Nov. 23, 1950
Vi has just told me of your mother's death. I knew the terrible strain you were under, my old friend, but it must be regarded as a release. I hope she didn't have to suffer too much and that she had a sympathetic and wise doctor.
You badly need a holiday and rest yourself but I suppose that is impossible at the beginning of the term.
Don't worry about the English-Canadian edition of verse. I know how some of those periodicals act.
The best of everything the future can offer to you.