152 University Ave.
[Kingston, Ont.]
Thursday a.m. [10 Aug. 1950]

Vi dear:

Here is the Kipling story! It is just superb. Mary Winspear got her secretary to make two copies, one for herself and one for you. The Vincents gave her the magazine last week.

I think you are going to have a lot of fun with it. The first page refers to the war of the theatres mainly between Ben and Marston. It was over by 1602 – they got together.

This-morning I have a breather between bouts myself as we are putting on Othello & Macbeth in the music room (gramophone records) from 10 to 12.

Love to you and Cakey. Next Wednesday I return.


Kipling article
Viola had asked her husband to find her a copy of Rudyard Kipling's 'Proofs of Holy Writ,' originally published in the Strand Magazine in April 1934, and republished in December 1947. (See the letters to Viola Pratt,
12 and 17 July 1950.)

Ben and Marston
Renaissance playwrights, Ben Jonson (1572-1637) and John Marston (1575-1634); Marston best known for his tragi-comedy The Malcontent. Between 1599 and 1601, Jonson and Marston were locked in a 'war' for supremacy in the public theatre, and satirized each other in their plays.