Oct. 10, 1951

Dear Peggy:

Will you reserve either Tuesday or Thursday Oct. 23 or 25 for dinner with us – whichever one suits you. Then Vi wants you for a lunch, too.

After our dinner we can talk over the Library and letter mutualities. I have something extremely funny about a letter of mine which happened to get into 'wrong' hands – something you and Edward would appreciate.

We can go over Mrs Bond's list and make our selections of Canadiana.

I shall call for you at the Palace to take you up to our house on the day you choose.

In the meantime Scott & Pratt letters in abeyance. I shouldn't like to have poor Lorne hurt as Scott can be both unkind and unjust at times.

Love from both of us.
Ned

You may drop me a card about the choice of dates.


Library and letter mutualities
Margaret Brown had asked Pratt's advice on purchases of Canadian titles for the University of Chicago Library and the disposition of letters in her husband's collection, mainly those from D.C. Scott and Pratt.

'wrong' hands
Possibly a reference to the letter mistakenly sent to Mrs Horace Parsons, 22 September 1925.

Mrs Bond's list
Mrs. Bond was the librarian in charge of the Poetry Room at the University of Chicago Library. E.K. Brown had left most of his large collection of books to the Poetry Room. Anxious to add to it, Mrs Bond had made a list on which she had consulted Mrs. Brown, who in turn was seeking Pratt's advice.

Palace
The Alexandra Palace Hotel.

Lorne
Lorne Pierce had asked Margaret Brown for Duncan Campbell Scott's letters to E.K. Brown for a Canadiana collection he was giving to Queen's Library. As some of the letters contained uncomplimentary references to Pierce himself, Mrs. Brown had asked Pratt's advice. Scott's letters were finally deposited in the Public Archives of Canada. A selection was edited by R.L. McDougall in 1983 in The Poet and the Critic: A Literary Correspondance between D.C. Scott and E.K. Brown (Ottawa: Carleton University Press). Mrs. Brown kept Pratt's letters to her husband for some years after his death. In 1969 she provided D.G. Pitt with copies for his biographical research, and later deposited most of the originals in the Pratt Collection at Victoria University, Toronto.