Feb. 10, 1951
My dear Earle:
Don't worry about the Commonwealth issue. It's just the luck of the navy and must be accepted. No one anticipated Monteith's sickness. He may be more ill than we know. In any case I can make use of the poem. Your liking it is of more value to me than Monteith's acceptance had that been possible.
Our family listened in on your 'Gawain' for the whole hour. We were thrilled. It was a superb piece of work. I have been telling it to the C.B.C. fellows and all and sundry. You were magnificently equipped to re-tell the tale with your knowledge of that period and above-all with your poetic gift which is all the time growing. You head your own generation in this country (and I could go farther afield if I were drawn into an argument on the point). Vi was breathless with the beauty of the story as you fashioned it, and directed me, nay, commanded me to tell you in my next letter.
Only today we were talking about starfish and she was reminiscing on that afternoon which was such a delight to her. Bless you and dear Esther and Bill. How I wish I were near enough to chortle the latest story going its rounds into your receptive ear.