May 16, 1951

Dear Mr Layton:

Thank you very much for your complimentary copy of 'The Black Huntsman.' I am already acquainted with several of the poems published in First Statement and its Montreal successors. I remember the third stanza of 'Compliments of the Season' and commented on the vividness of its second line. And the 'Newsboy' I remember 'Danubes of blood wash up his bulletins.' This poem is my favourite in the collection.

I like the poems of the calibre of Proof Reader and the Swimmer and Poet Killed in action.

Go to it.

Yours sincerely,
E.J. Pratt

'The Black Huntsman'
Layton's third book of poems, published by the author in 1951.