you to send your greetings and congratulations. You are always true to your generous and considerate self.

How I wish I could have been at Queen's this summer! The school is so fortunate in having you there! You make fast friends everywhere and I know how attached the students will be to you. I wish I could hear the 'Radio in the Ivory Tower' given under your artistry.

'They Are Returning' has been on the C.B.C. network twice during the last month and Macmillans are bringing it out in book form probably in September.

I have had a month of complete activity here in Halifax and at sea. I was out on the Micmac (a tribal destroyer) during her gunnery trials and a few more trips are awaiting me in the next two or three weeks. The Navy has given me access to any ships I care to visit. It may take me two years to complete the poem, perhaps more, as there is so much to learn, and ships and guns are technical and intricate 'babies.'

I spend my time on shore at the Halifax Club and I am giving some lectures at Dalhousie in the intervals.

I trust you have comfortable quarters at Kingston. The place is so dreadfully overcrowded, but the compensation is the delightful summer climate. The breeze from the lake moderates the extreme heat. I shall be here till the middle of August, then I hike for Toronto. I am longing to get back to my family. Vi and Claire are well. Claire is much better than she was a year ago. She spent last year at Columbia University and intends to return next fall to complete her M.A. It is a wonder that she pulled through so safely but it seems to have done her good.

I shall be glad to hear from you when you complete your programme on Canadian poetry. Will you tell me how it goes?

The American Edition of the 'Collected Poems' is taking on splendidly under Knopf's imprint and promotion. The Reviews have been exceedingly kind.

With my very best wishes, my dear Cécile,
Yours sincerely,
Ned Pratt

See the second paragraph of the
letter to Claire Pratt, 27 June 1945.