Jan. 7, 1947

Dear Pelham:

Thanks for your telegram. The C.B.C. produced the poem well – so the people about here thought. As it contained a good deal of dialogue as well as narrative and descriptive sections, it allowed a number of different voices. The response has been very generous indeed, one letter coming from Captain Hibbard of the Skeena (now in charge of Naval personnel at Ottawa). Macmillans will feature it next fall with Grant MacDonald doing the illustrations.

I was so glad that you were tuning in at the time. The broadcast wasn't publicized at all except by Deacon in the Fly-leaf. It was a coincidence that Knox and Wallace and others were listening.

How are things going with you, old chappie? Where are you going this winter or spring or summer?

There is a tendency here on the part of administrators headed by Sidney Smith to make 65 an inflexible limit for retirement. That means I have only one more year to go. It doesn't seem possible. I have nothing saved up but insurance, too small to furnish a competent annuity for Claire. However, I trust royalties will help out a bit.

How are Dona and Jane? I am slipping along a little New Year's gift for Jane – just from her Uncle Ned.

Do you see Harry and Duncan often? Give them my best. Also O'Leary and Brockington if you come across them.

We are swamped here by 2500 students at Vic – lectures in the Chapel and continuous eyestrain through pyramids of essays.

The best that '47 can offer – may it come to you, Dona and Jane.


the poem
'Behind the Log.'

Deacon's column in The Globe and Mail.