Wednesday [late May 1947]

Dear Bill:

You are, as usual, a real 'un. Always the same loyal Bill.

I have always adhered to the principle of not writing retorts to critics. I have yet to write my first. I have often written letters of gratitude but not of recrimination.

And I agree with you that Phyllis is worth a colony of certain brands of 'intellectuals' who never experienced an honest emotion. I do not include Wells in this as I appreciate his intentions so much.

I am writing Phyllis today and returning her 'oration.'

The kindest
Ned.


loyal Bill
On 19 May 1947, Deacon had written offering advice about how to respond to the book Wells and Klinck were writing: 'thank all such people for their trouble in writing about you and your work but pay no attention to what any of them say. Go right on your chosen course. Being sensitive, you are too apt to listen to other people's views about your poetry. Don't do that .... Never reply, retort or anything.'

Phyllis
In his letter of 19 May, Deacon mentioned that on a recent trip to St. John he had met a librarian, Phyllis E.M. Brown, who had spoken of her admiration of Pratt. Noting that she was 'a pretty fair poet herself,' he enclosed a copy of her senior oration for Pratt to read.