21 Cortleigh Blvd.
June 15, 1952
Good old Bill:
You have always been a regular a true loyal friend and I love you for your constant friendship.
We have struck a little snag in the award business. Since hearing from you I have received a letter from Stewart saying that he couldn't make it on June 28, London. Accordingly, the medal will be given during the last week of the Banff School, probably August 14, Thursday. As he is going to make some contribution to the transportation expenses, I shall go (otherwise I couldn't afford it). I shall take Vi along for a holiday on my own.
Now about London on June 28th. I think that Vi and I will go for the banquet returning on the Saturday as we are pressed for time. As the Award will be announced there but not presented I suppose it would be wise to be present. I hope I do not have to make two replies one at London, one at Banff, unless it is the same reply.
I wrote Stiling saying that my contribution at the banquet might be the reading of a few unpublished short verses, possibly a half-dozen taking up ten minutes. That would avoid a repetition of acknowledgement in both cases. I don't know what Stewart expects of me. He said nothing in his letter. In any case, I shall send you in plenty of time the mim, short as it may be, and you can take a sentence or paragraph as you wish.
I am fully appreciative of this honour.
It doesn't really matter what you say or do on June 27 at [the CAA] dinner. At that moment it is what you have done in past 30 years that matters. But you are wise to attend. This is the No. 1 honor; and we, your fellow writers dreamed it up and wish a chance to applaud. It became apparent that something special was needed for people at the top; and the award is only to be made when a worthy recipient is in sight.