[St. John's, Newfoundland]
Tuesday morning [7 Oct. 1952]

Dearest Vi:

The trip was fine and I sent a telegram as soon as I got to Cal's. Cal met me at the airport with the car, and I had two breakfasts – one on the plane at 6:30, the other at the house, a huge one prepared by Rose – too huge for consumption and assimilation.

I am staying in till tomorrow, so I do not have to speak – just what I wanted. It is possible that I shall have to address the Littledale Academy on Friday as the most Reverend and most dear Mother Superior got in touch with Cal about it some days ago.

There is quite a lot of sickness in the Pratt circle. Jim is in the hospital again for shock treatment. As soon as he gets out of the coma Cal and I shall go to see him. Young Calvert had to go to Montreal a few days ago for examination (bowel trouble). Cal is waiting to hear the results.

And Harold Macpherson is in hospital for spinal treatment, has to be on a board for perhaps six months with his head lower than his body. I had heard nothing about it.

Lottie came in last night to see me. George will probably come up from Grand Bank on Saturday to go back with her. Ches phoned, but he is returning on Wednesday afternoon, too early for the ceremony.

Wednesday and Thursday are taken up with functions afternoon and evenings and even the mornings – laying of the cornerstone, Installation, Dinner, Reception and still another dinner and so on.

As neither Ewart nor Calvert will be present this week I am 'concentrating' on the four children, dear kids they are, lively as crickets. Cal says they are the most photographed children in the world, and I believe it. There are no less than eight photos in my bedroom including two amateur paintings.

Walter (the man about the place), his son and wife, Rose, and Walter's daughter, Poss, Cal and the 'ineffable Effie' make up the complete outfit.

Nevertheless, though everything is fine, I shall be glad to be back at 21 Cortleigh with your sweet self and returning Cakie.

Lovingly
Ned.


Cal's
His brother Calvert had been appointed to the Senate in 1951. While in St. John's, Pratt was a guest at his house on Waterford Bridge Road.

Rose
Calvert's housekeeper. His wife
Agnes had died in the summer of 1952.

Littledale Academy
A Roman Catholic school for girls.

in the hospital again
His brother Jim suffered bouts of mental and nervous depression.

functions
Ceremonies recognizing the inauguration of the Memorial University.

four children
Ewart Pratt had a daughter and son, Calvert Junior two sons, all under the age of five years.